Ash American Fare
Ash American Fare

Ash American Fare

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ashamericanfare.com/
  • Phone: 5138718714x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00, Bar open late!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Lisa Nutt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: yes
  • Special Events: We can accommodate up to 100 guests for private dining, holiday parties and corporate events.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details:
    Metered parking in front and a private lot behind the restaurant.
A word from Ash American Fare
Ash American Fare offers unique gourmet burgers, steak-frites, rotisserie chicken and a bar filled with craft draft beer, wines from around the world and all kinds of spirits and cocktails.

The vibe is cool. The menu is approachable and takes American food to an elevated level.
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Ash American Fare reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (15)notable wine list (10)good for groups (6)romantic (6)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • CCssss
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    ASH is a wonderful restaurant with culinary delights for all. We have followed Alex most of his career and he is a restaurateur extraordinaire!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good drinks
    LaurenGH
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I went for dinner and drinks with friends. The food was great and the drinks were tasty. The outdoor patio was very quaint, but watch for the leaning tables. It's not the fault of the restaurant, so much as the city, for not keeping the sidewalks in good condition, but sitting on the downhill side definite made for a wet night. A few of our drinks tipped over and my friend and I kept wearing them as they rolled our way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dining but Overpriced
    TwoAt50
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We dined here with a group of 5 @6pm. They had more than enough room for us. The server was not very enthusiastic about the restaurant or the menu items so we were left to ourselves to figure out what we wanted. There were three stand-out dishes on the menu: the mussels in cream sauce, very well seasoned; the paella, excellent flavor and loaded with fresh seafood; the bbq burger and fries, crispy, tasty fries and an excellent, huge, burger. Don't order the chicken unless you like very tart, salty fare. The balance was definitely off on this dish. Also, the peach tart was awesome but the other desserts were just okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    eatingout1
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food exceeded expectations. Appetizer of warm mushroom with spiced pistachio and shaved brussel sprouts was awesome. Presentation of meal unique; Black bean burger excellent: Juicy home made and just perfectly toasted bun. My date had a fantastic unique burger as well. All presented beautifully. Service excellent. Well appointed restaurant with upscale, modern feel.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food Review
    TomC
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Loved the Caesar salad and pork sliders. Wide really enjoyed her beet ravioli. Our friends loved their burger. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't prepare a burger to order
    johnnyboyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We ate there last Saturday night - as a place that says burgers are their forte, my request for a medium rare burger came out well. Don't know if this a ground beef scare issue. My wife's fish came was overcooked as well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Excellent Spot
    KateVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great service, great menu and great ambiance! Wonderful for a celebratory meal, or a burger on a Monday night - albeit gourmet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    Cheers
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I loved the relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. The noise level was low because only a few tables were taken, it was a Tuesday night. The service was attentive, very friendly and natural, not over the top, which I found refreshing! For appetizers we ordered the mushroom salad and the beet salad with arugula and shaved parmesan cheese. Both were fantastic and nicely presented. We shared a short rib burger that came with a fried egg and crispy, tasty fries. The short rib burger was juicy and interesting in a good way. For dessert we shared a wonderful espresso creme brûlée topped with mixed berries. The wine list was extensive and the water came filtered. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Pete
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always great food, in a comfortable casual, but welcoming atmosphere, and Alex, the owner always has a great wine selection. He is also nearly always on hand to offer suggestions of excellent wines at the price you want. His selections have been outstanding in my experience, and I really appreciate his passion for wine. He doesn't try and push an expensive bottle on you, but instead tries, and in my experience, succeeds in finding wines that match your meal and your wallet.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was very good. Service was lacking because our server was covering the whole inside restaurant. The noise level was deafening. However, I spoke with the owner and he pointed out that they are soundproofing the restaurant on days they are closed. It will greatly improve the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4th Time Not a Charm
    Bearcat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our fourth visit to ASH -- brought some friends this time to try the burgers. Food was great. Service was dismal. Took 15 minutes for a server to come -- after we grabbed the owner finally. Thought she'd make up for it, but her service was slow the rest of the night. Had to ask her to finally take our food order. And the place was only half full. Took 1 full hour before we got our food. Sorry, we won't be back. Neither will our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • flavorful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We had a wonderful night . the food was delish! Definitely will be back. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood find
    Macdaddy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Stumbled on this when visiting Cincy. Ate there twice in 5 days. It is worth a visit and I have a hunch it is going to get better with age.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceed my expectations!
    PenelopeVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Amazing and beautiful patio. Service was outstanding. Cocktails were delicious! Food was to die for, the mac daddy was the best burger I have had in the city! The manager was incredibly inviting and she was genuine and the owner was delightful... Definitely one of the best hidden gems in Cincinnati! Will be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mbf1VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our food choices - the chicken and the fish - were just OK.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service
    CinciEats
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and I came for dinner before attending a play. We informed the staff that we only had 75 minutes before we needed to leave. After placing our order, we watched several other people be seated, place an order and receive their food while we waited. It to an hour before or food was brought out. Our waiter started avoiding our table and did not once apologize or indicate everything was wrong. The manager stopped to talk to every table but ours. We had to rush to eat our food and still ended up being late to our show. One of the worst dining experiences of my life. We will not be returning.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 319 reviews are from the Ash American Fare reviews archive.
  • Great food and setting in HP
    Mike
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    First time dining here. Great area on sidewalk for quiet dining experience. Food was as good as reviews suggested. The owner was always present but seemed to only be interested in only certain diners. We made eye contact many times but he never asked how our dining experience was when he had the opportunity. I mention this only because reviews I have read suggested that the owner took such interest in all of his patrons.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service OK food
    MK22
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had such high hopes for Ash but was pretty disappointed. Our server was great but the food was not. We started with the mussels which were good and then had the steak & fries and the crab cake burger. Both of the entres were disappointing...the burger was over cooked and the steak was just OK.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Realxed Dining
    rocketdog
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We arrived on time for our reservation and were seated immediately. We shared the mushroom, brussel sprout and toasted pistachio appetizer that was amazing and both had martinis which were generously sized, well made and reasonably priced. I had hoped to have the lamb shanks that I read about on line but unfortunately that wasn't on the menu. Instead I had the the NY Strip which was a little on the tough side but had a great flavor and was cooked the way I ordered it. My wife had the free range chicken which she said was very good. The food was good, our server was very good, the patio dining was fantastic and the prices were very reasonable!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow!
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was very god, when it finally came. Long delay between salads & entrees. No update from server as to status. Other tables were just as slow; first nice evening so people were inside and outside - kitchen may have been overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious gourmet burgers
    Burger4me
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    A perfectly sized menu. Just enough choices to satisfy your food craving. The burgers were perfectly done for all 5 people at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Excellent food, very loud atmosphere! A tad pricey!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Local Gem
    foodluvr
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    As a first-timer at ASH, it definitely exceeded my expectations. This is the perfect spot for a week night dinner with girlfriends or a romantic dinner date. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. They have a decent wine selection but not over-the-top or overwhelming which i prefer. I definitely plan to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too noisy!
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The noise volume rendered our experience as a painful one. Uncomfortable levels of noise...ears hurt! We welcome noise and a buzz in restaurants, but literally, everyone around us was equally as annoyed. Would not go back, although the food was good. Ridiculous experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • interesting but not great
    Marie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    W e read a good review on ASH, decided to check it out. The menu was interesting and varied, our server was helpful, polite, professional but the the food was just mediocre. It wasnt bad, it was just average.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly service
    SailorDave
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Our waitress was efficient and friendly with good suggestions. Hamburgers were delicious and so large we took half home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over priced
    Skgibs
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were very disappointed with this restaurant. I had bought a deck of coupons in support of arts wave a couple weeks before. Cumin was one of the restaurants, since ASH is the same owner I thought for sure they would accept the coupon. They didn't, weren't exactly nice about it, and on top of it - the bill was super expensive for what we got. ASH should not be more expensive then a night out at Metropole or Sotto where the food is of much better quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the menu!
    SJCA
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Loved that there were only about 3 or 4 price points on the menu, but the selection was quite nice... Our food was great, and will definitely be going back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    clscincy
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Loved the beet lasagna and warm mushroom salad! Nice to have outdoor seating already available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not in a hurry to return
    BrutusVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food & service OK. Interesting burger amenities. However, the noise level with all tables full was oppressive - we could barely hold a conversation with just the two of us..
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ASH
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The place was vibrant, but almost too noisy for conversation. The halibut special was excellent, and the lamb shank very good but too ample a portion. Service was friendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Damned by Faint Praise
    redheads
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Tried dinner, one of us got the special for the night at $28; food alright but nothing special, too crowded for the space and unable to have a conversation without yelling.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs a major overhaul
    FoodForMe
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I don't quite know how to describe it, but it's like they just slapped a new name and a new (cheaper) menu on Cumin and called it Ash. The decor and ambiance is poor and needs an overhaul. It was dated. tried to stick us at a table right in the middle of the main walkway with no other tables around us, but when people arriving kept flanking our table to pass we asked for a new seat. The food was OKAY but completely overpriced. After talking to a few friends we all agreed - not somewhere we'd go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had read some reviews that
    HoolVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I had read some reviews that made me cautious about coming here. I was so pleasantly surprised. The service was great: no delays, knew their menus, attentive and friendly. I liked the single pricing for apps, salads, entrees. The wine list was great. The food was good--I had mussels and trout. Both good. Overall a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    SmedleyVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    What a nice evening! The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was a great combination of casual and elegant all at the same time. The burgers were decadent, but I was able to balance it out nicely with a light classic salad appetizer. However, one of my dinner companions decided to 'double-down' and had the short-ribs/gravy/frites appetizer along with his burger, and felt he had gone to a foodie's 'Glutton Heaven'. A little something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time/great night
    Vicki
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We met another couple for dinner at Ash American Fare. It was the first time for all of us. It had a fun energetic atmosphere and although I was a little concerned about being seated in the bar, it ended up being really fun. Our server, Zak was spectacular and dealt so well with all of our outgoing group. The food was all very good and unique. I had the mushroom lasagna and it was delicious! All 4 of us enjoyed our meals. I would definitely return. It was a Friday night and pretty filled up but the service was outstanding and the food was served hot and in a timely fashion. A great new option for dining in Hyde Park!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome local menu
    SueMVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This place is one of my new favorites. The menu has local and unique items. The appetizers and entrees were amazing. The service was the best. Casual environment with great local food. The Cincinnati inspired menu items were fantastic. The only down side was the desserts. I would have given this place a 5 star if the desserts had been better. But I can overlook the desserts because everything else was so great. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was pretty Good
    StephR
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I thought the food overall was pretty good, but not outstanding which the prices would lead you to believe. Paella was so hot it was still boiling when delivered to table so could not eat for very long time. Mussel appetizer was OK, nothing to write home about. Burgers were very good, but fries were OK and homemade ketchup tasted more like tomato sauce. Overall, it was OK and prices are too high for OK food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Terrible meal and more
    AG12VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    My husband ordered steak no complaints there. My meal was a disaster and the reaction and service even worse. I ordered chicken. My chicken came, it was rubbery and tough (I never tasted any chicken like this) I told the waiter, a young woman came out and offered me something else, I took a salad she said it would come right away, it took 10 minutes so i got to watch my husband eat. The owner came by and said the cook had used the soup chicken. That made no sense at all. Then the worst part, while they removed the chicken from the bill, they charged for the replacement salad and everything else. They made no accommodation for their unacceptable food and service. They took no responsibility for their inedible meal. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Waited 2 hours for our meal
    kaba
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Our group arrived on time for our reservation and our drink order was promptly taken and delivered to our table. However, it all went downhill from there. After our meal order was placed, we waited two hours for our entrees with no apology or explanation from our server or other staff. I will certainly not be returning!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic