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Scholars Bar & Lounge

4.7
4.7
178 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Located along the historic Freedom Trail, at the heart of Boston’s downtown area, is Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge. Boasting a stylish and vibrant interior, Scholars has established itself as the favored venue for locals and tourists alike. Patrons can savor a mouth-watering selection of food, inspired by regional classics and superbly complimented by our chef’s original approach, late into the night. An extensive selection of tasty cocktails, refreshing beers and fine wines are sure to satisfy any palate. We also serve Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm in addition to our all day menu. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm Scholars features some of Boston's best DJs playing classic hits.

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Booked 4 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 248-0025

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Crossing

  • Cross street

    Tremont & Washington Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is conveniently located at the Pi Alley Parking Garage within walking distance of Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge.

  • Public transit

    Red Line to Park Street & Downtown Crossing, Orange Line to Downtown Crossing, Green Line to Park Street & Government Center.

  • Entertainment

    DJ Entertainment every Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Soup & Salad

Add: Chicken $5 | Shrimp $8 | Steak $8 | Salmon $8

  • New England Clam Chowder

    Homemade with Smoked Bacon

    • Cup$6.00
    • Bowl$8.00
  • Soup of the Day

    Daily Selection Available

    • Cup$5.00
    • Bowl$7.00
  • Caesar Salad$18.00

    Crispy Parmesan, Herb Croutons, and Roasted Garlic Dressing

    • Harvest Salad$12.00

      Arugula, Shaved Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sliced Almonds, Granny Smith Apple, Goat Cheese, Honey Lemon Dressing

      Starters

      • Waffle Fries$7.00

        Tossed in Black Pepper & Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese served with House-Made Garlic Aioli

        • Chicken Wings$10.00

          Choice of Crispy Fried Salt & Pepper, Honey Sriracha or Buffalo

          • Kitchen Sink Nachos$12.00

            Black Beans, Jalapeños, Pico de Gallo, Black Olives, Guacamole, Romaine, Lettuce, Mozzarella Cheese topped with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream

            Flatbreads

            All Flatbreads can be made with Gluten Free Crust

            • Margherita$12.00

              Blistered Tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mozzarella, and Basil

              • Prosciutto$14.00

                Fig Jam, Arugula, Fresh Mozzarella, Balsamic Glaze

                Breakfast

                • Nestor's Breakfast Sandwich$9.00

                  Applewood Smoked Bacon, Fried Egg, and American Cheese on an English Muffin

                  • Breakfast Burrito$11.00

                    Flour Wrap with Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar, and Pico De Gallo

                    • Sausage, Bacon & Cheddar Omelet$13.00

                      Sausage, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Onions, and Cheddar

                      • Spinach & Swiss Omelet$12.00

                        Baby Spinach and Swiss Cheese

                        • School Street Breakfast$12.00

                          Two Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Home Fries, and Toast

                          • Vanilla Waffle$12.00

                            Seasonal Berries, Powdered Sugar, Maple Syrup

                            • Pancakes$11.00

                              Choice of Plain or Chocolate Chip

                              • Eggs Benedict$13.00

                                2 Poached Eggs, Ham, English Muffin with Hollandaise Sauce served with Home Fries

                                Sandwiches

                                All Sandwiches can be made on Gluten Free Bread

                                • BLT Pita$11.00

                                  Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast and Smoked Bacon with Mixed Greens, Tomato, and Black Pepper Aioli in a Pita Pocket

                                  • The Scholars Burger*$12.00

                                    American Cheese, Crispy Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Black Pepper Aioli on Brioche Bun

                                    • Veggie Wrap$11.00

                                      House-Made Veggie Burger Patty Rainbow Beets, Arugula, Feta Cheese, Citrus Dressing (V)

                                      • Crispy Chicken Sandwich$11.00

                                        Lettuce, Tomato, and Garlic Mayo on a Brioche Bun

                                        Sides

                                        $3

                                        • Toast (White or Multi-Grain)

                                          • English Muffin

                                            • Sausage

                                              • Bacon

                                                • Sweet Potato Fries

                                                  • French Fries

                                                    • Home Fries

                                                      Brunch Cocktails

                                                      • Bloody Mary$11.00

                                                        Titos Vodka and House Bloody

                                                        • Champagne Supernova$11.00

                                                          Ketel Oranje, Prosecco, and OJ. Served over Ice

                                                          • Scholars Mimosa$11.00

                                                            Prosecco and OJ

                                                            • Love you like XO$11.00

                                                              Patron XO, Irish Cream, Vanilla Vodka, and Ice Coffee, Served over Ice

                                                              Last updated: April 15, 2021

                                                              What 178 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                              4.7
                                                              4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.6Food
                                                              • 4.6Service
                                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                                              • 4.3Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Good cocktails

                                                              2. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Absolutely loved everything about SCHOLARS! Highly recommend!

                                                              3. L

                                                                Laura

                                                                Milwaukee

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on October 9, 2021

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Limited menu, but still a reasonable range of options.

                                                              4. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Cancun

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on October 2, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great Vibe! Strong drinks,not too crowded.Food was amazing! The steak was so good,our server was attentive and we got seated quickly.Nice spot will be back again for sure!

                                                              5. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 10, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Amazing service, drinks and food 🥘

                                                              6. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Absolutely wonderful! Great atmosphere and the best nachos I have ever had! Will definitely be recommending 😊

                                                              7. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The ambience was soothing and the staff were respectful and very hospitable

                                                              8. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on July 24, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Very polite drinks weren't to bad. They were very awesome at accommodating a party of 9 which consists of mostly kids. Definitely recommend this place food was amazing

                                                              9. C

                                                                Chris

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on July 7, 2021

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant was pretty quiet at 12:15. Tables have good separation and servers were wearing masks. Menu is small but covers all the bases. Service was quick, friendly, and efficient. I had the smashburger - a double cheeseburger served with fries. It was well made and good, with greens, pickles, and dressing. Lunch for two without alcohol was $37, tip extra, so good value for downtown Boston. If you want a quick decent lunch and maybe a couple beers or cocktails, this place is solid.

                                                              10. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on June 11, 2021

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                Great service. Drinks were great as always. The staff was so attentive!

                                                              11. RE

                                                                REPBoston

                                                                New England

                                                                55 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                1.0

                                                                55 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 25, 2020

                                                                overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                                I made a reservation for a table for one. When I arrived, I was steered towards the bar or a high top. When I explained I needed a table and proper chair ( I have a back injury) I was told no tables were available and steered to the lounge and a couch and a coffee table. I should have made a fuss. My back was killing me. Cocktail was excellent. Burger had more bacon than burger. Mediocre. Brussels sprouts were good but too much bacon and too sweet. Service? Meh. When I left, there were at least five unoccupied tables. A waste of $35 at lunch. I should have eaten at Ruth Chris next door.

                                                              12. c

                                                                cprsailor

                                                                Key West

                                                                23 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                23 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                We went to Scholars for Sunday brunch. The food was very good, as was the service. Looks an interesting place to go after the sun goes down but we did not get that opportunity.

                                                              13. EE

                                                                EricardoE

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on January 11, 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The food was good and not pricey, in my opinion. Their draught list was reasonably priced for a Downtown Crossing location. Service was good, and the table was ready 20 minutes before the reservation.

                                                              14. J

                                                                Jess

                                                                New England

                                                                42 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                42 reviews

                                                                Dined on January 10, 2020

                                                                overall4food5service2ambience5

                                                                Food was excellent, service was spotty. We were there at lunch; we waited half an hour after we ordered, our food hadn’t arrived so we had to flag someone down about it (it was a weekday and presumably everyone in the restaurant was on a work lunch break). Took about another 10 minutes, food arrived but order was wrong. Luckily we weren’t in a hurry. In the end, the food was fantastic, the manager was very helpful, and one meal was comped.

                                                              15. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on January 9, 2020

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Happy we made a reservation. My friend and I were seated right away and our food was outstanding. Excellent lunch.

                                                              16. S

                                                                Sammy

                                                                St. Louis

                                                                28 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                28 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 30, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                Great service, reasonably priced food and drink, good selection of food. Food was very good and portions large. Would definitely return to this downtown location.

                                                              17. PN

                                                                PatN

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on December 29, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                This place was great. It was close to our hotel. The food was good. The staff was very friendly. Would go there again when we get back to Boston.

                                                              18. A

                                                                Anonymous

                                                                New England

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 12, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                Consistently good food and service. Nice lunchtime spot.

                                                              19. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on December 8, 2019

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                Came for a birthday dinner, the food and drinks were excellent. The table was close to the doors and a cold breeze kept rushing in. Can’t control the weather, still a good time.

                                                              20. NW

                                                                NavondaW

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on December 8, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                A great place for dinner and drinks. Reasonable pricing and the food was outstanding!

                                                              21. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on December 5, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                From the moment we walked in, we were greeted with a smile and brought to our reserved seating quickly. The staff was very friendly and service was perfect. Our food was delicious and our cocktails were made to perfection. Friendly atmosphere of a mix crowd and clean bathrooms! I look forward to coming again.

                                                              22. C

                                                                Cookie

                                                                New England

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 17, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Had a very good early evening meal in Scholars. The waitress was pleasant and helpful. There was an excellent menu choice and prices were very reasonable fir downtown Boston. Ambience was good and drinks choice was also to our liking. Would recommend.

                                                              23. BD

                                                                BostonDiner

                                                                New England

                                                                45 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                45 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 16, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                I needed reservations for a group of four the day of the show at the opera house. Everything was filled up, and this was one of the few that still had tables. It was actually a great choice-not super busy, but still felt like a “happening” place. Drinks were delicious, and the food was good and very affordable. A great spot, and the two vegetarians in our group had plenty to choose from!

                                                              24. A

                                                                Autumn

                                                                New England

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                1.0

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 13, 2019

                                                                overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                                I've been dining out in Boston for 36 years and I don't know if I've ever had such a poor dining experience. I don't know what went wrong at Scholar's last night, but 1 of my party didn't get her meal and another got the wrong meat choice on her salad. The service was horrendous. I KNEW I should have worried when the server didn't write our orders down. I KNEW I should be concerned when it took more than 30 minutes to get the meals we actually did get. We mentioned to both the server and the manager that we had theater tickets for a 7:30 show, yet that was forgotten or dismissed. A nice meal with four friends became a race to share food before sprinting to the Opera House. The manager was kind enough to take all of our meals off the bill, but the whole experience was disappointing. Get your act together, Scholars.

                                                              25. RT

                                                                RobTNH

                                                                New England

                                                                110 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                110 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 6, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                We went to Scholars for an early casual dinner before a show at the Opera House. It was very good. Nice menu, excellent cocktails and friendly efficient service. The value was outstanding. We will definitely go again in similar circumstances.

                                                              26. Y

                                                                Yummy

                                                                New England

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 2, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The cocktails are outstanding

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                                                                LynneA

                                                                New England

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 1, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We went here for a pre concert get together. Table was near window. Seated promptly and excellent service throughout our stay. We ordered 3 appetizers and an entree to split. The everything but the kitchen sink nachos were good. I didn’t rate them great because I expected them to have more things on them. The quesadilla and Caesar salad were delicious. Our friend had the mac & cheese which was very tasty. Overall, very good amount of food. We walked around post dinner and thought it looked like a great place for late night. They have a beautiful upstairs area with couches and another area with a bunch of pool tables. Has a very new age, cool feel that looks like it would attract a twenty something crowd later in the evening. Would definitely recommend!

                                                              28. G

                                                                Great

                                                                New England

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                21 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 23, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                I met two girlfriends for dinner and the drinks were great, the wait staff attentive without being annoying, and the food was nicely prepared. Highly recommend!

                                                              29. L

                                                                Lobster

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on October 18, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Scholars Bar was a great place to start the weekend. My steak tips were perfectly cooked, and the drink selection was excellent. I'm definitely planning to come back.

                                                              30. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 12, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Quick service, delicious food, very attentive.

                                                              31. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 1, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food And service

                                                              32. BM

                                                                BridgetM

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 4, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The ambiance is amazing and the food was great. This is a great spot for a first date. Not to pricey but classy.

                                                              33. SC

                                                                SusanC

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 3, 2019

                                                                overall4food5service3ambience3

                                                                The food was very good, service was somewhat slow and the place was not crowded at all. There was a party at the front of the restaurant that was so loud though that is truly took away from the experience. The people sitting next to us felt the same way.

                                                              34. CP

                                                                ChrisP

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on July 15, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                The place is big, there was plenty of space for us to be separated from everyone else and conduct our working meeting.

                                                              35. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on June 23, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was pretty good. I got the fish and chips. Everything was fresh! The food did take some time to come, but it was worth it.

                                                              36. JH

                                                                JulieH

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on June 8, 2019

                                                                overall3food3service1ambience2

                                                                Great food and the server in training was very nice. The split bill concept seemed to be a foreign request which was a bit annoying.

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                                                                Loviehc

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 28, 2019

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                A very relaxing atmosphere. Food was fast and very good.

                                                              38. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                2.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 22, 2019

                                                                overall2food1service2ambience4

                                                                My fish wasn’t cooked all the way and my plate was missing food. My fries was cold. Ugh. Took forever to bring my food. I had to keep asking while my colleagues was already done with their food.

                                                              39. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 15, 2019

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                Food and service were good but the noise level was too high.

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                                                                Mhofalo

                                                                New England

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 12, 2019

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                For Mother’s Day brunch, food was on point, ladies loved the brunch. Our server was very helpful with selections.

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                                                              Scholars Bar & Lounge is rated 4.7 stars by 178 OpenTable diners

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                                                              Booked 4 times today
                                                              Google Map for Scholars Bar & Lounge

                                                              25 School Street Boston, MA 02108

                                                              • Cross street

                                                                Tremont & Washington Street

                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                Downtown Crossing

                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                Tue–Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                American

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress code

                                                                Smart Casual

                                                              • Parking details

                                                                Parking is conveniently located at the Pi Alley Parking Garage within walking distance of Scholars American Bistro and Cocktail Lounge.

                                                              • Public transit

                                                                Red Line to Park Street & Downtown Crossing, Orange Line to Downtown Crossing, Green Line to Park Street & Government Center.

                                                              • Payment options

                                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Entertainment

                                                                DJ Entertainment every Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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