Montgomery Inn- Montgomery Rd. (Priority Seating)

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Barbecue
When we say our ribs are famous, we mean it. Enjoyed by actors, athletes, and every U.S. President since Gerald Ford, they’re hand-spiced and slow-roasted daily, then finished off on our custom broiler. But Matula’s secret recipe sauce is the real star, made with only the finest California tomatoes and a super-secret blend of all-natural spices. And don’t worry about wearing a bib. It’s a good look.

Our world-famous ribs are definitely a hard act to follow. That’s why we also offer equally out-of-this-world entrées and combos, signature appetizers, soups and salads, and seriously decadent desserts. And if you have little ones who refuse to eat anything that’s not a nugget, children’s menus are available as well.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or carryout, there’s always something delicious you’ll want to try. But if you always decide to go with the ribs, we’re fine with that too.
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CK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Used open table on a busy Sat nite. Was seating only after a short wait after our scheduled time. Service and food was excellent. Great experience for our special occasion that we were in more of a secluded location.

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LS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated promptly upon our entire party arriving. We were seated upstairs next to multiple large parties. It took our waitress 10 minutes just to greet us and grab our drink order. I believe it was because she was serving several large parties at the same time and there was confusion about missing food. Once she was able to focus on our party, she was very personable and prompt with drink refills. All of our orders came out correctly. The food and strawberry shortcake dessert were delicious. I would definitely recommend this place and look to return in the near future.

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HB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We walked in and got seated right away. Service was great

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

This was the worst service I've ever received at a restaurant. It took over two hours for three people and a baby. The server would disappear saying he'd be right back to get our order. Why not just take it?! Everything was delicious but the brisket which sat with one bite out of it. The server didn't ask if everything was ok with it (it wasn't) and we couldn't find him to ask for something else. Took forever to get three boxes. Then he asks if we need a bad. Why not just bring it?! Then the bill was paid with a gift card. It was bought the same day and wouldn't work. I was sent to the car in the rain to find the receipt instead of the restaurant handling it. It was ridiculous.

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M
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I feel that Montgomery Inn is successful because of the atmosphere and past reputation. I feel that the food is average. I ordered the brisket and it was more fat than meet and not tender like most smoked meats. My son ordered the ribs and shrimp and the shrimp were small to medium in size and breaded. If they had a good chef, the shrimp could have been grilled and better tasting and should have been larger for what they cost. My sides were sweet potato mash and Brussels sprouts and the sides again were fair at best and undersized. Frankly, the food at City Barbecue is better but again, Montgomery Inn does have a more impressive atmosphere.

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BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Ehhh. It’s Montgomery Inn. Hasn’t changed in 15 years. This Time however the ribs were awful (dry) and the steaks undercoooked and then charred as a re-cook. For a $250 meal for 4 not acceptable. This place is a shadow of itself.

It’s living on its past and not executing on the basics. Probably my last visit.

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BD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal at the Montgomery, Montgomery Inn. This is the original restaurant and can accommodate large amounts of people. We did have a food issue, but was quickly taken care of by the server and kitchen manager. The food was outstanding as is expected from this restaurant.

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RA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Using Open Table was so easy. The Montgomery Inn had me on the list, and we were seated immediately. I definitely would recommend using it.

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FM
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy Mothers Day but the service and the food were excellent. Th valet service was even keeping up with the dining traffic. The serving staff was excellent, fast efficient and polite. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

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GR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Service was wonderful! The Open Table website helped.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother’s day

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y
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful experience!

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CF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had two gift cards and that was the only reason we chose to eat at Montgomery Inn. The food was good but definitely on the expensive side. You can’t beat their Saratoga chips. It would have been nice if the server recommended for us to split a meal over getting way too much food. It would have saved us money. The atmosphere was pleasant. It felt as though we were the only family in the restaurant.

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t
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We go to Montgomery Inn for the ribs obviously. But here we were at 12:30 on Mother's Day with ribs that were as dry as a bone and barely warm. I truly believe they were left overs from Saturday night. Very disappointing for a place where the food historically has been top notch. My son ordered the salmon salad and ate very little of it. The salad part was not good and the broccoli that he ordered was limp. All in all a bad food experience at a place we frequent. The restaurant was not crowded it was 12:30 and the first floor was only half full, so crowds were not the issue. Montgomery Inn is a destination place, it is one of my family's favorite spots, but this visit was very disappointing food wise.

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M
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day lunch

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JP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!! Very friendly and helpful!! Always great food and huge quantities!! Will definitely be back.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We waited a long time for our food. The server was good but kitchen very slow.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic (as always) and the staff was very friendly. Great experience and price was as expected.

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HF
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Montgomery Inn is one of my long time favourite restaurants. My first time there was in 1990. I live in Toronto, Canada, but worked for a company based in Cincinnati, so I would be in town regularly. I never missed a chance to eat at the Montgomery Inn.
The internet did not exist in those days, so "Priority Seating" was not an option (unless, of course, you did it the old fashioned way and phone in to get your name on the reservations list).
I recently was passing through the Cincinnati area, so I looked the restaurant up online, and used priority seating to book a table for my wife an I.
Easy peasy.
For some reason, however, I received a message after the fact that inquired why I was a 'no-show".
This was obviously an error, and I responded, explaining that I did show up, and was promptly seated.
So, unless there is a glitch in the system of some sort, I don't know why that happened.

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AL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value for your money. Quite noisy to carry on a conversation.

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PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

IT was really good to Come back to Montgomery Inn after a while. Good was very good and pricing is fair for the quality

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party for my son and family.

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PT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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E
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!!

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Our reservation was for 6:15. We arrived at 6:05 by 6:30 we were still not seated At 6:45 we received a text letting us know our table was “almost” ready At this point we decided to leave When I told the hostess,Miriam, we were leaving she said “fine”. She was very rude She was also very rude at 630 when I asked how much longer. On the pad of paper paper where she was marking parties off w/pink highlighter everyone above and below us were seated. We were only a party of 2 I think her attitude and the wait unacceptable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made Priority Seating reservations about a week in advance for 6pm on a Saturday and had a great semi-private table for 6 people. Service was excellent. Appetizers of shrimp, onion straws, and pulled pork nachos were so good. The onion straws were thin, tender, and wonderfully battered. All entrees, ribs, cod, salmon were yummy and devoured. If you don't like a lot of barbecue sauce on your ribs get them with sauce-on-the-side. Our waitress was great. Tom Gregory stopped by our table a number of times. The Open Table reservation process worked perfectly.

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went to Montgomery Inn Montgomery on a Saturday night to meet my daughters fiance's parents for the first time. Having found out that his dad hadn't had a Montgomery Inn rib in 28 years made the choice a no brainer. The Boathouse is by far closer to my house, but it was Flying Pig weekend so a table for 7 at the time I needed wasn't available, so the Original was the next option {I don't want to say second choice because they're both good, it's just one is closer than the other}. We valet parked 3 cars, checked in at the specified time and, although it was very busy, were on our way to be seated at table 803 in less than 5 minutes from walking in. Our server, I believe his name was Michael, was everything you want in a server: friendly, helpful, prompt and attentive. The food was good as always and the portions had 3 of our party of 7 asking for to go boxes. I couldn't have planned for a first meeting to go any better. The whole staff was very busy, but the way they all handle the organized chaos is commendable. Thanks for a most enjoyable experience

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B
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a graduation with a party of 10 and everything worked out fabulously! Thank you for making our celebration extra special.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday always good food and good service here!

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KT
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made an online reservation at 6 pm for 6:30 pm and were able to walk in and be seated immediately on a Sunday night. The food was delicious with plenty of left-overs for another snack; expecialy the onion straws. The waitress was helpful and suggested sides to go with our entrees. Definitely a place to go back to!

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DP
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived about 30 min early for our reservation and our wait was only about 10 minutes. Good food and an enjoyable experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Biggest problem was a 30 minute wait even with”priority seating”. They seemed to be more concerned with large parties and lead hostess didn’t seem to care. Server and the food were excellent.

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FD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

They are supposed to be famous for their ribs. They came out in a timely manner but they were overcooked and dry. I’ve had good ribs here in the past, but there isn’t any consistency in the quality of the food. Seems like they are riding on their name.

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WH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Seat near the dish room door very noisy. Server was average
Food was excellent as always

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were in town for soccer tournament and I remember going to Montgomery Inn for special occasion as a child when I grew up here. All I could remember was ribs and shrimp and the plum sauce. I was so disappointed in the shrimp. All you could taste was flour on the breaded shrimp. What a shame!! That change was not good.

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OT
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best ribs in the universe..

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Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary and chose Montgomery Inn for our dinner. Always delicious!!

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