Scott's Downtown

4.9
920 Reviews
$31 to $50
Continental
The Dining Room is Open!

Please join us for dinner Tuesday-Saturday at Scott's Downtown and the Lounge at Scott's. Due to social distancing and product availability we have a limited menu available as well as limited seating so reserve your table early.

We are still offering On Line Ordering during business hours. Place your order by calling 770-536-1111 or by click on the following link, https://orders.cake.net/11228387

We offer great food prepared with attention to detail, an unparalleled wine list and the best wait staff North of Atlanta. 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 920 people are saying
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Maria
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our brunch at Scott’s on Easter Sunday. It was a buffet that had a good assortment of breakfast and lunch food. Our waitress was a little slow getting to us at the beginning, but she was pleasant, and after she explained the brunch setup to us, she stopped by regularly to clear our used dishes. We did feel that juice should be included in the price of the brunch, instead of being an additional charge. Overall, though, we did enjoy our brunch at Scott’s and would go back again.

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FredG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was so happy to see the Easter Brunch back and as always the food was very good. This has always been one our favorite restaurants to come to.

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DMitchell
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch . . . delicious as always!

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JohnS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best buffet brunches I have ever had. Great service, wonderful array of dishes and flavors

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BryanL
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Brought guests and they were impressed as well.

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DebbieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going here for special occasions. Haven't been there in over a year! Just as good as ever. I had salmon and my husband had lamb. Both were cooked perfectly. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say other this was one of the best dinning experiences we have ever had. Service was perfect and the meal was unbelievable.

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Jack
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife here for her birthday based on several other recommendations. So glad I did. It was great! Our server, Casey, was fantastic and had a very charismatic personality. We both ordered a filet and our sides were risotto, grits, onion rings, and garlic mashed potatoes. Every bit of it was delicious. Steaks were perfectly cooked as well so shout out to the chef(s)! We will definitely be going back.

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BarbaraC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was good. Filets are always excellent.

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Chip
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at Scotts was a delightful get-away supper which we thoroughly enjoyed.

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TrevorL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was decent. Food was good, service was good. Was expecting a bit more quality for the price but would still recommend

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BrendaB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved having dinner with our clients there. He is a new doctor coming to our health system and his lovely wife. It was their first time to Scott’s but doubt it will be the last.

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ElizabethC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was an amazing waiter. She was helpful, super friendly and attentive.

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gunnersmate2nd
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We celebrated our 26th anniversary at Scott's and were very pleased with the food and the service. Miranda is an excellent, professional server, very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. I loved the shrimp and grits, and my wife enjoyed her salmon with bourbon glaze. We shared a bottle of Sonoma-Cutrer Chard, always a treat for special occasions. My only complaint is the absence of America's top-selling spirit, Tito's Handmade Vodka. Full disclosure: I'm a mostly retired beverage rep with a portfolio that includes Tito's. However, Gainesville isn't my territory, so I have nothing to gain. Most people love Tito's, including us. I was also disappointed to see two "Gold" tequilas on the bar menu. These two have no place in a fine dining restaurant. They're "mixtos," made with 51% agave, and fine tequilas are 100% agave. The gold hue comes from caramel food coloring in an attempt to create the illusion of an oak-aged Reposado or Anejo tequila.
Other than the exceptions noted above with the bar, we were very happy with Scott's Downtown and will be back.

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GingerF
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Meal.
The Bourbon Salmon was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scott’s is always great. Fantastic service and food. For business and casual dining, we have always had a great time.

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DesiB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner at Scott’s Downtown. From the service to the atmosphere and FABULOUS food, everything was perfect! Generous portions and the steak was perfect. We can’t wait to come back and try out the rest of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal! Fabulous food and excellent service!

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JamieE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at Scott's. We were highly impressed with the restaurant. The food was wonderful and our waiter Casey took great care of us. It's a place we will look forward to returning in the future.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All aspects of our time and dining at Scott's was excellent. We enjoyed the atmosphere, service was superior, and the food was five star. Scott, the owner of the restaurant, came by our table and that is very nice touch. We will be back!

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JohnD
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Always enjoy eating there.

Scott's Downtown
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thanks John. We appreciate the 5 Stars!!!

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vipJimM
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience

Scott's Downtown
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thank You Jim. We appreciate your feedback.

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Paulakb
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a nice evening and dinner. Staff was friendly. The only problem was the food service was sloooooow.... but then we found out there was a large party upstairs. So normally we knew it would not have been that slow.

Scott's Downtown
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thanks for the feedback. We appreciated your patience.

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vipRickTurns
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience! This is a quality restaurant and lounge/bar. We always eat at the bar or
in the lounge. It's fun!

We have had a different bartender every time we've gone. The gentleman we had the
first time was the best, but he moved on due to the distance from his home. The young
lady we had the other night was good!

The food is always spectacular!

Scott's Downtown
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thanks Rick. Great to have the feedback.

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Marv
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and the service was excellent. Have always had a good experience at this restaurant.

Scott's Downtown
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thank you Marv. We appreciate the feedback and great review!

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Our "go to" place for special events.

Scott's Downtown
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thank You Scott. We enjoy helping you celebrate!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Limited menu for Valentine’s Day and they sold out of steak and were unable to make my wife’s selection gluten free.

Scott's Downtown
Responded on February 16, 2021

You were unfortunately one of the last tables at the end of the night at the end of Valentine's weekend. It was definitely not my preference to run out. I certainly apologize for that. We ran out of 1 cut of steak, and offered a larger and higher grade cut as a replacement. It is true the 1 fish dish your wife selected was not able to be prepared gluten free, the 4 other dishes were. We always work to accommodate diet and allergy requirements but we are not able to do this on every dish.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Terrible overall experience. Felt like I wasted my money.

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DougM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for Valentines Day. Had a great meal with great service. We go back often, love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, the ambiiance and the service. Definitely will be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as usual

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ColtF
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was impeccable. Definitely will return. One of the best meals I’ve ever had.

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TammyR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful dinner at Scott's. Would highly recommend.

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Auburn1983
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My filet mignon was seared and grilled perfectly. The side dishes of risotto and brussels sprouts completed a wonderful meal.

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GregE
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ashley did a great job and was an excellent server!! Food was outstanding! My only request is that we could have been put in a booth away from some pretty loud customers, who were obviously trying to close a business deal, that were seated right outside our closet/booth. Really took away from what could have been a great ambience for early Valentine's Day celebration. I understand why you do it because it's convenient for the server, etc. but not necessarily desirable for the customer....

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friendly service. Food was well prepared and presented. Check was less than anticipated. We will go back.

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Reneec
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening, we were celebrating both my mom and husbands birthday's

Scott's never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My friend and met here early on a weeknight. the restaurant was empty at first and we were sat at two top in a "cubby". We LOVED our seats. it was perfect for us to catch up without disturbing other customers but still see the restaurant activity.

Our waitress was great, she immediately noticed that we hadn't seen each other in a while and we had a lot of catching up to do. She was attentive without being overbearing and she was a real pleasure.

The cocktail I got was just okay. It was the "Scott's Signature". It had club soda listed as an ingredient so I was surprised when it was served as a martini. The club soda was flat and the cocktail was unbalanced. I switched to wine and struggled to chose one with a very disappointing wine list. But the Malbec I ended up choosing was very good.

We ate family style. The food was more than disappointing. The prices are high which I have no problem with if it is delicious. The charcuterie board was lack luster with cheap cheese, and very little meat. One tiny piece of prosciutto. Basically a rip off at $17. The sea bass was slimy, possibly just do to undercooking, grainy and had a fishy taste than expected for that piece of fish. Green beans tasted raw and plain. However, the steak was delicious and cooked perfectly as well and the parmesan risotto. We did not opt for dessert.

Overall, our experience was good. But it would have been great if the food and drinks had been as good as expected at that price point.

Unfortunately, with all the great choices in downtown Gainesville, I will not return to Scott's.

Scott's Downtown
Responded on February 6, 2021

It is unfortunate that you had the experience that you described and didn't mention it to your server Casey. She is an excellent & attentive server & would have brought these items to my attention immediately & this would have given us opportunities to remedy most of them at the time instead of reading about them here.

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative options. Solid food and service. Unique downtown Gainesville space.

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McKenzie
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steaks and great service as always. I really appreciated all of the safety precautions they took due to covid.

FAQs

Scott's Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (770) 536-1111.

Scott's Downtown is rated 4.9 stars by 920 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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