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

4.6
700 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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!

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Scott’s will be open Easter Sunday for our annual Grand Easter Brunch Buffet. Reservations are required. Adults $39.95, Children ages 6-12 $15.95, Children 5 and under are free.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 700 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Online reservation was simple and fast. I left on their voice mail that it was our anniversary that they receive and acted upon. Our waiter, Sean, was absolutely wonderful. The food was delicious. A wonderful experience.

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ML
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations Friday for lunch. The six of us were treated like royalty. Waiter had great suggestions and explanations for the food and could even remember the 12 choices for sides. Everyone loved the food and the DESSERT! We will be back.

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was PHENOMENAL! I was able to cut my steak with a butter knife. Honestly, BEST steak I’ve ever had. Combine that with crazy delicious Gouda grits and a divine espresso mousse... beat meal I’ve eaten in a really long time!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been to Scott’s twice and were very pleased both times. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding! We will be back.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were magnificent. Chef Scott made us feel welcome with a table visit and fun conversation.

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MG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in a long while! We'll be back!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at Scott’s for dinner. Fantastic food and service.

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J
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Divers scallops perfectly done on birthday dinner evening for my wife. Appreciate the birthday discount every year.

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PK
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest dining experience in Gainesville, as usual!

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine's Day was our first time visit to Scott's. I am rather thrifty and usually don't visit restaurants in this price range. However, I felt like it was well spent at Scott's. This was a first time attitude for me. We really enjoyed the ambiance, service and food. Scott's exceeded our expectations and we will be going back. Hats off to Scotts for making our evening one we'll remember.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

- hostess lied to us about seating upon entering the restaurant.
- food was marginal...filet mignon was literally 1/2 thick
- only positive was server, she did a nice job
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JL
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have to be honest. We went to celebrate Valentine's Day lunch and they kindly "fit" us in. We waited 15 minutes to have our waiter come to our table. Numerous times waiters walked by our table; however, no one acknowledged us. So we left.

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S
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Valentine’s Day celebration was fantastic! A later than normal reservation (8:00 Pm) with a request for an alcove meant we had an almost private, very romantic, time with nearly dedicated wait staff. My wife’s filet and my red snapper were cooked wonderfully. The espresso cake is something I would definitely ask for again. With a couple glasses of wine, 2 entrees and deserts, we were out under expected budget. Recommend highly for North of Atlanta dining.

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JE
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We came to celebrate Valentines Day, a day early, the 13th at 6:45. Rack of Lamb was tough. Creamed spinach wasn't hot. Grits fine, risotto fine. Waiter was not very attentive, and didn't check on us very often. Food was slow to arrive, even though few were in Resturant. Disappointed since the "Best of Gainesville" so highly recommended you!

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g
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was excellent, food, service and friendliness. Our only issue was the loudness of the music...it was a bit louder than background music, but was very nice music. We had to talk louder than usual to hear conversation.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We went on a Thursday for lunch. Sauce for oysters was obviously fixed the day or two before: lackluster and curdled. I had had them before and they were far superior the first time. Shrimp and grits tasted a little off, nothing like the first time I had had those also. Clam chowder was bland with no clams found in it! Overall, very disappointed compared to what I was used to at this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and Food were outstanding. Will definitely be back.!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service. A hidden jewel in downtown Gainesville.

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SA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were outstanding. Appreciated the owner and chef coming over to greet us and ask how our food tasted. Would definitely dine at this restaurant again, especially for a special occasion!

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service as usual. I took my wife to celebrate her birthday

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Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT FOOD, hostess, waitstaff and cook!! Every minute was a delicious, delightful treat! Will be back soon. Highly recommend!!!

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PK
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food was outstanding, the service exceptional, and the overall experience the best in Gainesville!

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BB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was fantastic and our server was great! The only downside was that the dinning room was very open. For the prices, I would expected a more intimate atmosphere. We were sat at a table right at the front door and it was very drafty. The food and service made up for the atmosphere. If you are looking for a good place for a business dinner...perfect! But if you are looking for a place for a quiet, date night dinner...probably won’t go there again. They also advertised “fine dining” but there was clearly no dress code. My husband and I went for a nice date night, but people were coming in wearing jeans. We are used to fine dining where there is a dress code. We also made a reservation when clearly none was needed. If we go back we will request one of the private alcoves versus sitting out in the middle of everyone.

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MI
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to place for all special occasions! Never have been disappointed. We are long time customers from back when he was on the Square. So happy to have such a gem in Gainesville.

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LL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Scott's but it will not be our last. Staff was wonderful and the service and food were outstanding.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Meal was very good. Bourbon Salmon was perfect, as well as my wife’s steak. Service, not what I would expect from a high-end restaurant. Didn’t like the service change of 20% added to check. Most unusual for a party of 2. The server did not deserve 20%. Probably will return for a special occasion. All things considered, it was a good experience... not exceptional!

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Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This remains the best place for a quality meal in Gainesville especially for fish and seafood.

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1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s become some what of a tradition that whenever my parents come for a visit we go to Scott’s. It’s a little bit of heaven that we found with them and we absolutely love it. Their food is always amazing and the flavors are to die for.

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JR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch on Friday and had a wonderful experience !!

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K
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful and loved the atmosphere! We got one of the private little rooms for two!

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B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambiance and the service provided by our waiter was wonderful. However, we waited about 10-15 minutes for our bar drinks. The two that I had were not made very well. After dinner we made our way back to the lounge for a drink, and our experience was the same. The bartender was texting on her phone, and the drink tasted horribly. I would recommend the dining room and the food menu, but the bar needs some help!

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JC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food nice atmosphere

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AL
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go. You will not be disappointed! Service is the best. Food and menu outstanding.

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CF
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott's Downtown has the most amazing food. It is perfect for a romantic dinner or just upscale dinning with friends or business associates. I highly recommend Scott's for their food, atmosphere, and knowledgeable/friendly staff.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, the restaurant is decorated beautifully! The service was good, they were very busy. Everyone in our group loved the entire experience! Thanks for a memorable evening!

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s
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fabulous as usual and even though it was packed, service was good, and not loud at all. Great place

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Although we were right on time for our reservation, we had to wait 10 minutes until the hostess (who was late) arrived.
Every server we had was brand new--and there was a notice on the door when we came in looking to hire new waitstaff--never a good sign.
Even though the wine list is strong, our waitress had no clue about the wines or proper serving.
The meal was very expensive for this level of service.
We decided to give the bar a shot because we had been there before, but once again, everyone was new. We had to ask for a table to be cleaned. It took over 15 minutes to get an espresso because the waitress didn't know how to operate the machine. My second cocktail was improperly mixed and had to be remade.
And...as a "last straw" the owner hoped that the holiday spirit would be sufficient to cover the pitiful service.
No...wait...the "last straw" was when we got home--45 minutes away--to realize that our doggie bag from our $50 each steaks were never brought back to our table.
Not sure what has happened to Scott's, but it has really slipped!

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B
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service of this restaurant are excellent. We eat there for our Birthdays and Anniversary celebration every year, and enjoy the great food and service of this restaurant. I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 1st time but I will return. It was a great atmosphere and the service was beyond excellent.

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for our date night dinner out. We love the semiprivate two-person alcove tables. The staff is friendly and professional. The atmosphere is quiet and relaxed, yet elegant, with excellent food, cocktails, beer and wine. We've been to Scott's several times before and have never been disappointed.

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