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Eddie Merlot's Prime Aged Beef & Seafood - Cincinnati

4.4
3218 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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Eddie Merlot's Prime-aged Beef and Seafood starts with U.S.D.A. Prime Beef and the freshest seafood. Eddie Merlot’s has created one of the hottest concepts today; the wine bar provides more than 75 wines by the glass and a very extensive reserve wine collection by the bottle. The bar is stocked with all of the finest spirits and after dinner cordials and Cognacs. Eddie Merlot’s boasts a contemporary but stunningly elegant interior design and atmosphere—where guests can have fun, relax and enjoy listening to up-tempo music, while dressed in business or casual attire.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 489-1212
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bryan Hopping
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Private party facilities
Eddie Merlot’s talented culinary team and our expert service staff are dedicated to providing you and your guests with a truly memorable dining experience. It is their goal to provide a fine dining steak house with emphasis on serving the finest U.S.D.A. Prime Aged Beef and Seafood. Side dishes are served family style and are large enough to serve two if desired. Eddie Merlot’s boasts a contemporary but stunningly elegant interior design and atmosphere—where guests can have fun, relax and enjoy listening to up-tempo music, while dressed in business or casual attire. There are three private rooms/areas to choose from according to your needs. The Chardonnay Room, which can seat approximately 40 guests comfortably, the Merlot Room, which seats approximately 80 guests and the Cabernet Room, seating 40 guests. Eddie Merlot’s Sales Manager will assist you plan a function that will leave your guests knowing who is the best host in town, you!
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Private party contact
Melanie Sandy : (513) 489-1212
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Interstate 275
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking is offered 7 nights a week. Free on site parking is also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3218 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

The wait staff is fantastic. Kudos to Howie. He makes me look good.

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EdwardL 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

We consider Eddie Merlot's one of the premier restaurants in this area and the food and service have always been excellent!

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ParticularRo (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Son home for the weekend

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vipGlen (Cincinnati)
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

Arrived at 7:55 pm for our 8:00 pm reservation. The hostess said that they would be seating the 7:45 pm reservations shortly and that they would text me when our table was ready. We went to the bar and had a drink at one of the high top tables. We were then asked to move as the tables were only for reservations. We received a test at 8:15 pm and went to the hostess stand. There was a lot of confusion and we were finally seating at 8:20 pm - not in the main restaurant area but in a back area which is probably used most for dinner meetings for a single group. When the waiter arrived, I asked for a new water glass as it was dirty - which he agreed. He took our order and said that hot bread would be coming shortly. We finally received it 15 minutes after we were seated. The waiter apologized. We ordered and our food took forever to receive. However, 20 minutes into our wait for our food, the wait staff did deliver us food - however, it was for another table. Our meal finally came and it was overall very well prepared. Nearing the end of our meal, the room cleared out and we were the only ones remaining. The staff then began rearranging tables and chairs. Moving some tables away into another room and bringing in additional chairs. This is not the type of atmosphere I want when I spend over $150 for two people. Very disappointed and will not return. There are much better choices in Cincinnati for the money spent.

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vipDRW1 (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Valentines day. We share many special occasions at Eddie Merlot’s which is one of our favorite places. We visit several times per year.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This was our first time here, we usually eat down the road at a different steak house. Heard great things about EM and was not disappointed. It's a different atmosphere for sure but very nice place.our waiter was Adam and was on point with everything we wanted. The sweet and spicy shrimp was fantastic for an app, great presentation. My steak was on par with the other steak house we frequent. Perfectly cooked and delicious. My wife had the new Orleans mix grill and loved it all. For dessert we had the cinnamon roll and ice cream, it was ridiculously good. I had wanted the peanut butter dessert but their chefs were not happy with their product that night so it was unavailable. I respect them sticking to their standards and I was offered a dessert if I wanted it, it was a good idea we shared the cinnamon roll it was HUGE. Overall the food and service was perfect and priced a little lower than our normal spot. Will be back again.

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DeliciousDining (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated 20th Anniversary.

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KashW (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

If you want to go to a restaurant where you are paying for the name and service only, this is the place to go. The food is nothing to rave about.

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DS1a (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

I took my wife here for a Valentine’s day dinner date and reserved for 8:30pm. We were seated after about a 30-minute wait. There were still other people ahead of us but we found out only after approaching the hostess that they erroneously gave our seat to another couple. We were hoping they’d give something complimentary because of the mix up but they didn’t offer. We just enjoyed the evening and did not want this to spoil the dinner. The chips and dip was really good. The arctic char and shrimp was a tad salty while the vegetarian pasta was on point and very delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Went there for Valentines Day. Reservation for 8:15, sat at 8:45. First greet from server was 8:55. Appetizer was delicious, salad was excellent, ordered steak- strip was undercooked and ribeye was gristly

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We were there for valentines.Our server Kirk was terrible. There was a table next to us and they ordered lots of drinks and promised him a good tip & that is were he put all of his focus. We waited a long time before he even acknowledged us. When he finally came over to us, we ordered a beverage and a soup and salad. He took our menu before we placed our order. We had to ask for more water, he never refilled my tea. He was holding hands with those people. He never took his eyes off them and ignored his other tables, he was the worse server I ever had. Customers should not be treated according to their liquor consumption, we got better service from the young guy clearing tables. I reported Kirk to a manger when leaving. We dine here often, I have booked numerous business dinners and several Christmas company private events here. He cost your restaurant a lot of future dollars.

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vipShirl (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had a reservation at 7:45 for Valentines Day. We didn't get in until 8:15. there was a very loud table near us and the waiter was playing up to the people so it was noisier. We had the New Orleans Grill. The fillet was minute, BUT med. rare as we requested. the shrimp were overcooked and tough. My salad and my husband's steak tartar were good. We asks to split a bowl of ice cream for dessert as we just wanted a little something sweet. I don't know if the waiter thought it was not enough or whatever but he just kind of slung it on the table . He was very nice earlier in the evening but seemed grumpy at the end. All in all it wasn't a pleasant experience. We have eaten at Eddie Merlot's many times before and have never had this experience.

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Tctc (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Nice place with good food very very enjoyable time

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We shared the Tomahawk and it was phenomenal. Everything was perfect, fun staff with great service!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Good as usual.

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vipKitty68cat (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Celebrated Valentine Day at Eddie's Cincy. The Arctic Char was great; in fact suggest replacing the Sea Bass with this. Still miss the meatloaf, green beans, and cheesecake AND our favorite server, Dave.

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johno (Nashville)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

What a great staff and superb food
Absolutely will be back

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Pete (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I dined here on Valentines Day. This was our 4th visit in the last 6 months, so we really like Eddie Merlots. Even though it was Valentines Day and they were very busy,everything went smooth. They had plenty of staff to cover a busy evening. The kitchen was ready for the rush and served excellent food in a timely manner. The service was pleasant,professional and not at all rushed. We very much enjoyed our visit.

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KenT (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

It was Valentines Day and my girlfriends 60th birthday. She is Russian and the 60th birthday is a big thing for her. I decided to take her to a really nice restaurant that she would enjoy. She was very, very happy with the entire experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent food and service as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Excellent food and service

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PaulH (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Enjoyed our drink at the bar with Jimmy and Cassie. Dining service was excellent..."on top of everything".

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MarkM (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great atmosphere and food. Our waiter Mark was excellent

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butch (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Early valentines dinner !!
Mark always takes good care of us !!

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vipShari (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Eddie Merlot’s has been one of our go to restaurants to have a nice evening out. Good steak, impressive wine list, exceptional wait staff. I’m not sure how a restaurant of this caliber can’t cook a proper steak? My husband ordered medium plus, just pink in the center. The steak was bleeding onto the plate. The waitress was clueless (most can see just upon observation that it wasn’t done properly). We opted not to complain and just took it home where I “cooked” it the next day for my son. On a positive note, the toppings were great! We also noted many changes to the menu. One, the Lobster bisque has been replaced with crab and corn chowder! No thanks. Overall, a rather disappointing night out .

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ShannonK (Cincinnati)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Terrible experience, we won’t be back. Food came out cold, water glasses were left empty, steaks were not cooked properly

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding food and very friendly servers. Would highly recommend for those looking for a higher end experience.

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JamesW (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Spent over $250 for a dinner for two, and our steaks came out cooked wrong for us, so when sent back our sides became cold. When steaks came back out, the Oscar style was not on it and we had to request that as well again. No compensation or even dessert was given. When a couple orders trio medallions and also a tomahawk steak along with apps and sides, we expect good, timely service, not for our meal to be broken up and not even able to enjoy our sides with our steak. Lady next to us sent hers back, and we heard waiter say he would take it off her Bill! We were not rude by any means to anyone about it, but after the fact are extremely disappointed. Especially since we rarely ever get a date night, and this was for my birthday and Valentine's date.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Disappointed some things changed in the menu. The steak was bland and not nearly as good as it has been in the past. My son ordered a 4 oz steak off the children's menu for $16.95 and I had a lean cut 6 oz for $45. They were the same size. Seems kind of strange to have 2 prices of identical meat with such a large price difference. I usually love Eddie Merlot, but was disappointed. Our service was wonderful though. The waiter was very attentive and kind even though it did take a little longer than usual to be served our meal

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was amazing, and our server Kirk was attentive but not pushy (great quality!), suggested perfect dishes and was very knowledgeable!

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