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
59 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (21)vibrant bar scene (21)special occasion (19)great for outdoor dining (16)late-night find (14)romantic (11)great for lunch (11)hot spot (8)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Broadway Dinner
    Julz
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This is the best place to go before headed to Broadway Shows! Directly across the street, a wonderful menu with a wide variety of entees, appetizers, desserts, etc. It's a mainstay restaurant for us during Broadway Series Season!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great place for the most part
    DisappointedDiner
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was great and came out quickly. The server started out great and asked if we were going to the show at the Aranoff. When we said yes she started gave us time updates. Then when we were finished, it took 25 minutes to get our bill. We asked another server to help us and then eventually had to get the manager. We were almost late to the show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went before the show. Worked out great. Service excellent.. Ate out side .. Nice evening
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time guest. Bar area was energetic. We ate in the back, where it was quiet. Food Great! Fantastic Beer List, Fantastic Whiskey list, Great Wines. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre Aronoff performance dinne
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a reservation here prior to a performance at the Aronoff during Oktoberfest. We had eaten here once before and returned for the convenience of the location. We actually had a surprisingly great time. Our table was in a smaller back room,so it was much quieter than out front. The food was just fine. We tried a wine that was new to us, that we enjoyed. Service was excellent. Great for a casual dinner downtown.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MotherTheresa
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Well-stocked bar complete with skilled and knowledgeable bar tenders - what a "can't-go-wrong"combination! Excellent food, especially fish and chips, steak and any of their special burgers. Duck fat fries with house-prepared ketchup is a must, and can be added to any meal. The wait staff is friendly, professional, and very helpful in guiding menu decisions, if asked. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Need to step it up
    VisitorVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It just seemed kind of boring and quiet. Every place else downtown was packed and it was empty. Food was good but overpriced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We like it here
    drmmVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Usually we stop in at Nicholson's when we are attending Ballet or Theater at the Aronoff. This time we were in the area welcoming the Bengals in their new uniforms and decided to go to Nicholson's after the unveiling. Three of us had the fish and chips which were outstanding. I had the burger my way: rare, with bacon, raw onion, and pickles. I requested sourdough bread toasted, and mayo on the side. It was done perfectly. I had a cup of the chicken curry soup which was outstanding. Our server Cheye was the epitome of what one expects of a good server. She was interested in our having a good time and she succeeded!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We could have gone to TGI Friday's
    highexpectations
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I was expecting a nice atmosphere reminicent of a Scottish Pub instead it was like walking into any other restaurant. When we were seated the hostess took off like a shot even though she saw that one of our party was unable to move that fast. Once seated our server arrived and she was less than enthused to be there. We did have a nice appetizer and the food delivery was prompt. I had the buttermilk fried chicken served with Mac & Cheese and Green Beans. The chicken was cooked well but the breading was much to saltly (and I like salt :) ) the Mac & Cheese was excellent and the Green Beans were about what you would expect. The service over all was lackluster and food about average. I have to give this restaurant a pass in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun looking, Poor tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Although the decor of Nicolson's offers great promise for a straightforward Scottish pub dining experience with good service (Scottish plaids, banners and wait staff in kilts), the choices on the menu are limited to those one would find at any modest American bar/restaurant. Entrees feature dishes that are high in fat, fried or heavy with garlic and butter. Service staff deliver food without removing used dishes from previous courses. Broiled salmon was dry and greasy with garlic butter; no bread was offered.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
    PeggyVIP
    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 570 reviews are from the Nicholson's Tavern & Pub reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
    happydiner
    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.