Scott's

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Gold Award
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SquareMeal Review of Scott's

Gold Award

Dining at Scott’s is how you imagine dining on a transatlantic cruise liner would have felt like during the golden age of travel. The keel-like central seafood bar, piled high with ice and shellfish, does nothing to shatter the illusion, scalloped carpet detailing and panelled mirrors bring a distinct 1920s vibe, while the pop of Champagne corks comes in a steady, celebratory rhythm. This is old school Mayfair at its best; unashamedly plush and polished.

One of Scott’s biggest selling points is that whether you’re here for business or pleasure, you’re definitely here to have a good time, so make sure you arrive early to pull up a perch at the marble-topped bar. Snacks are a wonderfully savoury selection of plump olives, crisped pork crackling and almonds which seem to magically refill themselves, while the staff are equally as attentive when it comes to drinks.

A glass of bubbly from the extensive list is the obvious thing to order, but if you go for a cocktail the bartenders are so concerned that your drink is to your liking that they ask guests how they’re enjoying their pour, even offering to remix cocktails if required.

On taking up your seat in the dining room you might be treated to half a dozen oysters to whet the appetite before enjoying a starter such as the famous cheese soufflé, which comes with a bucketload of rich cheese sauce on the side and enough truffle to put a pig straight into retirement. Not everything fares as well, with a bang bang squid salad cold, limp and studded with cherry tomatoes that felt like they’d been thrown in after hanging around too long without a home.

However, stick to the Scott’s classics and you’re likely to eat very well here: a shimmering copper tower, say, heated from below and crowned with a platter of garlic butter-smothered shellfish. Adequate sides do well enough to mop up the juices, but really nobody comes to Scott’s for the chips – you’re here for the freshest fish that’s carefully and classically handled by the experienced kitchen team. Full steam ahead, this is a ship worth boarding.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
British, Fish
Ambience
Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Romantic, Traditional
Other Awards
SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Scott's

Scott’s is more than a restaurant, it’s a scene, a landmark, a legend.  Although it’s been around for half a century, it only struck gold when it reopened under Caprice Holdings (the owners of Thy Ivy, J Sheekey et al) in 2006. Mount Street was changing from stuffy residential enclave to fashion Mecca and Scott’s was there – catnip to fish-loving foodies, fashionistas and posh people who were instantly hooked on its infectiously buzzy ambience.

The interior is beguiling by day and night. An oval oyster bar with tall stools and a magnificent ‘high altar’ for shellfish dominates the light-filled front space. There are cosy tables at the rear and confident modern art on the walls, while a flower-filled pavement terrace attracts smokers and the ever-present paparazzi.

The menu nods to meat eaters with veal cutlets, steaks, chicken pie and venison fillet with celeriac purée. But this is essentially a seafood restaurant, serving up what readers say is “simply the best fish in town” – from homely potted shrimps and dressed crab to exotic octopus carpaccio and monkfish with spicy tiger prawn masala via oysters and caviar, lobster Thermidor, battered haddock and extravagant fruits de mer.

‘Fish on the bone’ might bring halibut and massive 22oz Dover soles, as well as delicate slip soles with capers and parsley butter, but the full repertoire covers everything from scallops in the shell richly doused in garlic and chilli butter to roast cod dressed with cauliflower purée and chorizo. There are also some imaginative vegetable dishes such as roast squash with quinoa and harissa. 

It’s also worth saving some room for totally tempting desserts such as gooseberry pie, peach Melba or a flashy take on Bakewell pudding with almond ice cream. With its completely reliable food, brilliant but unobtrusive service and a wine list that won’t break the bank, Scott’s is quite simply outstanding.  


FAQs

Who the head chef at Scott’s Mayfair?

David McCarthy is the head chef at Scott’s Mayfair, and he creates seasonal menus using the best seafood sourced from the UK and further afield.

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What is the dress code at Scott’s Mayfair?

The unofficial dress code at Scott’s Mayfair is smart casual. While there is no enforced dress code the clientele of Scott’s do dress elegantly, so if you’re feeling like fitting in comfortably you may wish to leave the jeans at home.

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Where can I see a Scott’s menu with prices?

Scott’s menu is packed with seafood dishes, from caviar and shellfish through to lobster and huge sharing platters. While the prices on Scott’s menu aren’t cheap, you really do get the finest ingredients and some deft cooking to boot. Expect to pay upwards of £22 for a main course, while fish of the day for one might set you back somewhere around the £38 mark.

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Location

20 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2HE

020 7495 7309

Website

Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-01:00
Tue 12:00-01:00
Wed 12:00-01:00
Thu 12:00-01:00
Fri 12:00-01:00
Sat 12:00-00:30
Sun 12:00-00:30

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63 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Jane Q

07 January 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
Jane

Staff are great

Izzi B

26 November 2019   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
fab

lovely Friday afternoon with a buzzing atmosphere and lovely food!

Stephanie L

07 August 2019  
Simply the best for fish.

palomba W

26 July 2019  
Although it has been around for a long time, it is reliable, comforting and still delivery the best fresh dover sole.

Graham M

26 July 2019  
Very good level of food and service always.

Anon

26 July 2019  
Art deco bliss with food, wine and service to match. Try table outside in the summer and watch the fabulous cars go by. Fair price for Mayfair.

Athina M

13 July 2019  
Excellent service, very good sea food.

Tarah M

28 June 2019  
Have been coming here for years. Ranges from fantastic to absolutely terrible. Service can be damn right rude. There are some terrible tables in there too. As for trying to get a seat outside. Well you have to be someone or 'beautiful'. The last time we had an early lunch there I asked to sit outside as MD said it was on a first come first serve basis. When I got there oh no it wasn't. Sorry you have to book those tables. Sat inside in freezing air conditioning and crab shell in my food. So sorry Scotts not again! Crying shame.

Sarah M

28 June 2019  
Classic Mayfair Restaurant, the seafood is always amazing and the service wonderful. An institution but still modern.

Emma S

29 March 2019  
Excellent restaurant unpretentious mixed clientele with exquisitely balanced food. Service is also second to none.
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