Scarlet Oak Tavern
Scarlet Oak Tavern

Scarlet Oak Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scarletoaktavern.com/
  • Phone: 7817498200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Sherman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Upstairs: One flight up from the main dining room and tavern is a 55-person room that was completely renovated in 2007 to create a ten-foot tray ceiling with antique exposed wooden beams and a working fireplace. There is a private bar and lounge area outside the room that can be used as a gathering area before events. In addition, there are two private rooms upstairs with a single table in each room. One of them can accommodate up to eight people, the other up to twelve. The Wine Room: The Wine Room is a 14-person private room that is separated from the main dining room by the Tavern's hand-crafted wine cabinets. Its unique semi-open design creates the perfect amount of privacy without losing the energy from the main dining room. Our chefs and managers are happy to work with you to create a truly unique experience for you.
  • Private Party Contact: Management 781-749-8200

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet on Saturday Evenings
A word from Scarlet Oak Tavern
We are located on Hingham's historic Main Street in a 250-year old colonial house that has been thoroughly restored and updated by the award-winning Niemitz Design Group. Our cuisine, led by Executive Chef Stephen Sherman, centers around great steaks and the freshest seafood, although we also offer contemporary versions of classic American comfort food. Our philosophy is that good service is never intimidating service; and that honest, freshly-prepared food can often be more of a luxury than something you can't pronounce.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
Scarlet Oak Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
136 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (83)neighborhood gem (57)fit for foodies (53)romantic (42)good for groups (42)great for outdoor dining (36)vibrant bar scene (30)notable wine list (24)great for brunch (22)great for lunch (22)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • great, but crowded
    flash
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    delicious food. too crowded. tables too close together
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hinghamVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The woman greeting guests at the door was totally inefficient. One couple/group was ahead of us but then we waited and waited. Nothing. She said nothing about the apparent problem. Finally two other girls returned that had taken the previous guests to their tables, I presume, and she gave them the menus and asked us to follow. Either there is a general lack of training or lack of trained personnel to show guests to their tables. Either way they need to improve before I would return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • meagainVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was great. Of note, the restaurant was sufficiently quiet to allow conversation, unlike many restaurants today.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner for Mom!
    TheHungryGinger
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Love that so many of their fruits and vegetables come from their garden outback or from other local farms. Everything we had was delicious! Beet salad and kale salad were both great, caprese ravioli with chicken on top, salmon, haddock, swordfish, carrot cake. Can't go wrong with anything you pick from their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great local night out
    revbetsy
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We were invited for dinner at Scarlet Oak Tavern by friends, and had not noticed it before, despite living close by, and driving past it many times. It sits discreetly back from the road, and resembles many of the colonial era homes nearby. We will not miss it again! It has nicely updated the interior, while maintaining charming colonial features. The food was excellent, along with a decent selection of wine and beer. The haddock in potato crust over corn/bacon chowder was especially good. Service was also good - friendly, knowledgeable waiter. Perhaps because it was busy, the service was on the slower side, but we were not in a hurry, so it was not a problem. We expect to be regulars here in the future, and to recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently delicious
    SLJ1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I try to visit once a quarter. I'm in a bit of a rut with my selection - the 6 oz filet is just too good. However switch up the salads, apps, sides and desserts and it's always a treat. Took a group with me and it was a great meal for all. Fish, meat everyone was happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The oak never fails
    Datenite
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Such consistently great simple food. We love eating on the tavern side as it is much more casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    Kellielc7VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I were out running errands and saw this on Opentable and thought we would try it...so happy we did! The restaurant decor is adorable and welcoming and the food was great! Next time we are out around the Braintree area we will look forward to stopping here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I celebrated his 30th birthday at the Scarlet Oak Tavern. We had a wonderful time. The atmosphere is nice, yet relaxing. The food was delicious, if unfortunately a bit cold. Overall we had a great time and are sure to return again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I loved the age and character of the building which is primary star of the show. The food was decent and if I am honest I would admit that I was probably expecting it to be slightly better for the price. However, the drink menu is impressive, the waitstaff is highly attentive and valet is available if you want it. I would like to go back to try some other menu offerings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy!
    Putt2win
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice ambience, but far too noisy on a Sat eve to really enjoy. Food quality was good but was served only 'warm' , not hot, to all 4 dining companions. We all agreed the quality was very good but should have been served hotter. We let the waitress know, and she informed the kitchen staff. We did not want to send our meals back as it would be disruptive to the evening. I would try this nice dining venue at another time as the selections on the menu looked excellent. The noise level was just too high to really enjoy. We will try it again mid-week and hope for the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Scorpio27
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined early (6 PM) on a Saturday night. By 6:30, it was a full house, but the dining room was not loud. Crab dip appetizer was very rich & filling. Calamari was lightly batter and crispy, not chewy. We had the dry aged sirloin and porterhouse steak. Both dishes were cooked to order and the beef was very good quality. The peanut butter/chocolate cheesecake was also very rich & filling. The special request for a birthday candle in the dessert was honored. All in all, a very fine dining experience for a romantic birthday dinner with my girlfriend. Would dine here again for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely Visiting Again
    CStick
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our first dinner at the Scarlet Oak Tavern this past Friday night. We were seated after a short wait, and greeted by our server quickly. As it was our first visit to this establishment our server brought over complimentary champagne toasts. The menu offered great offerings from appetizers to entrees. Both of our meals (6 oz. filet and 20 oz. bone-in rib-eye steaks) were cooked perfectly to order. They had great natural flavor and house seasoning that was complimentary, not over bearing. The side dishes were equally as delicious. The meal, ambiance, and the service provided for a fantastic dining experience that we won't forget. We will definitely be going back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous patio dining
    jdj12
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Service was wonderful, location delightful, and the kale salad with grilled peaches was delicious. We will definitely be back. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dennis Birthday Dinner
    Michelle
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food and Wine was great! Service was good as the waitress had a large party to serve serve.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, nice environment
    justme
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The menu is not broad, but the food was very good, and there were sufficient choices so that nobody would be without something that they would like. It is a lovely place. The waiter was a nice young man.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great service
    Junel52
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was our first time, a new place for our Anniversary dinner. Food was wonderful, service was great. A great place for steak ! A very pretty and comfortable place! Loved it and can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was delicious, as always. Server was very knowledgeable. Our reservation was 6:00 and we were out of there by 7:30 so we did not stay too long. We're frequent diners at the Scarlett and that was the first time we encountered that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was Almost Excellent
    Cantabrigia
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had the brunello. It was a special occasion. The surprise appetizer - a mushroom risotto - was amazing. The bread was amazing. The clam chowder was amazing. The entrees were almost good. The ravioli sauce was a little too winey, and the lobster risotto was a little too fishy. The deserts were acceptable, but after the advert of "we have our own pastry chef" it just wasn't wow (carrot cake and pb cheesecake). Not bad, just not incredible. The service was nice, but on the slow side. This place is awesome overall. Quaint, homey, elegant. I love going there. But the food was a notch below trattoria San Pietro for example. But the surprise appetizer was incredible. Maybe they should let chef play more like that?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous every time
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food at Scarlett Oak Tavern is always very very good. We have been many times with other couples for lunch and dinner and everyone has walked away extremely pleased. Their beet salad was outstanding the other night. Ambience, lovely service and great food all contribute to a wonderful dining experience. We go during the week when it's not so busy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My only complaint about the restaurant we had reservations for 5:45 - 6:00pm .... I arrived timely and we were given a small table in a corner by the greeting stand right by the door and the stairway .... Table was so small barely had room for 2 dinner plates and the appetizer ... not good ... Meal was outstanding Fillet Mignon for myself and date was done perfectly and we both raved about the food .... Restaurant seems to be a little loud I assume that is because it is an older building
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Hits and a Miss
    wineanddine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Who ever heard of grilled cabbage? It became an unusual and delicious salad special during our dinner for 6. The three men - meat eaters all - loved their choices: meatloaf, hanger steak and sirloin steak. The only slight miss was the scallop and lobster risotto. The scallops were well prepared, the lobster was generous, but oddly, the risotto was undercooked and had too many flavors going on which overwhelmed the delicate seafood. The décor is lovely New England without being overdone. Even the baked goat cheese appetizer was unusual with a roasted salsa topping off the dish. We were taste testing the restaurant for a future wedding rehearsal dinner and we are very happy with our choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My kind of place
    Kermudjion
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great menu, reasonably priced; excellent service. This is one of the best on the South Shore.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    Dpat38VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Wonderful evening and dinner in a quaint old time New England atmosphere. Entire staff is incredibly talented and friendly. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch is SO GOOD!!
    Foodlover2VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We enjoy it every time we come on a Sunday afternoon. The pancakes are out of this world!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Reunion
    mrgimmee
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Had a fine experience at lunch. Brought a visitor from California and were joined by our two local children. Excellent food, service and environment. All were quite pleased and well fed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • salty oysters!
    dineout
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was $! oyster night but, the oysters were extremely salty with shell bits, like they had not been cleaned properly. The portions were vey small.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    TiredMom
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband an I got a chance to leave our two kids with family and go out for a late dinner. Husband got the steak tips rare and chose the mushroom quinoa and chorizo corn bread as his sides. He said it was delicious, even raved about the quinoa. Meat was done exactly as ordered. He also had the Scarlet Oak IPA, and was very satisfied with his choice. I ordered the hangar steak frites, which came with a bone marrow compound butter. It was indescribably delicious. The fries had a rosemary truffle seasoning which was not overpowering. Creme Brulee for dessert! Our only complaint was the tiki-torches around the patio gave off a lovely light but also a lot of smoke. We didn't linger due to fumes. Overall, lovely evening. Worth the $$$
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Music
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Complained to manage. Speaker system outdated. Choice of music, inappropriate, way too loud. Manager did nothing. Other people also complained. Spoiled the ambiance
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • gamemaven
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Met with another couple for dinner. Took an outside table for cocktails, but moved inside for dinner because of the noise of rush hour traffic on Rt.228, only 30 feet away. That was the only negative. The hostesses were very welcoming and accommodating and our waiter was a star: prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable. We all enjoyed our meal selections. My choice, seared tuna with the chef's award-winning "10K" sauce, was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gem
    kaselt
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner here! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    Rich
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food and service? Aps are great. Been menny times
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently very good
    snicks99
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We go to this restaurant regularly for special occasions, and the food, service and ambience are always very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food and wine. Nice atmosphere. Service could be improved on. We've been to several great places where the service is top notch. The food here is excellent and worth the money but the service is below average for an upscale establishment. Not in any hurry to return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice !
    Cleo40
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Seated promptly thanks to OpenTable, food and service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice, but a little noisy.
    MickeyDee
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent food, a little pricey, but worth it. Excellent service and ambiance. Because it's very popular, it was crowded and a little noisy. It wouldn't stop me from highly recommending this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service and Food
    David
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Seated right away, very thorough and attentive service. Food was cooked perfectly and arrived hot. Steaks were amazing. Dessert too. Highly recommend, will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Midweek lunch
    PleasedHinghamite
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A group of five of us ate lunch at the Scarlet Oak Tavern midweek. My grilled chicken and apple salad was delicious! The service was a bit slow to start but ended on a strong note. We all loved the serene woodland view. The prices were reasonable. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wanderbird
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful service and good food made up for tables being too close together and the noise and energy more than we enjoy. A very nice, wide open bar area as you enter and the outdoor dining is quite nice although you are facing a busy Main Street.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Drdlw
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Third time to visit. First two times were very good but one year later found the food over cooked and not worth the money. Staff was courteous. Location is great. Sat outside and enjoyed the relaxed ambiance.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet