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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

4.3
1312 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
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 1312 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
service
4.3
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was a great meal in a great restaurant. They do a great job with service

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

I have enjoyed Nicholson's in the past but this was the 2nd time I was served overly fried, too crisp Fish and Chips.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Same as always why we keep coming back

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We have been to Nicholson's a number of times and really enjoyed it. This time was just OK. The food was a bit overdone and the service was so-so.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Love Nicholson's. Always head there before a play at the Aronoff, to get a play-themed cocktail. Only issue we had, we got there 10 minutes early, and even though the table was open, the hostess refused to seat us. Luckily, the server and manager both were more courteous, once we were finally seated.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Have to admit this trip was disappointing. Ordered some wine and appetizers and the calamari (that our waiter Michael bragged about) never came and our waiter did not return to check to make sure we got our food. By the time he came back and I asked for the check because we had tickets to a show across the street and didn't seem too bothered that we did not get the food we ordered.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The last several times we have arrived about 15 minutes early for our reservation and were required to wait by the crowded bar in the way to be seated even though the table was available. The reason we were given was to not overload the kitchen with orders. It would make more sense to seat the patrons at their table and ask if they can take their order around the time of their reservation.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Nicholson's is our favorite pre-theater place to go! Our server this last visit was incredible. As always, the fish and chips did not disappoint. The homemade ketchup and tartar sauce added just the right flavors to this authentic pub dish.
Be sure to book early if there is a show so you won't be disappointed!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Disappointed with the seating and the wobbly table. Asked for a better table, but only a high top was free and my husband has back problems which aren't conducive to high top seating. Really disappointed especially because I made a reservation before a special night at the Aronoff. My husband was not happy.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

All nice but it took 45 min for our order to be served.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent food and service

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2.0Dined on April 10, 2018

It started from the time we walked thru the door. We had Reservations but still had to wait 15 minutes… After ordering food it took 40 minutes even though we were one of the first people seated in this area .fish and chips was nothing more than a frozen fish patty and fries . So long Nicholsons!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Promptly seated for a Saturday pre-show dinner. First time here and very glad to have a reservation as we scored a nice booth instead of much crowded & noisy back room. Prices were moderate for food & drink, and received very good service for staff. Appetizer + 2 beers + 2 sandiches + tip = $67

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

While our food was delicious, service was good but very slow. The restaurant was not packed and we were told by the hostess we needed to wait for our table until it was closer to the time of our reservation. Our reservation was at 12:15 and we arrived at 12:08.... Our server was very friendly but incredibly slow. We had finished our meals for over 30 minutes and had to find him to get the bill. The hostess also wore an incredibly short skirt, inappropriately short! Every time she bent over she exposed herself. We had children with us and this was highly inappropriate, especially for lunch!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

They always take great care of us here!!!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We've been by this place so many times through the years and finally decided to "take the plunge." We weren't disappointed. In spite of it being a busy Friday evening with a show across the street at the Aronoff, waiter Phil kept things moving along. We had the Tavern house salads (half size was adequate) to start. I tried Nicholson's rendition of bangers and mash (not on too many menus) and enjoyed it very much with their bar mustard and Guinness stouts. My wife had the Nicholson's signature burger and steak fries that she would definitely would order again (house ketchup was only fair). Food ingredients all fresh and preparation a step or two above just bar food. Recommend this place, would eat here again but suggest reservations especially on busy nights.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had a very nice meal and the service was good. However I think the interior could use a little refurbishing, it looks a little bit beat up.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were the first seating for brunch and the room was uncomfortably cold. The food was very good but came out colder than it should have been. The wait staff was very pleasant and attentive

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The salmon dinner was excellent as well as the trout!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was very good. The service was great. I would recommend this restaurant to others.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The drinks came after our meal and as delivered. They advertise crumpets when it was English muffins. They are not the same thing

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We went before the theater. This is my 3rd time eating there before the theater, so that should give an example of how much I like it. My favorite thing is to try to test a new beer. Their beer menu is very large, and it's always great to try something new.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Dinner with a hearing impaired friend.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food and service for larger party of 9. My salmon was fabulous. If you're coming before a performance, make a reservation well ahead or you won't get a seat! Thanks, open table!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lunch before the matinee at the Aronoff Center, very nice and convenient place to dine.
Service from our waiter was not great but the interactions we had with the manager was good.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Outstanding!Service was great!Food was exceptional. It's good to get a different type of cuisine.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We were 10 minutes early and were forced to wait to be seated until our 6:30 reservation. Once seated and drink order taken, we were requested to order dinner. We declined and waited to have our drink at least partly finished before ordering. It was wait then rush!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

A great place to eat before seeing a show at the Aronoff. We always have a large group and Nicholson's is always accommodating. Always make sure to make a reservation as this is a very popular place.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had a party of 5 with a 5:30 reservation. As soon as we were seated the hostess proceeded to tell us the was a reservation at our table at 7:15 and we needed to be finished. We thought that was very rude. It was busy and our waitress didn’t even take our order until 6:30. The fish pieces were small, and the fries were cooked me. Not my favorite place for first experience and for someone who likes the theater.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The service was slow. Not enough help to handle play crowd. Food was fine

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I had the fish sliders and fries. My server was excellent,her name was FiFi.
I will return!

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3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Loved our server Marissa. She was very attentive and stopped by often. The Brussels sprouts were great. We liked the steak with duck fat fries and the pot roast. The fish and chips not so much. Great deserts!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was St Patricks day. I had a reservation but our table was in the bar. Too loud. A reservation should have put us in the quieter dining room. Reception staff seemed very confused.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great evening. St Patrick's Day but the food was great and service excellent . Friendly staff .

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Had a great family gathering celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As always, good food and great service. WIll be back

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

It was unfortunate we were seated in an area where there was a loud group standing and eating and drinking- otherwise the atmosphere was great.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Bad steak. Medium rare steak was over cooked. positive was that we could get in...better restaurant s were unavailable.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Nice Happy hour!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Compliments to Chef Jeff! The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect.

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