Nicholson's Tavern & Pub
Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicholsonspub.com/
  • Phone: 5135649111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11am - 1am
    Sunday: 11am - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Poore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Nicholson’s is located directly across from the Aronoff Center for Arts. Our 7500 square foot restaurant houses a series of individually decorated dining rooms. The expansive pub with its 16 ft ceiling is a great place for your next Happy Hour. The Hearth Room with its own working fireplace seats 32 or reception style 40.The Garden Room is bright and airy and has an attached patio, seats 50 or reception style 70. You can reserve our entire restaurant, 150 seated or 250 reception style. Some of our specialties are the Fish and Chips, Center Cut Pork Chops, Grilled Steak and Duck Fat Fries, Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. Detailed mahogany and brass, antique glass and light fixtures from Scotland create an impressive and inviting atmosphere. Nicholson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in the region and over 25 imported beers on tap. We are a great destination for your next rehearsal dinner, graduation, business dinner or birthday party.
  • Private Party Contact: Tina Morris 513-505-6212x
  • Entertainment: Live music every Friday and Saturday night, 9pm until 12:30am, no cover charge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th and 7th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The valet is available every Friday and Saturday night at 6:00pm and Tuesday through Sunday on Aronoff Theater event nights. Price is $8.00.
A word from Nicholson's Tavern & Pub
Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. Taking inspiration from the public houses found throughout Great Britain, our goal is to provide our guests with authentic hospitality and a brilliant dining experience. In addition to high-quality food, we offer a wide variety of beer, wine, bourbon, craft cocktails and feature one of the best selections of single malt scotch whiskies in the area.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Nicholson's Tavern & Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (37)good for groups (33)neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (27)great for lunch (24)vibrant bar scene (24)romantic (22)great for outdoor dining (15)late-night find (15)hot spot (11)notable wine list (10)great for brunch (9)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Nice neighborhood find
    gvsugrl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, nice restaurant that had live music on Friday night. The staff was very accommodating to change our seating when we asked & our server was nice. Would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    PickieVickie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was the best place we've eaten at in a long time! We were there for the Restaurant Week menu and it was delicious! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Downtown Eating Spot
    tony
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was not as hot as I like it, but good tasting. Service was slow at the start.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely delightful!
    Camanosawchick
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Last Autumn we spend 2 weeks in London and Ireland, and I fell in love with pubs and everything they represent. This Scottish pub is equal to and above the neighborhood pubs where I have previously been, both in food choices and elegance. Nicholson's is a polished page right out of a history book, we loved it and will undoubtedly return often. It is in the heart of downtown Cincinnati next to the new Metropole Hotel, very upscale without outrageous pricing. Creative and delicious menu. Waitstaff in kilts, soft lighting, dark wood and polished brass, low noise level so there was no difficulty having a very pleasant conversation. Fish and chips exactly the same way as in London--terrific!! Pr. try one of the very imaginative burgers.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun night
    Katiean11
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    First time dining here. The booth we were seated in was comfy and private. Calamari fries were delicious. The staff was very cheerful. We will defintely be back for the Mac and cheese!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    BrusierVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I was in Cincinnati for a convention and went to Nicholson's for dinner one evening. The food was fantastic and the service was very friendly. The waitress wasn't as attentive as I prefer but responded with a repeat of any request. The service was quick too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pub in Cinci!
    Peggy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is our favorite pub in Cincinnati. Food & drinks are always good, and Darnell our waiter was fun and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Sunday brunch/lunch place
    Dojibo
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    There is a nice but small brunch buffet on Sunday, but the full lunch menu is also available -- 2 of our party of 3 ordered off the menu. It wasn't very busy the day we were there, so it was quiet, so we could linger and visit. I go here fairly often, and even when they are busy and it is noisier, service is good and we haven't felt rushed out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great time
    weluvgoodbeer
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great beer menu with rotating drafts. Service was great too! Restaurant a lot larger than what it seems from the outside so would work for large groups. Food was delicious! Wonderful happy hour menu with shareables.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JudiVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Consistently good food. Good place where you can carry on a conversation over lunch. Great selection of menu items.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hypes
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It's a Scottish Pub. Extra convenient to Aronoff. They let us take our time ahead of the show rather than boot us out. That was superb.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sets a great mood, and a good value
    Dojibo
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The elegant British pub ambiance is classy but fun. There were lots of people at the bar, and that area is noisy, but we were back in a booth where it is easy to talk and relax. The appetizers are plenty for 2, and the food and presentation is up to the standard of a more expensive place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happyeaters
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had our granddaughter's graduation dinner there. The 11 and 13 year olds found plenty to eat that they enjoyed and they love your fried fish. Our granddaughter enjoyed the shrimp and spaghetti dish. It was a memorable evening. The waitress was friendly and added to the great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    One of my favorite places to bring clients to lunch (I avoid noisy places) - the hostess is always welcoming, the service is very good, and the food consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    DeliciousVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Nicholson's offers the best turkey burger I have ever had. I love it with the cranberry and apple and white cheddar. Their Gouda mac 'n cheese is awesome as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday Night Fun
    FoodWineYes
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great wait-staff, excellent food, and they made accommodations for food (dairy, gluten) allergies. Energetic crowd, they had live music in the nearby bar area, still was quiet enough to enjoy a nice night out with each other.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Sandroni1
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Nicholson's is great for a quick bite to eat or a nice sit down meal. It had been a while since I'd been there so the menu had been updated. I was a little sceptical but I should have known they wouldn't make changes to the menu unless they were good changes. The servers are always friendly and work on each others tables so you can always get what you need. The bar area is a little loud but you can get a table and the noise level goes down considerably. You have to have to save room for the toffee pudding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    4foodies
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had heard good things about Nicholsons, but honestly the food was average and the service was poor. I had asked previously if the restaurant was kid friendly, but it isn't really. We were seated outside-the noise from inside was too loud for us. We saw our waiter every 20 min and had to ask to put our order in, and we had to find another waiter to get a kids menu. Our son ordered chicken, and commented it was "jiggly." We didn't think much of it until he threw up on the way home.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Scottish Food
    trey
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This has become one of our regulars. We love the Scottish flavor and menu. Always bring our Scottish relative here when they visit Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before the show
    theatredinerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We enjoyed a very good meal at Nicholson's before the show at the Aronoff. Our food was delicious. We enjoyed the scallops, shrimp with angel hair pasta and the fish and chips. All dishes were delicious!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful service
    Schnemr
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Service was very slow, took an hour to get a salad and burger. Food was cold, and order came out wrong! The manager did comp our meal after we complained but we will not be dining there again!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't Beat the Location
    Kendy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Nicholson's Tavern and Pub has several things going for it-- first, a very good staff of young people with smiles and energy and personality, and second, a perfect location for downtown eating, especially if you are going to the Aronoff Theatre. Food itself is OK, location and servers are better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun
    yummy
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Nicholson's is so much fun, from the live entertainment which was awesome to the kilted serving staff to the great and interesting food. It is super convenient to the Aronoff Center and a great date place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-Aronoff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Our waiter was very agreeable about making sure we got across the street to the Aronoff on time
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oooooops!
    Alice
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    What usually is a great experience at the Pub, was not on May 8th. We had reservations for 3 at 4:30. We were seated without any type of menu and had to ask for a drink menu. One of the drinks ordered was delivered with a different name than it was listed on the specialty. 1 in a party made a trip to the bar to find out. Finally we grabbed someone (not our waiter) to retrieve a menu and only then were we given a happy hour menu. Service was very slow. We did have apps with our drinks, but also had to go to the bar to get plates.......but then had to ask for napkins and silverware. When the food finally arrived, it did not disappoint.............but come on guys....you are better than this. Hope it was just a glitch. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    grazingways
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Although the service was great and I enjoyed the ambience, I found the food totally lacking. My reservation was for 4:15. so it was early, but they were out of the Pot Roast. I settled for Fish and Chips. The Haddock was good but the Fries, cooked in Duck Fat were beyond greasy. My serving of Cole Slaw was in a smaller condiment cup. As I said my dining experience at Nicholson's was disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food! Friendly staff!
    AnnaKY
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    REAL MEN WEAR KILTS! That's what some of the t-shirts the servers wore read on the backs. Nicholson's is a real gem! The atmosphere is old-timey, nostalgic Scottish themed and the food is great. Everything came out perfect - fast - and even the servers were very friendly. The bread board was delicious and the duck-fat-fries- YUM! Not too costly, either. It was a lovely place to stop after hitting up the Aranoff Center for a theatre performance. We came back for dessert later, and were still impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    cake4breakfast
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We took some out of town guests here for dinner and had a decent experience. The beer and cocktail list was impressive, as were the appetizers - I especially loved the calamari fries. For dinner, the fish and chips dominated our ordering but ended up being average in taste. The duck fat fries needed to be crispier. Salmon was also ordered and it ended up being excellent. The server was very accommodating (she helped us switch tables due to the temperature in the restaurant) but very slow, which in our case wasn't a problem as we did not have definitive plans afterwards - I'm talking 3 hours for dinner. Also, be careful on the step down into the bar from the side entrance. It's not marked well and one of our guests took a small spill.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress was superb!
    CJM1EJM
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We've dined at Nicholsons before and have always had an enjoyable meal. We also like its close proximity to the Aronoff. We didn't comment on all categories above because we do not enjoy outdoor dining, didn't imbib wine etc. What was a bonus to us, they held our leftovers until after the ballet. Our waitress was superb!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went there after daughter's UC graduation. Had a great experience!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 551 reviews are from the Nicholson's Tavern & Pub reviews archive.
  • Aronoff date night
    tnelson301
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We had reservations for 4 service was good food was great and my date loved the unique beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pub!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    This is great little corner pub. With really incredible food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-Around Awesome
    luvgreatfood
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    A friend and I went for dinner before show at Aronoff across the street. The bar area was loud and lively, but he dinner seating in the back was private without being 'stuffy'. Service was enthusiastic and attentive. Menu boasted a wide variety. The leek soup was unique and very tasty. I ordered the salmon dish with brussel sprouts and sweet potato......one of the best dishes I've ever had (not to mention healthy)!! I would highly recommend Nicholson's and not hesitate to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What Happened??
    Kimbee
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Yuck! I have eaten here a few times before and loved it. The menu is completely different, much smaller. Maybe they are under new management because the fish and chips was a completely new dish that looked and tasted like Gordon's frozen fish sticks. The server was friendly but forgot our appetizer order and was more interested in chatting with other servers than attending to her tables, which were all in need of something. Service I can forgive because one bad egg can be replaced, but the food is just not worth your trip.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Great brunch and a great bartender that mixed up a great 'grapefruit mimosa' with fresh squeezed grapefruit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before a show
    Terry
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I've used Nicholson's as our "go to" dining place when attending events at the Aranoff. The food is always great. The service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FISH & CHIPS!
    BRIDGELADY
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    As usual the haddock was delicious however it seemed to be cooked just a tad too long. Crunchy is good but hard crunchy is rough on the mouth! Everyone at our table ordered the fish and chips (haddock and fries) and everyone said the same.... it was almost too hard to eat. Great batter, wonderful fish yet tough to chew! None of us finished our meal because it was actually painful to eat! Delicious tartar sauce, perfectly sweet and tart and creamy. Acceptable slaw, nothing exciting there. The "homemade catsup" was tasty yet runny. One complaint.... there were many empty tables throughout the front rooms however we were seated at the furthermost table in a small, very crowded, quite noisy room in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place has it all, you
    Brooke
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    This place has it all, you can sit at the bar where the bartenders are incredibly friendly. There is also a dining area where its a bit more quiet and low-key. But they also have a small room with a fireplace in it that is very quiet and very romantic. The perfect date night treat is the sticky toffee pudding, its to die for and is perfectly sized to share with your date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, terrible service
    Hairgal
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We used to love this restaurant before or after a show. The food has only gotten better over time! But this last visit, the customer service was horrible. My 7 year old daughter was with us, and after ordering drinks and bread we finally asked if there was a kids menu. Only then did she bring it out with crayons. When we told our server we would be ordering off the menu and not eating the buffet she seemed very put out. I never got a water refill, I poured some into my glass from my daughters. When she brought the credit card back at the end, she did not say one word. No thanks or anything. Also, I had put a note in my open table reservation that it was my moms birthday. Not one word was said about that either.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch wasn't "Wicked"!
    OhSnap
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My granddaughter and I had lunch here before going to the Wicked matinee. Our server was polite, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was excellent and a good value for the money. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.