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
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!
Loved it! Wonderful date night restaurant.
I loved, loved, loved. Just go. You’ll have a great time. As good as Sotto or Salazar. Can’t wait to go back.
Wonderful unique food experience
First time. I’ve owned 2 restaurants. I was amazed at the ambience, history, service and the food was excellent.
Great place for dinner with friends. Atmosphere and location worked well for our evening.
Great food and service. Nice beer, wine, and drink list.
We didn’t love the food. The cocktails were excellent.
Exceptional experience. The service was impeccable. Highly recommend requesting Brittany. Have been several times but this was the best experience yet.
Very pleasant experience! Food was delicious, attentive wait staff, quaint setting
Good food. Large dining room. Delightful service. Will be back again.
Beautiful setting, great wine list and food was great. Slow night and the service was mediocre.
Went in skeptical. Good service. Portions better than expected. Great flavor on everything we had
Great food, great wine, great service
Great food and presentation.
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.
Chic ambiance - simple menu but well executed. Would like to see more seasonal variety & a chef special or two. Friendly wait-staff.
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.
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.