September 04, 2020

20 New Cincinnati Restaurants and Bars Opening This Fall

The Queen City is ever-changing and growing, and even after a rather challenging year, our culinary scene is still moving full-steam ahead. From local franchises emerging in new neighborhoods to fresh eateries taking the stage, there will be plenty of new options for your taste buds to explore this fall. Here's a few to be on the lookout for:
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Nomad
225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad is opening its doors this September. They will serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction will be the boozy (and virgin) milkshakes and tater tot baskets. The space is meant to bring together the adventurers in life to relax, connect and reflect on their journeys. Eventually a vintage double-decker bus will be parked in the courtyard to provide an eclectic seating option, but for now, they will utilize the space for more breezy, string-lit seating. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Nomad

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad is opening its doors this September. They will serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction will be the boozy (and virgin) milkshakes and tater tot baskets. The space is meant to bring together the adventurers in life to relax, connect and reflect on their journeys. Eventually a vintage double-decker bus will be parked in the courtyard to provide an eclectic seating option, but for now, they will utilize the space for more breezy, string-lit seating.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Zapata Cantina
801 Madison Ave., Covington
Slated to open early this September, Zapata Covington will offer a modern take on Mexican cuisine, with small plates and street-style eats like tacos. Every dish will be made in-house, including their two-toned tortillas. In addition to bites, the cantina’s beverage program will focus on tequila and mezcal, with popular bourbon-based cocktails swapped out for agave-based liquors. 
Photo: Provided by Zapata Cantina

Zapata Cantina

801 Madison Ave., Covington
Slated to open early this September, Zapata Covington will offer a modern take on Mexican cuisine, with small plates and street-style eats like tacos. Every dish will be made in-house, including their two-toned tortillas. In addition to bites, the cantina’s beverage program will focus on tequila and mezcal, with popular bourbon-based cocktails swapped out for agave-based liquors.
Photo: Provided by Zapata Cantina
Copper and Flame
1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Become your own bartender with Copper and Flame’s pour-your-own-drink concept, slated to open in Over-the-Rhine this fall. Choose from over 68 local and national craft beers, draft wine and cocktails. Complete your night by ordering from the bar’s extensive menu of elevated Central/South American and Southeast Asian street food. The bar inhabits the space formerly occupied by game bar The Rook.
Photo: Google Maps

Copper and Flame

1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Become your own bartender with Copper and Flame’s pour-your-own-drink concept, slated to open in Over-the-Rhine this fall. Choose from over 68 local and national craft beers, draft wine and cocktails. Complete your night by ordering from the bar’s extensive menu of elevated Central/South American and Southeast Asian street food. The bar inhabits the space formerly occupied by game bar The Rook.
Photo: Google Maps
Westwood Nation Kitchen & Bar
3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches like the popular Nation burger, with a 6-ounce brisket patty, smoked cheddar, whiskey barbecue sauce, onion straws and horseradish aioli on a challah bun. After slingin’ patties in Pendleton since 2015, the Best of Cincinnati award-winning eatery will open a second location in Westwood in the revitalized Junietta Avenue Firehouse in October.  
Photo via Facebook.com/NationPendleton

Westwood Nation Kitchen & Bar

3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches like the popular Nation burger, with a 6-ounce brisket patty, smoked cheddar, whiskey barbecue sauce, onion straws and horseradish aioli on a challah bun. After slingin’ patties in Pendleton since 2015, the Best of Cincinnati award-winning eatery will open a second location in Westwood in the revitalized Junietta Avenue Firehouse in October.
Photo via Facebook.com/NationPendleton
Northside Gardens and TiYah's Table
935 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
The owners of Northside LGBTQ+ dance club MixWells transformed the bar over the spring and summer by updating their vibrant outdoor space with a lush, plant-filled beer garden and teaming up with local mother-daughter duo TiYah's Table to oversee the kitchen. Rebranded as Northside Gardens, the establishment held its grand opening on the weekend of Sept. 4-5.  
Photo: Scott Dittgen

Northside Gardens and TiYah's Table

935 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
The owners of Northside LGBTQ+ dance club MixWells transformed the bar over the spring and summer by updating their vibrant outdoor space with a lush, plant-filled beer garden and teaming up with local mother-daughter duo TiYah's Table to oversee the kitchen. Rebranded as Northside Gardens, the establishment held its grand opening on the weekend of Sept. 4-5.
Photo: Scott Dittgen
Khora at Kinley Hotel
37 W. Seventh St., Downtown
Downtown Cincinnati’s new Kinley Hotel will be home to Khora, an eatery hailed by Vogue and Food & Wine magazine as one of the “most anticipated” American restaurant openings of 2020. Helmed by chef Edward Lee and executive chef and Cincinnati native Kevin Ashworth, the menu will put "a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes," says a release. Named for the ancient grain khorasan, the dishes will play heavily on pasta, including a riff on Cincinnati chili. It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner — approachable during the day with a "destination restaurant" vibe at night. It's slated to open in October.
Photo via marriot.com

Khora at Kinley Hotel

37 W. Seventh St., Downtown
Downtown Cincinnati’s new Kinley Hotel will be home to Khora, an eatery hailed by Vogue and Food & Wine magazine as one of the “most anticipated” American restaurant openings of 2020. Helmed by chef Edward Lee and executive chef and Cincinnati native Kevin Ashworth, the menu will put "a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes," says a release. Named for the ancient grain khorasan, the dishes will play heavily on pasta, including a riff on Cincinnati chili. It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner — approachable during the day with a "destination restaurant" vibe at night. It's slated to open in October.
Photo via marriot.com
Esoteric Brewing Co.
900 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills' long-awaited Esoteric Brewing hosted its grand opening in early September. Cincinnati's first Black and Filipino-owned brewery, the team revitalized the 1930s Art Deco Paramount Building, which was once a department store but had been fallow for decades. The brewery offers an elevated beer drinking experience, using locally sourced and grown ingredients and creates “a sumptuous experience that changes the way you think about beer.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Esoteric Brewing Co.

900 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Walnut Hills' long-awaited Esoteric Brewing hosted its grand opening in early September. Cincinnati's first Black and Filipino-owned brewery, the team revitalized the 1930s Art Deco Paramount Building, which was once a department store but had been fallow for decades. The brewery offers an elevated beer drinking experience, using locally sourced and grown ingredients and creates “a sumptuous experience that changes the way you think about beer.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Taqueria Nogal
524 Sixth Ave., Dayton
Taco trailer Taqueria Nogal opened in September of 2019, originally in Newport. This summer, they relocated to Dayton, Kentucky while they work on their brick-and-mortar location in the neighborhood. The eatery offers a range of Mexican dishes like burritos, tacos, generously sized tortas and quesadillas with meat options including pollo (chicken), pastor (pork), asada (beef) and lengua (tongue). They also feature daily specials like their popular "elotes locos," a tasty Mexican street corn on a stick; camarones de cocktail (shrimp cocktail); and tamales. The restaurant will have similar dishes to their food truck, but will offer table service and a pick-up window. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Taqueria Nogal

524 Sixth Ave., Dayton
Taco trailer Taqueria Nogal opened in September of 2019, originally in Newport. This summer, they relocated to Dayton, Kentucky while they work on their brick-and-mortar location in the neighborhood. The eatery offers a range of Mexican dishes like burritos, tacos, generously sized tortas and quesadillas with meat options including pollo (chicken), pastor (pork), asada (beef) and lengua (tongue). They also feature daily specials like their popular "elotes locos," a tasty Mexican street corn on a stick; camarones de cocktail (shrimp cocktail); and tamales. The restaurant will have similar dishes to their food truck, but will offer table service and a pick-up window.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Eishaus
117 Park Place, Covington
Covington’s Roebling Point district is going to get a little bit sweeter this fall with the opening of German-inspired ice cream, eats and coffee window Eishaus. The creamery will feature unique frozen treats like “spaghetti eis,” a pasta-style ice cream dish with ice cream “noodles” and toppings that resemble sauces and meatballs, plus breakfast burritos. 
Photo via Facebook.com/EishausCov

Eishaus

117 Park Place, Covington
Covington’s Roebling Point district is going to get a little bit sweeter this fall with the opening of German-inspired ice cream, eats and coffee window Eishaus. The creamery will feature unique frozen treats like “spaghetti eis,” a pasta-style ice cream dish with ice cream “noodles” and toppings that resemble sauces and meatballs, plus breakfast burritos.
Photo via Facebook.com/EishausCov
Braxton Brewing Pendleton
331 E. 13th St., Pendleton
Braxton Brewing Co. announced in July it has taken over the 3 Points Urban Brewery taproom in Pendleton. 
This expansion marks the Northern Kentucky brewery's first move into Ohio and will allow Hickory Wald — the company that ran 3 Points — to focus on their restaurant, Nation Kitchen & Bar, says a release. (Nation is planning to open a second location in a historic Westwood firehouse.)
The taproom is slated to open in September and "will focus on blending everything the company has brought to life in Northern Kentucky, just across the river," says a release from Braxton.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Braxton Brewing Pendleton

331 E. 13th St., Pendleton
Braxton Brewing Co. announced in July it has taken over the 3 Points Urban Brewery taproom in Pendleton. This expansion marks the Northern Kentucky brewery's first move into Ohio and will allow Hickory Wald — the company that ran 3 Points — to focus on their restaurant, Nation Kitchen & Bar, says a release. (Nation is planning to open a second location in a historic Westwood firehouse.) The taproom is slated to open in September and "will focus on blending everything the company has brought to life in Northern Kentucky, just across the river," says a release from Braxton.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger