About Moerlein Lager House

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.

115 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Mehring Way

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 421-2337

Website:
http://www.moerleinlagerhouse.com/

Parking Details:
City parking garage directly beneath the restaurant. Closest entrance on Mehring Way between the river and the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Nathan Whittington

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Moerlein Lager House Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (101)
Scenic View (99)
Great Beer (91)
See All
Casual (83)
Great for Outdoor Dining (66)
Good for Groups (65)
Fun (64)
Good for a Date (60)
Special Occasion (57)
Bar Seating (54)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Great for Lunch (40)
Vibrant Bar Scene (38)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Worth the Drive (38)
Business Meals (37)
People Watching (37)
Comfort Food (37)
Happy Hour (36)
Hot Spot (33)
Live Sports (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Tasting Menu (22)
Romantic (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Late-night Find (17)
Authentic (14)
Kid-friendly (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Cozy (11)
Seasonal (10)
Quick Bite (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Tapas (3)
Live Music (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
2960 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our waitress could have been a little more attentive. Our beers were wrong. We like beer so drank what was served but wasn't what was ordered. Had she come back to ask us about another beer (before they were completely gone) we would have told her and got a second beer. Instead we just left.

Tags: Waterfront, Great Beer
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Date night with wife. Sat outside on second floor. Had the caprese and slaughter house flatbreads with onion rings. A couple of beers to go with. I give everything an A plus for this particular evening. Made our night to have everything go so well. We will be back and I recommend.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The beer menu was great. The food was even better.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We LOVE this restaurant! My son goes to Miami U in Ohio and he misses the city and water, as we are from Boston. We drive to Cincinnati and enjoy the views and food at Moerlein Lager House - it's overlooking the Ohio River. Situated right in between Reds and Bengals stadiums, its a great location as well. We enjoyed the food very much as well, and you MUST TRY the pretzels. Looking forward to my next visit! Both times we went, we had incredibly friendly table service, and appreciated that a lot. Highly recommend.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great view of riverfront, great brews, happy Bengals fans.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

Had a great time and always come here for lunches and on Sundays to entertain clients before Bengals games

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Happy Hour, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Columbus)·Dined on October 8, 2017

A great place to stop in - we've never had a bad experience. Highly recommend the meat/cheese board as you get to pick what options you want, and the servers are always helpful in helping to decide.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, People Watching, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

I have been to Moerlein Lager House a handful of times and have always had a decent experience. It is typically very crowded - but I have always felt that is a good sign. I reserved a table about a week in advance for 8 people. Some friends were coming in from out of town and I thought this would be the perfect place to take them! When arriving my reservations were completely ignored and we were told we could sit in the Bier Garten. I explained that we were wanting to sit in the restaurant part and had reservations and would wait for out table. This was once again ignored and I was then told to go upstairs and see if they had any available seating. We found a table for 8 and sat down. We were quickly bombarded with people asking what we were doing. When I explained we were following the downstairs hostess' instructions we were rudely shrugged off and told that they would "still take our money" as if we had done something wrong. I had not have a bad experience here before, but after seeing multiple staff's reactions and disregard, I will not be coming back or recommending it to anyone.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service1
value2

 
·Dined on October 8, 2017

Server was nice but the service felt lacking. Maybe understaffed?

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service3

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everyone seemed overwhelmed the Saturday night that we visited. It seemed as if they didn’t have enough help on the floor or in the kitchen. They didn’t even have enough silverware. Our poor waiter had way too many tables to manage well.

The food was good. Unfortunately the noise was horrendous. We are a pretty easy going family and we couldn’t wait to leave. I would only visit again with a large group to watch a game.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Sports, Happy Hour
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience2
service3
value4

 
·Dined on October 7, 2017

Was seated at a table that was against a pole with an exit light above the table. The first person to come over to the table introduced herself then told us that she couldn't remember the name of our server but she would be there shortly and got us waters. We took our time with picking out a beer flight and an appetizer, which was good since it took a while before we had out server come back to take the order. We received our appetizer in a timely manner and ordered our entree. My steak was slightly under cooked but was tasty. The biggest problem we had was that it took almost 45 minutes to get our bill from the time the server took our plates and said " I'll be right back with your check". We had not had a refill on our water nor was checked on to see if we wanted more beer (which we would have both had atleast one glass of our favorite from the flight). After she cleared our plates we started talking about our plans for the rest of the evening and then noticed it had been over 20 minutes since we had seen her. We started looking for any sign of her or someone else that could help us out. After about 15 more minutes she reappears and is helping the table behind is box up their leftovers, after she was done with that we flagged her down and again asked for the bill and she commented " sorry about the wait I'll have it right out." It still took 10 minutes from then. Food tasted good, beer was excellent, but that Service was bad!

Tags: Great Beer
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value5

 
·Dined on October 7, 2017

A few more stops by the table would have been very appreciated. Understandingly we noticed a larger party in the same area but we still feel we could have received one-more-stars-worth of service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing Thai garlic wings, also great fish tacos!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

View and service were great. Food was simply awful. Won't go back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service3
value1

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We have been to Moerlein Lager House many times. In the past, we had great food, wonderful service, and even great views, but this time was a disappointment. I made reservations on Open Table, but the ladies in front said that we had to wait an hour even though we showed up five minutes before our scheduled reservation. She gave us an option of sitting downstairs, but we were never escorted or told what to do...Just go in there and sit. We were celebrating a birthday for someone who just moved to Cincinnati and this was not exactly what I had in mind for a "Cincinnati" welcome birthday dinner. Our server was thoughtful and tried to make it work for us, but we had a bitter opening to our evening at the front desk. Not to mention, no view of the city. We were disappointed.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Brought a friend from Indy here so he could experience it. Loved the food

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Service was excellent, food great - a bit too salty, but good. One of my favorite places to go with friends.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, People Watching, Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had a great experience. Nice table overlooking the river and great menu options including sandwiches and burgers, more expensive entrees and even a great kids menu. The only disappointment was the guacamole dip. There were no pieces of avacado, it was almost white and was so heavily loaded with lime juice it was inedible.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Live Sports, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Waterfront, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our waitress was wonderful and went above and beyond. The food and drinks were amazing as usual, however each of us left with some kind of Greene stains on our clothes from the table and chairs?? It was very strange that all of us who ate different things had grease spots on our clothes. That was upsetting. Other than that we really enjoyed our time.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Go-to spot pre-Reds games.

Great beer options. Food is generally very good. My wife loves the corn chowder and the BLT salad. I ordered poorly. I do not recommend the fish tacos nor the spatzle with mushrooms.

Service was excellent and view of the riverfront is interesting.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Live Sports, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Moerlein's never disappoints. Their menu is always changing to offer different food selections and they have one of the widest beer selections in town. The casual downstairs bar caters to sports and post-game traffic while the second floor offers upscale dining with black linens and scenic views.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

worst experience. took 5 minutes to get seated, 20 more for a server, our app was comped bc it took 30 minutes - and the portion was half of normal size (looking at other tables portions it was clear!), entree squash wellington was cold and about half of what it normally is ($17 entree). terrible!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great spot before / after a Reds game. Make sure you check out the location of old Riverfront Stadium first base. Cool atmosphere and good food. Try the soft pretzels and pork shank. Beer Baron Sausage is also very good.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our favorite part (besides the beer) was our server Allison. She did an amazing job and helped us find location. Recommended the best cider I’ve ever had. (Zombie killer). She was extremely friendly. We live in the Chicago area and we will definitely be back. We appreciate the great service, food and beer. And a big congrats to our server on her engagement!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Returned to Cincinnati and had to come back to this restaurant. Both visits were amazing. Great food, friendly service, beautiful views of the city. Would definitely recommend this place.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on September 22, 2017

Good food, service and location. Would highly recommend and would definitely return. Great for a meal before or after a game.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 21, 2017

We came before a concert and had 3 hours to kill. The location to the venue was within walking distance right on the river, and was a very clean and beautiful setting. We ordered the triple dip and a board to share and they were excellent. Our shrimp and burgers were also great. Never felt rushed or in the way and after eating could walk across to the swings over looking the river it was right in front of the Lager House.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 19, 2017

The bacon on the chicken avocado sandwich was not crisp or warm. I removed it to eat the sandwich.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very. Nice

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Came for birthday lunch before the Reds game. Food, beer, and view were all amazing! Service was great and we will definitely come back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our food was tasty, our beer great our waiter, Travis,exceptional. We had a wonderful visit with 5 of our friends

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I love the atmosphere. Sat outdoors with a beautiful view. Service was excellent. The two mixed drinks we had we very good. So many delicious sounding food options, it made it hard to choose. Food was served hot and pleasing to the eye. It was delicious. I would absolutely return and highly recommend this restaurant for a very positive experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Nashville)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We enjoyed our pregame beverages and meal at the upstairs bar. Great beer selection. Anna's service and recommendations for the Over The Rail (OTR) beer was a great tasting beer with really good flavor.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

 
·Dined on September 15, 2017

We sat outside after dark. The view was awesome. Good service with not a long wait to get seated. Good craft beer. Food was good.

Tags: Waterfront, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was a little slow once we were seated and again bringing the check. Otherwise, good food and service once we got our drinks.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Fun, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Very nice setting and convenient to area atttactions in Cincinnati. Actually changed our reservations and had no problems. GREAT waitress---very personable and knowledgeable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Waterfront, Great Beer, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great brunch menu for pre Bengals game.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Louisville)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Douglas, our waiter, was one of the best servers we have experienced in quite some time. When someone does their job well, and with a great attitude, it makes the dining experience much more enjoyable. I don't recall the meal price, but. I do remember a good experience and we'll be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 10, 2017

First time. Absolutely loved it. Service was great!! Would definitely go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Live Sports, Fun, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our dinner was great!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.