The Mercer OTR

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$30 and under
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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.

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4.6based on recent ratings
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DavidC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Still trying to get into a groove after the lock down. Interior is bare bones and the food was good, but not creative. The staff is working hard to please.

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TravvyCosmos
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Felt very comfortable with all of the safeguards in place. Seagal is a fantastic server and always goes above and beyond... a real credit to The Mercer team. The food was excellent from top to bottom with highlights being the tomato bisque, haricots vert and chocolate honey bourbon cake. Kudos all around!

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kevin
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always the mercer doesn't disappoint ... the staff and food are always good as is the lady that manages it ..

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vipJillK
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an amazing time for our friend’s 40th birthday. Food and service was on point the whole night. Our server Leigh-Ann (I’m pretty sure that was her name) was knowledgeable of the menu, guided our experience perfectly, and was so nice and accommodating. We will be back as soon as we can.

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vipMark
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasurable evening!

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wmc1900
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely, leisurely dinner with dear friends.

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vipDemiGlace
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful first time experience! My husband and I were pleasantly surprised with the fresh food choices and ambience. My husband enjoyed the house made pasta and I enjoyed the wild salmon and leeks minus the cream sauce. My order came out wrong but they immediately took it back and my correct order came out in under 10 minutes and it was amazingly delicious and perfect. We also shared the side of the sautéed broccoli which was delicious.

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vipLGx2
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Night out for dinner and a concert for our anniversary. First time at The Mercer although regularly dine out and enjoy many OTR and other food establishments. We had a reservation for a bar table, which worked out well, but our service was poor and dining experience fragmented because of it. We were told we could enjoy dinner and same service at a bar table vs dining room so took it. No time for dessert or additional drinks because of delays from our waiter. At one point both myself and my partner went to the bar and asked for service and still delayed getting to us. Dinner/food was perfect and tasted great but feels over priced even for upscale dining; a single scallop for an appetizer is $15 so two of those cost us $30, which seems excessive. Everything was beautifully prepared and tasted great but just problems with timing, service and cost. I wouldn't go out of my way to return. I'd rather go to other upscale favorites.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was very good, ambiance very nice, have eaten here before and service always good. Had a new waiter and service was very slow and never checked up on us, ordered drinks , then waiter never came back to ask if we wanted another, had to waive him down to get check. Will go back but need to improve service

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vipccurran
Cincinnati
337 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As a place for a pre Music Hall dinner they are outstanding. The new chef is doing really good things.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful and the food outstanding; wonderful experience!

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JustinB
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had one of the best burgers in recent memory.

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ShawnB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my birthday party there. Group of eight. Wonderful, delightful service. Excellent fare.

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vipFoodking
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, so was the service. No complaints.

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David
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The chicken was extremely bland. No real flavor to it. The waitress was very nice. Value for the money was not there at all.

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Anna
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fried artichokes are great. . . . as is the service, atmosphere, and the people-watching through windows.

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StephanieR
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I count on The Mercer for fabulous food, and warm, efficient service. It’s my OTR favorite.

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vipDashofSplash
Cincinnati
83 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, dinner and dessert and service were outstanding. The cream based cauliflower soup with roasted cauliflower and garlic was off the charts delicious. We had the fish with sorrel cream, leeks and (real potato) potato chips and beef tenderloin with herb pan sauce, radishes, mushrooms. both were cooked to perfection and popped with flavor. We really enjoyed the chocolate cake (not your average chocolate cake either) and the vegan chocolate dessert too. Don't see vegan options often and when you do they are meh. This was good! My cocktail was yummy to. They have such a fun bar area. Chef here knows his stuff!

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vipdianei
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food is always good although tonight a bit too spicy on the squid ink pasta. Staff knowledgeable and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our family’s favorite restaurants. The ambiance, food and service is top notch every single time.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal place for a birthday dinner. Amazing service and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We wanted to sit in a booth and were told that none were available. The Restaurant was basically empty, but I thought maybe guest are coming, but they never did during the whole time we ate for about 1.5 hrs. We ordered the steak, it was average steak, no salad or bread included for 91,- we only went because I had a gift card, but the experience makes me not wanna come back.

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vipTobilicious
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect! The salmon is out of this world!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was very good, it did take a while to get our drink order in. The Brussel sprouts were charred but they seemed more burned to a crisp, however still had flavor. The side came after I was halfway through my meal. But these were minor compared to the excellent server and her willingness to guide us and suggest. My friend’s short ribs were amazing as was my gnudi. We really enjoyed the bar seating, too, really fun!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta bolognese was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, the wine was half off and our server Leann was absolutely fantastic and really made the whole experience perfect for us. We really enjoyed our valentines date here.

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vipSTEVE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Nice atmosphere but could be improved with tablecloths. I Feel that way about almost all restaurants!
Entrees were a bit pricey especially since the portion size did not match the price. Though not an entree the Caesar salad was very small.

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vipCaptKirkOU
Cincinnati
54 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and unique food prepared perfectly.

Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

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vipSheilaK
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner, one of the best ones I have had in years. Looking forward to going there again.

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vipMarshall
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, some great. Excellent and friendly service. Clean.

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TimothyK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We took our younger niece to the Mercer before attending the Lion King at the Aronoff Theatre. The atmosphere was calm and inviting. The table spacing gave us plenty of room to visit, which only added to the experience.

We wanted to maximize opportunity so we decided to purchase multiple items from the menu and share. I do love meat, so the Mercer burger and braised short ribs were quite satisfying. That being said, I would come back just for the salmon. Now that I have been exposed to sorrel cream sauce, I will definitely make this my first choice. It was delightful. We added mocktails, wine, and multiple desserts to top off our evening. Try the Butterscotch dessert. We fought over who would finish it.

Well done Mercer! We will be back!

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vipBobby
Cincinnati
233 reviews