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National Exemplar, Cincinnati, OH

National Exemplar

4.7
4.7
1768 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The National Exemplar, located on the first floor of the Mariemont Inn, is a popular neighborhood restaurant. It offers American-style cuisine in its spacious dining room or relaxing outdoor patio. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the National Exemplar offers an outstanding experience.

Southerby’s Pub, located off the lobby, offers dining as well as a cozy place to have a drink and features oversized chairs overlooking one of the original 1920’s fireplaces. In the evening settle down in an over-stuffed sofa and savor a drink with the locals in this intimate lobby pub.

In April of 1983, The National Exemplar began operation in the Mariemont, Ohio landmark, the Mariemont Inn. The Inn was constructed in the mid-1920's as a small piece of the very unique Mariemont community, founded by Mary Emery. The National Exemplar Restaurant was named after learning that Mary Emery once referred to her developing community as the National Exemplar, meaning national model community.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast/Lunch Daily 7:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 271-2103
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Ed P.
  • Catering
    Full-service menus available upon request. The National Exemplar is part of The Phoenix Restaurant Group which is a full-service restaurant management company located in Cincinnati, OH. Specializing in full-service restaurant dining, catering, banquets, special events and rehearsal dinners.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer two Private Dining Rooms, The Chess Room and The Tudor Room, that can accommodate from 12 to 40 guests depending on the function and floor plan.
  • Private party contact
    Lisa Hopkins: (513) 271-2103
  • Neighborhood
    Mariemont
  • Cross street
    Plainville Road
  • Parking details
    Exit I-71 at Red Bank Road, follow Red Bank Road to 50 East, take 50 East (Wooster Pike) to 6880 Wooster Pike, on the circle in Mariemont (inside the Mariemont Inn).
  • Entertainment
    Live music in Southerby's Pub every Thursday evening 6:00-9:00.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,768 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,768 Reviews
  1. Banker50

    Cincinnati

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great service, Lisa Lauren and Jack all did amazing job! We love coming here on 1/2 price wine night! Keep up great work!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent. We will be back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food at a reasonable price. Friendly staff. Always a great "go-to" restaurant.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server forgot our bread and part of our entree and was MIA most of the time

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  5. happydiner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On vacation and met friends here at their suggestion for dinner. The food was wonderful - we had the Branzino and the beef ragu. Both were generous serving sandwiches delicious. We had a corner booth and it was quiet, easy to converse. Service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive.

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  6. Marshall

    Cincinnati

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite for breakfast or dinner in the Mariemont area.

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  7. ahicomputer

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The National Exemplar is a long-standing Cincinnati treasure. The menu is comprehensive, and has options that will appeal to most anyone lucky enough to dine there. The food is backed up by attentive service and an extensive and friendly bar. When weather is nice, tables are available outside, with an attractive garden setting under umbrellas. Passersby impart a neighborhood elegance there. Private parties can be accommodated in rooms that glow with the traditional feel that the historic hotel hosting the restaurant imparts. A peek into the hotel lobby is recommended, so as not to miss out on the history held within these walls. During the week you will find daily specials that add value to the dining experience. A Cincinnati must do, bucket list or not.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! We loved the music (type and noise level)! We were well taken care of and the atmosphere was inviting and temperature was perfect inside!

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  9. BillB

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday celebration. Beautiful room, great Old Fashion, wonderful food and service.

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  10. Amwriter

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Three of us had the prime rib. We especially love the fact we could order smaller size entrees, including the prime rib, which was excellent. We were celebrating an anniversary and the staff were all friendly and attentive.

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FAQs

National Exemplar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. National Exemplar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 271-2103.

National Exemplar is rated 4.7 stars by 1768 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for National Exemplar

6880 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Plainville Road
  • Neighborhood
    Mariemont
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast/Lunch Daily 7:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Exit I-71 at Red Bank Road, follow Red Bank Road to 50 East, take 50 East (Wooster Pike) to 6880 Wooster Pike, on the circle in Mariemont (inside the Mariemont Inn).
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ed P.
  • Entertainment
    Live music in Southerby's Pub every Thursday evening 6:00-9:00.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (513) 271-2103
  • Catering
    Full-service menus available upon request. The National Exemplar is part of The Phoenix Restaurant Group which is a full-service restaurant management company located in Cincinnati, OH. Specializing in full-service restaurant dining, catering, banquets, special events and rehearsal dinners.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer two Private Dining Rooms, The Chess Room and The Tudor Room, that can accommodate from 12 to 40 guests depending on the function and floor plan.
  • Private party contact
    Lisa Hopkins: (513) 271-2103
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