About Nicholson's Tavern & 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.

625 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10am-9pm



Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 1am
Sunday: 11am - 9pm

Cross Street:
Between 6th and 7th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 564-9111

Website:
http://www.nicholsonspub.com/

Entertainment:
Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm

Parking Details:
The valet is available every Friday and Saturday night at 6:00pm and Tuesday through Sunday on Aronoff Theater event nights. Price is $8.00.

Executive Chef:
Jeff Poore

Private Party Facilities:
Nicholson’s is located directly across from the Aronoff Center for Arts. Our 7500 square foot restaurant houses a series of individually decorated dining rooms. The expansive pub with its 16 ft ceiling is a great place for your next Happy Hour. The Hearth Room with its own working fireplace seats 32 or reception style 40.The Garden Room is bright and airy and has an attached patio, seats 50 or reception style 70. You can reserve our entire restaurant, 150 seated or 250 reception style. Some of our specialties are the Fish and Chips, Center Cut Pork Chops, Grilled Steak and Duck Fat Fries, Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. Detailed mahogany and brass, antique glass and light fixtures from Scotland create an impressive and inviting atmosphere. Nicholson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in the region and over 25 imported beers on tap. We are a great destination for your next rehearsal dinner, graduation, business dinner or birthday party.

Private Party Contact:
Kelly Schneider: (513) 550-1869

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for our 20th Anniversary Burns Night celebration on Thursday, January 25th @ 7pm. Call 513-564-9111 for reservations or email events@dinetrg.com to inquire about our premium ticketed event!

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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (28)
Great for Lunch (24)
Good for Groups (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (19)
Cozy (18)
Hot Spot (18)
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Worth the Drive (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
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Creative Cuisine (13)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Great local dining! Always enjoy eating here before theater entertainment!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

Even with the reservation we were placed at a table by the bar. It was a bit of a rush because the show had just let out. Service was slow, server was apologetic but still slow. One would think being directly across from the theater they would know better how to handle the rush. Food was good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

A go-to for pre or post show and or a business 9r social lunch

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

This was really great; very high class considering how reasonable the prices are.
They even offered to hold our leftovers while were were at the theater!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Disappointed in the noise levels and the crowded feel.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Have been to Nicholson's several times and always had a great experience. This particular evening I was going to the Aronoff and my nephew and niece were in town from Indianapolis for the show and dinner. My niece is a chef and was very pleased with the food and atmosphere. The food is always tasty and I love the themed cocktails that go along with the show. Will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Much improved service since last visit. Prompt and attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was great. Poor server was likely deaf and had been at Nicholson's only two weeks, he said. Everyone had at least one thing wrong with their order. We were in a hurry to get to the Aronoff and almost missed the opening of the play. It was my birthday, and he made a big deal out of serving my birthday dessert, then charged us for it! As we were running late, we did not even mention it. We will go back because of its convenience. This new server needs to be more "seasoned" to work at Nicholson's! Please!

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

We've eaten there many times some really good some not so....this evening it was very good except for how loud. This is the worst thing about eating there is the noise it's almost to the point you can't hear each other unless you lean across the table along with the person across leaning. Can't figure out why they don't address the noise, they have to know. I do know if you sit at the bar it's one thing but in the very back dining room there is no excuse. Now the food, the pot roast was excellent as well as the oatmeal crusted trout. You can't go wrong with either. My half portion wedge salad was very good but small. Our friends had the turkey burger that was good but the waiter never brought pickles he asked for. Overall it was a good experience but could have been a great experience if it weren't for the noise.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The location is perfect for play nights. They are prepared for larger groups on these nights. I love that they have specialty drinks for the play themes. And, the best part.....they allow booking through Open Table for groups larger than 6. The other downtown restaurants do not allow for more than 5 or 6.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great choice before theatre. Located across the street. Fish and chips option was very good.
They are very accommodating for larger groups. Servers go out of their way to assist customers.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was delicious, service was great! Would definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Loved it!!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Our food was delicious as always. We are always comfortable eating here, in fact, so much that we are at several Nicholson's in England

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Thank You!

The server we had was Scott ? he was very kind and helpful and guided us to the right choice. My daughter got salmon patties w/ mashed and the bread board and I choose a cup of tomato basil soup . My soup was delicious paired with a small piece of bread and it was wonderful. Her dessert was cheesecake with toffee pieces and looked magnificent!

I just want to take a moment to thank you for this amazing experience my daughter and I experienced together and it would not have been possible without your generosity, kindness and .... I have no more words to say just a hug!!

Thank you my Friends
Julia Kathlyn Hackney

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was only the second time we had been there. The food was good again. Our waiter was very good and friendly. The only thing was it seemed to take longer than last time to get our food. We were going to concert and felt rushed by the time we got our food. I think next year we will try to schedule an earlier time.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

We went for dinner before the theater and the food was fantastic. I had Lamb shank that was the best I ever had. My wife, who us normally a light eater, had the roasted half chicken and finished it all. dessert was rum bread putting that just melted in your mouth. Service was great and the management was very attentive. we totally enjoyed our experience and recommend everyone to try them

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The location was perfect -right across the street from the Aronoff. The hostess and staff were friendly and professional. Michelle was an attentive waitress. The food was fresh and delicious. They even kept our left overs until after the show. The only downside of the whole night was that the table was wobbly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were put in the back of the resteraunt with a draft and I had requested the room with the fireplace. Our waitress spilled a coke all over the table and left us for minutes to find towels to clean it up. We had to get up ourselves. We had to ask several times for drinks. Our appetizer was served cold. (Brie) It was sent back. We had to place our used plates and wet mess on an empty table. Nothing was offered to us for inconvenience. Waitress was sweet but terrible service for a party of 8. We would have stayed longer and had more drinks. Not sure I would return or recommend and we chose you over Maplewood in downtown. Disappointing!

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wife and I had a really nice time. Food portion was a little small but very good. Beer prices were average for a downtown establishment. Extensive Scotch selection

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We always go to Nicholson's for Christmas Eve lunch. They have the best fish and chips I have ever had ... anywhere, including the U.K. Shepherds pie is very nicely done. It's a good-sized portion,a little bit spicy. The pot roast melts in your mouth and is a very large portion ... even at lunch. The have a very large menu of single malt scotch and several beers on tap. I especially enjoy the Young's Double Chocolate Stout and the Fullers's. The ambience is cozy, especially in the fireplace dining room. The bar is large and impressive. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. Nicholson's is my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati when I'm in the mood to be downtown and have a casual, cozy meal with family and/or friends. Well situated for both the Aranoff and Taft theaters.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wife’s 40th birthday and dinner with friends

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had an early-ish reservation on a Saturday and saw no server for ten minutes after being seated. After that everything was great and the pub vibe and comfort food hit the spot.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Birthday celebration and dinner was good!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

pork entrée was great and beer selection had a lot of draft selections.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Was seated earlier than reservation; good food, good service and prices are reasonable. Overall a good dining experience. We will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good service from our waiter, but not so good from the kitchen. Problem with parts of the meal being served cold, while other parts were nice and hot. It took 30 minutes to get our dessert, but the waiter apologized for the delay and said it was on the house.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The location is fantastic, the food wonderful and our waiter "Tikee" was entertaining and great.
Overall, a good value.
We were not pushed or rushed, in fact Tikee managed our time for the Theater perfectly..
A wonderful evening was had by all.

Tags: Healthy, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have dined at Nicholson's many times. This time...I was disappointed. The service was lacking; they didn't bring our drinks until we reminded them and our soups never made it to the table. I know it was during the holiday season...so things were busy....but I was disappointed because I specifically came for the soup. All we got from the server was...I'm sorry with a smile.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 16, 2017

birthday dinner

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The fish sliders are delicious as well as the Sheppard’s pie. Was a bit cold as in temp. But we got there as they were opening. Others had brunch which they said was very good as well

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Server was good. But the whole experience was a bust, first the place was cold, my wife had to dine in a sweater and jacket, the noise level was obnoxious but that could be expected in a Tavern I suppose, the food was wretched, we both ordered the fried chicken, for a $52.00 meal, three small pieces of chicken, which were over cooked, the macaroni was cold as were the green beans. I’ve seen many posts since the beginning of December that they are experiencing heating issues.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great place. Best Caesar salad in town. Brussels sprouts are amazing. Only downside, it was freezing in the restaurant, we ate with our coats on. Please turn the heat on.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 11, 2017

My first time ordering the Fish & Chips. I've heard they were so good. Won't do that again.
Everything was cold. Two guests at our table had to send the fish back and ask for hot fish. The fries were cold. We didn't bother to ask for new fries. WE were cold. Apparently they were experiencing problems with the heat. They really should not have opened that day. We had reservations but would have gone somewhere else had they informed us. I don't think we'll be back. For the price and the recommended fish and chips item - our food should have been fresh and hot. All tasted as if they had been sitting around a while.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Good food and servive, but it was very cold-wear layers!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was excellent but the restaurant could be a little bit warmer...noticed many people along with us kept their coats on during dining.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Typically we love Nicholson’s but Sunday we had an 1130 reservation before a 1pm curtain- at 1220 I asked our waiter about how long and he gave no eta. We finally talked to the manager who said everyone had come in at once before the musical and bengals game and they were behind. We had about 10minutes to eat. My son is autistic and doesn’t rush well. I guess the moral is don’t go during busy times.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were seated in the back room and it was so cold. Our table was extremely uneven and nothing we could do kept it from rocking when touched. One of our bourbon glasses had a streak of something gross on it. And one of our appetizers was delivered to another table. Having said all that, our waiter, Cory, was fantastic and so accommodating given all the obstacles we incurred. The food was very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Waiter was good and tried to make good of a bad situation. No heat in the restaurant, cold food and no apology from the manager.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Was very disappointed in our visit to Nicholsons ...as the temperature in the restaurant was extremely cold. The wait staff informed us that the manager/owner was there earlier that same day and knew the heat was not working properly. It was too cold to enjoy our meal...and the waiter kept bringing us hot chocolate and warm cups of water to warm our hands.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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