Embers
Embers

Embers

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.embersrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5139848090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar Opens Daily at 4pm with Happy Hour
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Nat Blanford
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Entertainment on Saturday's in the bar. 7:30pm-11:00pm
  • Special Events: Tuesday - Half Price Wine Bottles
    Wednesday - Half Price Sushi (bar only)
    Thursday - Half Price Bar Menu (bar only)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Galbraith Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Self parking in front of restaurant. Valet parking also available.
A word from Embers
Opened in the spring of 2004, Embers is a contemporary American Steakhouse with a twist. Classic Steakhouse offerings along with complete selections of seafood & sushi are available in a warm inviting atmosphere.

Embers, as the name implies, evokes the warmth and comfort of a glowing fire; from the stacked-stone torch and gas lanterns outside to the glowing candles within. Black & White photographs of Cincinnati landmarks and celebrities create a sense of history and place, while large oil canvasses and vibrant floral arrangements punctuate the rooms with color.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Embers reviews from OpenTable diners
181 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (141)romantic (109)fit for foodies (86)notable wine list (59)neighborhood gem (55)vibrant bar scene (51)good for groups (35)hot spot (23)late-night find (9)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Wonderful surprise!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our first visit with friends. The food and service were wonderful - exceeding expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was OK
    doglover1966
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a party of 8 on a Saturday night celebrating 4 couples anniversaries. We were put in a circular booth and one person had to sit at the head of the table in a chair. Because the restaurant was crowded and lively, that person had a very hard time hearing what anyone was saying at the table because they could only hear the noise from the restaurant. The waitress was nice, but someone at the table had to ask if she could take our orders over 45 minutes after arriving. The food was fine, but not sure that I would return due to the table situation and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service and Food
    happydiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It's rare to find a restaurant with attentive, but unobtrusive service. A birthday celebration made special with great food, wine and service. Thanks Embers!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tough Competitive Framework
    WEM1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Well-- we all live in Cincy and the steak options are numerous --Jeff Ruby's many restaurants plus others. I went to Embers two Saturday's in a row back to back due to having Groupons --experimented 2x with their Filet's --one with Colorado Beef--the other Angus --NEITHER came close to the taste/quality of any of the Ruby Restaurants. Plus, just as they did when we took Mom there for Mother's Day eve, they RUSH one in/out if you are "first turn." I will not return unless invited. There are just too many better options. Their 'sister" Trios runs circles around Embers in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner
    DadDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Embers was excellent again! The Vegetable tempura roll was excellent as was my dinner of Scallops over risotto. My wife enjoyed a wonderful 6in Filet Mignon. Service is a "team sport" at Embers and while we had a main server, we must have had a dozen different people stop by to take care of dirty plates, water glass refills or just to check in. Highly recommend Embers for a special occasion. While a bit on the pricey side, you get every bit of your dollars worth in food prepared with excellence and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Embers Restaurant review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Food was outstanding. Service was excellent. Our waiter, Stan, was extremely efficient, friendly but not intrusive. We love having dinner at Embers and look forward to our next occasion to dine there.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner all around
    chemdude
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had a Groupon that was about to expire so my wife and I went for a belated birthday dinner. We started with rotisserie chicken spring rolls which were very good. The baby iceberg wedge salad is also very good, and the steaks are highly recommended. I got the Ohio rib-eye and my wife got the pan seared filet. Both were cooked perfectly and very flavorful. Duck fat fries were awesome! Service excellent as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was excellent
    Chip
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great experience at Embers. Everyone was very professional and knowledgeable. The restaurant was packed but we were treated like we were the only two there. The staff was first class and the food was as well. The steaks almost melted in your mouth. The soy roasted mushrooms were a great addition and the mashed sweet potatoes were divine. Helpful hint to those who have never dined here: The sides are large enough for two. I would definitely eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Matt
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While the food was ok, the service was lacking. We were seated quickly and the waitress came right over. After we placed our order we noticed that the tables around us had a bread basket but we had not received ours. When we asked (during our salad) we were told that they had run out of butter. We finally got our bread basket half through our main course. My steak was not well seasoned and the crab used for the oscar style was "fishy" tasting as though it were old. My wifes steak had an overabundance of seasoning on it. There were no less than 3 managers walking around - they never spoke to a customer to see how their meal was. The bus boy cleared the table, dropping the butter knife and THEN asked if we were done with the bread.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I do not recall our waiter's name. But he was very attentive to us. Also recommended great meal choices
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food!
    nene
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been there twice and haven't had anything we didn't love. My only suggestion would be that they cut the sushi smaller so it's easier to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice experience
    amoaventura
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Had a nice experience at Embers, expected more of a standard chain restaurant vibe but the menu was better than expected (large variety of seafood, sushi, and steak-type options) and many of the choices were very appealing. The wine list was really good and the server was very helpful and professional. A little on the expensive side but after seeing the menu and ambiance I think the prices are in-line with the experience you receive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Bill
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Always a great experience. From the food to the environment, the service and did I mentions the food it is awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MarsieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Could not complain about anything. Wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time with Friends
    funwithfriends
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Was a nice evening with some girl friends. Service was Great. food was Great, mixed cocktails were a little light on the alcohol, but tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a truly wonderful experience at Embers. This was a special occasion and we could not be happier with the service we had. Fabulous spot every time! Thank you Embers for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastically Surprised
    FoodienOhioVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Emy, the manager, made a joyous evening even better with her charming personality and extensive knowledge of wine. She even grabbed a few non-disclosed bottles from the back and treated us to desert. Very, very excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terri
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent dinner & service!! I definitely come back to Ember soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual dining advertised as Fine
    Conflicted
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As a nighttime spot, Embers is great. Unfortunately, that's not why we went. Based on the menu, and a naive extrapolation from what is a trendy bar area, we booked a reservation for the dining room. We were looking for a high-end, great service, refined dining experience. Our expectations weren't met. While the menu was creative, the execution was muddy. Our waiter was attentive but raced through well-thought out ingredients & pairings. On the dining room, one of my guests commented, "wow, there sure are a lot of staff on the floor." A lot of staff is great, but the visual was distracting. Plate presentation -- underwhelming. On positive side, these are correctable. It was a casual dining experience billed as fine dining.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Deedee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We took our daughter and son-in-law out for their anniversary and once again our meal was perfect! A wonderful selection of the freshest choices cooked artfully to perfection! The wait staff is consistent in their attentiveness, friendliness and knowledge of the menu. It was a wonderful evening and we'll look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    Ivan41
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I took my "Honey" out for mid week dinner and found Embers to be a great choice. The service was friendly and professional along with hospitality and smiles. We enjoyed our meal that was prepared just as we asked and the suggestions from out server was right on time. We'll be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite stake house in cinci
    Steve
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always love the food and service. Deserts are wonderful too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We really enjoyed our dining experience, one of the all time best! The food was delicious, excellently prepared and presented and it tasted scrumptious. Everything starting with the sushi, the mushroom bisque, the steak and lobster and followed up with the chocolate parfait, it was all delicious! Service was delightful and right on time, keeping the dinner flowing but allowing us time to sit and talk.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meat but not fish
    Toshack
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excellent steaks but fish suffers from severe overcooking,as occurred with our Dover Sole.with odd sauce
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always always always excellent
    ManAboutTownVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our server and management were very gracious when my associate couldn't get his Groupon to work. They handled it with aplomb. Made it look like their fault. Which it wasn't. We'll played.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't get enough of Embers!!!
    LuckyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our whole family got together at Embers this week and had a fantastic time! We had people in our party ranging from age 4 to 94! And everything in between. That's one of the things that makes Embers so outstanding... It's everybody's favorite! The food quality and preparation is always excellent. And the service is always on point! They offer a great range of menu choices including mouthwatering steaks and delicately prepared seafood dishes. Additionally, they have what may be the best sushi in town. Save room for dessert! The manager, Emmy, was very friendly and engaging which was appreciated. The entire staff is great- and also very knowledgable about the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service and Food
    Dana
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our visit to Embers was a wonderful experience. From the ambience, to the service, to the food; everything was beyond expectations. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and night
    Supermarv55
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service were great at Embers the other night. Stan our waiter did an excellent job and knew the menu well. The sea bass and sushi we had were both delicicous. Over all it was a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have never had a bad meal at Embers. The food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    freqdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hadn't been to Embers in a while, and we had a wonderful evening. Our waitress, Emmy, was great, and her recommendations were right on. From salad to dessert, everything was excellent. A bit pricey, but was worth it the night we dined. Will go back before too long.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Betts
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Ordered the lamb. Would have been wonderful but was cold by the time I got it. Wait person was condescending. Side dishes were poor for the price. Desserts fabulous. Don't mind paying $40+ for food worth eating.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Little Faith
    luvmysteak
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wasn't expecting to be wowed, however we were indeed pleasantly surprised. I had the bone - in ribeye and I have to say it was as close to perfect as anyone could ask for. So very good. Wife was very negative from the beginning complaining about the cheese in the salad. Her being in a negative mind when they brought her Salmon I was expecting the worst. She was very impressed with the presentation and preparation style and super impressed with the taste. Will be going back!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food inconsitent
    Steve
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    While my steak was prepared to perfection my wifes steak, which was requested medium, was well done. Sides were plentiful and delicous. Seated a half hour late but that does happen sometimes so not that big of a deal
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  • Always Delicious
    lovegreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Every time we go to Embers the food is delicious - try the soup of the day - it is always creative and tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    John
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent service and phenomenal tasting food. Spiced just right. Presentation was perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    JulesgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First time but probably last. Celebrating a birthday and got treated to a wonderful chocolate mousse. Free dessert seems to be important to lots of these reviewers (!). Atmosphere was quiet almost stuffy. Many people walking back and forth and observing but table sat uncleared several times. Sea Bass was a disappointment. Romesco sauce was blah. He had sole which was much better but $$$. Stopped in lounge for after-dinner drink and bartender seemed bored with us. When I drop 200+ on dinner for two and keep my elbows off the table, I don't expect an attitude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary and chose Embers because we had been there before and appreciated the ambience, good food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit
    worthatry
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We tried this restaurant because of a Groupon offer we purchased. We like to try new places for a fun night out. The food was delicious. Great sushi, steaks and sides - outstanding mashed sweet potatoes and duck fat fries!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always up to expectations
    ManAboutTownVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Everything was awesome as usual. Friendly bar service. Wonderful informative waiter. The food as always was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steaks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Besides the great steaks, Embers has a wonderful variety of side dishes which are easily shared. Delicious options! My family has been dining here for special occasions and small dinners for years. It has never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.