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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
  • Email: info@scottsonthesquare.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.
  • 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "We had a wonderful evening! Food and atmosphere was delightful."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We tried Scott's for dinner this weekend, and were happy with the venture to Gainesville. While the neighborhood doesn't lend itself to walking around at night, the restaurant itself is conveniently located with plenty of parking. The staff was welcoming and professional in their care for us, which was greatly appreciated. The food itself was good, not great, but good. We had the tuna & crab tower, the Scott's Ceaser salad, tomato bisque, sea bass & market mixed grill. Everything tasted fine but, for my palette, nothing was particularly remarkable. What I did like a lot was the presentation of everything. They do a nice job with "plating" the different courses. Overall, it was a solid dining experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Really enjoyed dinner, appetizer and entrees were all great. Specialty martini was very good as well."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Found my new favorite place! Rack of Lamb was great!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Due to the night we did experience a late seating of our 8:30 reservation of about 45 minutes. Other than that we have wonderful service and Kyle made it more enjoyable than we had hoped. Thanks"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Scott's was a wonderful Resturant to ring in the New Year . The food, service , music and ambience make it a night to remember. I will go back again in the near future."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Overall ver enjoyable experience and I will return. Scott's moved to a larger restaurant a year ago but it may be a little big for them at the moment as there were 10 empty tables near us on a Friday night. Excellent service and chef Scott personally came around to say hi. I would give the food 8-9/10"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Have never had a bad experience, my most recent dining experience was outstanding as always. Great food and service."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We were given a quiet private room. While the service was slow, the waitress was very nice. We would definitely go again."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Scott's was the perfect place for a holiday gathering for two very good friends. We stayed for 3 hours enjoying conversation and never seemed pressured to leave. Scott even checked on us several times, and our server was wonderful. We would definitely choose Scott's again for lunch and hope to try this restaurant for dinner one night."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Very nice to have a cozy little room all to ourselves. Salmon was amazing. Fried bowtie pasta with spinach/artichoke dip also a big hit."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We've been to the original location, it was a little awkward and forced. The new space is wonderful. It's huge. Tall ceilings hardwood floors, very nice ambiance. The place was sparsely populated for a Saturday night. Our server was great, very accommodating and flexible, the meal had a nice pace. We had the specials. Fish and short rib ragout with pasta. Both were very good, well prepared and tasty. We went to the bar for a after dinner drink. Another nice spot that's much better than the previous location, big screen TV's, separate seating area's, huge bar. We live in G'ville. So to have something like this so close is a treat for special occasions."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I've been in Georgia for a year and always wanted to eat at Scott's. The ambiance and staff were very friendly. The food was not that great. The chicken was dry and the mashed potatoes were missing something. The creme brûlée was good though. I would hope to give this place a second shot, but don't think it's worth the amount they charge for the food. A little disappointed."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Great service, as always. Scott always makes a point of talking to everyone and making you feel like a valued customer. Our server, Hailey, was attentive and took great care of us. We were celebrating my husband's birthday and had a great time!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Scott's never, never disappoints us, for the tasty food, personable service and calm atmosphere. Special touch provided when Scott himself comes to the dining area to greet customers at their table, even though he is very busy in the kitchen overseeing everything. A good place for fine dining at OK prices, and the value for money is excellent. Scott's is the best we have found in the Gainesville GA area. Try it and you will see."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Scott's new location is superbly decorated, the food is out of this world, and the ambience is impeccable. We can't wait to return on a night when there is live music. Our waitress, Hailey, was attentive and friendly, completing the experience perfectly."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "I would really like to get a table not in the fish bowl (store window). The last 2 times we have been seated in this space and it does not reflect the true appeal of your restaurant. I have a good recommendation for this space. It's liike sitting in a hospital eatery"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Took customers in to Scott's this week on a recommendation. Food and service were both great. Scott personally checked on us and ensured all were pleased. Aged filet was very tender and had great flavor. Sea bass was great as well. Had calamari as app, would get it again."
    Dined on 8/1/2013