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“A Cincinnati 'Must'” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH
513-421-2337
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Ranked #30 of 1,724 restaurants in Cincinnati
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Mehring Way
Description: The heritage of Cincinnati's storied brewing history comes alive along the banks of the Ohio River at this world-class restaurant and brewery. Prominently situated in the dynamic Smale Riverfront Park, the Moerlein Lager House offers a guest experience unlike any other—a working microbrewery producing a full line of Moerlein craft brews, and delectable fare featuring grain spent breads, hand-carved sandwiches, and smoked rotisserie meats… foods reminiscent of those served in the city’s celebrated 19th century beer gardens.
Springboro, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A Cincinnati 'Must'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Moerlein Lager House features great food,great beer, and what a view !

We had lunch there this past weekend and everything was excellent. The menu has a little bit of everything and the beer list is very impressive. The decor is upscale, but still captures a 'pub' feel.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gettysburg, Ohio
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81 reviews 81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great views, good food, cold beer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We like to stop bu the Lager House before a Reds game, and have yet to ever be disappointed with the service or food. Yes, the prices are a little bit higher than what you pay at other places in town, but you must remember that you are sitting along the Ohio River right next to Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium. That being said, our food has always been very good, exactly what we ordered, excellent brews, the service friendly and not pushy. The decor is modern/warehouse style and one interesting tidbit is when you walk in they have a gold homeplate on the floor... this is where 1st base was located in the old Riverfront Stadium, so that gives you an idea of the location of this restaurant. If you're visiitng Cincinnati, especially in the warmer weather, I would recommend a stop at the Moerlein Lager House.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
“Great for groups, not for dates”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The food is great restaurant (not bar) food. The view of the suspension bridge and the river is the absolute best in the Cincinnati area. The decor is warm, modern, and attractive. The beer is great, as you'd expect. Our server was knowledgeable and available.

For a fun, boisterous group, I'd recommend this place.

But...I should be able to give Moerlein's five stars. So why only three stars? Two reasons:

1) The noise. This place needs some sound deadening panels hung from the high ceiling in the worst way. The noise on a Friday night varied between punishing and a-jet-just-took-off loud. That's fixable, and you'll see that as a constant in many reviews, so it's disconcerting that it hasn't been fixed.

2) Lousy place for a date. Aside from the noise, the few two-top tables are stuck in aisleways away from the view and near the kitchen, or in a corner near the kitchen. (and yes, we had reservations) This place is simply not set up for couples.

Both of those problems are fixable, and I hope someone at the restaurant actually reads their reviews.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Underwhelming”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I had high hopes for the Lager House when I heard about it. Conceptually, an Ohio side beer house that could rival the Hofbrauhaus for fun, energy and good beer.

Instead, they created an overpriced and sterile mass restaurant. Big miss. Too bad, its so convenient to downtown and could have been a great pre/post game bar.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Expensive Bar Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Service was ok, food was mediocre, prices were steep. Beer aw good. Views of river and KY skyline were impressive. Good location to downtown and ball parks.

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