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Date
Fri, 2/23
Time
11:30 PM
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Scratch (Mtn View)

4.0
1609 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Groups
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Monday-Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(650) 237-3132
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
California
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Street and public parking lots
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 1609 People Are Saying
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3.8
service
4.0
ambience
3.4
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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terrys 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Staff friendly and responsive. Noise level low enough we could have a conversation with a group of 8.

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pickyeater (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

It was way too expensive for what we got. My husband had meat loaf and water, I had an appetizer and a glass of wine and we shared a salad. The bill came to $85 without tip. All of the food was ordinary. Won’t go back.

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vipMelanie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Ordered a shrimp Louie salad but there it was watery.
Puddle of water in the bottom of my bowl. Disappointing.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Birthday dinner

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Nani (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We enjoyed the food, the atmosphere was fine,and the service was good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Sadly having been here previously I chose it for a special evening. First we walked into a restaurant that was more than half empty and were seated at a table directly opposite the double swinging doors to the kitchen. A very loud kitchen. The second issue was the table backed up to a bar area where subsequently a family with four very unruly children were seated.

The evening continues downhill with the server. After numerous delays with the waiter stopping by to say I will be back shortly he finally came to take our drink order. After delivering the drinks he disappeared for far too long before coming back to take food orders. He recommended the fish special which was neither fresh nor special. It was a very small cut of Seabass that was overcooked and mediocre at best.

Unfortunately I am not likely to return to what used to be one of my go to restaurants because of this experience.

I’m not sure what has changed in the last month but Scratch has been scratched off my list.

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vipcheapoYromantico (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our second visit to Scratch. Both times, the food was bland and overpriced. No flavor. And no salt & pepper on the tables to liven it up! Open Table calls this reasonably priced, but for one appetizer (the deviled eggs WERE good, I have to admit) one Cobb salad and a plate of 8 raviolis, no alcohol, it came to $82 with tax. As the service was excellent, I tipped 20%, making this a lousy "almost $100" dinner. Sorry, Scratch, but that's twice in a row.

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notgoingback (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Almond french toast had no almond flavor or nuts.

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vipdiner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Scallop dish was delicious. Our friend had the fried chicken and praised it highly. Bread could be more interesting. Service was excellent.

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ChrisS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was wonderful, they had a great selection of beers on tap and tasty cocktails, but the server was rather awkward/nervous and the price point is a little high.

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Talulahquita (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

We have dined here countless times, and the services seems to decline each time we are here.. so much so I refuse to eat here anymore. Our server was attentive until the appetizers were served, after that we had the hardest time trying to get anyone’s attention to get more drinks, and anything else we wanted. It’s like he couldn’t be bothered to ask us if we wanted anything else. Also there was a large group behind us that wanted to cheer and drink like It was a sports bar, totally took away from the normal ambiance of the place. Pretty distracting trying to have a conversation when a group of tech professionals sound like a frat party right behind and next to us. Really not the place for that thing.. I could tell it was also startling the patrons next to us as well.. sad this place has gone down, it use to be better.

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SALLYG (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

OVERPRICED AND NOT THAT GOOD. I HAD PIZZA THAT WAS BILLED AS FLATBREAD--IT WAS NOT FLATBREAD. MY COMPANIONS VERY MUCH ENJOYED THEIR DINNERS--ONE LAMB SHANK AND ONE BEEF .

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Vinnie (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Bland and flavorless food. Terrible value for the money. No wonder, half of the restaurant was empty on Friday evening.

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vipPooch94024 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Service was very, very slow. It took 20 minutes to get our cocktails, and an hour to get our food! No apologies from the server...an unsmiling man.

The food was good, not great.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Although the food was delicious (but rather expensive - my fish was $35, and the soups were $11), the service was only fair (our waiter forgot that I had ordered a salad even though I had pointed to it on the menu in addition to saying aloud that that was what I wanted; my husband was through with his soup (he didn't want it to get cold, after all!) before my salad arrived only after I had reminded the waiter). The wine list was very expensive, and then the bottle we had ordered ($45) was out of stock so the waiter suggested an alternative (for a mere $60!), but it was pretty much our only option. Not to mention that a full 25% of the list was devoted to just one varietal, at the expense (pardon the pun) of a better selection of any of the other varieties. The restaurant is also very noisy.

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Lking (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Delicious lunch! The waiter was very attentive and knew the menu. Loved the artichoke appetizer! The bread on table was yummy too. It would be a good place for a business lunch as well.

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vipEllen (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Nice ambiance. Food was good. Prices are high especially wines by the glass and by the bottle.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Great place for cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We love the food here, although it’s very noisy in the evenings if your table is in the open area to the left of the bar. We always ask to be located on the other side where you can here each other without shouting. This is my only complaint although I’m sure some like the vibrant feeling from the noise.

This one visit we found the service to be inattentive - not typical for Scratch. Waiter was brief and mechanical. I would have liked an coffee refill, but no chance. Still, we will definitely go back.

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KABB (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

I used to enjoy Scratch. But it has become very pricey and I don't think the price is worth it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

This was my second visit here and it was just as great as the first time.
My reservation was for Saturday night so expected to be crowded tho they had the table ready for me right on time. We spent over 3 hours and never felt rushed but only excellent service and positive attitude.
Food was great, fresh and cooked perfectly, we decided to go with apetizers selction instead of entree.
Wine was great as well.

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harpo (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Familiar, "comfort" food, not very exotic, ethnic or interesting. Has become rather outrageously overpriced for what you get.

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vipKelceyryder (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The food here is excellent. It shows in just how crowded the place is. We were there on a Thursday night at 615pm and the place was packed. I guess you have to be 3 or more to get a booth. We always get the bench type seating where your neighbors are so close it is uncomfortable. Two guys next to me talked so much that it was really uncomfortable. I felt like I was eavesdropping on a private party.
I will go back only for the food, certainly not the ambience.

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Ralph (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

We had three appetizers: The Lobster Bisque and the Beet Salad were terrific, but the Ahi Poke was very disappointing. A very small portion of ahi and lots of cucumber and vegetables, and all very flavorless.

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vipAnitaMW (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Scratch is a decent restaurant with an interesting menu, and the food is good. The service can suffer when they get busy. Cocktails are pretty good as well.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was good, but a bit pricey. Menu was hard to read in the poor light.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Service was the problem. No empathy, food server bringing other tables’ food to our table and one of our group getting an incorrect meal. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Overall good dining. Our visit for brunch although pricey, good portion size. Loved the fresh fruit muffin to start. Food was timely. Service was lackIng a bit, ok upfront but big delay in our waiter checking back, also a bit slow to clear table. Worst of all, i flagged two people (includIng hostess) requesting s coffee refill- no one ever came. Need to pay a bit closer attention to timing. Better service in past, but get the feeling the restaurant runs on short staff. Hope this improves.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Food and drinks were great. Service was marginal. Waited for a very long time before waiter took our initial order. Waited for drinks. During the course of our visit, ordered a second round of drinks which were clearly forgotten and we had to finally catch a waiter (not even ours as we hadn't seen him in a while) to chase down our drinks. Too bad, because otherwise enjoyed the food.

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Bluebird (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

appetizer (lobster cocktail salad) was great but fell down hill from then on. Service and ambiance were great but the food was mediocre.

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