28 Essential Foodie Restaurants Located Outside of Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine has become a hot-spot for foodies with its many Instagrammable restaurants, bakeries and bars. But there are some very exciting things happening in nearby neighborhoods that shouldn't be overlooked. When you're looking to venture outside of the downtown area for a bite — whether to avoid the long waits and the hustle and bustle, or just to try a little something new — these eateries are cooking up something special for a girls' night out or a date night with your significant other.
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Commonwealth Bistro
621 Main St., Covington
Commonwealth Bistro is seriously good. For dinner, entrées toe the line between contemporary and comfort food with dishes like Kentucky-fried rabbit with creamed collard greens, lamb ragu and a burger with smoked Kewpie mayo on a Sixteen Bricks bun — they even serve Ale-8-One soda on its own or in cocktails like the Commonwealth Highball, with bourbon or vodka. Look for their killer brunch menu and rooftop patio that overlooks MainStrasse.
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Commonwealth Bistro

621 Main St., Covington
Commonwealth Bistro is seriously good. For dinner, entrées toe the line between contemporary and comfort food with dishes like Kentucky-fried rabbit with creamed collard greens, lamb ragu and a burger with smoked Kewpie mayo on a Sixteen Bricks bun — they even serve Ale-8-One soda on its own or in cocktails like the Commonwealth Highball, with bourbon or vodka. Look for their killer brunch menu and rooftop patio that overlooks MainStrasse.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Baker’s Table
1004 Monmouth St., Newport
This cozy, flower-filled Newport brunch spot is nestled behind the bright windows of a garage-door-style front. Vintage charm, made-from-scratch creations and seasonal vegetables anchor this space, along with a cocktail and coffee menu. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Baker’s Table

1004 Monmouth St., Newport
This cozy, flower-filled Newport brunch spot is nestled behind the bright windows of a garage-door-style front. Vintage charm, made-from-scratch creations and seasonal vegetables anchor this space, along with a cocktail and coffee menu.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Eighth & English
2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville
The seafood-centric eatery — which goes by the nickname 8 & E — is the home for innovative, thoughtfully crafted fare somewhere in the city outside of Over-the-Rhine, downtown or parts of Covington. The current menu iteration runs the coastal gamut from raw to cold and hot to big, with options like octopus salad and tuna pâté to swordfish meatballs and amish chicken breast. Stop by Tuesdays for $1 oysters 5 p.m. to close (or 8 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday at the bar).
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Eighth & English

2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville
The seafood-centric eatery — which goes by the nickname 8 & E — is the home for innovative, thoughtfully crafted fare somewhere in the city outside of Over-the-Rhine, downtown or parts of Covington. The current menu iteration runs the coastal gamut from raw to cold and hot to big, with options like octopus salad and tuna pâté to swordfish meatballs and amish chicken breast. Stop by Tuesdays for $1 oysters 5 p.m. to close (or 8 p.m. to close Friday and Saturday at the bar).
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Libby’s Southern Comfort
35 W. Eighth St., Covington
This adorable, Southern-inspired restaurant located in Covington offers an incredible menu along with a full bar boasting antique bourbons and boozy slushies, plus a super brunch selection (hello goetta hush puppies). Snag a seat inside where soft light pours in from the massive windows, or take a seat on the beautiful patio.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Libby’s Southern Comfort

35 W. Eighth St., Covington
This adorable, Southern-inspired restaurant located in Covington offers an incredible menu along with a full bar boasting antique bourbons and boozy slushies, plus a super brunch selection (hello goetta hush puppies). Snag a seat inside where soft light pours in from the massive windows, or take a seat on the beautiful patio.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Karrikin Spirits Co.
3717 Jonlen Drive, Fairfax
Karrikin Spirits Co. is a "grain to glass" distillery and restaurant located in Fairfax. Essentially a one-stop-shop for a variety of housemade spirits and beverages like vodka, gin, agave spirit, rum and fruit brandies as well as hard sodas, non-alcoholic sodas and beers. 
In addition to beverages, the restaurant — helmed by chef Jared Bennett, formerly the executive chef of downtown’s Metropole — offers a menu full of creative housemade dishes. The dining area includes two formal spaces on either side of the kitchen-bar, and a lounge area with an eclectic grouping of chairs and couches upon which guests can sip, dine and hang out.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Karrikin Spirits Co.

3717 Jonlen Drive, Fairfax
Karrikin Spirits Co. is a "grain to glass" distillery and restaurant located in Fairfax. Essentially a one-stop-shop for a variety of housemade spirits and beverages like vodka, gin, agave spirit, rum and fruit brandies as well as hard sodas, non-alcoholic sodas and beers. In addition to beverages, the restaurant — helmed by chef Jared Bennett, formerly the executive chef of downtown’s Metropole — offers a menu full of creative housemade dishes. The dining area includes two formal spaces on either side of the kitchen-bar, and a lounge area with an eclectic grouping of chairs and couches upon which guests can sip, dine and hang out.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Casa Figueroa
6112 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
Before you enjoy of bite anything, you’ll be wowed by the artwork and décor – from displays of Mexican folk art to wall-sized murals. The menu offers sophisticatedly fun, Latin-inspired dishes (heavy on the tacos) but also offers plenty of shareables as well as dishes like chilaquiles or the “big ass nachos.” They also offer an impressive cocktail menu.
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Casa Figueroa

6112 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
Before you enjoy of bite anything, you’ll be wowed by the artwork and décor – from displays of Mexican folk art to wall-sized murals. The menu offers sophisticatedly fun, Latin-inspired dishes (heavy on the tacos) but also offers plenty of shareables as well as dishes like chilaquiles or the “big ass nachos.” They also offer an impressive cocktail menu.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Brown Dog Cafe
4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash
Located in Summit Park, this sustainable and seasonal New American eatery features an ever-changing menu of fish, steaks, wild game, unique appetizers, vegetarian dishes, homemade pastas and desserts.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheBrownDogCafe

The Brown Dog Cafe

4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Blue Ash
Located in Summit Park, this sustainable and seasonal New American eatery features an ever-changing menu of fish, steaks, wild game, unique appetizers, vegetarian dishes, homemade pastas and desserts.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheBrownDogCafe
Lonely Pine Steakhouse
6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
This steakhouse, located next door to the Shining-themed Overlook Lodge, is "inspired by Midcentury Modern styling and the spirit of America's great landscapes" and features a display of available steaks in a glass case at the front of the restaurant. Owners Jacob Trevino and Otto Baum have tapped chef Jared Beckman and butcher Sam Mischenko to create a menu that features filets, ribeyes, strips and rare cuts, along with steakhouse sides, cocktails and a "bold" wine list.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Lonely Pine Steakhouse

6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge
This steakhouse, located next door to the Shining-themed Overlook Lodge, is "inspired by Midcentury Modern styling and the spirit of America's great landscapes" and features a display of available steaks in a glass case at the front of the restaurant. Owners Jacob Trevino and Otto Baum have tapped chef Jared Beckman and butcher Sam Mischenko to create a menu that features filets, ribeyes, strips and rare cuts, along with steakhouse sides, cocktails and a "bold" wine list.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Branch
1535 Madison Road, Walnut Hills
The team behind The Littlefield has opened this new concept in East Walnut Hills in the former Art Deco Central Trust Bank Building at the corner of Woodburn and Madison avenues. Branch is the restaurant portion of the space and is located upstairs while Night Drop, the bar, is located downstairs. Both have a focus on local art with mosaics, chandeliers and murals created by Cincinnati artists. The menu at Branch is overseen by executive chef Shoshannah Anderson and offers a mix of “classic and contemporary American with ethnic influences." 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Branch

1535 Madison Road, Walnut Hills
The team behind The Littlefield has opened this new concept in East Walnut Hills in the former Art Deco Central Trust Bank Building at the corner of Woodburn and Madison avenues. Branch is the restaurant portion of the space and is located upstairs while Night Drop, the bar, is located downstairs. Both have a focus on local art with mosaics, chandeliers and murals created by Cincinnati artists. The menu at Branch is overseen by executive chef Shoshannah Anderson and offers a mix of “classic and contemporary American with ethnic influences."
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington
638 Madison Ave., Covington
Hotel Covington is nationally recognized The restaurant also has a swanky bar and lounge space to enjoy a nice cocktail, or sit outside in the spacious courtyard.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington

638 Madison Ave., Covington
Hotel Covington is nationally recognized The restaurant also has a swanky bar and lounge space to enjoy a nice cocktail, or sit outside in the spacious courtyard.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger