The Mercer OTR

4.7
1267 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 1267 people are saying
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FrankSound
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who would have thought that olives as an appetizer would have been great but they were! Deviled eggs were good too with a delicate touch of dill. Risotto was really good. Involtini(?) chicken might have been a bit salty but only in hindsight when we realized our thirst and our rings were more difficult to remove in the evening, LOL. Oh, and the pork belly appetizer was seriously good too. Love that parsnip purée! Our server, Ebba, was excellent and informed. The only negative was the a shortish wine list and a $100 for The Prisoner Red Blend too much even by restaurant standards.

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GabbyC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place BLEW us away…

the ambiance was AMAZING. We loved the NYC vibes and incredible service. The food was even better!

this will be the first place i take my family when they come into town.

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MeganG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I split the burger and it was incredible! We also got the truffle fries and a salad and it was the perfect amount of food and everything was excellent quality. Wine bottles are also half price on Fridays which is an incredible deal!

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vipCourtneyB
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our wait staff and all of the food was delicious! We wanted to take the house bread home in loaves and the other two courses were just as delectable. Great drinks, view, and menu. A hidden gem of OTR!

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DonaldS
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time I have dined at Mercer. Food was great and nice craft cocktails. Green Goddess salad is awesome and split to share. Chicken Involtini was amazing! Will be sure to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent meal last night. Several Open Table reviewers have commented on poor service in the past, but this has certainly not our experience. Our server, Kenzi, was terrific…friendly, informative, and attentive. Other staff also checked in on us, promptly cleared, etc. We have been there a couple of times over the past several months and can recommend the short ribs and the salmon as worth the trip. We like the atmosphere. It’s a bit quieter than other OTR restaurants, and tables are appropriately spaced for the pandemic.The restaurant also is nicely accessible given the parking garage next door. Also easy distance from Washington Park and Music Hall. We agree that, with wine and drinks, Mercer can be a bit pricey (worth it, though),but would be an excellent value if coming on half-price wine nights.

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Justin
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The wings were very good and had a great smoke flavor. The risotto was average the rice did not get evenly cooked and some of the rice was not done. The cesar salad was very plain, fresh black pepper was not offered and the salad had a strange fishy flavor. The staff never asked how our meal was and didn't even question the fact that the salad was hardly touched.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was outstanding. Cocktails were average. I would still go back.

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AutumnL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great time at this restaurant. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I got the salmon and my husband got the short ribs. Both were delicious! We also got the 3 layer chocolate cake which was really good. It was a very slow night for them so service was great and fast. Overall we had an enjoyable birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. We had a lovely time.

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bettinar
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Hostess and food were great. Server was not great, but then another server stepped in

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great date spot! A little drafty next to the windows.

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vipTiramisuT
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kensie took great care of us. She had recommendations and was cheerful and sweet. The food was all wonderful - fried cauliflower and bruschetta trio appetizers, seared salmon, burger and fries, and bolognese. Yummy!

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vipSheilaK
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal. Chef Corry did a great job dealing with my allergies and serving a very tasty meal.

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vipJohnG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. Sat in the bar area, but was very comfortable and not overly loud. Santa-con was in process, so enjoyed the sideshow.

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LTWatt
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

There was a faulty light fixture and upon us pointing it out the manager moved us without attitude or issues.

Our server seemed new or very young. Made some minor errors not worth ruining our evening.

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vipTyler
Cincinnati
74 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and experience. Server was attentive and helpful.

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LizA
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipBobby
Cincinnati
286 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything here is very good. I believe this is a place you could throw a dart at the menu and be very happy with your selection.

The Mercer is definitely our go-to place in OTR when we go to Ensemble Theatre. So, I rate it the best on Vine.

Highly recommend the mushroom risotto and short rib entrees.

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vipLaneC
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, attentive wait staff, and a lovely experience!

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TimmyG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

6 people
Booth. I don’t like Booths

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Steve
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very good as usual. Ate in the bar area which was comfortable. Nice evening

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gates
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Mercer Food was excellent. I had the risotto, but overall we felt somewhat overpriced, especially the burgers. Any extras cost extra, nothing included, loved the ambiance. We had Dante who was an excellent, friendly, server.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience! amazing and attentive servers and hostesses, fabulous cuisine. Highly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Our server was very nice, Mackenzie, and our cocktails tasted great. The drawback is that they were both extremely short pours.

We tried the appetizer special, mushroom truffle bruschetta. It came out as a single crostini, the glaze was bright purple (re: Barney), and the taste was not good. The serving size was ridiculously small as well. We also tried the butternut squash soup. It had a good taste but it was not even warm.

We shared our feedback with our server. The manager returned and was rude, saying she could’ve done something if we had told her. Um…..no one came to our table for quite a while, and when our server stopped by — we told her our issues. Hello!

We left, skipping entrees. We will not be back, and we will be happy to influence our friends and associates to AVOID The Mercer!

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vipCampbell
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were not expecting much from the Mercer but it was well beyond our expectations. We had a fantastic meal. Service was great despite us being boisterous. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an upscale meal in OTR

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our waitress was

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Got together with a friend and had some wonderful service. They respected my allergens and has great wine!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, drinks, and service. Very accommodating with food restrictions.

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Diningwell
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff.

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GeoffZ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I've had the burger 2x times now and probably will get it again whenever I go back for the 3rd time. It's become my favorite casual date night spot with my wife.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mercer never disappoints. The Chicken Involtini was out of bounds amazing and the cocktails are always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great. Love the bar area and food!

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JeffG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great setting, not too loud. Menu was outstanding and food quality was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mercer is my FAVORITE Restaurant!! FANTASTIC FOOD, SERVICE, ATMOSPHERE! I am thrilled The Mercer is open again and now with Brunch Saturday and Sunday too!! DELICIOUS!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good

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vipDayton
Cincinnati
187 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Party of 2 for pre-show dinner. Pleasant dining room in OTR.. menu is very friendly for non-carnivores. We sampled multiple apps & salads & drinks. Total bill was $90 + tip.

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vipMark
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar, and had a lovely dinner with wine and dessert. Everything was perfect.

Always enjoy The Mercer.

FAQs

The Mercer OTR offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 421-5111.

The Mercer OTR is rated 4.7 stars by 1267 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.