The National Exemplar always exceeds my expectations! Sometimes we get the filet with boursin whipped potatoes, it is always cooked exactly to my preferred temperature. My husband gets the prime rib sandwich and loves it every time. We love sitting in a booth on the bar side of the restaurant. We're looking forward to Tacos & Tequila - the taco photos look amazing. We also visit on Burger night where you can get a gourmet burger (special each week) and a craft beer for $12. If there's a wait, walk into the hotel lobby and grab a drink at Southerby's!
Alwats great service...rib special was a lil dry..otherwise good experience.
Food is great. Music does not match the ambiance of the restaurant. Wanted to have a nice relaxing dinner but felt as if we were at a rock concert with blaring depressing music.
Liver and onions very tender . The salmon was good although not many vegetables served with salmon . The dinners rolls were terrible . Packaged cheap rolls . Dessert was good . Chocolate Pot.
Love the National Exemplar. Great service , good food, and cozy relaxed atmosphere! Been coming here for over 25 years! Many happy occasions celebrated and memories made here!!
We had a great experience at the National Exemplar. I noted on Open Table that we needed to be out of the restaurant by 6:25 for a movie at the Barn in Mariemont and we were!
I lived in that area years ago and the Mariemont Inn was always a great place to eat. It was nice to go back and still be able to enjoy the wonderful food and service at the National Exemplar. It was great to enjoy a quiet dinner with friends and not have to talk over loud music. Over the last couple years, I have had lunch there several times and the experience was always well worth the trip.
As usual great dining experience. A special occasion made even better with on time open table reservation seating, great service and the fare was on point! Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Amazing! Great food and great service! A**+!
That food was delicious.!! It has been awhile since I last ate there The food has always been fine nothing out of the ordinary but I am guessing there is a new chef and wow are they talented!!
It’s always nice to walk in and see Lisa, the long time manager who is very inviting. Our server was Eric and he was really cordial and very efficient. (Cute and appropriately funny too!)
It was rib night and two of us had delicious barbecue St Louis ribs and a perfectly cooked loaded baked potatoes. The other two had really good burgers that are two patties perfectly cooked on really good buns. A cozy booth topped off the experience.
Food and service were great as always. May not be the hipster place some must go to, but the food is always great quality along with the service so if you are looking for a relaxing dinner, this is a great spot.
Standards are slipping. There is potential for a top tier restaurant such as the ambience and the location but the little things are disappointing. Menu needs an overhaul. How about linen and crusty bread appetizers?
Casual, comfortable ambiance with more character than a chain. Very good food, very good service.
Perfect , historic little restaurant in an adorable quaint town. Good was delicious and prepared perfectly. We had a nice light dinner and walked next door to the movie theater. Highly recommend it!
The food and service was absolutely perfect! This is definitely a gem outside of downtown. My wife and I are already planning out next visit. The menu has great options for everyone and left me excited to come back soon! Have to recommend the Mussels and scallops to share. The Salmon and Ribeye were two of the best entrees I can remember! Our waiter was also a true pleasure to meet. Very polite and knowledgeable about the whole menu. It was like he know what we needed or wanted at all times. Again, cannot wait to go back soon!
Had the liver and onions and my wife had the prime rib, yummy. Everything was perfect and it was like eating in the UK.
Brilliant in every way! A must go!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Food was fabulous as usual
Always a nice and relaxing dinner
Fun neighborhood restaurant. Many of the patrons are local to Mariemont. The food is delicious but the wine is overpriced .
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.
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.
The National Exemplar is such a gem. The food is always good, they have great nightly specials and the bar is really 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.