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Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y

4.5
4.5
2268 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. Taking inspiration from the public houses found throughout Great Britain, our goal is to provide our guests with authentic hospitality and a brilliant dining experience. In addition to high-quality food, we offer a wide variety of beer, wine, and spirits featuring one of the best selections of single malt scotch whiskies in the area. Our family of restaurants has grown in recent years to include two new concepts: Horse & Barrel Bourbon House and the Backstage Event Center located next door from Nicholson's Pub. Horse & Barrel is an award-winning whiskey bar with 100+ whiskeys and bourbons, specialty cocktails, craft beers, small bites and a friendly bourbon-loving staff. The Backstage Event Center is a private event venue hosting rehearsal dinners, weddings, cocktail parties, corporate events and more.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 564-9111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cameron Bloomer

  • Catering

    Please Call or E-mail our Events Team: Katie Swantko - 513.633.0559 / kswantko@dinetrg.com Cara Shipp - 502.551.6994 / cshipp@dinetrg.com

  • Private party facilities

    Nicholson’s is located directly across from the Aronoff Center for Arts. Our 7500 square foot restaurant houses a series of individually decorated dining rooms. The expansive pub with its 16 ft ceiling is a great place for your next Happy Hour. The Hearth Room with its own working fireplace seats 32 or reception style 40.The Garden Room is bright and airy and has an attached patio, seats 50 or reception style 70. You can reserve our entire restaurant, 150 seated or 250 reception style. Some of our specialties are the Fish and Chips, Center Cut Pork Chops, Grilled Steak and Duck Fat Fries, Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. Detailed mahogany and brass, antique glass and light fixtures from Scotland create an impressive and inviting atmosphere. Nicholson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in the region and over 25 imported beers on tap. We are a great destination for your next rehearsal dinner, graduation, business dinner or birthday party.

  • Private party contact

    Kelly Schneider: (513) 550-1869

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Cross street

    Between 6th and 7th, Across from the Aronoff Theater

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,268 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Cincinnati

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. c

    castle

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    In the past, this was one of my favorite spots. Unfortunately, the food and service have really dropped off. The menu is largely the same for the last ten years but the dishes are classic so that isn’t the issue. The issue is despite all this practice, their execution was poor. All 6 of our meals were late and cold. I was the only one that sent mine back. It came back on the same plate (the plate had a distinct rock since the bottom was warped, so I know it was the same one). They replaced the potatoes but just put the rest in the oven or microwave to reheat it. Other’s meals were just as cold / burned / dry. Finally our drink orders took forever (~15 minutes) despite the restaurant being at about 50% occupancy.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I don't think they should charge for drink samples.
  3. JE

    JENNIFERM

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to go before a show at the Arnoff. The waitstaff was very attentive. The food was delicious. Prices are in-line with type of food and type of restaurant. Portions are large enough. We aren't big eaters and we shared an appetizer and an entree.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have dinner before a show. Food and drinks are excellent. Service was great. Fun atmosphere. Will definitely be back.
  5. RH

    RuthH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nicholson’s is a great choice when attending theater presentations. Can’t really get any more convenient. Our table was ready on time and staff were attentive. This is one of my favorite dining choices when downtown.
  6. JK

    JimK

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Terrell did a wonderful job keeping us properly served!
  7. d

    dzinrgirl89

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    had dinner before a show at the Aronoff. Great service and delicious food. Highly recommend!
  8. GL

    GlennL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice, authentic British Isles fare. The bangers and mash are particularly recommended.
  9. KG

    KatieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food excellent service and right across from the Aranoff! Perfect start to our day in Cincinnati! Will def be back
  10. RC

    RodC

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We had a very sub-par experience at Nicholsons. The food was mediocre, and the service was horrible. Once seated, we had to wait 15 minutes to put in drink orders. Waited another 15 minutes to actually get the drinks, let alone place food orders. We won't be going back.
  11. AJ

    AliciaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Michael was a great server. No issues getting our table. Great atmosphere.
  12. NH

    NancyH

    Cincinnati

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at bar (our choice). Great service and great food.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was delicious. Seating was not great - especially since reservation was made 3 1/2 weeks in advance. Server was nice but slow.
  14. TM

    TerryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, great service and a very fair price for the wonderful food!
  15. AC

    AmyC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    went there for my birthday. the food was superb! brings one back to northern england. sticky toffee pudding (though wouldn't compare to what's back home) is divine. cannot find anything like that in Cincinnati/KY area or midwest for that matter. flight of bourbon was well-enjoyed by my husband. and i definitely enjoyed my stout! will definitely be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had tickets to the Arnoff, and it was a great choice before the show.
  17. AM

    AmandaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met family from out of town here and we were all very impressed with the quality of food and service. The shepherd's pie was one of the best I've ever had. My husband and I will definitely be back.
  18. Z

    Ziglori

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience3
    It took 45 minutes to get our cocktails, and when we did they were water. Literal water. No alcohol to be found nor many of the other necessary ingredients. The servers complained above it it being the crunch prior to a Hamilton show. I do not care. Book fewer reservations if you cannot handle a large crowd. I don’t recommend Nicholson’s. There are better options in the area.
  19. CP

    CarrieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time! This place is perfect if you are going to the Aronoff, like we were!
  20. J

    Julz

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We had reservations after Hamilton. We were seated quickly, but they wanted us to wait for a table to be cleared versus just sitting at one in the same area already clean. We insisted on taking the table that was clean. the whole thing was kind of awkward. Bar service was slow. Appetizer was out way before drinks and drinks were ordered first. Food was just OK for me. Not bad but not great. Just so so. Ordered desert and with it ordered coffee. Server forgot the coffee and we were almost finished with desert before she came back with it. We were not charged for it which made it a little better. All and all, it was just OK. It had been awhile since we'd dined there. I may go back for drinks but will likely look elsewhere for food options.
  21. SL

    SherryL

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place before and after plays!!
  22. JG

    JanetG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have never been disappointed at Nicholsons. The dinners are delicious, portions are generous, and the staff top-notch! I highly recommend the Brussel Sprout appetizer.
  23. T

    Trotters

    Denver

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glad we came here. Everything was excellent! Friendly staffs and delicious foods.
  24. MW

    MattW

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All was good, a bit of a timing issue with the appetizer and main dishes coming out almost at the same time. Otherwise a fine evening.
  25. HH

    HaroldH

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great staff, good menu. They were slammed on the Friday night we were there for a show across the street at Arnoff. Food was a little cold but still good. Drinks excellent. This has become our go-to place when going to a show.
  26. SE

    StephenE

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub food, service, and fair prices. Wonderful selection of on draught beer and ale.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-show dinner before Hamilton at the Aronoff. Service was excellent and food was very good (crab cakes appetizer was delicious). We had a 5:30 reservation and were done by 6:35, in plenty of time for the 7:30 show!
  28. d

    diner2

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Hannah, was awesome. So friendly, attentive but not intrusive. She was so sweet and charming. We loved her.
  29. SW

    SusieW

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was very good and food was excellent!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrell, our waiter was great and very helpful and attentive. He was very knowledgeable and very pleasant to interact with. Food was delicious and drinks were great. Great dining experience.
  31. OW

    OctopusWoman

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience5
    Lovely waitress but she greeted us by telling her whole story of coming back to being a waitress while going to med school. We didn't ask. The table had water marks all over it - had to ask for a napkin twice to wipe it down. Finally got up and got napkins from the bar. Had to wait 20 minutes to even place our order. Ridiculous. Had to ask for my wine 3 times and asked for straws twice. Aside from her ? The visit was phenom, as usual. The pot roast and pound cake with berries was positively delicious.
  32. MT

    MrsT

    Cincinnati

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had the bread board & salmon dip appetizers, also the Chicken Schnitzel was heavenly, and my husband had the Sides Platter with bread. Cocktails were not skimpy on alcohol-- loved the Scottish mule. :-)
  33. ML

    MelissaL

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Fish & chips were delicious. We loved the Hamilton themed cocktails.
  34. LC

    LinC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We had a horrible experience. After we placed our order it took an hour for the food to come out. On top of this the food was cold. We had about ten minutes to eat because we had a show to get to. We will not be returning and we recommend others find another place to dine.
  35. CW

    CandyW

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate there before a Sunday matinee at the Aronoff. Service was excellent, food was delicious. We were seated at the door to outside, so best of both worlds!
  36. p

    peggy

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    First off, we were greeted enthusiastically. When our reservation was located, we requested a table rather than the high top that was the only thing available online. Our request was granted with pleasure. The menu is really interesting, and we ordered. The only glitch in the meal was that the appetizer and the entrees were served at the same time. The food was very good and we enjoyed our meal and drinks. It is our go-to spot for a meal before the theater. I would enjoy it any time but it is perfectly situated for the theater. The outdoor space was lovely and the 2nd floor was lovely. A good experience.
  37. t

    timothyl

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The food used to be really good, it wasn't this time. I literally had to saw the sausage on our Scotch Egg with my knife, it was so hard. I always get the Fish and Chips, they were luke warm and the coating was over fried to a hard crunch. Fries were limp and luke warm and the cole slaw is basically served in a thimble. This restaurant used to have great fish, hardy steak fries and a nice portion of good cole slaw. Not any more.
  38. T

    Theatregals4

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The service was slow
  39. A

    Ashley

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great job and yummy food all around!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a reservation before a show at the Aronoff. Sat right down, food was excellent. Very attentive staff. Overall great experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y using the Order Online button. Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 564-9111.

Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y is rated 4.5 stars by 2268 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y

625 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 6th and 7th, Across from the Aronoff Theater

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Steakhouse, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cameron Bloomer

  • Entertainment

    Bourbon & Blues - Live music every Thursday 6pm-9pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (513) 564-9111

  • Catering

    Please Call or E-mail our Events Team: Katie Swantko - 513.633.0559 / kswantko@dinetrg.com Cara Shipp - 502.551.6994 / cshipp@dinetrg.com

  • Private party facilities

    Nicholson’s is located directly across from the Aronoff Center for Arts. Our 7500 square foot restaurant houses a series of individually decorated dining rooms. The expansive pub with its 16 ft ceiling is a great place for your next Happy Hour. The Hearth Room with its own working fireplace seats 32 or reception style 40.The Garden Room is bright and airy and has an attached patio, seats 50 or reception style 70. You can reserve our entire restaurant, 150 seated or 250 reception style. Some of our specialties are the Fish and Chips, Center Cut Pork Chops, Grilled Steak and Duck Fat Fries, Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts. Detailed mahogany and brass, antique glass and light fixtures from Scotland create an impressive and inviting atmosphere. Nicholson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch in the region and over 25 imported beers on tap. We are a great destination for your next rehearsal dinner, graduation, business dinner or birthday party.

  • Private party contact

    Kelly Schneider: (513) 550-1869

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