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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
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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

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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

Scenic View (99)
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Casual (82)
Great for Outdoor Dining (66)
Good for Groups (65)
Fun (63)
Good for a Date (59)
Special Occasion (55)
Bar Seating (53)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Great for Lunch (40)
Worth the Drive (38)
Vibrant Bar Scene (38)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Business Meals (36)
People Watching (36)
Comfort Food (36)
Happy Hour (35)
Hot Spot (32)
Live Sports (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Tasting Menu (22)
Romantic (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Late-night Find (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Kid-friendly (14)
Authentic (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Seasonal (10)
Cozy (10)
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Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
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Healthy (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 23, 2014

Table for four, outer row 2nd floor outdoor deck. Arrived after Friday Red's game start (Plan B was a later reservation we had thru OpenTable). Fantastic river view, boats gathering for Red's Friday Fireworks, Segway tour groups, Banks park, Red's home-run fireworks, etc. Nicest part is getting away from big screen TV atmosphere/noisy groups inside if you choose a relaxed conversational dinner atmosphere. Service somewhat haphazard, but good (no silverware when dinner arrived, waitress didn't recommend special as she didn't know the price-little stuff that was remedied quickly by supporting helpers). GREAT beer and drink selection, nice varied menu, best coleslaw in the city, reasonable pricing. A little slow on delivery but recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 23, 2014

We got a very poor impression when we walked in at 5:10, saw maybe three small parties waiting, more than half the tables upstairs and downstairs empty and then told there was a 45 minute wait. When we questioned the long wait we were told the empty tables were all reservations. I then go on my phone to look at your reservations and see that all times were open. I stood there and made a reservation for 5:45 and we were seated at 5:35. What's this all about?

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 23, 2014

This my first visit to the Moerlein Lager House after being recommended by many of my friends. I reserved a table on the 2nd floor patio and the table was ready when we arrived. This was important to us as we were eating before going to the Red's game so we had a timeframe in mind. The restaurant has a modern but rustic feel to it. The view is amazing and the service was just as good! Their beer list is very impressive and the staff was knowledgeable. The food was very good; I recommend the OTR Chicken. Specifically, the food came out fast and hot. I doubt we waited more than 10 minutes for our entrées. If you ever eat downtown then this place needs to be on your list of places to try!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 22, 2014

Wish I could remember the server's name but he did a great job. I brought 5 people from China and he was very patient in explaining the menu and getting them what they need. Also a fantastic view.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 19, 2014

We are frequent visitors to Cincinnati and we always enjoy at least one meal at Moerlein. The beer and food are great, the river view at night is fantastic, and the closeness to Great American Ballpark and the downtown river area is lovely.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 19, 2014

We had 5 in our party and everyone raved about their meals. Two of us aren't real beer drinkers so our server talked us through our selections by letting us try two of the house beers. I loved the Christian Moerlein Seven Hefeweizen - a good beer for lightweights. The special that night was a barbeque sampler - very good, large portion, yummy sauce. Pork shank and pork belly were also quite tasty per our party. We shared an apple almond bread pudding dessert - the best! Can't wait to go back and dine outside.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 19, 2014

Great menu - variety of foods to meet everyone's needs. Everyone is friendly and helpful.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on May 19, 2014

Took out of town guest to showcase the Banks development. Chose Moerlein House because of reputation as a good restaurant. Requested and was seated at a table by the window. Wait staff and hostesses were excellent. Great views. Food good. Noise level too high. Next time would sit on second floor outside.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 18, 2014

Great place to take visitors to Cincinnati and for a quick meal in the afternoon while walking around the riverfront.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 17, 2014

The Moerlein Lager House has fast become our choice for dining when family and friends come to town. The location, view, service and food are great!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 17, 2014

The food was excellent. The menu was moderately priced for an entrée, with a little bit for everyone's taste. The ribs were excellent(sauce a little on the spicy side) and my wife didn't speak for 15 minutes while she devoured the salmon. The only downfall was the seating. As noted, it was our anniversary and we requested seating for two. We were wedged between two parties of four and I had to listen to the guy next to me lick the rib sauce off his fingers for 15 minutes-not too romantic. The seating is set up for larger parties and it didn't appear there were too many intimate seating options for those special occasions. The atmosphere was great, just could have done without the uncivilized caveman eating next to me!

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 17, 2014

We really enjoyed our dinner at the Lager House. Great food, good beer, and a fun atmosphere. Loved the fried pickles and peppers.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 16, 2014

The food was delicious, however the portion size had shrunk since our last time here.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 16, 2014

We sat on the 2nd level, great view! Food was good but nothing too exceptional.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on May 16, 2014

Was on 17 hour road trip and did not want fast food....we researched and found thus gem and was worth the extra 10 minute drive for a relaxing stop. Great menu....unique to PA items...beer selection awesome. Worth the visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 15, 2014

We love Moerlein Lager House!!!! We always get a reservation for Octoberfest, always recommend it to out of town business associates, and always bring out of town guests!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 15, 2014

We had a great time at Moerlein's for my birthday. It was pretty loud in there, but frankly we had our two little ones with us, so I'm always appreciative of a little "drowning-out" noise, just in case. They also have a kids menu, btw. The biggest surprise though was how amazing the food was! We ordered a meat and cheese board with prosciutto, candied pork belly, smoked cheddar and a goat cheese fritter. And yes, it was as delicious as it sounds. My husband ordered the braised short rib and it was falling-apart tender and really flavorful. I had the squash wellington and absolutely loved it. A really beautiful and delicious vegetarian dish. Neither one of us are beer drinkers so I can't really speak to that, but we really enjoyed our meal!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2014

Great spot to hit before the Reds game! Fast service and friendly wait staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 13, 2014

Enjoyed dining here for dinner with my friends. The crabcakes are gluten free and very yummy! The view was great and the atmosphere was vibrant and fun.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 13, 2014

Your place came highly recommended by friends. We came for dinner before the Reds game. Wonderful atmosphere, beer and food! Waiter was great! Recommended the baby back ribs. I am a big fan of ribs and frequently make my own. I could't have been happier with his choice! Without a doubt the best ribs I have ever had, including my own homemade! We came down from Dayton for the game, but found a new favorite spot for dinner. We will definitely be back. Thanks for a great experience.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 12, 2014

Moerlein Lager House has one of the best views on the Cincinnati side of the Roebling suspension bridge. I was their on a Monday night and the bar was full so I asked to be seated in a quieter part of the restaurant. We were seated upstairs but the noise in the place was deafening an not conducive to a business conversation. The menu was excellent especially since it had vegetarian items and one of my guests (i didn't know beforehand) was vegan. Still think its a great venue, atmosphere, but don't go if you want to have a meaningful conversation

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 12, 2014

The food was fine but the service was a little slow, especially with it being a Monday night. The place was dead. I would hate to see it when it was really busy, like before or after a Reds game. Love the location and the view.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 11, 2014

The day was beautiful. We could see the river and park. The food was hot and delivered by a friendly server.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 11, 2014

They did notboffer anything special/different for Mothers Day brunch, but what we ordered was good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 11, 2014

The mussels are amazing! Try the meat / cheese platter too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 10, 2014

We tried Moerlein Lager House for the first time when visiting Cincinnati. Staff was extremely friendly. Food was delicious! My husband and I ordered different entrees and sides so that we could try a bigger selection and would order any of the items a second time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 10, 2014

We had a great time, and you made our Prom experience the best. The food was excellent, especially the onion rings!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 10, 2014

It's a very good restaurant and bar directly accross the street from Great American Ballpark. The food is good, the the service is fine and beer is excellent. If you are looking for somewhere stuffy and quiet this is not the place for you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Was kinda shocked when we got our bill. The food and beer were good. Service was good. They weren't cobstantly bugging you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Food came very quickly and service was awesome. We came before a reds game expecting slow service because it would be busy so the staff did an amazing job.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 9, 2014

While we have dined at CM a few times, I will ask to be seated either outside or upstairs, the noise level is so loud on the main floor that you can not carry on a conversation with those seated at the same table or eaven the wait staff.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 9, 2014

Excellent location with food to match. The staff was very attentive and the menu and beer selection could easily keep you there for hours. I would recommend this to locals and those in from out of town who want to enjoy the riverfront. We had a group of 10 diners, and they all walked away with a great dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 8, 2014

We sat outside on the patio and it was a beautiful evening. The service and food were very good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 7, 2014

Beer - awesome
Food - good
Atmosphere - very loud but energetic
Service - turtle like would be generous

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 4, 2014

We had a wonderful time both hanging out at the bar and dining in the restaurant. Great beer and drinks, truly spectacular food, terrific atmosphere, great views, and friendly staff. Wish it were closer to home, it would be our favorite place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Indiana)·Dined on May 4, 2014

I love visiting Moerlein when I'm in Cincinnati for a baseball game. I have always had great food, service, and of course great beer. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 3, 2014

My husband and I were in town for the flying pig, we had reservations at 7:45pm but decided to walk to the restaurant early for some drinks. There was a reds game going on and the energy of the crowd outside the restaurant was pretty high. I asked if we could be seated for dinner even though we were an hour and a half early, the staff sat us immediately. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient and did not hover. She recommended the pork shank dinner to me and it was delicious! My husband had the Moer Burger and he said it's the best burger he's ever had hands down. It was a fun and energetic environment, we enjoyed it and I loved the flying pig ale they had in tap!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 3, 2014

We have been to this restaurant several times and were always seated upstairs. The ambiance is very nice there and the noise level is still conducive to carrying on a conversation. This time we were seated downstairs. It was so noisy, conversation was difficult and the dining experience was very unpleasant. I will never return to this restaurant if I have to be seated downstairs. The food however is excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 3, 2014

My friend and I had a great time. Entirestaff from both hostesses to the waiter were energetic and fun!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 3, 2014

This was a great place to eat and drink before the Reds game! Awesome place to hangout and wait for traffic to clear following the game as well!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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