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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

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Great for Outdoor Dining (66)
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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 (35)
Hot Spot (33)
Live Sports (30)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Will was amazing! Been coming here for a few years and have never had a bad experience. Thank you for all you do for your customers!

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Last minute idea to go see a band & get dinner somewhere. We decided Lager House was perfect! I downloaded the open table app & made reservations right from my phone, it couldn’t have been easier. We’ve been there before & knew it was great food, drink, & service. It didn’t disappoint! I highly recommend the baby back ribs, delicious!!

Tags: Scenic View, Live Sports, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service from Linda. I requested a table with a view and was thrilled with our table. Perfect way to celebrate a birthday with lots of options for after dinner fun close by!

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined 4 days ago

Upon seating us - it was obvious that the table had not been cleaned nor the area around it. There were green beans, fries and what looked like maybe bread that you had to step through to get into the booth seat. We had to flag down the manager to order drinks and find a waiter. Overall the restaurant was very noisy, unable to carry on a conversation, the food was good, but for a bill of approx. $50 per person for hamburgers, no alcohol, I didn't feel that it was worth it.

Tags: Great Beer
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·Dined 4 days ago

I had the balsamic tofu dish. The tofu was very very bland.

The wine was good and the service was great.

The ambiance was ok, not great, but not terrible.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

They clearly didn’t read my reservation requests through the open table app.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Even though our reservation requested a window seat, we had to wait an additional 20minutes for a table there. Food was outstanding- excellent taste and portions. However, our service was very disappointing- had to contact the manager d/t our waitress would frequently pass our table without checking on things, didn't bring promised refills or beer samples. She took our order, but other staff brought out salads, the appetizer and our food. Have been here before, and it is one of my favorite dinner places- so we will definitely be back, but not a great experience this time.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fun, People Watching, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent craft beers, open / spacious, lively atmosphere and food flavorful, but slightly overpriced.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined 5 days ago

Pase un lindo cumpleaños

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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was absolutely fabulous. We were there for my daughter's 21st birthday, and they had some interesting cocktails to choose from. We started with a charcuterie board which was great. The shrimp & grits was the best we'd ever had. The grilled cheese and shortrib sandwich was also very tasty. We all tasted each other's food and everything was delicious. The view of the river at night was very pretty. It is fairly loud in here. It IS a lager house, not a quiet romantic type of place - but I think a few acoustic tweaks could make a difference as it was kinda hard to hear each other talk across the booth. I would definitely go recommend this place for the food!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had to change the time of our reservation because of a late plane arrival and it was absolutely handled without a hiccup. Perfect service - wonderful day. Thank you!

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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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