Embers
Embers

Embers

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.embersrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5139848090x
  • 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: Michael Wilp
  • 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
213 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (163)romantic (118)fit for foodies (102)notable wine list (77)neighborhood gem (75)vibrant bar scene (70)good for groups (42)hot spot (28)late-night find (12)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • Hat's off to the staff!
    luvmysteak
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is our 2nd visit to Ember's. The steaks were very good and perfectly cooked. Lobster tail add - on was $30+ and a bit overcooked but I take the blame. It was a last minute addition to our meal so I wouldn't feel right letting that effect my review. Our server was WoW! Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keep going back
    bigmike
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great restaurant I have had dinner four time in the last three months my wife and friends really enjoyed every vist. Thanks you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wwe have been to Embers 2times & found the food & service to be very good! They also asked about mt Mom's food allergy immediately which was very thoughtful. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We chose this as a post-marathon meal and it delivered as always!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was very good service was better. Steaks were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible Service...
    daytonfan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We've dined at Ember's several times and can honestly say we've never been disappointed. The food and service are consistently impeccable. We finally decided to invite another couple to join us and, needless to say, Ember's has earned another set of returning guests. Our server, Tracy, was outstanding and, as always, the ribs and boursin au gratin potatoes were complete perfection. Embers attention to detail and to their guests never disappoints! Always well worth our 45 minute drive from Dayton! Lisa R.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BABAR
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Awesome tar tar and sushi!! Would recommend and will be back. Well worth the hour drive it takes us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had a party of 10 people and I was not impressed at all. The salad was bad, I was charged for $40 of extra drinks, orders of appetizers and sides were missed....We have eaten here a lot and spent a lot of $$ here including this trip. This is probably my last time!
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  • Wonderful meal!
    EataroundVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The dinner was outstanding the the service was even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best sushi in town!
    LuckyVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Wednesday is half price sushi in the bar area. It was busy and energetic. The food was amazing, as usual. I've never had a disappointing meal at Embers. The manager, Mike, is very personable and we enjoyed our interaction with him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food - As expected
    HRaeP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Embers hits the mark for a solid steak/chop house. For the price point - the food, wine and service were good. I would go back and aim for the happy hour specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sb2U4PR
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Embers is a one of a kind restaurant for those who want to celebrate a special occasion in style! Terrific ambience, superb service and fabulous menu selections! It never ceases to live up to my expectations from the beginning to the end! Dining in casual elegance at its finest!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ember's is Delicious
    lovegreatfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ember's I Delicious! Tried the Prime Strip - excellent! The soups are always special and tasty. Tracy - our server is one of the best!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, better service.
    Justme
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This is our second trip to Embers and on both occasions we really enjoyed the food. It is a tad expensive but still a decent value. Where Embers really excels is their customer service; you won't find better anywhere. I would recommend Embers to anyone who wants to be treated like a VIP without spending a fortune.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    nntvd
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Staff was very polite and the food was great. Everything was fresh and prepared perfectly. Great place for a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Thoroblade
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Had a business dinner there for our employees. First time for most. Food and wine was excellent but what made it very memorable and enjoyable was our server Emmy. Her personality and knowledge was extraordinary. She explained the wines and food perfectly and very informatively. Almost like a friend not a server. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and presentation
    BAL1234VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had a nice quiet meal with excellent food but still like Trio overall. for selection and value...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never fails to impress
    MarkVegas65VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When you go there you can expect two things wonderful service and excellent food. Tonight was no different than any other night when it comes to the two aforementioned things. Brian our server was wonderful. Attentive but not hovering. Timing was perfect from appetizer to dinner to desert. Each steak was cooked to perfection and the dinner was a hit. No surprises here quality food and a reasonable price. Worth the trip to this unremarkable location with excellent food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KGH1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A favorite and never disappoints .a variety of entrees, specialty are great steaks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ifmyou like sushi
    Linda1022
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We arrived and were seated quickly. The waiter came right over and took our drink orders and told us their specials. We had the shrimp cocktail, which was three large prawns and cocktail sauce. It was very good. I had the surf and turf and when I got it, it was covered in a watered down hollandaise sauce covering both the small, almost non-existent partial lobster tail and bland steak. My husband got the ribs which were small, kind of tough, and entirely too sweet. After looking around, I noticed that the majority of diners were eating sushi and figured out my mistake. This place must be known for sushi, not steak! Although the service was good, we will not be back because we are not fans of sushi.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit will not be our last.
    CarolynRVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were treating our son and his wife to Embers as we tried it for the first time, and we all had excellent food and service. Although we were probably underdressed, as it was a last-minute reservation and we'd run late on the freeway besides, (did call), but no one made us feel uncomfortable - from valet, to hostess to servers; everyone was quite pleasant. We'll definitely go back, as there were some interesting menu choices we did not get to on this visit, but I know one will not be the Oreo-stuffed donut, which just the mention of left me NOT wanting dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Embers Restaurant review
    oldfolks2
    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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Embers satisfies on every Level
    jerryVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a great restaurant on the East Side. They have a very good menu and they do a wide variety of dishes in an excellent manner. The steaks are great but they have much more. I believe it is the ideal place to go when one party might want steak but another party might want something else. Their Sushi menu is one of the best in town at a Full Service restaurant. Excellent service!! I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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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
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cincy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    very nice - not cheap but worth the value - also nce bar menu
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
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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.