Scott's 4444

20 Mount Street , London, W1K 2HE

020 7495 7309

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SquareMeal Review of Scott's

Hall of FameSquaremeal London Hot 100 2016Under the awning or amid polished oak panels, glamorous Scott’s is a top choice if you want to take clients out for some “sublime” seafood and a thorough spoiling, backed by service that’s “second to none”. Staff “really care”, so rest assured that the “best fish in town” will be delivered with seamless care and attention. The sight of glistening crustacea displayed at an ice-heaped bar serves as a reminder that it’s sometimes best to leave well alone. In that spirit, purists also enjoy potted shrimps, lobster mayonnaise and dressed crab, while more elaborate starters might bring tempura langoustine tails, char-grilled squid with ‘nduja or “delicious” sautéed monkfish cheeks with snails and bordelaise sauce. ‘Turf’ is always an option (try the chicken, mustard, bacon and quails’ egg pie), but many customers return to the sea for halibut with dashi broth and shrimp gyoza, battered haddock or fish for two on the bone. Despite the obvious luxury, Scott’s is widely judged to be “great value for money” – something to bear in mind when leafing through the wine list. In short, a “unique experience”.

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7.8

Food & Drink: 7.3

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 6.1

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Lorella C. 06 November 2017

best Fish & Chips I have ever had!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Natasha K. 10 July 2017

When we were initially seated we were fairly unimpressed. I had to wait at the host counter for about 45 seconds waiting for the girls to finish their conversation, and was then seated at a terrible table by the bar, right next to a machine. The restaurant area in the back is much nicer - the whole white linen / candle thing - so I asked to move to that side and they obliged. I don't know why they put us in such a terrible seat.... We ordered the fruits de mer to start, a portion for one became a HUGE starter between the 2 of us. It was such great value for money as we enjoyed oysters, scallops, crab... everything! The manditory dover sole came next, which also did not disappoint. The waitors were all very kind, gentle and warm. As was the somelier - loved it!

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Gregory R. 08 March 2017

Good points: the starter of duck egg with black pudding and rabbit was delicious, as was my wife's octopus carpaccio (although too much oil); the service was first class; classy atmosphere; excellent wines; Bad points: both my and my wife's main course were thoroughly disappointing. Her sea bream was saturated in so much butter she couldn't finish it and what she did eat left her feeling queasy. The sides of potatoes and green beans were also smothered in butter. My main of John Dory was dry, bland and altogether unenjoyable. We ended up cutting the meal short, skipping dessert and coffee. Perhaps other dishes might fare better. However I don't think I'll risk finding out any time soon.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

stewart s. 03 January 2016

We celebrated my friend's birthday at Scott's last week. I started with bass cerviche. It was over-saturated with lime, and way too strong. My wife thought the same. I followed with Sea Bass which was tasteless and overcooked. The rest of the table had lobster which was also tasteless and underwhelming. We should have complained but we tried to make the best of it, and let the evening flow. The girls did actually send back 3 bowls of french fries which frankly, were no better than McCain' frozen oven chips. We each paid £130 each, without alcohol. This pathetic offering is totally unacceptable. Essentially, the food was cooked and served without love and the service was anonymous and cold. If you want to waste your money and get ripped off in a rather dated pretentious London restaurant with very little personality, go ahead. Scott's will suit you well. I would not recommend Scott's, even if it were a quarter price.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 02 April 2015

Having had a very good initial experience at Scott's, we decided it was time to go back last Saturday evening. We were seated in a corner table facing the central bar which we thought was a better position providing more space between neighbours (although happily our American neighbours on first visit were particularly sociable, added to which service was more than efficient and very pleasant indeed). All things from the sea being the speciality of the restaurant, I thought it sensible to order all seafood comprising Dublin bay prawns and the half lobster thermidor with some sides. My 6 prawns at £27 were expected to be good and when I looked at them wondered if the intestinal tract had been artfully removed without disturbing the flesh (what a mind-boggling feat that would have been), but alas - as I cut in, not only did I have prawns complete with stomach tract but I then noticed the blobs of the lower entrails – no doubt just to add an abstract design to the plate! Rather than making a fuss, I discretely called the waiter and quietly pointed out the offending elements. With a swift shake of the head, he immediately whisked the plate away. Astonishingly, despite a replacement arriving in good time before my partner had finished his very nice risotto, there was no apology from anyone for the fundamental error. For an expensive, simple starter, the prawns tasted good, but nothing more. I hoped that lobster thermidor would be really enjoyable. Not only was it unremarkable in flavour, but the flesh too chewy, having perhaps been exposed to too much heat, but I did eat it. My partner - though not as unlucky as I - was underwhelmed with his main course. As before, the wine was good. The young Italian waiter was pleasant, but his senior who took the order had a slight attitude seeming as though he could hardly be bothered to answer a straightforward question when we were ordering and obviously didn’t care to explain or even attempt apology for the oversight. Unimpressive performance, especially as the restaurant was not particularly busy at 6.30p.m. that evening. Needless to say, at these prices for such sloppy (in many senses of the word) standards, we are unlikely to return. I find it incredulous that two dining experiences in the same restaurant could be so great in contrast, with not only the food, but the service being a lottery.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Cheeky silver reviewer 21 April 2014

As a Scott's regular, I feel I am as well equipped as anyone to write a review. For me, it's the best fish restaurant in London. The atmosphere is superb from opening to closing time. I frequently have a late lunch there and it's still busy at 4pm – 6pm. Bearing in mind that this is a favourite celeb haunt, you'd think the service might be a bit ‘up itself’ but the contrary is true. The staff are friendly, helpful and the service is always excellent. It's not cheap but shrewd choices mean you don't need to max out the credit card, although the option is there. Dover sole, plain grilled, off the bone wins out every time. Highly recommended.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 19 February 2014

Scott’s is one of those places (just like Cecconi’s) which remain consistently excellent and reliable, prefect for either work or pleasure and a wonderful combination of new and old money, superb for people-watching. Lunch earlier this week reminded me just how enjoyable Scott’s is and although we sat at the bar rather than at a table, we got the best of the experience and a great place from which to view the rest of the restaurant (including the amazing display of fresh crustacea mounted on top of the bar). Despite the restaurant filling up quickly, none of the servers seemed rush and the service we received was generally impeccable. We were not rushed to order and enjoyed sipping our drinks and sampling Scott’s lovely olives before choosing from the menu. I opted for a delicious piece of monkfish served with some of the best polenta I have ever enjoyed, while my comrade decided on the venison. While not the most obvious choice in a restaurant renowned for its fish, he was similarly impressed with the quality, lean yet juicy meat. The sides of spinach and broccoli were both prepared to perfection too. The only caveat to Scott’s is that it does not come cheap, with few mains for below £25 and many starting from £30. Treat yourself though and do go (or even better, get someone else to pay!)

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Kelly E. 25 October 2012

Probably one of the best restaurants I've ever been to and never fails to disappoint. Be prepared for quite a hefty price tag, but its worth every penny. The service from the moment the concierge pulls the door open for you is impeccable; you're made to feel every bit as special as the token celebrity diners around you. The atmosphere is buzzy without being so loud you can't hear each other speak, but enough that diners next to you can't overhear your conversation! The aroma of beautifully fresh shellfish hits you as you step through the door and see the magnificent display at the oyster bar that monopolises the centre of the restaurant creating a stunning focal point. The food itself then lives up to every expectation; cooked to perfection and delicious. And the service is second to none. Your glass is refilled without you noticing and the food arrives at a perfectly even pace, allowing just the right amount of time for sipping wine and conversation between courses. If you're going for a special occasion – do let them know when you book. We went for my boyfriend's birthday and they took the effort to pipe Happy Birthday and his name in chocolate on his dessert plate. A lovely touch.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 2.0

Ray W. 20 September 2012

The one undisputable draw of Scott's, given that if you want good, hot food you might as well cook it yourself at a fraction of the price, is that on settling at the bar during evening service you are transported to a world of elegance and sexy sophistication that even Mayfair prices fail to diminish . You may have to bring the sex and sophistication yourself but the room is simply great. Service is friendly though stretched so food seems to come the long way round, but once there the scallop starter was plump and fresh, sea bass and slip soles mains basically fish on a plate but good quality and the setting is not your average kitchen table so everything looks a lot nicer. The maitre d' was accomodating about moving from bar to a table and the wine list is exorbitant, obviously. It's fun and romantic and very expensive.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Toby N. platinum reviewer 27 July 2012

Is Scott's the best restaurant in London? Judging by most of the comments here the answer would seem to be yes. But not for me – it probably wouldn't make a top 10.  Yes some things are very good, but others you expect more than it delivers.  Service is excellent: staff are great – helpful, polite, efficient, know what they are doing and do it without any fuss. When I turned up for lunch and let them know my friend was going to be a few minutes late, as she always is, they offered me a newspaper and kept checking back to see if there was anything I needed, but didn't do so in an overbearing way. Sadly the booking experience isn't quite so good – the online option doesn't work on anything from Apple, and they aren't great at actually answering the phone, so lose one point for this.   The atmosphere is slightly strange – its really old school Mayfair with panelled wood, tiled floor, dark bar and art on the walls and it all looks horribly dated and would benefit from being brought into the new decade with a makeover, I fail to see why people rave about it. Tables are far too close together, one of my pet peeves, and whilst the noise isn't excessive it's not a place for a private conversation.  The food is not as good as I expected. We shared a starter of Parma ham and nectarines – it was fine, but hard to go wrong if you use decent quality ingredients. For the main course I had roast cod with shrimps and samphire – strangely bland and not a patch on Murano or Pollen Street Social where they really know how to cook fish – which is odd for somewhere that prides itself in being one of the best fish restaurants in London. My friend ate the steak which was a better option from the sample I had – though I didn't really rate the chips it came with. Dessert was the chocolate bombe with passion fruit – a wonderful piece of theatre, where the hot chocolate sauce is poured and the bombe eats itself to reveal the caramel and popping candy centre, but not a great dessert, though I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate desserts anyway and it was my friends choice that we shared. Prices are high – wine comes with the Mayfair mark up where anything decent is £50 upwards. Main courses are reasonable at approx £25 though expect to pay extra for side dishes, which always seems a bit of a con. Starters are expensive as are desserts. Two main courses, water, shared starter and shared dessert, bottle of white Rully plus service came in at £175, so expect if you were both eating 3 courses that you wouldn't be getting out for under £100 a head. Incidentally do we really need the £4 cover charge? It's a bit naughty really to pull that kind of trick.  I didn't hate it and expect I will go again as it deserves a second chance, but it didn't live up to expectations – its one of those places where you go as much for the experience of having gone as for what it delivers. For the sort of prices it charges I think you've got a right to want more and would far rather go to Pollen Street, which is way cooler and with better food. 

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Room for 40 people
Capacity: 40