National Exemplar

4.4
709 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(513) 271-2103
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeremy Luers
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Plainville Road
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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).
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Entertainment
Live music in Southerby's Pub every Thursday evening 6:00-9:00.
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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.
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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.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

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.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Loved our waiter Eric I think. So knowledgeable, friendly, honestly helpful. We wanted to take him home. UC student. So enthusiastic. So cute. You can tell a mother is writing this review!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was weird. We had three different servers come up introducing themselves as our server. We had no silverware. I initially ordered hot tea. When it was served there was no spoon. To top things off there was a long hair in my salad. The server was scarce when we needed him.

I had the strawberry-melon burrata salad. I was unimpressed. My guest had the Hungarian soup and loved it. He had the prime rib and devoured it.

The decor needs a slight update in the main dining room. The booths are a little clunky. The bar area is very nice just the way it is.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent prime rib; worst service I have ever had with a $100 meal

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

First visit and it was really nice. We went for Mother’s Day and the food and service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent dinner, great service. Appreciate the ability to dine in a relaxed setting, have a conversation and not feel crowded.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The ribs on the weekend are wonderful. We really enjoy eating outside. Service was excellent~

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Service was very very slow, even though we were one of the few tables.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

We found this place online. We're from out of state and were looking for a nice restaurant for a special celebration. It was awesome to say the least. The Bartender was incredible and the Prime Rib was exactly what I was looking for. I would recommend it to anyone.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We went for the Cincinnati Restaurant week fixed course menu and we very pleased with our discovery. Everything was top notch, from the atmosphere, to the staff and the food. I had the Arctic Char which was not on the regular menu, I would go back for that again. The Mac & Pimento Cheese was a great twist on a traditional favorite! Wine selection was great. The have everyday specials which will bring us back!!! the National Exemplar was exceptional!

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We went there during restaurant week and ordered off that menu. All of us ordered the "surf and turf" as an appetizer. It was one large scallop and a nice slice of pork belly. It was delicious!! The presentation was beautiful. There were only 2 choices for the entree--a smoked pork chop or Artic Char. My companions chose the pork chop. I had the Artic Char and it was absolutely delicious! The fish was cooked to perfection and the presentation was beautiful. Unfortunately, my companions' had a pork ROCK instead of a pork chop. They could barely cut into it. They are not the type to complain to the server however. The dessert was wonderful. It was warm carrot cake filled with raisens and nuts topped with a cream cheese icing.

All in all, it was a great experience. There was plenty of free parking, service was good as well as friendly.

I'm looking forward to going back and ordering from the regular menu.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

From the time I entered the restaurant, the staff was very attentive and kind. Even though my friend and I were there for RESTAURANT WEEK, the waiter was kind enough to make recommendations. I have NEVER eaten carrot cake, but their carrot cake was DELICIOUS!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Two couples came to enjoy restaurant week. Only one of us ended up ordering the prix fix dinner, but we all tasted and approved his choice. The ambiance was charming. Our waiter was attentive and knew the menu well, food as well as wine. We look forward to returning again. We especially enjoy the outdoor dining in the milder months. Thank you for a special evening out!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Terrific meal.

We lucked into the National Exemplar's 35th anniversary weekend. Three course meal for only $19.83! Mushroom soup, scallops, shrimp cocktail, prime rib, chocolate pie dessert were all fantastic. Our server did a credible job on a very busy night. It was all great!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We happened upon the 35 anniversary celebration of the restaurant complete with wonderful special dinner menu. Great surprise and wonderful dinner experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was very good and the service was excellent. The menu was varied with something for everyone from starters to entrees. I would not hesitate to return to the restaurant for another evening out.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Early Easter dinner. We enjoyed the quality of the food, the service and the ambiance.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We love this place. But be sure to ask if the chef is substituting anything. I ordered the arugula and kale salad with manchego cheese--and the salad I got had substitutions for all these things. It was a decent salad--but not the one I was looking forward to eating.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Server was not very helpful, had to ask for bread and our beverages very about half of what i usually drink. Not very impressed at all.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Alwats great service...rib special was a lil dry..otherwise good experience.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The only thing we absolutely couldn't stand was how loud the music is. People tend to talk louder with loud music, and it all becomes too much. Other than that we loved it.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Terrific staff, from the hostess to the management, and consistently good food and drinks. The last time we were in town and stopped in, we noticed our favorite appetizer—the deviled eggs—were off the menu, but the GM Andrew had seen our reservation and had them made for us anyway. That’s above and beyond!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Amazing! Great food and great service! A**+!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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!!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

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.

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