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Scholar, Grand Rapids, MI

Scholar

4.5
4.5
196 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
History, specifically America’s culinary history, is the central focus of our food and cocktail programs here at Scholar. Situated downtown on Grand Rapids’ iconic red brick road at 11 Ionia SW, Scholar honors previous residents of the same address while striving to achieve our goal; to earn the title of the city’s best restaurant.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (616) 980-9073
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Taylor Boeschenstein
  • Neighborhood
    Grand Rapids
  • Cross street
    Our cross streets are Fulton and Weston.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Wine

What 196 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Lively

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Most Booked

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids

    Good for business meals

  • Grand Rapids

    Hot spot

  • Grand Rapids

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids

    Lively

  • Grand Rapids

    American

  • Grand Rapids

    Most Booked

196 Reviews
  1. LeeB

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Experience was wonderful - staff was incredible! Amazing food!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service. The special of the night, a lamb melt was fantastic! The brownie dessert a must! Will definitely visit again when in town.

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  3. RoseannM

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, fun cocktails, "mad men" style ambiance, and great service came together to create a wonderful experience with our friends. Thanks Scholar!

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  4. Caseycogs

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool spot on the lower level. Speakeasy feel. Friendly, attentive staff and creative, delicious food.

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  5. MGee

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. Unique cocktails, awesome appetizers & beautifully done entrees. Service was fun & completely on point. Can’t wait to go back.

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  6. SherryinMI

    Grand Rapids

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner on the main floor (foyer) and it was a great experience. All four of us had fantastic dinners (I had the seared scallops) and the deviled eggs appetizer was amazing. Unique cocktails that were delicious and the service was attentive, but not intrusive. Highly recommend and we will be back!

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  7. Kevin

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the bison meatballs as an appetizer and they were phenomenal. Followed that up with the salmon as my entree and it was PERFECT. Might be the best salmon I’ve had in Grand Rapids! Will definitely be ordering again soon.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow. Bison meatballs were dry and just not very good. dinner was pretty good but not a great value.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    4/5 table max would help with a bit more attentive service. Drinks can be a bit behind but the are amazing!

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  10. Jane

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, delicious food - a great experience. Recommend without reservation!

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FAQs

Scholar is rated 4.5 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Scholar

11 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Our cross streets are Fulton and Weston.
  • Neighborhood
    Grand Rapids
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Executive chef
    Taylor Boeschenstein
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Wine
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