Arnold's Bar and Grill

4.6
321 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Always eager to show of it's 150 plus years of history, Arnold's Bar and Grill is Cincinnati's oldest continuously operated Tavern. Here are a few of Arnold's more recent awards and Accolades... Citybeat 2016: Best Live Music While You Eat, Thrillist 2015: The Most Iconic Bar in Ohio, The Daily Meal 2015: The 150 Best Bars in America, Cincinnati Magazine 2015: Top 45 Burgers in Cincinnati, Cityvoter 2015: Top 5 Beer Selection, Citybeat 2014: Best Outdoor Dining, Esquire Magazine 2013: Best Bars in America, Buzzfeed 2013: List of America's Oldest and Coolest Bars
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RyanR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, beer and cocktail lists are always fantastic, and the service was top notch. Would highly recommend Arnold's to anybody looking for a place to grab food & drinks in the Cincinnati area, and it's one of my favorite places to bring visitors to the Queen City.

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StaceyM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere for the Reds Opening Day!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Opening Day for the Reds

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vipMbf1
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chicken w/Brie sauce, truffle ricotta was excellent as was the Greek spaghetti, as usual.

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MollieB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The PBJ wings are the best wings I've ever had! The Arnold burger was a delicious classic, and the Greek deluxe was a tasty dish as well. We will definitely be back.

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BarbK
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent as well as the service. The owner came over to chat and thank us for dining. I had the salmon and it was probably one of the top salmon dishes I've had at a restaurant.

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DKW2
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, wonderful historical atmosphere. A beer list would be good so people can see what's available. We had a great time.

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AnnS
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnold's is always reliable. Good food & service out in the patio with a wonderful pianist.

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Romby32
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnold's never disappoints! Food, service and music was the best. Diamond Jim's music was awesome!!! Our dinner was delicious! Hats off to the chef and kitchen staff. When we come to Cincinnati a night out at Arnold's is always on our list. Thank you to everyone at Arnold's for always making a night out special.

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vipChristineB
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great burgers

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

So happy Arnold's dedicated time this past weekend to the Bockfest tradition that is part of our heritage! They had 10 local bock offerings, and 1 International. Well done! Also the nachos with shredded goat were a nice touch-and delicious!
Hast du Bock?

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MaritzaA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a good time during the Bockfest. This was my first time there and I was glad about their safety measures in the covid era. we had the Yo mama burger and was very tasty. Cocktails were really good as well, not too sweet which is my preference. The service was really good and I loved the music selection, very different from what I listen to in a regular sports bar. I was a little disappointed about not scoring a table on the covered patio but they explained that there is no guarantee during reservation what is understandable because they are having fewer tables. I hope to come back soon

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AnnL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnold’s is an institution in Cincinnati! A must visit!

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EdwardRobert
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and excellent draft beer selection at Arnold’s!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnold’s is going to go down in history as the best of the best. Never had a bad meal or a too warm beer🍺

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Bockfest at Arnold’s. It was a memorable experience to be in this historic restaurant that annually celebrates this German Beer tradition. Food was great, Alex did a great job ensuring we were all taken care of. Chris even called to ensure I knew there was a 2 hour limit on our seats. Arnold’s did a great job making their restaurant available to multiple people by reservation only. Wish we had been on the patio to enjoy the music- the trade off of being able to hold a conversation. We will be “Bock”!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father Tim blessed our Bock beers!! The Greek Spaghetti is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Bockfest opening ceremony

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always looking for live music and fun atmosphere and Arnold’s was totally perfect!!!

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vipHbr4
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great live music, wonderful service, delicious drinks and food!

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vipGenethemachine
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Historical. Check out the bathtub in one of the upstairs dining rooms.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing date night at Arnold’s. We sat outside this time, but love both experiences! Food and service were amazing as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in with a client for the chicken (really Cauliflower) sandwich. It was absolutely amazing paired with the potato salad and a side of fries. Definitely beyond worth the stop!

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vipAutumn68
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris helped us secure an excellent table (close to the piano player) for the Arnold's Bar and Grill prohibition-era speakeasy party on Saturday during Valentine's Day weekend. It was great fun getting all dressed-up and enjoying the wonderful food and Knob Creek specialty cocktails! We all truly appreciated the brief moment of 'escape' from our current pandemic reality.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was a wonderful event. It really felt like the 1920’s and we loved it! The entertainer was amazing, played well and even gave us history lessons along the way. The only reason I didn’t give a 5 star rating to the staff is because we were never given any waters aaa others were upon being seated and we had to wait a bit before someone came to take our initial order but after that it was very smooth and expedient. We loved it so much that we definitely plan to visit again soon!

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designerdining01
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Let me start off by saying we love Arnold's. We have attended many events including New Years Eve. Arnold's did explain they would not garrantee we would be in front of the music but I didn't realize we would be upstairs.In addition we literally were seated in part of the restroom..... customers had to use a separate commode closet and then walk into the back of our room to was their hand in the sink...located in our room! Service was very slow due to them over booking. The food was also not up to par. We definitely won't attend another event unless we can reserve a table near the band.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for the Valentines dinner and it was exceptional. The food, ambiance, and service were all perfect!

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vipTraceyB
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oldest saloon in Cincinnati and a classic. Owners, Chris and Bethany, have continued the legacy of bringing great atmosphere, entertainment and dining together. While serving up their customer favorites, such as the Greek spaghetti, Chef Kayla manages to keep the menu fresh with new creations that keep us coming back for more. The spirits are also inventive and loyal to the Greater Cincinnati region, in true prohibition fashion, that has made Arnold’s a Cincinnati tradition.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic Valentines experience with the restaurant transformed into a Prohibition Era Speakeasy. My girlfriend and I dressed up like it was the roaring twenties and had a great time. The food was incredible and the staff really helped to make it into a memorable experience.

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miket
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 6 for Valentines dinner. We had several people in our party that travel extensively and eat at many top tier restaurants so I was curious about their thoughts. Answer was ; we could not have asked for a better service, meal, and atmosphere during a very busy time for Arnold's staff. The history brings you to Arnold's; but the staff brings you back. Keep it up!
Love coming here!

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vipTastingnotes
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines night, one day early. All staff were dressed for a speakeasy — as were many customers. Piano player matched the ambiance.. Staff is always great. Special menu was great. Super evening!

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KurtS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I really love the nostalgia of Arnolds (had my 1st date with my wife there). But at some point, the upstairs really does need a coat of paint and some 'fixing'. really.

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HeatherT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They were busy so we sat upstairs. They offered to move us downstairs mid meal. It was our first time there. Didn’t realize they had music or I would have made the switch. But all in all was good experience. Kendall was very attentive to us. Loved the Greek pasta deluxe

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geary
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was fair service bad-noise level was very loud and music was poor to awful

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome date night!!! Arnold’s has an amazing whiskey selection, the wine was great, and the pb&j wings are to die for!! Our server was attentive, friendly, and did a great job communicating. We can’t wait to go back!

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RNPR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We have been here many many times. We understand why prices have gone up and menus are slimmed down. The quality of the food was not as it should have been. The spaghetti was bland and plain. We asked for more parmesan and the waiter brought it right away. I subbed French fries for an upcharge of $3.00 and got about 12 to 15 small warm fries. Service was good. Best Old Fashioned ever. Management needs to pay more attention to value. Even your longstanding reputation wont survive poor value.

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Scott
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We sat in the courtyard, which was heated to a very comfortable temperature. Arnold's has managed to continue having live music while maintaining good social distancing by switching to hiring solo artists, which makes it feel as close to the way things were pre-pandemic as possible.

The service was great. The cocktails were very good as well, I highly recommend the Diebold Old Fashioned, the blood-orange and earl grey infused ice cube makes it so the drink completely changes as the ice melts, which was a really neat experience.

The lamb shank pot pie was incredible. The meat was so tender that it could easily be cut with a fork, the crust was cooked to a perfect golden brown, and all of the ingredients complemented each other nicely. It is served in a very generous portion size, so come hungry!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The online website did not reflect the menu given to us otherwise we would not have went. We decided to give it a try anyway and unfortunately the food was cold when served to us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for a casual date night and it was great! Loved our food and the live music

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good and live music in covered outside area was lovely .

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Arnold's Bar and Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 321 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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