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For 2
Date
Tue, 2/20
Time
11:00 PM
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National Exemplar

4.4
664 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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.
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
What 664 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Brilliant in every way! A must go!

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Lefty (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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!

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Ally (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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vipKJea (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always great

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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vipBartG (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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Matt (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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CarolDonovan (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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vipLaTraviata (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

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Andrew (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was fabulous as usual

Always a nice and relaxing dinner

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vipCHERIWAC (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Fun neighborhood restaurant. Many of the patrons are local to Mariemont. The food is delicious but the wine is overpriced .

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tvill (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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vipGlen (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

The National Exemplar is such a gem. The food is always good, they have great nightly specials and the bar is really charming.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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vipLFHcincy (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Comfort food nicely apportioned . Generally promptly and efficiently served.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined on New Year's Eve and were greeted with a glass of champagne. The food was delicious and our server was very attentive to our needs.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Ate here on our first date 24 years ago and celebrated here on a few anniversaries. This year it was our place to eat for New Year's Eve. This is a great place to fine dine and enjoy good drink at reasonable prices. It is not over the top with glitz. Love the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Dinner was good with the exception of the soup being served cold. We were seated at a great table near the fireplace which was wonderful since it was in the single digits outside.
The ambiance was good except the lighting was too bright- might have been due to the average age probably being in the mid to late 70's. Also for a rather formal restaurant (and not cheap) it was odd to see all the servers dressed in plaid flannel type shirts of varying colors and patterns.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

As always, the food and service were good. Because of the occasion, New Year's Eve, the noise level was a bit above usual. We have come to expect a pleasant dining experience at National Exemplar.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner. Complimentary champagne! My entree was exactly as I had hoped. This is one of our favorite restaurants in the Cincinnati area.

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