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National Exemplar, Cincinnati, OH

National Exemplar

4.7
4.7
1753 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 10 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 1,753 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

1,753 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food Friendly waitstaff Ambience was great! I highly recommend.
    National ExemplarResponded 1 day ago
    Hello, Thank you for choosing to dine with us and for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to hear you had an excellent dining experience. We hope you dine with us again soon!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy our dining experience at National Exemplar. Thank you
    National ExemplarResponded 1 day ago
    Hello, Thank you choosing to dine with us and for taking the time to share about your experience. Your feedback is appreciated. We hope you dine with us again soon!

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  3. AmandaS

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We got off to a rocky start. While we were greeted and seated righted away, it took more than 20 minutes for us get water. After that, service was delightfully unhurried and the food was impeccable.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a classy ambience here. Love booths .. We had the sat special, pot roast over whipped potatoes with carrots & Pearl onions ( requested to omit peas ) my husband had his with creamed spinach . My cocktail ( the nightingale ) was yummy !
    National ExemplarResponded 1 day ago
    Hello, Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to leave a review. We are pleased to hear that you had an excellent experience and hope to see you again soon!

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  5. wesspry

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Three of us had a wonderful meal with attentive and courteous service. The Hungarian Mushroom Soup is always a must have before my meal. It ranks as a favorite that brings me back here. All our meals were tasty and prepared exactly as we desired. The cut of prime rib was exceptional and ranked as the best that I've had anywhere in quite a while!
    National ExemplarResponded 1 day ago
    Hello wesspry, Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate the kind feed back and are pleased to hear your group enjoyed your dining experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and food. Get the carrot cake! Would go back and a fun, overall enjoyable birthday experience!
    National ExemplarResponded 1 day ago
    Hi! Thank you for dining with us and for the kind feedback. We are pleased to hear you had an enjoyable experience celebrating a birthday with us. We hope to see you again!

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  7. RichS

    Cincinnati

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat here regularly and have never been disappointed with the food or service. Don’t change anything.
    National ExemplarResponded 4 days ago
    Hi Rich, Thank you so much for your continued support. We appreciate the kind feedback and are pleased to hear your experiences dining with us have been excellent. We can't wait to see you again soon.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I enjoyed a great date night meal here at National Exemplar. It was our first visit but it certainly won’t be our last. The food was good (the salmon was cooked to perfection) and the service met our expectations. No dish completely wowed us but we had a great experience.

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  9. WilliamS

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal, as always, and enjoyed our service from all the staff! We especially like our server. It was a wonderful evening!
    National ExemplarResponded 4 days ago
    Hi William, We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal and had excellent service. Thank you for sharing your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  10. RWWJR

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful in every way. Service. Food is excellent. Shrimp cocktail, mushroom soup, and prime rib are our go tos.
    National ExemplarResponded 1 day ago
    Hello RWWJR, Thank you for choosing to dine with us and for your continued support. Your kind feedback is very appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  11. Enjoyable

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great restaurant with good food and service. Very appropriate for a special occasion.
    National ExemplarResponded 4 days ago
    Hello, Thank you for the kind feedback. We appreciate you dining with us and for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to celebrate with you for your next special occasion and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  12. Family

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Sat outside with friends and it was great. Always friendly staff and wonderful experience.
    National ExemplarResponded on May 7, 2024
    Thank you for dining with us and for leaving a review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience dining on the patio. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  13. DouglasZ

    Cincinnati

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent pleasant service and the Wednesday hamburger special was a great value.

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  14. Cici47

    Cincinnati

    247 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    247 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I don't know whether the restaurant was short-staffed or what, but service was very, very slow. We had to ask twice for a second glass of wine, and my side salad never came. One in our party asked multiple times if the music that was playing could be turned down a notch, she was right next to a speaker, and nothing happened. My husband's risotto was overcooked and when mentioning that they did give him a free dessert. We have dined here in the past with excellent service and an enjoyable meal. Things were really just "off" this night.
    National ExemplarResponded on May 7, 2024
    Hello Cici, We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and are disappointed to know that this experience did not meet our high standards. This feedback will be shared with our team so we can use it to do better in the future. Thank you!

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  15. ratagonia

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We went for the prime rib for a few fiends and I got the filet which is really enjoyed. Their cocktails are excellent.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a delightful meal starting with fresh oysters followed by a tasty smoked salmon flatbread then perfectly prepared grilled branzino or the nicely seasoned volcano pork shank. Finished our dinner with a generous portion of rich chocolate cake. Mary provided courteous, efficient and well paced service. Overall, a very pleasant experience!

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  17. RonH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I decided to treat my wife to dinner last night (she had a very busy work day). At the National Exemplar our waiter Steven, was outstanding. The food and mood of the restaurant, provided us with a delicious stress free experience. I gained high husband points.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a fantastic find and we will definitely return. The prime rib was yummy!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and time everything was great All good food will be backed

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  20. AndyD

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you Lisa! Excellent as always! Look forward to returning and seeing you soon!

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  21. SarahGilch

    Cincinnati

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again another amazing dinner at National Exemplar. It’s their anniversary week with throwback menu items. Their filet feature was amazing and cooked perfectly- very tender! Just like our wedding reception dinner we had there back in 2006! Absolutely love this place. Service was outstanding. Lisa has a great team!

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  22. skos

    Cincinnati

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best mushroom soup in Cincinnati.. Had the liver and onions.. a little light on serving, but delicious
    National ExemplarResponded 4 days ago
    Hi, Thank you for dining with us and for leaving a review. We appreciate the feedback and we hope you dine with us again soon.

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  23. BruceH

    Cincinnati

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Because of the distance from our home, this is always a treat for us to come here. It is always an enjoyable experience. We were lucky to have Madeline again. She truly makes the us feel special. The mushroom soup is excellent as usual.

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  24. ShawnRae

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pork Shank was delicious. So flavorful! The beet salad was a delightful mix of flavors.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our first time and the food was excellent but our waiter Steve was phenomenal! Thanks Steve for making our first time there fun and entertaining.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    National Exemplar was such a great experience and the food prices were very reasonable. The restaurant is beautiful and has a cute patio area. They play great music and their service is exceptional without being too much. I had the Hungarian mushroom soup and the prime rib (house cut) both which were delicious and good portions.

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  27. RICHARDA

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We made reservations on 3/5/24 for a booth in the bar area; for a special dinner for our friends that have never been. We arrived on time and while waiting to be seated the hostess gave our booth to others standing in the waiting area; we were seated in the main dining room much to our disappointment…..what is the purpose of making a reservation three weeks in advance? Spoke with manager with no resolve….

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  28. rev1

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice preparations in a pleasant setting. More consistent quality and service than many restaurants.

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  29. JonPillowBlock

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    You cannot go wrong by visiting this 40 year old institution in Mariemont! We have dined there 2 or 3 times a month over the past 3 or 4 years. Sampled virtually everything on the menu and it is always deliciously and beautifully executed. The service is outstanding! The management better! Come visit us at The National Exemplar. You won’t be disappointed!!!

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  30. zapple

    Cincinnati

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I shared a great meal with my friend. It was a very warm evening perfect for enjoying our first outdoor dining experience of the year.

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  31. Banker50

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess staff are wonderful. Lisa and Lauren in particular. Food is consistently good and ambiance always good vibe.

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  32. Foodie1101

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the liver & onions (a little pricey)!

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  33. PatriciaG

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The National Exemplar consistently offers a great dining experience that includes delicious food and attentive and friendly service that leaves a lasting impression.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food. always good. Parking can be difficult. Men’s room a long walk.

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  35. ElizabethF

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated mom’s 92nd and Dinner was delicious. Everything was perfect.

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  36. Stormy

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Steak was very & repeat very salty. Prime rib while not very fatty was extremely stringy. Dinner came across as restaurant serving cheaper cuts of beef but charging premium prices. Choice of baked potato over vegetables would have been nice. Honestly don't see how this restaurant gets so many glowing positive reviews. Waitress disappeared for very long stretches. Definitely not worth the money we paid

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  37. cincynaples

    Cincinnati

    153 reviews

    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Their weekend special pot roast is not to be missed! Horseradish mashed potatoes topped with tender beef and surrounded by peas and carrots and pearl onions!

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  38. rhonniejean

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steven was attentive and helpful. Great service and food!!

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  39. RichW

    Cincinnati

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As we have become accustomed to, the dining experience was exceptional. From service to food to atmosphere, all was top shelf. We love coming here and enjoying a first class experience.

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  40. OhioDad

    Cincinnati

    55 reviews

    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, we had a very nice experience at the national exemplar restaurant. The food had great taste, and very creative presentation. Thank you!

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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 1753 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 10 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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