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Located in charming Historic Downtown Buford, Sperata offers an amazing fusion of delectable food and friendly service in an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere. The world-renowned chef and owner prepares meals around the freshest and finest quality ingredients, pleasing each distinct palette with mouth-watering aromas and flavors. The dinner menu includes such favorites as Grilled Scallops in Tomato Tapenade, Sperata House Salad, Filet Mignon with Portobello Mushroom, and Vanilla Bean Crème Brule, all cooked to perfection. Enjoy daily features, which include a variety of fish specialties such as Banana-Rum Crusted Halibut with Butternut Squash Ravioli and Coconut Lemongrass Sauce. Superb culinary creations are complimented by an exceptional wine list and full bar. Upstairs from the main dining room is an equally inviting function room that seats up to 100 guests and is perfect for private and corporate parties and entertaining. We invite you to a most pleasurable dining experience!
Buford, GA 30518
Contemporary European, Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch parties of 12 or more call for reservations
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5pm- 10:00pm, Sunday 4-9pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Occasional live jazz in the upstairs lounge. Call the restaurant for the upcoming schedule
We can cater any event any size.
Public lot next to the restaurant, some street parking is available in front of restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Semi private 20 to 100 guests; personalized menus.
Private Party Contact:
Petra Hope: (678) 546-9111
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Banquet room for special events seating up to 100 guests. Call the restaurant to arrange a tour of the facility.
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Sperata Ratings and Reviews
Its not too often I'm disappointed with a dining experience. My friend and I had reservations at 7pm and arrived at 7:05. The hostess seated the couple before us and instead of returning to seat us she provided water, etc, for the couple and after approx. 10 minutes she returned to the hostess stand and welcomed us. She then went to bus and prepare the table where we were to be seated. We had to wait another 10 minutes. We were finally seated at 7:30. We sat there for another 10-15 minutes when in exasperation I got a waitpersons attention. She (Amanda) came to our table and seemed to be surprised we had not been served, in any way. Our table was not one of her assigned tables. Her attitude was great and her service was exceptional. What had been a very disappointing dining experience was salvaged by her. Please note that the food was excellent.
The food was incredible ! And our waiter was fantastic. The only reason I gave a low score on value was that when I booked the reservation (about a month in advance) there was nothing on the web site re a special menu. They even called to confirm the reservation and did not say anything. But when we arrived we were handed a special 4 course menu that was $95 person ! This was way over our budget and way too much food. We both took home most of the steak. We were too full to eat the dessert but it wasn't type of food that would be good to take home so we at it. We didn't eat all of the 1st course either because we knew we had to save room for the multiple courses.
Valentine's Day dinner, where else would you want to take the love of your life? While I typically don't have the luxury to go out on Valetines due to work obligations, this was a time and situation that worked out perfectly. The food, the ambience it was wonderful. My only issues were my portions and the live music. While I gladly gave my wife the options first, I did notice unequal portion matching on multiple items on the set menus. The music was beautiful, just really loud. I don't know how to play a piano nor make the notes softer while still setting the mood, but it was just slightly overwhelming.
Overall we had a wonderful night with just us and no kids.
Thank you so much
Our meal was $267 including tax tip, meal, and wine. It was a set menu: shared large appetizer and shared dessert: we received our own entree and salad. Entree was filet( which was fabulous) and lobster tail-we both agreed it was ok. For $267 I’d rather just go to chops and it would have been cheaper. We’ve been to chops numerous times and never spent $267 and we did order wine appetizer dessert and it was still cheaper. I did call Resturant on Saturday before and they said regular menu ( I figured something special since it was Valentines Day) but hey it was Saturday before Valentines Day what are we supposed to do?? Cancel it?? Hahah.. we wanted something special but no alternatives no substitutions? Won’t recommend. Then when we showed up it was a set menu
We did go on Valentines day, and we didn't know it was a fixed menu, but they did work with us to make a couple of minor changes. The filet was a very good cut that was cooked to perfection. The lava cake dessert was dark chocolate heaven. Wonderful date night. There was an excellent piano player at night too.
The food was amazing!!! We ordered fried green tomatoes for an appetizer, I had steak and my wife had the salmon. All the portions were very generous and everything we had was delicious... like want to lick the plate delicious (we refrained). We will definitely be back!
This is the third time we have eaten at Sperata and each time we loved it. The food has always been great and the service is also. I have recommended Sperata to friends who have also found it wonderful. Do yourself a favor and try it. You will not be disappointed.
My wife and I were here to celebrate my birthday. We have been here several times and have always been very satisfied.
The food is always of the highest quality and tonight was no exception. Sperata has a great chef !!!!
Presentation and service match the quality of the food !!!!
Ambience is perfect for romantic dining.
Definitely one of the best restaurants in the Gainesville area.
Lots of cheese and cream used in preparing most dishes. The food and wine menu on line are not accurate or up to date. We both had seafood special dish which were well prepared and the CA red blend wine. The service was spotty at best even though the restaurant was not full. The live piano music is a nice touch. Great garlic/butter spread for the fresh warm bread. We will be back someday just not real soon as there are many other fine dining experiences in the area.
I arrived very early, so the waiters where still finalizing the preparation for the evening. Mike welcomed me very nicely and I engaged in a pleasant conversation. His dinner explanations and suggestions turned out to be perfect. I had the house salad and it was arranged very well and tasted excellently. The filet was perfect as well and the sides - selected by the chef - matched wonderfully. The restroom doesn’t hold up to the same level as the dining area and overall it was a bit pricy. However I really enjoyed eating out there. Recommended.
My wife and I eat out alot, the food and service were fantastic. we had there special the chilean sea bass and it just melted in our mouth their sperata house salad was also fantastic but what also made the evening great was our server Oliver he made you feel like part of their family we will be going back we had a great evening
This was the second time visiting this local restaurant. The ambiance and food are very good. The service was a little frantic and off par of equivalent priced restaurants both visits. The wait staff actually mixes the cocktail drinks for their own tables and this just does not work from a timing or presentation standpoint. Drinks are basically plopped onto the table so the waiter can run to his next activity of taking an order, delivering an entree or a bottle of wine. It just appears that the restaurant would be better suited by bringing in a bartender to assist with the drinks prep. Food was very good but for the price you are paying, the wait staff should be able to breath and not seem like they are running at such a frantic pace. It makes you nervous and uncomfortable as a guest!
The food was very good. We had the escargot as an appetizer, I had the rack of Lamb as my entree and my friend had the steak and scallops. It was all delicious! Our bartender, Oliver, served up excellent martinis and our sever, Michael, took good care of us. Although, his attentiveness did slow down as the evening got a little busier. It seemed he was the only waiter for the entire restaurant. But that only consisted of 5-6 tables. However, Oliver filled in as needed.
The one thing that I did not like was Michael reminding us of the "total" bill when we were paying. We had used a $15 of coupon and he made sure to remind us of the "total" , I'm assuming so we so we tipped accordingly. I always tip on the total amount, however I found it offensive for him to allude to that. Really, the service should be the same regardless if you spend $110 or $125.
Otherwise, it was a great experience and I would eat there again.
Great New Years Eve dinner. We had great service-Charlie took very good care of us and made us feel we were VIPs even on a crowded holiday night. Drinks were good, wine selection was fine. Three of us had the filets and they were done to perfection. Salads were excellent and big enough to share which we like to do. We didn’t have desert as we had plans for that. Great all around time and will be back!!
Limited menu for New Year's Eve, but the food was excellent and the choices made it easy to find something on the menu to everyone's liking. Very noisy, but the restaurant is small and every table was taken. Very cute and quaint restaurant. I would recommend it. I will go back when there is a full menu. The service was a little disorganized even with a large number of wait staff. Noted their was no bartender and each waiter made their own drinks.
After a previous disastrous dinner here,(with no compensation), this dinner was quite an improvement. Sperata needs to hire a full time bartender! We waited 40 minutes before we ever even got our salad. The servers were running as fast as they could but were making drinks too and the restaurant was packed!
The food is quite good but we aren’t sure it’s worth our drive anymore.
Our server actually remembered our previous totally botched dinner, yet still offered no compensation.. not even a free dessert or a glass of wine. Sadly, this is probably our last trip to Sperata. The quality and service just isn’t worth the drive nor the $200 plus price tag.
Our server Michael was awesome!! Attentive but not overboard. The beet and goat cheese salad was phenomenal. Our entrees were tasty. The atmosphere was beautiful. We’ll definitely come again when they have the whole menu. On New Year’s Eve they only offered 3 options for appetizers, salads and entrees and we were excited to try other items on the menu when we chose this restaurant. Oh-the cream brûlée was insanely good!!
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