Moerlein Lager House

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The heritage of Cincinnati's storied brewing history comes alive along
the banks of the Ohio River at this world-class restaurant and brewery.

Prominently situated in the dynamic Smale Riverfront Park, the Moerlein Lager House offers a guest experience unlike any other—a working microbrewery producing a full line of Moerlein craft brews, and delectable fare featuring grain spent breads, hand-carved sandwiches, and smoked rotisserie meats… foods reminiscent of those served in the city’s celebrated 19th century beer gardens.
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Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was very good, unfortunately our server acted like she didn't want to be there. It didn't ruin dinner, however, therefore overall I would recommend.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Was a very enjoyable dinner, probably a little busier and louder than usual due to the huge festivities outside. Overall a great dinner and a fun experience.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, honored our reservation request and even had a Birthday treat for my wife. The crew could not have been better!

RP
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The. Worst. Service. Ever. Waitress never smiled and acted like she was doing us a favor. She spilled beer on our guest's foot and on the table and never said a word. Had to go find her once the food was served because there was no ketchup for fries or mayonnaise for sandwich. She also served us coffee that was lukewarm at best -- and when we mentioned it, brought us coffee so hot it burned our mouths. And to top it off, I had to hunt her down to get the bill. The food was OK -- nothing great. Nice location ... but who cares with such poor service. Doubt I'll head there again.

D
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

A reservation for 12 was made several days in advance. Although there were nice private and larger dining spaces available, the manager stuffed us into a tight corner area right by the kitchen. The private dining spaces stayed completely empty during our 2 hours at the restaurant. All of the servers paraded by the table constantly to pick up and transport orders from the kitchen. The kitchen door stayed open and we saw the fry cook frying fish and then tossing it in a bucket to be picked from and put onto plates. The fish served was cold and mushy from all the grease. The other entree choices were also of average or below average quality. The only positives were the extensive beer list and some of the appetizers. The server did a nice job all things considered - not her fault the food quality and seating were so poor. It was a lost opportunity for the restaurant as all diners were adult professionals who live and work in the vicinity and entertain regularly in the area. ...consensus was same as this review.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

It was our first time trying and it was a packed house. The food was okay. I would love to try again, preferably when there’s not a festival or anything happening in that area.

RH
Cincinnati
75 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Moerleinn during Blink. The city was packed so we were happy to get a reservation on Open Table...thanks for that! Service was very, very good for how crowded it was. Food was great, portions are huge so we'll share next time. Beer selection was good, Moerlein makes some good seasonal and all year brews.

OT
Zurich
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Pleasant greeting. Atmosphere was great! Food was average.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and a great evening view for the start of Blink.

VJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, the food was great as was our server!!

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Cincinnati for the weekend and blindly reserved this restaurant. Was very surprised and enjoyed our evening. Would definitely be back again. Great service and food.

CN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Salad was servered without dressing, finished eating salad before getting dressing. Food was nothing more than "bar" food. Nothing stood out as excellent. Tried the German food, it was ok.

o
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had 5p reservations for opening night of Blink. Seated inside, had been hoping for outdoors. No waitress was there for our table yet, but mgr took our order. Mgr came by and told us who our waitress was when staffing was set. When food was taking awhile, we asked that waitress about our food and she said she didnt have us. Then, shortly after, our food was attempted delivery at table next to ours. Despite this confusion, they worked it out quickly. Hats off to the mgr taking our order!

AS
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant has good beer, good food, and a great location.

PF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I like the Lagerhouse and take my family there sometimes. Good service, pretty clean, friendly staff, good food and good selection of good. I dislike the tables for 6 where some of us sit at the bench against the wall. That bench is too low.

AS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the Moerlein Lager House before the Bengals game! Our table was great with a nice view and the food was wonderful! The service was great!! We will definitely be back again!

J
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My only complaint would be the noise level. Moerlein Lager House is best for a night out with friends. It was a little too loud for our dinner for two.

TP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

Not a quiet mid to upscale dining experience anymore. Quite loud and raucous. More of an expensive Applebee's with higher quality food and service. Just not quite what it was when it first launched.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Severe lack of attentive staff... took awhile to get attention once seated, took over 30mins to get food ordered (and beer delivered to table), and food didn’t arrive until after an hour of being there. We won’t be going back.

p
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very attentive to our group of 13. We were delayed a little by the group before us, but the staff was constantly informing us of the process and timing. The food did take a while to arrive, a little longer than usual even for a big group but the restaurant was crowded and our group was large. We had children with us who were a little impatient, as kids are, and left quite a mess, but not a word was said and everyone was still quite kind to us. This is just not a restaurant for children but our guests could not get a sitter. Thank you for all you did. It was a good dinner overall.

c
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was good, but the food was so, so for the most part...and felt most things were overpriced overall. Not really a great experience.

JU
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

I would recommend to meet for drinks after work or before a game. But not for a special occasion. The hostesses are rude and they don’t keep commitments to seat you with a view. We took our daughter there for her 21st birthday and was seated in booth furthest from window even though I had requested window in advance and dining room was wide open (4:30 pm). Hostess copped an attitude and refused to accommodate. Never going back for dinner again! First time I’ve ever written a review btw.

K
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. View great. Service was excellent. A little loud but it’s a bar!

JG
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

It was a beautiful place to watch the sun set over the Ohio River. The wait staff was outstanding and the beer was great. The food was . . . underwhelming. There was plenty of it, but it was not memorable. But thanks to the view and the cheerful staff, we would go back. Probably would order a burger or something very basic.

TF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Table was ready on time & the service was very efficient and friendly. A few of the beers listed were not available but there was plenty to choose from - try the Golden Helles! The Thai Garlic Tofu was a little on the salty side, but still delicious if you’re looking for a good vegetarian option. Best impossible burger my fiancé has tried, to boot! Overall great experience & will continue to go back/recommend.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great. The noice on the first floor was loud. I hadn't noticed this in previous visit, but usually we are seated on the second floor.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Hostess got us seated 20 minutes before our reservation which was great but We sat for awhile without being greeted. Drinks and food took forever, literally. I asked if the spicy shrimp could be served without the spice and the waitress said no but that it wasn’t very spicy at all so I ordered it for my daughter and, it was pretty spicy, and I like spicy. Also it appeared that the shrimp could’ve been served without the sauce poured on top which was the spicy factor.

KM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, especially the fries. Our server was great and I wish I could single her out but I can’t recall her name. The prices were good for the location and quality, however I’m a little cheap when it comes to food. Keep up the great work.

R
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great, with awesome presentation on the plate. Wasn't packed when we were there, so noise level was tolerable. Service was ok. I think our server got too many tables all at once. Great view from our window seats!

MH
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post Red’s game dinner. Celebrating Marty Brennaman’s last broadcast after 46 years.
Everything was perfect. My steak was cooked to my request. My husbands fish and chips, delightful !

L
Columbus
51 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice selection of draught beers and the ribeye I had was excellent.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Went after baseball game. I think the food quality has diminished since we last visited

PT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were received and seated to when we said “till next time”,
Looking forward to my next Reds game starting with the Moerlein Lager House.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was over-cooked and the service was rather slow albeit it was quite busy.

AL
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very consistent experience every time I am here. The food is great, beautiful atmosphere, and the servers are all very friendly.

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for a birthday lunch with family. We got there and table was already ready for us so no wait which was nice. There was a little confusion with wait staff. Food was ok, just average and not worth the price of what was spent.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Birthday dinner

SG
Nashville
84 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Really a fun place to grab drinks and dinner. The service was a bit slow and confused, but the food was good.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Octoberfest

D
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Love the Moerlein House however on this occasion the food was subpar. The Nashville hot chicken sandwich was nothing like Nashville hot. Adding Cole slaw to a fried chicken breast does not constitute Nashville’s version of fried chicken.

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