Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

4.6
1889 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. Taking inspiration from the public houses found throughout Great Britain, our goal is to provide our guests with authentic hospitality and a brilliant dining experience. In addition to high-quality food, we offer a wide variety of beer, wine, and spirits featuring one of the best selections of single malt scotch whiskies in the area. Our family of restaurants has grown in recent years to include two new concepts: Horse & Barrel Bourbon House and the Backstage Event Center located next door from Nicholson's Pub. Horse & Barrel is an award-winning whiskey bar with 100+ whiskeys and bourbons, specialty cocktails, craft beers, small bites and a friendly bourbon-loving staff. The Backstage Event Center is a private event venue hosting rehearsal dinners, weddings, cocktail parties, corporate events and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1889 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cheri
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender made excellent cocktails. Our server was awesome. I had several questions on the drinks and between her and I believe the manager, all my questions were answered and recommendations were fantastic. Both my bf and I thoroughly enjoyed the food. Beer cheese was super good. This is def in my top 3 of places to eat in Cincy for the bar/pub atmosphere.

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MichaelH
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was a little lacking. We were stuck back in a corner and I think they forgot about us sometimes.

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vipWineLawyer
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere. Looks like a UK pub but bigger. Good beer selection, superb single-malt Scotch selection. The French Fries (excuse me, the chips) are outstanding. Their fish & chips signature dish was too heavy for me. The fish was dense rather than flaky, and tasted pan-fried like a croquette brather than deep fried. Good, but not in the Scottish style. Generous portions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Nicholson’s for dinner a few times a month. The staff is always friendly and accommodating, the fish and chips is a must! Their event space is also wonderful. Highly recommend for any occasion.

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Curlygirl
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here every St Patty's Day! We yet to have a problem getting in. The food, drinks, and service is fabulous!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and atmosphere!

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Kent
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This was not our first time to Nicholson's, however, this was the first time we disappointed. We were there for a birthday celebration. We asked to be moved after being sat at a table in the bar area. It was very noisy and not the atmosphere we were looking for to celebrate with our friends. Once we were sat in one of the back rooms, it took quite a while to see our server. Our drinks too a very long time to get, at one point my wife waited 40 minutes for her 2nd drink and the rest of us were ready for our third...and we still didn't have our food yet. When the food came out, one of the dinners was wrong and they took it back and tried very poorly to correct it. I ordered the fried chicken dinner and received 3 dry fried chicken tenders. I ordered it as the gentleman behind us had the dinner with a chicken breast on his plate that looked good. I was told that it was the new fried chicken dinner. However, on the way out, my wife pointed out another person with a nice chicken breast and wing on her plate. It will be a long time before we go back unfortunately. Very disappointing that the Manager never came over after we pointed this all out to the server. We recommended this place to our friends for the celebration and won't make that mistake again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We went to Nicholson’s for our Valentines date. We were seated at a small table which we quickly realized was not very comfortable and it was right next to the window so I had to wear my winter parka the entirety of dinner. We started with the beer cheese app and it was not warm but the pretzels were very hot and delicious, probably the best part of our night. I ordered the salmon and my husband ordered the fish dinner. My mashed potatoes were completely cold and my husbands fish was incredibly dry. We were so disappointed as we have loved coming to Nicholson’s in the past for dates and before shows at the Aronoff. Unfortunately, I don’t think we will be rushing back.

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CliffB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nicholson's Tavern has a great atmosphere and ambience. There was some trouble with our order but the manager took great care of it and us. We will be back BUT you need to serve Murphy's Irish Stout instead of Guinness, which is an inferior Irish stout. Also, you need to serve Haggis, even if its unauthentic because some people are squeamish about its traditional preparation. Finally, when the weather is warm, I'd like to see kilts and hear bagpipes.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was great. It was fantastic getting a night out again.

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bman
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great pub feel and solid food. Service & drink selection was also good.

KD
KevinD
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Initial server was rude and dismissive taking over 15 minutes to fill a clearly empty water glass—they were not busy. I asked for the manager who came, brought fresh water and gave us a nw server who was delightful. However the manager never came back to check on us after having a poor experience.

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JosephD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Overall, my experience was poor. I had visitors in town from out of state and brought them here for dinner. The experience that was delivered to us by the waiter was suboptimal. He wasn’t friendly, was relatively rude, and generally unhelpful.

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Gigi
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone here every time the Elvis tribute is at the Aronoff Center. It’s close and the food is always great. The service is always great - our server this past time was fantastic and very friendly. I tried the butterscotch pudding and it was amazing.

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vipPatricia
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am there all the time with a lady friend. This time I came with a grand-daughter who lives in town; she and friends will be back as it seems to cater t o the young scene. I love it.

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vipPickyDiner
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed everything we ordered. Started with the artisan bread and a Caesar salad. Entrees were turkey burger and pot roast.

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RobertB
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We come here often before the theater. Tonight's dinner seemed a little off, as food and drinks came at different times.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Server had been smoking. Seemed unengaged. He knew little about the easy questions we had. The food came out wrong. One order was wrong, the other was cold.

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KarenA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was excellent, I believe his name was Josh. We got there earlier than our reservation and that was no problem for them. We were quite happy about that as we were going to a play at the Aronoff and didn’t want to be late. Josh made sure we weren’t.
My daughter had the beef tenderloin, cooked to perfection. I had the halibut and was disappointed. Overcooked but fish can be a gamble most times. Nevertheless we loved the place!

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vipJM02
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We try Nicholson's every year at least once during Broadway Play Season. We always seem to get a server who is either new, or doesn't want to be there. My husband ordered what he thought was the fried chicken dinner and he actually received 3 chicken tenders, a crock of mac and cheese and a crock of green beans. There are too many choices for dinner before a play in downtown Cincinnati and I think this time has just cemented our thoughts about not trying it again. Usually when we are greeted we tell the server we are attending the play and get really good service. This is not the case at Nicholson's, unfortunately.

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JamieS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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Bibliogirl
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The last few times at Nicholson’s were not great experiences. But we were headed to a show at the Aronoff and it was the easiest choice. We had their lunch menu which included a quiche and some terrific salads. We were seated in the section right as you enter the door, I thought these would be awful seats, but it worked out fine. Our waitress, although very busy was attentive and did a great job. Of course we got the duck fat fries which were terrific. The quiche came with some side potatoes and dressed greens. My daughter had the steak salad which was delicious. Great food & experience, will put them back on the go to list.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great as usually. Disappointed opentable lost our reservation. Luckily they had an available side booth but was difficult for my grandmother to participate in conversation due to sitting situation

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KristinH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we really enjoyed it. The Happy Hour is nice and even the limited "show" menu had a lot to choose from. We will be back.

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AlyssaA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service was attentive, great location across from the Arenoff

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall consistently great. I wish they used their old sticky toffee pudding recipe.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went before a show at the Aronoff. Got there at 6. Our two apps came out late and not together, and by 715 we had to leave without entrees because our order was "sent to other tables." Thankfully there were snacks for sale at the Aronoff. Not a great experience.

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vipBeijinggul
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the salmon salads for lunch and our server was awesome. Would highly recommend.

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ColonelH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and value before a Show at the Aronoff. In and out in about 65 minutes.

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lowa
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The greeting staff were friendly and helpful. The waiter was efficient and checked back regularly with us. The food was great. Our table was in a cozy room.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Lovely experience. Will visit again.

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and sat in a great, private booth! Cocktails were delicious, and the burgers were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good meal! Desserts were excellent! Music too loud and they missed an opportunity to play Scottish music instead of hard rock.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Seated in back room near fireplace. On a cold night fire would have been great but he heat level could not be adjusted and where we sat it was much too hot. Charge for a shared prime rib dinner was $10.00 "Outrageous"

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RyanK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the atmosphere was really fun. We had the pretzels and cheese, fish and chips, and the buttermilk fried chicken. It was delicious!

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Claire
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, and tasty drinks!

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BringItOn777
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was tasty and reasonable. The best part of all was the outstanding service by FiFi. She was genuine , happy , helpful, and very alert to care for us.

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Julz
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Go to this restaurant prior to Broadway Show across the street. Always a worry that we will get waited up, served our food and given our checks within the over 90 minutes we are there. They do not staff appropriately for show nights.

JA
vipJAL1
Charlotte
44 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A good mix of Scottish and pub fare, well-prepared, and complemented by an expansive drink list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-show dinner. Friendly service. Delicious food. Great drinks

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You can order delivery directly from Nicholson's Tavern & Pub using the Order Online button. Nicholson's Tavern & Pub also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Nicholson's Tavern & Pub also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 564-9111.

Nicholson's Tavern & Pub is rated 4.6 stars by 1889 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.