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Scarlet Oak Tavern

4.3
1687 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Comfort Food
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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
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Phone number
(781) 749-8200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Stephen Sherman
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Complimentary Valet on Saturday Evenings
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

I chose to go here for my 50th birthday and it was such a great choice! Beautiful atmosphere, great food and great company. The waitress was so nice and professional and attentive. I will definitely be coming back. I loved the fireplace when I first walked in to the right and I thought that would be a great place to meet a friend for a cocktail.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

The Filet Mignon is unbelievable. The Red wine reduction sauce is to die for. Always friendly staff , nice romantic setting.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Arrived for 7:30 reservations and was told they were running behind and would be 10-15 minutes wait, turned into a 45 minute wait which everyone with reservations said they were waiting, hostess did not handle this situation very well as they kept telling everyone the same wait time which was not true at all. Waitress was very good and food was very good but the beginning of the evening really soured the night

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We went here for Valentines Day. Typically love the Scarlett Oak but I felt a little like I was at the 99 this time. LOts of people waiting in the tavern made entrance/exit crowded. Seating was crowded. I appreciate the brown paper table covers for saving water but perhaps something a little more elegant would elevate the experience rather than being utilitarian. I compare Scarlett Oak to Toscas for special occasions but I think Toscas is a better pick for a romantic dinner and Scarlett Oak for everyday dining out.

Our server was wonderful. very attentive.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

First of all, our reservations were for 6:30 but we weren’t seated until almost 7. However, once we were seated, our meal and service was excellent. Our waitress, Abby, was wonderful. She was very attentive and pleasant. Dinner was very tasty. We enjoyed a leisurely dinner. The restaurant was crowded, but this showed that it was worth the wait . Noise level was higher than normal but tolerable.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Absolutely loved Scarlet Oak! It was recommended by a friend. We sat at the couch next to the fire and it was so cozy! Extensive wine list and delicious oysters! I would definitely go back next time I’m in the area.

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2.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Brunch ham omelette was barely warm when delivered, eggs were dry, just folded over. Disappointing

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything was perfect from the minute we walked in to the time we left!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We chose the Scarlet Oak for its location and a friend's recommendation, for a lunch with family members. It isn't too far off the highway sort of half-way between all of us. It is a huge old tavern-style restaurant with lots of function rooms as well as a large and interesting dining room. Service was wonderful and attentive without being overbearing. Saturday at 1PM, the parking lot was very full, but there were a number of parties, receptions, going on. Food was good, my daughter and I had the Seared Tuna Salad which was delicious and perfect. My Gluten-free son-in-law enjoyed the Cobb Salad with chicken which looked fresh and excellent. Those who had sandwiches said they were fine. The lunch menu wasn't as large as I had expected for entrees beyond sandwiches and pizza. We will probably choose it again for a treat in that location.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. It was a special occasion being my mother’s 89th birthday and we were well cared for the entire meal. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Best place in the area by far! Scarlet Oak is always perfect. Their staff is amazing. The food is outstanding. Management is always on top of their game.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We love the Scarlet Oak. Right down the street, awesome food and great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We couldn’t have been more pleased with our table by the fire on the tavern side. We were greeted and seated by a finely dressed gentleman immediately upon requesting the open table that we saw when we entered. Service, food, and ambiance surpassed expectations. I will seek out that same spot every time I can.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

For the price the food should be much better. I had a $100 dollar gift certificate so I only had to pay $25 out of pocket, which is why I didn’t care, but I’d be angry if I paid $125 for the quality of food I received. I ordered steak tips cooked medium, but they were well done and dry. Garlic mashed were very plain and the brussel sprouts my wife makes tasted better than this place. It is way over priced for the quality of food you get. I’ve been there three times and each time was disappointing in some way, but we had gift certificates.

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4.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Love the place... Always welcoming and accommodating
food it terrific!!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was amazing and the food was delicious! We would definitely go again!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

The food was spectacular service was impeccable the ambience very nice. The only complaint I have is that I made an 830 reservation and was not seated until 9 o’clock this seems to be the norm whenever I go to this restaurant. I know some people never want to leave the table and that is the reason why .

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Great dinner, great service, and great ambiance. Like forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Always excellent

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Fantastic. The chef came out with something special. Everything was superb. Coming back this weekend I hope.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Our 25$ open table gift card didn’t work. Please let us know how to get our points back. Thank you

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Service was wonderful

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Enjoyed a wonderful meal for a birthday celebration. We all ordered steaks that were perfectly cooked and delicious. The manager was very accommodating in adjusting the temperature in the rear dining room for us. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

We love Scarlet Oak Tavern! We have been there a number of times over the years, for dinner and brunch, and have booked private rooms for special occasions. We always have a fabulous meal and great service.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We hit scarlet oak tavern tonight based on recommendations from this page for an anniversary dinner. Our reservation was 830 and we’re about 15 minutes early so grabbed a drink at the bar. Bartender a bit annoyed as we weren’t seated at the bar and made it known she was unhappy she had to service those of us around the perimeter, but whatever. We were seated a few minutes later and our waiter was wonderful, knowledgeable and his recommendations of specials were on point. Started with the seafood plate which was an assortment of oysters, shrimp, lobster tail and crabmeat on ice. Entrees: I had the cod on a bed of fennel purée, squash and what I believe were fried chick peas and bacon bits. He had the steak, butternut squash flan and baked potatoes. Basically we ate my meal and his will be steak and eggs for breakfast, very generous portions. Dessert: he had chocolate creme brûlée which was good but I prefer it warm, this was cool. I had apple cobbler and cinnamon ice cream, again I prefer warmed, this was not but the flavor was good on both and can’t go wrong with a cup of cappuccino. Perfect for the kind of night I wanted us to have and the bill was more than reasonable for everything we had, actually much less than I anticipated. Overall a great experience.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

I went to Scarlet Oak Tavern with a friend to celebrate a birthday, on the recommendation of my husband's Doctors' group who recently had a luncheon meeting there which they enjoyed very much. The attractive old tavern, tastefully decorated for the holidays, was a very pleasant and comfortable setting. The friendly service, creative menu, and delicious food all added up to a very enjoyable birthday lunch. I would definitely recommend the Scarlet Oak Tavern to family and friends.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Day

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a good meal, decorations for the holidays very pretty ;service very good

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We made reservations for dinner on New Years Eve. When we did so, we made sure to include the fact that we would be having a person in a wheelchair in our party. When we arrived the hostess decided to sit us all the way back in the dining area. In order to get to the table we had to navigate the entire dining area and even then it required that at least three other parties had to get up in he middle of their meals and move their chairs so we could pass. Our server was fine the rest of the staff not so much.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

I have frequented this place many times, maybe due to a busy Sat night but....just less than optimal.
We requested to be seated not at back of restaurant as there are "cold spots" however exactly where we were seated.
Meal: swordfish special, was very thin (almost like they filleted it), never seen anything like it and i have it all the time. Tasted very good but presentation not so good. My friend's bearnaise sauce came cold for her steak.
Restaurant was quite noisy and servers kept dropping things right near us (trays, utensils, etc) was just very noticeable.
They did call me to confirm reservation and to say they could accommodate a later time requested but we decided to keep current one.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Classic New England Tavern, fire on the hearth, warm friendly courteous staff, attention to patrons needs, relaxing atmosphere and attitude, excellent menu, a step above for lunch with friends or a special dinner.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Scarlet Oak Tavern is a fine restaurant with a lively bar at one end. They seem to be especially good with meat dishes (steaks, chops). This is one of our go-to places.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Annual holiday dinner with my wife.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was good. Service was fine. My daughter and I were asked to move our seats half way through our meal, though. Literally, as our main dish was coming out, we were asked to switch tables. No compensation was offered...also weird. I did tell the manager when we were leaving and he had no idea and offered us a gift certificate (which we didn’t take) but it was still weird. We would go back though; give it another chance.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

the service was good as well as the food! my company from Maine commented on the service and the variety of the menu also the friendliness of the waitress.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Dinner out with friends. Server Stacey was perfect.

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3.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Unfortunately 2 out of 4 meals were not good. My friend ordered the Mac and cheese which was not served hot. My meal, haddock in corn & bacon chowder, was missing a main ingredient....the bacon, not so flavorful without it. The server did reheat the Mac & Cheese and brought over some bacon but a bit late into the meal. Cocktails were delicious. Will go back again but very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The food and service was excellent. We look forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

We go to Scarlet Oak @once a week and absolutely love the warm decor and convivial atmosphere - and the food is outstanding!

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2.0Dined on December 20, 2017

I love the food here, and our server was great once we sat down. However, having to wait 45min past my dinner reservation time, and in the meantime having to overhear the snarky host & hostess comments about guests frustrated by these delays was a terrible experience, particularly as our party included a young child. And by the way, the excuse that diners are taking longer than expected to wrap up their meals doesn’t fly. It was he holiday season - of course you should assume longer guest meal times. That’s not “not your fault” - that’s either deliberate over-booking or poor/inexperienced management. Thanks to SO’s poor planning we had to cut our birthday celebration short, basically getting a few bites of our dinner in, and then wrapping up to get our child to bed. Thanks for an awful birthday experience.

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