Parkers Blue Ash Tavern

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A top restaurant in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, Parkers Blue Ash Tavern is a full service, upscale, traditional steak and seafood restaurant and bar serving lunch, dinner, brunch and private functions. It's a favorite place to eat for the whole family. The restaurant offers full flavored prime rib, plus delectable steak and fresh seafood. Diners enjoy attentive service in a relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of an old tavern. Parkers Blue Ash Tavern is housed in a free-standing building, similar in style to those of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Horse Farms, complete with deep brown timbers, four inviting fireplaces, and race horse memorabilia. This fun restaurant is located in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash. Its five separate dining rooms with 215 seats and a 65-seat bar lounge offer something for everyone.
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B
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat in the lounge area because the main dining area was extremely loud.
The lounge was loud too.
Service was good and food was fine.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Sully was great and personable.

TR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress in training was better than regular waiter!!

GB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. We shall return.

LC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parkers Blue Ash Tavern is a great place to relax and share a good meal. We eat there at least once a week. The food is always fresh and flavorful.

JH
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My better halfs first experience and she absolutely enjoyed her pre 39th birthday dinner

MD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My wife had the Filet, while I had the Salmon. Bother we’re cooked perfectly & we were happy with the meal. The service was a little lacking. We were seated immediately, since there were few tables taken on a Wed at 6:15, however waited for 10 minutes before a server greatest us. Then another 10 before drinks were served and we could place our orders. We received our bread after our soup / salads were eaten. The servers although nice were very slow to come around. I would be more concerned on a busier night.

JR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

I was very disappointed today. One of my kids was having a challenging time with behavior and screaming and throwing. Rather than sit it out in the restaurant and ruin everyone else’s meals, I took him to the car, leaving my food at my place. When my family asked to box the food I had on my plate they were told no, because it was a buffet they couldn’t do that. They weren’t asking to go get more, just to take what I had already started to eat. So not only did we pay full price for my meal, I didn’t get to eat but a few bites. Not sure we will return. It was already a difficult situation and that just added to it.

MP
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went late on a saturday night and got a very nice table right by the fireplace. Server was great, lots of choices, steak was amazing and the wine was delicious. We will be back!

HM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Overall just average maybe

OT
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

WE LOVER PARKERS! Great place, food is always good and our server was wonderful.
Thanks for a great evening out!

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Waiter was good but there were too many customers for the number of waiters. He tried and it took a while but we had an enjoyable evening and had ample time to talk. I didn’t realize how busy the restaurant was until I saw 2 banquet rooms full and the tap room was rented out. When I went outside the was a large tour bus in the parking lot. Overall he did a great job with the limited staff.

KS
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I truly enjoyed our lunch yesterday. The atmosphere is really cozy. I loved the ambience of the fireplaces. Our Waiter was very nice, I told him I was meeting a friend I hadn't seen in 20 years and he was kind enough to take our photo together, he kept up on ice tea refills, and he packaged my leftovers to go nicely. Great Experience.

C
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Sunday brunch was fantastic. All types of food and everything was delicious. I have a salmon allergy and chef was able to bring me fresh shrimp cocktail from the kitchen to avoid contamination. Thanks so much for that. Bloody Mary’s were awesome

M
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner. Had a great time with great food and service

B
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time visiting Parker’s, went for Valentine’s Day, was anticipating a great experience. While our server was very friendly and accommodating, we had 4 issues that I was somewhat surprised/disappointed.
1. Wife ordered a side Caesar salad with no dressing, the salad came out with dressing and had to be sent back, this wouldn’t have been a big deal if it had been the only thing.
2. I ordered the prime rib, medium rare, I received it more rare than medium rare, while it was still flavorful and I chose not to send it back as I’ll eat most cuts of meat so long as they’re not purple, this was close, a deep dark red, mildly warm.
3. Having never been there, I thought it was odd that my prime rib did not come with a steak knife, but I just went with the utensils I had at my disposal (fork and butter knife). It wasn’t until I was nearly finished (mostly because that was about the time the tables around us got their food) that I noticed the tables around us had steak knifes.
4. I ordered regular mashed potatoes, but received loaded mashed potatoes. I removed the chives and most of the sour cream and ate them, but when the check came, I found I was also charged $2.00 extra for the loaded potatoes. The server took the charge off when I brought it to his attention.

For a first time visit, on a special occasion, and for the price they charge, I wasn’t overly impressed. If it had just been one of these four things I would have understood. But it was the compounding issues that soured my experience.

JC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service and staff were very nice, outgoing, and friendly. Food was very good, and the drink selection at the bar was great too. The old school vibe was okay, but not quite as trendy as I prefer. That said I would recommend Parkers to anyone, it's a great place!

JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful dining experience and the food is always amazing. Highly recommended!

DG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Valentine's Day. My wife mentioned that she would like to try sometime and I was able to get a late reservation. Food was outstanding and so was the service. We will be back.

m
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Two rooms of the restaurant are beautiful with fireplaces and a lodge feel. We had a reservation and we were walked past several open tables near the fireplaces and were seated in a back room that feels like a 1970s family room. It was FREEZING and when we asked to sit somewhere warmer we were told that they "turned the heat up to 80" but this was just a space heater that read 65 degrees and it was too far away from the tables to do anything. The food was fine. We wanted a specialty cocktail from the menu but they were out of it, which seemed odd. Our server was wonderful and did the best she could with our situation. The manager did apologize and adjusted our bill to compensate for the cold, but I don't like being told I can't sit at one of several open tables because "they're reserved" when I myself made a reservation a week in advance and my entire party was on time.

PC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My only somewhat disappointing meal among many good ones in the past. The bar area is a fun place to eat and the music is always great.

SS
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food, service and ambiance. Will definitely have to try the brunch!

S
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were rather disappointed this visit to Parker's. Had requested a booth, which we didn't get and my husband and I ordered the Prime Rib and it definitely was not up to your standards. Very fatty and way too done, even tho we had requested medium too well. Have visited Parker's in the past and always been satisfied, unfortunately not this time.

MH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere . The Service was great. Very friendly staff. It was very neat and clean. It’s a great family gathering place.

KA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alec was attentive without being intrusive. He offered suggestions when certain drinks were unavailable at the bar. The food was excellent.

u
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday with family

MH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best cheesecake I have ever put in my mouth. Wine list includes selections you won’t find anywhere else.

BB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails and food! Lovely atmosphere perfect for holding conversations with friends. Definitely will return!

A
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Try the French onion soup but ask for bread on side. Cole slaw was dry as other reviews mentioned. Burger was perfectly done for a 96 year old. Our male server was very good and brought a fantastic cheesecake to celebrate a birthday. Must try! Fish tacos were good but wings were just ok.

JR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

drinks could have been filled more often, but food was great

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I frequently dine at Parker’s and it’s one of my favorite restaurants, but this experience was awful and my friends will never return. So sorry I suggested it. We had the worst waiter. He spilled a whole glass of red wine all over my friend’s down coat, her purse, pants, and the table. He did not acknowledge that he had ruined her belongings, went to get a bar rag, and proceeded to wipe the table while running the rag across her napkin and place setting. He did not remove the place setting and bring her another one. We had to give her one. He never offered to pay for her meal or anything. My friend eventually saw the hostess and called her over, explained that her belongings were covered in red wine. The hostess gave her the business card of the manager and then the waiter said he was sorry, but still no offer from him to compensate her. That wasn’t all. He tried to remove plates of food we were still eating. The whole dining experience was rushed and unpleasant. Yesterday, my friend tried calling the manager, left a message , but did not receive a call back.

Update: The General Manager, John Guminy reached out and was very apologetic for our experience. He compensated my friend for her dinner, offered to dry clean her coat, or buy a new one, if the wine could not be removed. Parker’s is one of my favorite restaurants typically, and this experience was an anomaly. The food, service, and warm atmosphere are fabulous!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. Enjoyed all the buffet options. Will definitely be visiting again.

JH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a great homey location just outside of the Cincinnati area to get away from it all for a great meal. The steaks are very good and cooked to perfection. Beautiful decor and fireplace have a nice elegance but you never feel over or under dressed. Good selection of Beer and a great selection of bourbon. I never miss coming here when in town.

SB
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great very attentive waiter Eric took great care of us- we like the relaxed comfortable atmosphere and traditional style pub/bar environment. It reminds us of Europe.

c
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sending our son back to college.

L
Cleveland
122 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

If you are looking for a quiet romantic dinner on a Saturday night, this is definitely not the place. It is very lively both in the bar area and in the restaurant. But the food and service is good and we try to go to Parkers Blue Ash tavern when we visit Cincinnati. I do prefer bar seating but, on Saturday nights, it's almost impossible. There is usually a guitarist who is playing and singing country music which makes it all the more enjoyable.

J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I had been to Parkers with a work group and was excited to plan a time to bring my husband back. I made the reservation through Open Table and specifically asked for a quiet booth if possible. We don't have the opportunity to go out for dinner alone very often. The hostess placed us at a table in the open and I asked if a booth was available as I had requested one on the reservation. She seemed annoyed to go check availability and after a while came back and told us she didn't have one available. (There were 3 right next to us that were open at that time.) The food was good and our server was attentive, but sitting in the middle of the dining room did not lend itself to the quiet dinner discussion we had hoped. It was loud enough that we were trying to talk over others to even hear each other - we ate quickly and left.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

a
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They sat us in the bar and it was noisy and the service was okay at best.

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