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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) Details

  • 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 (888) 672-1780
  • Entertainment: Live music Saturday evenings. Vocalist, saxaphonist and guitarist are just a few of our entertainers scheduled weekly. Entertainment schedule available at www.scottsonthesquare.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food and service were great. This is not "casual" ; but fine dining. Will go back when the occasion is right"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Out with co-workers for the evening excellent service, food was good, our waiter was very knowledgeable. We all had a very nice time."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great restaurant! The food is delicious with great presentation!! We love to go there!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Scott's is hands down Gainesville's best dinning experience in every way. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Highly recommended if you want a really terrific steak. Service could have been better."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Scott's Easter brunch was simply wonderful for this very special day for the family. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was delicious, staff was friendly and provided great service,we will be back!!! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Wonderful Easter brunch! The food, service, noise level, absolutely everything was amazing. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food was very good and served in a timely manner. The service was good but not as good as would normally be expected for the price."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We cannot say enough about the food. Everything we had was prepared perfectly. The restaurant is beautiful. The guitar playing softly in the background was the perfect touch. We will definitely return for another sumptuous feast!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have long suspected that Scott's Restaurant may be the finest dining establishment in Gainesville, Georgia, and chose to celebrate the one-year anniversary of my marriage with my wife there. Neither of us left disappointed, and were ridiculously full! Both her Chilean Sea Bass and my grilled Mahi Mahi were of perfect consistency, tangy and sweet at the same time, with a fine glass of Syrah to wash them down. For dessert, we split a chocolate cake that was so decadent that it almost dissolved on our tongues. This was a genuinely romantic and wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is a great place for lunch or dinner, for business or romance - keep Scott's on your radar (GPS)!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Our ladies group went to Scott's for lunch and were treated like we were frequent customers!! The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious!!!! Scott's is also a wonderful place to come for that special occasion! My husband and I have been there several times for special occasions and the service was always excellent!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Having never dined here before we did not know what to expect. The location is beautiful, guest musician wonderful, and the food delicious. The wait staff were friendly and not overbearing. A very special place indeed."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My entree was above average. Two of my guests had dishes which were very salty. One had to send it back for an exchange. Ambience and service was very good. Will probably try again."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Scott's is an absolute gem. The food is prepared perfectly and the service is spot on. To me, consistency is very important when I'm ot for the evening and the food and service at Scott's is always the same... perfect. Make Scott's your next evening out. You will not be disappointed. Order a martini and savor every sip!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "In this elegant but casual dining experience, we love the little nooks on the side. Everything about Scott's Downtown is a cut above. The atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable, the food excellent, and our server, Kyle, really attended us with such care. Our Atlanta fine dining experiences do not top the total experience at Scott's."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Lamb lollipops nice, nothing special. Spinach salad nice subtle favors. Lobster special great flavor but overcooked. Mashed potatoes were basic as was green bean side. Could bump up the flavor profile. Nothing with complex flavors eaten here."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Scott's - delicious appetizers and entrees, calm atmosphere and warm, friendly service - for us this local and easily-reached gem is always a treat. Hint: go for the food, but expect fine, unobtrusive service and a visit (usually) by Scott himself to your table. They have an excellent wine list but try specialty martinis such as the French pear martini."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening! Food and atmosphere was delightful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It was our first trip to this restaurant. The location is good. The restaurant is very tastefully decorated. I loved the ambience. They have these tables for two in small alcoves. The chef and owner made his way through the entire dining room and greeted everyone. In my opinion, that was a very nice touch, very classy. The wine list was wonderful. The dinner menu was nice. My food was good. I had the diver scallops and my husband had the filet. We both enjoyed our meals. I had the cheesecake which was quite delectable. Our waitress was a little slow getting drinks to the table. I already had my salad before my wine. She was very nice and pleasant, but nothing extra if you understand what I mean. We will go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had one of the best meals we have had in quite a while. This was most certainly a great choice for a special Valentine's Day dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Scott's is perhaps the best choice for upscale dining in Gainesville. My wife and I had a very pleasant experience there on Valentine's Day, which was our first visit to Scott's. There was a fixed menu that had a variety of selections to satisfy any palate, and though our lobster tails were overcooked, the filet and scallops were outstanding. The wine list is extensive. We moved to Gainesville from Roswell about a year ago, and Scott's would fit in very nicely with the vibrant Roswell restaurant scene we were accustomed to."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant has the potential to really be great. The menu has hints of flavor and creativity, but the restaurant ultimately fails to deliver. With a reservation, we were seated promptly, enjoyed the ambiance and light jazz vocals in the dining area. The food was pretty good, but the service was atrocious. Our server was pretty much non-existent after we placed our initial order. Our glasses were left empty (wine AND water), dishes weren't cleared from our already small table. (We weren't the only table to have this complaint.) For the money you pay to eat at Scott's, the service should be impeccable. However, management appeared to be concerned over our experience and kindly offered to make things right."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Valentines Day Fixed Price Menu was $90 per with wine, tax, and gratuity, but my wife and I felt that it was a greate experience and certainly recommend as a special occasion. The food is excellent (surf and turf) with fried oysters appetizer, crab bisque, and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. The complimentary chocolate-covered strawberry and glass of champagne topped it off nicely. Pleasant, attentive service and nice atmosphere with excellent live music as well.."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to Scott's for the first time on Valentine's Day, so we didn't know what to expect. I'm glad. We were very pleased from the moment we walked in the door until the moment we left. The food was incredible. My husband is a picky eater and mainly mimicked my food choices, except his salad choice. He is not a cheese lover, but was blown over by the appetizer that was a cheese tray centered around a fried goat cheese ball. The next day he asked me if it was something I could try to imitate. Not a chance. Too delicious. I can't wait to go again when they have their everyday menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Complete meal was great. All choices were excellent and prepared superb. The night was memorable and the setting and music were fabulous."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our food was very good. Our server was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine list."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Scott has done a great job with the new space. The setting is great and the alcoves are nice if you want a little privacy. The food was superb."
    Dined on 2/8/2014