717 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN | Directions 4740439.173472 -86.534781
Mon. - Thu. 5pm - 9:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 10:30pm;Sun. 10am - 2pm
TASTE & AMBIANCE – the ambiance is so perfect for patrons from college age and above. it's got low lighting, with a small bar and a european feel, with beautiful hand-painted lettering on the walls. there's an upstairs that's opened on friday and saturday night, or if there's a big crowd.
the menu has got something for everyone and the desserts are not to miss. they make creme brulee in different flavor themes, i believe daily. my daughter got the oatmeal cookie creme brulee...different, but interesting. my joy was created when as i was trying not to go overboard and made a special request not really on menu. the chef was very accommodating by allowing me to order fresh berries atop a small scoop of vanilla ice cream with their berry coulis that i saw in the cheesecake section(tasted like honey sweetened lite berry puree-yum-i guess not so dietetic:).
BEST BEST thing i tasted that night, and pretty much EVER, was a creative offering of squid. Cured Asian Calamari ......$12 w/Radicchio, Sesame, Ginger & Micro Herbs. UNBELIEVABLE. i wanted to stop right there at the appetizer, and order two more just for my dinner!
they have a nightly VEGETARIAN offering, which sounded great, but my daughter (the vegetarian in our family) ordered the french onion soup, which was soooo yum too.
i highly recommend this indiana university area restaurant for a sidebar of a nice tasty and relaxing evening.
Not bad, not great – I've been to Scholar's a few times, and I usually go for the ambience. My wife and I have also gone just for drinks and desserts, which is my recommended plan of action. The entrees are fine, but uninspired and predictable. They lack the subtelty and complexity I expect for the price. In my opinion, a better restaurant in Bloomington is Tallent.
Scholar's Inn Dessert – In a small town like Bloomington, it is refreshing to have a more sophisticated restaurant to cater to the more refined tastes. This places has a charm that is rare for big city restaurant, as it is located in a cozy cottage setting, completewith candle-litdining,open patio, and a second floor bar and additional seating. A great place for dessert and dating. Others would tell youabout their great wine list and Martini nights. Their entrees are just ok to good considering their price.
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