Moerlein Lager House

4.5
5008 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.

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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
What 5008 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a neat location by the water downtown. Fun sports bar atmosphere. Food was good and service was great.

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vipMark
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Received the wrong entree after a long wait, we decided to keep it since it took so long and had an appt to get to. The entree was cold, the bacon tasted like it was fried and it was very hard, the short ribs brought on the side tasted off without being part of the entree, the potatoes were extremely greasy. Bad meal overall. Mgmt did not charge us for the entree. We would not go back. Very disappointing!!!

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SueF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place. Food, everything couldn't have been better

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TSSW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was not the quality we have experienced in past. The server was kind and did all the right things to remedy issues.

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lakegirl4ever
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

we were promptly seated and waited by extremely nice server. it was very, very noisy. difficult to hear conversation with husband right next to me. We've eaten there several times, but this was a new area we sat in. Given the fact it was sweetest day and a lot going on in the city, we understood the noise was level. Appetizer and salad good but the fish and chips were not very good. too much breading and not crispy.

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Heath
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

My wife’s chicken sandwich came out actually cold...not even luke-warm - like it had been sitting for about 20 min. My food was a little warmer but not hot. They fixed her meal pretty quickly and were very nice about it. She said it was delicious. My food was just ok. The server was extremely nice. Atmosphere is pretty good but very noisy. I doubt that we would come back just due to the food quality.

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SidneyP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great apps and nice place for a date nights. Will return

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING!! The food was great, but, it was our server, Darrell, that made our experience the BEST!! He was so friendly, funny and awesome at his job!! We will be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was great! Food was cool perfect location for the event we were going to after.

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Sunshine
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant dining experience catching up with longtime friends. The ambiance was very nice and we had a great window table allowing us to enjoy the view. The food was very tasty and enjoyable and the waitstaff was very attentive. We will definitely return.

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Maryjo
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was ok ; restaurant was really hot and too loud we were in the high top area ; table seating would have been better ; food was good ;

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AmyM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love hitting up Moerlein prior to the Bengals games. The food, service, and beer are all outstanding! The points we’ve earned in the Mug Club, helps too!

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table had Beer Can Chicken Melt - chicken was very moist and flavorful, Parmesan fries (recommended by our waitress) were great; Applewood Chicken salad was amazing, loved the dressing; and breakfast plate which was more food than my husband could eat and all very good. We will definitely be back!

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THead2021
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food and atmosphere here were great! Unfortunately our waitress was rude and unhelpful when we asked for recommendations. I think our overall experience would’ve been better if we had better service.

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BryanM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in from out of town for an event. Our group of 8 had prompt, friendly service. The food was prepared to order and delicious. We would definitely go back!

JK
JasonK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Busy Saturday as the Bengals had a home game the next day. Initially it didn't seem like my reservation was going to be kept but we ended up getting seated due to a very attentive and accommodating staff member. Food was good, service was great. We left stuffed.

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dale
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Ordered the Filet. Was small and dry. Tasted like processed meat.

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vipBetseyR
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Our server was very attentive and pleasant. If we come back to Cincinnati we will definitely eat there again!

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SJLinEagle
Boise
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

There are many things that go into a dining experience that can make them memorable for good or bad reasons. This, we will remember for the worst server we have ever had. I'm certain other people near us on the same night with a different server probably had a completely different and more pleasant experience. We are pretty sure our waitress was on drugs of some sort as she had red eyes, stumbled on a flat floor, couldn't get our order straight, ordering entirely different entrees, wrong drinks, forgot to bring us our dessert and brought us a teapot full of cream (maybe 16 ounces) for our "decaf" coffee which we realized wasn't decaf until way too late, keeping me awake until 5 AM. Other staff and management would step in and straighten things out eventually, even comping our dessert but it just goes to show you how hard it is to find good help these days. We are fast eaters normally in and out in 30-45 minutes depending on the speed of service. We suffered through nearly 2 hours of this dining disaster.

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vipFlybone89
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good overall dining experience that is certainly supported by its prime location. The house draft beers are very good, especially the seasonal lagers. The food is good, and from what we ordered the Nashville chicken sandwich was a clear favorite. There are not a lot of vegan or vegetarian options, but one exception is the inclusion of an impossible burger with vegan cheese! Fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre Bengals game, waitress Jessica, was WONDERFUL and gave great recommendations.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service

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tunesandhockey
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our beer can chicken sandwiches were delicious and the service was great!

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Lionel
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The view is great. My meal was bland.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have been more perfect. Food, beer, service was impeccable. Thank you for a great lunch!

JC
JCHWILDCAT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. If restaurant crowded a little difficult to have conversations.

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AllisonB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place. Views were very pretty. Food was good. Service was good.

SG
ShawnaG
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately and got a great table in the enclosed beer garden area. Our waitress (maybe Sam) was great. My husband loved the beer she recommended. Our food was delicious and out quickly. The location was perfect for before a Reds game or for a casual night out. We would go again!

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RyanB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I celebrated a birthday dinner and wasn’t happy at all with the food. I had to keep telling them our food wasn’t hot , like it had been sitting for a while before the waiter brought it out to us. After three times complaining about the temperature of the appetizers and dinner, the manage finally came out. I was very disappointed because I heard it was a great restaurant and the prices weren’t cheap either.

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SJane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

It’s been a few years but the food quality and freshness was not acceptable. Not blaming the servers really but it was slow and took over 15 minutes to get our appetizer. Wish it would have been better as the location is great!

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vipDocK
Omaha
39 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The sauce on my Jaeger Schnitzel wasn’t anything like we had while living in Germany. The schnitzel itself was thin, and over breaded. I would have gladly paid more for a better piece. The spaetzel was great.

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KarenF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Cincinnati for the first time.

JP
JohnP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with you being short staffed and our large crowd of 16 the service was outstanding. Thank you.

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Lights were flickering off and on. Service wasn’t great. Large party very close to us that was very loud with kids running around. Always love the food and view but not a great experience last night.

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ChrissyB
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

First off, hated paying $17 to park. Beautiful view but the dining room lacks ambience. Had a hard time finding something on the menu that was appealing. Silverware had water spots - made it feel dirty. Had to put ice in my Chardonnay because it wasn’t chilled. Salad was ok. Pulled chicken sandwich was not a good combination of ingredients. Would not return.

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Meme
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Moerlain Lager House was the perfect place for dinner after the Reds game. We were able to make a reservation, which was VERY helpful and we had a lovely table outside. Sam (female) was our server and she did a great job! The food was very good, just a bit too much breading on the fish and chips, but other than that it was all delicious, we will definitely go back.

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NathanH
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here right after a Reds game. Open Table helped us beat the rush and secure a great table with a view before the oncoming exiting Reds fans. Lots of great menu choices and robust gluten free menu choices.

Burgers, traditional German fare, appetizers, and salads were excellent. I would stay away from the seafood selections like the crab cakes as they were clearly frozen and not up to the par of what you are paying for at the restaurant. My daughter ordered these and it just kept my rule of thumb that is what is good in Maryland really stays in Maryland.

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LLcoachJ
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The squash Wellington was amazing!! We will be back

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LeahV
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful and drinks, the service was amazing, we really enjoyed the night

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Jenn
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere! The pancakes were not as tasty as they looked in the picture, however the Benedict was very good. We'll be back to try the Chicken and Waffles!

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Moerlein Lager House is rated 4.5 stars by 5008 OpenTable diners.

Moerlein Lager House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.crgdining.com/Gift-Cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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