October 05, 2021

20 Best Steakhouses in Cincinnati According to Yelp

The Queen City may have many steakhouses, and you may have your favorites, but these are the top 20, according to Yelp.  From the plethora of Jeff Ruby joints to some places you may not even consider "steakhouses," the city has much to offer in the way of divine bovine. And if you disagree, take it up with the Yelper's, not us.

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20. Carlo & Johnny
9769 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
”Seriously our favorite place for special occasions and awesome steaks. Jeff Ruby has set the bar so high, we can't go to other steakhouses without comparing the food and service. My husband took me to Carlo & Johnny for my birthday dinner. We split the Freddy salad and the crab cake for an appetizer. I had the awesome Steak Burrow. They even threw in a birthday treat, the butter pie is so good it's criminal. Another awesome meal with them! Never a bad time.” — Mara C.
Photo: Facebook.com/JeffRubysCarloAndJohnny

20. Carlo & Johnny

9769 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
”Seriously our favorite place for special occasions and awesome steaks. Jeff Ruby has set the bar so high, we can't go to other steakhouses without comparing the food and service. My husband took me to Carlo & Johnny for my birthday dinner. We split the Freddy salad and the crab cake for an appetizer. I had the awesome Steak Burrow. They even threw in a birthday treat, the butter pie is so good it's criminal. Another awesome meal with them! Never a bad time.” — Mara C.
Photo: Facebook.com/JeffRubysCarloAndJohnny
19. Metropole
609 Walnut St., Downtown
”Fantastic food- fantastic service. My mom has some dietary restrictions and not only did they change up a plate for her, but they charged her appropriately for what she got instead of charging her entree price. Interior is great for special occasion or just passing through. There menu changes so don't expect to get the same thing twice! You must capitalize when you see it." — Kathryn M.
Photo: Provided by Metropole

19. Metropole

609 Walnut St., Downtown
”Fantastic food- fantastic service. My mom has some dietary restrictions and not only did they change up a plate for her, but they charged her appropriately for what she got instead of charging her entree price. Interior is great for special occasion or just passing through. There menu changes so don't expect to get the same thing twice! You must capitalize when you see it." — Kathryn M.
Photo: Provided by Metropole
18. McCormick & Schmick’s
21 E. Fifth St., Downtown
”Stopped by for a weekday lunch and enjoyed a lump crab sandwich and a glass of wine. Very tasty and reasonably priced! Was hesitant from other reviews, but I'm glad I picked this place as the area doesn't offer too many options outside of pub food.” — Niki T.  
Photo: Facebook.com/mccormickandschmicks

18. McCormick & Schmick’s

21 E. Fifth St., Downtown
”Stopped by for a weekday lunch and enjoyed a lump crab sandwich and a glass of wine. Very tasty and reasonably priced! Was hesitant from other reviews, but I'm glad I picked this place as the area doesn't offer too many options outside of pub food.” — Niki T.
Photo: Facebook.com/mccormickandschmicks
17. Morton’s The Steakhouse
441 Vine St., Downtown
”We drove down here from Indiana just to dine at this restaurant because it's my husband's favorite steakhouse I wanted to treat him right since it was our 1st actual father's day together every thing was just what I expected it to be I do think they down sized on the lobster mac and cheese but left the price the same which was $26 .” — Mrs Jackson M.  
Photo: Provided by Morton's The Steakhouse

17. Morton’s The Steakhouse

441 Vine St., Downtown
”We drove down here from Indiana just to dine at this restaurant because it's my husband's favorite steakhouse I wanted to treat him right since it was our 1st actual father's day together every thing was just what I expected it to be I do think they down sized on the lobster mac and cheese but left the price the same which was $26 .” — Mrs Jackson M.
Photo: Provided by Morton's The Steakhouse
16. Montgomery Inn Boathouse
925 Riverside Drive, Downtown
”This restaurant is a staple in Cincinnati. Overlooking the river, even at night time, the view is pretty. All of the things we order came really fast, and the waitress was Very good at spacing out our drinks, appetizer, and maincourse. The meat was cooked fantastically, will always return to Montgomery Inn for special events!” — Kali K.  
Photo: Facebook.com/MontgomeryInnBoathouse

16. Montgomery Inn Boathouse

925 Riverside Drive, Downtown
”This restaurant is a staple in Cincinnati. Overlooking the river, even at night time, the view is pretty. All of the things we order came really fast, and the waitress was Very good at spacing out our drinks, appetizer, and maincourse. The meat was cooked fantastically, will always return to Montgomery Inn for special events!” — Kali K.
Photo: Facebook.com/MontgomeryInnBoathouse
15. Embers
8170 Montgomery Road, Kenwood
”Food was excellent the service was even better!! The awesome service made the experience phenomenal. The Oreo stuffed doughnuts were a nice finishing touch for dessert as well. Basically a fried Oreo on steroids. Amazing.” — Dioncia B. 
Photo: Provided by Embers

15. Embers

8170 Montgomery Road, Kenwood
”Food was excellent the service was even better!! The awesome service made the experience phenomenal. The Oreo stuffed doughnuts were a nice finishing touch for dessert as well. Basically a fried Oreo on steroids. Amazing.” — Dioncia B.
Photo: Provided by Embers
14. Salazar
1410 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
”Salazar is one of Cincinnati's best restaurants. It is our go to when we have something special to celebrate (birthday, anniversary etc). We go for both dinner and brunch. Everything is amazing. This is also the first place we recommend if family is in town and they want fancier meal. What we love most about Salazar is its bold, unique dishes. Their flavor combinations are phenomenal and won't leave you disappointed.” — Stephanie N.  
Photo: Facebook.com/SalazarCincinnati

14. Salazar

1410 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
”Salazar is one of Cincinnati's best restaurants. It is our go to when we have something special to celebrate (birthday, anniversary etc). We go for both dinner and brunch. Everything is amazing. This is also the first place we recommend if family is in town and they want fancier meal. What we love most about Salazar is its bold, unique dishes. Their flavor combinations are phenomenal and won't leave you disappointed.” — Stephanie N.
Photo: Facebook.com/SalazarCincinnati
13. Prime Cincinnati
580 Walnut St., Downtown
”Had the best date night here! So many great things to mention - our waitress, Abby, was fantastic. So sweet and prompt! The waiter helping to bus was really kind too, I didn't catch his name though. We started with the crab cake and it was soooo good. I got an 8oz filet with mushrooms and onions, and my husband got the NY strip! Steaks were cooked perfectly and were So. Damn. Good! We split the bacon bourbon Brussels and the Parmesan risotto. The risotto is pretty rich, so keep that in mind. Heated up great for leftovers though! There was great live music and we had a wonderful little date night. Felt safe and masks were worn by all the staff the entire time (and none underneath the nose lol). Thank you Prime!” — Amber C.
Photo: Provided by Prime Cincinnati

13. Prime Cincinnati

580 Walnut St., Downtown
”Had the best date night here! So many great things to mention - our waitress, Abby, was fantastic. So sweet and prompt! The waiter helping to bus was really kind too, I didn't catch his name though. We started with the crab cake and it was soooo good. I got an 8oz filet with mushrooms and onions, and my husband got the NY strip! Steaks were cooked perfectly and were So. Damn. Good! We split the bacon bourbon Brussels and the Parmesan risotto. The risotto is pretty rich, so keep that in mind. Heated up great for leftovers though! There was great live music and we had a wonderful little date night. Felt safe and masks were worn by all the staff the entire time (and none underneath the nose lol). Thank you Prime!” — Amber C.
Photo: Provided by Prime Cincinnati
12. Ruth's Chris
100 E. Freedom Way, Suite 160, The Banks
”This was our first visit. We were celebrating our son's college graduation. I had the filet, Oscar style. My son had a filet with a "side" of lobster Mac and cheese that was large enough to share. Everything was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection!” — Rae T. 
Photo: Facebook.com/RuthsChrisSteakHouseCincinnati

12. Ruth's Chris

100 E. Freedom Way, Suite 160, The Banks
”This was our first visit. We were celebrating our son's college graduation. I had the filet, Oscar style. My son had a filet with a "side" of lobster Mac and cheese that was large enough to share. Everything was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection!” — Rae T.
Photo: Facebook.com/RuthsChrisSteakHouseCincinnati
11. Trotta’s Steak & Seafood
411 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky
”My husband and I ate here Saturday. What a very special great place. The food was great. The owner came over and the chef, greeted us, thanked us. The pianist and singer sang a tune for our anniversary.” — Patti B.
Photo via Facebook.com/Trottassteakandseafood

11. Trotta’s Steak & Seafood

411 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky
”My husband and I ate here Saturday. What a very special great place. The food was great. The owner came over and the chef, greeted us, thanked us. The pianist and singer sang a tune for our anniversary.” — Patti B.
Photo via Facebook.com/Trottassteakandseafood