National Exemplar

4.2
741 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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.
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(513) 271-2103
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Jeremy Luers
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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.
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Plainville Road
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
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).
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Live music in Southerby's Pub every Thursday evening 6:00-9:00.
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
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.
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

Private Dining

We offer two Private Dining Rooms, The Chess Room and The Tudor Room, that can accommodate from 12 to 85 guests depending on the function and floor plan.

View Private Dining Details
What 741 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
A
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always great food and great service

wonderful atmosphere/ambiance

Report
Helpful
F
Cincinnati
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been here many times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Always very good food and service and this time was no exception. Wonderful prime rib, fresh oysters. Try it, you will like it.

Report
Helpful
g
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great option. Our server was amazing & pleasant and thoughtful. Wine-by-the-glass Tempranillo was yummy.

Report
Helpful
s
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a negative experience w/ service - our server was very good but apparently we got caught in a problem w/ large group & had to wait an extremely long time for our food to come out - server apologetic - we asked for something comped - manager did come over & apologized - a round of drinks was comped. Had never had a problem in visits before this.

Report
Helpful
f
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Extremely noisy-very difficult to hear each other and carry on a conversation. (Btw-our group does not have hearing disabilities.)
The service was very slow and felt very frenetic. Never received coffee that we ordered early into the meal. The wait staff was always apologizing and constantly rushing around from point A to B,Not a relaxing evening out.
The food was wonderful!

Report
Helpful
B
Cincinnati
172 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had the three course dinner for $35 each, excellent value. Asparagus and green bean salad, very creative and very good. Mushroom soup always a winner. Prime rib and mushroom fettuccini were terrific. Great drinks, great service, charming room and building.

Report
Helpful
MA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about it!! My favorite place to eat!! Food is delicious, it’s quiet, cozy we can carry on a conversation (most restaurants are so loud & noisy I feel like I’m in a school cafeteria) & National Exemplar can also be a quiet, romantic evening for just me & my husband!!!

Report
Helpful
G
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My wife had liver & onions,terrible .That evening she became sick,convinced it was the food. . We eat out about 4 nights a week ,so we have lots of experience and know the restaurant scene quit well.

Report
Helpful
C
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The National Exemplar is our favorite date night spot and family brunch spot on the weekends!
Our waiter was great at making recommendations for the perfect wine pairings. He even recommended the ribeye be cooked medium so the fat caramelizes. We love their expertise!
We love getting a drink at Southerby's in the hotel lobby and then eating dinner in the bar area of the Exemplar.
Fall is the perfect time for brunch on the patio, we can't wait to try the new menu items!

Report
Helpful
M
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy the N. Exemplar, often post-movie or with friends. This visit our choice of the seafood pasta was disappointing - very bland. Miss the old fetuccini and scallops.

Report
Helpful
BB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, it was a great experience. My wife and I were on a weekend getaway, and were both very impressed with this establishment. The building was amazing, and the service was very good. The only negative was my wife ordered the filet mignon to be cooked well done, and it came out with a lot of red in the middle. She decided to eat it, and said it was still very good. The server and manager both offered to bring another one, but my wife said it was ok. They picked up the tab for dessert, and most definitely gained a return customer.

Report
Helpful
BG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our Anniversary and they greeted us with Happy Anniversary and thank you for choosing to celebrate with us. What a great start to a lovely dining experience.

Report
Helpful
OT
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Charlie was great! The scallops and couscous is one of the best entrees in town and it comes in both appetizer and dinner size portions.
My husband had the short rib pasta and loved it.
Ask for a booth in the main dining room where it is quiet. Pub is livelier but a bit noisy if you are going for deep conversation.

Report
Helpful
A
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful place, outstanding food with always great service. Love the older atmosphere of the restaurant and hotel.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My group stopped in after a movie to grab dinner on Sunday evening. The service was impeccable - each dish came out in a timely manner and every staff member we encountered was friendly and focused on making our experience one to remember. Our party sat at the bar, where Charlie took excellent care of us both as a server and bartender. The food was delicious - the Hungarian Mushroom soup alone is worth a visit. Will definitely be back!!!

Report
Helpful
m
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Lovely atmosphere. Service above and beyond. Always relaxing.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t be happier about my dinner experience at the Exemplar! Every dish was cooked perfectly - the goat cheese bruschetta is a uniquely delicious take on bruschetta that I haven’t experienced before but will definitely be coming back for, the scallops over couscous are an incredible start, the seafood linguini blended all three seafoods together brilliantly, and the warm carrot cake with icing finished the meal off exquisitely! Beyond the food, two of the staff, Charlie and Andrew, were friendly and engaging, quick to serve, offered excellent advice on food choices (see above), and made the overall experience delightful!

Report
Helpful
J
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our anniversary and had a very lovely and memorable evening. Our server was fun and informative and she certainly added to our experience. The food was fabulous.

I frequent National Exemplar often for lunch, but will have to add dinner to that frequency!!

Report
Helpful
PS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Prix fix meal good value and with good selection . Desserts just okay

Report
Helpful
JO
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined there in the past and as always it’s a lovely place to go

Report
Helpful
OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

Report
Helpful
PW
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My fiancé and I went there for his birthday and had an excellent meal. Although we did have to request bread, they brought it willingly and were quick to respond to every request for drink refills, bread, etc. I wonder if the generous portion of warm carrot cake was because they knew we were going to share!!! Excellent!

Report
Helpful
DE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The filet was average. The ribs were just ok. The liver tasted prepared and warmed over. The baked potatoe was not hot enough to melt the butter. Neither was the replacement potato. The spinach was disgusting. Service was ok. Not worth the money.

Report
Helpful
OT
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lisa, the manager is always so welcoming and our server, Charlie is great. Attentive but not obtrusive.
All four of us had a different entree and enjoyed them a lot. I had the scallops over couscous and it was absolutely delicious. The pot-de-creme is a not to be missed dessert.
A real hit with our new to CIncinnati friends!

Report
Helpful
MK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Great service!
We always have a great meal here. We both got burgers this time for burger week. They were so delicious!

Report
Helpful
NG
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 3 for $35 Special is a real bargain. The courses are from the regular menu. Service was good. Always a good place to go after a movie at the Mariemont.

Report
Helpful
RH
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Tonight was not nearly as good of service and food as we have previously experienced. Maybe it was just an off night for them, as previous visits have been stellar.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place tucked away just outside the city; quaint old meets new decor. Service was a bit slow, food was excellent and priced just right.

Report
Helpful
H
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Good food, good service. A nice time was had by all. Highly recommended without the slightest of reservations.

Report
Helpful
CC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A most enjoyable evening with friends in a casual atmosphere. Our server was especially helpful and pleasant. Would come back again in a heart beat.

Report
Helpful
G
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious prime rib. The service and ambiance were great.

Report
Helpful
CS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary at National Exemplar. The ribeye and prime rib were excellent! Cooked to perfection! Boursin mashed potatoes, broccolini, and brussel sprouts with bacon were also delicious sides. You can get a great steak here quickly without the huge price tag as the downtown steak places. Highly recommend and will return!

Report
Helpful
MI
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overall, our experience was disappointing. It was extremely noisy & we could barely hear each other across the table. Food was fair & prices were on the high side when you consider a glass of house wine was same price as one of our two entrees. Service was very good, in fact, almost too good. We were seated, served & heading home within 45 minutes. The restaurant is a lovely & beautiful place, truly a Cincinnati landmark.

Report
Helpful
B
Cincinnati
173 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I started with the Caesar salad, pretty typical fare nothing extraordinary. For my entree, the Mushroom Fettuchine. Very, very good. I would order this again and again. My date had the 10 oz prime rib. No way was it 10 ounces, I’d guess sixteen at the least. It was thick and huge and terrific!

The Manhattan cocktail I had was good but at $15, way over priced. My date had the Mango Slushie, refreshing.

Service was quite attentive.

Decor is very “clubby” looking lots of wood. But a little dated, although very comfortable.

Report
Helpful
SY
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy this restaurant. Usually go before or after the movies at Mariemont Theater. Lots of small plate options and love the summer slushies. The wait staff is always very nice and the ambiance is great.

Report
Helpful
AM
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

our waitress was super-cute and very informative. highly recommending the friday ribs special. If i hadnt already had ribs (eating leftovers a couple times durng the week) i definitely would have ordered them! She really made us feel welcome and taken care of. the food was delicious, and fresh.

Report
Helpful
BS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the pork hops and the strawberry salad with shrimp. Both were absolutely delicious, the succotash really hit the spot. Service was in that sweet spot of being attentive enough to not interrupt conversation without making me nod because they ask how the food was as soon as I put it in my mouth. Will be keeping this on our list of places to come back in the area.

Report
Helpful
TP
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The National Exemplar is a reliable choice for traditional American food, prepared well. I appreciated that the seafood pasta dish I chose was available in a smaller size, while my brother devoured every bite of the enormous slab of prime rib placed in front of him (blood red, just as he ordered it). While I wish that the dinner menu were a little broader (for example, the awesome cobb salad offered at lunch would make a perfect dinner selection for folks like me), the nightly specials add a bit of variety to the standard offerings.

Report
Helpful
JO
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was a bit pricey but it was a delicious meal and the employees were all friendly. Not something most could afford to eat out at regularly but good for those moments you have a little extra money and want something delicious to eat.

Report
Helpful
EH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lovethe National Exemplar. Great service and food! It’s our place to celebrate!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
19

Tweets by National Exemplar