Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

4.6
1907 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 1907 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We visited Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub during our brief stay in Cincinnati. Overall we had a good experience. The restaurant itself is beautiful and has a nice feel. The food and drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a great server but runners forgot our food and we waited for a bit. Overall good food and atmosphere

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vipSherryL
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yea wonderful waitress and great food

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vipEricT
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Server was excellent. Very nice experience.

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CarenE
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mixed drinks were inconsistent— food was good. Fun music.

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VandaliaMorgan
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed! Everyone was super friendly and they all worked nonstop to take care of their guests. Food and drinks were delicious.

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BarbaraR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good pub food, a few clicks better than regular bar food. Good prices and friendly, competent service.

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FernG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicholson's for lunch is a reliable and delicious choice. The food is always good and the servers are friendly and professional. As a downtown worker I am so glad Nicholson's is open for lunch when so many other restaurants are still not. I recommend the Tavern House Salad with salmon or crab cakes. I've been eating it for years!

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PaulF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Scotish tavern. Yes, I have been to the UK. Great beer and single malt selections. Limited menu right now, but still offering plenty of varity.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my wife’s birthday, enjoyed a great meal. She had the Buffalo Mac and Cheese, I had the Fish and Chips. Both meals were excellent, the icing on the cake was the Sticky Toffee Pudding. We will definitely be back again!

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KimberlyL
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere!
The staff was wonderful.
Will definitely visit again!

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MichelleR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Pot roast Mac and cheese is outstanding. Great setting, nice menu, good drinks, reasonable prices. What more could you want?!

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SteveG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place! Great food, great beer, and excellent service! We ate dinner here prior to an FC Cincinnati game. It was a short 15 minute walk to the stadium. We will be back!

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Travis
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smack dab in the middle of the action downtown. Outstanding Food, Service, Building and Atmosphere. The manager and all staff constantly on the move. Loved it all.

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ElsaW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and what a wonderful experience ! Early birthday celebration followed by a great concert. Will definitely be back !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Good food good drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had duck fat fries, the Scotch egg, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and sticky toffee pudding. Everything was wonderful and authentic, if a bit modernized and elevated.

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DavidB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Service. Good Food. Friendly. We all left wondering why we don't go to Nicholson's more often.

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
376 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

You feel like you are in the British Isles. A great place to meet up with friends.

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TeresaM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun way to end a day in Cincinnati. Yummy fish & Chips. We were so hot and thirsty from being out in the sun and doing a walking tour. The Server was so kind to us and immediately brought our drink orders so we could hydrate and kept our glasses full throughout our meal. Great service, great atmosphere.

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vipStaceyS
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. I will go back until I’ve tried everything on the menu and then keep coming back for my favorites!

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Yummyfood4u
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

In town for the day, picked this spot because of the high reviews. The food was about as expected, fish was decent but the Brussel sprouts were charred. Everything was okay except the waiter...seems like he despised his job and had no interest in serving us. Made it very uncomfortable and honestly probably the worst server I’ve ever had, really had a negative vibe the whole time. Would not go back, was not great for a date.

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vipMouse
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nicholson's is a consistent go to restaurant with good food and service. I hope they bring back their pre-pandemic menu.

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PamelaG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Although the building and interior decor were lovely, we feel Nicholson's has missed a great opportunity to create the true feel of a Scottish pub. Despite the panels of plaid fabric on the walls and the plaid skirts worn by the waitresses, we wished there had been more that evoked this sort of ambiance. For example, I would have enjoyed hearing some Scottish music playing, rather than 80's and 90's-era American rock music. The breading on the fish was tasty and crisp but the fish itself was bland. The french fries were fantastic and the staff were wonderful.

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PrincessHeidi
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

Quick in and out.

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TimB
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our experience at Nicholson’s. The food and drinks were excellent!

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RyanK
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and attentive service

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exploring
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business meeting setting and everything was excellent.

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vipTraceyB
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!

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vipTruefoodiesnob
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very happy with the food, although & understandable, limited offerings. I had grilled salmon on caesar, my friend had the more typical fried fish & French fries w malt vinegar, he said absolutely excellent. The music was turned on uncomfortably high, I had to yell just to be heard at my table but they did adjust that. When the AC went off it did get uncomfortable but did kick on soon. Our server FeFe, could not have been better, she was terrific. Knowledgeable & fun!

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LauraC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our service was slow but she may have been new. She was very friendly and accurate with our order. The building was hot and no air flow. The food saved the day! The food was excellent. We will dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Nicholson’s every time I visit. Welcoming staff, cozy atmosphere, and delicious food make it a favorite!

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Yummy
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nicholson's has a new menu since we last had dinner there and we appreciate the changes. The food was delicious and was brought to our table piping hot. We enjoyed the service...lots of smiles and several good suggestions. Other diners seemed happy to be there so the atmosphere was positive. We are looking forward to returning soon.

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Jennie
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience were very good!
Music was a little loud as we were seated in a room next to the bar area.

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vipCheri
Louisville
26 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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vipMichaelH
Cincinnati
14 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
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
Cincinnati
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!

FAQs

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 1907 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.