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“Consistently Excellent” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager House
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Ranked #12 of 1,914 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Great White North
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Consistently Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

It's time for Moerlein's finest beer to be on tap, that would be Saengerfest, a Maibock, as delicious as ever. This large casual-themed restaurant is efficiently operated and its kitchen continues to turn out terrific food from and across an ambitious menu.

We had a recent dinner on the lower level at a river-view table with an outstanding waiter, Zach! He was very accommodating to all of our requests, and the service was generally crisp, unobtrusive, and efficient. We're pushin' beer here, so water is served only on request, but comes quickly when ordered. You can get your own, 'table-appropriate' 4-pull mini tap if you are serious beer samplers or thirsty enough, a nice touch that adds to having a good time.

Our table ordered excellent Caesar salads, generous, crisp, delicious dressing. The steak frites was so good no tastes were offered to the other diners at table; salmon was moist and flavorful, and the burger I had was custom-fixed with some toppings subtracted and others added to create in my opinion a perfect dish! Our caramel dessert was the perfect ender, just enough when split several ways to satisfy without destroying the next morning's visit to the scales!

Only problem: everyone way-flunked the "how much was the bill" contest, it was 20% LOWER than our lowest guess. If this is the only thing that goes wrong on your evening, as it was for ours, I think you can handle it.

Another new Cincinnati restaurant where it can be honestly said "Go, you will not be disappointed!"

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sanford, NC
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293 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Great Food...and Brews Too...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

This was a fun place to eat. There was food to please anyone's tastes! Seafood, Ribs, Meatloaf, Chicken, Steaks, Pork...and our group of six tried six different entrees and there were raves from each of us! Several of our group tried different Lagers, and they really enjoyed their choices. The location next to the Red's stadium is very easy to find and usually means the place is packed...but with the Reds out of town, we were able to get a table. The service was outstanding...the atmosphere equally so...parking is abundant in a parking deck located under the restaurant...cost us $7 for the time we were eating. I recommend you try and get a table next the windows on the river side for some super views while you eat.

Price-wise...they have items from inexpensive to expensive...you can eat cheap..or break the bank if you desire the high-priced entrees. The onion rings are GREAT!! Families with children are certainly welcome...but I can imagine there could be times when some parents might not be comfortable having their children at the restaurant.

Certainly a must place to eat when you are in Cincinnati...but probably easier to try on a night when there are no Red's games.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, Ohio
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222 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Let's Try Again.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

It was our fault to begin with. We went to the Morelein Lager House on a Saturday Evening for dinner on a friends birthday. There was one available table in the 1st come 1st serve seating section, and the wait for a group of 15 would have been hours.
The beer was good. I enjoy the variety in Morelein's portfolio. If you are adventurous enough to climb the steps, you'll also find several other quality craft beers unrelated to Morelein.
The dining areas are spacious and clean but turn to elbow room once the happy hour crowd appears. The floor to ceiling windows offer a great view of the river, the bridges, and Newport, KY.
Before I describe my dinner experience, I'd like to state that most of our party ordered burgers and raved about them through the evening. My wife and I did not have such an experience. NEVER ORDER THE SHRIMP CAESAR FLATBREAD! First of all, it was not enough to feed two. Secondly, when the bread cooled down it became rock hard. Lastly, the toppings were shrimp and lettuce drisled with Caesar dressing. A buddy of mine was kind enough to offer me a bite of his meatloaf, though, which had a very unique barbecue base.
I definitely recommend that you give the Morelein House a shot, as I'm looking forward to giving it another. Plan ahead, though, or you'll be very hungry, waiting, and dealing with a crowd.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Littleton, Colorado
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283 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Good view of the river”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

We liked the history of the place. The food was good. We had a difficult time getting our group of 10 seated together. It was crazy busy due to the Reds playing. We ended up getting two tables one of 4 and one of 6. Yet there were other tables that could have been put together to accommodate us.

Visited May 2013
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Dalton, Georgia
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good Fun Food and drinks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

The beer is great. the service was outstanding. The food was really solid. they took the Ahi Tuna Sandwich off the menu which was a mistake, but there are still plenty of strong items that remain.

Visited May 2013
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