Moerlein Lager House

4.5
5036 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
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 reminiscent of those served in the city’s celebrated 19th century beer gardens.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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Polecat
Columbus
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Five of us went for dinner. Our entrees were lukewarm and not cooked properly. Undercooked green beans and very rare steak that was ordered medium. The portions were small especially considering the price. Our waiter never returned to refill drinks, etc. We have been here before, but were so disappointed. Probably won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We have been to Moerlein numerous times for different types of occasions. This time we came for a friends birthday and we had a reservation at 7:45pm - mind you restaurant closes at 10pm. This was the WORST experience we have ever had. Not only was our server rushing us, but it took FOREVER to get our food, when we asked for a simple side salad that took 45 minutes to come out, the server was absolutely rude and managed to give us a dirty look and her response was “she had other tables to take care of.” I understand if you are under staffed with this whole experience/situation the entire world is living but does not give you the right to rush us and/or be rude. And to top it off she told us we had 2 minutes to put in a dessert otherwise we would not be able to get it, oh and how can I forget we asked to get an appetizer she said they had ran out but yet again the tables who sat before and after us around us requested for the same appetizer and they were brought out it. Not really sure what happened here? And to really top it off one of the bills was charged twice. The worst experience ever!

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mc26
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Smothered Chicken was very good. Service was very good as well. They didnt have about three items on the menu for example back ribs. I hadn't been here for over a year and they had a much larger selection of beers than before.

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TaylorM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service for my large party! I had 20 people and the waitstaff was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Tough times with help. I understand but silverware was dirty

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JoyceM
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Update…Manager immediately called explaining some of the changes that have been made with the menu along with addressing the employee picking up the phone. Great deal of respect for Morelein manager to making the call.
This wasn't our first visit to the Moerlein Lager House, however, it had been about a year. Everything started off good and the appetizers were tasty. We had brought friends that were visiting from out of town with us. They were excited to try the different selection of adult beverages and flights. My husband and I noticed that the menu looked different and many of the really yummy items had been removed. We asked our waitress and she explained that Moerlein use to belong to a group chain of restaurants and went out on their own and many things have changed. We finally decided on some items that sounded good, however, once they arrived they were not as tasty as we had thought they would be. Unfortunately, one of our out-of-town guests accidentally left her phone either in the restroom or the table. We called the restaurant to see if it had been turned in or if they could please check the table or restroom. We were told they would call us back if turned in. It really did feel like they didn't want to offer much help. We tried calling it with no luck. We decided to turn around and go look instead of waiting. Long story short we were able to ping the phone only to realize that an employee was trying to leave the restaurant with the phone. Had to tap her as she was walking out the door and the phone going off in her back pocket. When approached she said "Oh, I didn't mean to leave with this" I found it in the restroom. Not only was the staff not much help but the phone was taken by one of the employees. Knowing that it was ringing, vibrating, and being pinged.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Ordered the pretzels + beer cheese ~ was good but we were hungry. I ordered the impossible burger + my son ordered the More burger ~ both were meh + the fries were cold.

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Holly
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a great time and our server Abby was fantastic. Drinks were good.
For appetizers fried pickles and pretzels with cheese - Yum.
Dinner - We had the garlic hamburger - it was ok. Fries cold. Rueben was good. Onion rings cold. Brussels ok. The squash soup was not good. Seemed to have to much cinnamon.

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SandraK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

New menu; some of our favorites have been taken off. Quality of food was not its usual, although still good. Portions seemed to be downsized. Example, I ordered the short ribs and was served only two bones with minimal meat (essentially two bites). Service was very good and server was attentive.

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LisaM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Dessert choices need to be improved. There for my birthday and did not like any of the choices

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Food was just ok. The noise level is so loud you cannot have a conversation at the table without feeling like you are screaming.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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AlbertA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Food was just so so. Service was good and friendly, very nice people.

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Travis
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite restaurant. GREAT...food, service, atmosphere, ambiance, view of the Ohio River and historic Roebling Bridge and adjacent Parking Garage. I bring out of state guests here. Everyone loves it.

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BeautifulRed
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Filet mignon was delicious! Husband didn’t like the rotisserie dinner. Mashed potatoes were good. Chicken nachos were nasty. Drinks were good. A lil overpriced. Didn’t get a view even though was not packed. Service was great.

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MichaelB
Cleveland
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was excellent and we were quite pleased with the food quality.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, went for brunch, the veggie omelet was fantastic. Server Allie was excellent. The young man who took us to our seats was very friendly. A young female at the reception desk could have been more friendly, maybe she was having a bad day.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam was the most glorious server. She was so attentive and got everything we needed. Great food. Great vibes. 10/10

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow- between the fantastic server, the view, the great and well priced beer, and the food, I am so happy we chose to come here. I had the smothered chicken and it was ridiculously good. Will definitely be back!

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Dixie
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very flavorful. Crowed at lunch. Great view by window.
Little expensive for lunch but celebrating a birthday so had lots of food. Bar b que chicken nachos were delish! Great to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience as always. Moerlein has always been our favorite place in the city for special occasions for a guaranteed positive visit. Best on the banks.

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TerrickT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was solid, lighting was flickering the entire time, but our waiter was amazing

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PamelaM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was overwhelmed and Lost with table orders for a football sunday

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place for a fun meal with friends before a game! Service is always top notch. And get the sweet potato fries! Best ever! Cheers!

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ScottA
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat before the game or concert. Great food and atmosphere!

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TammyM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always stop in prior to a game. Very crowded but that was expected. Our server was fantastic! Food was served quick and we moved on to the Battle of Ohio.

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vipMadman
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We arrived and were seated right away. Waited 15+ minutes for our drinks. Ordered food at 11:15. At 12:20 we informed the server that we needed to leave for our game tickets. Left without eating.

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Brandon3
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed dinner before watching bengals play

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Took almost 15 minutes after being sat to have a waitress arrive. Ordered drinks and an appetizer the appetizer arrived about 15 minutes later. The drinks came about 5 minutes after the appetizer. They had a light above our seat that would periodically flicker that was fairly annoying but the lack of attention by the waitress was the main issue. I know she was busy but she walked by our table numerous time without asking if we needed anything. We have eaten there before and never had an issue with service. Maybe they’re short handed but it only takes a second to ask if you need something.

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TomW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Overpriced small portions. Trying to be too fancy. Keep it simple

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SamM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding and the food amazing. Pumpkin spice White Russian was delicious!!!!!

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Bulldogstall
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. It did take a while and kids were impatient. But overall, worth the trip!

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MaryMc99
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a business lunch for a large group of people - the service was excellent as was the food. Will definitely dine with them again for any occasion.

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LukeN
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing first experience! Reserved table earlier that day showed up 15 minutes early and had no wait.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The filet mignon was to die for!

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StarFishMom
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Meeting our daughter’s boyfriend and his family for the first time. We drove from TN to spend the weekend. We are huge Reds fans. We made reservations. We did not have to wait for the table, however, we were seated without utensils. Our waiter wanted to be anywhere but at work. He was slower than a snail. My Nashville Hot Chicken was missing the butter sauce mentioned on the menu, the boyfriend ordered double mashed potatoes - only single order brought, no knife for the fillet, did not bring water - when asked repeatedly, Schnitzel was over cooked………..overall very disappointing for $250. It was obviously the restaurant was short handed. The wait staff was cleaning tables too. The women servers were polite and hustling at the other tables. Our male server was the worst. Obviously we will be visiting OH more often, just not sure we will be back to Moerlein.

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JimM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! Service was top notch and the food …. Wow!! Thank you for accommodating our large group!!!!

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MarilynB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very kind, especially as we were a group of at least 75! A group of Todd Rundgren fans, meeting Evrybody, and Being All Together Again, after a span of almost 2 years! We were talking and hugging and sharing and moving about as any family would that hadn't seen each other in a couple of years, and our servers stayed the course and made sure every order was correct, and checks were there when we needed them, and split as many ways as we wished! Perfect!

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MikeC
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with terrific views. Tasty beers - liked their house Lager and oktoberfest brews. Excellent, friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

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Moerlein Lager House is rated 4.5 stars by 5036 OpenTable diners.

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