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Scholar's Inn Gourmet Cafe & Wine Bar

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American, Wine Bar
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717 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-3505
+1 812-332-1892
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Long Island, New York
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just walking into this old, character-filled building puts you in the mood for a good meal. We had a variety of meals from pork to cobb salad - all were very good. Mixed drinks were 50-50, as the old-fashioned had no taste/liquor in it. Desserts were reasonably sized - no huge sharing portions.

Thank Allison K
Marietta, Georgia
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160 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a number of quite good restaurants in this university town, but truly fine-dining destinations are rare, especially since Tallent closed its doors. Scholar's Inn thrives and survives. I dined there recently with a retired faculty member and enjoyed the ambience, particularly being seated on the enclosed porch shown in the photo on this web page. Yes, the tables... More 

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209 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This was a great place to have an excellent meal with good wine and desert before going to see Chris Botti perform at the IU Auditorium. There was no wait and the service was excellent. The made sure we had our food in plenty of time to get to the theater and miss the Homecoming traffic rush!

Thank Karen O
Indianapolis, Indiana
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75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We enjoy this restaurant. The food is good and we had good service. Went for Sunday brunch. My only negative comment would be that they need to do a better job with reservations. We were at first turned away since we didn't have a reservation, but then were offered seats at the bar. But we noted several tables that remained... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We have patronized Scholar's Inn Gourmet Cafe since it opened, several decades ago, and have almost always found it to be very good. Recently we have had dinner there four times with different guests and thought it was time to write a glowing review. On each of these occasions the food was outstanding, the service equally excellent and the entire... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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152 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Once we found Scholar's we had a great time. The building is now cream colored and on google it gives a different address (801). :-( We were told there is a parking lot in the back but we never found it. Food was great, service was good and we will definitely go back if we're in the area.

Thank Rick B
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

This was the first time.e we had been to the Scholar's Inn since the change in ownership, and we were very pleased. The dinners we had were at least one step up from our last visit, and with Monday night being 1/2 price wine night it was quite affordable. We were given great service and definitely won't wait 12 months... More 

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85 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food, space and service! We had a great girls night out eating here. They bring the menu in an actual book! My friend forgot to look at the menu because she started reading the book! They are known for their steaks, and have a very classy menu. The atmosphere is neat with great views out the windows overlooking the... More 

Thank Karen O
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

This B&B/restaurant and once upon a time brothel is an eloquent ambiance for a nice evening out. The menu is a unique approach. The filet mignon was delicious and our waiter was well informed. If you're looking for more fancy dining- you've found your spot.

Thank Tiffrock12
Columbus, Indiana
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Better Half asked where I'd like to go for brunch for my special day. I hesitated about THAT long before opting for Scholar's Inn. Been here for brunch a number of times, and always have a great experience. The bakery basket is a delicious way to start, as is the yogurt and granola parfait. Anything that comes from an oven,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Wine Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 717 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-3505
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-332-1892
Scholars Inn Cafe & Wine Bar

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?