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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (71)
Casual (39)
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Fun (28)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Authentic (21)
Cozy (20)
Good for Groups (20)
Great for Lunch (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Business Meals (9)
Quick Bite (8)
People Watching (8)
Healthy (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Live Sports (3)
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Kid-friendly (2)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined a day 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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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on February 4, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fun, Great Beer
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 4, 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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 (Chicago)·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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 (Cincinnati)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toledo)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went to restaurant before attending a comedian event

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 (Cincinnati)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Cincinnati)·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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Burns night

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2018

So glad we tried this place. Good food!

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 (Cincinnati)·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

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Cincinnati)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Cozy, friendly and good location. Great food choices.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·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.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Disappointed in the noise levels and the crowded feel.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

Much improved service since last visit. Prompt and attentive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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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 (Cincinnati)·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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