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About National Exemplar

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.

6880 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45227
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
Plainville Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 271-2103

Website:
http://www.nationalexemplar.com/

Entertainment:
Live music in Southerby's Pub every Thursday evening 6:00-9:00.

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.

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).

Executive Chef:
Jeremy Luers

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

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.

National Exemplar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Cozy (19)
Good for a Date (19)
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Quiet Conversation (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Romantic (12)
Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Business Meals (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Salt Lake City)·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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·Dined on January 7, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Comfort food nicely apportioned . Generally promptly and efficiently served.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I highly recommend the mushroom soup and mulled wine. Noise level was low so it was easy to talk with my friends. The waitress was happy and attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I always highly recommend this restaurant to friends and those new to the area. It is a great local restaurant in a quaint neighborhood. The food and service are excellent. The food is brought out in a timely manner which is nice if you are on a schedule with business. On the other hand a casual relaxed atmosphere is always encouraged if your time allows it. There is plenty of outdoor seating on the beautiful patio when weather permits over looking the fountain square in the heart of Mariemont. The management is excellent and makes dining here that much better. We especially enjoy being able to order breakfast/brunch type food until 2:30. The restaurant is situated in a hotel, offering room service and they also have a separate bar area for guests to enjoy. They have several private dining areas depending on the size of your group. They accept reservations.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Live Music, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 24, 2017

What happened? Food seemed off and our server was even off-er. Did he even smile? Maybe a titch.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I've always loved this restaurant!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

I love the place; we movie @ Mariemont and dine in town. Took my family for an early Christmas event. . . ad the food is fine.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 18, 2017

As usual, we and our friends had a great time here. The place was busy, even on a Monday, due to the Holiday Season. The food was very good, but we were somewhat disappointed in the daily special of oysters on the half-shell. Usually, they are full and plump. But today, they were small and briney, but tasty - probably due to what is available at this time of year.

Still a great place to meet and enjoy the evening with friends.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Very nice atmosphere located in lovely downtown Mariemont. We were there on a vey busy Saturday night and it was packed. Service was a bit slow and varying in attentiveness. Waiter did comp my cocktail for our experience. Reservations a must on weekends. Great for holiday dining.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our first visit to the National Exemplar since Jeremy Luers took over as executive chef for the group owning this restaurant as well as the Presidents Room and the Golden Lamb. What a difference!

They still have the old favorites, such as the prime rib enjoyed by my wife, but many new items that are outstanding.

I had the chicken liver on toast as an appetizer and the Mushroom Fettichini for my entree. Both were delicious.

The cocktails are good and generous. Ambiance is warm and cozy.

Highly recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This was not our first visit, as we've been for other evenings and lunchtimes...also the year we went to India we had Thanksgiving dinner here. We met good friends from Springboro for dinner...we always have a pre-Christmas dinner with them, usually at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, but since it was sold to new owners several years ago we have been disappointed in their menu and an ambiance that has changed from the old historic inn to something we don't particularly enjoy. Our food at the National Exemplar was delicious! Three of us had the prime rib, which was cooked to perfection for each one of us...the fourth in our group had a vegetarian option which he enjoyed. My lemon tart with berries for dessert was yummy! The one disappointment was the carrot cake...first of all, it's way too large a serving and should be advertised as a dessert for two; secondly, however, our friend said it was far from the best carrot cake she'd ever had. My husband's pot de creme with peppermint whipped cream was delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Extremely mediocre

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Generally very nice. The liver and onions, a specialty, was over cooked.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have not been to National Exemplar in awhile so this was a happy event, the food was good the service nice, overall a good decision. We will come back more often.

Looking forward to Monday night Oysters very soon!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The seafood linguini and scallop dish were both excellent!

Tags: Disabled Access, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed dining at NE and our server, Billy, was great!!! Very friendly and attentive.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We only ate oysters (excellent) and a couple of small plates - both of which were excellent. The food and experience is top-notch within the category or restaurant. A go-to place for us for all three daily meals.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Comfort Food
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Hungarian Mushroom Soup is unbelievable! The recipe is on the web if you want to make 2-1/2 gallons!!! Our waiter Billy from Hammersmith London was charming. We appreciated the complimentary birthday dessert for my friend Linda. The bread which accompanied the lamb lasagna was charred to the point where we sent it back. There were several glitches with the wine service. First a glass of wine was delivered after we had changed our mind and ordered a bottle. Then a bottle of French Vouvray at $48 was brought instead of the $38 L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc. The bill showed both the glass and the Vouvray, but it was fixed. The hostess was very nice about it. No restaurant is always perfect and I give our experience 4 stars out of 5!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The service was excellent. Reminds me of an olde English setting. Delicious food!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Not my first (or last) time at Exemplar but it was my first for dinner. I am a fan of the breakfast menu here usually. Dinner was good. Efficient service, food prepared as described. Nothing earth shattering but consistent and enjoyable.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Atmosphere is warm and inviting for intimate conversation. The menu is a nice change in pace from typical dining experience at other locations.

Service staff was courteous and professional. Our food was prepared as requested.

Our overall experience was great. We’ll return again more frequently.

Tags: Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We came here for our anniversary. They gave us champagne, to celebrate :) That made the night even more special. So thank you for that! They gave us carrot cake too! I didnt think i liked carrot cake but it was actually amazing! We had a couple issues with our food but they fixed the issues when we mentioned them. I had the chicken & my date had the filet.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great venue for an outstanding meal in a quiet atmosphere to enjoy good conversation.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was delicious! We will definitely return soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great restaurant ! Menu has really gotten a lot better!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ribs were very good. Service as usual was excellent. Carrot cake by the bar fireplace completed a great evening

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Stayed at the Mariemont Inn for our anniversary for the weekend. Ate there for dinner and breakfast. Outstanding ambience. Incredible service. Expertly prepared food. Five out of five. Made our anniversary experience memorable. Highly recommend for any meal and any occasion!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our server forgot things and needed a reminder. He was at the table enough but just couldn’t remember what he needed.
Overall, a good experience and we will come back

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I love this place. I ordered the fettuccine with mushrooms 🍄. Not a great dish. It was bitter. I think all the garlic was over cooked and it was really bitter. Everything else was really great.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I arrive before the restaurant opened, so I took a seat in the waiting area. There war several employees sitting at a table, but no one got up to welcome me or to let me know how much time it would be before the restaurant opened. They could've been more welcoming.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great restaurant in a beautiful historic setting. Wonderful way to enjoy a meal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Really good restaurant week deal. Would like 3 choices per course, but they options that have are so tasty. Just a little disappointed to receive such a small martini and get it in a champagne coup

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I had to go get my own refills from the bar.

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