Mount St. Joseph University

Restaurant Review: Revolution Rotisserie & Bar

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Located in both Over-the-Rhine and Pleasant Ridge, Revolution Rotisserie & Bar offers patrons rotisserie-style chicken in a variety of dishes, as well as a selection of beverages to wash it all down. I recently ventured to their OTR location, with my boyfriend in tow, for a pleasant Sunday evening dinner. We parked on Elm Street, near Music Hall, and walked the short distance to Revolution Rotisserie, which was about a half a mile away on Race Street. It was nice out, so we enjoyed the pleasant weather and chance to stretch our legs.

When we arrived at the restaurant, we were promptly seated. The space in their OTR location is rather small—featuring a bar and about a dozen tables—but fortunately, they take reservations, so if you’re visiting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, a phone call ahead of time might be advised. Inside, the atmosphere is very trendy and hipster-like, with plenty of exposed wood and waiters who wear suspenders. It was an enjoyable space, and out front were a few tables in anticipation of warmer days where patrons can enjoy the fresh air.

Once we were seated, we ordered our drinks, followed by our entrees. For me, I chose the Marie Curie with a side of tater tots, and my boyfriend chose the Potato Bowl. Many of their menu options are named after famous people, like Benjamin Franklin and Rosa Parks. My dish—the Marie Curie—was a chicken pita (aka a “chita”) with barbeque sauce, smoked Gouda, bacon, fresh pineapple, onion, and cilantro. My boyfriend’s, the Potato Bowl, contained mashed potatoes, chicken, pepper jack, bacon, scallions, and gravy.

Perhaps because it was a quiet Sunday evening, our food arrived less than 15 minutes after we ordered, and it was all delicious. I was a little wary about having fresh pineapple with barbeque chicken and bacon, but it all worked together so well, and of course, the tater tots were perfect.

Though we chose not to sample the bar menu, Revolution Rotisserie offers a variety of draft beers, wines, seasonal cocktails, and other alcoholic beverages. They also feature daily specials, and their Happy Hour includes drinks and bottomless tater tots!

The sizes and prices of the food were reasonable, too. When we left, our stomachs were full and wallets not terribly lighter. We both enjoyed our meals, and the service was prompt and courteous. I would highly recommend a visit to Revolution Rotisserie. But, if you don’t feel like eating out, Revolution offers a to-go option, as well as a Family Meal option with a whole rotisserie chicken and three large sides.

Learn more about this fantastic little gem by visiting their website, or visiting in-person at either of their locations.