One of the newest restaurants in Over-the-Rhine offers more to customers than food; it also offers a view—a street view. 

The Mercer, which seats 70 people in its dining room and 50 around its bar, is a restaurant where customers can look out the windows to see the “vibrant, urban neighborhood,” while those that pass by can watch The Mercer’s kitchen staff cook up a storm. 

“I really like it being open,” says Jon Zipperstein, owner of The Mercer. “I wanted it to feel spacious.” 

With a bar and dining room, The Mercer has an open layout with refined décor, which is great for 20-somethings on up. 

“It’s a place where [customers] can dress up and be more serious,” he says. 

Whether it’s a casual drink at the bar or a romantic dinner for two, Zipperstein says that The Mercer offers a level of sophistication where “comfort is a key ingredient.” 

Its food also stands out, combining classic Italian, European flair and a contemporary look. 

“Our chef [Dan Stoltz] is very well versed in Italian food,” says Zipperstein. “The city could use more Italian cuisine but we didn’t want to be limited.”

Though the restaurant has only been open since November 2014, some menu items have changed based largely on season and availability. 

Some of the huge hits on the restaurant menu are the scallops with parsnip purée, shiitakes and brown butter and the beef tenderloin. Zipperstein also recommends that customers try one of their pastas. 

As the summer rolls into town, Zipperstein says they are going to open the collapsible doors to offer some outdoor dining. 

“We’ve been very fortunate from the beginning and have had strong business,” says Zipperstein. 

The Mercer does take reservations and offers valet parking, too. 

“We are looking forward to introducing ourselves to more people,” he says. 

Zipperstein also owns KaZe and Embers. 

Hours: Closed Mondays. Bar opens at 4 p.m. and dining room opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday- Sunday. 1324 Vine St., OTR. 513-421-5111,