Scratch (Mtn View)
Scratch (Mtn View)

Scratch (Mtn View)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scratchmtnview.com/
  • Phone: 6502373132x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Scratch offers multiple seating options. Our main dining room affords a casual dining experience in a relaxed setting of beautiful walnut table banquettes, the community table seats up to 12 and is a great place for small groups, and the wine room is available for semi-private parties with seating up to seventy for dinner and a hundred for cocktail receptions.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Kloth 6502373131x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and public parking lots
A word from Scratch (Mtn View)
Scratch features American cookery in an elegant setting. The cuisine is based on the premise of simple food done well and draws from American classics reflecting today's influences and bounty of ingredients. Choose from a tender moist braised short rib, rotisserie chicken, or perhaps a selection from our fresh seafood and oyster bar.

For beverages Scratch has researched some of the finest vineyards and distilleries in the United States. We have a wide variety of wines and spirits to choose from in all price ranges. Some of our wine and spirits are highly allocated and will not always be available.

Scratch also offers a vegetarian menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Scratch (Mtn View) reviews from OpenTable diners
173 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)good for groups (58)vibrant bar scene (54)neighborhood gem (53)special occasion (47)great for lunch (36)hot spot (29)notable wine list (28)romantic (28)great for brunch (22)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Amazing food but too loud
    InfobahnFoodie
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    A disappointment for romantic or special occasions as it was very loud and conversation was difficult. Design is all hard surfaces so there is little to mitigate noise from loud bar patrons or large groups. Calling the noise level 'energetic' is a poor choice alternative for very loud. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Unique flavor combinations such as the bacon jam combined with scallops, the creamed spinach and leaks, or the Caesar salad with bits of avocado, tomatoes and green beans. Dessert choices amazing. We found food portions sizes and prices commiserate with other restaurants of similar style. Sans the noise issue, I would highly recommend and will likely return, perhaps at a different time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Our service was excellent. Our food was wonderful! I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rare mis-step
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Everything was excellent except one order came out wrong, took too long to replace, and no apology. Very professional restaurant, food and service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rtraveler
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    food was overpriced for the portions received. service was good and table was ready on time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leadership Lunch
    MizTams
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Thanks to open table I was able to book a reservation for a party of seven for lunch! I asked for a vegetarian menu on the special requests section and was delighted that the restaurant took note of it and had a menu ready to go for our group. We arrived and were promptly seated. The food was fabulous! This is the first time I've ever cleaned my plate and ate everything on it! My hats off to Scratch and their fabulous chefs and waiters who made our luncheon experience a success!! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • at least we got water
    eatdmc
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our server flubbed the sitdown, apparently not realizing we had just been seated (literally seconds before her approach). Then seemingly surprised we weren't ready to order, and pressuring us to choose something, then seemingly affronted we wanted time to look at the menu. From then on our table was mostly neglected, other than by the water guy, who was really on top of our water glasses. Job well done by that guy. The food was good but not great, and not 'top 10 on the peninsula' (list which motivated my choice of this restaurant). My lamb was seriously over-seared on the outside (pretty charry in overall taste), and a bit well done (a tiny bit of pink) IMO for my order of 'medium'. All in all, just not what I expected for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality of food variable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I took my husband, daughter and nephew to Scratch for Father's Day. The restaurant was very nice inside and our server was very pleasant and efficient. My entree was delicious, as was my nephew's, while my husband's was ok. My daughter told me that if she was blindfolded and had the entree she did, she would've guessed it came from McDonald's (she had ribs and they were covered in a lot of sauce - maybe the lesson is that if you want ribs, you should go to a rib joint). Aside from the entrees, we had desserts and appetizers. The desserts were fine, but the mussels we ordered for an appetizer were not great. The sauce was delicious but a few of the mussels did not taste very fresh.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We came for an early Fathers Day lunch and even had 3 kids and a baby with us. The staff was very accommodating and kind, even with the kids. I was a little weary about what others would think with us having the kids but they were very well behaved and there was really no issues. The food was amazing and so were the drinks! I highly recommend the margarita with the jalapeno.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for Special BDAY dinner!
    MountainViewCastro
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We eat out often, but at reasonably prices sot down places. I wanted something (out of our neighborhood) that was a bit more nice & special (ambiance, culinary variety) for a BDAY dinner for my wife. I too a chance based on Yelp! (don't always believe) and their web site. We were pleased. We didn't break the bank even with a drink, appetizer, salads and entrees. Very good service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ideal for work related meals
    The44thEarl
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Ticks all the boxes for large groups as there's plenty of choice on the menu and lots of space for large groups.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food But Waited A LONG Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We came when the restaurant was pretty empty around 445pm on a Sunday. We did get the appetizers fairly quickly ~ 10 mins but from the time we ordered to get our main dish was about 1 hour. We were being waited on by the bartender even though we had a big party and were seated at tables away from the bar area. We've been to scratch several times before and have to say this was the worst service we had. Anyway, the food was excellent once we received. it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tony
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The prior reviews are about right. We were looking for a new place to try. The room is nice, and in our case the service was excellent. The food was erratic. Among the three entrees, the food all tasted good but the food on two plates was cool while the third was too hot to eat. We will try it again, but prior reviews suggesting that the food is inconsistent was our experience as well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night on the Town
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The ambience is good but the food was disappointing. I ordered short pork ribs. The meat was tender and tasty but there was a lot of fat on the ribs. The sweet potato frence fries were hard and undercooked. Not good and they didn't look freshly cooked even though I understood the name of the restaurant meant that everything is made from scratch. They looked wrinkled.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rajp
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    good food and service; staff was particularly caring about customer satisfaction
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service
    cappyVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This was our first time here. I had grilled fish which was cooked perfectly. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass. The menu has so many great choices that I wanted to try so we will definitely be back. Our waiter was very attentive but not intrusive. A nice upscale addition to the Castro St restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good location
    2xtubVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Food was good and the location is convenient for all the companies in Mt View.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 117 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 845 reviews are from the Scratch (Mtn View) reviews archive.
  • Excellent for a Special Night
    khadz
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    My friends and I are big foodies, and I was looking for someplace special to take a larger group of 7 after a concert I played in. This place fit the bill. Amazing bourbon list, tasty cocktails and fantastic food. (sorry Scotch fans, none available but the bourbon list had a large variety). The service was pretty good, although it was an early Sunday dinner so it wasn't full. They were a little slow on one drink (I wasn't even sad, just had to remind them) and they put it on the house without any complaints from me. Highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wide Selections for Everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We enjoyed our first time here. Scratch easily accommodated a party of six, seating us in a nice booth where we could easily talk. The menu had a wide selection for everyone. 3 had fish (halibut, salmon) and 3 had meat (short rib, lamb, beef fillet) and everyone enjoyed their meal. The raw seafood bar was great for those who liked fresh oysters also. The waitress recommended a nice Quivera Sauvignon Blanc that went great with everyone's meal. I would go back to Scratch again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Refreshing sf like inmountain view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food wonderful ambiance a city like restaurant in the heart of little mountain view. Loved it !!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, high prices, sm portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Most of the food we tried was very tasty, the presentation was superb and the service was very good. Some of the entrees were SO small that my husband came home hungry, and he's just an average portion sized eater. There are a few interesting side items that come with the entrees, but just a taste really and nothing substantial. I might also note that the salmon was not cooked thoroughly. They serve two kinds of bread that were delicious, but would be nice if warmed up first. Overall a very nice place to eat, but for some of the dishes they need to add more food on the plates for the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The mussels were terrible, lumpy and dry---and two of us ordered them . we told the server but she just smiled. bad experience
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    It was loud, overly priced, the food was petite and boring, and the level of snobbishness is completely unnecessary.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be good
    paulirishVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    It's got good menus, but they don't change and feel pretty boring after your first visit. If you ask for hot sauce, they'll bring you the sting of Tabasco vinegar (not a strong showing for a California establishment). I had big problems with their service my last two visits; felt like it was their first time waiting tables. We asked the chef for their recommendation for the best dish with no dairy (to accommodate an allergy) and what we received was the lamest plate of steamed vegetables possible; no effort whatsoever. It looks good on paper, but you'll walk away disappointed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vegetarian options
    Patsy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Scratch has a great vegetarian menu that is not stagnant which makes it easy to keeping coming back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad choice for a team lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Went to Scratch for a team lunch (9 of us), and the experience was just okay at best. The food wasn't great, lacked flavor, and while the restaurant was far from packed, we didn't see our waiter all that often. We will not be back. I did think it was funny the one person happy with her food ordered the chicken. Everyone else had steaks, fancy sandwiches, but it was the one roasted chicken that was the winner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but not great...
    restaurantsbeatcookingVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    There are moments of excellent service, and a handful of excellent choices on the menu, but overall it's good but not great. My favorite time to visit this restaurant is for evening work functions, either groups or 1:1 meetings. Quite respectable, won't break the bank, and flexible enough to handle a wide variety of group sizes.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unable to cook fish correctly
    HaroldabcVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Medium salmon cooked through should not come out cold center after 2 tries1 AND IF CHILDREN ARE PRESENT, TRY TO GET THEM THEIR FOOD. Last, a table seated after us should not have received the last 4 bowls of soup that our table had also ordered!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fried Chicken
    ChefrjVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Did I say Fried Chicken, sure did. Definitely delicious as well as the fresh oysters.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great whiskies, food, just so-so
    davidL
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great bar and options to sample some American whiskeys. Service at thebar and in the restaurant was very good., The food was just so-so, Steak was just meh and th e vegs were not cooked very well. I'll be back to the bar ... only
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun with visitors
    Roc2u
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Great place to take out of town guests. This was my second time bringing co-workers and they loved the food and location.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Comfort Food
    decordiva
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent, consistent upscale comfort food that never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not for kids
    MtViewCaliCat
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had Easter brunch at Scratch this year (2014). The food was good, the options were good, and the service was good. The adults in our party enjoyed the meal very much. However, the food was too slow in coming for our 9 year old. I also observed another family seated near us having some difficulty keeping their two boys engaged while waiting for their meal. Scratch is a really nice place for a leisurely meal for adults, but I would think twice, and a third time before brining a wiggly child.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place for a romantic meal
    Cristina
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This place is a great spot for a weeknight getaway or even a weekend dinner.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yurikane
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    This is one of my favorite spots to dine. Everything is delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over priced fir quality info is
    Wantedbetter
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food was okay, but nothing to rave about. Very skimpy in many instances: 1 cherry tomato on green salad about 2 teaspoons of mashed potatoes, 3 only scallops We would not rush back
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scratch
    Geor
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Nice restaurant, very lively bar scene but the noise level is horrendous. Even in the restaurant the bar noise is so loud. Busy place and fine ambiance.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    ChiefVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Had a group of 10. They sat us at the back on the quiet side of the restaurant, which was good. It was still a little noisy, but fine. The service was attentive but a little green. The food was very good all around. The bacon wrapped dates were killer. We had a great dinner overall.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We have been to Scratch many times now and will keep going back. I almost always order the fried chicken, so good. Also, they change their soups daily and even when their daily soup is something that wouldn't normally excite me (for example, this time it was beef with barley), they always amaze me and I'm so glad I ordered it! Service is always friendly and timely. Again, consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food; great selection.
    Coupledining
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Fantastic food; great selection. The service was amazing; water glass never got more than half empty. Portion size was perfect. Highly recommend the stuffed dates - they are fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy but service good
    brunch
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Waiter didn't have vocabulary to describe menu choices well but was attentive otherwise. Thought food was over priced even though quality was good so that would be warning we would give others before recommending
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.