Scott's Seafood - Oakland

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Located in the heart of Jack London Square, Scott's Seafood restaurant has been the standard for fresh seafood in the Bay Area since 1976. With an incredible view of San Francisco and the Oakland waterfront, Scott's has been named the "Best Seafood Restaurant" in Oakland for a good reason. Scott's Famous Cioppino, Seafood Saute', Alaskan Halibut, New England Clam Bake Stew and our award winning Clam Chowder are some of the classic favorites. Piano bar every night with Maxine Glover playing Wednesday through Saturday. Also performing Sunday through Tuesday the incredible John Turk. The Sunday Jazz Brunch Buffet features "Just the Three of us" Jazz group each Sunday. Also, window and patio seating are on a first come first serve basis.
If you are in need of private dinning, please contact our catering services. Scott's offers private rooms for small intimate groups or larger groups up to 400 guests. We also do off-site catering. See you at Scott's!
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family gathering of 8 people ranged from middle school age to 96 year old. Service was prompt and friendly, food was delicious and fresh, and the manager went out of her way to help us celebrate with a birthday sorbet and photo memento. They know how to handle a large party without fuss.

D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

This was a special evening for six family members who hadn't been together for 15 years. Service of food to the table was extremely slow between the salad and main course. And instead of talking about all the things we wanted to, we were talking about bad service and looking around for our waitperson. We had to remind the wait person we had requested some anchovies for the Cesaer salad and ask for more hot water for two people who wanted it. On the positive, every person was friendly and professional.
At the end, I checked the bill and saw a double charge of $34.00 for the calamari main dish. I had to look around again for our waitperson. She was very apologetic and reprinted the bill correctly.
And yes, the maitre d was very kind and gave us a complimentary bottle of wine on our way out. Your people are really good people, the food is good, but they're short staffed and it lowered our enjoyment of this event significantly. And especially painful was that we had celebrated my parents 70 wedding anniversary at Scott's with a large private party five years before. We want you guys to make it! Thanks for listening.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, the prices - not so great...........................................

LI
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely lunch today at Scott's. The clam chowders were hot and delicious. I had a Bay Shrimp Louie that was cold and crisp with lots of yummy shrimp. My friend had the crab and avocado salad that is prepared as a stack. White wines were perfectly chilled. Service was outstanding. The views and weather were perfect.

LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible and special service for a retirement dinner. First class.

AS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Scott’s for our special occasions. The view, the food, the service all were great!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service sucked, over priced and disappointing

s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice restaurant, pretty swank. The food was good, but not outstanding. It was overpriced for what it was. The service was very good.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of our most romantic Valentine’s dinners ever. We had their pre fixed special and it was excellent.

CK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We use to have a boat at Jack London Square and ate at Scott's at least once a month! We sold our
boat and now live in San Francisco so it has been at least six years since we have eaten at Scott's!
We had our children and grandchildren with us for lunch yesterday and we all agreed that both the
service and food were great! It was like coming home for a visit and we all enjoyed being there and
decided we won't wait so long to come back!

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Muy a Cogedor y buen servicio buena comida en un lugar muy bonito

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LO
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to Scotts for dinner in quite a few years, but both my husband and myself were pleasantly surprised to find the ambiance was wonderful for Valentine's day. The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. The place was full of patrons, but as soon as we were seated both bread and water were delivered to our table. My husband had the chippino and said that it was delicious, I had swordfish and it was wonderful! We will be returning for dinner again soon!

m
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was not that good and service was poor. Never again will I go there

LA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentines Day dining experience. Our server was very good.

MN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I would not recommend Scott's to friends or colleagues.

P
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They failed to honor our reservation so we left. They had deliberately overbooked because it was Valentines day

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Well, talk about a Valentine’s Day fiasco! My husband and I received a gift certificate to Scott’s as a wedding gift last September. We were so excited to use it for Valentine’s Day! I made reservations six weeks in advance and booked a waterside room at the Waterfront Hotel (great place to stay, btw). Reservations were for 7. We walked in at about 6:20 and waited about 10 minutes in a line while the hostess attended to those in front of us. No problem, cause it was a busy night. There was a jazz piano guy playing, the place looked amazing, and we were ready for a fun night! The hostess looked up our reservation and checked us in. I told her we would be in the bar til our table was ready. She curtly said “I highly suggest you get in this line to be seated. “ 😕. Ok, so another 10 minutes and they take us way around to a back dinning area and seat us in the middle of the roomThere were open tables by the window and I asked if we could sit in one of those, but was told no, those are for people with reservations. 🤨. Ok, another 10 minutes, the waiter asks for our drink order. My husband orders a Manhattan, and I a Strawberry Margarita on the rocks, no salt. Our drinks finally came, the Manhattan had two maraschino cherries and I got a lime margarita. The waiter was finally ready to take our order. Very expensive menu. NO SUBSTITUTIONS. i wanted regular mashed potatoes, not garlic mashed potatoes. 😒. Ok. I ordered a different dinner with regular mashed potatoes and a crab, avocado salad. My husband ordered his dinner and an order of oysters. The oyster came on a tray of ice that was 8 inches high and at least 8 inches by 12 inches wide with six oysters no bigger than a dime! Really! We actually laughed at how ridiculous it looked! 40 more minutes go by, I flag down our waiter and ask about our food. They gave it to someone else! We asked for the manager. He offered to comp our dinner, but we left after 2 hours, crappy drinks and no dinner. 😖

R
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Valentine’s, too busy, service slow, did’t feel like a special evening.

TH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service1ambience4

Worst service ever. Waitress clearly hates her job .

TT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience2

Service was ok, was given the wrong order, so had to wait while my company's food got cold. Desert was ok, not too tastey, but overall, the experience was pleasant.

AD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Scott’s seafood what a great place what great food we will be back soon

BO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great sunset view and wonderful server who kindly gave us recommendations throughout our meal

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Valentine’s Day

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant experience and nice ambiance.

SB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints

EC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly delicious as usual. Our waiter (who's name I forgot) was so attentive but not bothering you. Our table was by the window which allowed up to have a view of the waterfront and San Francisco off in the distant. It was a beautiful day to be out and about. Dessert was to die for! Loved it all.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with Dad
Valentines Day

LA
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at Scott’s fir a number of years. I love everything that Scott’s offer. The good there is fantastic . I love Scott’s. Would recommend to the world.

S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I have come here numerous times, one of my favorite restaurants in the area. Last night I ordered cioppino, one of several times I have had one of my favorite dishes. This time it was just right. I like some spice in cioppino and there were a couple of times when it was a little bland. Keep this version going!

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant experience on all accounts.

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, host with an attitude, but a good server

l
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for Sunday brunch, the food was delicious with a wide variety of choices. The bottomless mimosa was the topper. The jazz band was good as well.

M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and nice water view. Good food. My sole was a little over breaded to my tastes. Great clam chowder. Ahi was delicious, as was the calamari steak. The "outstanding" review was because the staff was great in helping us celebrate a special birthday. Took our friends picture as a souvenir for him to take. Would definitely recommend Scott's.

T
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We came for the seafood salads. I love the avocado crab salad during crab season. It was great!

K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Sadly, our experience at Scott's Seafood was only fair. This past Saturday, my family celebrated a 75th birthday dinner and had requested a table near the windows in our reservation. We were seated in an empty upper level section near where the staff was setting up the brunch equipment (for the following day) and folding napkins. There were several tables which could have accommodated our party near the windows but they weren't 'available'. They sat empty for the length of our meal.
This restaurant seems to be stuck in the 1980's. Their menu really hasn't changed much over the past 30 years and the plating was similar to that at a banquet hall. They do know how to cook seafood but the side dishes (green beans, carrots, swiss chard) was either crunchy or completely hammered. The ahi tuna entree was under seasoned and desperately needed a little more sauce to give it flavor.
As for service, it was uneven and awkward. Our server knew about the birthday but brought the rest of the table's desserts well BEFORE the birthday girl's - bad timing for sure!
The restaurant has the potential to be a special place - especially given the location However, the Saturday night pianist (although very talented according to a professional musician in our party) played so loudly that we had to shout to be heard across our table - that totally ruined the atmosphere. Our server and the manager encouraged us to request a song to our liking but they never addressed the issue with the pianist. I left the restaurant with my ears ringing as if I had been front and center at a loud concert.
We have no desire to return to Scott's given their outdated menu, uneven pacing of the evening, and lack of concern for their customers.

g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

It took over 25 minutes for my friend’s soda to be refilled. It felt like we were in a forgotten corner of the dining area.

BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect such a great time waiter was so good food was delicious my girl had a birthday to remember

PL
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have been here many times.Great place for a special dinner.Always have a good variety of fresh seafood
And prime steaks

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I indicated that this was a birthday when I made the reservation. I also told one of our servers. No one acknowledged us or said a word. As we were leaving, the server brought a dessert with candles and a red rose to the table next to us for a woman who was celebrating her birthday. The host came over and took a picture of their group.

When I mentioned to the host that our birthday had been ignored, and pointed out that I had put it on the Open Table reservation and told one of the servers when we first sat down, she asked if they could do anything. We had our coats on and had already started walking out, so I don’t even know what they would have done. The host didn’t offer anything concrete, like a dessert raincheck.

What was most embarrassing is that my wife (whose birthday we were celebrating) said she’d seen them preparing a rose when we first arrived and thought it was for her.

What a let down. We don’t go often, so maybe Scott’s didn’t care, but have been going for decades. We won’t be back.

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