The Mercer OTR

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Denver
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

T
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect! The salmon is out of this world!

OT
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!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta bolognese was amazing.

OT
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.

ST
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.

CK
Cincinnati
52 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and unique food prepared perfectly.

Staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

SK
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.

M
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

TK
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!

B
Cincinnati
232 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always good. Inventive and tasty cocktails. Tenderloin was excellent. The squid ink spaghetti was pretty good, but the risotto is so good I wouldn’t order it again. The stone fruit salad was terrific.

Service was exceptional. People watching along Vine creates a fun ambiance all in itself.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

As a first time dinner with friends looking for a nice late night dinner we received a pathetic level of service. Service was absent and not pleasant. Food was okay, we enjoyed the atmosphere with opening windows and dim lighting. I called the next day to let management know our experience and was met with total disinterested and passive attitude toward collecting or rectifying our service experience.

OT
Cincinnati
36 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We have been to The Mercer several times and have always enjoyed it. We had bragged about it to our friends before we went and wouldn’t you know this was the first time we were disappointed. It took awhile before we could order, the kitchen was out of one of our chosen entrees and it took forever to get our food. We rarely complain but my husband did have to say something. There was very little in the way of an explanation although they did comp one of our desserts. By then we were frustrated and embarrassed that we had raves about it to our friends. I’m sure it was an off night but we won’t be rushing back anytime soon.

GT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent service. Most of us enjoyed our food. However, the duck was overcooked and the tenderloin, while good, was not worth $39.

OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my dinner at The Mercer. The service was excellent and the food was tasty. It was however missing that wow factor which would have earned it 5 stars. I tried the prix fix menu whIch honestly was too much food.
First course was the grilled fruit. This was a bit disappointing, too much arugula and too little fruit. Then, it took an upswing with the Pappardelle. So amazing!! Then, the duck which was also very tasty. My only let down was that I was so stuffed I had no room for dessert!!

T
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Food portions are just the right amount. Some evening we will come in just for the 4 layer decadent Chocolate cake. It looks amazing. If you haven't been you need to check it out and convenient parking garage next door.

MS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Mercer has a great atmosphere. Service is excellent. Food is delicious!

MA
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, fantastic food, wonderful service and relaxed atmosphere. I will definitely be returning!!

MR
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was sensitive to our timing as we had tickets to the symphony. She was friendly and knowledgable about the menu. The food was spectacular; complex flavors that went well together.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mercer recently got a new chef who has completely transformed the place! I went once a while ago and the vibe was incredibly old school. Now the food is amazing!! It is inventive and executed perfectly! Keep it up Mercer - your new style is great!!

CK
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. There is always something new and delicious on the menu. And the service is always spot on.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a great evening.
Wonderful wait staff and food was marvelous.
A delightful place to dine with friends and shelter from the cold and rain!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done!

J
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Ambiance was very nice. Great Service! Overall great dining experience.

k
Cincinnati
101 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks, salads, entrees were very good. Went on a Saturday night after an early show. I had a filet that was really tender.

M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service. Everyone was super helpful

T
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Another memorable meal at The Mercer.
Special accolade to Troy at the front desk. When I checked in I asked if our party could be seated in a banquette. Troy states they were all reserved and seated me at a regular table. He came over several minutes later and said he had found a banquette for us. So gracious.jeremy our server was also very cordial and informative.

T
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I really enjoyed the old fashion. Highly recommend this drink!

C
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful gem in OTR. Food is exceptional, love the bruschetta, risotto and bolognese. Great bar scene and service! Friday is half price wine night with a terrific selection.

D
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Adult restaurant in the City. Great food, half price pasta on Thursdays, excellent service and low noise so you can speak to your table mates.

Highly recommended.

o
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good; service was very good; noise level was moderate but conversation across the table was not difficult. Ambience is a little austere/cold.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing! Food was good but not mind blowing. Normal for the price.

LG
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal. The scallop appetizer was great as usual. The gnudi pasta dish was one of the best I’ve had. Great service as always.

K
Cincinnati
80 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid. Every time. Go and treat yourself!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasantly surprised.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mercer is outstanding. Our New Years Eve experience was wonderful. Emmy makes you feel like your her special guest. VIP

MW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve