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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
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Good for a Date (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Cozy (12)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Authentic (4)
Live Music (4)
Casual (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7, 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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 7, 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 January 1, 2018

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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·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 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 23, 2017

Fabulous in every possible way!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 16, 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 10, 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Such a wonderful experience. Very knowledgeable staff, worked easily with my dairy allergy, and the food was amazing!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I wanted to treat my husband to a birthday dinner at a restaurant we had not tried. A friend recommended Sperato's and we were very pleased. The food, service, atmosphere and lovely piano music was all wonderful. We also enjoyed a special birthday dessert that was provided.
We will definitely return and recommend to others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very tasty appetizers , and really appreciated our waitress steering away from the oysters which arrived to them less than fresh. Service was great, good cuts of meat and generous portions. Lamb chops were tender and juicy if a bit salty. All in all a good experience made optimal by the friendliness of the staff

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Generous portions, good quality food. I had the Bourbon Pecan Salmon and my husband had the Atlantic Cod Oscar. Both were good but salmon the best of the two dishes. Waiter was very professional and accommodating. Will go back for special occasions since it was very pricey.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic! Great food and service = awesome date night. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Seating was prompt. Atmosphere was very good with a piano playing quietly in the background (did not interfere with conversations as some do). The menu and specials were explained very well. We had a vegetarian curry that the chef prepared and he spiced it up a bit at our request. It was very good. We also had a fried green tomatoes and a fantastic spinach salad for an appetizer. My dish was filet Diane cooked medium and it was perfect. Very good dining experience, I would recommend to everyone.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food & service was exceptional!! Definitely will be heading back for more.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food, wonderful service & excellent seating! Enjoyed a fun evening with friends for a birthday. The staff was very accommodating! Love Sperata Restaurant!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We loved Sperata. First discovered it a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. We have eaten at many great restaurants around the world and I think the food at Sperata compares favorably with some of the best. We will definitely be back again and again.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Outstanding

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fantastic food and great service with live piano music on the weekends. Great venue for a romantic dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

From the moment we walked in the door til the time we left Mike and crew made Sperata a delight. The food was first rate the service was excellent. We never felt rushed or that we were somehow a bother to the staff. In short, for those who remember fine dining from a more elegant time I can highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We celebrated our one year anniversary, the atmosphere was nice, the service was excellent and I would rank the food at the top. The piano player even played our song, which was a lovely touch. Very great night and excellent food. I would recommend this restaurant for special occasions. Well worth it, we plan on coming again soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent in every way! Our waiter Oliver is the BEST!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food and service.

ambience perfect for intimate dining !!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 9, 2017

It was a easy to find location. Restaurant is pretty. Food was good but a very limited menu, maybe some pasta dishes are necessary. As a chocolate lover I ordered as dessert the cake but first it arrived not as warm as it should be and also with a bitter taste. The pianist is an excellent interpreter and a kind friendly guy

Tags: Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food. Great service and wonderful atmosphere. Will definitely go back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The server Michael & team were gracious, food recommendation was spot on, dessert awesome and the drinks superb. Thanks again Sperata for a great Anniversary venue choice.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Our go-to restaurant for special occasions, and we're never disappointment. We believe in supporting our local businesses, and this restaurant is one of the finest. Thanks!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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