Arnold's Bar and Grill

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$30 and under
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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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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and service was great

f
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to enjoy music, affordable food in a brick courtyard reminiscent of a European eatery. I especially love hearing the Phillip Paul Trio on Thursday evenings and really appreciate all of the gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options. Arnold's is an iconic, historic restaurant in a very safe and easy to reach part of downtown Cincinnati.

MF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a perfect start to our evening! We didn’t worry about getting to the theatre on time because the service was superb!

t
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Hasn't changed much in a lot of years which is a good thing. Will definitely go back.

WA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater dinner.

CP
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate there before a show and service was quick, attentive and accurate. Food was great - had the fried green tomato BLT and it was just as expected - tangy tomatoes, big crispy bacon and a fabulous aioli sauce on toasted sour dough bread. mMy mouth waters as I write about it!

ED
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively bar atmosphere.....Live music.....Excellent burgers, fries and fried green tomatoes.

LM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great the yo mama burger was delicious and Cincinnati pigs band toped off the meal. Very fun !!!

C
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Sat in the courtyard, service was great, food was wonderful. Excellent evening

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Food was delicious. Service was outstanding

KH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun for a group outing! Live music

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We visited on a Saturday night and sat outside. The noise level was so high we could not have a conversation.

AM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time on the patio!

ES
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, really great service. The waiter, John, had great recommendations and was very helpful with a large group! Thanks Arnold's! I've already recommended it to people.

JN
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A Cincinnati treasure. Unique. Consistently good. Can serve many roles - work lunch, happy hour, family dinner, late night live music.

RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice evening, almost too warm outside. Very good service

PF
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was very good, but the area was crowded, and the seating was quite uncomfortable. I wouldn't discourage someone from going to see for themselves, but I wouldn't really recommend it.

RB
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always try to visit Arnold’s when we are in Cincinnati. It has a unique menu with an excellent and enthusiastic staff that always make us feel welcome.

S
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Arnold’s and we felt like we had cheated ourselves all these years! It was our best deal of Restaurant Week. We thoroughly enjoyed all three courses and our drink that was part of the package. My wife tried the breaded chicken entree, and I had the salmon. All the courses were well prepared, well presented, and very tasty! A nice eating spot to have a good meal.

M
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved this place. Great dinner we sat outside on the patio, live music, will be back!

DS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Siblings night out

CE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. Easy walk to the Taft afterwards for a concert. Easy street parking between restaurant and theatre.

S
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good...the only issue was when we arrived they didn't have a table. Luckily she had two to push together but it's odd that you make a reservation they seem startled that you came?

L
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for sharing food

RH
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing outdoor patio, great music, great drinks. Fried green tomato BLT was superb.

BM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arnold’s is always great! We. One every year for my birthday and a couple of times during the rest of the year, too. Greek Spaghetti is wonderful!

ST
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a casual, low key place with a historic ambiance this place is great. The food is simple, straightforward food that will satisfy. For those on a gluten-free diet, the wait staff and servers have an excellent understanding on what is gluten free and how to safely prepare it. The gluten free burger buns are the best I’ve ever had. I wish I could get them in Chicago!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit to Arnold's. 6pm on a Tuesday. Parking spot right out front. Food was good. Service was good. Live music was fantastic (Diamond Jim Dews)! Glad I went. Will definitely go again.

ES
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, great food! We enjoyed our server, music was good, burgers were even better!

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner

DV
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional! Many amazing gluten free options that actually taste top tier!
The service and ambiance are incredible, with live music and great recommendations.

J
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner here before seeing a show at the Aronoff. Good place to go for a quick dinner close to the Aronoff

NM
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jazz night at Arnold’s... amazing. Food and drinks, always amazing and top notch. One of our favorite places in Cincinnati!

R
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We couldn’t get a waiter at first. But we flagged one down for a drink order. They were very accommodating because I asked for a quiet table inside, but we changed our mind and they seated us outside. The food was very good.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night! Had first time visitors from CA...they loved it and bonus Krystal Peterson performed!!! Thank you!

AP
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Went with children ages 10 and 11. They thought the place was "too crowded" as the tables don't give much room to get around. We sat "outside" in the garden area which was comfortable for a cool night. We didn't stay long enough for the music. Limited kids menu but food was good all around.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated in the covered courtyard and had to leave before the live music began, but we enjoyed the friendly service, delicious food and unique surroundings.
Definitely a Dining Gem in the Queen City's Crown!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Delicious, fresh food. Live music by local jazz band. Superb ambience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food

NK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good burger, delicious beet salad with perfectly cooked salmon! Friendly efficient server. Noticed that entire staff pitched in to get drinks etc when it got suddenly very busy. Delightfully quirky ambiance of the old tavern garden. Had to leave before the music started but made our play performance start time with no difficulty. Will definitely return some evening to enjoy the music.

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