Best Of 2023

If you're looking for a classy but affordable place to take a date, Nicola's in Over-the-Rhine has you covered. Every Monday is Bolognese night, which consists of a large portion of pasta — one serving is plenty for two people — as well as your choice of two house salads, and all for only $17. Opened in 1996, Nicola's is a well-established purveyor of authentic and unfussy Italian cuisine. With a wide selection of wines, a knowledgeable and sharply dressed staff, and a beautiful dimly lit and rustic brick interior, Nicola's provides the perfect atmosphere for anyone celebrating an anniversary or just a romantic evening in the city. nicolasotr.com.

Eats

Eats
Here are the 2023 Best Of Cincinnati® Reader and Staff Pick winners for Eats.

  1. Ichiban Japanese Restaurant

  2. Cloud 9 Sushi

  3. Kanji OTR

  4. E+O Kitchen

  5. Wabi Sabi

  6. Izen’s Drunken Bento

  7. Wild Ginger

  8. Teak OTR

  9. Green Papaya

  10. Kyoto Japanese Cuisine


  1. Mazunte

  2. Agave & Rye

  3. Condado Tacos

  4. Tortilleria Garcia

  5. Bakersfield

  6. OLLA Taqueria Gutierrez

  7. Texas Joe Tex-Mex

  8. Gomez Salsa

  9. La Mexicana Restaurant

  10. Frida 602


  1. Dewey's Pizza

  2. Eli's BBQ

  3. City Barbeque

  4. Gomez Salsa

  5. Mazunte

  6. Pig Candy BBQ

  7. Lucius Q

  8. Currito

  9. Good Plates Eatery

  10. Revolution Rotisserie


  1. Churchill's Fine Teas

  2. Jungle Jim's International Market

  3. Mom 'n 'em Coffee & Wine


  1. Teak OTR

  2. Thai Express

  3. Green Papaya

  4. Wild Ginger

  5. Thai Taste

  6. Bangkok Bistro

  7. Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine

  8. Thai Namtip

  9. Mai Thai Restaurant TIE

  10. Siam Orchid TIE

  11. Asiana Thai & Sushi


  1. Aladdin’s Eatery

  2. Melt Revival

  3. Loving Hut

  4. Rooted Juicery + Kitchen

  5. Harmony Plant Fare

  6. W Bar + Bistro

  7. Tuba Baking Co.

  8. Condado Tacos

  9. Café Alma

  10. Good Plates Eatery


  1. Tickle Pickle

  2. Krueger's Tavern

  3. Nine Giant

  4. Nation Kitchen & Bar

  5. Arthur's

  6. Dead Low Brewing

  7. Goose & Elder

  8. Taste of Belgium

  9. W Bar + Bistro

  10. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar


  1. Pho Lang Thang

  2. Wild Ginger

  3. DOPE! Asian Street Fare

  4. Saigon Noodle Bar

  5. Pho Kimmy

  6. Saigon Subs and Rolls

  7. Pho96

  8. Pho Viet

  9. iPho Vietnamese Cuisine

  10. Pholicious


  1. Incline Public House

  2. Primavista

  3. Montgomery Inn Boathouse

  4. Moerlein Lager House

  5. City View Tavern

  6. The Chart House

  7. The View at Shires' Garden

  8. Eighteen at the Radisson

  9. Le Bar a Boeuf

  10. Via Vite