Scott’s Seafood has long been a tradition in Downtown San Jose. With its central location near the sports arena, theaters, the Center for Performing Arts, and several other downtown venues, it’s a great place to start an evening before heading out to a Shark’s game, the ballet or symphony, an outdoor concert at the nearby Caesar Chavez park during the summer months, or any of the many festivities hosted by Downtown San Jose.
On a recent visit, our party of four secured a table on the rooftop patio just in time to catch the sun setting on the San Jose skyline. Strings of festive lights crisscrossed and twinkled above our heads as the shadows of the surrounding buildings grew around us, creating a very sophisticated cosmopolitan ambience. It was a cool spring evening but well-placed outdoor heating lamps kept diners and cocktail-toting revelers toasty.
If you’re lucky, you might score a table next to the sleek fireplace which makes a cozy wall on one side of the terrace. Or sit at the cool blue-lit bar set against a clear glass railing which wraps around the patio and offers an expansive view of downtown. We took note that the terrace would make an excellent venue for special celebrations.
We sipped on delicious cocktails concocted by the award-winning mixologist while we perused the menu. Whether you ask for a simple gin & tonic or a signature Mango Passion Fruit Mojito, the bar does not disappoint. By now you are planning your next girls’ night out or date night here, and you haven’t even tasted the food yet.
We started with the Hot Appetizer Sampler. A large platter laden with delicacies from the sea: Crab Cakes, Calamari, and Jumbo Wrapped Prawns, all with their respective dipping sauces. Everything was tasty, but you may want to request a separate order of the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes because a riot for that last bite might ensue. The hefty egg-shaped crab cakes were loaded with chunks of white crab meat encrusted in crisp golden-brown breadcrumbs and served with a spicy remoulade. The entire table agreed that a meal of just those crab cakes would suit us all just fine. But that was before our entrees had arrived.
You can’t go wrong with a classic like Scott’s sautéed prawns, scallops, and Dungeness drab in garlic white wine sauce—a plethora of seafood swimming in a sauce perfect for dipping the warm, fresh sourdough bread into. The rainbow trout with spinach, garlic mashed potatoes, mushrooms, and Dungeness crab was incredibly fresh, and the fish was cooked to perfection. The special that evening was fresh lobster tail served with lobster
ravioli—beautifully grilled lobster and pillowy-soft raviolis filled with yet more lobster. We hope it returns to the menu often. The seared Ahi tuna was perfectly seared on the outside and rare on the inside, as tuna should be. It’s never good when a beautiful fish like Ahi arrives to the table overcooked.
For dessert, a seafood dinner should end with Key Lime Pie. The Key Lime pie at Scott’s is one of the best—fresh, tart and not too sweet. With its excellent location in the heart of downtown, the chic rooftop terrace, refreshing cocktails and fresh, well-prepared seafood, Scott’s will continue to delight long-time devotees as well as attract new patrons for years to come.
BRUNCH AT SCOTT’S
Scott’s Seafood is excited to announce the opening of Sunday Brunch Buffet. Beginning Easter Sunday and continuing every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. The all-you-can-eat brunch buffet will feature bottomless mimosas, a shellfish bar, a prime rib carving station, eggs benedicts, breakfast courses, dessert bar and so much more. With live music, it’s the perfect complement to our rooftop views and patio seating. What better excuse for getting the whole family together to create great memories around great food. We saved the best seat in the house for you.
185 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95113