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About Sperata

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!

9 East Main Street
Buford, GA 30518
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(678) 765-7911

Website:
http://www.speratarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Occasional live jazz in the upstairs lounge. Call the restaurant for the upcoming schedule

Catering:
We can cater any event any size.

Parking Details:
Public lot next to the restaurant, some street parking is available in front of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Hope

Private Party Facilities:
Semi private 20 to 100 guests; personalized menus.

Private Party Contact:
Petra Hope: (678) 546-9111

Additional:
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

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4.7

service

4.7

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4.6

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4.3

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (17)
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Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (5)
Live Music (5)
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Gluten Free Options (3)
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Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

I celebrated Valentine's Day with my girlfriend here. The pre-selected menu was outstanding, and the service was fantastic as well. The restaurant is a little pricey, but for a special date that is OK.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Best food I've ever eaten in my life! The Salmon was delectable. The leeks was salacious. The potatoes were tasty and flavored. Even the water tasted better than anything I've tasted in 20 years.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Never had a bad experience here. Our waiter, Oliver is on point with food and drinks.

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Oliver was a friendly and attentive server. The food was excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Live Music, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We came for a dinner on Monday as almost all restaurants in the area were closed. Overall experience was good and thanks for hosting us.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Second time there we thought the first time was nice this time was even better our server was Sabastian he was incredibly attentive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Amazing! Oliver was very sweet and accommodating. Went out of his way to learn a new drink just for me. Gave honest suggestions about food. Very personable and cleanly. Will come back for him again.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 21, 2018

First time at Sperata and we were very impressed. The service was great and the food was impeccable. Kudos to the chef, who prepared the food perfectly. Chilean sea bass was perfect!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful experience. Our server, Michael, made us feel like one of the family & the food was outstanding. Larry the piano player is superb.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toledo)·Dined on January 8, 2018

High class all the way.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was very good. Our server, Charles, was good also. Nice atmosphere. Only recommendation for them is to consider expanding the menu.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was excellent! This restaurant is a great neighborhood gem. Everything was cooked prefect and the flavors of the food had left me craving for my next visit.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food and service. Comparable to any Buckhead dining experience. Escargot was as good as what I have had in nice restaurants in Chicago. Service was as it always is, excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

ALWAYS a GREAT experience with Oliver and the whole staff. Food was great one of the best meals we have had. 5 stars

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Lovely birthday celebration dinner. The pianist was delightful and happy to play a request.
Second time there, food is awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Lovely little gem in downtown Buford where you are warmly greeted & heartily fed! Drink your desserts with a Tiramisu Martini!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was the first time I had been in several years and it was just as wonderful as I remembered. I travel all over the country and I do quite a bit of fine dining for work. That being said, the dining experience at Sperata is as good as the best restaurant in any city in America.

The service is over the top. Our server was very attentive, without being obtrusive. The ambiance is warm and romantic with the live piano player, rich wood finishes, deep colors, and fresh flowers on the tables.. It has the French charm of a quaint New Orleans bistro mixed with the luxurious feel of one of New York's cozy little locals only kind of spots that specializing in showcasing the talents of their chef.

The food is outrageously good. The preparations are unique and performed to perfection. The portions are unusually large for this type of cuisine (which is a plus for me), and the prices are extremely reasonable for a meal of this quality. The menu is relatively small, but in a very good way - it allows each dist to be exceptional without trying to do too many things at once in the kitchen. There is at least one dish for all of your normal protein types (chicken, beef, lamb, pork, fish, & shellfish), but the preparations are not necessarily something that you see every day. The chef has a unique style that I personally find delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always enjoy this spot

Our server Oliver was great

Knowledgeable & congenial & prepared for our visit

Thank you

Neil

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Fabulous in every possible way!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food! Appetizers, wine, entrees were delicious! Loved the piano man. Loved the ambiance!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love this place! I am a certifiable foodie... probably eat out over 300 days a year across many states. Sperata is one of my all time favorite places!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I was so impressed. We have been in the Buford area for years, but never tried. Our anniversary is normally to the one of the Top 10 in Atlanta, this year, our 19th, since it was a Tuesday (work night) we went local. Wow. We decided on the 5 course with the wine pairing. Such creative flavors. Sorry Atlanta, but you have nothing on Buford's Sperata. Duck/egg/spinach/cranberry... who would of thought?

One note on the 5 courses, I did the 5 with my wife doing the 3. We split the chop and the dessert, and still had a nearly whole Filet and vegetables the next day. If you both do the 5, be sure to skip lunch ... and maybe breakfast :-)

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wonderful meal and great service. Michael was our waiter and very knowledgeable. Noise level was loud at a couple of tables and party going on upstairs.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Consistently delivers fantastic food with impeccable service! We have dined at Sperata for years and have never had anything but exceptional experiences at Sperata. It's the best dining in downtown Buford! Perfect for special occasions, date night, couples out together, or large gatherings. Highly recommend everything on their menu!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 6, 2017

First visit for our anniversary dinner. It was an off weekday night and quiet. Great setting. Our server was Mike and he was outstanding! Fillet was done perfect and could be cut with a butter knife. Fried green tomatoes are a great appetizer.

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