Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

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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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DL
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They have a new show day menu that's supposed to speed things up. It needs some refinements (probably just practice) as it actually took a bit longer this time. Still a solid experience and we'll definitely gove the staff the benefit of the doubt for future plans

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Not enough servers, drinks weren’t filled, delay in receiving our food, had to ask for our check.

IN
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was disappointed that my food was only lukewarm when received. Have eaten here before and this was a first. May reconsider as we have out of town guest we had planned to bring ?

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Service was mediocre. Waited too long for cocktails, entrees and for our payment to be processed. Restaurant approximately 30% full.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Show night. We had a great time!

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly cooked salmon, incredible beer and scotch selections and very reasonable prices.

s
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything, food atmosphere, service

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A fun night out!

B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal and our server Fifi was great. Food was deliscious and quickly served. Would def go back again.

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice evening and great service. Always a perfect place to eat before our show next door.

KR
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoy this restaurant, especially for the ambiance and scotch! We started at the bar and went to our table later than the reservation by choice. We were at our table 10-15 minutes without being greeted and the server walking around our area never even gave us eye contact. It took one of our party going to the manager to get service. Our server profusely apologized and it seems they were poorly staffed that evening as she was on her own in our section. From that point forward everything was great, the manager checked in often, and bought us a round of drinks for our trouble so they worked to correct the experience really well. The appetizers were great (duck fries, brie and spinach/artichoke dip)! The entrees were good but the fried chicken was pretty dry and the green beans had a very odd taste - maybe just not our cup of tea. Dessert (cheesecake and apple crumble) was amazing. All in all a good experience.

OT
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. The salmon is the best I've ever had and I also love the duck fat fries. Will be back!

j
Cincinnati
63 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a great place for scotch whiskey lovers, and some good pub style food.
Our waitress was friendly and took good care of 4 of us on an early Friday night.

NM
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

pretty disappointing. Server seemed put off by food allergies even though he said he had them himself. Answers from kitchen were inconsistent. We were one of maybe 4 tables...

TM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Terrific food and service. One minor issue was that the establishment apparently thought our reservation was at 8pm when in fact it was 7pm. Also, concerned about our waiter, who in addition to dealing with our large party, had to deal with another larger party (20+) simultaneously! But he was amazing and as attentive as he could be.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a very neat hidden jewel. They strive to make it look authentically Scottish, and they have well succeeded. I love the way the servers wear kilts. It really pulls the experience together. We had a party of 8 and had prompt, friendly service. The food was delish. I'd definitely go back.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat and enjoy beverages. Depending on the time you arrive, there usually isnt a waiting list. Service is always fantastic and food comes out quick and always delish

B
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Eat here often for lunch. The salads are typically good and flash fried brussel sprouts are fabulous.

PC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance with the Scottish theme, great food and service!

Y
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cool setting, great service, nice selection of tasty food. Great value. Loved everything about the place

J
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy Nicholson’s for a casual meal or drinks.

On this occasion they did not have the shepherd’s burger item I ordered from the menu so I missed that.

I happened to walk around the outside of the building any they would benefit fro a good sweep up - lots of cig butts.

EW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love this place and the food is fantastic. My husband and I went for the first time last year, the day after our wedding. This year, we went back for our anniversary and we were really excited. After we were seated, we were told that the waiter we were going to have had to take the chef to the hospital (hope that he/she is okay!) And that our new waiter would be there soon. He came to take our drink and starter order. My sangria came before my husband's soft drink which I thought was odd. He also took our order at that time..almost 20 minutes after, he came back to say he forgot the pop and would have it right out. 10 minutes after that, we were told they were unable to make what my husband originally ordered, no big deal, he placed his new order. 10 minutes after that, we were told they were unable to make what I originally ordered. We both understood, the only reason I didnt leave 5 stars was because we think the service could have been a bit quicker about the changes. But the food was still amazing and we are still looking forward to coming back!

LD
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Even better service. Our server Anna was friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. Will definitely be back.

RW
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot in a great location. We went after a Reds game, and loved the food, atmosphere, and offerings.

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Music was rather loud near the front of the restaurant, but it was fine further back.

e
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lamb/beef goat cheese Shepherd's burger for cincyburgerweek.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The most memorable thing was how long it took before we ordered and then again how long it took to get our food. There were not a lot of people at the restaurant at the time, so I'm not sure what the hold up was. The food was good, but could have been better. It was a burger during burger week ($5 burger w/ no sides) and the texture of the burger was a little off compared to what it should have been, though flavor was good.

JF
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour! Went before a reds game and was close to the stadium. Great service. Fries brussel sprouts were on point.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Nicholson’s since 2012 and it’s still the best. No matter when I go they always have a table. Good and service is wonderful.

EF
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our service was a little slow since we were seeing a showing after dinner but the manager made it right in the end. Good food!

J
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It makes me nervous how long it takes to get food (last three times was over an hour) and how close they cut it to the performance times at the theater. Twice we were told that a manager would come over to our table and apologize but in neither case did it happen. Love the food and the convenience and so hoping to just see improvement in time it takes to get food delivered to table in a timely manner.

TA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner before a show at the Aronoff... meals were a little slow coming from the kitchen. Food quality was excellent and we will be back in the future...

MR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Happy to say that this was a Winner we will be back for sure 👍

PH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Nicholson's is always our go to when we are downtown at the Aronoff. The last two visits have been disappointing. In May we waited an hour for our food, it never came in time for us to go to the play. This last visit, my food was over cooked, but not enough time to re-order. Hope for better luck in the fall.

BH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a meal before heading to a play. We have enjoyed the dinner menu often but enjoyed brunch items today and they did not disappoint.

OT
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was wonderful.

A
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall a decent pub to grab a bite. Our service was a bit lacking compared to other restaurants and the food was just ok. It was worth trying once and the beers are great, but not somewhere we would go back to for a full meal.

R
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicholson's is a great place for dinner or drinks before or after a show, ot just a fun night out.
I would highly recommend this anytime you are in Cincinnati.

B
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated immediately. Service was wonderful. Had a great dinner.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We waited for over 15 minutes, after being seated, with no server coming to our table. I finally asked a hostess if she could send a server to our table. Our drinks from the bar then took another 15 minutes after they were ordered. It was a busy Friday night but kind of early, our reservations were at 6:15pm.

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