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Scholar's Inn Gourmet Cafe & Wine Bar

717 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-3505
+1 812-332-1892
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Wine Bar
717 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404-3505
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on graduation weekend and had a great meal. They had a very limited menu for graduation weekend (and no substitutions!), so I went with the filet special with mac and cheese. My meal was outstanding, and we also had a couple bottles...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Attended a winepaired veggie 7 course event here and was taken by the vibrant flavors and inventive plating. If you too were getting tired of the restaurant, this new owner/management team is making a turn around and revitalizing the place. Really like the enclosed porch,...More

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 9 April 2017

My lady and I have enjoyed Sunday brunch here a number of times when it was Scholar's Inn. With new ownership the name has changed to the Gourmet Cafe, and we tried the place out for brunch again today. On the surface, very little has...More

Thank bellerophon4
Reviewed 10 March 2017

A quaint locale and a surprisingly cozy place for brunch. great outdoor dining when the weather cooperates.

Thank meadowsdk
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

I had dinner with a group of 12 friends. First, they put us at separate tables, which seemed strange since there was plenty of room to seat us together. The main problem, however, was the waiter. Disorganized, slow (over an hour between courses) many, many...More

Thank mon d
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Now called the Gourmet Cafe, this is still one of the premier fine dining establishments in Bloomington. We most recently went there for a post-birthday celebration and continue to be impressed. We started with the Eggplant Capponata, a savory combination of eggplant, pinenuts and seasonings...More

Thank Jennyanndiana
Reviewed 4 February 2017

new chef and ownership has added some originality to what was always a great meal in an academic, personal service environment. Good wine selections. Good for families as well as romantic couples and parents with college-aged kids visiting. One of the top 3 or 4...More

Thank Carroll K
Reviewed 17 November 2016

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...More

Thank Allison K
Reviewed 7 November 2016

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...More

2  Thank oaktownboy_37
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank Karen O
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Jim Y
Can you accomodate a large party of 15 on Nov 4th
1 November 2016|
Response from bellerophon4 | Reviewed this property |
No idea...contact the restaurant. I just wrote a review.
John M
Do you know the owners names and hours of operation ?
25 September 2015|
Response from David T | Reviewed this property |
Kim is the manager. She is, or one of the employees are, there 7am-3pm. After hours, you need to stop by the next door Scholars Inn restaurant for service/access. Guests receive a door key for 24 hour access to the B&B.
Rebecca a D
Is there a dress code?
25 July 2015|
Response from ipeguy | Reviewed this property |
no but business casual is the average
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Wine Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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