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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Scratch (Mtn View) reviews from OpenTable diners
169 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)good for groups (60)vibrant bar scene (58)special occasion (50)neighborhood gem (44)great for lunch (31)hot spot (26)notable wine list (25)romantic (22)great for brunch (21)kid-friendly (10)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • walbut
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was really rushed. The waiter was waiting in the wings with the entrees while we completed our appetizers. For the price of the food it is missing the ambience and overall dining experience of places of a comparable price. The food itself was fine - nothing special. Overall an okay experience but not one I would recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over Rated
    Curt
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The taste of the food was just ok and the portion was on the slim side. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant as a must dine establishment.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • shouldn't have to wait for a table
    Kevin
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The whole point of OpenTable is getting a reservation so I can dine. Asking me to wait 10 minutes for a table when I've got a reservation is annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SCRATCHed my head after
    LeeLee333
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was good. Meatballs and Grits & Bacon Wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates were tasty. Although, my Oysters Rockefeller had sand in them. Service was bad. Our server was aware that we were there for a birthday.Disappointed to not be brought a small desert for her. We put in 3 separate orders of appetizers. After our last order of appetizers, our dirty plates sat in front of us for 30 minutes. I had to ask him to remove the dirty plates. We asked other servers & attendants for clean plates, utensils, drink orders, etc. Our bill was incorrect. Manager made an exception for happy hour prices but bill did not reflect these prices. It was corrected. It angers me that this server received a 20% gratuity when his service was unsatisfactory.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dont scratch this one off your list
    TravellingElbys
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    In keeping with Palo Alto's Reposado, Scratch has a large, lively bar scene. The menu is suprisingly varied and all items we tried were excellent. The service was excellent - always available but not intrusive. Located on Castro in Mountain View, this is bound to be a go to place for locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Scratch used to be a great place for foodies, now the food is.... Well, meh. They ruined their Mac and cheese, the medium rare burgers came out well done and the can only seem to make decent fries 1 out of 10 times. This time was the last. Especially since there are so many other choices in this area.
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  • Nice, but too pricey for two $$
    jsvh2000
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a good experience at Scratch, but it is billed as a two dollar sign menu, but should be three or four dollar signs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie Review
    iolavolaVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Enjoyed my salad very much. It was rather unique in that it had Quail eggs in it (hard boiled, of course). The service was excellent and it is a very up-to-date place. I also had dinner there once, but think I chose the wrong dish, so I gave it another try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Saturday Night
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My fiancé and I hit up Scratch this past Saturday night and I was pleasantly surprised. The food was DELICIOUS! I had the Surf & Turf and he had the Fried Chicken. I would recommend them both. Surf & Turf was AMAZING and the Fried Chicken was crispy and delicious without being too bready or oily. Service was excellent and relatively fast. We asked about a butter sauce for the lobster and the bus boy brought out 4 different dipping sauces and explained what each one was. It was relatively quiet and great ambience for a date night. We'll definitely be coming back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Wonderful service
    Noodle23
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I picked this place as it was the first on the list on the OpenTable app. Staff was very accommodating as I was going to a concert before and was running behind. The food was awesome and the wine selection is killer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner
    EileenTBrooklyn
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    we had a great time celebrating my husband's birthday here. the restaurant was loud (because of the busy bar area) and our waitress was very soft spoken so it was difficult to hear her, but overall the food was delicious and i would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Company Event
    like2eat
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I made reservations for our company dinner event. I have never been to Scratch before nor my boss & co-workers. It turned out that it was the best experience we had for a company outing! the food was so tasty along with the presentation that we decided to make another outing. The restaurant ambiance was so inviting, we had a great time. Thank you Scratch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I love going to Scratch for lunch. Their food is fresh, well prepared and presented with options for all palates. The wait staff is so friendly it just makes for a nice relaxing lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • N/A
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I do not wish to write an in-depth review. I believe this is asking too much. I am a busy person and while I recommend Scratch to anyone looking to buy a $50/person dinner, or $20/person bar-experience, I don't plan to go there again any time soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Liked it
    pjbj
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was very good, service was excellent. We were not pushed to depart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LovetolunchVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I recommend the delicious BBB pulled pork sandwich but not the pappardelle.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Dinner
    bizluncher
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Lunch and dinner is good at this restaurant. It's easy to have business conversation at either lunch or dinner. Ambience at night is great too. Seemed like a lot of people at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Again great food and service
    InfobahnFoodie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Unlike our first visit which suffered from several noisy groups, our most recent two visits (on Sunday evening, avoiding the after work crowd?) combined the great food and service with a pleasant sound level. We will return, working to schedule our visits on slow nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scratched
    Gonz
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Sorry, didn't pass my bar for a fine dining establishment. We started with the seafood plateau and the lobster was chewy and rough and oysters were just so so. The shrimp and cocktail sauce were nice. We tried the chorizo stuffed dates next and there was not much contrast so the date was mushy. The flavor was nice but it really needed some texture contrast like "crispy" bacon, yes the bacon was not crispy either. My wife ordered the crabcake and we didn't even finish it. It was mush again with not a lot of flavor and slightly "fishy"...........Yes, I am eating a seafood but I do make them and know the difference between crab tasting fishy. :)
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  • Wonderful place to dine
    coastalcowboy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is my 3rd time to Scratch and it always lives up to my expectation. Great comfort food and an impressive line of drinks, wine, beer, etc. Great place for all adult ages. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite worth the money
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    It wasn't clear from their website nor the OpenTable info the restaurant does a transition from brunch menu to dinner menu, and only offer the limited items from the bar menu. I met up with a friend at 2:30 and we ordered the bacon wrap date, the Scratch Pizza, and Elvis for desert. The date appetizer taste fine but I would expect more food for the money. The pizza...the pizza. Never mind about the pizza. For their Elvis (their most popular desert), I find the chocolate cup doesn't taste like chocolate at all. We were served by numerous staff (transition again?) and they were all very friendly and attentive. I would go back if I needed a quite place for confidential conversation. Not my top choice when seeking for good food.
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  • Amazing night with book club
    Hannah
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I chose this restaurant for our South Bay book club to meet at, and it turned out to be perfect. When I entered the restaurant, I was informed that I was the first of my party to arrive, but they offered to seat me anyway, so I could wait for other members of the book club. The hostess and server both talked to me about the book my club was reading, and were more than friendly. The food was amazing; it wasn't too loud, so we could still hear each other to hold a conversation about the book. The prices were reasonable and every staff member I encountered was amazing. I will definitely be coming here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food went a little downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I ate at Scratch a couple years ago and had a wonderful meal. I ordered the same thing the other evening (Scratch Fried Chicken) and it was greasy and rather flavorless. Service was excellent, ambiance was nice, but for the prices they charge, the food needs to be a LOT better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a winner
    betseya
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We were extremely happy with our experience at Scratch. Starting with cocktails (we are fussy), the bartender was friendly, attentive, asked about our preferences, made good suggestions, and made good drinks the way we like them. Once we were seated for dinner, we found the same level of good attentive service there. You have to try the onion rings! They are wonderful We split the rings and a dinner salad (also very good -- lots of different lettuces, color and textures). For main courses, my husband had the short ribs, which he thoroughly enjoyed. I had the scallops which were just right; they were cooked enough to be done, but not tough. That's not easy to do. We were too full for dessert, but they looked good. Next time...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Price alert!
    asds
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The average cost listed on Open table is under 30. However, we spent > 50/person on this restaurant. Be careful if you are on a budget.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mountain View Hot Spot
    cnalscVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Upon entering Scratch, you are greeted by a bar scene that is so lively and noisy that you know you're not in for a quiet evening. If you can get past that, you'll have a good meal. This is American comfort style food with enormous portions, so you need to order carefully if you don't want to waddle out of the restaurant. Fun cocktail list, interesting wine list. The short ribs on polenta are to die for. Save room for the desserts! Service is pleasant; most importantly, our lost credit card was found and stored in the safe until we retrieved it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet wannabe
    druidgl1
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Most of food was adequate, pork ribs were hot on outside, cold on inside, which I think means pre-prepared and then warmed, in this case not warmed adequately. Mentioned to waiter who did nothing about the problem.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scratch is consistently good!
    Pownzie
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Scratch is my go-to place when I want to take out of town colleagues to dinner. The food is always excellent, they have a nice wine list and the cocktails are impressive. They're really quick, too, and the service is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate