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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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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 (98)
Scenic View (97)
Great Beer (88)
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Casual (84)
Great for Outdoor Dining (67)
Good for Groups (65)
Fun (61)
Good for a Date (57)
Bar Seating (53)
Special Occasion (53)
Good for Birthdays (47)
Great for Lunch (40)
Vibrant Bar Scene (39)
Worth the Drive (37)
Comfort Food (36)
People Watching (36)
Business Meals (36)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Happy Hour (35)
Hot Spot (32)
Live Sports (29)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
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Romantic (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
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Authentic (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Seasonal (10)
Cozy (10)
Quick Bite (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Healthy (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Pase un lindo cumpleaños

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 7 days ago

The seafood is frozen and came from somewhere that did not know how to freeze fish properly. The service is good, but please, only order Italian food only!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a party of 6, generally the Service was good. A guy delivered a Prime Rib plate without a steak knife, exited without checking to make sure order was complete. Had to flag another waitress down for a knife. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

They made the best Irish Coffees !!! Food was very good overall but the Prime Rib seem a bit tough. Need to do something more with the music in the background, something that adds to the atmosphere not distract from it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Reasonably priced

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Reservation was correct and we were promptly seated. Server was very pleasant. The food was very good and generous portions
It is a very casual setting
One very positive is the fantastic river view

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The staff was very accommodating and the food was delicious. The manager tried to please us and made us feel important.

The restaurant may want to have a better system when it comes to people meeting each other there. We waited for almost an hour for another couple who had arrived soon after we did. They were sitting downstairs and we were upstairs. We had to go looking for them. We thought the staff should have suggested looking for them before we did.
The manager was very apologetic and offered us free appetizers and desserts.

Tags: Waterfront, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Recommended by a friend, this restaurant lives up to its' reputation as being large and lively and having great food! A little disappointed in where we were seated even though making a reservation and specifying this was for an anniversary; we still had a somewhat decent view of the bridge and river seated at a window table along the side. Our server was excellent and attentive, but not overly so; which is what we prefer. To start, we ordered a pretzel to go with our beer flight and the pretzel was disappointing being more bread than pretzel. Dinner was prime rib (done to perfection) and short ribs for my wife. The prime rib ordered rare was just that, but lacked in flavor. The wife's short ribs entree was the stand out. The meat was flavorful and melted in your mouth. Cheddar potatoes were excellent and green beans were perfectly cooked--crisp, not wimpy. We also had Caesar salads which were generous and delicious. Dinner was filling and even though we were not intending on having dessert, our server did not ask if we would be interested, which was surprising. We might have taken dessert as a "to go" had we been enticed to do so. In all, we were pleased with the experience, but keep in mind this is a very lively place and the noise level was very high (it was a Sat. night). In other words, most older people will not enjoy the noise level.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 1, 2017

For this visit we brought four people from Amsterdam and one from California. They complimented us on our choice many times - enjoyed the food and the view as well as the atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I love it there. I was surprised that it wasn't more crowded, after a Bengals game. We were seated quickly, so definitely make reservations. We had a perfect view of the Suspension Bridge and Paul Brown Stadium. We started with the meat and cheese board. The selection of meats and cheeses was excellent. Also, we had the triple dip. It's hummus, guacamole and spinach artichoke dip. It was excellent also. I had the salmon with hollandaise, asparagus and fingering potatoes. The fish was moist, and cooked perfectly. It could have been a little warmer, but otherwise, it was good. I had a couple margaritas. They were just right, not too strong. The service was impeccable. I would say that it's definitely worth the money. I can't wait to go back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Convenient to get to. Good food, Never been disappointed!

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

This was the best meal I have had in over a year.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Met a friend here 2 weeks ago that was from out of town. He loved it so much that, when back in town, asked if we could eat here again - which we did today.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Too noisy for our tastes. For was fair. Not a great place for a date night.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good food, service and overall a great place in OTR, definitely will go back.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic service for a special occasion outing. I highly recommend making reservations on a Saturday evening or you could have a long wait. We arrived a few minutes before our reserved time and were seated right away. We weren't in a hurry so took our time to order. Our server was fantastic and the manger as well when he stopped by to say hello. Highly recommend trying the OTR beer as well as the apple bread pudding! Great place with beautiful views of the city. We'll definitely be back!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice views or the skyline and the river. My husband had the MoerBurger and loved it. I had the Beer can chicken sandwich and it was BLAH!!! one of the most boring I have had-- melted cheese on chicken with onion and red pepper. Really dry and flavorless white bun (brioche). Would NOT recommend-- burgers WAY better! Fries nothing special, sweet potato chips yummy. Huge beer list, okay on wines by the glass. We ran out of water and did not get a refill until we hailed down a bus person. service was not the best where we were sitting.... a really nice view and fun people people watching.

Tags: Waterfront, Seasonal, Live Sports, Scenic View, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

WE came for dinner before a concert- was delicious

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Beer was good, food was good, but is just too loud! I expect that out in the Biergarten but not inside the restaurant. We were yelling to be heard!

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

After we were seated it took 15 minutes before a waiter finally took our order. The portions were ridiculously small for how much the food costs. Beautiful place & great views for outside seating but very poor value for your dollar.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Beautiful view of the bridges and river

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place on the river. I always enjoy the German twists on their menu.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great Beer, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Beautiful place, great views (especially from upstairs). Unfortunately, we went to eat. Food is sub par. The soft pretzels were crunchy, the chicken on the salad looked and tasted like blackened rubber, nachos tasted stale. If you just go for beer, it's a great spot. Go somewhere else for dinner.

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had early reservation to beat crowd. Quieter noise level than normal, which was nice. Food always spectacular and great selection of draft beers!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Didn't think of going to Moerlein Lager House for Brunch until it came up on Open Table. It's adjacent to the new AC Hotel at the Banks where we stayed for the Blink event over the weekend. It was pretty empty which is unusual for this place but again, you normally don't think of going there for Sunday Brunch...but perhaps you should.
The food was pretty good and they offered some not so typical stuff that worked out pretty well.
It's a relatively limited menu, but what we ordered (weekend casserole with a fire roasted tomato topping and a benedict dish that featured a short rib base and a jalapeno sauce) was pretty tasty.
The service was good but we were not offered anything like a mimosa or Bloody Mary which might have raised this to a 5 star review.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Was seated at the time of the reservation. Black bean burger was delicious!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We met friends on Saturday for dinner & drinks before going to see the BLINK installations at the Banks ! So much fun watching the sun set

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Make sure you have a reservation on Saturday night. Food was hot, drinks were cold, and service was very good. We'll be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

My son attended a rehearsal dinner there. Said the food was fantastic. We were in town to see Wicked and took his advice. There were 4 of us, 22-60, and we had the had pork shank, Oscar Salmon, orange glazed half a chicken, and smothered chicken. We tried the macaroni and cheese for an appetizer as he said to make sure we tried that. The meals and the service were outstanding. Will definitely recommend to others. We will definitely come back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The noise level was unbelievable. Extremely loud, unbearable. I had the blackened tilapia. The edges of the tilapia were very crunchy, not good. Our waitress was very friendly and very helpful, keeping our drinks filled and table uncluttered.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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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
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 (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.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Authentic
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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
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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·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
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 (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
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·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.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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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
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