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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4.4

service

4.3

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4.3

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4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (49)
Casual (37)
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Good for a Date (31)
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Neighborhood Gem (27)
Great Beer (26)
Fun (24)
Comfort Food (23)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Authentic (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
People Watching (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Cozy (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Business Meals (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Romantic (7)
Great for Brunch (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Live Sports (2)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Service is friendly. Salads have too much dressing on them.

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·Dined 5 days ago

I miss the male kilts on all servers. The girl's outfits aren't quite right.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 6 days ago

Had a great time. Service was outstanding. Food was good. The roof was leaking from the heavy rain. Other than that we had a great time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

We waited at least 20 minutes for someone to come to our table. Once they did, the food and drink were great!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We had driven to Cincinnati from Indianapolis to attend a concert at the Taft Theatre, and we always try to find a moderately priced restaurant near a concert venue to enjoy before the show. We usually stick to Indy or Chicago for shows, and usually go to an English or Irish themed pub... both of us being part Scottish, we were delighted to find Nicholson's! The duck fat fries, housemade ketchup, and Scotch Egg were fantastic! (The Scot Brown and fried fish parts of our meal were fine, just not exceptional) Our waiter, Corey, was funny and attentive... we had a great time!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I guess I’m getting old, the music was too loud. The pork loin was absolutely delicious!

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always love coming to Nicholson's. it is one of my favorite places in Cincinnati. Service is always great, and the food is wonderful. We ordered two appetizers, and split the entrée. That was more than enough. We always like to go here before the Aronoff, and this just adds to enjoyment of the entire day. Highly recommend Nicholson's!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service BUT no heat. The cold was unbearable

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

we had an awesome ecperience. Deedee was a fabulous server, we drank a local micro brew porter that was fantastic. The Ruben sandwich...yum! and the fish and chips riveld those we had in England.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We were there before play and they were very accommodating and getting our food order out to us in a timely fashion

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

I was able to make a reservation online which was very convenient. My daughter and I are going to a show at the Aronoff. They seated us immediately, the waiter was knowledgeable and helped us make selections that we were interested in. It was awesome to be able to substitute side items that each of us wanted to try with our meal. The beer was excellent, the choices were excellent. We talked a little too much at the table and ended up having to get our check pretty quickly but the waiter didn't give us any bad attitude about that brought it immediately. I would highly recommend this place! It was an expensive dinner, but it was a special occasion.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great as always! this is a perfect place for pre-Aronoff dinner. Eat, drink, walk across street and you're set!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food was great but service was slow and almost nonexistent.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went on a date night. Atmosphere was excellant in the back room by the fireplace. Food was great and the prices are very resonable. Great customer service. Waitress had great communication skills. Noise level was excellent. We could carry on a good conversation. Overall rating for this experience was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The ploughmans bread board was amazing. It would be great to share before a meal or to eat just as a light meal. The Blood & sand cocktail was absolutely amazing. Very smooth, and just rolls over the tongue. And you cannot leave without dessert. The pot de creme is a must!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Would like to see new things added to menu periodically.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were seated in the very back room. The room was extremely noisy and dark. It was my first time for dinner. We had to scream to speak with each other. We couldn’t hear the server, and she had a hard time communicating with us. We had to ask for our drinks after 5-10 minutes. We were asked to order our dinner before we received our drinks or APP. The entrees came before we were finished with our salad.... table not big enough for all the plates. It was very disappointing. I wouldn’t seat guests in this room for dinner service. We should have asked to be moved.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a really great waitress. I believe her name was Kelsey. The food was awesome as usual,

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Visiting family member in Cincinnati and wanted a special venue for dinner. Have been to this location in the past and have enjoyed the food, the service, and the atmosphere. A good selection of beer/wine, in addition to favorite menu choices and ample serving portions. Will continue dining at Nicholson's and recommending to friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had reservations at Nicholson's before seeing something across the street at the Aronoff. The server was extremely nice and helped to make sure we had our food, drinks and bill as quickly as possible so we didn't miss our show. (Which was our fault for cutting it too close.) Everything we had was DELICIOUS. The lamb burger was unique and melted in my mouth. We will definitely be back when we have a little more time to slow-down and enjoy...and have more than one beer!

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My mother and I went here for dinner before a show at the theater and only had a bit of trouble when we walked through the front door. The host stand was behind the bar which took a moment to find. We were seated right away due to the lovely reservation app they have online. Our waiter did an excellent job with his introduction of himself and the restaurant. He offered the typical start of alcohol and appetizers but was not too pushy when we wanted to jump strait to dinner. It took a little why to cook but it was worth it when it arrived. Mom got the pot roast and it was absolutely delicious. I got the lamb burger and asparagus and it was also fairly good although I have had better lamb. For dessert we had the chocolate pot we creme and it was heaven! I will definitly be back and will reccomend to my friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have always loved Nicholson’s for their great food and location to the Aronoff. But on Friday's it is not as nice and relaxing as other times. Our food and drinks were great, but the pacing of the meal made our table look like a pile up on I75. We were still eating an appetizer when the salad came and a few minutes later our meals. I was never offered a refill on drinks. Everything seemed to be hurried along. They were busy, but we had made reservations and were rushed out in less than an hour. Just not the atmosphere we were looking for that night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very surprised with the happy hour. Highly recommend the fish and chips.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food. Respectful of our matinee time for Wicked! In and out! Thanks!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was very good and came out very quick. It did feel like they wanted us out of there rather quick. I would liked to have stuck around for multiple drinks but we felt rushed. Great experience though!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This restaurant has never let us down, great food, great scotch , great service. It was my older brothers 60th Birthday, we could not have chosen a better setting or a better place to eat. We could actually hear each other speak without yelling, we will return!!!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was pretty good. My daughter an I always go before a show because of the signature cocktails. There has ALWAYS been a non-alcoholic version for her. When we asked about that, our server said NO and was obviously annoyed that we dared to ask that question. So we ordered water and asked for a minute. When he came back he said “I can make a black berry sprite”. We were never offered refills on drinks or water. I ended up chewing my ice at the end of our meal. He gave me the wrong bill at the end and when I flagged him over he said “I’m coming!” Again, annoyed. Not a good experience. We will most likely go somewhere else for the next show. If I want this kind of service I’ll just go to Taco Bell instead.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Service was not good, unfortunately. And don't order the Lobster Mac'n'Cheese appetizer. It's $13 and you get about 4 bites!

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Just a not very memorable experience. We stopped going to the Pub in Crestview because food & service was sub/par and this experience made us recall that solidifying our decision to take them & Nicholsons off the list.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service as usual. Great before going to play at Aronoff Center.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

An overall very disappointing experience. I came into town to visit my mom and see Wicked and I made reservations at Nicholsons as we always do before a show. We were greeted by an unhappy and rude hostess in a nearly empty restaurant as it was still just before noon. The hostess immediately brought us to the very back room where it was awkwardly silent and cold. We told the host we would prefer to sit at a table towards the front of the restaurant where it wasn't so dead quiet and cold, and she rudely informed us that those tables were for reservations only.... after she just sat me FOR A RESERVATION. So we ended up having to sit at the bar even though I had a reservation and by the time we left there were still open tables in the front of the restaurant that we clearly could've been seated at. Really ruined the lunch and the terrible and rude services makes me feel like reserving a table at Nada for the next show we attend will be a much more pleasant option.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

The meal and experience were both very pleasant. Waiter was attentive and atmosphere was fun.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was good. I enjoyed the Scotch Egg. The haddock sliders were okay. Actually, one of the two was great, they other was not so great. A little tough and chewy. The themed drinks were excellent. Our server was wonderful, and the value was good for the part of town. I also adore that there is valet just outside the door. Wonderful benefit when you are heading to the Aranoff.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I think our experience at Nicholson's would probably have been a little better if we had sat somewhere other than a table in the bar. It was VERY loud, partly because the music was turned on so high. We could barely talk to each other. I had made a reservation a week before so I don't know why they couldn't have sat us in the dining area. We thought the food was average. My husband said his porkloin was overcooked. I had the shrimp linguine which was pretty good. Our server was sweet and the drink specials were fun. My daughter loved The Elphaba Elixir (We were seeing Wicked which was across the street). I really liked the dark woodwork and Scottish vibe. I would try I again but ask to be seated away from the bar.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our only complaint is that it was too warm inside by the hostess stand.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Came in before seeing wicked which was also my husbands 40th birthday. The sever was horrible however the manager deeply apologized and took care of the issue.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was not our first visit to Nicholson's, but after this experience, it might be our last. Our server, Charlie, seemed swamped by groups and unable to keep up with his tables. Our drink order was taken by another server and we received our non-alcoholic beverages fairly quickly. My soda was flat, but I did not get a chance to tell anyone until 15-20 minutes later when Charlie came to our table with my cocktail. He mispronounced the cocktail and spilled part of it down his hand. He then said that he would be back soon, but he did not come back to us for another 20 or so minutes. We were catching the show at 6:30pm, so when he did come for our order, we decided to skip appetizers and just order our entrees in the interest of time. I never got a refill of my soda, but my family did receive 1 water refill each. The menus (which are large!) stayed on our table for the first 30 minutes that we were there. I saw a manager collecting them and she seemed to be coaching Charlie, but she did not come to our table. We waited FOREVER for our food and other tables that came in after us were served before us. Charlie stopped by to say he would check on our order, but then approached another table and took their order. We had to wait for the bill and it was incorrect. This happened to all the tables around us and we all commiserated together. It was laughable, but super frustrating. Both large parties next to us insisted on just getting all the bills from him and paying at the bar. Our reservation was at 5pm and we BARELY made the 6:30pm show. He did apologize to us and thanked us for being patient, but it was such a bad experience.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our food was great. Our service was awful.

The waiter had no experience with tables on a time line. The manager helped get our order in, but then we waited for the server to bring checks. He was the slowest.

Once he brought checks, they were all incorrect. I have been to Nicholson's several times prior to this. I have never received service this bad before.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Perfect before theatre lunch!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Have not been in awhile, Great place to go for a bite before the theater.

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