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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

625 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2516 (Central Business District)
513-564-9111
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Ranked #52 of 1,700 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: English, Native American, Scottish
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Cross street: Between 6th and 7th
Description: Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. Taking inspiration from the public houses found throughout Great Britain, our goal is to provide our guests with authentic hospitality and a brilliant dining experience. In addition to high-quality food, we offer a wide variety of beer, wine, bourbon, craft cocktails and feature one of the best selections of single malt scotch whiskies in the area.
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English first
Oxford, Ohio
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112 reviews 112 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

While I've reviewed Nicholson's for their unparalleled service (friendliness and helpfulness), Scotch, cask ales, and atmosphere, I'd never tried the food until my most recent visit. My wife and I (somewhat) annually visit Cincinnati for our anniversary, and it has become tradition to pop into Nicholson's for spirits as we stroll around downtown. This year we arrived hungry. For the... More

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Rachel K, Guest Relations Manager at Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks for the great review and joining us every year for your anniversary. We are so glad to see you gave our food a chance! Cheers! More

Dayton, Ohio
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136 reviews 136 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Visited for lunch with a friend. I had the shepherd's pie, which was really good. My friend had a Reuben and fries, which he said was also good. Service was prompt and friendly and it wasn't very crowded on a Thursday. Had an extensive drink menu, but neither of us had one. The male servers wore kilts, if that gets... More

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Thanks for the review and recognizing our food and service! Glad you and your friend enjoyed, we hope to see you back soon! More

Indianapolis, Indiana
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79 reviews 79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We came here last-minute before seeing a "Wicked" matinee across the street. We arrived 1 hour before the show, and the waitress was quick to ask us if we were attending so she could get our orders out quickly. I can't recall her name, but she was the one in the plaid skirt! :) Actually, all staff that delivered food... More

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Thanks for the great review and glad you will be back!!! Cheers! More

Guelph, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I had a good plate of fish and chips. Crispy and tender haddock with a coating a little different then the usual, more of a pinko then a beer batter. Duck fried chip which I assumed means that they are fried in duck fat. They were tasty however not as crispy as they should be. Good inhouse made ketchup and... More

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Rachel K, Guest Relations Manager at Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed your meal and thought it was a good value. Hopeful next time we will really impress you! Thanks! More

Ohio
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80 reviews 80 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Outstanding scotch and beer selection, knowledgable wait staff, great food and warm, welcoming ambience....all make for a great dinner with friends, family or a couple. On weekends, get a reservation, as the place is quite popular. The Scottish fare is excellent and their fish entrees are especially good. Great bar scene, too.

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Thanks for the great review!! Glad you enjoy our food and ambiance! Cheers! More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I had been a constant customer since it opened, averaging 20-30 trips per year for food and Cider. 2 years ago, they fancied up and decided they wanted a younger crowd. Turned me off and i swore never to return. held off for one year. went back and have been happy as a clam ever since. The food is good;... More

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Thanks for the review! Glad to hear you have come back! Cheers! More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been to Nicholson's Tavern & Pub many times and we are never disappointed. Love the upscale pub atmosphere with the traditional pub fare and great service.

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Thanks for the review and recognizing our atmosphere, food and service! Cheers! More

Ohio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Don't expect an overly gourmet meal at Nicholson's, but their simple Scottish menu is prepared well. Burgers and fried fish are great and their beer menu has plenty of great options.

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Thanks for the review! Hope to see you back soon. Cheers! More

Bowdoinham, Maine
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

in an historic and cozy gastropub in the heart of Cincinnati OH delivered by servers wearing kilts (male & female) with a smile? This is the place. Be prepared to sit back and take it all in--it will be worth it. You will be especially lucky if your server is Lisa. My husband loved the Scotch he settled on after... More

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Rachel K, Guest Relations Manager at Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks for the great review! Glad you and your husband enjoyed! I will make sure Lisa is recognized for her great service. Hope to see you back soon. Cheers! More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A great place for a quick meal before a performance at the Aronoff. Good food and pleasant service--with respect to your time horizon.

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Thanks for the review! Glad we were able to provide a great meal before the show! Cheers! More

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