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

599 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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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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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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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Cross street
Brenau Ave
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Parking details
Parking after five available in neighboring parking lots.
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Live music Saturday evenings. Vocalist, saxaphonist and guitarist are just a few of our entertainers scheduled weekly. Entertainment schedule available at
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 599 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed a wonderful meal with exceptional service celebrating a birthday.

5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Gainesville hidden gem!!!

Took my girlfriend there for her birthday and we both absolutely enjoyed the service and the great food.

Highly recommend.

Thank you

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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!!!!!

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food as always. Great night out.

vipSilver (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

MichaelL (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

SladeChisolm (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

KEVINW (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

SeanB (Atlanta)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

ranjef360 (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

SamS (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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...

SouthernGent (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

MDAWG (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

RobbyW (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  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!

JoelN (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

DavidB (Nashville)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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