Embers

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Opened in the spring of 2004, Embers is a contemporary American Steakhouse with a twist. Classic Steakhouse offerings along with complete selections of seafood & sushi are available in a warm inviting atmosphere.

Embers, as the name implies, evokes the warmth and comfort of a glowing fire; from the stacked-stone torch and gas lanterns outside to the glowing candles within. Black & White photographs of Cincinnati landmarks and celebrities create a sense of history and place, while large oil canvasses and vibrant floral arrangements punctuate the rooms with color.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.2
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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday dinner for my daughter. Very nice service.

D
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, and the service was excellent!

JW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were both excellent. The menu is not large but we knew that going in. This will be our new go to place for special occasions.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing I loved every bit of it

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service for the most part but rushed to leave. They cleared my plate while I still had food in my mouth. I know it was Valentines Day so they were busy, we were out the door in 35 minutes!!! So much for the ambiance and having a moment to breathe!

DH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati

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JP
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent time at Embers for Valentine’s Day. Jaime did an excellent job serving and helping make the night special. Additionally, Michael is a top-notch manager that will make you feel so welcomed.

OD
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was Valentines Day so very busy - server did his best to stay on top of it all - great food!!!!!

MJ
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience3

I’ve always loved Embers but there was just no taste to either of our meals Thursday evening, steaks were dry, asparagus was burnt and Brussels Sprouts tasted like they had oil on them. It weren’t cooked long enough. Duck fat fries may have been the best part we ate and that’s not saying much.

JD
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and even better service. As it is a tad pricey for my budget, we only go once a year or so on a special occasion

JC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, sushi rolls were so fresh and delicious! The drinks were great, it’s a great place for a date or night out with friends. The bar atmosphere was fun, a little noisy but that’s bc everyone wants to enjoy the quality food and drinks!

TD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was fantastic! Food was amazing! And the staff made my daughters 10th Bday dinner special! We sat in the bar area - her choice - so it was noisy - as it should be. Thanks Embers!

BC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. Service was mediocre, not equal to previous visits.

TB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly cooked steak and delicious Sushi. Would recommend!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I love Embers and think the food is great. But the past couple of times I’ve been, it’s taken forever for the entrees to arrive (this time was 45 minutes AFTER we ordered). That is not ok, especially at their prices. I hope they fix this problem soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Disappointed in the size of your Halibut entree. I’m guessing it was 3” x 4” ! For $48.00! I was expecting a serving twice that. I actually was hungry when I left. Other than that my assistant had a great rib eye!

SB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Embers several times while living in the Cincinnati area. Today was our last visit to this restaurant as we are moving out of state for our retirement. We absolutely had to visit Embers one last time. We have deemed Embers our favorite restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxing. The service is attentive and exceptional. We could always count on every aspect of the dinner experience at Embers to be completely satisfying. My martini, awesome. Our salads fresh and meticulously prepared. Husband had the pork chop always prepared to perfection. On this visit I had the "Au Poivre" Prime New York Strip which was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender. Side vegetables are always top notch. Manager was kind to treat us to a complimentary dessert when he heard it was our last visit. We will miss Embers.

d
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Our server was friendly and knew the menu well, but forgot drinks one time, certainly not a deal breaker.

I had New York Strip amd the portion size was generous; however, it was not nearly as tender as those I've had at other high-end, well known, local steak houses. It was cooked perfectly to medium rare +.

My wife had the Dover Sole and it was a small portion, with a presentation nowhere near the flair one finds at other restaurants.

Prices are on par with the other restaurants, but the ambience less so.

Because the caliber of the competition is so high, I see no reason to go back to Embers; it is OK - just not as memorable as others.

OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Embers on a few celebratory occasions, this last time was the best yet. Everything that I chose was absolutely excellent, the perfect quantity with delicious flavors. I am looking forward to the next time that deserves a special visit! Thank you Embers!

C
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a family birthday on a Sunday evening and sat at the bar. Ian was our server and he made the evening very enjoyable. Food, service and drinks were wonderful. Thank you!

GG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was great, perfect birthday level indulgence. The service was the best ever after several visits in the past. We’d kind of given Embers a break after a couple of mediocre meals for the price, but this visit brought back all the awesome. And the sever was positively lovely! Thank you, Embers, for a lovely birthday for my wife.

OT
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sushi was amazing, and our server was very attentive! Though my steak had to be returned for additional cooking, everything was enjoyable.

d
Cincinnati
41 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love happy hour hear. Wine pours could be a little bigger, but it is what it is. If you don't like sushi, and the other items on the happy hour, there is also a good bar menu that should work for you.

CG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was very pleasant and the wait staff was excellent, following up with us frequently, but not too much. The food was good or very good. The price was a little high for the quality, but we would go back. This was our first visit and we are looking forward to trying other dishes.

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last second reservation. Food and Service were amazing .

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great dinner and our server made some great wine choices for us..

OT
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food is excellent as is service. But the sound level is so loud as to distract from the otherwise excellent experience. Some of our guests were upset by how loud it was.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was awesome; food is okay. We had filet and ribs...flavor just mediocre

TG
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service by Shannon. Smart, friendly, and efficient. Food and drinks were great too.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. The sushi was delicious and innovative. The salads were fabulous and very fresh. H

DB
Cincinnati
99 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ok
Definitely not Jeff Ruby quality or taste

G
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent cuisine. Small portions and side dishes have to be ordered separately. Waiting time a bit long, but this is fairly common when one of the orders is sushi.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food.

CA
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience at Embers. The food was excellent. Our server was very personable and we had great service. The ambiance was nice. Cocktails were good. Overall, a very positive first experience!

K
Columbus
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect.

MP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very Nice experience on New Years Eve. The food was very good and service was relaxed but attentive. They had a New Years Eve special, but you could also order from the Menu. My wife had the Halibut and I had a Filet Oscar. The Filet was good but the Crab was pretty bland and a very small amount. The sauce was OK. The Halibut was good and well prepared. Noise level was moderate and it was easy to converse. Our Server, Mike was good and got everything right. If you are looking for a good dining experience you should consider Embers.

F
Cincinnati
56 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We dined at Embers on New Years Eve, but we were treated like royalty and never rushed. To us the food was very good, not great, but the experience of eating there was relaxing and fun. There were just 2 of us, but we saw lots of small groups there, and I can't think of a better place to go for everyone to enjoy it and get a nice meal.

R
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful New Years Eve dinner.

b
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year’s eve

OT
Cincinnati
97 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We came for an early New Year’s Eve dinner - it was nice to have a calm, quiet dinner where you can actually have conversation without shouting over the background sounds. Our service was good, but there was a mixup on the preparation of one our dishes. This was disappointing as it was clear how the item was to be be prepared and while waiting for our meals, even asked them to make sure it was right. Sure enough it came out wrong. They were good about correcting the mistake, but it meant waiting awhile while two of us were already eating our meals before they cooled off. Once getting the food, it was very good.. The chocolate mousse cake is odd - more like gelatin with an orange flavor - would not order again.

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