October 26, 2021

Cincinnati's 25 Best Restaurants Right Now According to Yelp

The Queen City is full of diverse and delicious restaurants and, subsequently, plenty of online food reviewers. These Yelpers have some interesting and intense opinions on Cincinnati cuisine. From high-end eats to pub food to pizza, this is what the reviewers think are the best restaurants the city has to offer. *Note: This was the list at the time of publication. Based on ongoing input, restaurant locations in this Yelp list may change.

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25. Abigail Street
1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
”An asset to the OTR neighborhood. I recently ate here on a trip to Cincinnati from New York and found everything from the service, menu choice, presentation and taste of the food to be excellent. Loved the seasonal peach and tomato salad as well as the bouillabaisse. Could also eat the bread served alongside the ricotta all day long!.” — Chris D  
Photo: Facebook.com/AbigailWineBar

25. Abigail Street

1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
”An asset to the OTR neighborhood. I recently ate here on a trip to Cincinnati from New York and found everything from the service, menu choice, presentation and taste of the food to be excellent. Loved the seasonal peach and tomato salad as well as the bouillabaisse. Could also eat the bread served alongside the ricotta all day long!.” — Chris D
Photo: Facebook.com/AbigailWineBar
24. Pensive Distilling Co.
720 Monmouth St., Newport
”My husband and I stopped in to try this place on a whim and I'm glad we did - the service was excellent. I decided to try the gin mule - absolutely incredible especially with the strawberry simple syrup they use! My husband also really appreciated the complimentary bourbon sample that was offered and said his old fashioned cocktail was delicious. We each got sliders (comes with 2 and a side of fries) - yum! Overall we really enjoyed our meal and will definitely come back.” — Lexi P.
Photo: Facebook.com/PensiveDistillingCo

24. Pensive Distilling Co.

720 Monmouth St., Newport
”My husband and I stopped in to try this place on a whim and I'm glad we did - the service was excellent. I decided to try the gin mule - absolutely incredible especially with the strawberry simple syrup they use! My husband also really appreciated the complimentary bourbon sample that was offered and said his old fashioned cocktail was delicious. We each got sliders (comes with 2 and a side of fries) - yum! Overall we really enjoyed our meal and will definitely come back.” — Lexi P.
Photo: Facebook.com/PensiveDistillingCo
23. Delwood
3204 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout
”My wife and I recently visited Delwood during a weekend trip to Cincinnati. We tried the Shishito Peppers, Tostones, and the Classic Double Cheeseburger. The Shishito Peppers were lightly grilled with a nice crispiness and were paired with a creamy Aji Verde Aioli. The Tostones were savory with a lightly salted crisp outside and paired with a creamy Aji Amarillio Aioli. The Burger was the star of the meal and a must order. This is the perfect burger. Soft potato buns are filled with juicy patties, gooey American cheese, creamy "special sauce", and tangy pickles. Delwood also featured a nice selection of local craft beers on tap, which went perfectly with the food. Overall, Delwood is a gem of a gastropub which features high quality food and craft beer and is a must visit when in Cincinnati.” — Nicolas L.
Photo: Brittany Thornton

23. Delwood

3204 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout
”My wife and I recently visited Delwood during a weekend trip to Cincinnati. We tried the Shishito Peppers, Tostones, and the Classic Double Cheeseburger. The Shishito Peppers were lightly grilled with a nice crispiness and were paired with a creamy Aji Verde Aioli. The Tostones were savory with a lightly salted crisp outside and paired with a creamy Aji Amarillio Aioli. The Burger was the star of the meal and a must order. This is the perfect burger. Soft potato buns are filled with juicy patties, gooey American cheese, creamy "special sauce", and tangy pickles. Delwood also featured a nice selection of local craft beers on tap, which went perfectly with the food. Overall, Delwood is a gem of a gastropub which features high quality food and craft beer and is a must visit when in Cincinnati.” — Nicolas L.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
22. York Street Cafe
738 York St., Newport
”York Street did not disappoint!! I'd been here a long time ago and remembered it was good but no details. We had a fabulous caprese salad to start along with yummy ceviche. Three of the four had a generous cut of filet, smashed red potatoes (hubby's favorite) and asparagus. I have to say though, I've been dreaming about the Maitre D BUTTER! On the 16 Bricks bread and on the steak. It was amazing, salty, herby goodness!!! We will definitely be back!” — Jill F.
Photo: Facebook.com/YorkStCafeNewport

22. York Street Cafe

738 York St., Newport
”York Street did not disappoint!! I'd been here a long time ago and remembered it was good but no details. We had a fabulous caprese salad to start along with yummy ceviche. Three of the four had a generous cut of filet, smashed red potatoes (hubby's favorite) and asparagus. I have to say though, I've been dreaming about the Maitre D BUTTER! On the 16 Bricks bread and on the steak. It was amazing, salty, herby goodness!!! We will definitely be back!” — Jill F.
Photo: Facebook.com/YorkStCafeNewport
21. Boca
114 E. Sixth St., Downtown
”BOCA is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. I traveled here from the Bay Area of California and the food here blew me away. The service was impeccable and approachable. I could not recommend this place enough. You will not be disappointed.” — Morgan M.
Photo: Facebook.com/BocaRestaurant

21. Boca

114 E. Sixth St., Downtown
”BOCA is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. I traveled here from the Bay Area of California and the food here blew me away. The service was impeccable and approachable. I could not recommend this place enough. You will not be disappointed.” — Morgan M.
Photo: Facebook.com/BocaRestaurant
20. Hofbräuhaus
200 E. Third St., Newport
”Visiting From Los Angeles for a game, we stayed at the Aloft across the street and wow, this place was impressive in all phases. Grab your menus and seat yourself inside or outside. All of the staff was friendly & welcoming and our server was excellent (Leslie I believe). The Haus Reuben was piping hot and the marble rye bread was grilled perfectly. Fries were great with good ranch (requested) & extra 1,000 dressing (complimentary)  for the sandwich. My girl ordered the Dunkel Bourbon Chicken Sandwich and was blown away. As far as the beers, also excellent. We both had the October: Newport "Festbier" Large and was great from start to finish. We will go back and try the pretzels and schnitzel and maybe some other beers. Definitely impressed, Who-Dey?!?” — Neo S.
Photo: Facebook.com/HBHNewport

20. Hofbräuhaus

200 E. Third St., Newport
”Visiting From Los Angeles for a game, we stayed at the Aloft across the street and wow, this place was impressive in all phases. Grab your menus and seat yourself inside or outside. All of the staff was friendly & welcoming and our server was excellent (Leslie I believe). The Haus Reuben was piping hot and the marble rye bread was grilled perfectly. Fries were great with good ranch (requested) & extra 1,000 dressing (complimentary) for the sandwich. My girl ordered the Dunkel Bourbon Chicken Sandwich and was blown away. As far as the beers, also excellent. We both had the October: Newport "Festbier" Large and was great from start to finish. We will go back and try the pretzels and schnitzel and maybe some other beers. Definitely impressed, Who-Dey?!?” — Neo S.
Photo: Facebook.com/HBHNewport
19. LouVino
1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
”Fantastic for a night out with the girls or date with your partner! Wednesday night is half off bottles of wine. Go and split a few bottles among friends. We had the grunere veltliner which was superb plus the duck confit with sweet potato gnocchi, duck fat fries and goat cheese dip---all were fantastic! You can't go wrong. The staff was also very helpful with choosing wine and dishes + very attentive throughout the night.” — Kylie S.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

19. LouVino

1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
”Fantastic for a night out with the girls or date with your partner! Wednesday night is half off bottles of wine. Go and split a few bottles among friends. We had the grunere veltliner which was superb plus the duck confit with sweet potato gnocchi, duck fat fries and goat cheese dip---all were fantastic! You can't go wrong. The staff was also very helpful with choosing wine and dishes + very attentive throughout the night.” — Kylie S.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
18. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
5065 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 525 Race St., Downtown
”Amazing!! We are normally not fans of places that don't have wait service and make you order first at a counter but this place is outstanding!! We tried cocktails, love you can get mimosas with cold pressed juice & the homemade bloodyMary mix is delicious, and the food just wow! Love the ingredients that you can tell are specially selected and the delicious flavor combinations! I can absolutely see how this place would be packed on the weekends but it was quite slow on a Friday at 9:00.” — Stephanie B.
Photo: Provided by Maplewood Kitchen + Bar

18. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar

5065 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 525 Race St., Downtown
”Amazing!! We are normally not fans of places that don't have wait service and make you order first at a counter but this place is outstanding!! We tried cocktails, love you can get mimosas with cold pressed juice & the homemade bloodyMary mix is delicious, and the food just wow! Love the ingredients that you can tell are specially selected and the delicious flavor combinations! I can absolutely see how this place would be packed on the weekends but it was quite slow on a Friday at 9:00.” — Stephanie B.
Photo: Provided by Maplewood Kitchen + Bar
17. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey 
1201 Broadway St., Pendleton; 9039 U.S. Highway 41, Union
”If there's a wait, it's definitely worth it. These were hands down some of the best if not the best- biscuits I've ever had. My husband and I couldn't get enough of them. We order biscuits as a starter, had biscuit sandwiches, and ordered biscuits to go (for the road). I highly recommend stopping by this place if you're visiting. The service was also great and so were the mimosas!” — Antonia F.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

17. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

1201 Broadway St., Pendleton; 9039 U.S. Highway 41, Union
”If there's a wait, it's definitely worth it. These were hands down some of the best if not the best- biscuits I've ever had. My husband and I couldn't get enough of them. We order biscuits as a starter, had biscuit sandwiches, and ordered biscuits to go (for the road). I highly recommend stopping by this place if you're visiting. The service was also great and so were the mimosas!” — Antonia F.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
16. Three Spirits Tavern
209 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
”Great mixed drinks and can/bottle options.  Poor over worked single employee at bar, felt bad for the guy trying to keep up on a busy night.  Can't wait to see the finished interior upgrade and expanded deck out back.  Quickly becoming the go-to spot in Bellevue!    Check it out, highly recommended!” — Mark S. 
Photo: Facebook.com/ThreeSpiritsTavern

16. Three Spirits Tavern

209 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
”Great mixed drinks and can/bottle options. Poor over worked single employee at bar, felt bad for the guy trying to keep up on a busy night. Can't wait to see the finished interior upgrade and expanded deck out back. Quickly becoming the go-to spot in Bellevue! Check it out, highly recommended!” — Mark S.
Photo: Facebook.com/ThreeSpiritsTavern