Scott's Seafood - Palo Alto
Scott's Seafood - Palo Alto

Scott's Seafood - Palo Alto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scottsseafoodpa.com/
  • Phone: (650) 323-1555
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sat-Sun: 9:00am-3:00pm; Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:00am-4:00pm; Dinner: Sun-Mon: 4:00pm-9:00pm; Tues-Sat: 4:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Californian
  • Executive Chef: German Nava
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Music Thursday and Friday nights 6-9 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Scott's Seafood - Palo Alto
Scott's Seafood Restaurant is a Bay Area tradition. Their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood and prime dry aged steaks. The interior is inviting for all occasions, from casual dining to special occasions, business meetings or your next event.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Scott's Seafood - Palo Alto reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)good for groups (39)special occasion (27)great for lunch (26)fit for foodies (24)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (11)romantic (7)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Well worth a visit!
    MelloBVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was looking for a restaurant in Palo Alto, at the last minute, on a Saturday night - so options were somewhat limited. I'm really happy to have found Scott's and will definitely return. The location is convenient to Stanford's campus, parking is easy, the restaurant is large and comfortable with lots of booth seating and the food was very good. Not a destination restaurant, perhaps, but I can see Scott's becoming a very reliable standard, with a menu large enough to please everyone with well prepared food, good service and a warm atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    CordonMe
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Admittedly, I've had a strong negative bias towards Scott's for over 30 years due to a horrible experience and table-side argument at Scott's original Palo Alto location. Never wanted to return. We dined there Thursday night and it was perfect! Wanted a vegan-friendly tofu stir-fry with out oil; got it, and perfectly done. Mine was pepper-crusted ahi with wasabi mashed potatoes; absolutely on target. Half-order fried calamari, on point with delectable sauce. Bias overcome; will definitely return and highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best for seafood
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Scott's never disappoints. Even though we were 15 minutes late for our reservation on very busy evening, the maitre d' still found us a quiet, romantic table away from the kitchen area. The food was excellent, as always, made just to our order and the waiters were very attentive. Note that the Mountain View location has closed, but the Palo Alto location continues to thrive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    ChrisP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Really love the big booths and open feeling. Last night service was slow but this isn't usually a problem. Food is always excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Always consistently excellent service, food and atmosphere suited for quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    foodsfun
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our server Ricardo was great. Sunday evening, full but not crowed or over packed. The bar area had the Giants game on so I could follow the score. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Ceci
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Our food was very good and service was great. Not many wines to choose from.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Enjoyed wonderful ladies lunch at Scotts Seafood with my two sisters! Seafood and our entrees were very fresh, beautifully presented and service was excellent. Only thing is restaurant is located in very busy strip mall with nice shops...parking was challenging, but well worth the wait! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet place for group lunch
    cmrwc
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Excellent for a business group lunch where it is quiet enough that we can hear each other talk. There's food that all enjoy, good service, and the price doesn't break the bank. We are likely to keep returning here for our periodic lunches.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scott's Seafood in Palo Alto
    Mary
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Had an excellent dinner here recently - went another day back for lunch. Lunch was very good, but not at the high level that we experienced at dinner. This is more of an observation than a complaint. Service is friendly and spot on. Nice place, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably good seafood
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Scott's is a can't miss venue for good seafood, cooked precisely to your order and served well. I haven't yet been able to duplicate at home their San Francisco Sourdough bread, which accompanies every meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Foodietery
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I was disappointed with the menu selections. The jambalaya was okay, too spicy for me. Seafood linguini was nothing special. It would have been nice to have the option for a white sauce rather than red. The green salad was a bit limp, not much flavor. The appetizers were good. And the dessert was also good. I don't think I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone. But the service was excellent.
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  • Just OK; not exciting
    FoodWallah
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Best if you stick to basics, like grilled fish and fish and chips. I had the daily special -- salmon stuffed with crabmeat, served with polenta -- which was just fair. (Very little crabmeat in the dish, and the salmon was overcooked and under-seasoned.) My companion's sauteed petrale sole was better. Their fish and chips, which I've had often, are very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Visit
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The staff was extremely accommodating for a larger group celebrating my wife's birthday. It was a Monday night, so the restaurant was relatively quiet. Generally, everything was great... until the food arrived. Our favorite dish is the Ahi tuna, so that's what we ordered. Unfortunately, the Ahi was horrible on this visit. The Ahi is supposed to be seared. Instead, it was completely cold (still frozen?) on the inside, and not even browned on the outside. It was a slab of cold, raw, red tuna, as if someone had simply defrosted it and transferred it directly to a plate. Perhaps the Monday chef is still in training? I still love this place and am willing to give it another chance. But I was extremely disappointed this time around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We never fail to have a delicious, pleasant meal at Scotts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs some work
    lxticsVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This would be a really pleasant place if the wait staff were a little better trained and if the kitchen would pay more attention to details. It shouldn't be hard to get water with no ice and no lemon; wait staff should not bark "Are you still working on that?" when patrons are enjoying a leisurely meal, not "working" — and there are plenty of empty tables. If the kitchen thinks they have to sprinkle raw chopped garlic on an already well-seasoned dish, make sure it's very fresh. Aging garlic tastes acrid, bitter. Gilroy isn't that far away!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Celebrated my daughter's 20th birthday and my husband's 55th. EXCELLENT from the minute we walked in the door until the moment we left. Staff, food, atmosphere was awesome. The almond crusted sea bass, linguini, filet and scallops were amazing! I shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and the Giants game
    StanfordFanVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband was thrilled that we could sit in the bar for dinner and watch the Giants play. We had the petrale sole special stuffed with crab and thought it was delicious. I enjoyed the Brussels sprouts appetizer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vikki
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We came here as a last minute decision and got a reservation on OpenTable for 15 minutes after I logged on. As usual, the food was great and what started out as "Let's grab some dinner" turned into a very nice dinner date. Thanks to both Scott's and OpenTable for a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Happydiner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good food and value with today's special. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent and good
    rodc
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We hadnt been back for a while, not for any particular reason, just busy. We went there for Grandparents Day and all thoroughly enjoyed not only the food, but the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Delicious
    HJMPDR
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We travel to Palo Alto every two years and dining at Scott's is always part of our trip. The seafood is always delicious! We definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty decent but not fabulous
    Discriminatingpalate
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Oysters were fresh, mignonette sauce was too strong/dark; steak for my son was not great. Very fatty and flavor was flat. Vegetables were cooked just as we asked and special orders were honored perfectly. Server was nice and polite and timing was good. Glass of pinot noir was fair -- not as good as billed. We decided to skip deserts -- looked too standard. Overall, a perfectly fine place to eat dinner -- pleasant, on time, clean, and reasonably well-cooked food that was fresh. Just nothing extraordinary.
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  • Delicious Lunch
    foodies4everVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Seated immediately at a booth. Thoroughly enjoyed our drinks and lucy entrees. Scotts has a great variety to choose from. Recommend Scotts for a great lunch!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • just so so
    redhead
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Unfortunately this time my lunch was just so so. Service was impersonal, food OK but green beans barely cooked and too hard to eat. I like them crisp but they were hard. Overall nothing special! I've been there for dinner before and it was better then but that was a while ago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good seafood
    smorr
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We've eaten at Scott's a number of times and generally like it. Their seafood entrees tend to be very good, especially the Blackened Snapper. Disappointed in their desserts. Chocolate souffle was good, but the Key Lime pie was extremely sweet and the chocolate brioche pudding was ok, but nothing special. My cocktail (Orange Cosmpolitan) was so strong it was undrinkable. (Three of us tasted it and all agreed.) The waiter took it back to be adjusted, but even it still wasn't that great.
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  • average brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was our first time for brunch, and the food and service was very average. We were a party of 10, and the best thing was that we were seated in the room in the back. It was very private. But it felt like the waiter forgot about us and we had to keep flagging him down. Eggs and potatoes weren't seasoned. Fries were soggy. Best item was the biscuits.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambience but food not great
    CloeyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We ate here on a Saturday night. The fit out and general atmosphere of the restaurant is nice and comfortable. The mostly older clientele didn't seem to mind that we brought 2 young children. The food however was not great. The shared seafood appetizer was mostly battered and fried, which is unhealthy and destroys the flavour of the prawns and calamari. Our entrees came swimming in a white sauce with way too much curry powder in it. The strong flavour of the curry powder (which incidentally I've never had in a fish sauce before?) totally overwhelmed the sea bass and rainbow trout. The fish itself was overcooked and dry. So whilst we liked the ambience we won't be back. We love seafood but can cook it better at home at half the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming and overcooked fish
    rgmindianVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have been to Scotts in Costa Mesa many times, always a reat experience, especially the food. When I needed a place to dine in Palo Alto and found Scotts, I was excited. Upon entering the restaurant, I was ignored by the hostess while several customers whom she knew passed in front of me and were seated. Not a good experience, then the waitress was OK but not really attentive, just coming round to take orders. The salad was actually good except they drowned it in dressing, I don't want my calories from too much dressing. The sea bass was over cooked an pretty much had no flavor, although it was crusted in almonds. Didn't bother with desert or drinks, I ahve had enough an high prices for bad food.
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  • dchell
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I heard brunch was good, but the menu is limited and no buffet. I ordered a frittata and it was served cold. Nothing spectacular and I could have made something better. The restaurant seems data with carpet that needs replacing (we were in a private room). Servers were okay.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the waiter was the best
    LiluSatori
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    every time the food is great, staff great and table comfortable. parking easy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scott's Palo Alto
    SFexpat
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Scott's Bay Area goes back at least 40 years, and Scott's Town and Country reflects that. It's old, stogey, indifferent. The food is still pretty good - but not great, and the staff acts as if it really doesn't care whether you are there or not. It's really an overall C+ dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lie to me!
    MsLifeIsBeautiful
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    All was great, love love, love this food! The Vietnamese Salmon sandwich was delish and very unique.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • disappointed
    Diner3VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The crab cakes were the worst I have ever had from coat to coast. They were more like a crab pancake (or patty) on very bitter slaw.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another good meal at Scotts
    ReneeSVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our meal at Scotts was very good. There is a consistency at Scotts that we enjoy and it keeps us coming back. You can count on fresh seafood, well prepared, and well presented. This meal held up to this standard. The service was excellent, the food was good, and we enjoyed our meal and our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scott's for Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Lunch at Scott's was awesome. The clam chowder was full of clams and delightful. The sourdough bread was very fresh. And the sandabs - a local specialty - out of this world. Will definately go back again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey and Average
    Oldercouple
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Restaurant was good in all respects but nothing special, particularly at the relatively high prices they charge. We were there early after a concert at Stanford and had picked the place because I saw a lobster special advertised in the paper. It turned out that the lobster was only at another of their restaurants. It seems that although this is somewhat of a chain, each restaurant has different menus so you need to look at the specific one. All in all nothing bad but nothing better than OK.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 65 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 656 reviews are from the Scott's Seafood - Palo Alto reviews archive.
  • Nice food but a little warm...
    USSMidway
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We were seated in a corner booth on a recent evening and the A/C was laboring to cool the room. It was during one of our periodic heat-waves and one of the reasons we were out to dinner as a family was to find a cool restaurant so we could chill. I realize there may only be a handful of days each year when this is a problem, but on a really hot day, I suggest you consider this. Otherwise the food was great and service was OK. (I ordered a beer I never got, even though it was on the bill.)
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • shirlVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    as always, we were not disappointed. scott's in palo alto always excels in every way.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super!
    abc123
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Very fresh fish. Good food portions. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.