Old Bag of Nails - Centerville

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I battered my first fish when I was ten, and my first pickle when I was twelve. I know what I'm doing.
I have my great-Uncle Gaylord's famous pub food recipes, and I also have his name. Believe me, I've had a much tougher time getting through life with this name than he did.

I called my pub "The Old Bag of Nails" because the first one was in an empty hardware store. My great-uncle Gaylord called his pub "The Cauliflower Blowfish" and I don't have the foggiest notion why.

And every day people stop by for great food, great spirits and an occasional hammer.

Eat. Drink. Enjoy yourself.

I sure do.

-Gaylord Wirrick
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice environment, good service and food.

JK
JasonK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived to find that they were closed for an employee Super Bowl Party. Wasted drive for lunch... will not return.

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GeraldD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had a shrimp Po Boy. Contents inside were good. However, the bun was like plain Wonder Bread. Better to buy crispy Kaiser buns, cut open, smear butter on both cut surfaces, and grill until golden brown. That makes a great Po Boy sandwich.

EJ
vipEarlJ
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried fish (the house specialty) is excellent. Cole Slaw is very good, too.

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vipFoodCowboy
Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to the Bag of Nails. What a pleasant surprise. Great atmosphere and service. Delicious sauerkraut balls! Excellent salmon sandwich. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were traveling in the area, and this Pub was recommended by OpenTable. Pardon the pun, but they hit the nail on the head with this one! Outstanding food and service. My husband and I really enjoyed the experience and would definitely go back. The food is so good whether you're getting an appetizer, an entree, or any of the sandwiches. And the service is outstanding! Cannot say enough. Very well-managed. Friendly atmosphere!

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KathyM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good. Good happy hour. Our waitress BJ was the best very friendly and gave honest opinions on food items. Definitely recommend and will go back.

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vipclevelandrox
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We have been here several times and had great food and service. The food was cold and horrible despite our nice waiter having new orders made. The remade orders were still cold!

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SueE
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

3 out of 4 of us liked our good. The Philly cheese steak sand which was not god. Too dry.

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vipClousec
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Debbie was an outstanding server. She will be the reason I will come back. I also want to try other menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Everything was great except that your reservation group has made 2 mistakes in 3 visits. Don't like to be embarrassed when this happens!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We reserved to celebrate two milestone birthdays. We arrived at about 530 pm for our 545 reservation. Was seated right away. Waiter come to ask for drink order. Ordered just water for starters because we had no drink menu. It took a ling while for water to come then ask for a drink menu. Then that took a long time. We have been here several times too many to count. It was all u can eat shrimp night. We asked if we could get. Fish with the shrimp. The waiter said no. We all 4 ordered fish and chips. I always get one fried and one blackened. My friends get one fried and one broiled. The waiter told us we cant do that because it confuses the kitchen staff. So my friend got broiled and I got fried and we shared but I really like blackened but she doesn’t like the spices so I got the broiled. The fish were small pieces. They were somewhat dried out and just warm not hot. That is the second time we came and had food not hot.

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RonL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The menu had changed and one of the food choices was no longer available. The other food choice I wanted was also not available. Not a good day at your restaurant.

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LarryB
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food was excellently prepared and the service was excellent....i would highly recommend this place to anyone that is discerning.....I am looking forward to my next visit....

CG
CharlieG
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good good , good service , reservation worked out fine . Somewhat loud . Have larger variety of soup available

KJ
KarenJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my brother and his wife to Old Bag of Nails for my brother's birthday. We went one day early to get the Wednesday all-you-can-eat shrimp. It was great. Love the shrimp and the batter. Our waitress kept putting in our order so we did not have to wait very long on seconds. She was friendly and very attentive. It made for a very pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Stood around at the host station for 15 minutes with a few other groups of people, and not a single employee would even look at us. I finally had to approach someone to come seat us. 3:45, and the place wasn’t busy at all. Then it took them even more time to clear a table, and actually seat us. No point to reservations I guess. Then a full hour to get our food. Slow is an understatement.

MB
MollieB
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Our server Michelle was so helpful with suggestions and keeping drinks filled and making certain any and all requests we're met quickly and accurately. I'm confident that she couldn't be more kind and friendly in her own home. She knew to strike the balance between friendly and helpful without being intrusive. I'd asked that I be presented the bill privately and she did that very well. We will be back. Oh, by the way, there were 7 of us with one 4 month old baby. 😊

JA
JillA
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The service was really slow. But the food was good.

SB
ScottB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Maybe it was just an off night, but the fish and chips were not as good as they've been on past visits over the past year. I hope it was just a bad night, since we usually love the food here. The fried mushrooms appetizer was good, and large enough to share with several people.

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RachaelA
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. Service was phenomenal! We loved having BJ-very attentive and entertaining!!! Great experience!

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SuziC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Out of a table of 7, 3 lunches were free because of either burnt or so tough, friends couldn’t chew! Server was gracious but so busy, had no time 2 ck on us! We arrived @ 11:30, took orders @ noon, food served @ 1:10!!

It was quite embarrassing as it’s one of my favorites & I recommended dining there!! Everybody has bad days, & this must have been the Chef’s!!

LM
LauraM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved a table for 2 the same day. When we arrived we were greeted and seated promptly. The food was fabulous,hot and delicious! Our server was very personable and professional and knew the menu! We will be back.

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williadt
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Extremely limited options if you don't want fried foods or are trying to avoid gluten.

AH
AndreaH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food and service were average. Beer list was good. Allowed us to visit with our group without feeling rushed to turn the table, but we dined on a Tuesday evening so restaurant was not too busy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Great place, had French onion soup was not good. Have had there several times and usually really good but this time it was missing something. Very bland. A friend also ordered it and his was the same. Other than that great place

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good but the service was better!

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miltandhope45424
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciate our waiter David, he did an excellent job

EG
EdwardG
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Fish and chips are always delicious and definitely save room for the Carrot cake.

ML
vipMattL
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Love the place. Best mushroom appetizer ever. Had wings with Sweet Baby Rays sauce which rocked.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Ordered Sauerkraut balls which came out promptly and were excellent. However, it took over 45 minutes to get our meals even though it was not very crowded. Then we had to search for our waitress to collect the payment for our meals.

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Hob2014
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always good & consistent! Staff is friendly & the food is quality.

YH
YvonneH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good. The Seafood Platter contained a nice amount of food. The shrimp was a bit over-breaded. Fish very good. Onion rings we had last time were better, this time they had a lot of breading. Service very good. Will be back to try some other items. Maybe not the Seafood Platter or onion rings though.

JE
JohnE
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Group enjoyed the entire event

DT
DonnaT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Took awhile to get food, mashed potatoes cold so brought us dish of hot ones. However, none of the food was very warm. Since it took awhile we figured food was sitting before brought to us. We had previous good experience so was very disappointed this time.

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jcmmm1
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The scallops were great. My husband had the lobster rolls they were very good. We should know we're from Maine!

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redhawk70
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We made a reservation through Open Table and the restaurant missed that fact. We had quite a wait for our table, but they did give us a free appetizer. The service and the food were both very good.

YH
YvonneH
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time at Old Bag of Nails. We truly enjoyed our experience. The food was excellent and our server was great. We enjoyed it so much we have reserved a booth for tonight (Friday, January 11, 2019) for us and another couple so they can try the restaurant out too. Happy customers! Will become one of our go to places for dinner.

JB
vipJuneB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Wait staff at our table was very good but first waited full 15 minutes at empty hostess stand with no one offering to assist. Line behind me was long - est 10 - 12 people and about half left during that time and others went to the bar.

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Old Bag of Nails - Centerville is rated 4.2 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.