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

4.8
730 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Continental
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
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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AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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

Anniversary dinner - great food and staff

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Still my favorite restaurant in gainesville and beyond!

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!

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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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NS
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easter Brunch was FABULOUS!!! Every single bite we ate was amazing!

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HD
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Easter Brunch was fantastic! The assortment of food selections was so thoughtfully planned. Everything I tried was so good and perfectly prepared. The layout of buffet tables in different areas worked well to prevent long lines. Scott was front and center, ensuring that every item was replenished. He truly cares about his customers experience. We were fortunate to have a private side room which was quiet and comfortable. Our server was perfectly attentive and added to an overall outstanding meal. We loved the Mimosa & Bloody Mary set up with an exceptional drink condiment selection. The meal was a good value for all that was offered.

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PK
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect, as usual - especially the service. Sean is the best!

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P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and very good food. A little pricey but worth it.

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A
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the best food I've had in a long time. Can't wait to come back.

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j
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you want an excellent meal in Gainesvill, Scotts on the Square is the ideal place to go. The service was excellent. We had bourbon salmon which was outstanding. The sides were very good as well. The only suggestion would be for them to add brolini as a side. Alot of people do not like asparagus or green beans .

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TT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When the restaurant called to confirm our reservation for four, I requested a table in a quiet location due to hearing difficulties of one diner. We were seated in one of the little alcoves for four which was perfect. If you’re claustrophobic, this won’t due. Our waiter Daran was lovely and she knew how all menus items were prepared. She conversed when appropriate and left us to ourselves when obvious. Two of us had the seafood specials, one had the filet and one had Shrimp and grits. Scott’s serves just the right portions. Every bite was delicious and prepared to order. We love coming to Scott’s. It’s a favorite GO TO when entertaining out of town guests. We skipped dessert since birthday cake was waiting at home. Daran brought a little cupcake anyway with a lit candle and happy birthday written in food gell on the plate. Such a thoughtful touch.

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

Scott's was a wonderful place. Staff was very attentive and friendly. New the menu well and had great recommendations. They are a little out of my price range. But well worth the price. The food was exceptional. Would be a great place for special occasions.

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

The waiter had dog hair all over his clothes and there was also dog hair on the tablecloth. The food was just ok. For the money, that’s not cool. The calamari tasted like it was doused in salt, and I like salt and couldn’t eat it. Had to ask for bread. The creme brûlée was great, that’s it. Will not return.

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was an amazing experience from the start! Service, Food - well worth the price - it was 5 star!!!!

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JV
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food at Scott's is always delicious, the staff is friendly and we look forward to returning.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New to Gainesville and Love Scott's! Can always depend on a delicious dinner and great service!

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Online reservation was simple and fast. I left on their voice mail that it was our anniversary that they receive and acted upon. Our waiter, Sean, was absolutely wonderful. The food was delicious. A wonderful experience.

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ML
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had reservations Friday for lunch. The six of us were treated like royalty. Waiter had great suggestions and explanations for the food and could even remember the 12 choices for sides. Everyone loved the food and the DESSERT! We will be back.

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OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our dinner was PHENOMENAL! I was able to cut my steak with a butter knife. Honestly, BEST steak I’ve ever had. Combine that with crazy delicious Gouda grits and a divine espresso mousse... beat meal I’ve eaten in a really long time!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I have been to Scott’s twice and were very pleased both times. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding! We will be back.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and ambiance were magnificent. Chef Scott made us feel welcome with a table visit and fun conversation.

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MG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal in a long while! We'll be back!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time at Scott’s for dinner. Fantastic food and service.

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J
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Divers scallops perfectly done on birthday dinner evening for my wife. Appreciate the birthday discount every year.

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PK
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The finest dining experience in Gainesville, as usual!

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Valentine's Day was our first time visit to Scott's. I am rather thrifty and usually don't visit restaurants in this price range. However, I felt like it was well spent at Scott's. This was a first time attitude for me. We really enjoyed the ambiance, service and food. Scott's exceeded our expectations and we will be going back. Hats off to Scotts for making our evening one we'll remember.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

- hostess lied to us about seating upon entering the restaurant.
- food was marginal...filet mignon was literally 1/2 thick
- only positive was server, she did a nice job
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