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Summary

£113
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Always sparkling” – this “glamorous” Mayfair “classic” (007’s favourite) is nowadays second only to its Theatreland stablemate Sheekeys in terms of the total number of nominations it receives in our annual diners’ poll; and likewise in the rankings as a “go-to place for fish”. More “sophisticated” (and expensive) than its rival, the crowd is better heeled and more A-lister here than in WC2 (and also, perhaps, with a greater share of “flash Harrys”). “Excellent Dover Sole”, “the best crab” and “top-quality fruits de mer” are typical of the “superb seafood”, “classily” delivered by “professional” staff, all of which make it popular for most occasions, including business entertaining. “It slipped down in the estimations” of one or two reporters this year due to general concerns that it risks becoming “overrated and overpriced”. But for the vast majority, the feeling is still that although “it’s obviously not cheap, it’s a real treat and a totally reliable one at that”.

Summary

£99
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Eternally elegant” – this “discreet and yet see-and-be-seen” Mayfair A-lister (007’s preferred lunch spot) “always feels like a special occasion” (“people spotting here becomes a game”), and its mix of “glamour” with “very fine seafood and effective service” helps to put it in London’s Top-5 most-mentioned restaurants in our annual diners’ poll (and it’s only narrowly beaten by its stablemate J Sheekey in nominations for the capital’s best fish). “The menu is both familiar and innovative, with frequent new dishes and specials in addition to the classic fish and fruits de mer it is famous for” (of the former, for example, “top Dover sole”). “It is even more expensive than it ever was, but somehow one never minds the bill because the food and service seem to justify every penny.” And while it has “an upmarket and lovely interior”, if you can nab one of the pavement tables “sitting outside on Mount Street and watching the world go by adds to the ambience”.

Summary

£91
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Oozing class”, this “classic Mayfair dining room” (James Bond’s favourite) offers “a true five-star meal”; a “consummate experience” combining “glamourous”, “traditional” surroundings populated by “ever-obliging staff” and “an interesting clientele, featuring many well-known faces”. Owned by Caprice Holdings, it is locked in a perpetual battle with its stablemate J Sheekey to top our poll for best London’s fish (the latter, as usual, edges it this year). However, even those who acknowledge “superb seafood” often note “the hefty price tag”, and there was the odd concern this year (supported by ratings) that “standards have slipped a bit” from their usual heady heights. In summer, the pavement tables are a big draw. In August 2021, Richard Caring announced that Scott’s is the latest of his landmark properties to get the spin-off treatment with the announcement of Scott’s on the River in Richmond – see also.

Summary

£86
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Pure glamour” attaches to Richard Caring “really classy” and “sophisticated” Mayfair A-lister – 007’s favourite lunch spot – which is “an ideal place to go celeb spotting… if you’re into that kind of thing”. Culinarily speaking, it’s famous for its “spanking fresh” fish and seafood (and vies with its stablemate J Sheekey as the capital’s top venue for such specialities) although it also offers “enough meat choices to keep the carnivores happy”. In terms of style, it’s “smart” and quite “formal”, which – together with its “silky smooth service” and “well-spaced tables” – makes it an “impressive” choice for entertaining and “clients love it” (although, by the same token, “the room can be overrun with business suits”, especially at lunch, robbing it of some of its habitual sparkle). Top Tip – “the terrace tables are great, weather permitting!”

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Scott’s Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Scott’s Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Scott’s restaurant.
D A
As good as ever...
Reviewed 2 months, 11 days ago

"As good as ever"

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Jeremy B
Good restaurant...
Reviewed 6 months, 19 days ago

"Good restaurant"

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Chinye A
Consistently delicious food in a great sett...
Reviewed 6 months, 28 days ago

"Consistently delicious food in a great setting!"

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Jeremy B
Prices are creeping up! ...
Reviewed 7 months,

"Prices are creeping up! "

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Nigel H
It is hard not to question whether this pla...
Reviewed 7 months, 16 days ago

"It is hard not to question whether this place is overrated and trades on the similarity of its clientele, slightly loud and slightly brash. The food is more than sound, fish immaculately cooked, but lacking imagination. The service is a question of taste, so attentive that you wonder if they’d like to get you out quickly."

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david h
Food very good , but on the expensive side ...
Reviewed 11 months, 30 days ago

"Food very good , but on the expensive side . "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£18.00 £36.00 £6.00 £12.50
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £45.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 14.50%
20 Mount St, London, W1K 2HE
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑1 am
Tuesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑1 am
Wednesday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑1 am
Thursday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑1 am
Friday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑1 am
Saturday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑1 am
Sunday12 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm

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