Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)

4.7
650 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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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 Saturday night and lunch hours during the week. Our bar and lounge opens at 4:30 with Happy Hour from 5-7pm ! We are Atlanta & North Georgia's best kept secret!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Continental, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm -9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Phone number
(770) 536-1111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Scott Dixon Chef De Cuisine - Peter Brandes Exec Sous
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Catering
The Loft at Scott's is our special 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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brenau Ave
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Parking details
Parking after five available in neighboring parking lots.
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Entertainment
Live music Saturday evenings. Vocalist, saxaphonist and guitarist are just a few of our entertainers scheduled weekly. Entertainment schedule available at www.scottsdowntown.com
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 650 People Are Saying
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DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Great environment. Live jazz music or piano on Saturday evenings. It's a little pricey but we'll worth it

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PK
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent experience in every measurable category!

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NH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Scott’s. Perfect choice for a visit with my sister. Food was excellent. The vegetarian entree was a delight. Could not have had better service. Every need was anticipated but we were not “smothered”. We will definitely return.

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JH
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating two August birthdays. I reserved a table since it was Sat night. I regretted the only options were 5:30 or 8:30 - but took the later time. Good for us it turns out. Not only was out table waiting at 8:10 but it was a prime table in an alcove with plush Queen Ann chairs! We were greeted graciously, our server was excellent, the music was perfect.
The food... YUM! I had a seafood trio of oysters, Mahi, and crab cake. All were very good but the crab cake was one of the best ever. Others in my group went with steaks and were equally impressed.

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MJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love going to Scott ‘s ! The food is delicious!!

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WS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Outstanding food but the evening was ruined due to a waitress in training.
The hostess stepped in and finished serving the meal in a most gracious fashion.

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FC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

steak / fish combo prepared and presented very nicely. Delicious
Service and staff very attentive.

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SW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took out of town relatives to this wonderful restaurant! We had a room for the five of us and felt like royalty. Our waitress was knowledgeable and efficient. The food was delicious so there was not a morsel left. We ate a variety of seafood, steak, chicken and lamb and all of us were delighted. Thanks, for a great dining experience!

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ZW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Hands down Gainesville's best.

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BU
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

WENT FOR ANNIVERSARY BUT NO ACT OF THANKS FOR USING YOUR RESTAURANT AKA FREE DRINK OR DESERT CUPCAKE WITH CANDLE????? A LITTLE DIAPPOINTING.... WILL TRY AGAIN THAT WAS FIRST TIME ..........................

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good service! Because this was a business luncheon I asked for a location that was quiet, they accommodated me with one of their alcove rooms.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usually attend another local restaurant “Poor...” for special occasions.. but the last time we were there....first in and last out! So for this Bday event, we chose Scotts. Our sister from Chicago was very impressed this time and Scott’s is now our favorite. Great ambiance, but even greater food and very special attention by the waitress... 5 STARS!!
Scott even visited our table for our comments....Sweet!

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RB
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place,tried Scotts after a disappointing experience in another restaurant in Gainesville, will be a regular here now.

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I
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around!

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A
Key West
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the calamari. Hubby had the mixed grill. The Mahi and shrimp were overcooked. The crabcake was good. I had the scallops which were very good. I did ask the server if the scallops were bay or diver and she said bay. Luckily they were diver.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our five year anniversary dinner and was outstanding. Small side room was perfect for the occasion. Service and food was amazing. The music was a little out of place for the atmosphere. You will not be disappointed. Thank you for an amazing anniversary that we will not forget.

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have never been disappointed with the food. And we appreciate Scott visiting our table each time we’ve dined. We always enjoy our visits to Scott’s

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RH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really liked the food. I had steak and my wife had a fish plate. Both were excellent. They have these very small cubicals that only seat 2. The are off the main dining room but open to the dining room and allow for a more intimate atmosphere with your partner. The owner stopped by our table to make sure everything was OK and provided some interesting history of the restaurant. They had good wine list although we ordered specialty drinks which were excellent. We also had after dinner drinks but they are not listed on the desert menu-you need to ask for the after drink menu.

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BL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to Scott's, the food is excellent and the service is upstanding.

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PD
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood and steaks, save room for dessert! A surprise for such fine dining. We've eaten there twice and no one has complained about appetizers, meals, or desserts.

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GS
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to celebrate a friend’s special birthday. Wait staff professional, cheerful and attentive without being intrusive. Chose from the bistro menu and delicious. Highly recommend.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Like eating in a warehouse, what else can I say but not very cozy

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having discovered this truly exceptional restaurant just over a year ago after having relocated to GA, my wife and I have returned several times. Scott's Downtown, about an hour's drive from our home, is without a doubt our very favorite restaurant in all of GA for several reasons. Those reasons include the wonderfully prepared and delicious food, of course, and also the overall ambiance, friendly and attentive waitstaff, and certainly Scott, himself, a superior chef and terrific person who makes the time to occasionally walk around his restaurant to personally greet and speak with the customers. Those reading this who have yet to try Scott's Downtown truly owe it to yourselves to do so - - you will be so very glad you did.

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L
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good although it took a while and the dining room was not at all busy. They may have had a large private function.
The server thought he was humorous but in fact it boardered on being rude. He told us to at attention when he gave us the specials and sides as he wasn’t going to repeat the offerings, he was smiling while he said this but it was unnecessary .

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food service is wonderful and after a few visits you come in and they know what you like to drink big plus. It’s very relaxed and the food is always consistent. Love!!!

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Scott's. We were given a great table with comfortable chairs by a window. Anna was a great server, giving plenty of info on menu items and daily specials. For my meal, I ordered the sashimi tower and Scott's spinach salad. Both were superb. My wife ordered the Bourbon Salmon entree with the Brussels sprouts and parmesan risotto sides. Everything was delicious. I can heartily recommend any of those dishes, and I suspect everything else on the menu will be similarly awesome. We will be back. Soon.

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CG
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Felt that for the cost of $33.95 a person for the Mother's Day Brunch in which our total bill was $200.00 with tip....it is really petty to charge $3.50 for a very small cup of coffee and $2.75 for a soda. The brunch was very basic and the food on the line was not always refilled.

Would not recommend it nor will we go again.

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LL
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food as always was simply Amazing, everything for the Brunch was far beyond anything that one might expect to find at other fine dining establishments in the area. That, along with a high level of excellent service and a warm and friendly Atmosphere, made Scott's Downtown the perfect Mothers Day occasion. ~ Lance

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S
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Scott's is rapidly becoming our go-to restaurant for special friend get-togethers. Their menu fits almost all tastes and is fresh and tasty. on a recent outing with friends, I had the ribeye, cooked to a perfect medium rare. Very good!

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B
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott's is ideal for a business meal or gathering and is excellent for large and small groups. The food is always consistently great with a very welcoming environment.

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J
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Diver's Scallops were excellent again, sitting on the potato pancake. The special fish trio was the best of all the times I have tried it...snapper, Arctic char and a crab cake. The beautifully decorated 37th Anniversary dessert plate was a crowning touch. Always love going to Scott's.
Jesse Knowles

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OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

When we go to Road Atlanta we go to Scott’s, that’s our tradition. This visit left me ready to find a new restaurant. The food was fine, the service was shaky but ok, too much average for $140.

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OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 2nd visit to Scott’s and it was fabulous once again. My filet and crabmeat was melt in your mouth delicious and the desserts...AMAZING! We had the creme brûlée and the lemon cake. Our server was great and very attentive. A perfect 10 meal from salads to dessert!

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten there several times and have never been dissapointed.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal and time at Scott's Downtown. Food is outstanding and service is excellent. Owner is wonderful and spent time talking to us about his business. Would highly recommend!

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LR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I highly recommend the fired oyster appetizer. We were a party of four and everyone had a different entree. It was all great. The service was excellent.

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The service here was below par. Our waitress was not attentive and took a long time for all of our drink orders. A diet Coke was served flat, 2 out of 3 times. One of us had to leave by a specific time, so waitress brought her salad to eat while no one else was eating. (had plenty of time, so that was not necessary) She never refilled coffee or waters. Then to top it off the restaurant automatically puts the tips on the bill, for 5 or more people. We were 5. Not a pleasant experience. Won't be going there again. My lunch was very good, but others said theirs was just OK.

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MC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for the Easter Brunch. Wonderful variety of foods all delicious. Very reasonably priced. Beautiful restaurant great ambiance. Friendly, courteous staff. Highly recommend Scott’s.

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JV
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter Brunch was delightful. Great food and I was stuffed (in a good way).

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Jessica was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and wine pairings. The food and atmosphere was perfect.

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