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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!
Gainesville, GA 30501
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Saturday evenings. Vocalist, saxaphonist and guitarist are just a few of our entertainers scheduled weekly. Entertainment schedule available at www.scottsdowntown.com
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 after five available in neighboring parking lots.
Scott Dixon Chef De Cuisine - Peter Brandes Exec Sous
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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