The Mercer OTR

4.6
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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
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mercer is a favorite for my wife and I. The staff, food, and drinks are always incredible. We always look forward to our date night here.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and everyone was wonderful. The meal and the service were outstanding. Highly recommend it.

SA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, staff welcoming and Jetemy was knowledgeable, attentive and delivered ghtful.

g
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with dear friends. Our waitress was terrific and contributed to the overall amazing dining experience

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great wine, amazing appetizers, perfectly cooked filet, to-die-for dessert! Oh... the fries are unbeatable!

L
Cincinnati
96 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here prior to the Pops. Excellent Server. Had the caeser and diver scallop and ordered their bread. My husband had the gnudi-all delicious. My friend also enjoyed the gnudi-pasta with ricotta and butternut squash. Her husband enjoyed the risotto. We did not feel rushed at all. I've been here 3 times and still love coming here.

NG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were the first people in the place, prior to a show at the Aronoff. Immediately upon walking in, we were told there was absolutely no way that we could be seated, as the dining room was completely booked. Odd way to great customers, especially with the possibility of a reservation, which we had. They tried to make a joke about it, as we were seated by mentioning again we would only be alone very shortly as the entire dining room was indeed booked.

Service was fine. Food was fine, nothing remarkable. I found the short rib dish to be lacking in flavor, and needing seasoning. Overall, a good meal amongst friends, but lacking in value. I'd prefer other places in the same price range, and likely skip The Mercer.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, amazing service great value. What more can your ask for from an establishment?

OT
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t miss this amazing place with Chef Aaron Owen!!! Make it here!!!

TS
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly great restaurant with friendly service and excellent food. Particularly loved the Bolognese but everything we had was good. Would definitely come back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Loved the food, the ambiance all of it. Service was a little slow but fit the tone for the occasion (catching up with a girlfriend).

LG
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We came on a Friday with a group of 6. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and friendly. Our food was delicious although it seemed to be a bit of a wait to get our entrees. I would say that the portions were on the smaller side, but again very good.

One of our party members had an issue with their food and the manager came over immediately to apologize and they made her a new meal. She was not charged for her meal. Service was excellent. I would recommend for dinner out.

BR
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Just a heads up for unfamiliar diners to the Mercer- a wonderful restaurant but for the best experience, request a booth ahead of time- more cozy and less noise.
We didn’t and weren’t as happy with the table in the middle of the room.

ME
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best burgers I have ever eaten. Nice casual, cozy ambiance and fun atmosphere and also still felt like we were "dining." Decent wine list with several options available by the glass. Recommend!

T
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food, service and every aspect of our evening was delightful and delicious!

AP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was DELICIOUS just not enough!!! The service was great

T
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brussels Sprouts need balsamic or Siracha to add a bit of flavor. They were just charred and soft. My chicken was quite good. My husband’s hamburger was just OK. Drinks are small and expensive. But having a restaurant in that area that takes reservations is a big plus.

EL
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very disappointing

EA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and attentive waitstaff. I liked the casual comfortable ambiance, but it is definitely noisy. We had the prix fixe menu, which I highly recommend-- the appetizer and 1st course are half portions which give you a great tasting without overfilling before the main course.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was great! They messed up my order the first time, but we’re extremely accommodating and corrected it right away. We will be back!

l
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Especially the beef tenderloin and the burgers!

AB
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the bar area!
We had great service and came on a Tuesday for half price wine. The waiter gave us great recommendations. Retro Vibe in the bar but I love.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Host was very inflexible. Stated the evening off on a bad note

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Extremely over priced!!
One scallop for $15.00. A tiny fillet of Branzino for $30.00.
Again wine way over priced!
Will not return.

GB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Every course was exceptional. No weak links. Amazing array of flavors.

BC
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

During busy BLINK, and on Sunday evening, when they aren't usually open, we enjoyed a very nice dinner.

SK
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful if you have any allergies. I will go again.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Bar were excellent

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both got the burger and it was delicious! Friendly and attentive staff

TJ
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great waitress, good food, good cocktails, good view of street activity.

T
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and all diet needs/wants were taken care of. Always a pleasure to eat at The Mercer.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Service was good but food was not. Branzino dish was very plain and tasteless. Stone fruit salad had smoked cheese balls that tasted like they were smoked with gasoline.

AB
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I would! 3 Ladies, Friday Night, Half Price Bottles of Wine (under $74) - how can that be a miss? We had a great time. The Mercer has a great location in the middle of OTR. We sat in the bar area, which was a happenin spot for a Friday. We arrived around 5:30PM and by 6:30PM the place had filled up!

OD
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was unique and full of flavor!

BZ
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and service was great. Lee Ann was spectacular as our server and food was outstanding. Great wine list. Highly recommend.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside of the parking nightmares of OTR on Sat of Restaurant
Week - we always enjoy The Mercer as you feel comfortable, not cramped and they take their time to ensure you feel like there is no rush. Still very attentive and the food is amazing....

RK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went during restaurant week for their fixed menu of 3 courses, flavor was good, hit the right spot. But nothing wow, based on the price point I expected more innovation and bolder flavors. Also our waiter was rude, didn’t explain the menus clearly and seemed annoyed while answering questions. Overall I gave a 4 star, rest of the staff was really nice, changed silverware after each course, water was at a nice temperature and nicely filtered, ambience was private and intimate, bathroom smelt great, open kitchen showed confidence with their capacity. Would recommend a friend or come again.

B
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went there for restaurant week. Great food, great service!