The Mercer OTR

4.5
1173 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The Mercer OTR offers European-inspired New American cuisine. The dining room offers a comfortable place to enjoy great food and the bar is the perfect spot for a classic cocktail or light bite.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1173 people are saying
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdhhopper
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Limited menu, terrible cocktails. Didn’t feel like Mercer.

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vipDonnaH
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. The fried artichoke appetizer was really great!

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YvonneW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated very well by the management! Thank you for making our experience a good one!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friends to The Mercer OTR to celebrate their birthday. This was my first trip back since it was reopened with the new menu. This was my husband and my favorite place prior to Covid. We have been hesitant to return since the changes. I recently saw the bruschetta back on the menu and decided to reserve for our girls night out.
Dinner was still amazing! The bruschetta is exactly as I remembered. The risotto also thankfully returned to the menu. The new dishes were delicious. I still miss the porterhouse steak but I was not disappointed. My husband was so jealous. Looks like a date night is in our future!

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BKLB
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was excellent and the restaurant is beautiful! Our server was attentive but could have been more knowledgeable about their new menu and better at keeping our wine glasses filled. Would recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like the new “Bistro vibe”

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vipjmhorne
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-FCC dining as our parking pass is in the Mercer garage. We enjoyed dining in the bar. Great service and food. There were quite a few FCC fans dining and timing worked well. We will be back before the next match.

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JJJW
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner - the pappardelle bolognese and the salmon were both delicious, and Dominic provided excellent service. Also enjoyed the Mercer Manhattan, very tasty. The bar area looked to be a cool place to stop in just for drinks. We'll definitely be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. The Mercer is back en force.
The bar is real.
The food is divine.
The service is professional and engaged.
I plan to be here several times a month.
Caned chairs just like Parisian restaurants/bistros, and pieces of the same ambiance.
Totally comfortable yet chic interior.
Recommend the salmon, salads, and cocktails.
A jewel.

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vipFromJunkieToHunky
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, dining at The Mercer was a lovely experience for our anniversary dinner. The service was impeccable and warm and attentive but not intrusive. The dishes were well-balanced and mostly right-sized. I do have to admit that I probably went in with unreasonably high expectations about the food. Just speaking for me personally, although the food was lovely, the menu felt a bit small and the main courses and flavors were not as innovative as I'd hoped--again, I think I probably went in with unrealistically high expectations.

That being said, I would absolutely go again and explore the menu a bit more.

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JKMY
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Small menu, limited choices - a bit underwhelming. However, the food we ordered was very good.
We’ve been here many times in the past. We’ll give it a few months before returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad it’s back - with great craft cocktails, friendly staff and tempting menu, so we had to try multiple items to share.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with a nice, quiet atmosphere. Our server was attentive and our food came at a good pace so we didn’t feel rushed.

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TiffanyG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant. Food was amazing and the services were overall outstanding.

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vipfinediner
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Salmon was amazing.

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vipcincynaples
Cincinnati
122 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The banquets with glass partitions between them make for a quiet and cozy setting. There were 4 of us eating 3 different entrees and all were happy with them. Salads were especially good. And don't miss the Allez baguettes with salted butter!

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vipBrendaS
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been patrons of the Mercer for years. We celebrate special occasions there as well as dine before attending the Ensemble. We were happy to hear they had reopened and decided to celebrate our release from the shut dwn at the Mercer.
I called to find that most of out favorite ppl were no longer employed there but we were interested to explore the changes. Our server, Dante, was very gd and the food was excellent from apps to main course. But, when we got out checks we weere amazed. One Stoli drink was $17.00 the cost for the bread outrageous and the app?? The coffee was not up to their previous standard (no French press) and weak.
I ask to speak to the manager and Matt came to our table and actually LISTENED to our issues and he made it right. This is very gd customer service and we will be back.

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Rapp
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food though I felt that warm olives should never be pitted, and the black ones should be more like unpitted kalamata. I’m a picky olive person.

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sarahb
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and wonderful atmosphere. But they need to add more new things to menu. Food is always good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I loved The Mercer pre-pandemic and was excited to go back. I was pretty disappointed. Mediocre food for a premium price. A very small Amish chicken breast with a sparse sprinkle of mushrooms and asparagus and 5 not very tasty gnocchi for $29. Bread service consisted of 3 small slices for 2 people. I dunno - I hope they get it back to where they were in 2019...

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AshleighW
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was phenomenal. Shoutout to the new bar manager Enisa!

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Jkinman
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be back at the Mercer. Always good

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way!!!

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vipAudaciousvines
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff went above and beyond, with great service and recommendations. Food was wonderful and I was so glad to see them open.

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vipbuzzardsoup
Cincinnati
42 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fries are still some of the best in town!! Glad they are re-opened.

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vipFoodie
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The revamped menu is a winner! We were a party of three and we all ordered different items. Every dish was amazing. Service was great. Love the ambiance. The Mercer is now one of our favorite restaurants!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a fantastic staff. Delish cocktails too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit back since the pandemic. Our service from A. J. was excellent as was the dinner.

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sheilaS
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Here for a graduation dinner. Service was very friendly and attentive without being too much, food and wine were great with servers who knew everything about it, ambiance was good. Worth the trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Open table app showed more vegan/vegetarian options.
When we got to the restaurant, they actually had no entrees or options. What they did have was salads and vegetable side items. I was let down by this.
Other than that, enjoyed the experience.

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vipTKGMB
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server, Hannah, was attentive, knew menu very well, and was friendly without being hovering. Good job Hannah!
GM stopped by a couple times to make sure all was well, thank you. Food was cooked perfectly and came out of kitchen hot and well presented. We were impressed.

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FabianS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

This place is dead. There is no atmosphere and the service unfortunately was bad. Not a single vegetarian dish on the menu (besides the normal salad options).

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food was just “ok”.

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TonyI
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Melissa is absolutely amazing and extremely attentive. Great food and atmosphere. Made you feel welcome

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vipJederman
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine menu offerings, helpful, attentive, not intrusive service, delicious food and beverages.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service, friendly staff

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PriG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service2ambience5

Our server was not very prompt. She forgot about the butter and the special salt with the bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience.The head chef must be a genius. From the service to the actual food: 10/10! Thank you. My girlfriend and I were impressed.

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vipheidiloo
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was good to back in otr. Drinks and service were outstanding. The food wasn’t quite as good as I expected but it was still a good meal. It was great to be back in one of our favorite places.

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The Mercer OTR is rated 4.5 stars by 1173 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.