National Exemplar

4.7
1208 Reviews
$30 and under
American
The National Exemplar, located on the first floor of the Mariemont Inn, is a popular neighborhood restaurant. It offers American-style cuisine in its spacious dining room or relaxing outdoor patio. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the National Exemplar offers an outstanding experience.

Southerby’s Pub, located off the lobby, offers dining as well as a cozy place to have a drink and features oversized chairs overlooking one of the original 1920’s fireplaces. In the evening settle down in an over-stuffed sofa and savor a drink with the locals in this intimate lobby pub.

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.
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was outstanding. They gave us a complimentary glass of champagne for our anniversary which was so thoughtful. Best anniversary dinner we have had and we can’t wait to return!

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vipRichS
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We dined outside for the first time this year when the temperature was about 60. It was very pleasant, and the service was impeccable. Very good food in a very nice restaurant.

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Hank
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both excellent. I had the prime rib with the wedge salad and my wife had the mushroom pasta dish with a regular salad. We shared the stuffed date appetizer, split a delicious piece of chocolate cake for desert and it was all delicious. We sat in the bar area which was quiet with plenty of space between diners.

Lastly; and on a total side note about something we both got a kick out of, is that someone left John Mayer on repeat on the radio. Literally, for an 1 hour and 30 minutes roughly we heard almost his entire catalogue plus some live tracks. When we return to this restaurant in the future I'm hoping they add some of John's work with Dead and Co. into the mix. But in all seriousness...great restaurant and we'll be back.

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WhitneyQ
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, outstanding food! Complimentary champagne toast for our anniversary. Wonderful night!

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vipNikki
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hidden gem here it's a must try.

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vipskos
Cincinnati
80 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent...branzino, pot roast, prime rib were terrific with good portions. Prices: wine by glass on the high side, cocktail price was in line,food prices were fair except for the liver and onions which were priced in line with more expensive cuts and fish..really? Service was excellent, dessert delicious.

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MAGAYHEART
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food delicious! I would go back at any point!

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Maria
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so fresh and the service is outstanding

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SometimesDisappointed99
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Valentine's Day and was not disappointed, as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was no wait, walked directly to our table which was in front of an amazing fire. Food was incredible and a staff as good as you could ask for. Located in beautiful downtown Mariemont.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Phenomenal food. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, delicious food, wonderful staff

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vipAlesu
Cincinnati
89 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Have have not been to National Exemplar for two weeks due to bad weather. Glad to return and enjoy their new menu. We especially enjoyed their stuffed dates, it was delicious. We will certainly go back to try their other innovative new dishes. Lisa, the front Manager was friendly as usual. She made sure the service was always on point.
We always enjoyed our dinner there.

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Rocky
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love "Prime Rib Nights." That is, when you still have some, when we get there. Love Lisa and all the great servers, too.

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vipJackP
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu selections! Delicious food, excellent services and cozy ambiance

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dark ambiance, booth seating with dividers (for Covid caution) and wonderful service. I really liked this trendy American spot. I enjoyed the emerald cocktail and the scallops were divine! I would definitely eat here, great for a date night!

National Exemplar
Responded on February 10, 2021

Hi Jenna! Thanks for your kind words and for spending an evening with us. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope to do so again soon!

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Tnwaltz
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the gentle, soothing atmosphere of the National Exemplar--dark wood and brass, dimly lit. We enjoyed our farm salad and Caesar salad and then the seafood linguine and the pork shanks pappardelle. It was all great, and we were going to pass on dessert. But we tried their warm carrot cake and it was fabulous! It's one layer with gooey cream cheese frosting. A definite recommendation!

National Exemplar
Responded on February 10, 2021

Tnwaltz, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us! We are thrilled you enjoyed everything and appreciate the recommendation. With your permission, we would love to share your review on our social media channels. Let us know if you're interested and come see us again soon!

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TomA
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Pretty cool place. Service was excellent. Food was good but arrived at the table cold. I didn’t tell the waitress. If not for that i would have given a higher rating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience5

Ordered brazed beef ribs, received barbecue ribs instead along with a cold baked potato,
Companions food arrived at same time as mine.
Complained to the-waitress that I received the wrong order,
Said this was what I ordered, she was wrong,
Rather that send back snd wait for the correct order while my companion ate her meal alone, I decided to go ahead and eat the meal provided,
After about 5 minutes the manager did come visit our table with condolences,
Not one to make a.big fuss.
This location is definitely overpriced and over rated.
It’s location in a high rent or real estate market area with a population of senior wealthy people will ultimately allow it to survive.

National Exemplar
Responded on February 11, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for dining with us. Your comments are very important to us and have been shared with our management and team to ensure future improvement. We would like to discuss your visit in further detail. If you would consider, please call Lisa, our Dining Room Service Manager, at (513) 271-2103. Thank you.

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vipCarolPms
Cincinnati
117 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You don't need a cold, rainy, dreary night to enjoy the fireplace while having dinner here. It is a good choice for breakfast too ! Service was exceptional -- the young man was right in guessing we wanted to enjoy each other's company. Our meals included salmon, shrimp, the bison burger, & prime rib. Appreciate being able to pick from various sides. The cocktails were also full pours & different combinations. Safe, clean, delicious.

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Upnorth
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tough to beat the Exemplar and it's always a steady, go-to for our friends and family.
The mushroom soup is a favorite and along with the daily specials, they always have the traditional feel-good food you look for in a local eatery.
Desserts are very good and Graeter's is always around the corner too!
Can't go wrong here.

National Exemplar
Responded on February 8, 2021

Thanks for sharing your experience! It's an absolute pleasure serving you and your loved ones. We look forward to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Will go back.

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vipBevC
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner date with my husband. 💕💕💕

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Lisas
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sons 18th birthday. We enjoyed!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I had a cheeseburger as my main course and it was “okay” but the salad I had as an appetizer was more gourmet. I assumed the burger would be as well.... The service was excellent and the environment was very calm and it gave me the opportunity to enjoy my date rather than being destracted my the other conversations in the room. Will go back again soon to try the other entree options.

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Lovediningout
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to National Exemplar for the Prime Rib and we were not disappointed. It was cooked exactly as it should be and was very tender. The service was tremendous - both from our waitress and the support staff. And we love the ambience - very cozy!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thanks again for a wonderful dinner. Scallops were perfect. Prime rib sandwich excellent. Looking forward to the mushroom soup again 😎

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vipCarrieM
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service excellent, and the atmosphere is very cozy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A cozy place to gather with friends. Feels a little like a nice hunting lodge with a fireplace. Comfort food done well at a reasonable price.

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jake
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was terrific and the service with Megan was great! Could not ask for a better experience. Thanks for this gem.

National Exemplar
Responded on January 25, 2021

Thank YOU for your support! We love serving you.

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vipBryant
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious; service was outstanding; and the ambiance was perfect for date night! Will def be adding this to our short list of restaurants to go back to

National Exemplar
Responded on January 25, 2021

Thanks for spending date night with us! We can't wait for your next visit.

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TimG
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Highly recommended.
Great seating near the fireplace.
Wife loved her (3) cosmos’s... 😊
Food was top notch cooked exactly to order.
Wife had a salad with her blackened scallops that was the best tasting salad I’ve ever mooched. Real beets, pomegranate fruit, other stuff, and it worked.

National Exemplar
Responded on January 19, 2021

TimG, we appreciate your feedback and support! We're so happy to hear you and your wife had such a wonderful experience. We hope to serve you again soon!

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MomsNightOut
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service. Our favorite date night dinner place for the past 14 years!!! Will always be on the top of the list.

National Exemplar
Responded on January 19, 2021

Thank you for your incredible support over the years! We're honored you spend date night with us and love serving you each time!

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rfc1
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. I think our servers name was Cole. Food was good. Wine was good (but expensive)

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vipLDPoch
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing like sitting in front of the beautiful stone fireplace enjoying Taco Tuesday - yes that's right some of the best Tacos you will find! The staff are so friendly and accommodating - always a pleasure to dine at the NE.

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davidm
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food though menu is a little limited. Service was good with manager stopping by.

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BrittaniG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service was great! We will be back!

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vipLoriF
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy ambiance, take covid precautions seriously, great food and outstanding service! An extra thanks to the manager for making our rare girls' night out extra special!

National Exemplar
Responded on January 11, 2021

LoriF, thank you for your kind review! We're delighted to hear you felt safe and enjoyed your experience. It was a pleasure serving you and your friends!

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National Exemplar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. National Exemplar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 271-2103.

National Exemplar is rated 4.7 stars by 1208 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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