Cincinnati's 25 Best Restaurants Right Now, According to Yelp

The Queen City is full of 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. Goose & Elder
1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
"Came to Cincinnati to visit a friend and stopped in here for lunch. We had the brussels, ricotta toast, nachos, and mac n cheese. Everything was phenomenal and the service was second to none! Our server, Jam was the most pleasant, knowledgeable, and kind.  Would recommend to anybody. Wish I could give more than 5 stars." — Jayy J.
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25. Goose & Elder

1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
"Came to Cincinnati to visit a friend and stopped in here for lunch. We had the brussels, ricotta toast, nachos, and mac n cheese. Everything was phenomenal and the service was second to none! Our server, Jam was the most pleasant, knowledgeable, and kind. Would recommend to anybody. Wish I could give more than 5 stars." — Jayy J.
24. Eli’s BBQ - Riverside
3313 Riverside Drive, East Side
"Oh this place was just so good!!! My family came into town this week and I knew I had to take them here to try the best BBQ. The weather was perfect we're picked up a couple ribs and enjoyed their food while sitting under their outdoor patio with a bit of music playing. We did go for a late lunch so there wasn't much of a crowd, but for us the chill vibes and wonderful weather was perfect for us!" — Sandy H.
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24. Eli’s BBQ - Riverside

3313 Riverside Drive, East Side
"Oh this place was just so good!!! My family came into town this week and I knew I had to take them here to try the best BBQ. The weather was perfect we're picked up a couple ribs and enjoyed their food while sitting under their outdoor patio with a bit of music playing. We did go for a late lunch so there wasn't much of a crowd, but for us the chill vibes and wonderful weather was perfect for us!" — Sandy H.
23. Wunderbar
1132 Lee St., Covington
"Great food. It's a spot you may question when you walk in. Menu on a chalk board. The food was awesome though." — Tome O.

23. Wunderbar

1132 Lee St., Covington
"Great food. It's a spot you may question when you walk in. Menu on a chalk board. The food was awesome though." — Tome O.
22. Onolicious Hawaii
Oakley Kitchen Food Hall, 3715 Madison Road, Oakley
"Authentic Hawaiian. Friendly staff and delicious food. I was surprised with huge amount of food. Definitely will visit again." — Marika Y.
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22. Onolicious Hawaii

Oakley Kitchen Food Hall, 3715 Madison Road, Oakley
"Authentic Hawaiian. Friendly staff and delicious food. I was surprised with huge amount of food. Definitely will visit again." — Marika Y.
21. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
1201 Broadway St., Pendleton
"Alright so I lived in the south so had some serious biscuit expectations coming here. This is one of the best biscuits I've ever had in my life. I got the Yukon with no bacon and peppercorn gravy instead with the cheddar grits. Gravy, biscuit, fried chicken, grits. All 10/10. Grits are flavorful (slightly salty) but my goodness delicious. I'm only here for a full day and so glad I stopped here." — Jordan M.
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21. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

1201 Broadway St., Pendleton
"Alright so I lived in the south so had some serious biscuit expectations coming here. This is one of the best biscuits I've ever had in my life. I got the Yukon with no bacon and peppercorn gravy instead with the cheddar grits. Gravy, biscuit, fried chicken, grits. All 10/10. Grits are flavorful (slightly salty) but my goodness delicious. I'm only here for a full day and so glad I stopped here." — Jordan M.
20. Maize
1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
"A terrific addition to the OTR neighborhood with an easy walk from music hall and Washington park!  Foodies will enjoy the offerings from the Latin American themed menu options.  Shareables and talented mixologists offer a social experience exceeding the norms.  Bravo!" — Todd M.
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20. Maize

1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
"A terrific addition to the OTR neighborhood with an easy walk from music hall and Washington park! Foodies will enjoy the offerings from the Latin American themed menu options. Shareables and talented mixologists offer a social experience exceeding the norms. Bravo!" — Todd M.
19. Bakersfield
1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
"Great spot to grab an quick bite and drink , had some tacos and taquitos and a cucumber marg." — Christina L.
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19. Bakersfield

1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
"Great spot to grab an quick bite and drink , had some tacos and taquitos and a cucumber marg." — Christina L.
18. Shanghai On Elm
700 Elm St., Downtown
"A bit expensive, but very good food. Many times I get it on my way home and it takes no time at all whether I call ahead or place it online. The amount of food will fill you up for sure." — Aj L.

18. Shanghai On Elm

700 Elm St., Downtown
"A bit expensive, but very good food. Many times I get it on my way home and it takes no time at all whether I call ahead or place it online. The amount of food will fill you up for sure." — Aj L.
17. Nolia Kitchen
1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine
"If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Best of everything Cincinnati has to offer! Best pork and peas, best service, best environment. Also can't forget about the sweet potato donuts. Cannot recommend enough. Will be back ASAP!" — Annemarie S.
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17. Nolia Kitchen

1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine
"If I could give more than 5 stars I would. Best of everything Cincinnati has to offer! Best pork and peas, best service, best environment. Also can't forget about the sweet potato donuts. Cannot recommend enough. Will be back ASAP!" — Annemarie S.
16. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
525 Race St., Downtown; 5065 Deerfield Blvd., Mason
"Great downtown brunch place with plenty of lunch options too. The chicken tynga was awesome. Tried the Goetta also because i hadn't ever had it and it was enjoyable and not very greasy. All the prices were very reasonable. If willing you can bypass the ordering line and sit at the bar instead for faster service!" — Chad W.

16. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar

525 Race St., Downtown; 5065 Deerfield Blvd., Mason
"Great downtown brunch place with plenty of lunch options too. The chicken tynga was awesome. Tried the Goetta also because i hadn't ever had it and it was enjoyable and not very greasy. All the prices were very reasonable. If willing you can bypass the ordering line and sit at the bar instead for faster service!" — Chad W.