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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CW
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for after-theater dinner on a Thursday night, and pretty much had the place to ourselves. Excellent and attentive service, great food - as always.

AW
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

All 4 dishes were subpar. “Special” Bockfest menu should mean that those dishes are served in a controlled environment so that everything tastes it’s best. Not the case. We’ve frequented Arnold’s since the early 80’s & food has never been their strong suit, but dare I say it’s gotten even worse. Think we’ll continue to appreciate the nostalgia and atmosphere at Arnold’s consuming only alcohol. Disappointing that a Cincinnati staple can’t do better than this.

MB
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Bockfest not expected. Very busy, loud and food was fair, not its usual. This happened during garlicfest last year.

Will be more aware of festivals before making reservations.

j
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together. We had a blast. Our server was great. Can’t wait to go back.

TW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnold's is one of our favorites and this visit didn't disappoint.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently dine at Arnold’s. It never disappoints.

DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Spaghetti and meatballs was it’s usually delish. And vegan burger gulped down. Excellent

JD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good food just before the Aronoff show. Noise level was very high; so it was difficult to have a conversation, but that would be difficult to fix I suspect.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My clothes smelled so bad after eating there.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Arnold’s and cannot wait to go back!

CS
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute, casual and delicious!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cinnamon bun bread pudding was to die for! 🤤

d
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Megan, was the best! Very knowledgeable of the menu. Her recommendations were perfect. I had Steak and Frites. This was our first visit. We will return...and I might have to get Steak and Frites again.

CB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was good. Waitress great. I’ve been going for years so know what I like!

JF
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was so fantastic. We wished we could have stayed longer. Atmosphere in the courtyard is awesome. We’ll be back!

B
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Our waitress was a dud . No personality and we had a fun group of people dining .

g
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch. Quick service, good food, and lots of interesting pieces of art and history to view.

JC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for dinner before a show and came back afterwards for drinks. It is a funky little place with great food and menu options, the drinks are delicious and everyone was friendly and attentive.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

After getting seated and waiting for 15 minutes with no service, the manager came over an apologized profusely, picked up our meal and gave us a gift card!

Great way to treat customers and we will come back.

Bluegrass band was fun and the kids enjoyed the vibe before we went to lion king. Food was solid.

Really went above and beyond to fix a mistake.

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a wonderful

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went when my mom, grandma, and BFF for dinner before seeing the lion king. It’s casual, quirky, and delicious

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had dinner after seeing Lion King at the Aronoff. We all enjoyed it very much.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend the deep fried pretzel and pimento cheese. Could of used a bit more salt on the pretzel, but even without it it was wonderful.

JS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!

Thanks for a fun night.

BS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arnold’s is our new place for NYE! The Hot Magnolias played fantastic, as usual. Rhonda made sure we had a great night. Staff is fantastic! Food is excellent!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Where are seated makes all the difference. We went on new years eve and ended up in a small room upstairs with other couples. We didn't mind it, but courtyard seating would have been a world of difference so plan accordingly. Also they did not serve off the regular menu that night so that was unexpected but possibly poor planning on my part.

DZ
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I had not been here in years and it might be years before I head back. Food was just ok but the cost dropped this a star. Way too expensive for the quantity and quality. A $14+ burger should be a meal, not a skinny thing I ate in 4 bites. It should come with both fries and potato salad (a very good potato salad btw). Rest of our meals were fine. Nothing great. The only thing that stood out was the service. I might be back for drinks but dinner is unlikely.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Arnold's and what a great experience! Truffle Chicken was amazing. Greek Deluxe was equally good, according to my wife. Live music, great service. We'll definitely be back!

B
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, waitstaff and band, Cold Cuts. We'll be back! Thanks

CB
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We typically eat outside on the patio but were inside this time. It was actually a really nice change. John, our server, was fabulous. I got the Greek spaghetti but next time I'm getting the traditional...I ate some off my friend's plate and it was to-die-for!

M
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food good service

ES
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were at a large round table by a door that was super close to the table next to us. It was extraordinarily loud and tight.
The food was fantastic but if it’s always that loud, I won’t go back.

AS
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Arnold's, I've been going here for 40 years. We were looking for a comfortable place with great food, and quiet enough to have a conversation. Arnold's was perfect, and the piano player in the courtyard was a wonderful "extra".

It was a first visit for my sister-in-law and I am confident it won't be her last.

EC
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The food was not good. I ordered a hamburger and the pork soup. The burger was no better than a Burger King burger and the soup was bad... no pork in the pork soup. Green broth with a few potatoes and a green been... it was very disappointing. My date ordered their Greek pasta and indicated it was not as good as it used to be. The drinks were TINY and EXPENSIVE. I’ll won’t be back.

DM
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was super. Food was very good.

S
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to Arnold's in many years. That was a mistake - this place is such a Cincinnati gem! I will be back again soon!

OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great music!

LT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We went to Arnold’s unaware that their was a music festival happening. We were seated in the courtyard so things got loud quickly. We had to ask a manager if we had a server since we were not waited on for 10 minutes after being seated. We were compensated but it set a bad tone for the meal.

PH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ballet & date night. It was most enjoyable.

C
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy my visits to Arnold’s.

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