The Mercer OTR

4.7
1223 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 1223 people are saying
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vipUnknown
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time here and it was a great experience. The banquet seating is intimate and the atmosphere was elegant, but not fancy. The food was outstanding and the portion sizes were just right. And, in these difficult times, the service was excellent. We will be back soon !

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vipBillA
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is great! Will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drink was delicious! Highly recommend.

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viprichclift
Cincinnati
112 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are growing pains that every restaurant is experiencing. We are totally confident that the Mercer will control be a great restaurant with great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful meal and the staff was excellent!

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vipBobby
Cincinnati
276 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went here last Saturday before a FCC game. Place was packed, both inside and out. Service however was just as good as always.

We had two orders of the Bruschetta, at $3.50 each, pretty pricey, although quite good. Mushroom risotto was okay, not nearly as good as the short rib risotto they used to have. Short rib entree was also good.

The Manhattan is excellent, I had two.

The Mercer is always a great place for people watching.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was decent, I think some of the dishes were priced high for their quality. But some dishes were great! Cocktails were hit or miss, and that is a big part of the dining experience for me. Queen City Bee drink was fantastic, others not to much. Our server wasn’t as attentive as I’d like for the ambiance that the restaurant encompasses - but overall it was a good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
175 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were a bit disappointed that the menu items we were going to order were not on the menu passed out at the restaurant. Online menu should be updated when in dining menu is updated. Our waitress was excellent and because of her we will return. Jasmine!

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated outside, per our request , so there was the obligatory cruising noise. Our waitress, A.J., also had had a large party to serve, but did not neglect us in the slightest. The wine and cocktails where wonderful and the food was delicious.

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vipmgoony
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening out. Can’t complain about anything

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vipArtsy
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and location. We ate inside but the outside eating area was full and looked perfect for a nice evening. The food and drink choices appealed to all of us and we shared apps as well. It was a perfect spot for the symphony and an easy walk to Music Hall and the park. I thought portions were a good size but not overwhelming and we shared the delicious chcolate layer cake with drizzled caramel sauce......very decadent......but perfect with coffee and 4 forks.

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viprichclift
Cincinnati
113 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is great to be able to enjoy a great meal again.

DD
vipDrDave
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My Go To Place in OTR....
Highly recommended for excellent food and service. Pleasant staff and nice ambience. Definitely will return.

MC
vipMaryC
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meals. The restaurant week offerings were a great value and delicious. When we reserve with Open Table we do not get very good tables. Will probably call the restaurants directly from now on.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding…Jasmine, our server was the best! Food was delicious!

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Birthday31
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was my 57th birthday dinner, Low key event with my Husband and 21yo son.
The Salmon for $32 was a very small portion including vegetables. My Husbands
Mercer Burger lacked flavor and texture has he described. Fries were cold and consisted of a lot of small end pieces. Our Waiter was good, he forgot to place our order for bruschetta so we canceled the order. He did have a sense of humor and
Was available when needed. It was restaurant week, as advertised a 3 course meal was $39, once we arrived they corrected that cost to $49?? We went off the menu.
Can’t say I will return.

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BarbK
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed by the food at The Mercer -- including during Restaurant Week! Really enjoyed the fried cauliflower, citrus salad and both the salmon and mushroom risotto (shared entrees). There was some confusion about Restaurant Week pricing but it got resolved for us.

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Tipu
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My hsband and I went for the restaurant week menu which was advertized for $36. At the restaurant they said it was an error and the price is $46 but they graciously accepted our $36. Our first courses were pork belly with roasted brussel sprouts and roasted cauliflower with curry sauce and watermelon radishes, both were excellent. Second courses were arugula salad with truffel, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese and classic cesar salad, I asked for anchovy to be added and got wonderful fresh anchovy, salads were great, fresh and tasty. For the third course we took the same short rib with roasted parsnip, onion, potato, carrot in sauuce. It was well done and veggies were great. We loved every bite of it. Out server Dante was also worth mentioning, he was relaxed and knowledgeable, not pushy and very nice to talk to. As an extra surprise the wine was half price bottle evening so we went for that too! We will be back!

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Dana
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, nice atmosphere, would definitely recommend.

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PeterG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

All of the food was good, but not great, and felt over priced. Serving sizes were moderately sized but the taste made them feel over priced. Service was good when sitting down and ordering, after that felt forgotten and food took longer than expected for 2 people.

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vipJustinG
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Mercer OTR has been a treat in the past; it seems to have lost it's way and shine. Food was good, but parts were poorly executed. Server was non-attentive to the table and couldn't speak to the menu in detail.

CB
vipCarlyB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was very nice even though very busy- food good

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mercer provided a wonderfully memorable birthday experience!

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DianaS
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was great. Would definitely recommend.

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MartyJ
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are on the “patio” which is the outdoor sidewalk on Vine Street. The only problem was the silly drivers & motor cycle idiots that roared by revving their engines & turning up the sound & bass speakers of their cars. We like the neighborhood vibe of OTR, but the Mercer’s location doesn’t protect the outside diners from the vehicle noise because they can’t. People on the street can be loud occasionally & the park across the street is very active with the locals enjoying their evening outside. That’s just normal OTR atmosphere. Too bad that The Mercer doesn’t have a pedestrian street for their patio. Fabulous food! Excellent service. Very good wine list.

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vipPaulasHealthy
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was terrific! They made my birthday special 🌟

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. The drinks the server recommended were too notch

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vipCarrie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, service fantastic - hadn’t been since Covid hit and the experience was just as great as I remember it! Glad to be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Will definitely be going back.

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vipkevin
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ate dinner the bar.. Mel the bartender was very attentive and knowledgeable of the food as well as the bar... overall it was a great meal and place to dine

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vipLaTraviata
Cincinnati
210 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoy The Mercer OTR tremendously. Food is creative, ample, and value priced.
Service, at all levels, from the GM, to the servers, to the bartender, is professional, extremely personable and accommodating. One added aspect of The Mercer is people watching - not within the restaurant - but on the street passing by the restaurant's large windows. We dine outside often at all of the restaurants on Mariemont Square, and the passers by there are in general a very homogeneous crowd of folk like us; the passers by the windows of The Mercer far more far more diverse and, to our minds, more interesting to watch.

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KatT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was in town for the weekend and picked this restaurant to pop into. I sat at the bar and had great drinks and an appetizer. The staff was nice, it was easy to talk to other people in the bar, and the price was reasonable for the great quality of food and cocktails!

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vipDeLisaN
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip back to COVID since early 2020. New team and a few new menu selections. We were pleasantly surprised! Everything we had was delicious and the service was excellent. Can't wait to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Service was great.

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DougG
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and terrific food! The Mercer Burger is awesome.

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JackN
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! We were in town for a birthday celebration and the food and cocktails were amazing! Our waiter was nice and very helpful with recommendations. Loved it

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Grace
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

My first time to Mercer I attended a vegetarian tasting menu dinner, which was excellent. Unfortunately, there were only 3 tables in the restaurant and we had to wait a very long time for our food. Understand everyone is super short staffed and many aren’t coming out due to Covid. So we understood. Starters were great and meal was just so so, for the price we were expecting something a little more elevated.

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McKenzieW
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a great date night destination! Great service and food. Next time we would sit inside instead of outside. We sat outdoors because it was a beautiful night, but didn’t realize quite how loud the car traffic moving through the area is. Lots of motorcycles and sports cars revving their engines right through this area.

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vipBrendaS
Cincinnati
38 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the new manager Matt was true to his word and took many of the suggestions we made a few months ago and improved the menu and the service.
Our server Dante was excellent without being overbearing.
All in all, we all agreed the Mercer is 'back' thanks to Matt.

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vipWGuy
Cincinnati
102 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good flavors are really good, the servers are very attentive and active with customers

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 1223 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.