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Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y

4.5
4.5
2203 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


Booked 26 times today

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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 2,203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Cincinnati

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RP

    RonP

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great beer selection and good food. Interesting decor
  2. s

    steved

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, quiet ambiance which is unusual at lunch. Only comment I have—the fried fish was a bit over fried. Still delicious.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and amazing food! I ordered the Chicken Caledonian and would definitely recommend :)
  4. m

    mikep

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    This is the worst service I have received in a long time.Starting with table seating the downtown came service.We ordered beer and duck fat fries and pretzel bites.They were out of the draft beer I ordered so ordered another selection.It took 20 min. to get beer.Another 15-20 for appetizers to arrive.Ordered sandwiches and another beer .We couldnt get table cleared of empty plates and beer glasses.Took over 30 min to get our food.We had tickets for a concert downtown and the constant delays were going to make us miss begining of show.We h.ad to leave meals half eaten so not to be late.We missed last streetcar and had to walk in 90 degree heat because of service. Waiter repeatedly apologized .I hope this is not the way they operate.Thanks for hearing me out
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Nice evening out with our family. Food and drinks were great. Definitely with the trip!
  6. JL

    JenniferL

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience. Food was great, portions were perfect, and the building is beautiful. Oh, and the service was excellent too!
  7. JW

    JenniferW

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! It’s been a mainstay downtown for so long and it’s always consistent. Great selection of beers!
  8. H

    Hooter327

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not too busy for lunch on a Monday...but GREAT service and excellent food. This is definitely a place that has unique character and an eclectic menu. If you have the time and interest their bar choices are some of the best in the city.
  9. RM

    RyanM

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome table and food. Server was a cool guy!
  10. K

    Kygigi

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Nicholson’s is one of our pre-show go to places! Service was good as always! Menu has changed and we miss the Buttermilk Chicken but the Chicken Schnitzel was very good! Roasted carrots were delish too! Not a fan of the crapshot though. Others in the group had fish & chips and shepherds pie! Both were good!! And the Bellhaven Beer Cheese app was delish!!!
  11. SM

    SuzanneM

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent pre-theater option for the Aronoff.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Had fish and chips. Over breaded and over cooked. Just a quick lunch before play. Disappointed they discontinued spinach and artichoke dip.
  13. RS

    ReginaS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was amazing. Food was ok….
  14. SC

    SusanC

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server was very friendly and attentive. Our food was just very slow coming out.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    We waited almost 15 minutes after being seated for a waiter. Then was not even checked on so drinks were not refreshed. Usually love this place. Not great today
  16. FD

    FrankD

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I’ve eaten there many times and will return again soon.
  17. AR

    ARJ5488

    Cincinnati

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & drinks were great - came in before a broadway play.
  18. RB

    RobertB

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner before a show across the street. Despite being very busy, the servers took great care of us, keeping up with drinks and checking in. We even ran into some friends who joined our table, yet everything went well and we were out in time to see our show. The food, as always, was terrific: freshy and tasty. Thanks!
  19. S

    Steve

    Cincinnati

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Fish and chips was not as good as I remember from dining here previously. Service was good but food average at best.
  20. RS

    RobertS

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and a play
  21. BA

    BA13

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fish sandwich was great. Service outstanding great spot before our Broadway show
  22. SW

    SusieW

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was very helpful with helping with our menu selections. She knew were going to the Aronoff after dinner and suggested items that were lighter that we would enjoy.The service was excellent.We are planning to return soon.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We sat our table for 15+ minutes and absolutely no one came to greet us. A server at a table near by saw us and continued to walk past. The restaurant was not busy. We ended up leaving to find dinner elsewhere.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food good, service great but extremely loud batchlorette party.
  25. B

    Buddy

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Seated right away. Food was good and service was good.
  26. M

    Mbbbg

    Indiana

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming place with historical feel. Our server, Maddie, was darling and attentive. Enjoyed our meal and the ambiance.
  27. BJ

    BobJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter was just very good and he provided very good service. He should be complement on his service and he is an asset to you restaurant.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the Specialty Drinks (Hairspray). Food and service was excellent.
  29. C

    Cajuneatsall

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Great fun. After a year in Cincy, best burger yet!
  30. TS

    TimothyS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    It is a well-run restaurant that handled a post-theater rush very well. It is a beautifully built space that is comfortable and clean, the kind of place in which I love to share a pint with a friend. The service was excellent and the managerial staff was present and paying attention to details. The menu is one page, which is usually a way of saying that "we're not going to try and do too much, we're going to focus on fewer things and do them well." However, the food left us wanting. We were with another couple so we shared a couple of starters. The brussel sprout appetizer was delicious with a nice combination of flavors and was a good serving size for a starter. The beer cheese crock was also tasty but the serving was stingy on the mini pretzels for dipping and we ended up wasting a lot of the cheese simply because we didn't have enough to dip in it. We make it a habit when in a new restaurant of ordering the dishes they are known for. Our lovely and attentive waitress told us they were known for the Fish & Chips and she recommended the Nicholson's Signature Burger. The fish was not what most people think of when picturing the dish in the UK. It was clearly not breaded on location and the filets were dry with a very dry and too crispy crust. They were more like something you would purchase from the freezer at Costco. The chips were undercooked with no real flavor. The burger patty appeared to be right off the Sysco truck, dry and flavorless. We did like the sourdough bread as a bun, but in my mind, there is nothing like a good burger. This was not a good burger. We are in Cincy about once a month for the theater and rotate around to about a dozen restaurants. The vote was that the service, character, and atmosphere were enough to give it a second try down the road, knowing we will order different items. But it failed the vote to be included in the regular rotation.
  31. DN

    DebiN

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner after show at Aronoff. Loved the special drink menu celebrating Hairspray! Server was friendly and attentive. Crab cakes were filling and delicious, lots of crab. Entrees were cooked per requests and arrived quickly and hot. Great choice for after show dining.
  32. J

    Jenn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. Our server, Chloe, was fantastic. Highly recommend.
  33. DG

    DavidG

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful setting with a professional wait staff. Fifi is the absolute best. The Salmon is an excellent choice.
  34. E

    Enjoyeatingout

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations through open table, walked right in on time and was sat immediately. Our Server, FeFe, was there right away and was wonderful! Food was cooked the way we asked and tasted great! Will definitely be going back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, and fun drinks.
  36. m

    mindih

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very well taken care of by the host and our server. We were running late and the manager came to check on us to make sure we had still gotten our table. It was a nice touch to know they had saved it for us. I had a salad with blackened shrimp that was delicious. My partner had a sandwich and enjoyed it. We both had cocktails from the happy hour menu and they were the highlight- expertly prepared. The experience was great and made for the perfect pre Aronoff meal.
  37. CM

    CourtneeM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Chloe was our waitress again tonight and she was GREAT!! It's always wonderful to eat at Nicholson's before heading to the theatre.
  38. KW

    KarenW

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Have been to Nicholsons before and food has been good. This time only fair. I ordered a Kentucky hot brown which was lukewarm and the turkey was deli meat. But my daughter’s shrimp and grits was very good. You definitely need to book well in advance if going on a night when there’s a show at the Aronoff
  39. s

    squirebrandy

    Cincinnati

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food service and location are perfect for us. The food is always consistently good as is the service. I recommend it to anyone who like comfort food.
  40. CM

    CharleneM

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Soundtrack did not fit the theme of the restaurant.

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 2203 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


Booked 26 times today

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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