I was with a group of six
I was with a group of six for our dinner reservation. We couldn't have asked for better service. A minor mishap occurred with a dish. The incident was relayed to us immediately, and the restaurant made up for the tardiness of the meal in a form of compensation.
The food was excellent, as well as the choices for craft beer. I will definitely return as will everyone in our group.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food (scallops and salmon) was excellent. Portion size is smaller, which was perfect because I didn't want to stuff myself.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
As one of the original businesses
As one of the original businesses leading OTRs re-birth, I have wanted them to succeed. Past experiences were not always great, but today was perfect. Creative, delicious, and cool. Lavomatic is here to stay.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food and very good
Excellent food and very good service. Got a free desert for a birthday too. It was quiet on the night we went, but we've been there when it's crowded.
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great night out with friends.
Great night out with friends. Service was great and food was awesome. Really enjoyed it!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Initially the new menu appeared
Initially the new menu appeared to be limited. However, every single item we ordered was delicious. Our waitress informed us she had arranged the special entree that day.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there before the Ballet. The
Went there before the Ballet.
The service was friendly and the food was great.
Menu is limited but our food and the food at neighboring tables was excellent.
Will definitely be there again.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reservations were made for a group of seven to celebrate my birthday. Food and service were excellent. What a found off-putting was the attitude of the hostess when she saw that my father required a walker. we were going to be seated on the roof but with no elevator access this was impossible. She snapped "Next time you make reservations be sure to specify that you have someone who cannot go up steps." Given the nature of our society I expected that people of all mobilities would be accomodated and that building codes were such that buildings with multiple floors had to have some sort off freight elevators at the very least. While I enjoyed the food and had no complaints about the service, I am doubtful that there will be a return visit.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my Mom and wife there for Mother's Day brunch. Everything was so great! Really had a good time. The new furnishings look very nice.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Neighborhood Gem = understatment
Food, atmosphere and service were out of this world! The Cincy restaurant week menu offered a wonderful selection at an amazing value. Our server, Sarah, was an absolute doll! OTR got it right with this establishment. Outdoor dining available on a roof-top terrace just adds to the overall WOW value of the place. A must share with friends and family.
5/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Restaurant week tryout
Tried Lavomatic during restaurant week May 2013. Seated promptly. They have indoor and outdoor rooftop seating. Server was attentive not pushy. Selective menu was good way of trying different menu items to share. Looking forward to going back and trying other items, though enjoyed what we had ordered. Great place to go downtown with convienent parking. Ensemble Theatre just few doors down Vine.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We missed our initial reservation
We missed our initial reservation time due to a late running meeting, but the staff were really understanding and accommodating. The service was great. Our server recommended a wine (which I always like) and asked questions about my husband's complicated drink order to make sure it was correct.
We had the Restaurant Week menu which was interesting and a great value (lots of food for the price). The mac and cheese had great flavor, but needed to be just a little warmer. The arugula salad was really excellent.
The walk to and from the parking lot involved numerous encounters with panhandlers which definitely detracts from the overall experience, but the restaurant itself is certainly a great addition to the neighborhood.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun evening at Lavomatic Cafe
Great food. Easy to find parking in the lot across the street. Great choices on the menu - I'm a vegetarian and still had lots of choices to select from. The waitress was attentive and still gave us time to enjoy our dinner. Even though we were full we still shared a dessert. It was worth every bite!
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
If by "energetic" it means
If by "energetic" it means a bit loud and had to raise my voice for guest across the table to hear me clearly then I marked that correctly. That is not always the case but most likely will be in the evening on a Friday or Saturday night. You can decide for yourself if that Is a negative or if that means its lively full of energy and the type of energetic atmosphere you are looking to surrounds yourself in. Other than that this place is great. Food never disappoints and service is always friendly and attentive
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
EXCELLENT service, first-time visit
Our party was running ahead of schedule and the hostess (even for a busy Saturday night) did everything she could and got us in ahead of schedule! We had a gorgeous outdoor table, sadly had to retreat inside for the last half hour of our visit due to rain, but it was no less beautiful.
The shining star of the evening, however, was our AMAZING server, Julia. She was attentive, friendly, and made some stellar recommendations for both food and cocktails for our party.
I cannot believe I waited so long to check out this fabulous establishment and cannot wait to go back! Nearly a month later and we are all still talking about the cocktails!
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
New Chef, New Menu
Fairly limited choices but food and service were both very good. The website needs updating to reflect the recent changes.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Food, Great Service
I was so disappointed when I arrived to find the fish tacos weren't on the menu, but my disappointment was short-lived. The chicken salad sandwich was by far the best sandwich of ANY KIND I've had in years. This is not your father's chicken salad; instead, Lavomatic's version was like eating the best Indian-style chicken dish you've ever had but served in sandwich form. The tater tots casserole side dish and glazed donut bread pudding were also excellent. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Don't miss this place!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place still has it
Dropped in to give it another go during restaurant week, and I was very pleased. The food was great and the service was the best we have had downtown in a very long time. The Salmon was out of this world, a must try. We will be back for sure.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will be back!
We went during Restaurant Week so our menu was Pre-fixed. They have a nice selection of brews on tap & some different cocktails to choose from. My husband tried a stout and I had their Cran-bubbly cocktail which was delicious. We were treated to a "chef's special treat" to start which was crostini w/homemade pimento cheese, a slice of heirloom tomato and radish with a sprig of dill--delicious. We shared a crabcake for our 1st course which was tender and had a nice sauce with a little kick to it. We also shared the 2nd course-- the arugula salad w/candied nuts and a nice dressing. We each got to order our main course and I chose the Thai fried chicken dish and my husband got the brisket burger. Both were bursting with flavor & unique.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A tasteful surprise!
Average bar/restaurant? No way!Food taste and presentation superb. From the delicate flavorful and well dressed crab cake to the "dessert to die for"" donut bread pudding, each course was beautifully presented, with subtle tastes and combinations. The pork entree melted in my mouth, the black bean a soft crunch and the croutons a rich flavor.
Simple funky decor (washing machines after all!) but the service was 4star elegant. Ie. replacing a used fork-brought on a napkin lined plate, and filing water glasses without being asked. Noise level a little too high for my tastes. There is dining upstairs inside and patio, which we will try next time.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The last time we ate at Lavomatic I thought it was "all washed up." But I was wrong. The new chef Josh seems to brighten the whole load from our service to the food. Excellent choice.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the chow and the people!
Lavomatic was perfect for lunch. There's a good selection available on the menu with something for everyone. Also the service was great. I was a little worried at first to see if we'd be able to get out in an hour or not. The staff took care of getting us served very quickly, but not rushed.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great sunday brunch
This is a great place for a Sunday brunch on the open roof top. There were seven of us and we were able to stay long after we were done eating to have quiet conversation and not be bothered. The food was great.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was excellent.
The service was excellent. We were dining before the theatre and our server was attentive to our needs.
We had doggie bags and the server suggested we leave them at the restaurant and pick them up after the show. This is a very nice service. The food was excellent as always.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed a nice meal at Lavomatic before seeing a play at Ensemble Theater Cincinnati. We had some beers as it was happy hour and enjoyed the selection - some thing for everyone on draught. Nothing on the appetizer menu sounded good, so we had them bring the tots casserole and truffle fries as appetizers instead of side dishes. This worked well and the items were delicious! I had the gazpacho - it was fine, but I wouldn't get it again. My husband's Brisket Burger was AMAZING! We'd certainly go back!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
great food and staff
Lavomatic has been our go-to place before seeing plays at the Ensemble for years. We love it. The food is consistently delicious, the staff are fantastic - friendly and professional. The ambience is great AND it's not very expensive.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Lavomatic Cafe and Urban Wine Bar is an excellent restaurant with an interesting menu and fantastic service
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pre-Symphony Dinner was GREAT!
My friend and I booked reservations for 6:00 pm prior to the symphony at 7:30 (Music Hall/Washington Park is less than a 5 minute walk), and arrived on time. It was a little difficult to find, as it's in Over the Rhine, but in the area that is in the process of being built up. However, we were seated very quickly, and our waitress was extremely attentive. The menu has just been redone, so we were excited to try the new selections! My friend had pork belly and fried rice, and I had a filet with cauliflower stuffed potato. We also ordered drinks from the bar, which had quite a selection of beverages, and house drinks. Our food arrived after only 10 minutes or so, and was fabulous! We will be back!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in OTR
Like I told our server " You were first in OTR, and I don;t care how many others open up, you are still the best!!" They change the menu often with more and more creative pairings. Love this place!!
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Interesting variety of eggs and entrees off the regular menu.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food and rooftop dining
We chose Lavomatic for our 2nd date and it couldn't have been more perfect. Great cocktails, delicious food and music from the Midpoint Music Festival all combined for an incredible dining experience.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our service & food were both outstanding. Overall, Lavomatic was a very good dining experience and I recommend it.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
I highly recommend their aged
I highly recommend their aged Manhattan - one of the best ever. We also loved the filet, tomato carpaccio and zucchini fritters. The potato skin with cauliflower was a tad underdone, but was flavorful. The place was really busy because of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, but we never had to wait while our server took care of others. She was very attentive, even making sure we were warm enough (we were near the door). This is our first time back since the renovation and we look forward to our next visit.
10/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Eat here tomorrow!
My wife and I booked reservations 2 days prior. I informed the staff in my reservation that we would be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We arrived early but our table was already waiting, candlelit in a nice corner. We were greeted at our table with a complimentary glass of champagne and an extremely friendly wait staff. The atmosphere inside is casual but very artsy and romantic. I had the tenderloin and it was terrific. My wife had the scallops and loved them. We enjoyed our experience overall tremendously. Everything was perfect, from the food to the atmosphere, to the excellent staff.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Brunch before the Symphony!
Enjoyed Sunday brunch before the CSO - excellent Brunch - top notch service, seated right away. Had the Benedict with Goetta - a hit with all of four of us! Very reasonable Brunch prices. Seated right away with Open Table reservation, even though definitely a busy morning.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
With all the great spots in OTR Lavomatic has really stepped up. The new Chef has a very creative menu. We were surprised how good of a time we had, loved all of our food and they had good selection selection at the bar too. Also with our Opentable reservation we didn't have to wait.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM