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“Nothing special”

Scott's Seafood Restaurant
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Ranked #8 of 1,283 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Embarcadero
Transit: Bart located 10 blocks from restaurant (11th Street Bart).
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 836 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Average food, unattentive service, boring menu, pretty much sums up Scott's? At then end of the meal the waitress actually asked if we were celebrating anything special, very strange timing to me as the bill was being rang up

  • Visited August 2012
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SF Bay Area
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Limited to certain dishes”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

We remember when Scott's was THE place to eat seafood in the '70's. But this is 2012, and time has mostly passed them by. The fish is slightly overcooked by today's standards, and the sauces pretty much begin and end with lemon/butter/white wine. Not bad, but no longer mind-blowing. What they do well is: fried calamari, which is served with that lemon butter sauce and delicious, if lousy for your arteries. Popcorn shrimp, same. Shrimp salad sandwich is better than the crab salad sandwich. Best of all is the burger at lunch: lunch is quieter, calmer; with a tasty burger with a good bun. Everything else is mediocre, although at least the Boudin sourdough bread is absolutely fresh every day.

The time to come is for the Lighted Boat Parade every December. It happens literally right outside the windows. You MUST make a reservation well in advance, and expect service to be slightly below the barely adequate level it usually it. It is crowded, but a genuinely fun way to begin the holiday season!

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank jeane00
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Oakland, California, United States
Level 6 Contributor
545 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“I can't believe this is in the top 8”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

I think that many people who rate these Oakland Restaurants are a bit off. Scott's Seafood (just like kincaid's) is a corporate restaurant focused more on up-selling. Their food isn't terrible, but it's definitely no shining star compared to the gems all over the city of Oakland. Their food is average but I suppose you pay for the spectacular view. The only time I eat here is for the occasional happy hour dinner about once a year (if that) and I live in close proximity.

If you want a nice place to go for a romantic dinner, a nice celebration, or some exceptional cuisine, check out (in no particular preference order) places like:

Hudson, Wood Tavern, Khana Pena, Acote - College Avenue
Comis, Dopo - Piedmont Avenue
Mezze, Side Bar - Lake Merritt
Flora, Pican - The Uptown Area
Rumbo Al Sur - Glenview

And there are so many other great places!

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank Dianah R
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Redding, California
Level 5 Contributor
88 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Best Sunday brunch I've ever had”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

I don't know how you can have brunch here and not give it five stars. My wife and I first discovered this waterfront dining experience two years ago and have made it a must-stop whenever we are near it on a Sunday. Come hungry. There is no end to the magnificent dishes. Come thirsty. There is no end to the champagne and memosa's. The service is top notch, and the view, well, how can you not like waterfront dining overlooking the boat docks and boat traffic on the Estuary. We have not had dinner here so I can't testify to the dinner. But, this place is a real treat on Sunday mornings.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank ChrisandJess2006
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San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Awesome from Start to Finish!!!!”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

Great bar area while waiting for my friend to arrive for dinner. Bartenders were friendly and personable. Great view while having drinks. Hostess was very accommodating in moving our reservation to a later time as we were enjoying drinks in the bar. The food was amazing and the service impeccable. Would definitely recommend to anyone and would go back again!!!

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank genetorres3
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