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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

1246 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Pre/post Theatre (72)
  • Casual (40)
  • Bar Seating (34)
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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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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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 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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipWest (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 18 hours ago

Always good.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Cincyma (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

Snuffy (Toledo)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Went to restaurant before attending a comedian event

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!

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.

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

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

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!