20 Breezy Greater Cincinnati Riverfront Patios to Cool Off on This Summer

Summertime in the Queen City is best served with a cold drink and a riverfront view. These local bars and eateries have some prime real estate perched right along the breezy Ohio River (or other regional rivers), making them must-visit Greater Cincinnati destinations this season.
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Cabana on the River
7445 Forbes Road, Sayler Park
Located right on the water, Cabana on the River is a no frills (paper plates!) Tiki bar tucked away on some prime riverfront real estate on the West Side. The large and varied menu has plenty of options for everyone, including items like a Black & Bleu California Steak Salad, gourmet grilled cheese and Caribbean fish tacos. Cabana on the River also has a full bar and plenty of bar seating. Drink specials are mostly rum-based with an island vibe, and they have a large selection of premium, local and craft beers. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cabana on the River

7445 Forbes Road, Sayler Park
Located right on the water, Cabana on the River is a no frills (paper plates!) Tiki bar tucked away on some prime riverfront real estate on the West Side. The large and varied menu has plenty of options for everyone, including items like a Black & Bleu California Steak Salad, gourmet grilled cheese and Caribbean fish tacos. Cabana on the River also has a full bar and plenty of bar seating. Drink specials are mostly rum-based with an island vibe, and they have a large selection of premium, local and craft beers.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Kreimer’s Bier Haus
6052 State Route 128, Cleves
Located in the backyard of Kreimer’s Bier Haus, this Bavarian biergarten on the Great Miami River has three decks, fire pits and a ton of Black Forest-inspired wood features, from picnic seating to a whimsical cuckoo-clock-looking German grill house, which serves snacks like sauerkraut balls, pretzel bread, bier cheese and plenty of juicy metts. 
Photo: Facebook.com/KreimersBierhaus

Kreimer’s Bier Haus

6052 State Route 128, Cleves
Located in the backyard of Kreimer’s Bier Haus, this Bavarian biergarten on the Great Miami River has three decks, fire pits and a ton of Black Forest-inspired wood features, from picnic seating to a whimsical cuckoo-clock-looking German grill house, which serves snacks like sauerkraut balls, pretzel bread, bier cheese and plenty of juicy metts.
Photo: Facebook.com/KreimersBierhaus
Cancun Mexican Bar & Grill Riverfront
401 Riverboat Row, Newport
This Mexican restaurant is located on the Ohio River, serving authentic Mexican food and some stunning views. Dine inside this colorful restaurant, or outside on their patio. Pair a margarita with your choice of fajitas, tostadas, enchiladas, chalupas, tacos or go a little wild and order the Fajita Tropicana — half of a pineapple stuffed with chicken, shrimp, steak, chorizo, veggies, pineapple and queso.
Photo: Facebook.com/CancunRiverFront

Cancun Mexican Bar & Grill Riverfront

401 Riverboat Row, Newport
This Mexican restaurant is located on the Ohio River, serving authentic Mexican food and some stunning views. Dine inside this colorful restaurant, or outside on their patio. Pair a margarita with your choice of fajitas, tostadas, enchiladas, chalupas, tacos or go a little wild and order the Fajita Tropicana — half of a pineapple stuffed with chicken, shrimp, steak, chorizo, veggies, pineapple and queso.
Photo: Facebook.com/CancunRiverFront
Little Miami Brewing Co.
208 Mill St., Milford
Founded by brothers-in-law Dan Lynch and Joe Brenner, Milford’s Little Miami Brewing Company sits on the banks of its namesake river, pouring craft brews and offering a selection of brick-oven pizzas. The small-batch brewery offers up to 16 different brews on tap, from classics to experimentals and seasonals made with real fruit, like their Cherry Creak Wheat made with real cherry. Pterodactyl is worth a sip based on its name alone — it’s a classic Bavarian wheat beer infused with hints of banana and clove. 
Photo: Facebook.com/littlemiamibrewing

Little Miami Brewing Co.

208 Mill St., Milford
Founded by brothers-in-law Dan Lynch and Joe Brenner, Milford’s Little Miami Brewing Company sits on the banks of its namesake river, pouring craft brews and offering a selection of brick-oven pizzas. The small-batch brewery offers up to 16 different brews on tap, from classics to experimentals and seasonals made with real fruit, like their Cherry Creak Wheat made with real cherry. Pterodactyl is worth a sip based on its name alone — it’s a classic Bavarian wheat beer infused with hints of banana and clove.
Photo: Facebook.com/littlemiamibrewing
Bridgeview Box Park
1 Levee Way, Newport
Bridgeview Box Park — a cluster of small food, drink and shopping vendors conglomerated where Mitchell’s Fish Market used to sit at Newport on the Levee — has become a hot destination for great views and excellent eats. The establishments are housed next to each other in shipping-like containers (hence the name “box park”) and are interspersed among a common outdoor area. The breezy space overlooks the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline and features turf lounge areas, string lights, and outdoor games like corn hole and giant Jenga. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Bridgeview Box Park

1 Levee Way, Newport
Bridgeview Box Park — a cluster of small food, drink and shopping vendors conglomerated where Mitchell’s Fish Market used to sit at Newport on the Levee — has become a hot destination for great views and excellent eats. The establishments are housed next to each other in shipping-like containers (hence the name “box park”) and are interspersed among a common outdoor area. The breezy space overlooks the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline and features turf lounge areas, string lights, and outdoor games like corn hole and giant Jenga.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pirate’s Cove
4609 Kellogg Ave., East End
“Stay-cation” means something to the folks at Pirate’s Cove. They have the occasional pirate roaming the grounds for the kids, signature cocktails, Key West-inspired cuisine and live music. The patio overlooks the Ohio River and the Four Seasons Marina.
Photo: Facebook.com/PiratesCoveCincy

Pirate’s Cove

4609 Kellogg Ave., East End
“Stay-cation” means something to the folks at Pirate’s Cove. They have the occasional pirate roaming the grounds for the kids, signature cocktails, Key West-inspired cuisine and live music. The patio overlooks the Ohio River and the Four Seasons Marina.
Photo: Facebook.com/PiratesCoveCincy
Monkey Bar & Grille
7837 Old 3C Highway, Maineville
As a family-owned operation, this place does not allow any monkey business since its transformation from a biker bar, but they do permit a lot of fun. With a full schedule of live entertainment, food trucks and a large patio that overlooks the Little Miami River, they provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to grab a drink and listen to some music with your friends (and pup).
Photo: Patty Salas

Monkey Bar & Grille

7837 Old 3C Highway, Maineville
As a family-owned operation, this place does not allow any monkey business since its transformation from a biker bar, but they do permit a lot of fun. With a full schedule of live entertainment, food trucks and a large patio that overlooks the Little Miami River, they provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to grab a drink and listen to some music with your friends (and pup).
Photo: Patty Salas
Riverside Marina Bar & Grill
145 Mary Ingles Highway, Dayton, Kentucky
Customers can come by car or by boat to visit this Northern Kentucky floating bar and grill. They offer a little bit of everything, including wings, salads, hoagies and sandwiches, sliders, fish 'n’ chips, burgers, pizza and more. It can’t get much better sitting on their gorgeous patio overlooking the Ohio River with a cold one.
Photo: Facebook.com/RiversideMarina

Riverside Marina Bar & Grill

145 Mary Ingles Highway, Dayton, Kentucky
Customers can come by car or by boat to visit this Northern Kentucky floating bar and grill. They offer a little bit of everything, including wings, salads, hoagies and sandwiches, sliders, fish 'n’ chips, burgers, pizza and more. It can’t get much better sitting on their gorgeous patio overlooking the Ohio River with a cold one.
Photo: Facebook.com/RiversideMarina
Knotty Pine on the Bayou
6302 Licking Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky
This Cajun-style restaurant is located off of the Licking River in Kentucky, serving a seafood-lovers paradise. On the menu, you can find anything from oysters, crab, and shrimp to catfish and alligator. This family-owned and -operated restaurant is the perfect place for a little bit of Louisiana culture. 
Photo: Facebook.com/KnottyPineontheBayou

Knotty Pine on the Bayou

6302 Licking Pike, Cold Spring, Kentucky
This Cajun-style restaurant is located off of the Licking River in Kentucky, serving a seafood-lovers paradise. On the menu, you can find anything from oysters, crab, and shrimp to catfish and alligator. This family-owned and -operated restaurant is the perfect place for a little bit of Louisiana culture.
Photo: Facebook.com/KnottyPineontheBayou
Brent’s Landing
229 Mary Ingles Highway, Highland Heights
This historic river property has been around since the early 1900s and was used as a ferry landing for decades. While Brent’s Landing no longer serves that purpose, you will find that it still holds on to its rich history today even as a restaurant. Serving classics like burgers and hot dogs to ice cream and floats, at Brent’s Landing, you’re sure to enjoy your meal under a cool, shady spot overlooking the Ohio River. 
Photo: Facebook.com/brentslanding

Brent’s Landing

229 Mary Ingles Highway, Highland Heights
This historic river property has been around since the early 1900s and was used as a ferry landing for decades. While Brent’s Landing no longer serves that purpose, you will find that it still holds on to its rich history today even as a restaurant. Serving classics like burgers and hot dogs to ice cream and floats, at Brent’s Landing, you’re sure to enjoy your meal under a cool, shady spot overlooking the Ohio River.
Photo: Facebook.com/brentslanding