National Exemplar
National Exemplar

National Exemplar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nationalexemplar.com/
  • Phone: 5132712103x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast and Lunch: Daily: 7:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Chase Blowers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full-service menus available upon request. The National Exemplar is part of The Phoenix Restaurant Group which is a full-service restaurant management company located in Cincinnati, OH. Specializing in full-service restaurant dining, catering, banquets, special events and rehearsal dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: The National Exemplar Restaurant offers a private dining menu for your business or social function. Our food is prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients just as we do in our restaurant. Our menus offer a variety of full service selections and are presented with the utmost care by our culinary staff. You and your guests will feel welcome in our English Tudor style room complete with two fireplaces. We provide linens, napkins, candle centerpieces, and flower vases to compliment the table at no charge to you. Our private room can accommodate groups from 14 - 85 guests. For larger groups and specialty wedding packages, please contact our downtown Cincinnati private dining facility and restaurant, The Phoenix. Visit The Phoenix at www.thephx.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Hopkins 513-271-2103x
  • Special Events: As part of The Phoenix Restaurant Group, we can host large corporate events to a small private dinner in your home. We have over 30 years of experience hosting, planning and managing events in the hospitality and restaurant industry. Our vast resources, experienced sales and event planners, restaurant managers and talented culinary department can help you create any event big or small from 2 people to 5000 people.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madisonville Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Exit I-71 at Red Bank Road, follow Red Bank Road to 50 East, take 50 East (Wooster Pike) to 6880 Wooster Pike, on the circle in Mariemont (inside the Mariemont Inn).
A word from National Exemplar
In April of 1983, The National Exemplar began operation in the Mariemont, Ohio landmark, The Mariemont Inn. The Inn was constructed in the mid-1920's as a small piece of the very unique Mariemont community, founded by Mary Emery. The National Exemplar Restaurant was named after learning that Mary Emery once referred to her developing community as the National Exemplar, meaning national model community. The National Exemplar Restaurant is a full service, neighborly restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. We only use the freshest quality ingredients to prepare each meal. Our goal is to serve great food, provide friendly and professional service in a clean and relaxing atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
National Exemplar reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (19)great for brunch (13)good for groups (11)romantic (9)great for lunch (7)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Not a great selection for children. Offering is pretty limited. Put simply - surprised they don’t offer fries for a kid’s burger.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • group of 8 Class Reunion Commitee
    IHHS8
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We were very happy with our dining experience. We especially were happy they gave us a round table as we needed to talk about our class reunion plans and this was a request which was honored. The food and service was excellent and we had no problem with the noise level or being rushed . We all expressed we would be happy to return here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Myopine
    opine5
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We dine at this restaurant once or twice a month. The quality of the food is not closely watched. Prime rib last month was tasty and lean, this month dry, overcooked and very fatty. Pointed out the quality problem to the manager and did not get a satisfactory response.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not an Exemplar experience
    HarrytheNeat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The veal was tough and when returned, I ask that the steak be cooked medium-medium plus. It was served rare. Pretty disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fallen Star
    Unhappy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Been going for years as a wonderful place New management has destroyed it. Won't be going back a great loss now!a
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad Day Fishing
    GlenVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Mussels have been better in the past. Maybe just a bad day of fishing. Otherwise, great service and outdoor dining on a nice evening can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • would have loved to have ICE water.
    35thanniversary
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had a great time--my husband and my sister and her husband. Food was great. The prime rib could have used a little seasoning but everything else was excellent. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Time With Family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Enjoy sharing small plates...Meat & Cheese plate, Mussels, Lamb Sliders with a great watermelon salad. Patio is beautiful and service was spot on. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable in the best way
    happy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food here is thoughtfully prepared and charmingly presented. There are both what appear to be long time favorites (you don't see liver and onions at many restaurants anymore) and more modern dishes. The grilled peaches are great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • arty4
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great new menu, reasonable prices and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outside dinner
    CVNP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It is a great place to sit outside and enjoy very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent prep of creative dishes
    WanderingDiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had the grilled peaches app, very nice dish that we will try to reproduce at home. House salads more than basic. Entrees- sweet corn and crab pasta; grilled salmon with sautéed chard, both very good. Chard was a bit tough and a different green may be a better choice for this prep. Creme brûlée had good flavor, but would prefer served warm, so obviously not made to order. Add a cocktail each and tab is ~$100 with tip. Quality met expectations for this price range. Sat on small patio with live musician playing which is nice and compensates for the noisy street. Service - prompt and not overbearing. Will return, but would like more seafood options. Limited number will be ok as long as they change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have eaten at the National Exemplar many times, and this was the first time I had to wait to be served. Usually, the waiter was right there as soon as we sat down, but this time, we waited 10 minutes and then had to ask the busboy to find our waiter. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Quality and well done
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's always a pleasure to dine here. The food is creative and always interesting. The almonds appetizer was a very tasty and creative first time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner Surprise
    Stevebucknut
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I'm accustomed to having breakfast or lunch at the National Exemplar - first time having dinner. When it was suggested by a colleague, admittedly, I wasn't excited! However, what a great surprise - a totally different atmosphere and a great menu! Will definitely be returning for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, romantic
    anderson11
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    First time dining here. The food was wonderful. The service was amazing. The atmosphere was nice, quite and romantic enough. Overall everything was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dave M
    AnniversaryDinner
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Every thing went well. Prompt service and waiter did not "hover." Would take out of town guests there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for brunch or dinner
    RestaurantRunner
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Not far from Kenwood or Downtown, this restaurant serves excellent dishes with top notch service. Wait staff is very attentive and fluid. They do not rush the meal, yet are punctual with bringing out each course. The dishes are always well presented, and full of flavour.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dancingdiva
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have been eating at this restaurant for many years. I prefer fresh fish and other healthy items of which there is normally an excellent selection. The pace is good--attentive but not rushed. I've enjoyed lunch and dinner on every day of the week. Location is central for many friends I dine with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place for outdoor meal
    CarolynRVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We like it here - but the mushroom ravioli should be bigger portion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    SueZ
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This is a very charming restaurant. The ambiance is quaint, and it seems like an historic building. Patio dining is our favorite spot. The food is great and we love the mini deserts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GlenVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Consistently excellent food. Mussels were excellent. Server was very slow to the table (perhaps he wasn't told we were at an outdoor table?) and was a bit quirky, but overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Slow Service
    Trains1VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food was very good, but the service was very slow. To top that off, the waiter threw away a leftover that was supposed to be boxed and tried to cover it up by claiming that another guest's leftover at our table was ours! No such luck, since the other persons leftover was already boxed and sitting on the table when he removed our plate. The manager made it right by offering us a gift certificate; I wasn't sure that I wanted to return to the restaurant, so I asked the manager to simply reduce the price of the entre on the bill to cover the lost half., which she did.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 374 reviews are from the National Exemplar reviews archive.
  • Doc1
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Excellent menu, beautifully presented. Manager and all staff go the last mile always to assure a fine dining experience. The servers know their items,Can explain advise,direct and really are consummate professionals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • opine5
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food quality seems to be declining. Prime rib had more fat,smaller portion, and less flavor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Chase is one of the best chefs in town. He is respectively changing the menu over from the old traditional to a top flight unique experience. Certainly short on atmosphere, but well worth the visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • diner
    galbert
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    There were 4 people in our party and we all felt that the food was wonderful; both in taste and in preparation. This restaurant is truly a gem. My wife and I had the liver and it was fabulous, as was the mushroom soup. Prices were very fair and our service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to eat outside but noisy...
    CarolynRVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Eating outside has the same great service and food that comes hot and quickly, which is not the case at some other outdoor venues. However, as quaint as the area looks - this is on Hwy 50 - and the many trucks going by, even at just 25 mph, are very noisy. If you can still relax and just not expect to chat when a truck goes by - it's a very comfortable way to enjoy a meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SingVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Reservation was not honored...we waited 20 minutes for a table outside. 6:30 reservation....food not served until 8:00....food was cold. Totally unacceptable. We were given free desserts and they did not charge us for our cold dinners, which were not consumed...
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  • excellent place
    Howard
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This place meets high standards-The hostess/Mgr? (Lisa) remembers us & we only visit this city once a yr. This yr. she gifted us each a glass of fine wine when she learned it was our anniversary. Excellent place...good interesting food served by an excellent staff. 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    Teri
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I invited my parents to dinner for their 52nd wedding anniversary. We all started with the Hungarian mushroom soup, which was great and unlike any mushroom soup I have had before. My Mom loved her filet and said it was the best she has had in a long while. My Dad had the salmon filet and enjoyed that a great deal. I have had lamb before, but never a lamb strip, so I gave that a try. It was prepared beautifuly and was tender and tasted great. We enjoy coming here anytime of day and would reccommend it to others. This is even the place we selected for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary brunch with the whole family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Great!
    BOB45
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great for groups up to eight in dining area, private rooms for larger, small tables perfect for two. All age groups: young couples, family tables with grandma and grandpa, and empty nesters. Food is always well prepared. Price is mid range. Servers and management want your business and show their concern for your dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AARP Approved
    GlenVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    To say its an older crowd is an understatement. That said, the food is excellent. We ate at the bar which made things feel a bit more "hip". The mussels were outstanding. Beer selection above average.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for quiet dinner
    Willie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Beautiful setting, excellent food. Service is fantastic. Would recommend for a quiet dinner. Had the prime rib - the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We tried a few different things, crab cake (best crab cake I have ever had), scallops, and veal Suzanne. It all was super delicious! Our waitress was awesome too. She brought our meal out split between 2 plates. The whole staff there was super responsive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful and Delicious
    BeckyT54
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in a long time! Joe, our waiter was outstanding, friendly and gave great service! Thanks for contributing to a great benefit for Branden!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exemplar is Exemplary
    carguy53
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Second visit to National Exemplar. Had a great corner booth that allowed for conversation at normal levels. The service was attentive without being overbearing (thanks, Joe) and our waiter was knowledgeable about the food items. NE has apparently changed its dinner menu (the current selections differ from what you see on the Open Table menu tab). But the choices are more than adequate, and the portions were just right. We and our guests were very pleased. Among us we ordered grilled salmon, flounder, veal suzanne, and fettuccini bravo – all delicious. The bill was about what you would expect for the entree selections, 2 rounds of drinks and 2 desserts. Come and enjoy this gem in Mariemont - we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful gem in Mariemont...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Wonderful dining in the quaint, historic village of Mariemont... Loved the Hungarian soup, pasta and complementary "still" bottled water. Olive small plate delicious..
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Delicious food, generous portions, great date night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improves each time we go...
    CarolynRVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    National Exemplar upgraded their head chef recently, and it shows. We'd had a few less-than-great meals a year or so ago, but decided to try again recently and their menu and food is really yummy now. Service has always been excellent - so it's nice that the food has caught up!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate