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About National Exemplar
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.
Cincinnati, OH 45227
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast and Lunch: Daily: 7:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music in Southerby's Pub every Thursday evening 6:00-9:00.
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.
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).
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
As part of The Phoenix Restaurant Group, we can host large corporate events to a small private dinner in your home. We have over 30 years of experience hosting, planning and managing events in the hospitality and restaurant industry. Our vast resources, experienced sales and event planners, restaurant managers and talented culinary department can help you create any event big or small from 2 people to 5000 people.
National Exemplar Ratings and Reviews
We sort of stumbled on this restaurant on an Internet "Best of" list. Overall the experience was very nice. My Arctic Char was superb. My wife thought her St. Louis style ribs were good, but nothing exceptional. Service was good and the interior decor was charming.
My husbands food was cold and he had to send it back twice and by the time they brought it back the second time he just had them take it back. It is really hard when someone does not get their food then the other people are waiting to eat just not a fun time. The manager was very good and gave us a gift certificate for another meal and did not charge us for my meal. It was our 1st wedding anniversary celebration so it was nice they where so good about the bad food service. We have had great service here before and wonderful food so we will go back again and give them another chance.
Ate here on our first date 24 years ago and celebrated here on a few anniversaries. This year it was our place to eat for New Year's Eve. This is a great place to fine dine and enjoy good drink at reasonable prices. It is not over the top with glitz. Love the atmosphere.
Dinner was good with the exception of the soup being served cold. We were seated at a great table near the fireplace which was wonderful since it was in the single digits outside.
The ambiance was good except the lighting was too bright- might have been due to the average age probably being in the mid to late 70's. Also for a rather formal restaurant (and not cheap) it was odd to see all the servers dressed in plaid flannel type shirts of varying colors and patterns.
I always highly recommend this restaurant to friends and those new to the area. It is a great local restaurant in a quaint neighborhood. The food and service are excellent. The food is brought out in a timely manner which is nice if you are on a schedule with business. On the other hand a casual relaxed atmosphere is always encouraged if your time allows it. There is plenty of outdoor seating on the beautiful patio when weather permits over looking the fountain square in the heart of Mariemont. The management is excellent and makes dining here that much better. We especially enjoy being able to order breakfast/brunch type food until 2:30. The restaurant is situated in a hotel, offering room service and they also have a separate bar area for guests to enjoy. They have several private dining areas depending on the size of your group. They accept reservations.
As usual, we and our friends had a great time here. The place was busy, even on a Monday, due to the Holiday Season. The food was very good, but we were somewhat disappointed in the daily special of oysters on the half-shell. Usually, they are full and plump. But today, they were small and briney, but tasty - probably due to what is available at this time of year.
Still a great place to meet and enjoy the evening with friends.
Very nice atmosphere located in lovely downtown Mariemont. We were there on a vey busy Saturday night and it was packed. Service was a bit slow and varying in attentiveness. Waiter did comp my cocktail for our experience. Reservations a must on weekends. Great for holiday dining.
This was our first visit to the National Exemplar since Jeremy Luers took over as executive chef for the group owning this restaurant as well as the Presidents Room and the Golden Lamb. What a difference!
They still have the old favorites, such as the prime rib enjoyed by my wife, but many new items that are outstanding.
I had the chicken liver on toast as an appetizer and the Mushroom Fettichini for my entree. Both were delicious.
The cocktails are good and generous. Ambiance is warm and cozy.
This was not our first visit, as we've been for other evenings and lunchtimes...also the year we went to India we had Thanksgiving dinner here. We met good friends from Springboro for dinner...we always have a pre-Christmas dinner with them, usually at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, but since it was sold to new owners several years ago we have been disappointed in their menu and an ambiance that has changed from the old historic inn to something we don't particularly enjoy. Our food at the National Exemplar was delicious! Three of us had the prime rib, which was cooked to perfection for each one of us...the fourth in our group had a vegetarian option which he enjoyed. My lemon tart with berries for dessert was yummy! The one disappointment was the carrot cake...first of all, it's way too large a serving and should be advertised as a dessert for two; secondly, however, our friend said it was far from the best carrot cake she'd ever had. My husband's pot de creme with peppermint whipped cream was delicious.
The Hungarian Mushroom Soup is unbelievable! The recipe is on the web if you want to make 2-1/2 gallons!!! Our waiter Billy from Hammersmith London was charming. We appreciated the complimentary birthday dessert for my friend Linda. The bread which accompanied the lamb lasagna was charred to the point where we sent it back. There were several glitches with the wine service. First a glass of wine was delivered after we had changed our mind and ordered a bottle. Then a bottle of French Vouvray at $48 was brought instead of the $38 L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc. The bill showed both the glass and the Vouvray, but it was fixed. The hostess was very nice about it. No restaurant is always perfect and I give our experience 4 stars out of 5!
Atmosphere is warm and inviting for intimate conversation. The menu is a nice change in pace from typical dining experience at other locations.
Service staff was courteous and professional. Our food was prepared as requested.
Our overall experience was great. We’ll return again more frequently.
We came here for our anniversary. They gave us champagne, to celebrate :) That made the night even more special. So thank you for that! They gave us carrot cake too! I didnt think i liked carrot cake but it was actually amazing! We had a couple issues with our food but they fixed the issues when we mentioned them. I had the chicken & my date had the filet.
Stayed at the Mariemont Inn for our anniversary for the weekend. Ate there for dinner and breakfast. Outstanding ambience. Incredible service. Expertly prepared food. Five out of five. Made our anniversary experience memorable. Highly recommend for any meal and any occasion!
I arrive before the restaurant opened, so I took a seat in the waiting area. There war several employees sitting at a table, but no one got up to welcome me or to let me know how much time it would be before the restaurant opened. They could've been more welcoming.
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