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Downtown restaurants supply romantic meal for two
Some Gainesville eateries to open Sunday and serve up Valentine's Day specials
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Scott’s Downtown in Gainesville provides areas where diners can eat at semi-private tables. The restaurant is one of several around Gainesville offering specials for Valentine’s Day. - photo by Erin O. Smith

You’ve secured a date for Valentine’s Day, but you have nowhere to go for dinner.

You want to take your significant other somewhere special for the holiday, but haven’t chosen a spot for your romantic night yet.

Have no fear. A few restaurants — most of which are usually closed Sundays — are creating romantic meals for Valentine’s Day for you and your loved one to share in downtown Gainesville.


Touted as “casual fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere” on its website, the restaurant on the corner of Bradford Street and Brenau Avenue NE will serve a three-course menu Sunday night.

Scott’s will have six entree options available, including a surf and turf option, an 8-ounce barrel cut filet of beef, seared Alaskan halibut, lobster tails, roasted New Zealand rack of lamb and a seared duck breast.

Owner and chef Scott Dixon said customers usually order the same thing every year.

“People gravitate to the surf and turf,” Dixon said.

The rest of the Valentine’s Day and regular menu can be found on the restaurant’s website, The price per person for the meal is $75.

Scott’s Downtown is at 131 Bradford St. NW. For reservations, call 770-536-1111.


On the same strip of Bradford Street, Recess, a Southern-style gastropub, plans to prepare a Valentine’s Day special on Saturday night. The restaurant at 118 Bradford St. SW, will offer its regular menu, as well as an optional three-course meal for the holiday, since they are not open Feb. 14.

The full details of the menu have not been set yet.

For more details or reservations, call 678-450-0444 or visit


Less than two blocks away on Bradford Street and on the downtown square, Avocado’s is inviting couples and others alike to taste its Valentine’s Day offerings Sunday night as well.

Self-described as a friendly and fun sidewalk cafe with a full-service restaurant, Avocado’s is offering three entree options, including a chicken breast with orzo pasta, crabmeat and asparagus finished with a cream sauce; a ribeye served with wild mushrooms and bacon-wrapped potato wedges; and salmon served with vegetable fried rice finished with a bourbon glaze.

The cost for this three-course meal is $39.95 per person.

The menu can be found on its website,

Avocado’s is at 109 Bradford St. and is usually open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. On Valentine’s Day, it will serve dinner specials at 5 p.m. For more information, call 770-532-0001.


On the opposite side of the square off Main Street, Luna’s is offering special fare for Valentine’s Day.

From 5-10 p.m. Sunday, the restaurant will serve a three-course chef’s dinner menu. The three entree options are an 8-ounce beef tenderloin, lobster meat strudel and duck confit.

More information about the menu and cost can be found on its website,

Luna’s is at 200 Main St. SW.

For more information or reservations, call 770-531-0848.


If you are planning a feast at home but want to venture out for beverages, two area growlers may be the place to go.

Downtown Drafts has a seasonal beer just shipped from Atlanta’s own Second Self Beer Company. The establishment will offer the company’s brew, called “Bleeding Heart.” The business at 115 Bradford St. will also offer wine flights.

Tap It, at 1850 Thompson Bridge Road, also is offering a Valentine’s Day deal: buy-one-get-one half-off of ciders, such as the Original Sin and Magner’s Irish Pear cider.

For information about Downtown Drafts, call 678-943-2165 or visit For information about Tap It, call 770-534-0041 or visit