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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.

6880 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45227
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
Plainville Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 271-2103

Website:
http://www.nationalexemplar.com/

Entertainment:
Live music in Southerby's Pub every Thursday evening 6:00-9:00.

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.

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).

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Luers

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Cozy (24)
Good for a Date (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Comfort Food (16)
Romantic (16)
Great for Brunch (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Authentic (12)
Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

Had the liver and onions and my wife had the prime rib, yummy. Everything was perfect and it was like eating in the UK.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Brilliant in every way! A must go!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

I’ve been dining at The National Exemplar since it opened. I have always enjoyed the atmosphere,service and fine food. Would highly recommend to others! After all these years it is still my favorite Cincinnati restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated at the coziest table in front of the fireplace which made our evening out special right from the start.
Our waitress had wonderful knowledge of the bar menu - we loved the mule and "The Exemplar" cocktails.
We always start with the charcuterie board, it is to die for!
My husband and I always try something new. The prime rib is his favorite and was cooked to perfection.
We always save room for dessert - the chocolate pot de creme is topped with the best chocolate whipped cream.
We're always treated like family at The National Exemplar and have the best date nights.
We also try to go for wine tasting at Southerby's on Wednesday nights because they have great live music.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was out standing. Have eaten there many times however this occasion the food was excellent, excellent! I had fish that was prepared perfectly. My husband's steak also prepared to perfection. Our server was professional and helpful but did not hover. Overall a wonderful evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We have been to the National Exemplar many times and always find the experience to be very enjoyable. On our most recent visit my wife and I each ordered the special, which was a Shepherd’s pie, which was superb. We especially appreciated that it was made with boar as opposed to beef. As usual, the atmosphere was excellent and the service exemplary.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We spent the night at the Mariemont Inn as an in-town getaway considering we only live twenty miles away. We had dined at the National Exemplar before with friends and really enjoyed it. We enjoyed out steaks and prime rib for dinner as we celebrated my wife's birthday. Dinner was so good, that we decided to return for breakfast the next day, and we were glad we did. They have just updated their breakfast menu recently, and had some items that were not online. We were seated by the fire, which is a very nice touch to the ambiance. Good stuff! We will be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 4, 2018

My wife and I have gone here 2 or 3 times for date night and always enjoy to atmosphere, food, and service. It is directly across from a nice movie theater in the center of lovely Mariemont, OH.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always great

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was very good. Main course was brought out a little fast. The manager noticed and fixed it immediately and then gave us a FREE dessert. Food was fantastic!

Tags: Great for Brunch, People Watching, Cozy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The National Exemplar is beautiful, very romantic for a special date, or important night out. It is expensive, but the food is delicious and beautifully served. The service was perfect, and the décor itself is dark and rich.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 29, 2018

My date and I shared the mussels, scallops with couscous, harvest salad and charcuterie board. All was delicious and perfect to share! Service was quick and efficient and not intrusive.
Great comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a problem with our reservation which they worked very hard to make up for (and did). We had a fabulous Chilean Cab which was new to them but really good and most of the table had the short rib pasta which is worth the calories in my humble opinion. We'll be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very inattentive parents who let their bratty child play video games at full blast were sat next to us. They were obvious frequent diners there, and as such, should have their own area of the restaurant to themselves. Ruined our date night.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Old time, classic feel. Ribs were 'fall of the bone' good. Service was very attentive. The place was packed. You just feel good when you're done.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

First time there after driving by many times. Food was great and the server was awesome. Drinks are top notch. If you want a great dining experience hit this place up

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

LOVED LOVED LOVED my meal. I was with friends prior to a movie, first time experience and what a experience. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT! The only thing, due to my experience was I wanted my husband to experience this ( he was out of town and it was a girls night dinner), We have tickets to a play and I thought Oooooo Dinner after. Turns out they are closed for a 5:00 dinner on Sunday 2.4.18. That's ok. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

New menu is quite good for our taste.. We were their this time on $1 oyster Monday which we coupled with mushroom pasta and a bottle of bubbly. Great value, and service by Samantha was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was fabulous as usual

Always a nice and relaxing dinner

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fun neighborhood restaurant. Many of the patrons are local to Mariemont. The food is delicious but the wine is overpriced .

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

An older crowd but the bar is a great place to have dinner. Attentive bartender for great service. Disappointed that they no longer have lamb sliders in favor of meatball sliders. Nice wine list but expensive.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The National Exemplar is such a gem. The food is always good, they have great nightly specials and the bar is really charming.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Comfort food nicely apportioned . Generally promptly and efficiently served.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined on New Year's Eve and were greeted with a glass of champagne. The food was delicious and our server was very attentive to our needs.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

As always, the food and service were good. Because of the occasion, New Year's Eve, the noise level was a bit above usual. We have come to expect a pleasant dining experience at National Exemplar.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner. Complimentary champagne! My entree was exactly as I had hoped. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the Cincinnati area.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I highly recommend the mushroom soup and mulled wine. Noise level was low so it was easy to talk with my friends. The waitress was happy and attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Live Music, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 23, 2017

What happened? Food seemed off and our server was even off-er. Did he even smile? Maybe a titch.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I've always loved this restaurant!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I love the place; we movie @ Mariemont and dine in town. Took my family for an early Christmas event. . . ad the food is fine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

Highly recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Extremely mediocre

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