Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop

4.4
745 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bistro
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  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

Welcome! Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop is an independent restaurant in the National Historic Landmark Village of Mariemont, Ohio, just east of downtown Cincinnati along Rt.50, also known as Wooster Pike. Dilly celebrated it's 20th anniversary in the Mariemont Strand in 2016 and has completed a comprehensive renovation. Dilly is a full-service, contemporary American bistro-style eatery. Dilly set the bar in Cincinnati early, and throughout our history to today we remain one of the top wine and beer destinations in the city.
***PLEASE NOTE*** All RESERVATIONS are strictly for a table located in the INSIDE dining room, outdoor seating is only available on a first come/first serve basis.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(513) 561-5233
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nate Roberts
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madisonville Rd.
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Parking details
Ample, free parking. Customers can use the safe, lighted private lot which is shared with the other businesses in the complex, including the Mariemont Inn. Parking is free, and can be accessed from both Wooster Pike (Rt 50) and Madisonville Rd. From the parking lot to our door is single-level handicapped accessible.
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Entertainment
Dilly provides live music during dinner hours 5 nights a week. Wednesday is 'Wing Night' where all wings are .60 each and drafts of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold are $2.50. Thursday is 'Wine & Jazz Night' which offers an informal yet informative wine tasting accompanied by live jazz. The weekends rotate terrific live acoustic musical acts along with creative dinner features. Our newest feature is 'Mac' Monday where guests can create their own Mac N Cheese special. We will be running select movies Monday's too! If you are into wine, there is never a corkage fee on non-list bottles of wine from our bottle shop Monday and Tuesday evenings.
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Special events & promotions
Become our Facebook fan (Dilly Bistro, Bar & Bottle Shop); visit our website (www.dillycafe.com) to see our beer and wine tasting schedule, music schedule, and other special events (sign up for our e-newsletter while you're there!); and follow us on Twitter @DillyCafe!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Wonderful dinner have eaten here numerous times always excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Delicious dinner. We ordered the mushroom fettuccine, mussels and asparagus and shrimp salad. All were delicious! It was quite crowded, but our server, Jamie, did a wonderful job. She was very kind and kept checking on us. This place is great!

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3.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We went for a late lunch. Not super kid friendly. I don’t think they read the reservation notes. I noted that we were celebrating a birthday and that we needed a high chair. I also had to ask for the high chair when we got in and was told the hostess would get one. No one brought one. As I waited for my mom to go get the high chair, a server passed me standing there holding my baby waiting for the high chair and said nothing. Our server was very nice, but my drink was empty a couple times before refilled. He was very nice though and offered to get me a to go cup! He was very personable and nice to my two children.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Love this place!! Become one of our favorites!! Always receive great attention from the servers, love the choice of food!!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Excellent as always. Beer cheese appetizer is the best out there, salmon top notch and service always above par.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Simply a great burger. A review can always say more, but you really don't need much more than that. More sophisticated and very tasty offerings, but a simple and excellent burger says a lot about quality and skill.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Everything was great!

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The salads were delicious, the burger was just ok. The server just wasn't super helpful and didn't seem to take a great deal of interest in answering our questions. The atmosphere was easy and nice and the space is really good. It's a good casual place. It wasn't busy at all so maybe the server was just annoyed to have customers.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

One of our favorites - took new neighbors for their first time. Enjoyed meatloaf and fish and chips

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We usually enjoy our meals here but our last visit was a bust, and we left saying we wouldn’t go back anytime soon. First off, we were charged full price for wine off the menu even though we picked it from the bottle shop and had it uncorked at our table. Next, our salad was ordered with shrimp but came to the table without the shrimp on it, and when we said something, the shrimp was delivered to the table after the fact on a separate plate. Then, our burger, which was supposed to be medium, was made medium rare and was served with regular french fries instead of the sweet potato fries that we ordered. When we pointed that out the burger was taken away and brought back with the sweet potato fries. I can see having an occasional mixup, but this was just too many strikes on the same night to be enjoyable or acceptable.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Things didn't get get off to a good start when our appetizer arrived well before our drink order. When our dinner came, we needed to ask for and then wait for our utensils. The dining area was uncomfortably warm and our server said the AC can't keep up when it is hot outside. Food was good.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Unfortunately the air conditioning was not working. We were all sweating while dining indoors. Such a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

This little gem, hidden in a strip mall behind the Mariemont Hotel, never fails to please. My husband loves a bloody Mary for brunch, and he sings their praises. The food is original and tasty. The servers and employees are friendly without hovering. I recommend a reservation no matter what time of day.

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Dilly has a nice atmosphere and generally good food. However, my most recent experience was not satisfactory.I was there on a Monday night (it wasn’t overly crowded) and our party of 6 waited over 40 minutes for our food to be served and it was lukewarm at best! Our wait person did an ok job but there was no apology/ explanation of what the problem was. In general, customer service is not a strong point for Dilly...

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience! We ate outside and the music was great as was the food and the service. We definitely will be back often.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed our meal. We started with the beer cheese which was probably the best I have ever had here in Cincinnati. My wings were very good and his burger was very tasty. The drink menu was very extensive. We were lucky enough to sit on the patio and enjoy the live music. My only problem was that we sat in front of the fireplace and it was filled with really nasty ( and many) cigarette butts.
Overall, I would recommend Dilly's to friends. Service was also very good.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

A nice neighborhood restaurant featuring a varied menu but not overwhelming. The outside patio is a wonderful place to sit during nice weather!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The food and drink were outstanding as was our server, Tyler.
Tyler was very helpful and quite knowledgeable guiding us through the menu and making a superb wine suggestion.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

U ordered the full Mariemont strand salad no goat cheese. My friend ordered the grilled romaine large
My salad was overpriced for 6 bites
I asked about it and the waitress said that is what it is
My friends salad was large and filling. My husband ordered the eggplant dish and it was a bite!
Disappointed in our orders. I left hungry and I’m not a big eater. We will think twice before coming before a movie.

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We went for our 30 year anniversary. The food was good as usual. Sat outside, they have a great patio. Service was HORRIBLE! Meals didn’t come out at the same time, had to ask repeatedly for more water. Drinks took forever to get....just bad, bad, bad!!!!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Dined here on Mother’s Day. What we had was good but they were out of regular menu items we would have preferred. We arrived at 6:45pm so I wonder what the late diners had left to eat? Poor planning on their part, but we did not let it ruin our evening. I still miss the previous crab cake sauce though. Much more flavorful than the current sauce.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Thanks good food and prices

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Dilly Bistro has become a real favorite of my husband and I for both lunch and dinner! GREAT service, wonderful food and nice selection of entrees! Definitely be back soon!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had great food and great drinks!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great meal with friends. They had a wonderful pork chop special which two of our party enjoyed, one friend had a beet gnocchi and I had a lovely salad with butternut squash and kale. The staff was very accommodating to our special dietary requests.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

32nd Anniversary very nice

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2018

The sauce for the pork barbecue was so spicy almost inedible. Cole slaw was just average.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Excellent service and food, even my special order!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great to choose a bottle of wine from the on-site wine shop and only pay a corkage charge rather than the usual ridiculous restaurant mark-up. Food is always superb and getting better. Fabulous mussel appetizer. Live music just adds to the tremendous value.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Most everything we've had there was great but the Ahi sandwich was just three little pieces of tuna on a roll that was like baked clay. He was hard to chew and impossible to cut. I finally took off the top and ate it as an open face sandwich. Not anywhere near the $12 it cost. My wife's burger on the other hand was delicious. Don't order the Ahi.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was just O.K,, it is always a bit too salty and preparation can be iffy.

Waiter had to come back twice; to tell us first, a main course entree was not available, and secondly, the desert he described to us was not available. Didn't any one tell him ahead of time what food was no longer available? Plus, this was at 5:00 on Sunday, empty restaurant.

One of the entrees arrived incorrectly prepared, but our guest kept it anyway, so she could eat her dinner.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love this restaurant, good food and good drinks.
Altho the last 2 time have used open table to reserve table, they never seem to honor or have a table when we arrive. Seem to sit folks as they come in. reservations don't seem to matter or take priority.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great music, great service, great food —fun!!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Always a good value. The only negative were the shrimp tacos: not many shrimp.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always a good time at Dilly Deli. Happy with food and drinks and music on weekend makes you stay long after you finish dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Friendly staff, very good food, overall a nice lunch experience

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great music and wing night on Wednesday. This Wednesday the tunes were alittle loud. Not usually the case. Good salads ... my fav the kale and butternut with salmon yumm

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Service took too long. Our server was experienced and busy (she did her best but everything took too long).

It was clear that the staffing level was insufficient, which has been a theme at Dilly in my experience over several lunches and dinners there in the past 6 months.

Live music, while touted as a feature of the restaurant, is way too loud for such a small venue that Dilly stuffs itself into. We were relieved every time the musicians took a break because then we could actually have a conversation.

The prices are high. Expect a wait if you don’t have reservations.

The saving grace of Dilly is that the food is good enough and there aren’t many other options in Mariemont other than pizza joints.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Server was attentive without being overbearing. The fish and chips were awesome and the pulled pork sandwich was very good. The seasoned fries were actually not seasoned which worked better for us

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always enjoy a stop at the Dilly Cafe. They have several good salads and are accommodating to special dietary needs. This trip wasn't quite as good as my portion of greens was very small.

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