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National Exemplar

4.4
690 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • 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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat your favorite mom to a delicious dinner at The National Exemplar! Offering classic American cuisine with new updates, featuring the freshest ingredients, sourced locally when possible. Also offering Mother's Day Brunch (no reservations accepted).

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 690 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

From the time I entered the restaurant, the staff was very attentive and kind. Even though my friend and I were there for RESTAURANT WEEK, the waiter was kind enough to make recommendations. I have NEVER eaten carrot cake, but their carrot cake was DELICIOUS!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Two couples came to enjoy restaurant week. Only one of us ended up ordering the prix fix dinner, but we all tasted and approved his choice. The ambiance was charming. Our waiter was attentive and knew the menu well, food as well as wine. We look forward to returning again. We especially enjoy the outdoor dining in the milder months. Thank you for a special evening out!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Terrific meal.

We lucked into the National Exemplar's 35th anniversary weekend. Three course meal for only $19.83! Mushroom soup, scallops, shrimp cocktail, prime rib, chocolate pie dessert were all fantastic. Our server did a credible job on a very busy night. It was all great!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We happened upon the 35 anniversary celebration of the restaurant complete with wonderful special dinner menu. Great surprise and wonderful dinner experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was very good and the service was excellent. The menu was varied with something for everyone from starters to entrees. I would not hesitate to return to the restaurant for another evening out.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Early Easter dinner. We enjoyed the quality of the food, the service and the ambiance.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We love this place. But be sure to ask if the chef is substituting anything. I ordered the arugula and kale salad with manchego cheese--and the salad I got had substitutions for all these things. It was a decent salad--but not the one I was looking forward to eating.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Server was not very helpful, had to ask for bread and our beverages very about half of what i usually drink. Not very impressed at all.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The National Exemplar always exceeds my expectations! Sometimes we get the filet with boursin whipped potatoes, it is always cooked exactly to my preferred temperature. My husband gets the prime rib sandwich and loves it every time. We love sitting in a booth on the bar side of the restaurant. We're looking forward to Tacos & Tequila - the taco photos look amazing. We also visit on Burger night where you can get a gourmet burger (special each week) and a craft beer for $12. If there's a wait, walk into the hotel lobby and grab a drink at Southerby's!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Alwats great service...rib special was a lil dry..otherwise good experience.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food is great. Music does not match the ambiance of the restaurant. Wanted to have a nice relaxing dinner but felt as if we were at a rock concert with blaring depressing music.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Liver and onions very tender . The salmon was good although not many vegetables served with salmon . The dinners rolls were terrible . Packaged cheap rolls . Dessert was good . Chocolate Pot.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The only thing we absolutely couldn't stand was how loud the music is. People tend to talk louder with loud music, and it all becomes too much. Other than that we loved it.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Love the National Exemplar. Great service , good food, and cozy relaxed atmosphere! Been coming here for over 25 years! Many happy occasions celebrated and memories made here!!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We had a great experience at the National Exemplar. I noted on Open Table that we needed to be out of the restaurant by 6:25 for a movie at the Barn in Mariemont and we were!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

I lived in that area years ago and the Mariemont Inn was always a great place to eat. It was nice to go back and still be able to enjoy the wonderful food and service at the National Exemplar. It was great to enjoy a quiet dinner with friends and not have to talk over loud music. Over the last couple years, I have had lunch there several times and the experience was always well worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

As usual great dining experience. A special occasion made even better with on time open table reservation seating, great service and the fare was on point! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Terrific staff, from the hostess to the management, and consistently good food and drinks. The last time we were in town and stopped in, we noticed our favorite appetizer—the deviled eggs—were off the menu, but the GM Andrew had seen our reservation and had them made for us anyway. That’s above and beyond!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Amazing! Great food and great service! A**+!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

That food was delicious.!! It has been awhile since I last ate there The food has always been fine nothing out of the ordinary but I am guessing there is a new chef and wow are they talented!!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

It’s always nice to walk in and see Lisa, the long time manager who is very inviting. Our server was Eric and he was really cordial and very efficient. (Cute and appropriately funny too!)
It was rib night and two of us had delicious barbecue St Louis ribs and a perfectly cooked loaded baked potatoes. The other two had really good burgers that are two patties perfectly cooked on really good buns. A cozy booth topped off the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Food and service were great as always. May not be the hipster place some must go to, but the food is always great quality along with the service so if you are looking for a relaxing dinner, this is a great spot.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Standards are slipping. There is potential for a top tier restaurant such as the ambience and the location but the little things are disappointing. Menu needs an overhaul. How about linen and crusty bread appetizers?

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Casual, comfortable ambiance with more character than a chain. Very good food, very good service.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Perfect , historic little restaurant in an adorable quaint town. Good was delicious and prepared perfectly. We had a nice light dinner and walked next door to the movie theater. Highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The food and service was absolutely perfect! This is definitely a gem outside of downtown. My wife and I are already planning out next visit. The menu has great options for everyone and left me excited to come back soon! Have to recommend the Mussels and scallops to share. The Salmon and Ribeye were two of the best entrees I can remember! Our waiter was also a true pleasure to meet. Very polite and knowledgeable about the whole menu. It was like he know what we needed or wanted at all times. Again, cannot wait to go back soon!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Brilliant in every way! A must go!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Always great

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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