(Visited 02/2008): Dilly Deli is located in Mariemont, which is a suburb of Cincinnati. It is a quaint town with street and small parking lots sprinkled around. The Deli is tucked away and is difficult to spot from the road.
The interior is cramped but not necessarily in a bad way. After entering the deli is on the right, followed by a small aisle of grocery-type items. To the left of that is restaurant seating. After that you hit the bar area, with a small wine alcove to the left of it. In the rear of the store is the bottled beer for sale. The majority is on shelves, with a couple coolers.
The beer selection is limited due to space but well thought-out. The bar has draughts from Mt. Carmel, Barrel House, Bell’s (cask Expedition!), Chimay, and GLBC to name a few. The bottles are from craft brewers in the USA (Rogue, Stone, DFH, Stone, etc) and all over the world. Belgium, France, Germany, Japan and others are represented.
Service here is very good. The bartenders who served us (food and drinks, as we did not want to wait 45 min for a table) were very attentive and knew the beer. I think one of the bartenders was an owner the Saturday evening we visited.
Dilly Deli’s food is really good. My pulled pork sandwich had some of the best BBQ sauce I have ever had. One of my friends complained about his burger being overdone but he is a wuss (and got the burger free anyway) so I am not applying to my score.
Overall I have not had a better beer day in quite some time between visiting Party Source and Dilly Deli within a couple hours. This is another must-visit spot in the Cincy area.
Great location. Good bottle selection and good brews on tap. Very friendly and beer aware staff. Can get single bottles to drink at bar with your food. Not listed in Cincinnati, but may be one of top 5 local combined package and deli locations around.
A must-visit for any beer fans visiting Cincinnati, Dilly Deli features a deli counter, restaurant, and wine and bottle shop. Food is pretty good. Solid selection in a small space for the bottle shop- more space is devoted to the wine cave- but honestly the selection has deteriorated since I’ve been in here last. Most of the labels I like to buy in Ohio were represented, but the stock looked low and picked over and lots of the bottles were dusty. The tap list also seems to be less exciting than it used to be. Still a lot of good stuff but I’m wondering if it’s just gone downhill overall.
Stopped in on a Friday night around 8 pm and grabbed a street parking spot that was a little last where my GPS said the address was located. I was in front of a Starbucks. Turns out, this was right in front of Dilly. I just had to walk through a patio area. It looked like there was a dedicated parking lot available, too, but it is shared with all the other stores close by. The patio area seemed nice. There was a jazz band playing as I walked through. Inside there weren’t many seats available and I took the last one at the bar. They had four casks and at least ten taps, plus several refrigerators of bottles. The unrefrigerated beer section was probably five or so wide. Iddidn’t dig through their bottles, but it looked like a decent selection for the area. Maybe a touch above par. I ordered the Bourbon Burger and it came out before I finished my first beer. Cooked the way I ordered it, so no complaints there. It was a good burger, just a little over priced. The fries it came with were good as well. I had a couple beers and a burger and my total after tip was around $25. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. One bartender seemed to know more than the other, but that’s just how it goes. All in all, I had a great experience here, and would come back.
Free parking lot close. The bottle shop has a door on the main road, but was locked during my visit. You have to go to an interior courtyard area to get to restaurant door. Restaurant is new bistro with weathered wood on the wall. Bar is on the back right. The bottle shop was technically open, but had to take bottles to restaurant to check out. Service for bottle shop was good, however restaurant service was lacking. Beer selection of bar was pretty good. Bottle shop had two bottles I purchased. I had the pulled porked and it was pretty good. Pricing was reasonable. I would come back.
Great variety of beers on tap as well as a nice selection of rare beers you can’t get most places in single bottles to take home with you. The bartender knew what he was talking about and service even on a rather packed night was very good.
This is an interesting little place. 1/3 liquor store, 1/3 deli, 1/3 bar. Only 4 or 5 people sitting at the bar at 4:30 on Thursday. Looks like they had a cask and had Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot on tap from the quick glance I took at the taps. Nice little bottle selection. Biggest Alesmith selection I have seen in Ohio so far. Nice little neighborhood place.
Darn, I wish I would have hit this place first on my beer hunting expedition through cinci. That little back corner was packed with good stuff that Party Source, Jungle Jims, and Party town did not have. Great offerings from Alesmith, Founders, Dogfish Head, Fantome, Cantillon, Bells, and so on. A very classy wine bar vibe. BUT... beer is given equal respect here. Bartender was friendly and talked about beer distribution in ohio. I had a quesadilla, which was great. On tap I had a 2003 batch of Bells Third Coast Olde Ale and a Loose Cannon Hop3 on Cask. Since I was driving, I could not have any more. But I walked out with a bottle of Alesmith, Founders Breakfast Stout and Devil Dancer, and a few others. Great place. For those beer geeks that say you do not get enough respect from wine snobs, stop by here. If I ever come through here again, this will be my FIRST stop.
The selection of beers is not comprehensive by any means, but in the small space they have, they have really great beers. Not what you would expect from a "deli," including lots of imports. Bottle list and tap list were both broad enough, and they will open anything they sell on certain days (assuming I read the menu correctly). Food is better than pub grub, and the staff is knowledgable and accomodating. Definitely a place to stop if you are in the area. Not sure I’d drive the two-plus hours to go again...