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“Beautifully presented, great service, flavorless food”
Review of Lavomatic - CLOSED

Lavomatic
Price range: US$15 - US$30
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 12th Street
Description: Lavomatic is an urban restaurant and bar in the heart of the Gateway Quarter of Downtown Cincinnati. We also offer nightly dinner specials in addition to the regular menu.
Cincinnati
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70 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautifully presented, great service, flavorless food”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

What a shame that in a great location with a cute design and very pleasant waitresses that the beautifully presented food was flavorless. At least gift the chef with a salt shaker! (We requested one. They aren't on the table, but that couldn't really salvage it.) What an expensive disappointment. With hundred of herbs and seasonings available, why should food be boring, dried out and tasteless -- especially when it's described so wonderfully on the menu? Thank goodness we had a groupon, but even at half price it was overpriced for the food quality. Cooking just isn't that difficult! If you like noise, this is the place to go. Don't expect to be able to converse with more than one person over the din.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Jen313
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Chelsea, Michigan
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing!!!”
Reviewed 15 March 2014 via mobile

We were just looking for a place with an open table in OTR, we may never eat anywhere else. I have never had such a hard time choosing what to order. Everything on the menu sounds amazing. After more than ten minutes of agonizing I chose biscuits and gravy. Just saying it was out of this world does not do it justice. I literally wanted to lick the plate. Book your reservation now!

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Thank JTET
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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335 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Awesome way to spend a Sunday morning!”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

This was our first trip to Lavomatic and the four of us in our party all vowed to come back, often and soon! We were there for Sunday brunch and it was wonderful -- started the meal with a flavorful Bloody Mary. We had a variety of dishes in our group: omelet of the day, French toast (but not your Mama's French toast by any means!), goetta Eggs Benedict and, traditional scrambled eggs with the best bacon you can imagine -- thick sliced, peppered seasoning. Delicious! We had to get 2 extra orders of bacon for the table! In the heart of the up-and-coming Over-the-Rhine section of Cincinnati -- don't miss it!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Suzanne B
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109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Food for the soul”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

This was our second visit to Lavomatic. Both times we have been impressed with the quality of the food, speedy and attentive service. On this trip I had the roasted pork loin and it melted in my mouth. The Truffled Tater Tots are comfort food on the highest order.

This is a busy, popular restaurant, so on a weekend call ahead for a reservation to or get on the wait list. And this is not a place for a romantic date, when is crowded it is noisy, but that is the sign of folks have a great time.

There are a lot of choice in the Over-the-Rhine area, but for us, Lavomatic stands out.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Robbwayfan
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Centerville, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Unbelievable”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Visited Lavomatic with a group of 8 at 6:00 yesterday (Saturday) evening. We just beat the dinner rush, which was great. The drink menu was fabulous - great selection of both wine and beer. We ordered a few appetizers, including the arugula salad (good - but could've used more dressing in my opinion) and the lamb goetta / octopus plate. Everyone at the table loved the lamb goetta, and the only guy at the table who likes (correction: loves) octopus said that was good, too. :) Several at our table ordered the burger, and all were satisfied. I tried/loved the curry dipping sauce for the delicious fries. My husband had the meat loaf with the amazing balls of goodness (tater tots is what they were called in the menu, but the are no Ore-Idas). We ordered some extra tots for the rest of the table they were so good. Two of us got the pork tenderloin, which was also very good (my friend doesn't even like beets, but liked the ones on this plate, and we both loved the pierogis). We ordered two of the desserts, as well. Two of the guys ordered the banana pudding, and one of us this dessert with pretzels on top (can't remember what it was called). The pretzel dessert in a cup was the most fabulous thing I've ever put in my mouth. We ordered two more for the table - everyone raved. The actual banana pudding was good, but something unfortunate happened with the shortbread it was sitting on - it was hard as a rock. We were laughing about it, and we're not in the least upset - but did give the server a funny showcase of not being able to saw into it with a steak knife.

I have to say that the service was wonderful and attentive throughout the dinner. However, what happened after the banana pudding incident was just the most caring and proactive display of customer service I've ever witnessed in my life. The server offered to replace the desserts for the two who ordered it, and did not charge the table for any of the dessert. The manager came and comped the entire meals of the ones who ordered the banana pudding. The dessert chef sent us a delicious sweet wine to apologize. We got coupons to return, and emphatically apologized to for the error.

The service here was stellar, almost beyond belief. The food is fabulous. The restaurant setting is very unique and fun. We will be back!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank skeptikrissy
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