About Scholars Bar & Lounge
Located along the historic Freedom Trail, at the heart of Boston’s downtown area, is Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge. Boasting a stylish and vibrant interior, Scholars has established itself as the favored venue for locals and tourists alike. Patrons can savor a mouth-watering selection of food, inspired by regional classics and superbly complimented by our chef’s original approach, late into the night. An extensive selection of tasty cocktails, refreshing beers and fine wines are sure to satisfy any palate. We also serve Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm in addition to our all day menu. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm Scholars features some of Boston's best DJs playing classic hits.
Boston, MA 02108
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 11:00am - 02.00am
Tremont & Washington Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
DJ Entertainment every Thursday/Friday/Saturday.
Parking is conveniently located at the Pi Alley Parking Garage within walking distance of Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge.
Red Line to Park Street & Downtown Crossing, Orange Line to Downtown Crossing, Green Line to Park Street & Government Center.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Scholars Bar & Lounge Ratings and Reviews
The lunch food wasn't good at all. The flatbread pizza had spoiled chicken on it, which the waiter seemed to notice and didn't care to send back, nor ask if we wanted our money back. Another sandwich was terrible and inedible. The other four meals were mediocre. We won't be going back there for lunch.
Our office team visited Scholars for a mid week lunch and had a very nice experience. The waitress did a great job dealing with the table, and food and drinks were all delivered in a timely manner. Food was good and the noise was not a problem. All in all, a very positive experience.
After 45 minutes of waiting for our food we asked our waiter to check on it. He brought it right out. The food was cold, the cheese on the flatbread had completely congealed. We asked for it to be nuked a minute or two as we were in a rush. 10 minutes later it comes back "new ones" that were fine... Charged for the full meal, not even comped for our sodas. Unapologetic. Meanwhile, this workday lunch took over 1.5 hours.
Had a late lunch with a large family group over the holidays and everyone was pleased. An array of menu items to satisfy different ages and tastes along with vegan and gluten free diners. We visited at an off peak time so the setting was very quiet. The decor is minimal given the large space. Our service was good, we'd return if in the area!
This was my second lunch at Scholars. Both meals have really been very good. I have had the short rib salad and the crispy fish sandwich.
I will return for lunch again and next time I will make sure my husband is with me so that he can enjoy good food and pleasant atmosphere.
Service was glacially slow on a Friday night. Virtually impossible to get a second round of drinks at our table. We ordered a pierogi and kielbasa appetizer. The pierogies were great but the kielbasa was cold--not just room temperature, but actively fresh-out-of-the-refrigerator cold. Very unpleasant. The manager did apologize and remove the appetizer from our bill, which was nice. Friday nights at the Scholar are clearly more about the bar scene and singles mingling. Not recommended for a sit down dinner.
The pleasant, attentive waitress made this dining experience more superb than the food itself!
It was a Friday night after-work crowd (we were a pre-concert couple going to The Orpheum) and the restaurant chose to seat us away from the TGIF hysteria. Great choice!
The food was great. Our party had the tuna noodle salad, the beet and quinoa salad and the mac and cheese and everyone was thrilled. The service, however, atrocious. We had to finally go ask the hostess to find our waiter and send him over. He then stopped at the two tables next to ours and went away again before coming back 10 mins later to finally check in with us. Apparently this restaurant turns into a club scene at an absurdly early hour. We had to rush through the rest of our meal (which was delayed while we waited for our waiter to come by) to leave because people were packing in around us and there was very loud dance music playing.
The food was excellent. The only gripe I have is that when I asked that they box my leftovers, the waiter just boxed the salmon and threw out the side vegetables without my permission. I was bummed that my lunch shrunk in half by this gaffe. 😒
I also like to suggest an additional buffer to the doorway. My dining party was exposed to the entrance / exit. So the cold wind kept coming in.
We were in Boston with some friends for the marathon and decided to have dinner here. The diverse menu attracted us since half our group wanted ethnic food and half wanted American. This was a good compromise. At first we were a little surprised we were asked for our IDs at the door. It was Saturday night, but this really lowered our expectations of what we would find inside. The atmosphere was nice and pretty upscale for dinner but you could tell it would become more active as a bar scene as the night went on. The menu was just what we'd hoped for and the drink list was substantial with many good options. Our meals were excellent too. One of our group got the seafood sampler, one and Asian dish, and one steak...all were great. Our server was really nice and attentive and we all commented on how much we liked her. As the meal went on the restaurant did get kind of loud, but it didn't bother us much since we were getting done with our meal. We would go back!
Nice find to meet up with folks for a bite and to catch up a bit. Salads were fresh and tasty and we got good reports on the risotto with spicy shrimp; prepared well. My margherita flatbread was disappointing; it lacked taste and was not well done...difficult to chew, etc. Service was spirited and we enjoyed chatting with our waitstaff who was friendly and engaging. Nice place to try.
I was recently at Scholars to celebrate a special occasion, and the Manager and staff went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly and we were treated exceptionally well. I will not hesitate to return to Scholars for both special occasions and everyday enjoyment.
This wasn't bad, bit first impressions go a long way and this was my first time. I wanted to treat a friend to a nice quiet area which I asked for. We got there and they took us to a nice little corner just to come a few minutes later to say that area was reserved including our table and needed to move us...somewhere in the middle of restaurant( so much for privacy).
Our server was nice and friendly. I asked whether I could order (along with regular dinner) an appetizer but was told it was " bar only" even though our table was 3 feet away from the bar. It didn't ruin the experience but it would have been nice to be accommodating after the move of the tables around.
The entries were nice but nothing to die for, I think I might give it another try in the future; but it wasn't a place where I'm excited to go back right away either. Not bad, but not great either.
I read the past reviews. I almost canceled my reservation. But i wanted to see for myself.The following is advice to help grow the business and better its reputation. I'm a manager to an upscale business in the downtown area. I know what it is to provide premium customer service. My major issue at this location was exactly that. Customer service. I will start with the criticism and end with positive notes. I arrived on time. The location opened right on time. But i was not greeted properly. I was seated and given wrong menus. Its okay. I asked for the correct menu and right away i was helped. The problem was that everytime i was in need. I didnt know anyones names. I had to ask. I met Paul and a waitress.( unfortunately i can't remember her name). I waited 15 minutes before a waitress came to my table to ask my party for an order. This would be okay it the place was busy. But I and my guest was the ONLY customers. The food arrived. It was awesome. It was my first time ordering chicken And waffles. Scholars did not disappoint. I was in heaven. Like really. Who inveted chicken and waffles. I loved the food. And the drinks. I suggest the management team retouch on the customer service techniques. I did leave a small tip. A bill consist of two things. 1. The cost of food and drinks. 2. The service. Because the service was so slow and not appreciated. I left less than 5% gratuity. I will return. I hope to receive better service. Thanks for the great in experience with the food. But work on the customer service.
My girlfriend and I had wanted to check out Scholars for the past few months. We scheduled a date night there on Friday, which wasn't the best timing on our part. Friday after work means a vibrant bar scene at Scholars - very fun, if that's what you're there for, but hard to have a conversation on a date. I saw another couple that was initially seated next to us, and it looked like the noise was a challenge for them, too. While the timing may have been bad on our part, the service at Scholars was fantastic. We asked our server if there was a quieter area we could move to, and he found us a table in the back by the lounge - and that worked out perfectly. The new server at that table was equally good (attentive but not obtrusive), and we enjoyed the rest of our date. The food was ok; not out of this world, but I was pleased with it.
Based on the quality of service, I'll definitely go back another time. I'd just opt for a mid-week dinner if it's date night next time.
Very good for casual dining. Prices fairly reasonable. Lovely decor. Needs improvement (generally) in service. Servers should be more thoughtful, knowledgeable (about cuisine ingredients and wine pairing) and well spoken. I found their behavior somewhat brusque and unmannerly. Conduct is as important as the food. Some servers, on the other hand, were very congenial. Overall, everyone should receive training in customer service. Politesse is the name of the game in the restaurant industry. Boston is trying to increase tourism presence. Show generosity and courtesy.
This was the second time I have been to Scholar's for dinner and likely my tenth time overall. The location is easy to get to from around Boston due to it's vicinity to Park Street/Downtown Crossing. The entire establishment is loud and tailor-fit for the younger after-work crowd looking for a drink or quick bite.
There was confusion when we entered; only the bouncer acknowledged that we were waiting to be seated. After we were seated, the waiter was very helpful and quick to ask for drinks & food. Once the food arrived, we saw very little of our waiter. It was difficult to find him for the bill and after 10 minutes of waiting to pay, we were able to ask another waitress to settle our bill. She was quick to get us on our way, important because we had an event to attend.
Outside of the initial confusion and the disappearing waiter, the food was filling and tasty. Steak tips were cooked perfectly and the parsnip & potato puree was delicious. The "Onion Straws" on top were actually two onion rings, which were fine.
We both had the "tremontaine" cocktail which had a refreshing taste thanks in part to the cucumber aroma and flavor. I will seek out other options in the area when dinner is followed by an event or I want a more intimate setting, but Scholar's is perfect for a group of young professionals wanting to drink and socialize after a long work day.
Website says they serve brunch on the weekends from 11-3, went there for brunch at 12:30 and they were not serving brunch. Disappointed and wondering if they ever serve brunch? I also was there March 1st for brunch again at 11:45 with two others that were waiting for the restaurant to open. The sign said they opened at 11 but I don't think they even opened that day, as we waited outside for an hour. Disappointed Bostonian and will probably never go back.
My boyfriend and I wanted a low-key, not-too expensive place to have dinner, so we settled on Scholar's, which we have been to a few times before. I think we made our reservation for too late, because it was not a good experience. Firstly, our waiter took forever to visit our table and it was obvious that he hadn't been to the table next to us either. Our drinks, unsurprisingly, also took forever. We ordered the crab cake appetizer, but when the food runner brought it out we had no plates or silverware. We waited a few minutes for him to return with them, but he never did. I finally had to get up and find someone to bring over plates, which took another few minutes to be delivered. Our food arrived three minutes later, so we then had an excess of food and plates on our small table. Our waiter apologized about the plate incident, but never offered to take the app off of the bill. There were three large parties happening at that time and it appeared he was serving one of them, which explains why he was not attentive to us, but that is just not acceptable Scholars, if you are going to host parties while you are still serving dinner, add more staff.
The food was unremarkable and we left in hurry. Not to mention, bussers removed the tables next to us, so we felt like we were all alone and intruding on dance time. We couldn't get out of there fast enough. We won't be going back any time soon.
This is a fun place for lunch in downtown Boston. We had a party of 5 and all liked the lunch dishes we had. Our only gripe was that we didn't get served for a half an hour. Luckily we were not in a rush to get too upset about it.
The macaroni and cheese lunch was the big hit and would come highly recommended.
I cannot say that I was wildly impressed with my visit. We went there, before a show down the street, so we were slightly pressed for time. I'll start by giving credit where credit is due. Their buffalo chicken dip was excellent. They have a decent bar list. In the bar itself is quite nice looking. But the food for our main meal, was almost inedible. First of all it was served cold, and they got one of the orders completely wrong. My friend got the risotto, it was so watery, that she took two bites and was done. To their credit, they did take the food off the bill. But I would've rather paid for a good meal, than been hungry. They did have Christmas parties going on, so it might have just been an off night.
inedible risotto, so bad my guest sent it back (unlike her). I had a chicken panko sandwich it was ok. Our server was very helpful, apologetic and suggested an alternative dish for my guest. Scholars seemed like a good place to have a drink and an appetizer, but dinner eas disappointing.
If you like a noisy din, this may not be the place for you. But for a business lunch or to meet a friend and actually have a conversation, this is a great find. It's surprisingly spacious, with a mezzanine when the crowd grows. The food is consistently very good and moderately priced. Everyone I introduce the place to is pleasantly surprised. I haven't tried the dinner menu or evening bar scene, so I can't comment on that, except to note the bar is clearly well stocked.
Scholar's website indicates that they serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. I needed a scentral location large enough to accomodate a group of 8 for a brunch meeting. We arrived at 11 to an empty restaurant. We were shown to our table, under the area where workers were doing construction on the upstairs of the restaurant, and given lunch menus. When we asked for brunch menus we were told that they were no longer serving Saturday brunch. Honestly, had we not been such a large group, we would have gone to another restaurant.
After all that, the service was slow, despite the fact that we were literally the only customers in the restaurant. I will stick to drinks at scholars from now on.
Located right on the Freedom Trail, Scholars Bar & Lounge lends an academic overlay to a great bar with excellent food. We just went for drinks and apps, and had trouble selecting from the literary cocktail list, which included gems like the "Dead Poet." Food was great, as was the service. Would definitely go back.
Took my friend to lunch on Friday, 8/22; splurged on lobster rolls at $16.00 each. Lobster must've been frozen or old, rolls were stale, brown lettuce. We gave it a "4" on a scale of 1 to 10. (left hungry). We asked to sit in the back under the "lumi-dome" because the a.c. was so strong; table wobbled.
I've been passing by a big sign at your door for weeks advertising lobster rolls; thought it would be a treat especially as the summer is ending, it was a Friday and we were celebrating daughter's engagement.
Would not recommend nor will I go back; $50 is a lot of $ to waste. Sorry.
Service was very slow, despite having no shortage of staff, and very few patrons. Food was fine, when it finally arrived (and same for the drinks, and the same for the check). Don't know what was happening in the back - our waiter did apologize for how long it took for our food to arrive, but things that he had more control over (such as getting the check, and running our credit cards) took just as long.
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