Scarlet Oak Tavern
Scarlet Oak Tavern

Scarlet Oak Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scarletoaktavern.com/
  • Phone: (781) 749-8200
  • 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
142 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (88)fit for foodies (67)neighborhood gem (64)good for groups (57)vibrant bar scene (44)romantic (33)great for lunch (29)hot spot (29)great for brunch (26)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (19)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Food was awesome, our reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/26/2009
    Food was awesome, our reservation was ready on time even though it was a busy thanksgiving, waitress was kind and attentive. An overall exceptional dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • i really enjoyed it ...the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/25/2009
    i really enjoyed it ...the bar was a bit noisy ,,but the dining room was great! , the staff lovely...the decor so pleasant.....I will definatley be back!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Dined at Scarlet Oak on Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/21/2009
    Dined at Scarlet Oak on Saturday evening. Food was excellent and the service (Dominique) was great. We have been to Scarlet Oak many times and have always enjoyed our dining experience.
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  • Very warm and cozy ambiance,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/17/2009
    Very warm and cozy ambiance, with plenty of booths and dim lighting. But the food was a let down. The mussels were in a garlic and herbs sauce that wasn't anything to rave about and we didn't even finish them. We were looking forward to our three entrees, but they were all equally unimpressive. I had the haddock on a corn and bacon chowder, but there was little taste. We tried the Osso Bucco, but the pork took second place to the root vegetables. And the New York Sirloin was very chewy and tough to eat. The highlight was dessert - a s'mores plate that made a sweet ending, but left the night still a disappointment. Such a shame...the restaurant is adorable, but the food isn't worth it. We won't return.
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    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
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  • enjoyed the night and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    enjoyed the night and food. Did feel kind of rushed. We had a party of four and were there for approximaley 2 to 2 1/4 hours. Our reservations were for 6pm.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Goat cheese gnocchi appetizer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2009
    Goat cheese gnocchi appetizer was delicious, with excellent mushrooms. Very good potato crusted haddock. The Raw bar plate was expensive. Enjoyed the atmosphere, and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The atmoshere was warm and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/11/2009
    The atmoshere was warm and relaxed. The service was friendly and prompt. The menu was varied and interesting which made it difficult to choose. On the waitresses advice, we went the steak route which might have been a mistake on this night. It took three tries to get a medium rare steak!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Dining at the Scarlet Oak
    Patticake
    Dined on 11/1/2009
    Dining at the Scarlet Oak was a pleasing evening. It was not crowded and the shark special was excellent. Attentive service, but not overpowering, good wine list and wide range of food choices. We enjoyed it. Not outstanding, but very good. Old tavern atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • Because this was the evening
    BoscobelVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2009
    Because this was the evening of Halloween, the restaurant was not its usual hectic self. Food,service and ambiance were very good, as is the norm for this fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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  • Had lunch here. Beautiful
    WabanJane
    Dined on 10/26/2009
    Had lunch here. Beautiful historic room, good American bistro food. Quiet at lunchtime, don't know about dinner.
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  • I have been to the Scarlet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    I have been to the Scarlet Oak Tavern several times and have always enjoyed the food and ambiance. The table service has always been great as well. One comment I will make is that they do not adhere to reservations as successfully as other restaurants. We had an 8pm reservation for Saturday night and didn't get seated until 8:30. I understand that they can't estimate availability of tables perfectly but that was a bit too long to wait. We would certainly go back again though.
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  • We normally have a fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    We normally have a fabulous dining experience at the Scarlet Oak Tavern. Last Saturday's experience was less than stellar. It was a little disappointing that we had been talking it up to our friends and then they were not impressed. Honestly, I think it was too busy for the kitchen and our server to handle. We would usually rate the restaurant outstanding. However, this most recent experience was simply good. Great bartenders and hostesses. Server was good, but went missing a few times. Food was good, but could have been better for us foodies! We'll go back - possibly on a less busy night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although the dinner menu was
    RonMorse
    Dined on 10/16/2009
    Although the dinner menu was elegant the line cooks did it no justice. The chef should try his staff's cooking every once in a while to keep it in check. They should coordinate both their online menu with their actual menu and proof read all their different menus to make sure they all say the same thing about a dish. I went specifically for Prime Rib, as noted on the web site menu, only to find they didn’t have it and it wasn't listed on the in-house menus By 9:00pm they started running out of desert menu item's...
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • having gone to this restaurant
    dudeVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2009
    having gone to this restaurant for many years, I have noticed a decline. The last 3 times, service has been sub-par (food come out at different times, apps and entrees are either 2 mins or 40 mins apart, etc) and food has been slipping. At mothers day brunch, the paoched eggs were hard boiled, twice. Last night, the pumpkin ravioli was awful and flavorless. Lack of passion, lack of flavor, a focus on the bar. Go here for a beer and apps. Avoid for a nice meal out.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scarlet Oak is convenient
    beverly
    Dined on 10/11/2009
    Scarlet Oak is convenient for me, good food, not particularly creative or gourmet, but good comfort food and you can count on the quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The lounge by the bar is a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2009
    The lounge by the bar is a great spot for wintertime afternoon drinks and apps. There is a nice fireplace and a TV to watch the game.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Been to the bar several times...GRE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/7/2009
    Been to the bar several times...GREAT LOBSTER PIZZA....Definitely a very good spot...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • We had an excellent lunch
    JANDKVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2009
    We had an excellent lunch at the Scarlet on this rainy New England Saturday afternoon. We love the ambiance and our meals were very good. We can't wait to try this gem for dinner some evening.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • wow. nothing short of amazing.
    PJBleakney
    Dined on 9/26/2009
    wow. nothing short of amazing. great food, great service. nice to know that it is on the way to see family. definitely will return again!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Overall very good. A little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2009
    Overall very good. A little pricey. Great chicken pot pie though! homemade, fresh. And the bread before the meal... delicious (cornbread adds well to the mix.) I have been here before, once for Valentine's Day dinner, and have been pleased each time... only once was I not thrilled with the meal. I believed I ordered the pulled pork BBQ dish and the entire plate was drenched in an over-the-top smoky flavor. Otherwise, I enjoy coming to Scarlet Oak very much, and will come again with friends whether just to sit at the bar or have dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food and service! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2009
    Great food and service! I had the Prime Rib which was juicy and very flavorful. My wife had the filet mignon which was tasty but a little bit on the salty side. Do not pass up the Smore tart for dessert!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • The food was great. We didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2009
    The food was great. We didn't have to wait too long for our table. The noise level was a bit high. They don't have any curtains or much fabric to absorb sound. On a busy night it can be loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been there many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2009
    I have been there many times and it never fails to impress. It was a special occasion for my girlfriend and myself and we were given the royal treatment. The bar is always lively but not too loud and the food and service speak for themselves. Top notch!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2009
    This was our first time at the Scarlet Oak Tavern. It was recommended by co-workers. An excellent find! Perfect place to go before a show at the South Shore Music Service. You can have a reservation for 5pm and they get you out in time for the show. Our waiter Stuart was great!
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  • second visit . . . much better
    Reenie
    Dined on 8/8/2009
    second visit . . . much better than the firat time . . . the crusted haddock is excellent. Chicken Pie . . . now so good . . . not like a typical chicken pie with a good chicken stock cream sauce and moist tender bites of chicken. The trio of ribs, chicken etc was OK not outstanding. I would go again, my husband would not.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • This was our fourth visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2009
    This was our fourth visit to this restaurant and quite frankly we were disappointed with the food this time.
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  • Overall nicely done... Crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2009
    Overall nicely done... Crab dip was very good Attentive Staff although restaraunt was not busy Good Dry Manhattan...
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Truly excellent, exceeded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/23/2009
    Truly excellent, exceeded my expectations. I tried a filet mignon special with a grilled peach stuffed with blue cheese; excellent combination that I would not have thought of. Arugula salad had pistachio nuts and pistachio cream which added to the already great dressing and yellow beets. Had a wonderful service experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - a little loud
    Pmbskf
    Dined on 7/18/2009
    Great food - a little loud to have quiet conversation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice menu. Had the crab
    knowsfood
    Dined on 7/18/2009
    Very nice menu. Had the crab dip for an appetizer and the NY Sirloin with blue cheese butter for dipping, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Wow, was it delicious. The wife picked a nice red blend that went with the meal real well. It's an easy to get to restaurant right off Rt 3 and the service was excellent too. Dining in Hingham away from the water is just as nice. Give it a shot.
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    good for groups, notable wine list
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  • This was about our fifth visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    This was about our fifth visit. Food and service have been consistently good. Had a corner table and the noise level was high, very few soft surfaces in the restaurant to soften the noise.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved our dinner at the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/10/2009
    We loved our dinner at the Scarlet Oak Tavern. Chef Brian Sway delighted us with his offerings which ranged from surf and turf to haddock on a pool of chowder to the grand finale: s'mores chocolate tart. Yum and double yum. We had a cozy booth and a great night!
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  • Our dining experience was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/4/2009
    Our dining experience was quite amazing! Our hats are off the the chef, managers and service! A++ To all the other vegans on the south shore... get excited to hear, with ample notice, the Scarlet Oak is MORE than willing to accomodate your Vegan needs. As Vegans, we all know how hard it is to find a restaurant to craft up a meal that meets our non-animal and non-dairy requirements on the South Shore. When my wife and made the reservation on opentable, we noted we were Vegans. To our surprise, the day of our reservation, the manager actually called us to tell us that Chef is preparing us a vegan meal. He made us a wonderful tasty farro risotto in a basil oil reduction served with a summer vegatable ratatouille. Big Thumbs up!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Restaurant was great! They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/4/2009
    Restaurant was great! They should not use paper on the table tops. They should use glass tops or something. It takes the formal look out of the restaurant for any occasion.
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  • Service and food was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2009
    Service and food was very good. Only one small glitch --- had a relatively early dinner and ordered one of the speacials (swordfish). Waiter returned --- quickly --- and stated that the they were out of swordfish. A quite night, early dinner and the special was already gone.... otherwise very good.
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  • The food was delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2009
    The food was delicious and the menu was different from the normal brunch fare.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The service was extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2009
    The service was extremely slow. Dinner for two took nearly two hours on a Monday night. The food was okay. Desert, average. I would not go back.
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  • Our second time at Scarlet
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    Our second time at Scarlet Oak and still more than happy with the experience. Food great, and I would like to single out our waiter, I believe his name was Stuart....fabulous! Can't wait to return.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The food is just not good.
    Tara
    Dined on 6/21/2009
    The food is just not good. Not tasty, no attention to detail, bland, unmemorable. Even the bloody Marys were tasteless. The waiter was sweet, but inept. The décor is gorgeous. A real new England vibe. I can't imagine how this place will stand the test of time, sadly.
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  • We enjoyed the decor- simple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    We enjoyed the decor- simple and not overdone. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food. All the men had a steak entree and each seemed quite happy with their choice. My daughter and I had swordfish which was very good. Our server was friendly and prompt. She forgot the anchovies for my husband's salad but quickly remedied the situation when it was brought to her attention. Ambiance - much too noisy for my taste. At times I felt as though I needed to shout to be heard. Other members of my party also commented about the noise. Great place for a lively conversation- not so much for a quiet, romantic dinner.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic