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Permanently Closed - The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant

1140 reviews
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$30 and under
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - The Rookwood features a dynamic menu of unique dishes and hand-crafted cocktails that reconnect to the distinction and character of its historical location. Our restaurant is housed in the former studio and manufacturing facility of the world-renowned Rookwood Pottery Company and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The restaurant’s classic approach to traditional handmade cuisine is defined by its focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday thru Saturday 11am - 3pm

Dinner: Tuesday thru Thursday 5pm-10pm

Friday and Saturday 5pm-11pm

Sunday 5pm-9pm

Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm

Closed Mondays - Winter Hours Vary

Closed between 3pm-5pm Tuesday thru Sunday
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Phone number
(513) 421-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jackson Rouse
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Private party facilities
Featuring a variety of private and semi private spaces The Rookwood is a popular location for weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and more. The Rookwood offers three distinct dining options to fit your needs, carefully crafted by Chef Jackson Rouse. Host an event from as few as 10 to as many as 300 guests featuring one of our customized dining styles; whether you prefer appetizers served by the Rookwood staff, family style dining, or an artfully presented seated meal - we have you covered.

Multi-course menus with wine pairings are our specialty. And we are happy to alter our suggested menus to meet your event needs. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.
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Private party contact
Robin McKerrell : (513) 739-7168
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Cross street
Monastary St.
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Special events & promotions
Check out our facebook page for upcoming events.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

Service was dreadful, food was marginal at best. Overpriced lukewarm food served by untrained wait staff. Whatever happened to the old Rookwood? I will never go there again, so disappointing for such a potentially special evening!

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on December 22, 2016

I usually love eating here, but this time was not as enjoyable. They put us at a table that people must've just moved from, there were waters at the table already with straws in the glass. There were no napkins of silverware and the waitress was tough to reach throughout the evening. It felt like we were bothering her and we thought about leaving early a couple times.
The table was wedged up against a pole and the music was horrible pop music making for an uncomfortable experience.
Like I said, I usually love coming to this place, but this experience really shook things up. Not worth the price tag, at all.

happyhere (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2016

Food was average but service was very good. Can't go wrong with the hamburgers. They are always great!

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

I did not like the music choice. Every song that came on was one I disliked. Please don't play covers of Staying Alive or anything by Grimes. Thank you.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

This was for our company holiday luncheon. We made reservations in a timely fashion. When we got there, we received a table that was near the restrooms on a riser. The table and some of the chairs wobbled. I would have thought making reservations in advance would allow for a nicer seating arrangement. Our waiter was not attentive to getting fresh drinks and some of our food was not correct. Another employee that was doing more than his part let us know they were short handed yet somehow he managed to get us additional drinks. This was just not what we were hoping for as our special occasion.

vipHargirlh (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2016

This is a very nice casual dining location . The food is always very good
Service at times can be a little slow but our server t the was friendly and. Very knowledgeable about the menu and accommodating with our requests.
My only criticism is on many occasions, I feel the
the hostesses could be a little more friendly

Rafe (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

Our room was an old kiln which is kind of cool...apps of upscale hanky parks, board of charcuterie were yummy. Main dishes included eggplant, past of the day-pasta carbonara, very good steak-ribeye with rosemary fries, and confit chic and dumplings. Dessert s'more topped things nicely. Our server was friendly and attentive so we left him a large Christmas tip-after you see the Christmas's what u do:)

vipCincIPA (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

Great Sunday Brunch. My Real Deal Pastrami Sandwich was a treat and so were the the truffle fries. My wife had the Double Bypass from the brunch menu and she also enjoyed her meal. Two thumbs up for the bloody Mary too. We will definitely be back. An excellent location for out-of-town guests. The view of the city and the river from the parking lot is worth the trip.

GBIII (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

For us a new owner, new fair.....very good food and the service was excellent. Very nice casual atmosphere.

vipEklein616 (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2016

The brunch menu read amazingly but the actual food didn't deliver.