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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
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Casual (12)
Cozy (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Authentic (7)
Romantic (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
People Watching (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Fun (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Extremely mediocre

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Went for Restaurant Week, so first time here. Food was not that great, although they tried. The wine pairings were every good with the three course meal. Duck confirm crepe was ice cold. It was supposed to be served cold but it was out-of-the-fridge cold. Fish was tasty but overcooked. Carrot cake was scalding hot and undercooked. So hot the icing melted all over and it was mushy. I really wanted to like the restaurant but....

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We are regulars of The Presidents Room at The Phoenix where we learned that they are sister restaurants w/ the NE. My friend and I had a rare Saturday night off so we decided to finally visit. Our server Maddie was wonderful from beginning to end. The management team went above and beyond to make our first time dining experience very memorable. We cannot wait to come back and try their fall menu! Cheers team!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We wanted a quiet outdoor dining experience on a Friday night. The National Exemplar really fit the bill. Our waiter, Jeremy, was congenial and knowledgeable. Food service was a good pace, and food was tasty; soup, salad, sliders and ribs. The neighborhood strolled by but didn't disturb. We caught up with our friends and they were impressed with it all, having not been there before. The wife kept saying, "This is so nice!" We will all be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We have eaten there on many occasions and it is a very charming hotel restaurant with an old world English Tudor charm
When in the area we make a point of going there for dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Liking the new menu. The bar is a gem for pre-dinner cocktails, or just meeting friend for a drink.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 6, 2017

As always, consistency in the dining experience at the National Exemplar. Always enjoyable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Not a great value, had expected a bit more from the menu. Sides (vegetables) that accompanied my entree were very skimpy. Fish was a little overcooked. Everyone else's entrees were fairly good. Other than that, a good local convenient neighborhood restaurant in an area without many choices.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 23, 2017

always enjoy the warm cozy atmosphere and good food

nice location, good parking

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 18, 2017

it was our first time eating there. it was great food great service. we will definitely be going back.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We are often at the restaurant, but were disappointed this time in the food. The chicken was dry, the prime rib had an unusual taste, the pasta had very little seafood. Sorry!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

First time here, outstanding. New server couldn't work the crazy corkscrew, but he was cute trying. Apps were good: pork riblets and marcona almonds. Salads were divine. Entrees were delish. Medium rare filet was cooked perfectly and generously sized, with roasted brussels sprouts, roasted tomatoes, pureed potato. Cleaned my plate. Sicilian linguine with mussels was and old world delight...saffron linguine. Amazing. No desserts, we were too full. But the server knew it was my birthday and brought us three desserts... chocolate ganache cake, raspberry cheesecake, and their famous carrot cake. TO. DIE. FOR. The wines were varied and very good, although horribly overpriced. Overall, a great restaurant, a wonderful memory, and we will be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Very good patio setting for dinner. A little bit noisy as the patio is next to the street with cars and motorcycles passing by. Limited seating in the patio. The dishes are in sufficient quantities. Good wine choices. Good bread types.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Service and food were excellent. Atmosphere was good for conversation. A great establishment!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

A friend and neighbor recommended the National Exemplar and gave it high reviews. We originally came for "burger week" but plan to go again for the Monday Oyster special. Our waiter, Aaron, was friendly and very personable. We dined on the patio and enjoyed the warm evening breeze. The Hungarian mushroom soup was exceptional!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Chose restaurant because they participated in Cincy Burger Week 2017. Burger was very good but they changed the Hungarian Mushroom soup recipe! :o(

Our waiter, nice guy, but forgetful and unorganized - perhaps new to position. Had to ask for spoons (??) for the 3 of us that ordered soup; should be served and consumed while hot.

Also, he totally forgot one of our beer orders and finally, when the tabs were delivered, they were substantially incorrect.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We went there for a quiet early dinner, to celebrate my birthday. We were able to find a quiet booth, on the side of the dining area. We passed up on the outdoor seating -- too hot and sunny. Nice selection of food, generous portions, great service. Unbeknownst to me, my companion had brought in a birthday cake beforehand. At the appropriate time, the server brought out the cake with a lit candle (mercifully, no singing), then took it back and sliced out some pieces to serve.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Great service and yummy food! We sat on the patio which was lovely and really enjoyed the Monday $1 oyster special :)

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food, drink and service were all excellent. Knowledgable staff patiently took us through the menu and were never over present. Food was prepared in very interesting and tasty ways. Beverage service was fully poured and easy. While the room is a bit dark, it was also comfortable and conversation easy. Prices are reasonable whilst slightly expensive..mostly befitting the quality and atmosphere. Take your time and enjoy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion
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