Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)
Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)

Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scottsdowntown.com/
  • Phone: (770) 536-1111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:30 pm - 11:00pm
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Scott Dixon Chef De Cuisine Jeremy Wilkson
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Loft at Scott's is our newest event facility with seating up to 500. We also provide off premises catering. We offer a complete line of corporate and social catering including: Concert Baskets, Day on the Lake Picnics, Weddings, Bridal Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Company parties, Holiday Gatherings.

    Call on Scott's Catering Department to put together a memorable event for you.
  • Private Party Facilities: Scott's Downtown is the perfect place to host your next private event. The Restaurant offers two private dining rooms to accommodate up to 24 and The Loft at Scott's can accommodate larger groups up to 500! Business meeting space is available up to 24 with audio and visual equipment available.
  • Private Party Contact: Kay Dixon 8886721780
  • Entertainment: Live music Saturday evenings. Vocalist, saxaphonist and guitarist are just a few of our entertainers scheduled weekly. Entertainment schedule available at www.scottsdowntown.com
  • Special Events: We offer private meeting/event spaces as well as the option to rent the entire restaurant out. Minimum Food and Beverage charges apply to complete rental.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brenau Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking after five available in neighboring parking lots.
A word from Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)
Casual Fine Dining in a comfortable atmosphere is the best way to describe Gainesville's premier Downtown eatery. Great food prepared with attention to detail, an unparalleled wine list and the best wait staff North of Atlanta are some of the hallmarks of Scott's.
We are located in downtown Gainesville in the historic Pilgrim Estes building. Our menu offers a wide range of choices from USDA Prime, hand cut steaks, the freshest seafood and local produce with seasonally inspired weekly specials. With a wine list of over 150 wines,many by the glass you will certainly be able to find a perfect match for your menu selection. Enjoy one of our five private dining rooms for two to celebrate that special occasion or one of our larger rooms for social and business events. We have dinner hours, live entertainment on the weekends and lunch hours during the week. Our new bar and lounge is now opened! We are Atlanta & North Georgia's best kept secret!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square) reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (28)romantic (26)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (18)good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (16)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    What a wonderful, delicious, and beautiful place!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening!
    Jordie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We enjoyed cocktails and an appetizer in the Lounge before dinner. Best martinis and bleu cheese olives! We enjoyed the ambiance in the dining room with the romantic sound of a guitarist who was performing on a Saturday night. Our meal was delicious. I had the tilapia and my husband enjoyed his vinegar chicken on pasta. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, and great service!
    longr
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We especially appreciated the warm, personal service of Jeffrey, our server!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rack of Lamb tough
    LarryandKathy
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Usually have had excellent food on prior visits but this time the rack of lamb was so tough it was hard to cut with the steak knife provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great dinner. Kyle, our server, did a fantastic job making recommendations and service. The spinach artichoke dip was fabulous. Thanks a bunch for a wonderful anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beth
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Scotts was delicious! The service was perfect. I will go back for sure really soon-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely fantastic!
    goodfood4me
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had read some reviews about Scott's, so I had to try it. We dined in a private alcove which was only the start of a great meal. From the soup to dessert, nothing disappointed us. My husband had the aged filet and I had the aged ribeye. We both agreed that they were the best steaks we have ever tasted. I would highly recommend Scott's On The a Square for anyone living in the area or just traveling through Gainesville, Georgia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great a Dinner as Usual
    Ldiane
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Scotts. We were given our requested table which so delighted me. Our food was superb and staff most attentive. At the end, we were given a very special anniversary dessert. Ready for the next special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best food & service in Gainesville
    ScriderNGa
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My wife and I visited Scott's for the first time. We had heard many great things about Scott's and they all were true! Our server - Jeffrey was excellent and tended to our needs and had a great personality. The food was perfect and the dessert was even better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took my friend here for her birthday lunch. We reserved the private small room for two and were able to talk privately. The food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    LakeLanier
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Affordable upscale restaurant in the middle of downtown Gainesville.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very nice experience
    scott2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We used a groupon to try Scott's. They have a separate menu for those of us in that category. Tacky, but acceptable. Had blue cheese chips as an appetizer and they were f-n awesome. Caesar salad was very good. I had a mixed grill entree with asparagus and risotto. Sides were again awesome, but the chicken was a little dry and had a burnt taste from what must have been an incredibly hot grill. Filet was a little cold to my liking, but the lamb chop really set off the meal. Highly recommend the lamb. I struggle with sitting for a long period and we sat too long in my opinion. The staff was off the chart. Probably above our means to try again. We paid $54 for the 90 credit and left a 20% tip, with no alcohol and still were out of pocket.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The whole dinning experience was great.. This was our first visit to Scotts but will definitely be back.. A little on the pricey side, but worth it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Diners
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First time diners, everything was perfect. Charming place, friendly staff, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Classiest Restaurant in Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had a first class meal at Scott's on the square. This place is a gem! Made a late reservation for 10 which turned out to be a party of 13. Called to see if they could accommodate and they were happy to do so even at the last minute. Food and staff were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Excellent food and service! Great sides, especially the creamed spinach! A little too pricey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We celebrated two friends birthdays. Service great.Scott came out to welcome us ..Food was delicious ....our waitress was very nice.. Brought out two Birthday 's desserts for our friends. Decorated plates were lovely, took pictures ..A delightful lunch...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • abc1
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Very appropriate special occasion restaurant. Great food, great service, and quiet booth seating choice, made for an enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    BigEd
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food, service and ambiance are superb. Parking is available on street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    restaurant combines private dining (rooms for two) with group dining (rooms for 8 or more) along with outstanding food selections. The smoked gouda jalapeno grits are PHENOMENAL! Can't wait to go back again at dinner time and try some of the extensive wine collection they have.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 300 reviews are from the Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square) reviews archive.
  • Delicious !!!
    MoJo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband & I went to Scott's to celebrate his birthday!! Both of us had an excellent meal and great service!!! We love going there for lunch as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but not really "casual"
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and service were great. This is not "casual" ; but fine dining. Will go back when the occasion is right
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bluehouse
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Five of us met for dinner on Saturday night. The restaurant is beautiful! We were seated in a private dining room which was perfect for us as we talked and laughed and didn't have to worry about disturbing other diners. The hot crab dip appetizer was delicious. Our table split a couple orders of the seafood medley and we all enjoyed all three fish dishes. Great flavors and good side dishes. The lamb lollipops were very good. The Scott's Signature cocktail is so refreshing. The service was outstanding - very attentive and friendly. Can't wait to return to Scott's for dinner again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    Jues123
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Discovered this gem a couple of years ago when stopped for the night while traveling. Purposely did the same trip so we could enjoy this restaurant again. Forgot to check address and they have moved to a larger location. Service, ambience and food still outstanding. There is now a bar/lounge attached and a huge function room upstairs. This is not a cheap restaurant but you definitely get what you pay for. So glad the food and service hasn't changed now they are so much bigger. I hope we get to enjoy Scott's for many years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scotts - Charm and good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Scott's is located in a building which was the long-time home of a furniture company. The wooden floors and charm of the building are perfect. The food was very nicely presented and was delicious. Our party of four arrived as the restaurant as it opened and were among the first to place an order. It was about 15 minutes before we were served our appetizer, but we were through eating in about an hour.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foody
    Foody
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Out with co-workers for the evening excellent service, food was good, our waiter was very knowledgeable. We all had a very nice time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    MoJo
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great restaurant! The food is delicious with great presentation!! We love to go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    sandi
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Finally - a restaurant in Gainesville with great food. A little pricey for the area, but the service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Leah was truly the definition of "service with a smile" and made the experience even more pleasant. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late Mother's Day
    Luvshermom
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I travel a lot and had to miss Mother's Day so I took my mother out for a belated dinner. She had never been to Scott's on the square. My elderly mother is skeptical about trying new things, however Scott's menu was fun, different yet still easy to find those items in her comfort zone. Our waiter made suggestions and recommended a lovely wine that made the perfect combination with our appetizers and dinner. We had a wonderful time and won't wait until next Mothers Day to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 5 star dinning
    WeekendRetreater
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Scott's is hands down Gainesville's best dinning experience in every way.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mothers Day Brunch
    LarryandKathy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Amazing how good buffet food can be!!! Actually just as good and a regular dinner and at a very low price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Ambience and Dining
    TrueBlue
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This establishment has it all. Excellent ambience, décor and dining. The selection and the Chef are excellent (judging from seafood, steak, chicken, 3 soup trio and appetizers that we were served) The service is great. The server worked very hard and very smart to ensure that our dining experience was very enjoyable. Also, Monica Spears provided the live entertainment which greatly enhanced the experience. I recommend without reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gainesville fine dining
    Mike
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife and I have dined at Scott's since their opening on the square years ago- Scotts give people in Gainesville a pleasant option for fine dining - food is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great steak!
    ladolcevitaatlantaVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Highly recommended if you want a really terrific steak. Service could have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch was delicious!
    DMitchell
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We've been to Scott's many times. We attended Easter Brunch for the 3rd straight year and as always it was delicious. Wide variety of foods which included breakfast offerings (custom omelets, french toast, grits, biscuits and gravy, etc.) and high end entree items ( prime rib, roast pork loin, oysters on the half shell, several shrimp and salmon offerings). Great service and atmosphere, we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    Chuck
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Scott's Easter brunch was simply wonderful for this very special day for the family.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    PreppyPeach
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food was delicious, staff was friendly and provided great service,we will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    StephG
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Wonderful Easter brunch! The food, service, noise level, absolutely everything was amazing.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great romantic evening!
    JandD
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We asked for and got one of the private alcoves - a quiet and romantic spot for couples. The service was great, the hostess was pleasant and helpful and our server Jeff was attentive without being pushy. He was knowledgeable and accommodating. The food was definitely upscale from design to execution. The smoked Gouda grits are a must! We had the perfect Martini and Scott came by to check on us a couple of times. We felt pampered and special and are certain to return soon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Notable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    First visit to Scott's Downtown. Notable for many reasons. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed the small booth. Each course of our dinner was really outstanding. We came away saying that we would be back and deciding which entree we would choose next visit. My guests were from Denver and it was nice to show them that there are nice restaurants in Gainesville--the city that will be my new home.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.