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

4.7
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800 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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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JP
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Good food at reasonable prices. The atmosphere and ambiance are low key and conservative but laid back.
Service was good and parking was easy and convenient.

D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Service slow due to staffing. Food had been setting before being brought to table, not hot. Noise very loud because of large group in open dining area. A group this size should have been placed in a private area. That being said this experience was very unusual for this restaurant. Normally a great experience.

r
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Ribeye was amazing! and the bar staff did an amazing job!

B
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. My guest said her salmon was excellent, as were her sides of mushrooms and asparagus. I ordered the half-and-half with a wedge salad and a ham slider. It came with homemade potato chips and was well prepared and very tasty. We would definitely go back. The prices were surprisingly reasonable. We would pay as much if not more at Panera for a half-and-half Order. I would definitely recommend Scott’s

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great and so was the service. Overall great experience. We will definitely go back again soon.

JD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

We have dined at Scott's many times prior to Valentine's Day for lunch and dinner. The service and food have always been exceptional however this night (2/14/20) it was below average. The menu was preset and the food seemed to have been prepared well in advance. Additionally, the mashed potatoes and spring rolls tasted as if they were taken out of a box and warmed up. The filet had no flavor/seasoning and the (boxed) mashed potatoes were by far the worst I have ever tasted. The staff, although very nice, was not very attentive and seemed to be scrambling to find where to deliver appetizers, meals, etc. Definitely NOT worth the $80 per person charge. I recommend going to Scott's just not when they have preset dinners.

JW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great waiter. Great food

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

This was our first time and we will be back for sure! The bar was packed and drinks took a while but the food and service were excellent!

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Party of 10 for a large family event. Superb atmosphere, excellent service and great food. I will definitely return and highly recommend it for dinner. The surf and turf was perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food and service were both wonderful. James was our server. The one point that makes the experience less than 100% is the fact that you don’t offer bread before the meal. An especially great bread with special dipping sauce, similar to Aqua Terra in Buford, would certainly set you apart. The special birthday plate was great.

JD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful birthday outing for my wife.

PS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Went for their NYE special menu. The food was great. Service was a little slow after more diners arrived but that is to be expected. A little pricey but all in all a great experience.

RB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

The service was excellent and the alcove was great. It was like our own little dining room.

TC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Alcove are very nice for special date. Music was nice. Service a little slow.

J
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The male bartender in the Lounge is outstanding. He is knowledgeable, pleasant and efficient.
We had dinner in the main dining room. Our server also had large party in one of the private rooms which caused our service to be extremely slow. The food was excellent, as always.

B
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I eat here twice a year on our birthdays, and the food and service are always excellent. I have recommended this restaurant to a lot of our friends, and when they have gone they always had a great experience.

RP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Our private room and food were wonderful. We were disappointed in the service. Our waitress was very cordial, but we waited forever to get our food because our order went in to the kitchen behind a table of twenty eight people. Our plates and used cutlery were not totally removed from the table until after we left the room. There was an automatic twenty percent gratuity placed on the check because our reservation was for eight people. However one couple got sick at the last minute and did not come to Scott's. Because we were only six people I believe the gratuity policy should have been waved. In spite of these minor flaws, we will definitely try Scott's again for an outstanding meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Our waiter was a little offensive and sassy. He kept questioning all our food choices. He acted like it was an inconvenience to serve us when asking for steak sauce he made the comment (“well taste it first before I walk 1/2 a mile to get it”) he stood there and watched one of the girls in our group taste her steak before he would get her sauce. He was “shocked” that we didn’t want alcohol. We actually are not big drinkers and one of the girls in our party was pregnant so, that’s not something that should shock a waiter to not order alcohol with a meal. It’s not like we split any meals either, every person ordered and entree and we ordered an appetizer for the table so I’m not really sure where the attitude came from. We loved the atmosphere and ambiance but the server (Shawn) was awful.

BG
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent as was the food. We have enjoyed eating at Scott's for several years.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and they had little alcoves for people on a date. It gave privacy and the ability to talk and enjoy one another. The building is an amazingly maintained old building from the early 1900’s. I highly recommend this experience.

KM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fantastic service and food. Great place for an anniversary!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating with our construction crew on completion of a milestone for our new house. Had a great time! The Scotts are awesome there.

K
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was great and our waitress Casey W was fantastic. She truly went above to make our dinner fantastic. Only complaint was the alcohol drinks were not very alcohol at all. Pricey and I would pass on a mixed drink again. There was an error on our part regarding the bill and the manger called us on our way home and fixed it.

M
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The only reason I listed atmosphere as quiet was due to the fact we had the little room up front. Cozy, and private. We requested a "well lit" spot due to my fathers vision problems. It was perfect. We had a wonderful evening, everything was top tier. Service was excellent, and the food was better. Chef Scott stopped by and paid us a visit. A gentleman, and very knowledgeable in the culinary arts. We'll be returning soon. Thank you.

CK
Atlanta
45 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday dinner. The food and service was excellent and we would highly recommend Scott’s downtown.

MT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect way to spend our Anniversary!

C
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent, and we really enjoyed being in one of the side alcoves with our out of town guests.

BH
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant for out of town guest who only eats fish. But the steak and lamb was delicious too!!! Great service- and nice wine options.

EC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We usually have one dinner at Scott’s every time we come to race at Road Atlanta. It’s our special night. Have had a fantastic experience every time. They genuinely care about patrons, the food is phenomenal, and you always go away feeling really good about it.

J
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our anniversary dinner was wonderful. The service was perfection. Our dinners were very good but some of the sides were not hot.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate in the bar, and the place was packed. Great atmosphere, the food and the service was excellent.

PK
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good quality and service were impeccable, as usual!

FC
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first visit and we were so pleased with the overall service, especially our waiters. They were attentive to every need and even anticipated our needs to insure our complete satisfaction. The wait staff was knowledgeable and made menu suggestions to fully experience the chef’s talent. Thanks for a spectacular evening and looking forward to returning soon.

Dr. C.

J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent as usual. The musical entertainment was quite talented and not too loud. Great evening overall.

JM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful late birthday dinner. Great food and service

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Casey was an amazing server! Food is great as always! We will be back again as soon as we can!

SA
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Casey was an excellent server.

BD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always excellent....always! The owner makes it a duty to come and ask about your experience...he makes it personal. Exceptional quality, perfect portions and good prices

PK
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Casey provided exceptional service!

JW
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the best meal we have out in a long, long time! Everything was perfect for our 42nd weddning anniversary dinner. Thanks to all the staff at Scotts for making our visit a real success!

Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)
Responded on September 12, 2019

Johnny, Thanks for your gracious message. We are delighted you choose to celebrate with us. Scott

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