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

4.8
754 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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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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Berlin
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Seldom do you find food quality, excellent service, and ambiance all together. We found it at Scott’s!

Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you so much for the gracious review. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.

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SH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Service wasn't up to the usual excellence this visit. Having to ask for drink refills, not returning as frequently to check our status. We only visit for special occasions, love the food, the atmosphere, that's why we were surprised by the service.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Scott’s. So glad we celebrated our anniversary there. We were seated in an alcove, which we were thankful for as it is a bit noisy. Our waiter, Shawn, was great. Very friendly and helped my husband decide on his entree. It was a very good choice. I had the prime filet mignon. It was so tender that I could cut it with a butter knife. It was extremely delicious and this is saying something as I am VERY picky. Their house drink and wine selection are terrific. Something for every budget. We will be back again, but due to the prices, we can only go for celebrations.

M
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was outstanding as usual. Waiter seemed distracted and a little off his game.

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First, the service was above and beyond! Our waiter was helpful, informative, patient and kind! The food was also delicious - can't wait to go again!

CB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite places for a nice dinner out. Food and service were outstanding, as usual.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent evening, from the hostess desk to the dessert. The live entertainment energized the evening.

AA
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first visit to Scott's and we were very impressed. Great atmosphere, great server (Meghan?), great food. We aren't in Gainesville often but will be certain to try Scott's again next time!

a
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This past visit was our third since May of this year. The visit in May was a bit disappointing because we did not get a bread basket and service left a bit to be desired. And we were celebrating our anniversary. We've been going there for almost 5 years and almost always received a nice little complimentary treat. The first July visit on the 10th had mediocre service but we did get a bread basket. This time we were celebrating our birthday and still did not get the nice little complimentary dessert. The visit on July 31 was better service although we did have to ask for the bread basket. And this time the individual with the birthday did indeed receive a nice little complimentary dessert. Consistency is really needed in such a lovely upscale restaurant.

TF
Atlanta
55 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As Sinatra might have said, Scott’s Downtown in Gainesville, GA is a really nice joint!

Elegant but casual at the same time.

Tables spaced nicely so not sitting on top of one another.

We started by sharing the Tuna, Crab and Avocado tower which was excellent - although a bit more crab would always be appreciated.

My wife had the mahi-mahi and I had the prime filet mignon. Both dishes were wonderful. The sides - especially the Brussel sprouts - were perfect.

One word of advice - I wanted my steak medium rare. Fortunately, I ordered it medium rare but towards the rare side. It came out a perfect medium rare - but I fear it would have been over cooked if I had not stressed “towards the rare side”.

Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thank you so much for your business and the great review and feedback. No need to worry about ordering under as we always shoot for a little under and we know our steaks! Scott

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RM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, reasonable prices if you look for specials. Excellent soups.

N
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as always! Everyone was extremely happy with the quality- from the seafood to the ribeye. Keep up the good work!

Scott's Downtown (fka Scott's on the Square)
Responded on August 6, 2019

Thanks Nick, We appreciate your business and your great rating. Scott

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OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is great and Sean is the best!

LG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time! Everything was perfect! Great place!

M
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our first time there after hearing of it for years. Food was delicious and service outstanding.

BR
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I went to Scott's for our wedding anniversary dinner. Two words sum up Scott's, "Hidden Gem!" We usually travel to Buckhead, midtown, or Decatur for finer dinning out, but Scott's is on par if not better than more upscale places closer to Atlanta. I had the prime filet and my wife had the lobster tail. Both rivaled top notch restaurants in Atlanta. Our server, Sean, was also outstanding. He was very attentive and was able to help us navigate the menu which has something for everyone. The owner, Scott, also stopped by our table to make sure everything was great. He apologized for no live music as they usually have that on a Saturday night. I would recommend Scott's for a special occasion or just for a great meal anytime as the prices we thought were very reasonable. We definitely will come back to this hidden gem!

LB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food & service. We were there for almost 3 hours talking with our friends & never felt rushed. We will definitely go back.

MJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service by Scott and wonderful food!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

For $50 the ribeye was thin and tough.

Can’t blame the chef because it cooked a perfect medium rare.

The filet was much more tender for less $$

NM
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love Scott's. Our favorite go to place for special occasions.

EP
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went on a date night to Scott’s. It was amazing! I had the lamb and my husband had the ribeye. My lamb was wonderfully cooked and my husband cut his ribeye with a butter knife! Our server was Katie and she did an incredible job. Extremely attentive and didn’t skim on any little detail. She was knowledgeable about the menu, specials, and desserts. We will definitely be coming back! Thanks Scott’s for a great evening out and thanks Katie for the top notch service!

JB
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food, and ambiance!

OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a fabulous place! Great food and service

AH
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is so amazing!! Every single time!! Wow!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary dinner - great food and staff

BP
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time eating at Scott's Downtown. We were very happy with everything there. Our server was fantastic and the food was wonderful. It was a perfect evening out.

AC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Scott's Downtown is a lovely facility. They seating arrangements allow for privacy, as the tables are not on top of another. The decor is beautiful. Service is top notch and the staff responded quickly to issues. Everyone who had steak or salmon rated their meals as awesome. Cajun Shrimp Pasta was fair, the shrimp was excellent, but the pasta was too salty. Creme Brulee was very, very good - creamy, thick and caramelized sugar topping was perfectly executed, crispy and not burnt. Bartender needs to work on there amaretto sour mix - the ratio of simple sugar to amaretto was clearly disproportionate as the color of the drink was a pale yellow as opposed to an amber or light burnt orange hue. The drink was too, too sweet!

BK
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

1st time there. Enjoyed the way the restaurant was set up, Large Bar (separate), multiple seating options (private alcove w adjustable lighting, one room had three tables set up, a corner / round table w high back chairs). Chef Scott came out to see if everything was ok :-) All around, worth eating at.

TT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy Scott’s Downtown, especially for special occasions. We have never had anything but excellent service and perfectly prepared food. The staff is very accommodating about seating to ensure our comfort.

JG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant in gainesville and beyond!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server Casey did an excellent job in taking care of us. He was very helpful in explaining the menu.

DB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed the dinner, everything was good. Have been to Scott’s several times and never disappointed.

SJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First visit.
From the moment we walked in the door and were greeted by Scott ... and seated by Scott ... it was a great experience. Jason provided our service and he was great. He gave us plenty of time to look over the menu - explained everything well - had fun with us - and was not bothered in the least when we stayed and chatted for about an hour after dinner. Great food - great service - great atmosphere ... we will definitely be back ... many times !

FF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I went to Scotts for a late birthday dinner. We have been there before and found the food to be very tasty. The only two complaints we had was that they didn't have oysters, which we were expecting, and the music was a little to strong for a romantic occasion. I have to clarify that the shipment of food they received that day didn't have the oysters they serve so it wasn't there fault. Otherwise everything else was, as usual, very good!

j
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I would have gone elsewhere had I realized it was going to be a Buffett. However, my Mother in Law and wife enjoyed the variety of food available, as was I. I was disappointed that only rare beef was available. I thought the spinach and potatoes, as well as the Peach Cobbler, were all tasty. The service was excellent. This is our third visit and we will return.

NS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Mother’s Day Buffet was outstanding! Scott NEVER disappoints with amazing dishes. Easter Buffet and Mother’s Day buffet are my favorites and are always unbelievably delicious....every single dish!!! Can’t wait till next time.

JM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food and excellent service. Good atmosphere and not too loud for carrying on a conversation.

GS
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Scott’s is our favorite whenever we visit in Gainesville. Never disappointed!

D
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time trying Scott's, and we will DEFINITELY return! Our server was Jason and he made the night for us... friendly, attentive, accurate. The food was "a notch above" what you expect at a high end restaurant. The prime ribeye flavor was memorable, the risotto and asparagaus were perfectly cooked, amy wife's beef medallians were mouth watering. We will be back!!

CR
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and ambiance was wonderful. Scott came by our table twice to check on our experience, and our server was very attentive. I would highly recommend Scott;s Downtown to anyone who is looking for a fine dining experience in Gainesville.

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