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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with dinner at Scott’s Downtown. Enjoy a Chef crafted five course menu, with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries to finish. Dinner is by reservation only. Our Menu will be posted soon at http://www.scottsdowntown.com

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

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (23)
Business Meals (17)
Good for a Date (17)
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Special Occasion (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Romantic (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Live Music (11)
Cozy (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Authentic (4)
Casual (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Fun (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 2017

Great food and service and atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 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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·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

A very nice and quality meal in a refined atmosphere with great service. A special occasion place. I would like to have lunch sometime and compare with our deluxe dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was well prepared and presented. We are appreciative of the accommodations for gluten free dining as my wife has food allergies. The server was a bit over taxed due to what appeared to be a lack of staff - particularly for a Friday evening. Certainly not her fault, but it created some unnecessary delays in service. We will definitely return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Organic
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food

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 (Key West)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Enjoyed a private room for 2. The server was wonderful as the food. Had the oyster appetizer, lobster tail and seafood grill. Very tasty. The sides were just OK but will go back!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We so wanted this to be our new secret place to eat. Had the ribeye, it was thin and not what I would call Prime, closer to a Waffle House steak. My wife had the seafood trio, sauces tasted like something from a bottle you could buy at Kroger. Maybe we just hit it on a bad night, food not worth the price. The service was good and the wait staff very nice.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Took friends to Scott's for the first time and was in no way disappointed. We had a dinner nook which was wonderful for sharing conversation and ambiance. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent! Will be back soon!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The ambiance of this restaurant was great for an anniversary. We were seated in an alcove built for 2. The crab dip appetizer was some of the best I have had. I had the rack of lamb special, and it was incredible. My wife had the prime filet, and we both thought it was the best we had eaten anywhere, both flavor and texture. The saxophone player was very good as well, and added a romantic air to our anniversary meal.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My husband and I drove from Canton, GA, to have dinner with friends. We had made reservations and the restaurant thoughtfully reserved a quiet table for us near the musician. Great food, decent wine list, and quiet enough for conversation. We will go again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We took some out-of-town friends who were in town for the Chateau Elan Concours D'Elegance. We chose Scott's because we heard great things. It did not disappoint! The service and atmosphere was excellent; the food awesome. The chef came out to welcome us, inquire as to how we liked the food and ask us to return. The music was perfect; saxophonist Brian Ulrich (hope I got his name correct) created a cool vibe. Our guests loved it, and so did we!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was fantastic. Fresh and well prepared with thoughtful and splendid presentations. Attentive server was charming.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Obviously some folks like the place; menu was nice, but the sides sounded better than they tasted. Bacon Mac-n-cheese was thin and watery; rolls were straight out of a pack from Kroger (at least appeared and tasted that way). Seafood plates were just so-so.

We wanted to like Scott's, and Scott himself was very friendly, but we just couldn't recommend it to a friend. We might go back for an app and a glass of wine, but not for dinner. Sorry guys!

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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Great food at a reasonable price! We love Scott's and look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Tried Scott's for the first time for our wedding anniversary. We had a very private table in our own alcove with live harp music playing. They have a wonderful menu and great wine list. I had the mixed seafood grill and my wife had the sea bass. Our meals we're excellent! Their steak options looked marvelous! We got to meet Scott and enjoyed a complimentary chocolate moose anniversary tart. We'll be back!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Outstanding!!If you are in Gainesville and want an excellent restaurant for food and service, you must go to Scotts on the Square!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 18, 2017

I met a friend here with the hopes of having a nice meal while we had a chance to catch up --- Scott's did not disappoint! Our food was delicious, from our tuna appetizer to the sea bass entree I selected based on our server's recommendation. My friend's ribeye was awesome as well. Our server did a great job of checking in frequently without being overbearing or intrusive and was also helpful in going over the wine list with us. I'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent dinner! We were celebrating a birthday and it could not have been more perfect! The prime filet was so tender and perfectly cooked. The scallops were truly mouth-watering and my lamb was delicious! The sides were good with the smoked gouda grits and the risotto being standouts!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This was our server's first day. He is pretty seasoned though. Food was excellent. We had the lamb and scallops. I really liked the onion and brussell sprouts medley. Very tasty for a gluten free diet! Thanks, we will be back to see y'all!

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Very nice place. Quiet and quick service

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We started the meal with Oysters, OUTSTANDING! Our server Anne was on point with suggestions. We both had Filet, and true to discription it was fork tender. We were to full for dessert, but I will save room next time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Food at lunch was superb--as usual at Scott's. Risotto, oysters, sauteed brussel sprouts! Service was excellent; wine, superb. My favorite restaurant!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent food and service. We go on birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Had our 30th Anniversary at Scott's and we were treated like VIPs. We have never been disappointed. Outstanding service and food. One of our favorite places. "Try it, you'll like it."

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Cozy, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Outstanding venue - decent wine list, attentive service and delicious food - best I've experienced in Gainesville! Live music was a bonus - not so loud you couldn't maintain a conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Once again we had an awesome dinner. Seated upon arrival, attentive wait staff, great food and topped off with coffee and desert.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was spectacular! Chef worked to meet my vegan needs and our server, Jane, answered every question with a smile (even the repeats). All around excellent meal.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We celebrated a 72nd birthday and EVERYTHING from arrival to departure exceeded our very high expectations. This is a fantastic restaurant ...the food, service and ambience was exceptional. We highly recommend Scott`s for any occasion!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food, service and music were superb. The decor is a bit confusing. Old mill style ceiling with exposed mechanicals and modern drywall walls. Cool wooden barrel with a reception area like a hair salon. It was like it couldn't decide what it wanted to be. Fortunately, the food makes a clear statement and that is excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (London)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Excellent service and outstanding food in a comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Everything was wonderful. Our server was extremely knowledgeable. The food was perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Excellent food excellent service. Nice ambiance for special occasions

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Reserved a table at Scotts for my wife's birthday on a Saturday night. Had never been there. It was very nice. The restaurant is beautiful inside (it is in an old downtown building with hardwood floors etc.). We were seated at a very nice table in the front. We started with a spinach dip appetizer which came with fried bowtie pasta for dipping (different and nice). My wife and I then both had the spicy tomato bisque which we both found excellent and true to its name, had a very nice spice to it. I had the seafood trio with brussel sprouts and parmesan risotto (very yummy). The sweet chili shrimp and crab cake on the trio were excellent. The Mahi Mahi on the trio was good but could have used a little more seasoning. My wife had a steak that was done nicely and my daughter a very nice chicken dish. A live singer provided a nice ambiance for dinner. Our server was very attentive.

I would definitely go back there again for a special occasion or just for a nice meal out in Gainesville.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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