Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

4.4
1638 reviews
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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.

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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! We often eat here when we attend a show at the Aranoff.

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c
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch experience. Always great service. Nice outdoor dining option as well. Been here many times and never been disappointed.

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w
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perry took wonderful care of us. Food was delicious.

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OT
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff. We were seated as soon as we arrived. Very knowledgeable about the menu. Quick service but made us aware that we could take our time. Great experience

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JG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall food very good but the pork loin was dry and over cooked. Crab cakes and sweet potato’s where great.

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R
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The duck fat fries were incredible! Ploughman’s board was nice—excellent mix of funky cheeses and other yummies. Bread was delicious. The shepherds pie was nearly all meat, and tasted great! Fifi, our server, was a delight. All in all, a wonderful time, and we would definitely go back.

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J
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great. Our server was not the friendliest and didn’t check on us very often. To be fair we were there for dinner before a broadway show.

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d
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good ok average

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H
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We were having brunch before our play at the Arinoff.
Our food was delicious but our server was slow and made several mistakes on our bills. We ended up being rushed to make our play on time.

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came to watch a hockey game, but the TVs were not working. No problem - they say is next door in Horse and Barrel. The place was noisy due to an event upstairs but we had a great time nevertheless

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D
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful service. Food is tasty.

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PH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was great. We had theater tickets and our waitress was aware. She brought us our drinks in a timely manner, food came out perfect at the right time. We did not feel rushed at all and were never neglected to where we had to flag down someone for service. Another beverage after dinner and dessert which was delicious afterwards. Look forward to next visit.

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MT
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took advantage of the "Cinci Restaurant Week" deal; each of us got a wonderful appetizer (spinach dip for me), sandwich and dessert on the Prix Fixe menu. My 'Caledonian chicken' had all the extras and was marinated deliciously! My daughter ordered Shepherd's Pie, so filling she had half to take home. Our server was super-attentive and very professional. Love Nicholson's every time (and my son loved their choices on draft for his 21st b-day lunch ;-)

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K
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We had a reservation, but the only table they had available was a high-top in the bar. We were there on a Friday evening before a performance at the Aronoff, so the bar and restaurant were crowded. My fish sliders were cold and we did not receive the appetizer and second round of drinks that we ordered. Would not go again, especially before the theatre.

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E
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great atmosphere. Our waiter was fabulous and made the experience even better. As an added bonus ... kilts!

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N
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was tasty, but the vegetables that came with the scallops was cold. Desert was very tasty.

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M
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food at reasonable prices. Best fish and chips in town.

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DA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Am always so impressed with Nicolson's! They never disappoint! Service, food, atmosphere - everything wonderful! Will be back again!

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s
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat there all of the time and love the food and the atmosphere

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time - good food, great atmosphere!

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JE
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My husband and I both got the fish and chips. My fish was almost burnt and my husbands fries looked like they were from two hours before. The coleslaw was very bland and not much. Not worth the $16 it cost either.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in hopes of getting a Scotch flight for my boyfriend for his birthday. He loves it but doesn’t drink it often, so it was already an exciting time going into it. Mike, our waiter, loves Scotch just as much as my boyfriend, and we were blown away by his care and time he spent with us to make sure we got exactly what we were hoping for! We will definitely be back, and hopefully we’ll run into Mike again!

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CT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and really nice server - don’t know his name but he was from Warren MI! The kitchen was really busy so the food took a little while. Fortunately we were not in a rush. Fun decor and really nice people who work in this place. Very enjoyable evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitress disappeared for long periods. Cold coffee. Fish sliders amazing!

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RM
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had been here a number of times previously. It remains as good as ever. We actually tried to get a booking elsewhere, but it was the first home game for the Reds, and other places had no space. Nicholson's did, though it was pretty full. The food was quite good, the service was accurate and polite and accommodating, and the décor is great, especially to folks like us that love Scotland. We paid a little more than we would at home, but downtown Cincy is a bit more expensive. Noise level was up during game time, but calmed down a bit by the time we left. Overall, another great experience at Nicholson's.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary dinner. Came in at 730 on Sunday so pretty close to closing time but the music was really loud. That was really the only thing I can say wasn’t completely exceptional! This was our second time coming here and the food and drink both times had been delicious and the service was awesome, you can tell the employees enjoy their jobs! 10/10 would recommend

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OT
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It is a great place to go before a show at the Aronoff. The service was spectacular and there is a nice selection of food.

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TB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good food and outstanding service by Michael.

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L
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food!

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DK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Seemed shorthanded for waitstaff but food was great.

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JF
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was wonderful, especially the Guiness stew and service was great!

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d
Cincinnati
114 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food as well as the service were absolutely wonderful.

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DL
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Five of us for dinner. Some had good food and some said it was ok. Mine was ok. The server was a bit of a sourpuss - not friendly or personable really. We did go on St. Patrick's Day so really expected some fun and upbeat attitudes but not what we got - more ho-hum, another day another dollar attitudes. It was ok but Cincinnati has so many fun restaurants with great food AND great service that if a friend was asking I can think of a lot of other places that I would recommend first. Two of us had the shepherd's pie which was average - the flavor of the meat was good, carrots undercooked and potatoes fairly flavorless. It was sort of a "deconstructed" version - layer of meat with veggies around and potatoes on top but not completely covering as in a traditional shepherd's pie. One person ordered the Reuben and said it was very good. One person had the tenderloin and said it was very good and one person had the pulled pork and said it was average or a little better. Prices are fairly reasonable - drinks high as is the case anymore if you are drinking at a restaurant. $8.00 cabernet was meh. Switched to green beer, but they ran out of green food coloring - no biggie except for the lack of the St. Patty's Day fun element.

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L
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time . Great food . Servers are attentive . Our family’s celebration place . Strongly suggest fish and chips. Appetizers are a meal themselves .

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a
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great... once we got into the back room. I had no idea there would be live music at 6pm, and was on day 3 of a migraine. They actually tried to seat us right in front of the band & I have no idea why, since the entire back room was practically empty! If I go again, I'll be wearing ear plugs.

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S
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Nicholson's Tavern & Pub. Food was excellent as was the service. A bit noisy, but then
it was St. Paddy's Day Week-end, so to be expected. Would return again.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food and great service! beer cheese was phenomenal!

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DG
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good menu with a broad range of food from sandwiches to full dinners and "Pub" food. Conveniently located to the Aronoff so great for "theater" dates, which is what we did. Service was prompt and attentive.

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GE
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and bar area. Had burgers which were good but nothing out of the ordinary. Would love to try other items on the menu. Great place to meet for drinks

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