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Review of The Quarter Bistro

The Quarter Bistro
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Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in Mariemont
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Route 50
Description: Welcome to The Quarter Bistro, located in the heart of historic Mariemont Square, only minutes from Montgomery, Maderia, Indian Hill and Downtown. The award-winning combination of seasonal cuisine and sophisticated ambiance are just the beginning of an unforgettable experience. As Cincinnati's premier "contemporary" bistro, the menu presents all things classic and creative in balance. Fresh fish and game daily? Of course. Outstanding wines at a great value? No Question. Whether it's a beautiful summer evening on the patio, a romantic wine and dine for two, or a down-to-business dinner for ten, The Quarter Bistro has it covered.
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“great place”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Always consistent food and service. Nice bar area but can get crowded during the evening with people waiting for tables but service has always been excellent there as well. There is an outdoor seating area weather permitting. Haven't been able to sit there yet as you have to get there early but eating inside is just as awesome. Beef short ribs are great as are the mussels.

  • Visited September 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“High Aspirations, High Prices; Food is Just Good to OK”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

The food is good here, some entrees are very good. Be prepared to pay out the nose for wine and entrees. Our $9 wine had the smallest, barely 4 oz. pour, I've ever seen, I was immediately pleased I had not ordered the more expensive wine to get such a small pour.
Service seems good, if a little haughty when we dared ask the price of a special. If you have to ask, you can't afford it - which was true, here. Overall, we left feeling taken advantage of. The high aspirations and high prices of the Quarter are not matched by the food served or the service. The final indignity - turns out this snooty restaurant has no restroom of their own. They share restrooms with the next door theatre. Invest in some plumbing, people!
Local folks skip desert at the Quarter and walk around the corner to Graeter's Ice Cream for a real treat.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Rediron
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great local spot”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

I've been to the Quarter many times, but this is my first review of it. In short, I highly recommend the Quarter. It's well known to the Mariemont locals, but I'd encourage anyone in the Cincinnati area to give it a try. The food is consistently excellent, as is the service. It's not a "fancy" place, but nor is it casual. It's perfect for a nice, comfortable night out. The adjoining independent movie theater is fun, and a great night out is to go to the Quarter for dinner and then catch a movie next door. Alternatively, the Quarter has a vibrant bar scene, which people enjoy. The outdoor dining in the summer is also very popular.

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Thank Travelpro513
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St. Augustine, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Mixed Bag”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

Saturday night after the Reds game we picked this place as it ranked highly on open table for outdoor seating. Unfortunately you can only make reservations for "inside" seating and the patio at the restaurant is "first come first serve." (shame on open table that they only disclose that to you after you make the reservation on there, fyi).

We made an 8:15 reservation just in case the outside seating was going to be a long wait because we knew we'd be hungry. We arrived at 8:10. Greeted nicely and quickly, and the host did tell us that if we wanted to wait for outside it would be 20-25 minutes, so we decided that would be okay.

Bad estimate as the host finally came and got us 50 minutes later. I understand that it's probably difficult to determine exact times, but if we would have known it was going to be that long we would have just gone ahead and eaten inside.

Since we were so hungry we decided to go for an appetizer and chose the "Prawn Lettuce Wraps" for $16. Taste wise - great. Portion wise - terrible. Only 3 "prawns" and those were the size of normal cooked shrimp at the grocery store. There were 4 lettuce wraps, some sauce and greens, and also some great tasting pork bits that came too. But really for $16 I found 3 shrimp to be kind of sad. A quick survey of my dining club friends to "guess" how many they should get for $16 the minimum guess was 8 and ranged up to 12.

Before the meal we were also served a generous portion of nicely crusted bread with tasty whipped butter.

On to the entrees - for $27 I got the sockeye salmon special. A decent piece of salmon and it was cooked very well. It had a simple glaze and a fava bean puree. It also came with a generous portion of grilled asparagus served over fried noodles. I found the noodles to be burnt, but the wife kind of liked the charred taste. The asparagus was very good.

Wife had the fish tacos and pronounced them tasty especially with the chipotle lime and avocado.

We sampled a couple of wines and found the Italian Barbera was a decent choice at $31/bottle, good to ask for a decanting on that as it opened it up nicely. The rest of the red wine list seemed a little proud, for example they carry Simi Cabernet, which at $55 is probably $10-$15 more than I would expect to pay for a bottle that wholesales for about $10-$12.

Entree delivery time was a little slow, we were just about to the point of wondering when it finally came out. It wasn't ridiculously long, just saying we were at the point where we were hoping it was coming soon.

Want to add that the staff of the Quarter Bistro was very attentive and friendly. Our server was warm and friendly, spent time with us and made recommendations. Other servers checked on us (and others) and looked like a good team effort there.

The outside patio area is very nice with comfortable seats, not cheap plastic stuff like some places have.

Sometimes it's hard to say "average vs. very good" here as a rating, I think this falls between the two. Would we go back? Yes we would. Will we look at trying some other places first next time we are in town? Probably so.

  • Visited June 2012
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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2012 via mobile

The Quarter is an excellent place to get a good bottle wine & great appetizers. The staff is awesome & treats you with excellent service.

Thank IKE48
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