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Scholar, Grand Rapids, MI

Scholar

4.5
4.5
219 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

10:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Bava Italian Wine Dinner

    $130.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 16 - May 29, 2024
    Join us at Scholar for an intimate dining experience focused on Italian wine & cuisine in our swanky lower level, "The Study." Scholar's Executive Chef, Taylor Boeschenstein, has thoughtfully created six Italian themed courses that will be paired with unique wines from the Bava portfolio. We are pleased to have Giorgio Bava join us, whose family has been perfecting wine since the 1600s. Giorgio will be accompanied by Michael Klaus, a level three sommelier with Carmela’s, who will also be presenting, pouring, & sharing his knowledge of our wine pairings! *Note* Payment is due at booking. Cancellations will be granted for a full refund up to 72 hours before time of the event. The Study boasts communal seating for this event.
    Bava Italian Wine Dinner Photo

What 219 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Good for special occasions

  • Grand Rapids / Western Michigan

    Lively

  • Grand Rapids

    Best Ambiance

  • Grand Rapids

    Good for business meals

  • Grand Rapids

    Hot spot

  • Grand Rapids

    Romantic

  • Grand Rapids

    Good for special occasions

  • Grand Rapids

    Lively

  • Grand Rapids

    American

  • Grand Rapids

    Most Booked

219 Reviews
  1. AndreG

    Grand Rapids

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing cocktails! Very cool decor and ambiance.

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  2. ProfitBird

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of cocktails. Bison meatballs were a good choice as an appetizer. The lamb T bones were phenomenal. Service was prompt and friendly.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were excellent. I would definitely recommend checking this place out

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  4. DustinY

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    excellent & innovative food and cocktails, attentive service, and the ambiance & décor is great only cons would be the seating in the "study" wasn't conducive for dinner - would be better for cocktails/apps only. Prices were also a little on the high side for an experience that was not quite fine dining

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  5. KPEats

    Grand Rapids

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was superb from the caramelized onion dip appetizer to the filet mignon and cedar plank salmon to the desserts! Our server was excellent, pointed out all of the specials and her favorites. The decor was so fun and such a cool concept. Loved our first visit and will definitely be back. Only downside was that the bar did not have the ability to make a Bloody Mary and they do not have iced tea. My dining companions however loved the craft beer and non-alcoholic Pina Colada.

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  6. BoydF

    South Holland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall good. forgot to give me a steak knife for my $56 steak (gave a butter knife) and provided no cream, sugar or stir spoon for coffee service. Service should be more attentive for the menu price.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambience, great service, but food is way overpriced for the quality. Everything was OK, but not fabulous.

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  8. LauraB

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Scholar shines in its ambiance, atmosphere, and dink offering, but the food wasn’t memorable. Head to Scholar if you want a nightcap or a quieter atmosphere for dinner.

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  9. David

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second time there; service was great and so was the food!

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  10. MichelleS

    Grand Rapids

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a beautiful dining experience! The ambiance is extremely nice, which is important to my husband and I. Claire, our server was awesome; she was very attentive and pleasant to talk to. would love to have her wait on us again! We'll definitely continue to dine here.

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FAQs

Scholar is rated 4.5 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
Experiences are available.
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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