Sartre OTR

4.5
574 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Sartre is a contemporary brasserie open at 1910 Elm Street on the first floor. It's a large, beautiful space which will seat nearly 200 with room for private dining up to 14 people.

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.

Specials

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

What 574 People Are Saying
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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

w
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!!!!

We've been twice now and each time it was amazing.

Larry Hoffman

L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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

JS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

CB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

m
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

BK
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

ES
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I might recommend the bar to a friend, but service was so poor, I wouldn't come back for dinner.

R
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

OB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

k
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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.

NC
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. First time there and will def go back. Add this to your list of cocktail bars.

CN
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous as usual!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful experience. Incredible food.

DE
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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...?

GH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is fine; service is spotty; one might notice that almost everything a server needs is behind the kitchen door; logistics need rethinking here

AM
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food! Really liked the pasta and tuna tar tar. Was also very impressed by the interior decorating. Worth a try!

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

Loved it! Wonderful date night restaurant.

PP
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved, loved, loved. Just go. You’ll have a great time. As good as Sotto or Salazar. Can’t wait to go back.

S
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service
Wonderful unique food experience

SW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time. I’ve owned 2 restaurants. I was amazed at the ambience, history, service and the food was excellent.

RJ
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place for dinner with friends. Atmosphere and location worked well for our evening.

P
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Nice beer, wine, and drink list.

SQ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We didn’t love the food. The cocktails were excellent.

R
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional experience. The service was impeccable. Highly recommend requesting Brittany. Have been several times but this was the best experience yet.

EJ
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience! Food was delicious, attentive wait staff, quaint setting

R
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Large dining room. Delightful service. Will be back again.

AS
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting, great wine list and food was great. Slow night and the service was mediocre.

CC
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went in skeptical. Good service. Portions better than expected. Great flavor on everything we had

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine, great service

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and presentation.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all-around!

s
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Yesterday was our third time at the restaurant. We loved the food and the place the first time. Second time, still good, but our favorites were no longer on the menu. Third time-vegetarian entrée was very bland, period. I gave most of it to my husband. He had the veal and he thought it was "pretty good for leftovers at home".

Still love the ambience, the rooms and the staff. But I think we will confine ourselves to maybe a drink at the bar with a shared appetizer.

Very sorry, the food was not special in any way.

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Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chic ambiance - simple menu but well executed. Would like to see more seasonal variety & a chef special or two. Friendly wait-staff.

LO
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had friends in from Los Angeles and wanted to show them OTR since it had been about 15 years since they lived here. Sartre turned out to be a perfect venue. We all enjoyed the food and wine but our server, Shane, really made the evening enjoyable. He made the impossible possible (making Brussel sprouts appear out of nowhere) and provided attentive service to the six of us without being intrusive. Our guests were impressed as were we once again.

c
Cincinnati
303 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had some wonderful dishes from the Spring menu. Whatever you order also get the mushroom side, amazing !! Their blood orange Aperol Spritz is a great summer drink.

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