March 25, 2022

30 Hip Foodie Restaurants Located in the Cincinnati Suburbs

While downtown and Over-the-Rhine offer many Instagrammable restaurants, bakeries and bars, there are other hip Cincinnati eateries located outside the city center. These restaurants sling foodie favorites and craft cocktails for those looking to avoid the long waits and parking hassle or who just want to try a little something new.
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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 and beers. In addition to beverages, the restaurant offers a menu full of creative housemade dishes. Dine on farm-to-table fare the the industrial-meets-lux taproom or dining room, or snag a spot at the bar in front of the kitchen.
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 and beers. In addition to beverages, the restaurant offers a menu full of creative housemade dishes. Dine on farm-to-table fare the the industrial-meets-lux taproom or dining room, or snag a spot at the bar in front of the kitchen.
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. The menu features ribeyes, strips and rare cuts, along with steakhouse sides, cocktails and a "bold" wine list. All can be savored while taking in the Route 66-style atmosphere.
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. The menu features ribeyes, strips and rare cuts, along with steakhouse sides, cocktails and a "bold" wine list. All can be savored while taking in the Route 66-style atmosphere.
Branch
1535 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Folks from Northside's Littlefield Restaurant Group rehabbed the historic 1920s-era Central Trust Bank building in East Walnut Hills, opening the aptly named restaurant Branch and its adjacent downstairs speakeasy Night Drop. The Art Deco vibe is complemented by nifty cocktails and a menu that spans homemade pasta and mains with ingredients like scallops and lamb.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Branch

1535 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Folks from Northside's Littlefield Restaurant Group rehabbed the historic 1920s-era Central Trust Bank building in East Walnut Hills, opening the aptly named restaurant Branch and its adjacent downstairs speakeasy Night Drop. The Art Deco vibe is complemented by nifty cocktails and a menu that spans homemade pasta and mains with ingredients like scallops and lamb.
The Governor
231 Main St., Milford
Milford’s The Governor diner feels like a bit of Over-the-Rhine out in the suburbs. With subway tile, industrial decor and a walk-up window — where you can grab a boozy slushie to go to enjoy in the DORA district — the menu offers modern fare for brunch, lunch and dinner. There are salads, soups, a fun invention called the fromelette (basically a giant frittata) and sandwiches like an Asian-inspired fried chicken sandwich and a burger on a donut bun. While the meats are exciting — braised short rib, smoked salmon salad, housemade pastrami — vegetarians aren’t an afterthought here, either.
Photo: Savana Willhoite

The Governor

231 Main St., Milford
Milford’s The Governor diner feels like a bit of Over-the-Rhine out in the suburbs. With subway tile, industrial decor and a walk-up window — where you can grab a boozy slushie to go to enjoy in the DORA district — the menu offers modern fare for brunch, lunch and dinner. There are salads, soups, a fun invention called the fromelette (basically a giant frittata) and sandwiches like an Asian-inspired fried chicken sandwich and a burger on a donut bun. While the meats are exciting — braised short rib, smoked salmon salad, housemade pastrami — vegetarians aren’t an afterthought here, either.
Cafe Mochiko 
1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Chefs Elaine Townsend and Erik Bentz turned their Japanese-style pop-up into a brick-and-mortar in East Walnut Hills in spring of 2021. Cafe Mochiko specializes in a fusion cuisine known as “yoshoku,” which borrows elements from Asian and Western cooking styles. A pastry chef, Townsend focuses on the daytime baked goods, crafting items including a delicious ube halaya (purple yam) croissant, various melonpan and loaves of shokupan. At night, the dinner menu offers options like a Hokkaido Smash Burger, miso ramen and intermittent specialties.
Photo: Francisco Huerta

Cafe Mochiko

1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
Chefs Elaine Townsend and Erik Bentz turned their Japanese-style pop-up into a brick-and-mortar in East Walnut Hills in spring of 2021. Cafe Mochiko specializes in a fusion cuisine known as “yoshoku,” which borrows elements from Asian and Western cooking styles. A pastry chef, Townsend focuses on the daytime baked goods, crafting items including a delicious ube halaya (purple yam) croissant, various melonpan and loaves of shokupan. At night, the dinner menu offers options like a Hokkaido Smash Burger, miso ramen and intermittent specialties.
Agave & Rye Hyde Park
3825 Edwards Road, Hyde Park
Diners flock to the restaurant to enjoy its vibrant murals and funky decor while chowing down on unique tacos, with proteins including kangaroo, duck, crab cakes, butter-poached lobster, crispy cauliflower, salt and pepper fries and fried chicken — in addition to more familiar bases like steak, pork carnitas and mahi mahi. With a flagship location in Covington, Agave & Rye's Hyde Park spot is larger, with a massive patio.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Agave & Rye Hyde Park

3825 Edwards Road, Hyde Park
Diners flock to the restaurant to enjoy its vibrant murals and funky decor while chowing down on unique tacos, with proteins including kangaroo, duck, crab cakes, butter-poached lobster, crispy cauliflower, salt and pepper fries and fried chicken — in addition to more familiar bases like steak, pork carnitas and mahi mahi. With a flagship location in Covington, Agave & Rye's Hyde Park spot is larger, with a massive patio.
Tela Bar & Kitchen
1212 Springfield Pike, Wyoming
Wyoming’s Phish-leaning Tela Bar & Kitchen offers high-level pub grub in a laid-back atmosphere. Burgers start with. Angus reserve beef patties and then branch out with options like the Royale with Cheese, a beef patty plus with your choice of three cheese options, aioli or 2001 Island topped with your pick of many veggies all on a Sixteen Bricks sesame bun. For something a bit healthier they've got four loaded salads that you can choose to top with chicken, salmon or shrimp.

Tela Bar & Kitchen

1212 Springfield Pike, Wyoming
Wyoming’s Phish-leaning Tela Bar & Kitchen offers high-level pub grub in a laid-back atmosphere. Burgers start with. Angus reserve beef patties and then branch out with options like the Royale with Cheese, a beef patty plus with your choice of three cheese options, aioli or 2001 Island topped with your pick of many veggies all on a Sixteen Bricks sesame bun. For something a bit healthier they've got four loaded salads that you can choose to top with chicken, salmon or shrimp.
Ivory House
2998 Harrison Ave., Westwood
Self-described as offering “steak and seafood, elevated,” Ivory House’s menu is a fresh take on nostalgic-feeling dishes. A large selection of wines and clever cocktails are a perfect accompaniment to a menu that features everything from filet mignon and grilled tuna to skirt steak in red chimichurri. They also offer Japanese A5 wagyu strip that can set you back a couple hundred bucks.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Ivory House

2998 Harrison Ave., Westwood
Self-described as offering “steak and seafood, elevated,” Ivory House’s menu is a fresh take on nostalgic-feeling dishes. A large selection of wines and clever cocktails are a perfect accompaniment to a menu that features everything from filet mignon and grilled tuna to skirt steak in red chimichurri. They also offer Japanese A5 wagyu strip that can set you back a couple hundred bucks.
Hi-Mark
3229 Riverside Drive, East End
From the owners of Eli’s BBQ and Pho Lang Thang, Hi-Mark is located in a transformed historic 1860s home. The restaurant offers dishes like pulled pork banh mi and jumbo wings plus loaded snacks like nacho fries and Lang Thang chili mac. The drinks menu focuses on hi-balls, whiskey and craft and local beers, with a bonus “essentials” list that includes Budweiser, Hamm’s and more.

Hi-Mark

3229 Riverside Drive, East End
From the owners of Eli’s BBQ and Pho Lang Thang, Hi-Mark is located in a transformed historic 1860s home. The restaurant offers dishes like pulled pork banh mi and jumbo wings plus loaded snacks like nacho fries and Lang Thang chili mac. The drinks menu focuses on hi-balls, whiskey and craft and local beers, with a bonus “essentials” list that includes Budweiser, Hamm’s and more.
Station Family BBQ
400 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming
Station Family + BBQ offers five different house-smoked meats, a cocktail menu, brunch and more. Guests can get traditional table service in the bar area or move to the dining room for a more modern experience where you walk up, order and then have a seat at a communal table to wait for your food to arrive. A game room equipped with ping-pong, shuffleboard and wall games adds to Station Family’s casual take on dining.

Station Family BBQ

400 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming
Station Family + BBQ offers five different house-smoked meats, a cocktail menu, brunch and more. Guests can get traditional table service in the bar area or move to the dining room for a more modern experience where you walk up, order and then have a seat at a communal table to wait for your food to arrive. A game room equipped with ping-pong, shuffleboard and wall games adds to Station Family’s casual take on dining.