National Exemplar

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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. The National Exemplar Restaurant is a full service, neighborly restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. We only use the freshest quality ingredients to prepare each meal. Our goal is to serve great food, provide friendly and professional service in a clean and relaxing atmosphere.
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Specials

Monday Dollar Oyster Night

Fresh daily selections for $1

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 29, 2019

Ends: August 30, 2118

Availability: Mon 5:00PM-9:30PM

Tuesday Burger Night

Featured burger plus craft beer $14

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 29, 2019

Ends: August 30, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-9:30PM

What 941 People Are Saying
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MR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Small portion little taste. Ate Liver & Onions wife had Chicken. Ate there several years ago and it was wonderful but live in Middletown and had not been back. Very disappointed

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Responded 3 days ago

MaxR, thank you for making the drive from Middletown to dine with us. Your feedback is highly valued, and we would like to learn more about your experience. At your earliest convenience, please call our General Manager, Andrew, at (513) 271-2103. We look forward to hearing from you.

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RB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has absolutely become one of my favorite restaurants! The food is amazing. The staff is fantastic. Its a great place for a special occassion or date night or just an ordinary night out.

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Responded on October 2, 2019

RachelB, thank you! It's a pleasure serving you each time and we look forward to your next visit!

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 1

Very dark. Could not see what we we’re eating.

Food was super salty.

Disappointed. Will not be back.

National Exemplar
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback. We are disappointed to hear that your experience fell short and would like to further discuss your visit. At your earliest convenience, please call our general manager at (513) 271 -2103. We look forward to hearing from you!

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CM
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice careful and professional yet warm service. Spectacular prix fixed dinner selections. I had the marvelous Shepherd’s Pie (a meaty lamb stew topped with potato mash). Cozy room is always inviting, although the fireplace wasn’t lit due to high outdoor temps.

National Exemplar
Responded on September 30, 2019

CincyMarj, thank you so much! It was our pleasure serving you.

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AO
Naples
49 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Continue to wish they would do more to change the menu and specials more frequently.
Had a bison burger since no regular burger available. It was a bit dry. Also most other restaurants routinely offer fries they never do. We would come more frequently with more variety on menu.
Alas no matter how often we and others have made tge same request they are not listening- they are missing out on more business.

National Exemplar
Responded on October 1, 2019

Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate and value your feedback, and regret to hear your experience fell short. From our beginnings, we have strived to provide quality, fresh dishes. For that reason, we do not deep fry dishes regularly, which is why we do not serve fries alongside our burgers. As we provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, our menu features over 120 items. We would love to discuss any suggestions you have for our menu if you would like to call management at (513) 271-2103.

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JJ
Cincinnati
49 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at National Exemplar. Our entrees were chicken and filet, both excellent, and our server Tera was terrific!

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Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you, JeffandJess! We look forward to your next visit with us.

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B
Cincinnati
219 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mushroom soup and mushroom fettuccine to kill for. Prime rib had a lot of meat and a whole lot of fat. Brussels sprouts were a tad burnt.

Great cocktails and decent wine selection.

Service was ok, slight mix-up in our order, easily remedied.

Very clubby atmosphere, which I like.

AN
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. The steak was superb and the service was very nice. My only complaint is that it is very dark and you couldn't read the menu. Otherwise a great place to have a special meal.

AG
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I eat at National Exemplar several times per month and it is always amazing! We absolutely love the food, ambiance, and service. Any time family or friends are in town, we make sure to take them to National Exemplar.

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Responded on September 16, 2019

AmandaG, thank you for continuously dining with us! We love serving you each and every time and can't wait for your next visit!

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p
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

$2 charge for the olives I had in my Vodka on ice drink, with no notice from the waitress there was a charge for olives. Unacceptable and we will never be back.

National Exemplar
Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for reaching out. We regret to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. Our approach to pricing special olives prepared fresh when you order is a standard practice, and one we've kept for years. If you would like to further discuss your visit, please call our General Manager Andrew Kraemer at (513) 271-2103.

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t
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Met up with a friend before a movie and opted for the three course fixed price option- great options for almost anyone and the food was really good. It all came out rather quickly which is the only complaint , that the courses weren’t paced to allow us to finish round one before round 2. Overall great service and good food with decent portions.

JO
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday dinner and National Exemplar made it very special for her. They brought her a cup of her favorite mushroom soup on the house and also gave her an ice cream sundae. Thank you for making her birthday dinner a great one!

National Exemplar
Responded on September 6, 2019

JOEB, we are so glad you and your wife spent your special evening with us and we look forward to your next visit!

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JG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Choosing Exemplar for our 54th anniversary dinner because of prime rib on the menu was a winner all the way. We were served complimentary champagne right away and treated with great service and excellently prepared salad, prime rib, sides and dessert. They served the best carrot cake I have had in a restaurant and would go back just for that. The staff did everything right to make our event enjoyable and memorable.

National Exemplar
Responded on September 6, 2019

JonG, thank you for your wonderful feedback! We are so glad you spent your special occasion with us, Happy Anniversary!

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c
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Dinner served at same time as appetizers. Forgot to bring bread. Took long time to as for and then deliver second drink.

National Exemplar
Responded on August 30, 2019

clairec, thank you for visiting us and leaving your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience fell short and will make sure to notify our staff so that your next visit is improved.

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C
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to National Exemplar, and it happened to also be my birthday. Our server, Tara, was great and very attentive. The food was wonderful. The atmosphere was enjoyable as well. I almost felt like I was in Switzerland or somewhere in Europe. Beautiful setting in Mariemont. I highly recommend.

RL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations and told them it was for our anniversary. They gave us a great table, excellent service, and the food (from their"3 for 35" menu) was wonderful--prime rib, crab cakes, and carrot cake; Aukra Salmon, mushroom soup, and sorbet. They surprised us with free glasses of champagne. We loved the ambiance and the quiet, great acoustics. The server was very friendly and pleasant but not intrusive. A perfect experience.

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Responded on August 27, 2019

RobertL, thank you for spending your special night with us! We are so happy to hear about your wonderful experience and are looking forward to your next visit. Happy Anniversary!

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LT
Cincinnati
137 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Keeps getting better. Excellent creative "comfort" food in a nice semi-rustic pub atmosphere. Highly recommend for everyday dinning that is a good value.

HM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was amazing. I have been there before and I always enjoy the dinning experience! Excellent professional staff and service! Love the food! Hope to be back really soon!

BR
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server was not only very prompt and knowledgeable she was a Beautiful young girl.
I had the French Dip Sandwich that’s alway very good with a small side of Potato Salad.
I “think” my Wife had a Salmon Salad but not positive:)
We Sat in the Bar area which was pleasant with NO LOUD Music so we could have a conversation!

t
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous half price wine selection on Thursday night. Fantastic service.

Andrew the general manager went out of his way to accommodate my group.

Food was fantastic, fresh and many choices.

Beautiful outdoor patio and cozy bar space inside.

Great service as well!!

Will be back for sure!

National Exemplar
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you, travel90210! We will make sure to pass your comments along to Andrew and are looking forward to your next visit with us!

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CJ
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Use to be one of my favorites!!! Could have been just a bad night but the service was fair at best. Slow at clearing table between courses, entree was served just a few minute after salad was served.

National Exemplar
Responded on August 19, 2019

CJEIndy, thank you for your continuous visits with us! We appreciate your feedback and will ensure our staff is notified so we can improve your next visit.

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A
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

National Exemplar is a quaint romantic restaurant that has a wonderful atmosphere. Every time we go we have the best time. The food is good, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is top of the mark! Great restaurant all in all.

National Exemplar
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thanks for your great feedback! We loved serving you.

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious. We will definitely return.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, attentive waiters, excellent drinks and main course. Unfortunately, the touted “ house made carrot cake” was disappointing. Very oily, not appealing to look at. Would not recommend this dessert. Aside from that, our dinner experience was very good.

c
Cincinnati
103 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed dinner on the patio. Very pleasant. Salmon is excellent, as is the kale and arugula salad. Ditto the French dip.

VJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mushroom fettuccine is amazing ... I had it the last time we were there and been thinking about it since! It didn’t disappoint, and can’t wait to hand it again!!

National Exemplar
Responded on August 5, 2019

VJC1, thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to serving you again!

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MK
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner on a Tuesday at 5:00-right at opening. They were prepared, courteous, attentive and helpful. Our waiter was extremely helpful when we had questions. We opted for the 3 course for $35. We had prime rib and short rib pappardalle pasta. The prime rib was a generous cut and perfect, as was the pasta. The carrot cake dessert was amazing. We will return soon.

National Exemplar
Responded on July 29, 2019

Thank you for your awesome feedback, we are so happy to hear that you had such an enjoyable dining experience with us! Next time you should join us and try one of our fresh breakfast items!

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b
Louisville
96 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty Food,excellent service and charming ambience. Plus with a ticket from the Mariemont Theatre you get a discount.

A
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service! Love the atmosphere! had the Filet KP and it was awesome! Cook perfectly, wonderful sauces! Manager brought me a second sauce to try as well. Wife had the rib specials and loved them as well. had to take some home for later though!

MC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was just bad...dont go here. We have had issues everytime we go. We will not go back. Poor.

National Exemplar
Responded on October 10, 2019

MarkC, thank you for leaving your feedback. We appreciate your continuous visits with us and are disappointed to hear your experience fell short. We strive daily to meet our expectations of providing high-quality food and service to each customer. We would like to learn more about your visit, so we can improve your next dining experience with us. At your earliest convenience, please call our General Manager, Andrew, at (513) 271-2103

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1
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet with friends, relax with a delicious meal, and spend time catching up. Thanks for the ambiance!

k
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite spots. Good food at reasonable prices. Service was a tad slow this evening. Busy night during burger week it seems. But overall not an issue

JM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

What a disappointment. We went for Cincinnati Burger Week, looking forward to the burger that was pictured in the advertisement. The burger we were served was maybe half the size of the picture. Service was almost nonexistent. We were never asked if we would like anything to drink. Our burgers were not cooked as e asked. No one asked how our meal was. It was like we were invisible. As much as we were looking forward to the meal, we were extremely disappointed. I left a message on their website and have heard nothing in return. I explained the situation and at the end suggested they change the advertised picture to reflect the true offer. Thank you for your time.

National Exemplar
Responded on July 22, 2019

JanM, thank you so much for your feedback. We are so sorry to hear that your visit and experience did not meet the high expectations that we set for ourselves. We apologize for missing your message on our website, but unfortunately, this did not come through for us. We would still like to talk with you and urge you to contact us directly at (513) 271-2103 and ask to speak to Andrew, our General Manager. We look forward to hearing from you!

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D
Cincinnati
169 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit since moving back to Cincinnati and it was an absolutely delightful experience with outstanding food, wonderful atmosphere and excellent service. We will be back!

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Responded on July 15, 2019

Dewey, welcome back to Cincinnati! It was an honor to serve you, and we cannot wait to have you back!

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B
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It took too long to have anyone come to our table. We had to ask to hear about specials. It seemed that they were a bit under staffed. I ordered their best filet and it was good but probably not worth the price. We had a pleasant time and will definitely return.

National Exemplar
Responded on July 16, 2019

Brian, thank you very much for this feedback. We pride ourselves on high-quality meals and excellent service, and we would love to hear more about your visit. If you'd like, please give us a call at (513) 271-2103 and ask to speak to our manager on duty. We hope to hear from you!

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VJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing. Our waiter was nice, but we had an allergy at the table (lemons) We made a big deal of it asking about the water being infused and changed our order due to lemon being in the salmon. The waiter then brought Larry a hot towel with a wedge of lemon after he ate the ribs... it was kinda like handing him a loaded gun... lol.

But we will definitely be back without our lemon allergic friend!!

National Exemplar
Responded on July 15, 2019

VJC1, thank you so much for this feedback. Excellent service is incredibly important to us, and we will address this with your server. We sincerely thank you for letting us know about this, and we look forward to serving you again!

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K
Cincinnati
101 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a delight to be on their patio last evening. Light breeze, personable server and good food.

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Responded on July 8, 2019

Kenwood, beautiful weather makes for great patio nights, and we are so glad that you had the chance to enjoy ours! Thank you for your feedback. We hope to serve you again soon!

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H
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food and preparation. A very good experience.

FY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have we always come to expect great food and a wonderful experience at Exemplar and this was no exception.

National Exemplar
Responded on July 8, 2019

FrankY, we are delighted that you have come to have such high expectations of us, and we look forward to serving you again!

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PB
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hungarian Mushroom Soup was the best mushroom soup I’ve ever had. Great Job!!!

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