We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mecklenburg Gardens

302 E University Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219-2431
+1 513-221-5353
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good39%
  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible8%
Travelers talk about
“sauerbraten” (10 reviews)
“veal” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
German, American
$$ - $$$
302 E University Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219-2431
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (87)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 87 reviews

Reviewed January 3, 2018

So this place could be great with a little effort. Great historic dark wood atmosphere. The fried pickles are actually very good. The sauerbraten, which I use to judge German restaurants, was a bit tough. Agree that a redo -- primarily an upgrade to the...More

Thank Jabrd
Reviewed December 3, 2017

Visited on a Saturday night (early, prior to a concert) and found the place quite busy. But the service was horrible. Waiters seemed confused as to which table they should wait in, patrons waited for a long time to be approached, then longer to be...More

Thank corgi22
Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were visiting Cincinatti this weekend and decided on Mecklenburg because we really like German food and beer. We were quickly seated outside in the beer garden with our drinks and the setting is pretty cool. We decided on an appetizer but...More

Thank SkipBittman
Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

We visited here whilst visiting family in the USA fairly close to Cincinnati. In the UK, particularly where we live, there are very few German restaurants so we didn't really know what to expect and may not have come here if it hadn't been recommended....More

Thank Iain W
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Was really looking forward to this adventure. Our paryy of twelve was supposed to be seated outsde BUT it was raining.... NO it was pouring!... so we were seated in the dining room with about 6 other tables of very noisy, birthday , partying people!...More

Thank Nunajones
Reviewed August 13, 2017

This was our first and last visit. Really wanted it to be a special place with awesome food but too many things were distracting and really made the visit unpleasant. Arriving at 5:30 and thought we would beat the crowd, had to wait a long...More

Thank minniehasbigears
Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Super super slow service order was wrong food ok but nothing to write home about. Took 20 minutes to get our bill once we asked for it.

Thank Ronny L
Reviewed August 12, 2017

The place is in need of a redo. It is tired and worn out. The food is not up to prior ownership. One of the party asked for a turkey ruben, and the waitress wasn't sure they had any turkey.

Thank Denmars
Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

I got hooked there four birthdays ago. Have gone each birthday, plus three other times since then. The last visit a week ago was our final visit. Service is bad, food is gradually worsening by each visit. And this last visit, they only had ONE...More

Thank PRaines
Reviewed June 2, 2017 via mobile

This was one of our favorite places when we lived in Cincinnati. With great anticipation we returned after a great day at the Cincinnati Zoo. The service was slow and when the food arrived it was barely warm. We sent it back to be microwaved...More

Thank John T
Nearby HotelsSee all 50 hotels in Cincinnati
Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati/Uptown-University Area
809 reviews
.35 miles away
Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati
295 reviews
.40 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Cincinnati Uptown / University Area
50 reviews
.81 miles away
SpringHill Suites Cincinnati Midtown
266 reviews
1.04 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Mio's Clifton
11 reviews
.39 miles away
Taste of Belgium
127 reviews
.37 miles away
Island Frydays
34 reviews
.34 miles away
Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center Caminetto Restaurant
34 reviews
.37 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Cincinnati Art Museum
832 reviews
1.34 miles away
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
3,101 reviews
.84 miles away
Eden Park
351 reviews
1.18 miles away
Rhinegeist Brewery
230 reviews
1.43 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
September 9, 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from lauramOhio | Reviewed this property |
so sorry.. but I really don't know..they are very nice..give them a call
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 E University Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219-2431
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: +1 513-221-5353
  • E-mail
One of the treasures of historic Cincinnati, Mecklenburg Restaurant and Bier Garten was established in 1865. Priding ourselves on our German heritage, Mecklenburg Gardens stays true to its roots, providing delectable German cuisine along with traditional German Lagers, Dunkels, Hefeweizen, and Pilsners on tap, local craft beers and a wide selection of imports. Come on in, enjoy a round in our Black Forest bar or sit under the grape vines in the garden, and then stay for a plate of Chef's delicious fare!
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing
Save your favorites!
Keep track of your top restaurant finds.
Save now