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Pelicans Reef

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7261 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230-4125
513-232-2526
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great neighborhood seafood restaurant.

If you are shy about coming to this place, don't be. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere is casual, and the restaurant is kitschy in a delightful way (please don't change your decor :) ). Try the lobster bisque and you won't regret it. Even the basics (fried... anything) were very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
Donald C
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

My wife and I have found it difficult to find a really good fish restaurant around the Anderson area. This last Summer we made several trips for lunch at Pelican Reef for lunch. They have a wide selection of fish choices and they all exceed expectations. The Island fish tacos and several fish soups are first glass. The best news... More 

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Thank DaveW513
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is one of our favorite local restaurants! The atmosphere feels very authentic--like a little local place you might find just off the beach, and the seafood is amazingly fresh and delicious. The menu has variety as well as some long-standing favorites, prices are great, mixed drinks are high-quality. I agree that it can be loud, but in my opinion... More 

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1 Thank treeskelion
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

The fact that they've nearly quadrupled in size over the last several years should tell you something. The food is great and it's a very friendly place to hang out. I haven't tried everything on the menu, but I can honestly say that I have never had anything that wasn't really good. One word of warning, the seafood is so... More 

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Thank jeb6294
cincinnati
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Food is very good but this restaurant is very noisy. Always a few disruptive patrons that have had too much to drink. Service is slow because you can not get the attention of the wait staff.

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Thank mlarrys
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

If you are shy about coming to this place, don't be. The food is fantastic, the atmosphere is casual, and the restaurant is kitschy in a delightful way (please don't change your decor :) ). Try the lobster bisque and you won't regret it. Even the basics (fried... anything) were very good.

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Thank Donald C
Cincinnati
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77 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Softshell crabs were very good - just enough breading to not overwhelm the crab! Craft beer selection was good. Had an amber ale - very thirst-quenching!

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Thank Mike H
Cincinnati
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95 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Another good meal at Pelicans Reef. Late lunch on 6/10/15 for a group of four. We shared multiple apps, all tasty. Coconut shrimp are great. Mahi Mahi and swordfish sandwiches were fresh and tasty. Really good slaw and perhaps the best sweat potato fries around.

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1 Thank smk54
Cincinnati, Ohio
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Thus is an unassuming neighborhood restaurant, always packed for dinner.. Cute decorations. Seafood is wonderfully fresh. Nothing fancy but good. Portions a bit small.

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2 Thank Coco828
Cincinnati, OH
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Whenever I have someone come to visit from out of town, I try to take them to Pelicans Reef for lunch because it's such a cute, casual neighborhood restaurant. I always get the grilled grouper sandwich and sweet potato fries - very tasty and inexpensive!

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Thank McSmitty23
Cincinnati, Ohio
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199 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

We went to Pelican's Reef for some seafood. Our food was okay; nothing special. I ordered the blackened grouper sandwich and, when it came out, I could easily tell that the "grouper" was actually tilapia. I brought it to the waitress's attention who promptly told me that I was wrong and said it was grouper. She offered to get something... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7261 Beechmont Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230-4125
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: 513-232-2526

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?