Nestled within the former pottery studio of the world-renowned Rookwood Pottery Co., The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant naturally fosters a cozy atmosphere that similar bar/restaurant spots strive to create. The dark wood, exposed original brick kilns (that you can dine in! So neat) and warm lighting make you feel like you’re exploring an underground tavern–despite being perched high atop Mount Adams like a sentinel over Music Hall and the Cincinnati Museum Center.
So what kind of food can you expect from a place that used to make ceramics? Nothing that resembles clay, that’s for sure! Freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and soups as well as a handful of unique and tempting appetizers and desserts fill out the food menu, and you’ll find local craft beers from Madtree and Rhinegeist as a few of many worthy options behind the bar.
I recently had to cancel the California vacation I had planned for this month, so I ordered their Cali Club sandwich hoping it would be the next best thing. It. Did. Not. Disappoint.
Smoked turkey AND ham, BACON, guacamole, tomato and herb mayo graciously stacked between two slices of wheatberry wheat bread… I could practically hear the ocean with every bite.
The service was friendly and efficient. The attention to details like Natalie’s delicate shot glass, a recycled bourbon bottle used as a water pitcher and decorations such as an old typewriter take The Rookwood from a commodity lunch or drink location to a premium.
We’re giving them 5/5 on food, service, ambiance, and good place to take a client for lunch or cocktails.
This week our savory sojourn is taking us to Django Western Taco in Northside… follow up on Friday to read Amara’s review!