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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

4.3
1246 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Casual (40)
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10am-9pm



Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 1am
Sunday: 11am - 9pm
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Phone number
(513) 564-9111
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeff Poore
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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.
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Private party contact
Kelly Schneider: (513) 550-1869
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Cross street
Between 6th and 7th
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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.
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Entertainment
Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm
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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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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
What 1246 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWest (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 12 hours ago

Always good.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Summer was a great server! Food was very good, but tending towards bar food and less “Scottish Pub Food”. Good drink menu. Definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food and service as always. I've been there for a number of occasions.

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markb (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

we were seated right away. my wife wasn't feeling well, so she wasn't her usual friendly self. got a little attitude from our waitress because of that I thought. even though it was slow we rarely saw our waitress like at other places. manager didn't even come by and ask how our dinners were. service did get better as dinner went along. will proabably eat there again before going to a show at the arranoff,

do have one complaint about the request thing. I had one and it didn't happen, wasn't even mentioned by anyone there. it could have made my wife feel a little better, and stated the dinner off differently. if you ask for requests, then make sure they are honored, more people will be upset, if they arrive somewhere expecting something and it doesn't happen. the communication between you and wherever the request is to be carried out needs to be checked and re-checked until it happens. if this problem keeps happening, then quit asking for requests. don't know who the request problem should be addressed to.

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Hard2Satisfy (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was delicious and served very promptly and hot. The fried chicken was tasty. Very clean and the wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Had great ambience. Will definitely return

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ShaneN (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The place was very busy due to the Seinfeld performances across the street. However our 8 o'clock resversation was met within minutes of the hour. Great service even on the busy evening.

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Cincyma (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great pre-theater venue to get a bite to eat before or after the show!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

This just might be the worst restaurant I have ever been to in my life and we are still here waiting on our food, which just arrived. Our table is like in the common area where people wait for their table and that's with me making a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Ordered surf and turf. Fish was breaded vs batter. Not that great. Shepperd pie was good.

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Julz (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always enjoy Nicholson's Pub! At times it gets a little crazy as far as crowds but VERY noticeable that the staff recognize this and are very accommodating. It amazes me how well equipped they are to also meet the demand of the crowds with adding additional staffing, etc.

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Snuffy (Toledo)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Went to restaurant before attending a comedian event

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We were in Cincinnati for a beer tour our Son bought us for Christmas and wanted lunch from someplace we have not previously had. Great selection, the staff greeted us on arrival and seated us right away. Our waitress helped us with our selection and the manager came over to our table to see if everything was to our liking. Will definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Had a wonderful lunch to celebrate my mother's birthday. The wait staff was delightful. Food was excellent. Even the picky child found something she liked.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Reservations were a great idea. We had an amazing time.

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viprichclift (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a wonderful server; we enjoyed a special from the night before which was fantastic! Our server was top notch and out lunch was not rushed!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Burns night

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great time and our waiter was excelkent. Staff was helpful as well.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food, excellent service, a perfect table by the fireplace...it was an enjoyable evening!

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Jedeam (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

So glad we tried this place. Good food!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

We arrived to find that the hotel next door had just experienced a kitchen fire; so our table was literally aglow with the fire truck lights and sounds from the fire crew. That would have been alright had our server been on top of things. While she was friendly, she was not quick by any means; took close to 15 minutes just to be greeted at our table and served water.

The bread board app was delicious. My husband loved the steak & fries, my son enjoyed the shepherd's pie very much. I had the salmon which was wonderful as were the haricot verts, I subbed out the mashed potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes and they were cold. Again, the server never came back to check on us until it was time for the check. It was our son's bday so I encouraged him to get a dessert which she replied sure and it's complimentary.

We will go back; but it could have been so much better

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KathyK (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Another excellent meal this evening before seeing Waitress. Good service and a little excitement of watching the fire next store.

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MCGJr (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

One of our regular spots before Broadway Series. Can't beat the food, the service, the location.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

First time diner. Came after the Aronoff show. Loved the atmosphere and the food. Service was excellent. So convenient for after theater dining. Will definitely come again!

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Showgoer (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We went there before our matinee Show at the Aronoff. This was my first time eating here for lunch. The menu was great. We had good service, our waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was hot when it arrived and delicious. Would definitely return for lunch again.

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vipSlick (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This is one of our favorite spots to hit before seeing a Broadway show across the street. Great food, great beer & drink selections (we especially like when there are special "show" drinks that correlate to what's playing at the Aronoff) and the service is usually attentive.

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Anna (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We had reservations and got right in. I had the pot roast and my daughter had the pulled pork macaroni and cheese. The food was delicious! One downfall was that they were super busy and it took the server 10mins to greet us at our table. The server seemed to be so slammed that we only saw her once after we got our food and that was after we were finished eating. I ordered two bar drinks and they were very tasty! I would recommend this place to others!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

I have been eating at this restaurant for years and this is the first time I experienced bad service. It was unusually bad service.

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Sparky (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We went to Nicholson's Tavern pre-theatre. We had been there before and it is very convenient to The Aronoff Center. We waited 10 minutes from being seated at our reserved time befor my husband had to flag a waiter. He was very apologetic and comped our drinks. The food was great per usual.

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lowa (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Cozy, friendly and good location. Great food choices.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

We're from out-of-town. Decided to eat here a bit early before going to theater directly across the street. 4:30 reservations. No crowd upon arrival. Quickly seated. Waitress very nice. Menu selection reasonable, but certainly not extensive. Prices mid range. Definitely reasonable. Food very good. Prompt service. Would certainly eat there again.

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