I love when an atmosphere of art and food collide. That’s what you get when you dine inside a former pottery kiln at The Rookwood.
My husband and I decided to mix up date night at a restaurant that I had not been to since the night of my junior prom. Safe to say it had been a while. I don’t think I was as observant in high school as I am now. I wanted to rediscover this local gem that was built in 1892 and was one of the first manufacturing companies in the U.S. headed and founded by a woman.
Rookwood Pottery gained international respect by receiving a Gold medal in Paris. If you want to learn even more about Rookwood, I would definitely recommend taking the free Rookwood factory tour downtown.
The pottery kilns are typically reserved for larger groups but we arrived at a later time that wasn’t very busy and they were able to accomodate our special request.
If you get claustrophobic, dining inside the pottery kiln is probably not for you. There are plenty of other seating options in the restaurant. There is also a great outdoor patio. The former pottery kiln does give you a lot of privacy which is nice if you want a dining experience that is a little more intimate.
For appetizers, we ordered the dressed “HANKY PANKYS “(Glier’s goetta, béchamel, giardiniera & everything bagel chips.)
You can’t go wrong with goetta, which is a local food that combines sausage and oats.
The Rookwood was recently voted in the Top 20 for places in Cincinnati to get a burger. We decided to find out why.
My husband ordered the “Boomer Burger” (grilled mushrooms, whipped blue cheese, bacon jam & shaved red onions)
I ordered the “Barnsdale Burger”* (caramelized onions, muenster, house pickles & thyme aioli)
The burgers were very juicy and delicious. They were also a little messy to eat which is why I would not recommend them if you are on a first date. The seasoned fries were also very tasty.
For dessert we shared a slice of Mouch’s Key Lime Pie.
It was AMAZING! The sugar cookie crust was thick and the pie was the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.
The Rookwood is a great place to visit for a date night or evening out with friends.
You can find out more about their menu from their website.
The Rookwood is located at 1077 CELESTIAL ST, CINCINNATI, OH 45202