In the tradition of the brasserie, Sartre serves an expansive menu from soil and pasture and sea, and many fine drinks. Much of what we serve is made possible by those early enterprising days in France; but we were brought into Being by minds in OTR, and like our neighborhood, we admire the past but pin our ambitions and culinary style to the future.
We hope as a restaurant to be a conduit for thought, to be a place where people can join together and invite life in. Whether over a beer or a feast, we hope Sartre will be a place where you can take a vacation from the outside world, return to what's important, and give life the full attention it deserves.
Half Priced Wine Wednesdays
Every Wednesday night the entire wine by the bottle list is offered at half off.
Terms and Conditions:
Valid For: 1 - 20 people
Starts: November 2, 2018
Ends: November 3, 2117
Availability: Wed 5:00PM-9:00PM
This was my second visit to Sarte and probably my last. The first time everything was spot on, food and service. Last night though was a different story, we sat for almost 20 minutes without any waitstaff passing by and even saying, "I will be with you in a moment". I had to get up and ask a waitress to please get the person who was responsible for waiting on our table, and still it took a while for that to happen. The entire evening either the waiter was no where to be seen or if he did come to the table he made a passing comment that he regretted that he had been missing in action. One time with that explanation is one thing but it was a constant "line" from our waiter. The food is good but the portions are very small. The oysters were a joke they were smaller than a dime and very pricey. After all the terrible service, I expected some portion of our bill to be comped, but it was not. The best we got was 4 free pieces of bread. If this bad service continues, read previous reviews, Sarte will be no more. Hope this serves as a wake up call.
Very attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Delicious food and just right portions.
Food and atmosphere were great. Service was very slow, which I understand happens occasionally. But instead of at least updating us or apologizing our server avoided our table except for when bringing our food or drinks.
Service was great the people who on us were very attentive! Loved my vegan dish the chef created for me.
Waiter tried a little too hard to be “hip” / nice enough / lacked on timely service.
Menu was a bit pretentious.
‘Cheese and Crackers’ were WAY overpriced.
Over all cost was a bit high for a return visit based on the quality of food.
Great food. Service was only ok this time but is normally excellent. I recommend Sartre.
We had a birthday dinner there. It was a Wednesday night, half-price wine night! The food and service were excellent. We all enjoyed our meals and the wine. It was not very crowded, so noise levels were low. That was good for our conversation, but probably not great for their business. We’ll be back. The food is interesting and delicious.
Over priced and underwhelmed
Service was poor. The restaurant was NKY crowded but it took 20 minutes for our waiter to get our drink order. The waiter was inattentive throughout - we had empty water carafes multiple times throughout the night. The food was just ok. The grouper was undercooked and had to be sent back.
Overall, compared to when we were there over 1 year ago, it was a completely different restaurant and atmospheres.
The appetizers were disappointing. Basic things and expensive for the price. Portions of main were also very small but better than the appetizers. We used to here frequently. Not going back
Food and service was great. Our first time.
First off, no one was there. The food was mediocre. There was one drink we ordered that was not drinkable, it was terrible. We sent it back right away, ordered something different and they charged us for the bad drink as well as the new order. We had 5 people all eating and drinking so our bill was high enough to have comped the terrible drink! Very disappointed
Sartre never disappoints! Brothers enjoyed it as well. Thank you to everyone on your staff.
Great decor and atmosphere. Menu is limited and eclectic. Service was cold, unfriendly and inattentive. Prices were steep - not a good value. Restaurant wasn’t very busy but the noise was disturbing.
Really enjoyed our ladies night at SARTRE. They have a half-price bottle of wine deal on Wednesdays (which I was unaware of) and it was a great deal. We split a bunch of plates, had two bottles of wine (between 4 of us) and it was just perfect!
We had an amazing time celebrating our anniversary at Sartre. We arrived a few minutes late and they were able to accommodate us quickly, and they brought out complimentary wine for our anniversary, and a salad because our food took a while to get to the table. Our server was very knowledgeable and checked in on us the perfect amount. It was a great way to spend our evening!
We had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary. Sartre is a great place to dine. The wait staff was outstanding.
Inventive food and great cocktails made for a delicious dinner.
The food a Sartre, while we executed, is uninspired and the flavors are monotonous. The service is lukewarm and the ambiance is bland. Great idea, but a near miss.
We had a wonderful, intimate dinner with friends who are particularly interested in architecture. We spent quite a bit of time looking at the extraordinary ceiling and its lighting. And we were delighted to read in the Cincinnati Enquirer the next morning about the local architectural team, The Drawing Department, that renovated this amazing building, which is unremarkable from the outside. The food was excellent; our server was professional and attentive and we loved meeting the chef over our clafoutis desserts. A wonderful evening.
We've been twice now and each time it was amazing.
This was a disappointment overall. The food was mediocre at best for the price. Fortunately the service was decent but nothing over the top. Id mentioned that we were celebrating
So I had mixed reviews from colleagues and friends about Sartre. There was good food and food that was severely understated. In our group someone order the market cut steak and frites. The flank was cooked correctly but had zero flavor. The frites were really sad. If you can avoid those, they looked like frozen fries. I ordered the chicken and it was great with the corn pudding and tomatoes. All the appetizers we ordered were great as well. The other negative of the restaurant was service. It was 745 on a Friday and the restaurant was half empty but it felt like one server was working the whole floor with a food runner and hostess. Have to wonder if someone called in sick or they are struggling business wise to have more servers working. I get why I was getting mixed reviews. Be careful what you order and hope for good service. This place could really be a gem.
I really love the decor at Sartre as well as the food and service. The people are exceptionally warm and friendly and their menu always seems to offer a bit of a different twist on things. It's location is a bit out of the way but there was good parking and transportation options so overall it is a great spot dinner.
From the walk in to the bar and all the way through the meal and to our exit, this was a first-class experience. The three P’s - people, preparation, and price - made this place a truly special memory. Well worth a trip... and a return! We’ll be coming back for sure.
The bartender was a very knowledgable guide through their beverage options, and was articulate in explaining the menu and verbalizing specials. The staff in general was very attentive, and effortlessly made us feel well cared for. Everything was delicious, we’ll definitely be back to try our way around the menu!
We hadn't been to Sartre for a while and were somewhat disappointed with the menu. Ended up ordering chicken (women) and steak frites (men). Only seafood was trout which didn't appeal to most of us. Starters were even a little strange. Food was good but not what I was hoping for. Always love the ambiance and service was very good. Please do something to enhance the menu so we can keep coming to this lovely restaurant.
I might recommend the bar to a friend, but service was so poor, I wouldn't come back for dinner.
Food was awesome! Really creative, unique, and magnificent. We get there around 6:30 PM on a Friday and are surprised how employ it is. Food is amazing!
Loved the restaurant the first time we visited a year ago but was disappointed with the food this time. The meal was definitely not memorable but also not so bad that it could be sent back. Service was excellent and that was the one bright spot of the evening. There are some really nice restaurants in the OTR area now and Sartre needs to amp its game.
Service was fantasist! Steak Wonderful. Lamb was over cooked would not recommend that dish. Everything else was wonderful. Strawberry short cake was among best we have ever had.
Birthday. Liked the energy of the noise but it was a little too much making it hard to converse at the table of 4. We loved the old building and atmosphere of the space.
Food was good, unique but just a bit too pricey. The server took too long to get our drinks the second time around.
A great OTR find that everybody who enjoys seeing Cincinnati's growth and emergence as a great eating city must try! Ours was an early Saturday dinner following a CSC matinee a few blocks down Elm Street. After a walk around Findlay Market, we strolled the short block to Sartre and began to enjoy the cool, clean and uncluttered feel of the restaurant. Our waiter was great - and more than willing to share his thoughts on the menu and wine list. We settled on a very nice and reasonably priced Bourdeaux that was a perfect compliment to both our cheese plate starter and the chef's Bolognese as an entree. The Bolognese was a very pleasant surprise - brilliantly light with seasonal mustard greens replacing the dandelion greens we had been heard tales of. Our meals hit the spot for two picky patrons on a hot July day - and would have hit that same sweet spot on a cooler autumn or winter Cincinnati evening.
Everything was excellent. First time there and will def go back. Add this to your list of cocktail bars.
Fabulous as usual!
Beautiful experience. Incredible food.
Nice selection of unique cocktails to start. The meal was lovely and sized just right.
On Open Table I had an option of 5:00 or 8:15. We chose 5 and were 1 of 2 tables until about 6:45. What's the deal...?
Food is fine; service is spotty; one might notice that almost everything a server needs is behind the kitchen door; logistics need rethinking here
Very good food! Really liked the pasta and tuna tar tar. Was also very impressed by the interior decorating. Worth a try!