Dilly Café

Dilly CaféDilly Café
Dilly CaféDilly Café
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

6816 Wooster Pike
Mariemont, Ohio, 45227-4324
United States

(513) 561-5233 | map
dillycafe.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.47
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
57
pDev:
7.83%
View: Place Reviews
Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 57 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by nlmartin:
Photo of nlmartin
nlmartin from Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Just Wow!

You enter the place through a nice selection of wine. Then you enter into the restaraunt/ bar. The beer is off to the side on racks. The staff was helpful and made suggestions based off what I was buying. There may be 300 or so different beers in stock. I have seen bigger. I dont think I have ever seen this much concentrated top tier items. Sure there was Bud in the fridge; however, the fridge also had many great lakes products. The shelves had weyerbacher, great lakes, dogfish head, cantillion several types, avery, founders devil dancer, 3F's Darklord I bought both. Just too much good stuff to mention. Just Wow!

Dec 10, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of slasich
slasich from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

May 19, 2020
Photo of MaximumYuks
MaximumYuks from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jan 09, 2020
Photo of Jpwooten1
Jpwooten1

5/5  rDev +11.9%

Aug 09, 2014
Photo of midlifec
midlifec from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Jun 09, 2014
Photo of beerslushy
beerslushy from Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.5%

Mar 12, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
williamjbauer from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Oct 30, 2013
Photo of mattfuria
mattfuria from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Oct 22, 2013
Photo of JasonFisher
JasonFisher from Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love the food at Dilly, whether with the family for dinner on a weekend or with the guys from work during the week, but it's Peanut and the beer that I go back for every chance I get. Great selection on the shelves, including lots of local variety and great selections from across the country and Europe. Then there are the 15 taps, including a rotating cask tap. The taps include a number of excellent regulars, like Dortmunder Gold and Chimay and a variety in between, as well as ever-new favorites on the rotating taps every time I'm in. The reviews on the tap beer list are personally written by Peanut, and they are thoughtful and descriptive and specific to the place: nothing recycled here, just great beers with truly thoughtful selection and color.

The Stone 12.12.12 is currently on tap, and excellent, as is a beautiful triple bock that hits every note just right.

Dec 14, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
BuckeyeSlim from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place could well have the most impressive bottle selection of beers in the state of Ohio. Here, it's about offering hard-to-find, high-quality releases rather than trying to be all things to all people and selling what every other vendor investing in the craft scene has. I've been in the store twice now on road trips to Cincy, and it's become a must-visit destination when anytime near. Recent purchases include the Two Brothers Old 1713 Scotch Ale as well as the Dogfish Head Bitches Brew. Neither my wallet nor my liver can afford to taste everything my eyes desire on these shelves.

In addition, the bar offers ~10 taps of exquisite, rotating selections you're not likely to find anywhere else on draft. Especially appreciated is one tap that's a constant: Tripel Karmeliet. That's one delicious beer. The Chimay White during my last visit was almost pedestrian in comparison to some of the others offered. For instance, the Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat was available in late summer.

Dilly's also serves up some really good meals that pair well with the taps (and wine, which is really what's featured, and the corkage fee is only $5 if you buy from their store). Try the meatloaf and green beans. Or pretty much anything that catches your eye. This is a foodie's delight. It's about quality, substance, and value here rather than being hip and trendy.

If you haven't been to Dilly's yet, you owe it to yourself to spend an evening enjoying their menu, their taps, and their shelves. You'll be glad you did.

Oct 10, 2012
Photo of tARsh
tARsh

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Whether you come for the music the outdoor dining the food or most importantly the beer; you will leave sated.
Amazing bottle selection.
Whilst they only boast 10 on draft the Bartender; affectionately known as Peanut will happily talk shop with you all evening long.(over his handle-bar mustasche)
However dont expect your standard beer conversation! Pleasant surprise he has a great palate and decades of beer loving experience to go with that epic stache.
He keeps their taps revolving with an excellent lineup and is quick to recognize a kindred passion.

This guy ages KY Bourbon Barrel stout and Hopslam then proceeds to mix them annually for the Derby.... Talk about fun levels of inebriation!
One more bit of entertainment; when they had soutern tier creme brulee on tap he suggested mixing it with vanilla bean ice cream. I dutifully filled a growler and walked over to graeters and snagged a pint. I got home and got fat drunk and loved every beery bite!

Food overall is excellent but watch out for the bread; at times it requires a wee bit of effort to consume.

May 31, 2012
Photo of hyprlt
hyprlt from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Dilly Deli(Cafe) is a fantastic spot to grab a delicious bite to eat and enjoy a magnificent draft or to order ahead and play carryout with both food and drink. Dilly Deli has a small and vibrant menu including their sandwich with turkey, cranberry cream cheese, and brie (Deli Gobbler) and other excellent fare. The only downside to this gem, is the fact that the only beer that is kept in refrigeration is BUDMILLERCOORS. It seems very backwards and the fact that some of the expensive beer sticks around longer and should be kept under some refrigeration. Either way the selection is amazing and Peanut, the Beer Curator, is a wonderful aficionado.

Aug 29, 2011
Photo of eyeenjoybeer
eyeenjoybeer from Seychelles

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Dilly Deli is a nice blend of a restaurant/bar/beer and wine shop. The lighting is low and the atmosphere is pretty chill. I enjoy the selection of draft beers and the regularity with which they rotate their taps. They also have fun cask ales to try. Their bottle selection, while small, is full of fun foreign and domestic craft beers. You can find fun seasonal and limited release beers hiding here on occasion. One of my favorite things is to buy a pint and walk around the store and check out what is in stock. The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. I always try to visit when I am in Cincy.

Jul 05, 2011
Photo of phiberoptik
phiberoptik from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My favorite place to go out for a beer. Disclaimer: the last time I was in a bar to drink was almost 4 years ago. Dilly Deli is not a bar! Dilly Deli is a destination for some really good and many times rare beers on tap that you cant find in bottles locally. They even have a cask or two. Barrel aged goodies, cask conditioned ales, Belgium trippels and more all on tap. They offer free tastes too!

We have not eaten there although we have heard the food is great. We use Dilly as a place to stop and get a drink before going downtown or out somewhere.

The wine shop up front is nice too but I cannot comment on their retail beer selection. I usually get my retail beer elsewhere.

Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Beejay
Beejay from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What's not to like, beer tastings and tapping events. A full wine store, and a killer menu. The food has always been good, and the customer service is usually top notch. Their beer selection is pretty good, not the best in the area, but it seems like they always have a few selections some of the bigger stores overlooked. They always have something interesting on tap. Sometimes their prices are a touch high depending on what you order, but it is usually worth it.

Highly recommend it if you are in the area.

Feb 09, 2011
Photo of mistakebythelake
mistakebythelake from Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This has been one of my main go to places in the Cincy area. I have been going t the Deli for about 7+ years since my wife worked their back when we were in college. Chuck and Peanut do a great job of bringing in every great domestic craft and imports available in this market. I also enjoy the 12+ taps of great beers including a cask handle that rotates between some great conditioned brews.

I have also been to some outstanding beer tasting events at the Deli and most recently at a Founders Brewing event, tried for the first time Canadian Breakfast Stout!

Food is excellent here as well as Chef Eric does some great stuff. You can also open up a beer or wine bottle from their retail store and have it with your dinner.

Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Jro0714
Jro0714 from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Um have you seen their beer specialist. I aspire to be him. On top of having 18 beers on tap and over 1000(!!!) beers in bottles, this place has killer food and a wicked huge T.V. to watch games on; oh and not to mention a wine selection of over 1000 bottles. The staff is amazingly helpful and informative on any question no matter how big or small. Definitely help you out and steer you in right direction based on taste and preferences. Literally one of the best places to try and be informed on new and unique craft beer options in Cincinnati.

Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Brew33
Brew33 from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

**Reviewed as a beer store**

It's tough to review this place! As a beer bar, it's a pretty good one. A dozen or so craft beers on tap, excellent tastings and events and a rotating cask. Although the bar itself is certainly odd.

As a beer store, it's not very good. They have a corner next to the bar crammed with craft beer. Tiny area, very cramped. I was certainly expecting a better selection. They carry nothing but craft beer but it's basically all year round selections from prominent brewery's. To be honest most local Bigg's stores have a similar selection. Very few rare beers or limited release stuff. The did have a 3F Kriek but it was crazy expensive. The pricing was odd too. Some of the prices were actually quite good. But I would say the pricing on the few limited release and seasonal beers they had was much higher than I'm used to seeing. The one item of concern was the cleanliness of the refrigerated glass cases. Yikes!

The service was good. Peanut was a nice guy and was helpful while I was browsing. If I lived closer, I might stop by this store more often. But for me it's not worth the trip. There are at least 3-4 bottle shops closer to me with a selection as good or better. But Dilly's is located in a really neat part of town in a very picturesque shopping center.

Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Kelly88
Kelly88 from Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

So I heard about This place from a Co worker and heard it was the place to find premium beer in the Cincinnati area. I was skeptical because we have party source rift across the river in Kentucky, but I was wrong.

Dilly deli is a cafe/beer store located in the picturesque town of marimont, Oh. The atmosphere is definately upscale and I have gotten many a wayward glance walking in right after working 8 hrs in a warehouse. The staff is not uppity but the regulars are.

The selection and quality are top tier. When I was there last this is What they had on tap:
Great lakes lake Erie monster
Ithaca apricot wheat
La chouffe
Stone ipa
Unibroue terrible
Old speckeled hen
Avery maharaja
Great lakes dormunder gold
MT carmel summer wheat
Southern tier creme brulee
New Holland dragons milk

On cask: bells two hearted (awesome)

The prices are very reasonable, average about 5.75 a pint and 4.95 foam a 10 oz snifter of the higher abv beer.

The beer store is great also, this is the only store with alesmith I've seen in the tri state area.
All of the regular offerings plus the bruery beers are here as well

A great place but be prepared for yuppy overload

Jul 18, 2010
Photo of chaz01
chaz01 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I drove down here from Dayton (50 minute drive) on the recommendation from a friend and immediately have been back down on 2 other occasions. They have everything I look for in a beer establishment. They have approximately 12 or so taps, including a cask-conditioned ale, and every one seems to be something unique and exceptional. The frustrating part of this place is trying to decide what beer you aren't going to be able to have that day. The food selection was so impressive I turned what was going to be a quick lunch into a 3 course beer and food pairing event. The food quality was every bit as good as it sounded on the menu (if not better). As an added bonus, they have a great bottled beer selection for take out. I also should add the wine selection was every bit as impressive as the beer selection. Definitely will be on my list of places to stop every time I'm in the Cincinnati area.

Mar 27, 2010
Photo of coachdonovan
coachdonovan from Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

If it is possible for someone in Rhode Island to have a favorite spot in suburban Cincinnati, this is mine. Very laid back atmosphere, try to sit outside if you can get a spot on a nice day. A robust selection of sandwiches and salads is accompanied by pastas and entrées where the only thing above $20 is the filet mignon. If you go, you absolutely have to get the beer cheese appetizer.

But of course the beer is the highlight. A recent visit featured Duchesse De Bourgogne and Maharaja on tap. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. There is a rotating cask. The bottle selection is pretty strong and includes both cold and room-temp. It seems they have a great wine department also but I didn't spend much time browsing. Peanut (handlebar mustache) is the main beer guy if you have any questions.

Jul 20, 2009
Photo of JoshuaJ
JoshuaJ from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Let me first specify that I'm review this place as a beer store and not a beer bar or pub or anything like that. I haven't had the chance to have a meal or sit down and have what they've got on tap yet, so that will be for another review.

As a beer store, this is a good one. As you walk over to the beer corner, you might think at first glance that there's not much to choose from there. There is. They've just maximized their space potential like you've never seen. It's actually a marvel of engineering, this beer corner. Everything is literally stacked on top of one another like sardines, but it's all done neatly so and with organization. It's not hard to find what you're looking for.

The selection itself is good. There are beers here (Ivanhoe, Anchor Steam, Baird Brewing, etc) that I haven't been able to find elsewhere. Also, they carry all of local brewery Mt. Carmel's beers (I saw that a couple were on tap, too), which is awesome. The selection doesn't seem to be as extensive as Jungle Jim's or The Party Source, but at the same time, I can't put my finger on what Dilly Deli doesn't carry that the others do. I've never not found what I was looking for here.

The real gem here is the service. If you have a question, ask Peanut. He's the guy with the shaved head, glorious silver beard, complete with the best handlebar mustache the style has to offer. You can't miss him. I have no doubt in my mind that this man has tried every single beer stocked on the shelves. He'll let you know what's what. It's like having a BA search engine in human form.

The pricing sort of varies. Most of the time you'll find something that's more expensive than you can find elsewhere. Other times, you'll feel like you're stealing. Granted, those times are few and far between, but they do occur. A tip: if you're looking for trappist beer, go here. It's cheaper than anywhere else.

Jun 07, 2009
Photo of stonequarrywest
stonequarrywest from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Took a detour on the way to Bday party yesterday for Lunch...Worth the trip.

Thought the place would have been bigger as much as I had heard about it. Only about 15 minutes from downtown Cincinnati.

Great selection of beers and wines. Walked out with SN Topedeo, Jolly pumpkin and some jw lees. Crab cake sandwich for lunch alongside the NH Exissential Hopwine... Waitress definitely knew her beer and was extremely friendly. I think she wanted to plop down and have a sip of my DFH Palo Santo

Definitely would stop if in Cincy again

May 04, 2009
Photo of youngblood
youngblood from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Made a special detour to come out to Dilly Deli and get some brews. The whole area around Dilly Deli seems awesome. Walked inside and the place was packed. I wasn't looking to eat, but was looking for some Troeggs Brothers beers. The hostess was friendly and asked me how many was in my party, I said I was just looking for the beer store. She pointed me to the very back of the store. I walked past tables full of steaming food that looked amazing. I need to go and eat sometime. The beer selection was very nice. Lots of high end micros, saw lots of Troeggs, Great Lakes, and Dark Horse, with a nice mixture of Germans and Belgians. I grabbed the Nugget Nectar and Hopback and started to make my way out. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the wine section. Looked very substantial, deserves a going through at some point. This was a great stop and I will make a special trip out there again soon.

Apr 06, 2009
Photo of bamadog
bamadog from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been here twice now and feel that overall it is a pretty great place to go on special occasions. It's definitely a little upscale for me, so I likely wouldn't frequent it, but I definitely can't hold that aspect against it because I feel that the people who work there as well as the other customers are very welcoming.

Atmostphere: Small and perhaps a little upscale, but it's nice and quiet and easy to have a good conversation there, even when it's busy. This description may seem a little discerning, but it's still down-to-earth enough to watch Monday Night Football as well. Definitely caters to a wide variety of people, but again, I would say the upscale crowd is probably the type to frequent it.

Quality: Outstanding. My experiences there have been very positive and their selection, while somewhat small, seems to rotate frequently enough to keep people interested as well as cater to a very diverse taste. They have had very high quality and highly regarded beers on tap when I've been there, and they also sell bottles/six-packs/bombers as well from a small, but especially decent selection.

Service: The staff seems knowledgeable of what's being served and quick about getting it there. No concerns here.

Selection: As just mentioned, it's a little small, but overall, they seem to rotate it because in the two times I have been there, there was nothing on tap that was the same. Also, they have the shop that sells the small but very solid variety of bottles/bombers/etc.

Food: I don't have very discerning tastes or a great palate when it comes to food because I've got a fairly limited diet, so my personal taste is weighing in here. Everything looks and smells amazing though, but really I've only had the fish and chips, but it was good enough.

Value: It's a bit pricey, but overall you're paying for really good beer and a really nice cozy atmosphere that is definitely not a standard watering hole. Overall, as mentioned, definitely worth going to on occasion, but it'd be a little difficult to frequent.

Mar 26, 2009
Dilly Café in Mariemont, OH
Place rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 57 ratings