The Montgomery Inn - Original
The Montgomery Inn - Original

The Montgomery Inn - Original

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.montgomeryinn.com/
  • Phone: (513) 791-3482
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer both self-service & full-service catering options to meet almost any need. Self-Service provides disposable serving-ware, bibs (yes, bibs) and wet naps for both delivery or pick-up.

    Our Full-Service team arrives approximately 45 minutes prior to your scheduled serve time. We provide buffet tables, linens, chafing dishes and sterno. We will serve your guests buffet-style and provide general clean up.

    Catering service is only available in Greater Cincinnati and N. Ky areas.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cooper Road
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Montgomery Inn - Original
When we say our ribs are famous, we mean it. Enjoyed by actors, athletes, and every U.S. President since Gerald Ford, they’re hand-spiced and slow-roasted daily, then finished off on our custom broiler. But Matula’s secret recipe sauce is the real star, made with only the finest California tomatoes and a super-secret blend of all-natural spices. And don’t worry about wearing a bib. It’s a good look.

Our world-famous ribs are definitely a hard act to follow. That’s why we also offer equally out-of-this-world entrées and combos, signature appetizers, soups and salads, and seriously decadent desserts. And if you have little ones who refuse to eat anything that’s not a nugget, children’s menus are available as well.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or carryout, there’s always something delicious you’ll want to try. But if you always decide to go with the ribs, we’re fine with that too.
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The Montgomery Inn - Original reviews from OpenTable diners
160 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (107)special occasion (88)neighborhood gem (83)kid-friendly (55)fit for foodies (47)great for lunch (47)hot spot (27)romantic (22)great for brunch (11)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Below average experience
    tbone
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Montgomery Inn was a favorite years ago , had a subpar experience about 10 years ago and hoped the most recent visit would be better . We had reservations and were seated right away so that was good , our table was by the kitchen , very small and right up against the wall , not something you would expect with a reservation . The server was very nice and prompt . Our appetizer came before the complimentary bread , this seemed odd . Our food was timely , the appetizer was decent , the ribs were sub par again , more rubbery than anything . Overall very disappointed in a famous rib place , I guess they will never be as good as they used to be . I will not return .
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  • Always a Family Favorite.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Seated right away with our reservation. Excellent service and food. Ribs, shrimp , and Filets all very good. The whole family loves this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4 star ribs
    CheMichelle
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First time in Montgomery Inn.Ribs lived up to expectations .very good service . Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, not much atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We went the original Montgomery Inn for our anniversary. With a reservation, we waited about 15 minutes-- The service is great, the food is good--there are a lot of choices, but the stars are their BQ items. Lots of food on the plates and it was warm. People rave about their sauce--it's okay. They seated us in an area that is used for small groups, but when needed they must use it for overflow patrons. We were squeezed into a small corner, with other diners a foot away from us. We listened to half a dozen conversations. There were no sport memorabilia on the walls, which is one the reasons to go. It was like eating at Frischs. This is not date night place. It is a good place for friends who want ribs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but not great.
    Nancy100
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We asked at our hotel for a good local restaurant and this was their recommendation, saying the ribs were the best in the world. We're from South Georgia and know good bbq. The ribs would have been good if not spattered in so much sauce the meat drowned. Perhaps something different would have been excellent and if the sauce had been served on the side, we probably would have given a better rating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Special Occassion Dinner
    Sammy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I went to dinner here with my mom and matron of honor after shopping for my wedding dress at Kotsovos down the street. We had a wonderful server and a delicious meal. We really enjoyed our experience at the original Montgomery Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fading star
    JJssVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Though the service was good and the bbq is still great, the restaurant has really begun to fade. We ate in the bar to watch mnf and it was dead. When we left at halftime it was empty. Salads were minuscule and they really seem to be trying to do stuff on the cheap as the crowds have gone elsewhere
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I always recommend the Montgomery Inn for casual or formal occasions. During any given day you can find everyone from couples enjoying a romantic dinner to football fans celebrating in Cincinnati style. You can't go wrong with food and service this good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Ribs in Town
    RoJam
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Many years of eating here and always enjoy a great slab of ribs. Service is alway to notch. Valet parking top-notch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not take reservations!!
    SouthernboyVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I used open table work the expectation of making a reservation at this restaurant. Upon arrival the hosted politely explained that they don't take reservations but it's actually call-ahead seating. I had a secure table for two through the app, yet still waited 45 minutes for a table. Disappointing!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as always
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Montgomery Inn is an original that never disappoints. Ribs were great, and I always get a wedge salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place for Ribs
    here2dinewell
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This was my wife and I's 4th or 5th time going and we're always impressed. Food, service, and atmosphere keep us coming back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4paynes
    4paynes
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I like going to get the ribs about once per year, usually a special occasion. This year it was just o.k., good ribs but...nothing great, a little boring.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit in 4 months to Cincy
    CaptWedge
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had an unpleasant experience in June after REDS game & I relayed opinions/disappointment to Mgt via email. I received phone call from a marketing person apologizing to me and defending the staff and their position on my critique of quality. I was offered gift card for return visit. We attended Bengals game on 26th made appropriate reservation. The service this time was very good....Server Jason. However we still found the food to be sub-standard. The Saratoga chips were not all fried...stuck together; onion straws were very greasy....caesar salad loaded with dressing with no taste.....pulled pork sandwich was dwarfed by the really good bun.....ribs covered with "cool" sauce...and the MI Nachos for $12.95 were a real disappointment.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food Moderate price
    seemoreclealy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was good, wine we ordered was a little bitter, but they exchanged it for a different wine with no problem. Food was excellent. Would recommend to friends, Service was fair. Did not see our waitress too often. Had to flag her down a couple of times.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Cincinnati Classic
    OTRFanVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My two brothers were in from out of town, and we were making the rounds of Cincinnati classics. We went to Montgomery Inn on a Saturday night. The ambiance was vibrant, the service was good, and the food was exactly as we expected, which is to say good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointed
    cinci1996
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Whenever we look for a place to celebrate a special occasion, we usually end up at the Montgomery Inn. Food, staff and atmosphere is predictable and outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Akoo
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I loved the ribs and our server was so friendly! I also liked their ice cream puffs for the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Parking
    Parking
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you want to let them park your car it's great, but if you want to park your own car well all the parking lots available are taken by there valet parking and there valets were very rude. So good luck finding a spot on the street. By the way I'm not letting a 3.00 valet park my 60,000 dollar truck.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cincinnati Staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Montgomery Inn is one of the must visit places in Cincinnati. I personally prefer the original but you can't really go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Montgomery Inn
    lujer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Always great food... ribs and pork chops are worth driving from anywhere to get...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cincinnati Icon
    Liketheribbing
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Out of town business folks love to visit the Montgomery Inn. The ribs are good, the sport memorabilia at the Montgomery location is fun to see. The atmosphere is enjoyable and casual enough to relax a bit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Montgomery Inn
    coolcall44
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Very inviting! Very, very excellent hospitality! Would eat here again and again! Very fast service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Hadn't been to Montgomery Inn for a while and was really looking forward to it. We all agreed that our food was very good, but overall service left a lot to be desired. Our 2 sons ordered salads which didn't arrive until the main entrees came. One ordered his dressing on the side which also didn't take place. When my son said just forget it, the server's response was "Well, I can box it up for you". Really??? There were 7 of us and 3 of us got the wrong sides with our meal. For the price you pay, you expect a much better quality of service. Very disappointed.
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  • Good, but not great.
    Tin56
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    First off this was not a reservation, it was a call ahead. I feel that needs to be specified when making "reservations" here. We still had to wait 25 minutes for our table at 8:00 P.M. Waiter was polite but didn't overly impress. Food was good but is NOT as good as it used to be. Prices have also gone up. I would not go there unless we had a gift card like we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribs and Bibs
    Orangeeboom
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great ribs, they fell off the bone but missing some atmosphere in the area where we were seated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Home Sweet Home
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I grew up in Cincy a mile from here and everyone I come to Cincy it is a most eat. I brought someone from Atlanta and he thought they were the best ribs ever and the Saratoga Chips oh yea. Make sure you have Graeters for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "GREAT"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fantastic food and service, can't be beat for Quality and price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    enjoyed dining early. very few people made for a nice quiet dinner. no problem with service. food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Online reservation
    2goodtopass
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our table was ready when we arrived and we were seated immediately. We frequently dine at the Original Montgomery Inn and as usual the food was excellent as well as the service. We always love the food and the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our food was delicious and reasonably priced, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistancy is the name
    GreyVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Get the Ribs! They are a must. Be sure to visit the to go shop on your way out to bring home goodies for the family at home like I did.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Cincinnati Classic Gem!
    Luv2WinenDineVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Not every city has a truly classic restaurant that year in and year out provides excellent, consistent, quality food and service. Obviously they are known for fabulous BBQ Sauce, Ribs, and Saratoga Chips, but they also have an extensive menu beyond ribs and chicken, and while it isn't often that I deviate from the mouth watering ribs, every entree that my family and I have experienced over the years has never disappointed! This restaurant is always a crowd pleaser!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded my expectations
    76BluehenVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    OK - so I have heard of the Montgomery Inn for years - just never had the chance to go when in town on business. Glad we made it this time. NIce and comfortable atmosphere. But - we went for the ribs and they did not disappoint. Tender, fall off the bone - yummy. We will definitely go back again- and again.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Know what you get/get what you love
    Mainelady
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We went to MI because I've been craving it. I always order the Cantonese shrimp and ribs combo. We started w chips and straws combo and I had the spinach salad. Everything was as I expected it to be. Familiar and GOOD. To add to the experience it was fun to see family groups enjoying their meals being together. The service was outstanding. From being greeted by the hostess and seated in a booth a tiny bit removed from the family interaction, but still able to enjoy it, to our waiter who was wonderful. That is, he was tuned in to our requests. I think this must be a part of MI training because we find it at each "Montgomery inn" restaurant. Always an anticipated meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There's Nothing Like It
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Montgomery Inn is the best of the best in barbeque, with nothing like it anywhere else in the united States. Texas is second place to the Montgomery Inn. Ribs are perfect; pulled pork is heavenly, with the best purple cabbage slaw you'll ever taste. And nobody has brisket like the Montgomery inn.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendlier staff
    Greatfood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    All the food was great, wings, burgers, ribs and the duck!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have eaten at Montgomery Inn numerous times and they are consistently reliable in the food and service quality. I am not from Cincinnati originally, so I don't have the "All Things Cincy Are The Best" gene, but the Montgomery in is very good and I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Institution Still going strong
    Phil
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everyone should eat here at least once. I've lived in Cincinnati for 25 years and it's a place for us to go to when we want some of the best ribs in the Midwest. This time, we ventured into several other dishes, all very good. We tried the bbq chicken and the crab cakes. I like how they're doing the wine list--offering a number of bottles of white and red under different price levels--$20, $30, $40. We had a very good Joel Gott Sauvingnon Blanc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sharing with wife
    Hiltsy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Its been nearly a decade since visiting the original site and this time I brought my wife to share this culinary experience. She was impressed! We will be stopping again on our way back through to New York. Those ribs ....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.