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

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!

131 Bradford St NW
Gainesville, GA 30501
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental, Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Brenau Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(770) 536-1111

Website:
http://www.scottsdowntown.com/

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

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.

Parking Details:
Parking after five available in neighboring parking lots.

Executive Chef:
Scott Dixon Chef De Cuisine - Peter Brandes Exec Sous

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square) Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for a Date (18)
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Romantic (17)
Cozy (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Business Meals (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Live Music (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Authentic (4)
Casual (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Music was so loud we could not hear each other or the waitress. Asked to turn it down and they did. But mgr turned it back up. Serving sizes were small, fried food was greasy and waitress made sure our coffee was refilled with luke warm coffee all night. Terrible experience - will never go back!!!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food as always. Great night out.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

All very good. Hard to talk with the jazz soloist though

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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service! I can’t wait to dine here again!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Walking in the front door, I felt like I had walked into a friend's home., not a restaurant. Anna Getz was our waitress, and she was wonderful. She was cheerful and fun, and I would definitely request her again. The steak was great, and the spinish was superb. The owner/chief came to our table and and greeted us.
We would definitely recommend this to others, and plan to return soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Scot's is great. We requested and were able to get the "private dining". Everything was wonderful. Our server was maybe a bit over hospitable. This is not a really big deal but...
with the private dining.... we could have had a bit more privacy. Very small criticism
but just to be noted for the future. We have had "private dining" before and it is
a real treat. Very unlike the usual. Food is excellent here. As noted before: This is
the best restaurant in Gainesville GA.

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Well I went during a busy time so they were an hour late to sit me and wife at table, upon arrival I checked in and was asked to sit in the bar. After sitting and waiting about 25 min I had to stop a waitress and ask her could we get a drink and then she asked me “ are you eating here” wow really service was not very good. However I will say that the food was excellent.

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 (Savannah)·Dined 6 days ago

We went for the Valentine’s Day dinner. The food was amazing, but the service was slow. With 5 courses, you expect the food to be slow to come out, but it took us 2 and 1/2 hours to finish eating. Our waitress left our water glasses empty and we had to ask for refills. The food was amazing though. My steak was perfectly cooked and the desserts were on point.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Used to love this place. Came back after not eating there for a while on a Vday date. Food was good, but not the same standard as previously experienced, service was very bad, laughably so.
We were stuck there over 2 hours, the waiter didn't correct his mistake when switching our bill with another table, and among some other issues the over all experience just fell short on what was supposed to be a special night. They could have just been overwhelmed by the special occasion/event perhaps, but for the money I was pretty disappointed.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Chef Scott prepares incredible cuisine, let there be no mistake about that. That being said, our annual tradition of spending Valentine's Day at Scott's Downtown was a far cry from previous years.

The service was abhorrent. We were shuffled from the ambiance of the main room to a side group room where the music that we have come to enjoy was little more than a muffled murmur. For a four (they called it five) course prix fixie, a total visit of one hour and fort-five minutes. Our water glasses went unattended. We poured our own wine. It was not the kind of evening that one would associate with romance. I'm afraid it has become untenable to make the drive from Buford for such inconsistency.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Just the most wonderful Valantines Day ever!!!! You can take that to the Bank!! Kay, Anna and the whole team at Scott's are remarkable...

Tags: Cozy, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous meal - fabulous table - and quite pricey, but worth it

I made dinner reservations at Scott's several weeks in advance for Valentine's Day evening and was promised one of the few very private tables for two. We were not disappointed. We arrived at a few minutes early at about 6:20pm and were soon taken to the best table in the place. And, given the fairly moderate sound level within the restaurant I am convinced that it was the best table. We could hear ourselves converse without having to raise our voices.

Service was a tad on the slow side but, given the importance of the evening and the number of patrons I wouldn't knock them too much for it. We were surprised that it was a fixed price menu but again, given the night it should not have been unexpected. I won't go into great detail on the food items as this was a special menu with items one may not often find. We started with an amuse bouche, then had appetizers, followed by salad, entree and a two-course dessert beginning with chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne and ending with a slice of pomegranate cheesecake and a slice of red velvet cake "in the round". Everything we had was marvelous. There were no complaints at our table.

We were well taken care of and fed well. Was it worth the price? Well, for us it was, but we are "romantic foodies" who have been known to indulge for special occasions. Would I recommend Scott's for dinner? You bet! For a romantic night out or just another Tuesday. Either way, you will enjoy yourself.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines special. A little slow between plates. Do the price of the evening the individual plates should have come with a little more regularity. Great food though.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

great place, great food. Went for Valentines day lunch.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 13, 2018

All four of us had great food, scallops over vegetable risotto, shrimp and grits, bourbon salmon and beef medallions, excellently prepared. Would recommend highly!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Absolutely perfect evening. Great service and the food was outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Unfortunately our anniversary meal was spoiled by the large group Sat. night. We could'nt really talk to each other because of the noise that was compounded by the saxs music. I felt very let down, and this was my husbands first time there. I can't say it will be our choice nect year.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food & ambiance! Awesome restaurant for those looking to escape the Metro Atlanta crowds. Highly recommend!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Waitress was a little inattentive; never brought requested glass of wine and refill water glasses. She also did not offer birthday treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always we had a great time last night at Scott's on the square.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful birthday celebration!
Food was delicious, service personal and company just right!

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We dined at Scott’s during our annual sisters weekend. My sisters were treated like queens and they loved the restaurant. They were from Chicago and San Diego. They love the intimate seating, food and waiter.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

50th anniversary was made special by the service and attention.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had eaten at Scott’s a few years ago and were really looking forward to our date night out. We were one of three couple there and out meal took over an hour to arrive at the table. It was luke warm at best and nowhere near what I had experiences before. We were super disappointed. Sure hope it was just an off night.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was quite a nice restaurant that I had never been to before. I had heard of it when I got an invite for a presentation from a retirement planning firm. I saved the info and suggested Scott's to friends. We LOVED the experience. The menus was wonderful and the food was done to perfection. The service was great as well. We will definitely go again and recommend the place to other friends!

Tags: Organic, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 23, 2017

There were six of us who went for a Holiday night out. The service and food was great. We were seated right next to the live music so it was a little loud and when we mentioned he the musician turned it down and little and then followed up to be sure we were ok and could talk. We really appreciated that. Plus I love finding a local business to support. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our server, Peter, was very informed and attentive to guide us through the menu.
Can't wait to go back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Our waitress was wonderful and the restaurant was perfect for our family Christmas celebration. Great place to dress up and feel special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Nicely situated on a corner in downtown Gainesville. The restaurant had nice ambience and very friendly service. Pricing was good value given the quality and variety of dishes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Scott's is my favorite local restaurant for a nice dinner out. The food was wonderful...the filet was melt in your mouth tender, and the crabmeat topping was wonderful. They make a great martini, and the peppermint cheesecake was a extra special treat!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I had dinner there Saturday night with my girlfriend at 8:30. We were sat and one of the first things our waitress told us was we didn’t need to feel like we were being rushed because they were rearranging the main dining area for a private party. We ordered drinks and an appetizer. We requested an ahi app, and were told it wasn’t available. We asked the waitress what she would recommend between the other ahi app option and the crab dip. She recommended the ahi, so we ordered that. She asked us for backup orders (in case others were out as well). She brought us out both the ahi and and crab dip, which we assumed was just a nice gesture since our first option wasn’t available, but we were charged for both. We ordered the filet and lamb entrees and they were excellent. The owner came over to offer us a dessert on the house, and to tell us we didn’t need to feel like we were being rushed. This was now the 4th time we had been told not to feel rushed. We ordered a chocolate dessert that came with three shots of milk. My gf had this dessert with her coworkers and they had brought kalhua instead of milk and she asked if they would do that. The waitress said she would just bring us two White Russians, and the way we received that was it would be on the house since the dining room was being rearranged the entire time. We didn’t want to order White Russians, and when the bill came, they were on it as well. Between the two drinks and the appetizer we were charged an extra $40 for items we didn’t order. Between being told constantly not to feel rushed, and our waitress constantly prebussing before we were even finished with those dishes, it was the worst dining experience I’ve ever had. I’ve been a restaurant GM in multiple states for over 10 years and I’ve never written a bad review in my life. I still left a 30% tip, but spending $215 for two people, it should be a perfect dining experience. My gf will no longer hold office parties or dinners with Scotts.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good food and service at a reasonable price. Music was a +

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I am looking for a lunch restaurant for the ladies in my group for the last Wednesday in January. There will be between 20-25 of us but my only concern is for the ladies who will drive is to find a parking place. It took me a while to find a place to park. The food and the service was excellent but my only concern is the parking.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I went to Open Table, not knowing anything about downtown Gainesville and got very lucky with my find and selection. Miss Ann was the perfect Hostess/Server and went out of her way to provide excellent service. The food was wonderful, fresh and everything she described. Other than the Spinach & Asparagus, both were slightly weak but hey....their green veggies, when you have great servings of Rack of Lamb and Fresh Seafood who cares- right? Wine, appetizers, entrees, desert and coffee were all top shelf. Scott even stopped by to check on us...great experience.

Tags: Cozy, Live Music, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

great food and great service...as usual. we eat there as often as we can.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and service and atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had dinner with family. Enjoyed the private room for 4. Wine list was pretty good. Had the Duckhorn Cab ($135). Started with the wedge salad which was terrific. I had the pork chop, creamed spinach and buttermilk mashed potatoes. Wrapped up with the bread pudding. Bread pudding wasn’t so great but everything else was. Our server was very friendly and new. She worked hard for us. Dinner rolls were good too.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We reserved a table for a business meal. Our waiter was excellent - very attentive, knew the wines and food intimately and was very polite. The food was excellent - everyone had a steak and the next day everyone mentioned how much they enjoyed their meal. If you are eating in Gainesville, this restaurant should definitely be on your list.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The tuna-crab-avocado tower as an appetizer is always superb and a favorite; my wife had the lobster-shrimp pappardalle, which we were glad to see is back on the menu; I had a rack of lamb that was done perfectly. The server did a good job taking care of us. Always a good dining experience at Scott's.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 26, 2017

A very pleasant evening at one of the alcove dining tables.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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