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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Prime Rib au Jus
aged 28 days | slow cooked | whipped potatoes | charred broccolini | creamy horseradish
house favorite | cream cheese icing | served warm
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
the house favorite and our signature soup
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!
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.
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.
Excellent service, outstanding food! Complimentary champagne toast for our anniversary. Wonderful night!
The service and food were perfect.
Hidden gem here it's a must try.
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.
Service was excellent and the food delicious! I would go back at any point!
Everything is so fresh and the service is outstanding
Went for Valentine's Day and was not disappointed, as usual.
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.
Great service. Phenomenal food. We will be back.
Great ambiance, delicious food, wonderful staff
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.
We love "Prime Rib Nights." That is, when you still have some, when we get there. Love Lisa and all the great servers, too.
Wonderful menu selections! Delicious food, excellent services and cozy ambiance
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for sharing your experience! It's an absolute pleasure serving you and your loved ones. We look forward to your next visit.
Good food. Will go back.
Dinner date with my husband. 💕💕💕
Our sons 18th birthday. We enjoyed!
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.
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!
Thanks again for a wonderful dinner. Scallops were perfect. Prime rib sandwich excellent. Looking forward to the mushroom soup again 😎
The food was delicious, service excellent, and the atmosphere is very cozy!
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.
As always the food was terrific and the service with Megan was great! Could not ask for a better experience. Thanks for this gem.
Thank YOU for your support! We love serving you.
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
Thanks for spending date night with us! We can't wait for your next visit.
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.
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!
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.
Thank you for your incredible support over the years! We're honored you spend date night with us and love serving you each time!
Great service. I think our servers name was Cole. Food was good. Wine was good (but expensive)
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.
Good food though menu is a little limited. Service was good with manager stopping by.
The food was incredible and the service was great! We will be back!
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!
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!
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.