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Founded in 1990, Montgomery Inn sells barbecue sauce and ribs to local grocers in Cincinnati. The inn operates various restaurants that provide individual and group dining facilities to customers. Its restaurants serve a variety of food items in its lunch and dinner menu, such as entrees, sandwiches, salads, beverages and desserts. The restaurants also provide private rooms for guests. Montgomery Inn has a mail order division that ships more than 20,000 rib packages annually to customers throughout the United States. The inn offers catering services for special events and an online option for customers to place their orders. According to the "Restaurants & Institutions Magazine," one of the restaurant industry's leading trade publications, Montgomery Inn is the No. 1 independent rib restaurant in the U.S.
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Brian E.
Brian E.

03/06/2016

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I have been eating at this place for over 20 years and it is still great. I usually get the ribs. If you take a party of four and get a couple of extras, it can get pretty pricey for what many people would consider as "pub food". Still it's a great comfortable place to eat. Oh, though their service is quite capable don't get in a hurry if you go here, and if you're going during the busy times, make sure and call ahead a few hours in advance, otherwise you may be forced waiting an hour just to get a table.

Ron H.
Ron H.

04/20/2015

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Pleasantly surprised

After reading all the negative reviews, I was a little leary of visiting the Montgomery Inn in

Cincinnati. My wife & I dined there previously and worried things had changed. THEY HAVE NOT changed at all. If anything they are better than ever. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and every one was friendly.

We will DEFINITELY come back (4 hour drive from Cleveland)

Jose M.
Jose M.

10/05/2013

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disapoint

glad I read the reviews won't waste my time to go from Clevelaand

AndyofMayberry
AndyofMayberry

10/11/2010

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Montgomery Inn---cold food

I have never been to a restaurant that lives off its laurels like this place does. The last two times I've been there it was horrible. The first time e placed our order and never saw our waitress again--I had to ask the reservations desk for the bill. The food was barely warm. This last time I had a cold baked potato with my meal---by the time I got it back everyone at out table was finished eating.

riber
riber

06/08/2009

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rude employees

Management and employees. I complained to management about the complaints listed in this paragrah. He told me I was rude nasty person. And I have a reputation of being a pest.I demanded a refund after I paid for a meal and his response. I got a refund for the meal. And not want to come back. Below what I told him. Employees are continually rude to female customers. Not volunteer to wait on customers,give menu,food,bill,drinking glasses,silverware,napkin,not want to write down menu(did it anyway). Talk back rude,try to start fights,interrupt,talk back rude,rush to get rid of. Gave bill,food,drink and try to run away. Gave bill and not come back. Employees walk away from females while talking to them. Employees have to ask them to come back and do job. Give orders know wrong,not volunteer to correct it. Not come back volunteer to see if need anything. Give rude looks to customers and expect a tip.

cindylou22
cindylou22

03/03/2009

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Horrible service at two locations - January and Februrary 2009

Shocking level of service twice this year! At both the Boathouse and original locaitons, servers were rude and condescending. During two occasions, items were forgotten, tables were not checked on, but both waitresses were so pleasant when they brought over the check at the end of the meal! Both dining experiences were reported to management, but overall I don't think they are too concerned. The food is good, but not GREAT. Way too expensive and too long of a wait to put up with sub-standard service! The arrogance of this place amazes me. They would never get away with this if the restaurants were located in a bigger city! Don't even bother unless you are eager for some real frustration or if you like to pay a lot of $$$ for poor treatment! I live in Cincinnati and I won't be back!

janiekunke
janiekunke

08/10/2008

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BEST RESTAURANT WE HAVE BEEN TO IN YEARS

I was at the Montgomery Inn and everything we ordered made our taste buds dance with exceitment. Our server met every need and was very informative about the menu. We come into Cincy about 8 times a year and now will always make a point to have dinner there. Also we were able to pick up some info about their banquet rooms. BEAUTIFUL.

nancymrn
nancymrn

04/13/2008

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Try Burbanks for the real deal

disgusting! Reheated, precooked food, sauce so sweet it could be a dessert, but it sure don't belong on ribs. Expensive and pretentious to boot. Come on, Cincinnati, what are you thinking!?

ohioguy
ohioguy

03/02/2008

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Great ribs and service - perfect for a gathering.

The traditional BBQ aficionado may find the ribs at Montgomery Inn a little different that either the Kansas City or Memphis style. Their ribs have a sweet sauce, spicy but not fiery hot. So, if you like the hotter BBQ, you may not be so excited about Montgomery Inn. With that out of the way, I have to say that their ribs are a phenomenal eating experience. Crispy on the outside, fall off the bone tender on the inside, dripping with their special sweet sauce; I have these at least twice a year (wish I could have them more often). My only ding for them is that they no longer serve the nice warm dinner rolls with their salads - where did those go?

The setting at the original MI on Montgomery or at the Boathouse is perfect for a family or small gathering. Service is friendly and supportive without being formal or oppressive.

I understand they are opening a new restaurant in Dublin near Columbus, it's good to see them expanding their business.

Highly recommended.

riddlers
riddlers

01/15/2008

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Just plain terrible and overpriced

Growing up in Kansas City, I gained experience with a wide variety of Bar-B-Q. The first time I ate here, the waiter said, ""This won't be like anything you've ever had in KC."" He was right about that. I tried ribs and shrimp on the first experience, and the ribs had the worst flavor of any ribs I have ever eaten. The shrimp was deep fried and obviously freezer burned and overcooked. The second time I ate there, chicken was served. Again the flavor proved awful and was only saved by an overabundance of sauce to drown the taste of the meal. If only the other half who was raised in Cincinnati would recognize how awful this experience is, I would be saved. Now when she insists on going, I try to arrange her to eat with a misguided friend or relative. The restaurant also requires valet parking, for Bar-B-Q! Ridiculous. Remember, Bar-B-Q is NOT a delicacy and not expensive to prepare, so how does the Montgomery Inn fool many people into believing it provides an elegant experience? An average meal here, without alcoholic beverages or appetizers will cost approximately $35 a person (plus valet and tip), in KC it would be approximately $11 a person for a much better meal, you do the math.

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ineedalife
ineedalife

12/06/2007

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good

good service and fast

yankeenhouston
yankeenhouston

07/11/2007

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Best ribs anywhere

Montgomery Inn's ribs are the best I have eaten anywhere, hands down. They are definitely really saucy, but the sauce is fantastic so I can't complain. I've moved out of the area to Texas, and I really, really miss this place and haven't yet found a place in Houston that even compares.

momuv2
momuv2

03/26/2007

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Ribs are great ,try the steaks, chops and special salads, too.

Try any of these restaurants on a week night, service as well as food are excellent. If you are not in the mood for ribs, give the chops or steaks a try. I always order my steaks with their special seaoning. I'll take the rib-eye any day. Reading other reviews, I have to wonder what restaurant you really went to. I have never had a problem, eat there or carry out at least once a week.
We eat out several times a week and I think the prices are comparable to most of the chains in the area.

tonithetiger
tonithetiger

02/16/2007

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Beware-- Hidden charge-$1.00 up charge for on the rocks cocktails

My family and friends have enjoyed going to Montgomery Inn for years. I was so disappointed this past Valentines Day with the up-charge on my cocktail. Mind you the charge was only a dollar but it is the principle of the matter. You are asked up or on the rocks. I was charged an additional dollar for my cocktail because is was on the rocks. The profit is at least 900% on a drink--why charge more? This is the only restaurant that charges more for ice. The manager said they pour 1/2 oz more. I don't think so--my drink was weak. He also said my waitress or bartender should have informed me at the time. This is sneaky and one more way to make a profit off most consumers who don't bother to look at their bill or for those who won't bother to ask. I hesitated at first but felt it is wrong(a hidden charge) what they are charging for a cocktail. I love your ribs and will continue to come but a cocktail I will pass on.

tntnsvl
tntnsvl

08/17/2006

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Be preparred to wait...

I can honestly say that I have never had a more disappointing restaurant experience. Be preparred to wait and wait and wait... if you want to try the food at The Montgomery Inn.

My family and I were on vacation in Cincinnati and we were told that the food was very good at the Montgomery Inn. What we weren't told was the ""hoops"" that we would jump through to get a table in this restaurant.

We called anhead and were told that the wait was 30 to 40 minutes and that they were not accepting call ahead seating. After arriving at the restaurant about 20 minutes later, we were told the wait would be 1 hour to 1hour and 15 minutes. After an hour and a half of waiting and watching several other patrons who had arrived after us get seated, I inquired about the delay. I was told it would be about another 15 to 30 minutes.

After slamming my restaurant pager on their counter in disgust, my family and I left the restaurant without tasting their over priced fare.

Be preparred to spend a lot not only for your meal...but also to get seated.

jsmith034
jsmith034

07/12/2006

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Still THE BEST

All three Montgomery Inn restaurants continue to provide the best food, service and atmosphere for a night out to eat. The ribs are still my #1 favorite on the menu but try the porkchops, they're tender and juicy, as well as the steaks. You can't go wrong with the menu they provide. I'd suggest calling for a reservation, it cant hurt, especially on the weekends. Might I add that the Montgomery Inn looks great after their new renovation project. There isn't a bad seat in the house!

Service has always been great and very helpful. Away from the food standpoint, what separates the Inn from other places is that it caters to all types of groups and ages.....everyone should get a chance to enjoy the World's Greatest Ribs!!!

foodknutt
foodknutt

07/12/2006

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FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR

Thought I would try something different for Friday happy hour with my brother who was in from out of town. I heard Montgomery Inn had a great happy hour so we met there. We got there @ 4:30 pm the bar wasn't real crowded so we got a seat @ the bar right away. Apps were 1/2 off and ALL drinks were $1.00 off . The service was great the Bartender was super and made us feel right at home. I will be going back again soon !

mbrown1
mbrown1

07/12/2006

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Phenominal, Time After Time!!!!

After several years and a few locations here and there, the Montgomery Inn is still the BEST!!!! The Original is my favorite, most of all for the familiar and friendly wait staff. Every time we go we can expect the ""World's Greatest Ribs"" and the ""World's Greatest Service"". We will continue to visit and will always recommend this ""Cincinnati Tradition"".

ushkin
ushkin

07/07/2006

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Terrible service!

This restaurant was listed as one of the signature places in Cincinnati, so our expectations were high and disappointment even higher!!!
We went there for lunch on Monday, expecting less people and prompt service. Indeed, we were seated immediately, but then we had to wait for the waitress for a LONG time and throughout the whole stay she showed up really seldom, didn't mention our signs and fulfilled requests (for extra napkins, for example) only after we repeated them several times! In general the waitress was unkind and even arrogant. The fact that she was not young, made us feel sorry for her, but also sorry for us as customers.
The food was OK, nothing fascinating though, the ribs were soft, but a bit too saucy to my taste. And in general, it is not worth the price and I don't have a desire to go back!

cincystylechili
cincystylechili

06/22/2006

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Still the one!

You will not find better ribs north of the Ohio River. I won't claim these are the world's best ribs, though. What you will get at Montgomery in are very most and delicious pork ribs, rubbed in fantastic seasonings and then covered in Montgomery Inn's signature BBQ sauce (sweet, not tangy).

Service is so/so, I'll agree. I never feel pampered, but I also never feel put off. I will say my drink is never empty.

The wait can be insane so make reservations.

Montgomery Inn is a great Cincinnati experience. It has a lot of history and is generally a source of pride for the city. If you're in town, don't hesitate to stop by. You'll enjoy it!

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BBB Rating
A+
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Mon - Fri:
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Phone: 513-791-1942

Primary Phone: 513-791-1942

Primary Phone: 513-791-2921

Fax Number: 513-985-2049

Fax: 513-985-2002

Fax: 513-985-2049

TollFree: 800-872-7427

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Montgomery
AKA

The Original

Montgomery Inn Inc

Montgomery Inn-The Ribs King

9321 Montgomery

9321 Montgomery LLC

Montgomery Inn Corp Office

The Montgomery Inn - Original

The Original Montgomery Inn

Montgomery Inn-Montgomery Rd

Categories
American Restaurants, Barbecue Restaurants, Bars, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Night Clubs, Pizza, Restaurants, Taverns
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Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, Family Style, American, Pizza

Price Range : Average

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