About Scott's Seafood - San Jose

Scott's Seafood Restaurant is a Bay Area tradition in the heart of downtown San Jose. Their American regional cuisine features the freshest seafood and prime dry aged steaks. Enjoy views of San Jose and the surrounding hills of Silicon Valley from the sixth floor. The interior is inviting for all occasions, from casual dining to special occasions, business meetings or your next event.

185 Park Ave.
San Jose, CA 95113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm – 8:30pm Brunch Sunday: 10:30am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Market Street and Almaden Blvd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 971-1700

Website:
http://www.scottsseafoodsj.com/

Entertainment:
Live music Thursday and Saturday nights 6-9pm

Catering:
We provide catering for parties of 20 or more. Please call for more details.

Parking Details:
Parking validation: 3 hours free

Public Transit:
1 mile away from San Jose Diridon Station

Executive Chef:
Alfonso Tamayo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a night lounge from 9-12pm Thursday-Saturday on our rooftop bar. Come enjoy some small bites and specialty cocktails as you overlook downtown San Jose from the 6th floor.

Private Dining

Scott's banquet room offers private dining with a fireplace, and whimsical paintings by local artists and views of the San Jose downtown area and surrounding mountains.

Scott's Seafood - San Jose Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (33)
Scenic View (26)
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Business Meals (22)
Romantic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Good for a Date (20)
Good for Groups (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Healthy (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Live Music (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Authentic (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I love to go to Scott’s before the theater. With reservations, you can get in and have a lovely meal and pleanty of time to walk one block to the theater. Usually, I love what I order. This time, I ordered trout for the first time and I found it to be utterly tasteless. Back to my favorites next time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was outstanding. Service was excellent. Had salmon and wife had scallops & crab. Clam chowder was very smooth.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We sat at the bar and enjoyed happy hour. Food was good and the service and attention was perfect.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Yesterday my family dined at Scott's Seafood to celebrate my mother's birthday. The restaurant did not set up a window table for our special occasion as I had requested on my Opentable reservation. When I complained to the hostess, she was not apologetic but instead gave me some very lame excuse which I didn't accept and asked her to set up a window table for our party of 10 anyway. Then she summoned the Asst Manager to our table and what an AMAZING experience. Mr. Robert, the Asst Manager, showed me the table they set up for us if we wanted to change (which my family didn't want to anymore since we were already seated and started eating Bread) and proceeded to graciously tell me that as an apology to us for not heeding my request, he would comp our appetizers for us (2 orders of Oysters Rockefeller totaling $34 and 3 orders of Crab Cakes totaling $54) which certainly made me more than happy. Then at the end of our meal, our wonderful waiter Jean-Luc brought out a complimentary Scott's Classic Rapsberry Jack ($8) with a lighted candle for our dear mother and informed us that to apologize for the mixup about our table, the restaurant would comp BOTH our apps and our desserts (3 orders of Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee totaling $27 and 1 Warm Molten Chocolate Cake for $9). We were very impressed. Then upon receiving our check afterwards, we were extremely surprised (and DELIGHTED) that the restaurant also comped our 2 Basil Fruit Mojito Mocktails totaling $14 and a Blue Moon Beer of $6.50 as well. That was INCREDIBLE! Scott's Seafood and Mr. Robert had gone ABOVE and BEYOND to make up for the mistake of not setting up a window table for us with all the good will gestures. THANK YOU Scott's Seafood and Robert for making our evening special by treating us with such respect and genuine hospitality! We WILL be BACK.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Nice venue, wonderful food. So so convenient for downtown performances. Best deal of all, free parking for dinner and performance.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

very average food and we were charged extra for ordering a martini "up". that was a first! I get paying for specific brand of gin or vodka but, because it is served in a martini glass!! Really!? The manager would not adjust and was kind of a jerk. I won't be going back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Been there many times but this was the very best in recent memory for food and service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was a beautiful restaurant and the food was great. My husband loved it and he was pleasantly surprised as well. He is very particular with his food.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service, always get the table our group wants. Relaxing, as we start in the bar with happy hour and are not rushed to go to our table if we're having fun. Food is delicious and several are excellent on getting us out in time for our event.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall we had an ok experience for my wife’s birthday. My request for a window seat went unanswered in lieu of leaving multiple tables opened for parties who never showed up for roughly the 2 hrs we were there. Our server, while fantastic and polite was overworked. Certainly no fault of his own. The food was extremely overpriced for the quality we received. I understand when market prices apply food can be raised in price but Scott’s had virtually no flavor for the expense we paid. I expected more. My Bloody Mary had more spice and flavor than the jambalaya and seafood pasta did. It’s a beautiful restaurant and space but the staff seemed overwhelmed and the quality and taste of the food was disappointing.

Would I give it another shot? Sure, but if it disappointed again I’d never waste the money.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Scott's is a great destination point in San Jose. They have excellent seafood and a beautiful view from the window on the 6th floor. The calimari appetizer is always delicious. And the seared ahi tuna is always a favorite. the green salad was nice that they split for us. My salmon dish was very good and the petrale sole was very good, too. Overall, Scott's is a very good restaurant witha beautiful window view.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Over many years we have had wonderful dinners at Scott's and will continue to go there for dinner.
As we had attended "sponsored" brunches there over several years...quite good...when we needed a spot near the CPA for brunch, Scott's came to mind.
We were looking forward to the promised jazz which we did enjoy!
This review pertains strictly to Sunday Brunch:
For quite some time, service was nonexistent. We served ourselves to the buffet and waited some more. Drinks were not forthcoming...no water, no coffee.
They were very much understaffed. Some staff came on after we'd been there an hour but there was a party in the banquet room, outside was full and it simply was not enough.
After requesting coffee from two different servers...hard to find any servers...and both said they'd bring it and did not, we got up and went to the kitchen to request coffee...twice! Finally it came and was cold! And it was cold the second time after we'd been told it would be a fresh pot!
We were not offered Mimosa's which apparently are included in the brunch price.
Eventually a manager came around and offered to totally comp us which we refused... vehemently. When he returned with our credit card bill it reflected a 50% discount. We gave up on protesting, paid and tipped.
The apologetic manager asked us to please come back to Scott's and we assured him that we would for dinner and absolutely would not for brunch except for the annual "sponsored" brunch which the four of us always do attend.
Too few servers trying to serve too many people.
A wide variety of buffet items...some not so good. In particular the two salmon items: one covered with egg and cheese...so I was told (couldn't have identified that!) and the other very sweet...
At the "sponsored" brunch more is self serve and mimosas and included drinks are self serve at the bar.
More staff and more set up for self service would help.
And we do look forward to many more lovely dinners at Scott's!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We asked to be as far as possible from amplified music and that was honored. Loved the crepes. Shrimp and lox also particularly good. Lovely brunch before theater.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The ambience and live music was great. I was not impressed with the food, I did enjoy my salad. I don’t mind paying for great food but but this was just k for me. The service was okay, the waitress seemed busy and not focused. I would probably just go back for appetizers & drinks.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Crab cakes were great - i wish they were larger. Halibut, trout - fantastic. My kid got the lobster tail - good dish, but massively overpriced. Our waitress was a gem - gave us great friendly service, and was knowledgeable on the menu.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were looking forward to a great meal on the outdoor patio but unfortunately after sitting down, the patio area smelled like old clams shells. The servers were more worried about closing up the place than service and it was only 9:00. Ultimately it was a disappointing evening at Scott’s. Lots of nice places to eat in the vicinity, think those would have been a better choice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My boyfriend had the best New York steak we've ever had! It was delicious, melt in your mouth, perfectly prepared. My salmon dinner was tasty but tepid so difficult to review. I'd go back for the steak!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We went to Scott's for a dinner with business colleagues during a conference. The food, service and atmosphere were great for that setting - I would not rush back for a personal or romantic dinner but would return for a business meal.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Delicious food with plenty of choice. Very fresh and kept fully stocked. Great live band playing music everyone loved at a perfect level. Bottomless mimosas were always topped up before they were empty

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The services were so bad, they brought one plate so dirty to the table , then no knife to cut the filet mignon, the beverages were took so long just to bring a beer and then no tools to open the king crab legs and no basket to disposal the shell very very poor management.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a reservation, seated 20 mins after... had left notes that it was our 30th anniversary when booking , no consideration. Service was slow , they seemed short staffed, one person took our drink order not our waiter, possible manager. Took awhile to get drinks, longer than normal. Ordered food, it came, mine was warm , my husbands cold. Told waiter, he took it back. I started to eat mine but wanted to wait and eat together since it was our anniversary. By the time his food came back mine was now cold . His came back cold a second time, we notified manager. They apologized, food cold twice? Unacceptable, they were going to comp the meal we didn’t eat. No one came back to check up on us, we left a tip for server and left. Very disappointed, we used to come a lot for special occasions and bring our family, not anymore. It used to be one of my favorite places.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The crab cakes and pumpkin soup were delicious, as was the Mahi Mahi special. The jambalaya was so-so. Service was lacking. We waited too long between soup and entrees and for a refill of my tea. The restaurant itself is very nice. Overall I was a little disappointed considering the price I paid.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great lobster bisque and seafood salad. It paired really well with the zin. So glad my hotel recommended it. I just wish I had time for a drink on the rooftop patio.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food, Ambiance and Service Excellent - until we used the restrooms. Disgusting-made us feel sick.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Enjoyed a birthday dinner. Food, service, ambience all great. Even got a complimentary birthday dessert. An added touch last Saturday was a talented 3-piece band instrumental and singing. Good choice of music and volume was just right for enjoyment and conversation.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great service and food. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 7, 2017

food lacked taste compared to other places we've tried (same items) service was good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

I went here on a Monday night for a business dinner with 3 others. It was good, the main course was good, the Lobster bisque was a bit of a let down though.

The service was the soft point. The initial contact from the waitress took about 5 min, and she was unfamiliar with the specials and the menu as she had to check on specials and come back to us. She also asked my business customer if she was mixed (racially black/white), and said she looks just like her mixed friend. which I thought was wildly inappropriate.

The main course was great, but for the service I will not be back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great Sunday Buffet. We did not know it was a buffet but were pleasatly surprised by the quality of the food. Very nice

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I usually don’t give reviews but I was so disappointed that I just had to tell you about this. We ordered the calamari to share as an appetizer which was way over done. I ordered the sea bass that was tasteless and over cooked and very dry. My husband ordered the trout and said it was just okay. Our waiter was running around and very impatient. We decided not to have dessert and when he brought our check he charged us twice for every dish we ordered. Of course he corrected the mistake. We will not go back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Came here for dinner to celebrate a friend's bday and food was delicious. I ordered the lobster and my friend ordered the cioppino...both dishes were delicious. Restaurant was quiet despite us being a bit more boisterous. Restaurant a bit dated but the nice views more than compensate for some of the dated decor. Wish the bar was a little bit bigger but overall a good experience and I'll be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I always have a great experience at Scott's in San Jose. I have eaten there several times and the food is always excellent and the waiters always friendly and attentive. Whenever I am there for the theatre, I prefer to eat at Scott's!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were late to our reservations and needed to get to the musical theater by a certain time. Scott's accommodated us perfectly. We wish we would have had more time to dine, so next time will allow more travel time to San Jose. Great venue!

Tags: Scenic View, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Music was too loud to talk during dinner. The meal took a long time to come out. We almost missed the show. Our seating time was 5:15 That should have been plenty of time.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food was ok but not great. Expensive for the level. However, service was very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Good food for affordable Happy Hour prices. Bummed we couldn't be out on the patio as it was reserved for a private party. That's a bummer since that's where you can also do Happy Hour. With that out, bar seating is very limited.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Really nice for low key special occasion celebrations. They special printed the menus which was a nice keepsake. And special birthday dessert without the big noisy Birthday singing.
Food is great. Beautiful and balanced. Staff are attentive and move at your pace.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

The service started out a little slow but our waitress made up for it with her smiles and service. My date really enjoyed her dinner and talked about the waitress all night. It was a great night for me also.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our server went above and beyond and gave us a wonderful experience. I made a request for him to say something off-script when he was telling us about the specials, and he was such a good sport about it. It really made my girlfriend's night and gave us a great laugh. Food was excellent and fairly priced. It was relatively noisy in the restaurant, but I understand Friday night at 7 is a very popular time for any good restaurant. We will be back very soon!

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