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National Exemplar

665 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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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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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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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.
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
What 665 People Are Saying
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JKane (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Brilliant in every way! A must go!

Lefty (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

Ally (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Jana (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

mapesalive (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

JFender (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

vipKJea (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always great

StacyS (Cincinnati)
4.0  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!

Diane (Cincinnati)
5.0  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.

Arthur11 (Cincinnati)
5.0  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.

Barb (Cincinnati)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  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.