October 15, 2021

25 New Greater Cincinnati Bars & Restaurants You Need To Try

Fall is here and it's time to try some new culinary offerings. The Queen City is stacked with recent restaurant and bar openings and tasty spots to look forward to. From a tropical plant-filled bar to a Lebanese-American-inspired pop-up restaurant, our taste buds have plenty to explore this year.

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Somerset
139 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
This sprawling new drinking and dining destination offers an immersive escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Somerset features two bar spaces — one in the plant-filled and glass-roofed conservatory and another in the cozy lounge space. The grounds are also home to a double-decker bus that has been converted into a kitchen with a rooftop seating area (run by the team behind Mazunte); and, the pièce de résistance, Somerset's awe-inspiring garden space, loaded with tropical plants, unique seating nooks and imported pieces from co-founder and creative lead James Fisher's collection, as well as the collections of his friends and family.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Somerset

139 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
This sprawling new drinking and dining destination offers an immersive escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Somerset features two bar spaces — one in the plant-filled and glass-roofed conservatory and another in the cozy lounge space. The grounds are also home to a double-decker bus that has been converted into a kitchen with a rooftop seating area (run by the team behind Mazunte); and, the pièce de résistance, Somerset's awe-inspiring garden space, loaded with tropical plants, unique seating nooks and imported pieces from co-founder and creative lead James Fisher's collection, as well as the collections of his friends and family.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pearlstar
1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Located in the former A Tavola storefront on Vine Street, Pearlstar is the brainchild of Nashville restaurateur Terry Raley. Pearlstar offers both East and West Coast oysters and other raw delicacies including crudo, ceviche and tartare. The kitchen — overseen by former Senate executive Chef Leroy Ansley — also features a wood-burning grill to create (non-raw) burgers and steak sandwiches. The bar pours “old-school martinis, frozen drinks and Lone Star Beer on tap."
Photo: Catie Viox

Pearlstar

1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Located in the former A Tavola storefront on Vine Street, Pearlstar is the brainchild of Nashville restaurateur Terry Raley. Pearlstar offers both East and West Coast oysters and other raw delicacies including crudo, ceviche and tartare. The kitchen — overseen by former Senate executive Chef Leroy Ansley — also features a wood-burning grill to create (non-raw) burgers and steak sandwiches. The bar pours “old-school martinis, frozen drinks and Lone Star Beer on tap."
Photo: Catie Viox
Okto
645 Walnut St., Downtown
Cincinnati-based Earth & Ocean Restaurant Group (the team behind Hyde Park's E+O Kitchen) has brought the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to the Queen City with the opening of Okto downtown. The menu at Okto includes traditional Greek dishes, like savory tiropita and spanakopita pastries, kebabs, flaming saganaki (a pan-fried cheese) and baklava, as well as branzino (deboned at the table), lobster pasta and octopus carpaccio. The are many options for vegetarian and vegans as well. Okto's bar is stocked with a selection of wine and liquors imported from Greece and cocktails created to pair nicely with the restaurant's Mediterranean flavors — as well as a few non-alcoholic cocktails to choose from.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Okto

645 Walnut St., Downtown
Cincinnati-based Earth & Ocean Restaurant Group (the team behind Hyde Park's E+O Kitchen) has brought the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean to the Queen City with the opening of Okto downtown. The menu at Okto includes traditional Greek dishes, like savory tiropita and spanakopita pastries, kebabs, flaming saganaki (a pan-fried cheese) and baklava, as well as branzino (deboned at the table), lobster pasta and octopus carpaccio. The are many options for vegetarian and vegans as well. Okto's bar is stocked with a selection of wine and liquors imported from Greece and cocktails created to pair nicely with the restaurant's Mediterranean flavors — as well as a few non-alcoholic cocktails to choose from.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mighty Good: Meat n’ Three
1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Mighty Good: Meat n’ Three opened its door just outside Findlay Market in early October. The restaurant offers “Simple, delicious, fresh, Southern food at an approachable price.” As the "Meat n’ Three" title implies, customers choose one meat and three sides (family-style and vegetarian options are also available). Currently, for meats you can opt for garlic chicken, Mississippi pot roast, sweet-tea-brined turkey, spare ribs, blackened redfish and grandma’s meatloaf. For your pick three, choose between macaroni casserole, salad, hominy grits, delta rice and field peas, fried okra, braised greens, creamed corn, hot slaw, butter beans, green beans or cornbread.
Photo: Catie Viox

Mighty Good: Meat n’ Three

1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Mighty Good: Meat n’ Three opened its door just outside Findlay Market in early October. The restaurant offers “Simple, delicious, fresh, Southern food at an approachable price.” As the "Meat n’ Three" title implies, customers choose one meat and three sides (family-style and vegetarian options are also available). Currently, for meats you can opt for garlic chicken, Mississippi pot roast, sweet-tea-brined turkey, spare ribs, blackened redfish and grandma’s meatloaf. For your pick three, choose between macaroni casserole, salad, hominy grits, delta rice and field peas, fried okra, braised greens, creamed corn, hot slaw, butter beans, green beans or cornbread.
Photo: Catie Viox
uGO Gelato
1733 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
A new gelato shop will soon make its way to the Queen City, bringing its award-winning Sicilian-style frozen treats to Findlay Market. Co-founded by ??second-generation gelato maker Mari?a Liliana Biondo, the shop will feature a variety of gelatos, with a focus on plant-based creations. They are slated to open in time for the holidays.
Photo: Facebook.com/ugogelatous

uGO Gelato

1733 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
A new gelato shop will soon make its way to the Queen City, bringing its award-winning Sicilian-style frozen treats to Findlay Market. Co-founded by ??second-generation gelato maker Mari?a Liliana Biondo, the shop will feature a variety of gelatos, with a focus on plant-based creations. They are slated to open in time for the holidays.
Photo: Facebook.com/ugogelatous
Yuca
700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Jeremy Faeth, co-owner and executive chef of popular Covington brunch restaurant Cedar, has opened his second restaurant, Yuca, in Bellevue. The eatery took over the space formerly occupied by Fairfield Market. This new Latin-American restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, serving items like The Hangover: two sunny side-up eggs laying on a bed of spicy chorizo and homemade potatoes with pico de gallo and avocado on top. All of Yuca’s recipes are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. 
Photo: Francisco Huerta

Yuca

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Jeremy Faeth, co-owner and executive chef of popular Covington brunch restaurant Cedar, has opened his second restaurant, Yuca, in Bellevue. The eatery took over the space formerly occupied by Fairfield Market. This new Latin-American restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, serving items like The Hangover: two sunny side-up eggs laying on a bed of spicy chorizo and homemade potatoes with pico de gallo and avocado on top. All of Yuca’s recipes are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients.
Photo: Francisco Huerta
Taste of Belgium Mason
12071 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason
Cincinnati's favorite waffle purveyor Taste of Belgium continues to expand. The new restaurant, located in the old Flipdaddy's, is TOB’s seventh bistro location, not counting its Findlay Market food stand. TOB has bistros in Over-the-Rhine, Rookwood, Clifton, Kenwood, Crestview Hills and at The Banks.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Taste of Belgium Mason

12071 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason
Cincinnati's favorite waffle purveyor Taste of Belgium continues to expand. The new restaurant, located in the old Flipdaddy's, is TOB’s seventh bistro location, not counting its Findlay Market food stand. TOB has bistros in Over-the-Rhine, Rookwood, Clifton, Kenwood, Crestview Hills and at The Banks.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
The Baker’s Table Bakery
1001 Monmouth St., Newport
Despite the struggles of the pandemic-riddled past year on local small business, it's clear that the team and reputation behind The Baker's Table was strong enough to not only pull through, but also find themselves in a position for growth. Chef David Willocks and his wife Wendy Braun have opened The Baker's Table Bakery, right across from the beloved restaurant. The menu features sourdough breads, pastries, espresso and sandwiches, as well as farm-to-table pizzas select days. 
Photo: instagram.com/bakerstablebakery

The Baker’s Table Bakery

1001 Monmouth St., Newport
Despite the struggles of the pandemic-riddled past year on local small business, it's clear that the team and reputation behind The Baker's Table was strong enough to not only pull through, but also find themselves in a position for growth. Chef David Willocks and his wife Wendy Braun have opened The Baker's Table Bakery, right across from the beloved restaurant. The menu features sourdough breads, pastries, espresso and sandwiches, as well as farm-to-table pizzas select days.
Photo: instagram.com/bakerstablebakery
Hathaway’s
25 W. Fifth St., Downtown
While not a “new” restaurant, this classic Carew Tower diner has a new location: in the old Frisch’s storefront. Hathaway's Diner, which has inhabited its turquoise-bedecked digs since 1956, just signed a 20-year lease on the new location, right across the hall. The larger spot can accommodate 116 people compared to 83 and, the big news, this location has its own bathrooms. They also have windows and some curb appeal with the addition of a vintage-style neon sign. While there are no menu changes yet, they plan on adding more dinner plates and extending their hours soon.
Photo: facebook.com/hathawaysdiner

Hathaway’s

25 W. Fifth St., Downtown
While not a “new” restaurant, this classic Carew Tower diner has a new location: in the old Frisch’s storefront. Hathaway's Diner, which has inhabited its turquoise-bedecked digs since 1956, just signed a 20-year lease on the new location, right across the hall. The larger spot can accommodate 116 people compared to 83 and, the big news, this location has its own bathrooms. They also have windows and some curb appeal with the addition of a vintage-style neon sign. While there are no menu changes yet, they plan on adding more dinner plates and extending their hours soon.
Photo: facebook.com/hathawaysdiner
Pilar
56 E. Court St., Over-the-Rhine
Pilar, 4EG’s newest cocktail bar, celebrates Ernest Hemingway’s oceanic legacy and acts as a bridge between Over-the-Rhine and Fountain Square. The new bar takes its name from Hemingway’s black 38-foot fishing boat that he sailed around Florida, Key West and Cuba and Pilar intends to synthesize the feeling of freedom that comes from a salty breeze over calm waves, giving the Queen City a chance to take a quick trip to the tropics any time. Pilar’s menu gravitates around the drinks Hemingway was known to enjoy, including a daiquiri. 
Photo: Provided by 4EG

Pilar

56 E. Court St., Over-the-Rhine
Pilar, 4EG’s newest cocktail bar, celebrates Ernest Hemingway’s oceanic legacy and acts as a bridge between Over-the-Rhine and Fountain Square. The new bar takes its name from Hemingway’s black 38-foot fishing boat that he sailed around Florida, Key West and Cuba and Pilar intends to synthesize the feeling of freedom that comes from a salty breeze over calm waves, giving the Queen City a chance to take a quick trip to the tropics any time. Pilar’s menu gravitates around the drinks Hemingway was known to enjoy, including a daiquiri.
Photo: Provided by 4EG