April 30, 2021

35 New Cincinnati Bars & Restaurants You May Have Missed Over the Pandemic

We're a little over a year since the pandemic reached us locally, but despite the immense challenges that came along with it, Greater Cincinnati chefs and entrepreneurs forged on, creating spaces for us to bury our feelings deep inside with mouthwatering and soul-reviving eats that we could often carry-out and eat on the couch. But now, as the general population gradually becomes vaccinated against COVID-19, we're making our way out of our homes and into the dining rooms and patios of these newly opened establishments, ready to experience dining the way it should be. (And tipping our little hearts out). Here's a few new spots you may have missed over the course of the pandemic — treat yourself, you deserve it.
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Subito
311 Pike St., Downtown
Downtown's new The Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this past June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito's menu focuses on homemade pastas, stone-oven pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks and antipasta. Head to their bar for a selection of white, red and sparkling wines — including their own house sparkler by Ohio River Valley. They also boast spirits and cocktails.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Subito

311 Pike St., Downtown
Downtown's new The Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this past June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito's menu focuses on homemade pastas, stone-oven pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks and antipasta. Head to their bar for a selection of white, red and sparkling wines — including their own house sparkler by Ohio River Valley. They also boast spirits and cocktails.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Cedar
701 Main St., Covington
Scratch-made brunch spot Cedar opened its doors last summer in Covington’s former Main Street Tavern space. With co-owner and chef Jeremy Faeth at the helm, the eatery’s mission is to take diners on a one-hour vacation through food and experience. The menu elevates classic dishes through local, housemade elements, like spreading homemade bacon jam and green olive-garlic aioli on their Cedar Burger, and serving sandwiches on bread from Sixteen Bricks, a local artisan bakery. With funky combinations like spicy candied bacon in cocktails, omelets topped with shrimp and crab cream sauce, or infusing lamb into their chorizo gravy, it’s clear Cedar brings fresh ideas to the table.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Cedar

701 Main St., Covington
Scratch-made brunch spot Cedar opened its doors last summer in Covington’s former Main Street Tavern space. With co-owner and chef Jeremy Faeth at the helm, the eatery’s mission is to take diners on a one-hour vacation through food and experience. The menu elevates classic dishes through local, housemade elements, like spreading homemade bacon jam and green olive-garlic aioli on their Cedar Burger, and serving sandwiches on bread from Sixteen Bricks, a local artisan bakery. With funky combinations like spicy candied bacon in cocktails, omelets topped with shrimp and crab cream sauce, or infusing lamb into their chorizo gravy, it’s clear Cedar brings fresh ideas to the table.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies
300 E. Seventh St., Downtown
From the team behind downtown's Crown Republic Gastropub and Over-the-Rhine's boutique steakhouse Losanti, Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies opened to the public on April 28. The East Coast-style pizza spot opened in the space formerly occupied by Money Chicken.
Rosie's features a unique style of pizza made with house dough, which is then layered with cheese, toppings and sauce on top — creating a light and crisp pizza from the crust to the center of the pie. Ingredients are either made in-house or sourced from Ohio-based businesses. Along with a small variety of house pizzas and build-your-own options, the menu features a few appetizers and salads, like fried mozzarella balls (using homemade mozzarella), wings and meatballs; a Caesar salad; an antipasti salad, topped with deli meat; and cheese roll-ups. For dessert, enjoy the eatery's homemade gelato. Rosie's also has a menu of craft cocktails (including one that comes on fire!) and a selection of wine and beer.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies

300 E. Seventh St., Downtown
From the team behind downtown's Crown Republic Gastropub and Over-the-Rhine's boutique steakhouse Losanti, Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies opened to the public on April 28. The East Coast-style pizza spot opened in the space formerly occupied by Money Chicken. Rosie's features a unique style of pizza made with house dough, which is then layered with cheese, toppings and sauce on top — creating a light and crisp pizza from the crust to the center of the pie. Ingredients are either made in-house or sourced from Ohio-based businesses. Along with a small variety of house pizzas and build-your-own options, the menu features a few appetizers and salads, like fried mozzarella balls (using homemade mozzarella), wings and meatballs; a Caesar salad; an antipasti salad, topped with deli meat; and cheese roll-ups. For dessert, enjoy the eatery's homemade gelato. Rosie's also has a menu of craft cocktails (including one that comes on fire!) and a selection of wine and beer.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Khora at Kinley Hotel
37 W. Seventh St., Downtown
Downtown Cincinnati’s new Kinley Hotel is 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 puts "a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes." Named for the ancient grain khorasan, the dishes play heavily on pasta, including a riff on Cincinnati chili. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — approachable during the day with a "destination restaurant" vibe at night. It has been open since October.
Photo: Facebook.com/KhoraRestaurant

Khora at Kinley Hotel

37 W. Seventh St., Downtown
Downtown Cincinnati’s new Kinley Hotel is 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 puts "a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes." Named for the ancient grain khorasan, the dishes play heavily on pasta, including a riff on Cincinnati chili. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — approachable during the day with a "destination restaurant" vibe at night. It has been open since October.
Photo: Facebook.com/KhoraRestaurant
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge
1432 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge, which officially opened last summer, features bottles from women and minority winemakers, as well as eight wines on tap, live music, a limited selection of spirits and beer, and small plates from local businesses. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

1432 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge, which officially opened last summer, features bottles from women and minority winemakers, as well as eight wines on tap, live music, a limited selection of spirits and beer, and small plates from local businesses.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
 e|19
1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Founded by the minds behind Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque — located across from Rhinegeist — opened last fall. In a press release, the establishment says it aims to bring together "high-caliber music, exceptional customer service, and top-notch entertainment in a beautiful, inspiring setting." Owners say the goal is to make "e|19 a much sought-after venue for this underserved community and provide a safe, diverse and inclusive entertainment space.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

e|19

1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Founded by the minds behind Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque — located across from Rhinegeist — opened last fall. In a press release, the establishment says it aims to bring together "high-caliber music, exceptional customer service, and top-notch entertainment in a beautiful, inspiring setting." Owners say the goal is to make "e|19 a much sought-after venue for this underserved community and provide a safe, diverse and inclusive entertainment space.”
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Kanji
1739 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Local restaurateur behind Clifton's Drunken Bento and Drunken Taco, Inho Cha recently opened his third Cincinnati restaurant with Kanji in Findlay Market in the former Harvest Pizzeria space. The restaurant's menu focuses on sushi and Korean cuisine and was inspired by Cha's desire to plant more of his South Korean roots in the Queen City, offering a glimpse into the culture and flavors of his home country. 
Photo: Catie Viox

Kanji

1739 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Local restaurateur behind Clifton's Drunken Bento and Drunken Taco, Inho Cha recently opened his third Cincinnati restaurant with Kanji in Findlay Market in the former Harvest Pizzeria space. The restaurant's menu focuses on sushi and Korean cuisine and was inspired by Cha's desire to plant more of his South Korean roots in the Queen City, offering a glimpse into the culture and flavors of his home country.
Photo: Catie Viox

Galactic Fried Chicken
624 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky
Former food truck Galactic Fried Chicken opened a brick-and-mortar in Northern Kentucky's Dayton neighborhood at the very start of the pandemic, right next door to Unataza Coffee. The restaurant, owned by Shane Coffey and his wife Kathy McDonald, serves fried chicken, chicken tenders and sandwiches, along with a variety of sides ranging from mac and cheese to deviled eggs, fries and salads. They also offer a vegetarian option of fried jackfruit nuggets.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Galactic Fried Chicken

624 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky
Former food truck Galactic Fried Chicken opened a brick-and-mortar in Northern Kentucky's Dayton neighborhood at the very start of the pandemic, right next door to Unataza Coffee. The restaurant, owned by Shane Coffey and his wife Kathy McDonald, serves fried chicken, chicken tenders and sandwiches, along with a variety of sides ranging from mac and cheese to deviled eggs, fries and salads. They also offer a vegetarian option of fried jackfruit nuggets.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Green House Bar
424 W. Sixth St., Covington
A well-known MainStrasse watering hole turned over a new leaf. After 26 years, Pachinko Bar has transformed into a chic and breezy West Coast-inspired drinking establishment called Green House Bar. The new bar and restaurant opened in August and offers a trendy spot for visitors to "kick back, relax, have good conversation and a little tomfoolery.” The menu offers several seasonal cocktails, like Recession Proof with CBD seltzer and vodka, and The Green House, a vodka, lemon and lavender cocktail, plus classic cocktails, craft nonalcoholic beverages and a petite list of wines. In addition to sips, they also have a few light bites like pimento cheese and Tommy Dip. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Green House Bar

424 W. Sixth St., Covington
A well-known MainStrasse watering hole turned over a new leaf. After 26 years, Pachinko Bar has transformed into a chic and breezy West Coast-inspired drinking establishment called Green House Bar. The new bar and restaurant opened in August and offers a trendy spot for visitors to "kick back, relax, have good conversation and a little tomfoolery.” The menu offers several seasonal cocktails, like Recession Proof with CBD seltzer and vodka, and The Green House, a vodka, lemon and lavender cocktail, plus classic cocktails, craft nonalcoholic beverages and a petite list of wines. In addition to sips, they also have a few light bites like pimento cheese and Tommy Dip.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Ivory House
2998 Harrison Ave., Westwood
This West Side eatery opened its doors in July and prides itself on specializing in “familiar food, elevated,” offering a fresh take on nostalgic-inducing dishes.?The menu offers nearly 10 small plates like smash sliders and tomato bruschetta, as well as eight different steak options, and lunch dishes like the vegan club, lobster roll tacos and a pimento grilled cheese. They also offer a pretty delicious brunch menu.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Ivory House

2998 Harrison Ave., Westwood
This West Side eatery opened its doors in July and prides itself on specializing in “familiar food, elevated,” offering a fresh take on nostalgic-inducing dishes.?The menu offers nearly 10 small plates like smash sliders and tomato bruschetta, as well as eight different steak options, and lunch dishes like the vegan club, lobster roll tacos and a pimento grilled cheese. They also offer a pretty delicious brunch menu.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger