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About Embers

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.

8170 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Bar Opens Daily at 4pm with Happy Hour
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Galbraith Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 984-8090

Website:
http://www.embersrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment on Saturday's in the bar. 7:30pm-11:00pm

Parking Details:
Self parking in front of restaurant. Valet parking also available.

Executive Chef:
Michael Wilp

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tuesday - Half Price Wine Bottles
Wednesday - Half Price Sushi (bar only)
Thursday - Half Price Bar Menu (bar only)

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Private Dining

Embers has private dining spaces conducive for business events and intimate social gatherings.Featuring state of the art audio visual equipment, a unique wine list and mouthwatering steaks, seafood and sushi, Embers is the perfect location to host your next large group gathering!

Embers Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (80)
Special Occasion (79)
Romantic (60)
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Good for Anniversaries (58)
Good for Birthdays (49)
Business Meals (45)
Cozy (42)
Quiet Conversation (37)
Worth the Drive (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Hot Spot (15)
Fun (14)
Casual (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (10)
Healthy (9)
Comfort Food (6)
Authentic (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 25, 2014

Food was excellent - tasty and prepared properly. Portions were small given the priciness. Wait staff was attentive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 22, 2014

I visited Embers with a group of four and had a wonderful dining experience! We were greeted immediately as we entered, seated promptly, and were attended to from start to finish, even from servers who weren't assigned to our table. I enjoyed the Embers burger from the bar menu and with it, a Conn Creek cabernet sauvignon. My friends ordered various tasty and
ample-portioned items from the dinner menu. If you're planning to truly impress your company, you will with this establishment!

One suggestion: avoid pairing the burger with the Duck Fat Fries. Though "hand cut", they aren't quite as delectable as perhaps the Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla-Bourbon, the Sautéed Haricots Vert, or the Grilled Asparagus with Fennel & Pecorino.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 22, 2014

We love Embers. This time it was just okay. Food did not have same great flavor that it normally has. From the lobster tail to the steak. It was just okay. We will be back and hope it will be as great as we have grown to expect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 22, 2014

Always a great dining experience at Embers! Wanted some variety so I had a Green Goddess Salad, Seared Crab Cake appetizer and a Spicy Tempura Roll for dinner. Everything was very delicious! Service was excellent - love it at Embers!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 22, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and service. Their sushi was amazing and would definitely go back even though I did not have a steak. Very delicious and the prices are reasonable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 22, 2014

If you are looking for a place for a special occasion this is it...Food and service were excellent...
I eat vegan and the chef made me a delicious dish of pasta with vegetables which was awesome...
My wife had the sea bass and said it was one of the best she's ever had...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (SW Indiana)·Dined on February 22, 2014

We have eaten here a dozen times with family and friends and have always enjoyed the food, staff and ambience. Steaks were great and my grand kids enjoyed the sushi (which is always top notch).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 21, 2014

This was our first visit to Embers, and we were not disappointed! Started with the scallop app., & it was fantastic. I had the Lamb chops while my girlfriend had the sea bass. We were both blown away!! Our server Shannon didn't miss a beat. He was very knowledgeable with the wine list & his food reccomendations!! The manager on duty (Michael) made sure our experience was perfect. We appreciated the amount of effort they put forward to ensure our dining experience was second to none!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 21, 2014

The sushi is of high quality and probably the best in Cincinnati.
The steaks are better than the Morton's or Ruth Christie's, or Precinct, or Carlo and Johnny;s or Eddie Merlot's Stakes.
The 44 oz Cowboy Steak is unique.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 20, 2014

This is our second time back to Embers for a Birthday Celebration.Two of us had the surf and turf special for the evening which included a succulent filet smothered with a shrimp concoction that was most delicious! My husband had the rack of lamb that was served just the way he likes it ...a little pink and very tender accompanied by the well prepared scalloped potatoes. Oh not to forget the sushi appetizer, that started off the taste buds with many different flavors that prepared us for the soups and salads. The only negative comment of the evening included that the chopped salad had too much dressing... But we LOVED the side of brussels sprouts! We will be back for another special occasion.. A little too pricey for a weekly event!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 17, 2014

I found the evening to be a delightful experience. The service was great. We were seated promptly and the waitress and the wait staff were very attentive to us. I enjoyed the wine that I had chosen very much but was rather disappointed to find that the amount I was served was quite small for the price. The food was simply great. Myself and my spouse had ordered the chicken and it was cooked to perfection. Not dry or overdone a bit. The butternut squash risotto was outstanding. Creamy and melt in your mouth. The appetizer we had ordered was the veggie sushi roll. Delicious. Overall the whole experience was delightful and memorable. We would like to make a return visit very soon. Would recommend the place to others.
Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 16, 2014

First off, I admit to the reader that I rate service and value over price and ambiance. Also, I am no stranger to Cheesecake Factory and find it somewhat pricey, but, the choices, quality, value and fun of the Kenwood locale makes it very much worth the price. Embers was none of these. The ambiance wasd nothing overly fabulous. The ribs my children got were small and unexceptional. Tha salad I bought was small and very lackluster. The service, by one lone waitress, was very good. If you need a pretentious place to impress someone with the cash you are throwing down for them taker them to Embers. In a nutshell, This was very ho-hum, very expensive, food offerings that were very limited and a staff that was very lukewarm to our presence.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Don't be turned off that the restaurant is in a strip mall! The ambience changed dramatically as soon as you get in. Great restaurant with great food, albeit a little on the pricey side. Service was beyond excellent, definitely a gem in the kenwood area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 13, 2014

This place has a lot of different food choices which seem to all be great options. The steaks we had were well prepared, tender and delicious. Drinks were good and reasonably priced for what we got considering the location. On top of everything the banana panini dessert was fabulous. Overall great valentines day experience for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed our visit to Embers. The staff was friendly and the food was excellent. The steaks were phenomenal! Will definitely be back...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2014

This is the 5th time we've been to Embers and they always do a great job. We had the same server as our previous visit and he was exemplary in suggesting wines, in addition to encouraging us to try some new things on the menu that we were very pleased with. Dont expect to leave without spending some money, but it is well worth it. Great filet, cooked exactly to order. My wife had the lobster tail, cooked perfectly - which is hard to come by in Cincinnati. Went out on a limb with the duck fat fries and we couldnt stop eating them - delicious. Even if you dont like brussels sprouts, you should try these - carmelized to perfection, a great side item to complement any entree. Another great night. Well done, Embers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2014

the server we had did an excellent job

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 8, 2014

Had a Great meal at Embers the other night! Everything is special - the bread, the soup of the day, the salad, the sides and the main course - delicious! I had a big meal and my wife just noshes on appetizers, sides or sushi. Our server Tracy is spectacular and makes the experience even more wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 7, 2014

They perform at a level and consistency that not only pleases but I have to say it amazes me. As often as I dine here I experience exceptional food, service, and atmosphere. They never disappoint.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 2, 2014

Great as usual. Steak perfectly cooked.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 1, 2014

Everything was outstanding, even the bread. Our server was very attentive and each course was better than the last. Sushi, salads, the sea bass and a steak. All top notch. The banana toffee ice cream is our favorite part. It is SO so good. We love the attention to details at Embers. It makes for a perfectly romantic date night.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 1, 2014

Always enjoy my meal at Embers! One of my favorite places to dine out.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2014

Our waitress was super! She was attentive to all details and assured me that the chef could provide a salt-free entrée for me. She was prompt and certainly on top of her job at all times.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 28, 2014

The food at Embers brings us back time and time again, and the service never fails to delight! Their menu has a wide variety of amazing dishes from fish to sushi and steaks. Their salads are great too. I highly recommend the green goddess salad, especially when adding chicken! For fish, try the sea bass entree, the flavorfull sauce is not to be missed. If you like sushi, all the rolls are made with the finest ingredients. If steak is your calling, then I recommend the 14oz prime strip with onion straws on the side. The whole menu is amazing....

The service and managers have always been so kind and helpful. We enjoy dining at Embers so much due to the staff. Everyone is well trained and the team work really shines! Go enjoy too!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 25, 2014

Great food as usual. Very lively, which is typical of a Saturday night at Embers. Very good service, our waiter was very attentive, but maybe just a bit too noticeable. Overall a very fine meal. The only thing that was not ideal was that it felt like the tables were a little bit close to each other. I guess just a minor personal preference, as my wife did not find this to be the case.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2014

I don't normally give five stars but Embers was worth it. I've been to a few of the other steakhouses around Cincinnati and Embers has some of the best steaks in town. Another place was recently award four diamonds but the steaks there are nothing compared to Embers.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 22, 2014

I'd only recommend this for business diners who don't care about price. The food and service were fine, but with the entree prices as high as they are, it is crazy to have to pay extra for a salad and for a veggie. I would never go there again on my own dime.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 19, 2014

As usual the service was great. The dinner was disappointing in that the NY Strip I ordered didn't come out looking or tasting like the strip I get every time I dine here. Usually that cut of steak is at least 1-1/4" thick, the cut of meat I received was not even close to 1", more like 3/4" and much bigger than a strip, it looked more like a sirloin. Ordered it medium and it was cooked perfectly as usual, which I thought was exceptional given how thin it was. The shrimp cocktail was as advertised, huge prawns and delicious. Have dined here many times, always order the same thing the same way, and this is the first time I've ever been less than pleased. This experience is not a deal breaker, will return.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Embers was ok, not great. We were expecting much better based upon comments from our friends. It is very expensive for the quality of the food.

The sushi was not rolled very well and it immediately fell apart as soon as I touched it. The bottle of wine that was brought to the table was a different year than the menu. When I made a comment to the waiter he just shrugged.

We go out to eat at least a couple of times a week and are very willing to spend a lot of money for great food. It is highly unlikely that we will return to Embers. There are many restaurants in Cincinnati that provide better food for the same price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 18, 2014

We just love Ember's. We are never rushed, and always leave relaxed and full.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Outstanding First Visit! Loved the atmosphere!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 17, 2014

Embers has a great selection so everyone can find something they like. I had the filet mignon, someone else in the party had the lamb and another the Vietnamese style ribs. Everyone said their meal was excellent. Also like that the sides are for sharing.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 12, 2014

Everything was amazing and really delicious. It was our second time at the restaurant and both trips were equally fabulous experiences.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 11, 2014

This was a special occasion and we invited friends to join us. We all had a woderful, relaxing meal.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 10, 2014

Don't get me wrong the food I order was good, however, for the price, I expected it to be excellent. I ordered the "Seared Diver Scallop" appetizer, which was $10, and I only got 1 scallop. I ordered a salad, which was the "Embers Chopped Salad", very basic. For the dinner portion, I ordered the "Local Ohio Chicken Breast". My fiance just ordered a glass of wine ($9), and "Chilean Seabass". Everything on the menu was overpriced there, for all of these items our bill came to $99, not including the tip. Very OVERPRICED! For the price of food, I have had better at a lower price. This is Cincinnati, not New York!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 5, 2014

Haven't been there in quite some time, always had great service and dinners. Even though they specialize in sushi, their steaks are fantastic. The strip was cooked to perfection. Never disappoints, except for the fact they no longer have the soufflé on the desert list.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 4, 2014

A friend recommended Embers to us but we were skeptical because it looks like a suburban chain. We were very pleased with what we experienced. The server was outstanding and her recommendation were spot on. The food was amazing. The ambience was nice enough though not the reason for returning; but he food is something to write home about.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2013

It has been a long time where the food and service has been top notch in the same night. Between the perfectly cooked steaks, the wonderful crab cakes and the outstanding waiter, we had a great night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2013

The food was good and the service was great but it was very costly.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2013

We have loved the Embers for special occasions however noticed a substantial price increase since our last visit! We took friends and for a party of 4 , the bill came to way over $400 for four people with tip and valet parking.

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