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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Prime Rib au Jus
aged 28 days | slow cooked | whipped potatoes | charred broccolini | creamy horseradish
house favorite | cream cheese icing | served warm
signature hungarian mushroom soup or soup of the day
Had a wonderful meal. Love the fresh oysters as usual. Had the Mussel Carbonara for dinner. They have change the recipe a little. It has a lot of bacon.. it is very flavorful.
Everything we had were fresh and tasty. That is why we keep going back every week. The best Oysters around!
It's always our pleasure serving you! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner and we can't wait to see you in again next time!
Found this place randomly looking for a different place to have dinner within a 20 minute driving range. They greeted us with a smile and allowed our party of five to seat in the patio even though it was getting dark already. Food was very good, everything we tasted was delightful. The mushroom soup was excellent, and the cuts of meat were prepared spot on. My wife's pasta with short ribs was divine. Out waiter, was very pleasant and was very attentive to my son and daughter requests which I appreciate. The location is within a German like town and it is very beautiful. Would visit again just to walk around, and have brunch in the same restaurant, which based on other reviews seems to be excellent as well.
We had an excellent meal at National Exemplar! The food was delicious and service was excellent! They even made a nice sign for the occasion we were celebrating.
Thank you, Jennifer! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us! We hope to see you in again soon!
My husband is from Cincinnati and has eaten here many times. This was my first visit and I hope I will be able to return! We ate out on the front porch, which was lovely. Everything was perfect, the atmosphere, food, wine, etc. it was nice and quiet so we could talk to each other without yelling. I have nothing negative to say.
Thank you so much for choosing to share your experience! It's our pleasure making sure your time with us is an exemplary one! We can't wait to see you in again soon!
Great service table side and Lisa runs an amazing restaurant!
Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Lisa is our own Exemplar gem!
This eatery has the best food in town.They never cut corners and service is always as good as can be.Megan is a great server and is always funny and cordial. Keep up the good work!
Thank you for stopping in, Jake! We try our best to provide exemplary service to each of our guests and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to serve you again soon!
As usual, we love the Oysters. This time, we brought two friends with us who also love Oysters. One of the order Liver w/onions for dinner. He said it was as good as his mother used to made them. They plan to come back with us in the future.
We are so glad to hear you and your party enjoyed the oysters! We can't wait t serve you again soon!
Liver & onions fans -- this is your place ! An odd dish to find these days but this is the best in town -- just enough, prepared correctly, not dried out or over fried. Mashed potato base was not too intense to take away from this dish. Carrot cake followed -- moist, quite generous portion. I do think the place needs some updating in the decor. Do not think this is your grandparents type of place -- it is truly a neighborhood gem worth venturing out.
Thank you for stopping in! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, it's always our pleasure serving you! We also appreciate your feedback on the decor, we value our guests' thoughts as it helps us identify ways we can improve for the future. We hope to serve you again soon!
Awesome food and love the old world vibe in the lounge area!
Quiet, relaxed, upscale ambiance. The mushroom soup is amazing.
Thank you for stopping in, Rebecca! We hope to see you in again soon!
The best oysters in town...I wish they would not run out! Great drinks Always a great place to dine
Great service and a wide variety of items on the menu.
We love the National Examplar. Service is top notch and Lisa, the Manager is a consummate professional. I always have my hot tea, lemon and honey. Lisa and her crew always come over to check making sure everything is OK. We dine there every Monday, to enjoy their very fresh and delicious Oysters. We cannot enjoy Oysters so fresh and delicious anywhere else in Cinci area. Also Oysters are from different area, not only always the same place. The Examplar is a gem in this area.
Great food, great service. The manager Lisa, is always so nice and so professional. She makes sure guests are treated right!
Nice meal. Attentive servers. Lingered over the warm carrot cake to end the meal.
The restaurant was packed and it seemed too much for the staff to handle efficiently. Waited 30 minutes for our reservation, ordered quickly, drinks came and then salad in a timely fashion and main course did not arrive for almost an hour. Asked several times about where the food was -"it will be out soon"By the time it came they were closing and there was no time for dessert etc. Server said when we asked there had been some kind of accident earlier and that was the reason for the problem Dont know what to say but that but it was excessively long waiting with no apology until we wakes about it. Too bad, because the food was very good and the server and hostess were very nice but waiting almost an hour for grilled fish was extreme.
When we’re in the area we tend to dine there. The charm and food is always been very good.
We really enjoyed our dinners Monday night. Almost every Monday we are here. No other restaurants in Cinci, West Chester or Mason area has wonderful Oysters as in the Examplar. They are so fresh, plump and deliciously briney. As usual, my tea is definitely hot with honey and lemon on the side. Lisa the Manager came by as usual to check on us , making sure everything was the way it should. Icing on the cake I was given a huge piece of complimentary Carrot Cake for my birthday. What a sweet and though gesture. We simply love the Examplar. They also have a new item on the Menu (Pork Chop), it was juicy and delicious. Make sure to order it next time you are there.
Wonderful meal, wonderful service.
Great service. Wonderful mushroom soup and prime rib. Returned the next morning for breakfast.
We love to eat here . But tonight the service was not great.
We waited so long for drinks. Some food was great(French dip) some not. ( steak salad ) asked for dressing on side and it was smothered on the salad. Also wanted a wine menu for dinner , got it and then no one ever came back to take the order …
Had the best chicken on my caesar’s salad! Yum
We dine there regularly ever since its beginning. Wonderful setting, great food, teriffic service. Attention to our anniversary was appreciated. Always a treat and never disappoints. I have one very minor concern and that is the side dishes offered. I personally like creamed spinach, many do not. Carrots were not on the menu and why? They are plentiful, cheap and used to be offered. I consider this wonderful establishment as well deserved upscale reputation, so why in the world offer Mac and Cheese unless it is for very young children and I canot see that they are in attendance every time we dine there. So why offer that dish? I used to order Roasted Brussel Sprouts or Cauliflower but I have not seen them in some time and I am very tired of Broccolini! Same for Whipped Potatoes. I would love to see some new items offered. That aside, this is our very most favorite eating establishment for special occasions. Keep up with the great quality, we love this place!
Nice quiet place for us to talk.
Always consistent service and always a good meal.
So good as always. Truly the best prime rib anywhere we’ve ever gone. That’s what my guest had. I had the new tweaked version of the mushroom fettuccine. Now with penne and truffle. I may have to order it ten or twenty times more to see which one I prefer. It was delicious. Hungarian mushroom soup is to kill for.
National Exemplar is consistently amazing! We have never had an experience that was less than excellent. Food and service is exceptional!
Excellent service, great ambience and wonderful food. Oysters were exceptional!
Great food and service. Will be back in the future.
The service was impeccable. The food was phenomenal. The drinks were outstanding! The only down side was it’s pretty dark in there.
Good food, nice outdoor seating, fine service.
Anniversary dinner at a place we haven’t been before. A great choice.
We've been here on and off for 40 years and it's still consistently great. The restaurant is run so well, especially and obviously because of its management and the chef behind the scenes. It's a gem of a place with outstanding service, servers, and food. Well worth a visit if for no other reason than to enjoy the memorable environment. But the food is outstanding, too!
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner from the beginning to the end. The National Exemplar's interior is lovely and warm. From the moment we entered to the moment we left, we were treated wonderfully by the staff. Service was impeccable, prompt, warm, and attentive. The food was excellent. My Seafood Linguini was full of fresh shellfish, delicious and plentiful. My husband said his liver and onion dish was the best he'd ever eaten and perfectly prepared. We started with cups of the Hungarian Mushroom Soup which is worthy of its excellent reputation. The wines we ordered were perfect accompaniment with our dinners. We were seated in a cozy and quiet booth. The restaurant was full but we had no difficulty hearing and our server. We will definitely be back.
Celebrated my daughter's birthday in style with another wonderful dining experience at the NE! Well wishes from the entire staff plus the champagne and classic carrot cake dessert made it the perfect end to a very special day. Always a pleasure...
just a quick one dish (Branzino) meal that was excellent. Great attentive service on frequent drinks.
This is our regular oyster at the Exemplar on Monday. My husband and I each had one dozen freshly shack oysters. As usual, the oysters were freshly shacked. Oysters were sweet, had a taste of the sea. It is the best oysters any place around Cincinnati. And the price of 1$ each can’t be pass up. We love Oysters, so we are there pretty much every Monday to enjoy the fantastic delicious value.
As always the food and service were excellent
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 1326 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.