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National Exemplar, Cincinnati, OH

National Exemplar

4.7
4.7
1734 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 8 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 1,734 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

1,734 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. AndyD

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    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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  3. SarahGilch

    Cincinnati

    43 reviews

    vip
    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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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 1734 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 8 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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