Cincinnati’s 25 Hottest Restaurants Right Now According to Yelp

Yelp, everyone's favorite crowd-sourced ratings aggregate site, is an easy go-to when deciding where to dine. Is it new? Does it have a good Yelp review? People tend to trust their peers to give honest (and sometimes highly entertaining) feedback about local eateries. That being said, these are the top 25 best restaurants in Cincinnati according to Yelp — literally at the second this was published. Because Yelp is a pretty, pretty popular site and people are constantly reviewing and adding stars, etc., this list is constantly in flux. The No. 1 restaurant position will change, sometimes daily, and several eateries will jockey for position in and out of that top 25. But regardless of the rank, these are some of the public's favorite places to dine in the Queen City. And we've captured some of their reviews to tell you why. (Also, you can Google "top 10 best Cincinnati restaurants Yelp" to get the most current list at any point in time.)
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Cincinnati’s 25 Hottest Restaurants Right Now According to Yelp
1. The Eagle
1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
”I'm a big fan of fried chicken and The Eagle OTR does it very well. Please go give it a try with some of their awesome sides. The Eagle is located along this fun street filled with shops and restaurants and the atmosphere inside is exciting and hip. This visit I went with the dark meat, mac n cheese and horseradish mashed potatoes. Everything was perfect and full of flavor. The hot honey is a perfect addition to the fried chicken, too.” — Chris F.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheEagleOTR

1. The Eagle

1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
”I'm a big fan of fried chicken and The Eagle OTR does it very well. Please go give it a try with some of their awesome sides. The Eagle is located along this fun street filled with shops and restaurants and the atmosphere inside is exciting and hip. This visit I went with the dark meat, mac n cheese and horseradish mashed potatoes. Everything was perfect and full of flavor. The hot honey is a perfect addition to the fried chicken, too.” — Chris F.
Photo via Facebook.com/TheEagleOTR
2. Mazunte Taqueria
5207 Madison Road, Oakley
”So, their chips and salsa are housemade and if you are lucky, you could land a hot and fresh batch. They are SO GOOD! And you can refill it, too. My friend devoured the empanadas. And their tacos are heavenly! The thing that impressed me the most, is the service. A lot of people, including us, were unaware that it closes at 9 p.m. The guys didn't rush us and at 9:45, they still asked us to stay as long as we wanted. This is a testimony to the service here, and it is so unique. ” — Aditi R.
Photo: Patty Salas

2. Mazunte Taqueria

5207 Madison Road, Oakley
”So, their chips and salsa are housemade and if you are lucky, you could land a hot and fresh batch. They are SO GOOD! And you can refill it, too. My friend devoured the empanadas. And their tacos are heavenly! The thing that impressed me the most, is the service. A lot of people, including us, were unaware that it closes at 9 p.m. The guys didn't rush us and at 9:45, they still asked us to stay as long as we wanted. This is a testimony to the service here, and it is so unique. ” — Aditi R.
Photo: Patty Salas
3. LouVino OTR
1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
”First, I love the tapas-style concept. Everything is so good you'll want to get a few plates just to try as much as you can. The first time I went I was with a decent-sized group and we made a reservation. I definitely recommend making a reservation before you walk in. We were seated right away and given wonderful service. I tried the wine flight with the added cheeses, delicious!! I also sampled the Brussels Sprouts Salad and Chicken Tacos. Let's just say there weren't any leftovers.” — Rachel F.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

3. LouVino OTR

1142 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
”First, I love the tapas-style concept. Everything is so good you'll want to get a few plates just to try as much as you can. The first time I went I was with a decent-sized group and we made a reservation. I definitely recommend making a reservation before you walk in. We were seated right away and given wonderful service. I tried the wine flight with the added cheeses, delicious!! I also sampled the Brussels Sprouts Salad and Chicken Tacos. Let's just say there weren't any leftovers.” — Rachel F.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
4. Delwood
3204 Linwood Ave., Mt. Lookout
”Wow, sitting here eating the second half of my burger from yesterday's lunch at Delwood and I'm still blown away. It was so tasty! A simple menu packed with flavor. The owner is from Peru so there is a Latin flare to all the dishes. Our very favorite items we tried were the Brussels sprouts, the kale and Caesar salad with braised chicken and the spicy fried chicken sandwich, but everything we tried was worth reordering. A casual atmosphere, kid-friendly and wonderful happy hour deals.” — Leah B.
Photo via Facebook.com/DelwoodCincy, Joniel Riewoldt Taylor

4. Delwood

3204 Linwood Ave., Mt. Lookout
”Wow, sitting here eating the second half of my burger from yesterday's lunch at Delwood and I'm still blown away. It was so tasty! A simple menu packed with flavor. The owner is from Peru so there is a Latin flare to all the dishes. Our very favorite items we tried were the Brussels sprouts, the kale and Caesar salad with braised chicken and the spicy fried chicken sandwich, but everything we tried was worth reordering. A casual atmosphere, kid-friendly and wonderful happy hour deals.” — Leah B.
Photo via Facebook.com/DelwoodCincy, Joniel Riewoldt Taylor
5. Conscious Kitchen
2912 Short Vine St., Corryville
”When I came yesterday, the service was a bit slow due to the busy flow, but nothing to be upset about considering how friendly they were. I ordered a salad that was plated beautifully and a minute later the server came and notified me that they had run out of snap peas that were supposed to be in the dish (I didn't even notice yet) and he promptly offered to give me side of fries as a replacement; I was really grateful for his excellent customer service! I've had the Caribbean Jerk salad and the Far East salad and love both. Also, they are very accommodating when it comes to dietary restrictions, as they'll happily make the salads vegetarian for me and take off $2 for taking off the meat option, which is awesome.” — Jessie T.
Photo via Facebook.com/ConsciousKitchen513

5. Conscious Kitchen

2912 Short Vine St., Corryville
”When I came yesterday, the service was a bit slow due to the busy flow, but nothing to be upset about considering how friendly they were. I ordered a salad that was plated beautifully and a minute later the server came and notified me that they had run out of snap peas that were supposed to be in the dish (I didn't even notice yet) and he promptly offered to give me side of fries as a replacement; I was really grateful for his excellent customer service! I've had the Caribbean Jerk salad and the Far East salad and love both. Also, they are very accommodating when it comes to dietary restrictions, as they'll happily make the salads vegetarian for me and take off $2 for taking off the meat option, which is awesome.” — Jessie T.
Photo via Facebook.com/ConsciousKitchen513
6. Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey
1201 Broadway St., Over-the-Rhine
”Despite being one of the coolest vibes I have experienced in Cincinnati, Boomtown's food is what really sold it for me. I am not a biscuits and gravy person so I was skeptical. However, I was blown away! Although simple, the menu offers enough for anyone to choose from. The food is 'camping' style. Boomtown took American classics and made them top tier. On top of killer food, the bourbon/whiskey selection is relatively fairly priced.” — Drew S.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

6. Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey

1201 Broadway St., Over-the-Rhine
”Despite being one of the coolest vibes I have experienced in Cincinnati, Boomtown's food is what really sold it for me. I am not a biscuits and gravy person so I was skeptical. However, I was blown away! Although simple, the menu offers enough for anyone to choose from. The food is 'camping' style. Boomtown took American classics and made them top tier. On top of killer food, the bourbon/whiskey selection is relatively fairly priced.” — Drew S.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
7. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
525 Race St., Downtown
”The space is absolutely gorgeous: beautiful light fixtures, large columns, lovely bright windows, plenty of succulents, etc. Orders are placed at the counter and then food is brought to your table. We only waited about 10 minutes for our food, and everything came out just as we ordered it. I got the Guajillo Chicken Bowl. It was served deconstructed and was absolutely delicious! It was SO flavorful and perfectly portioned. I would return for this dish in a heartbeat!” —Emily V.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

7. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar

525 Race St., Downtown
”The space is absolutely gorgeous: beautiful light fixtures, large columns, lovely bright windows, plenty of succulents, etc. Orders are placed at the counter and then food is brought to your table. We only waited about 10 minutes for our food, and everything came out just as we ordered it. I got the Guajillo Chicken Bowl. It was served deconstructed and was absolutely delicious! It was SO flavorful and perfectly portioned. I would return for this dish in a heartbeat!” —Emily V.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
8. Crzy Monk
627 Main St., Downtown
”I came with a friend and we decided to split a few menu items. We started with some spring rolls. The spring rolls were pretty standard, but also tasty. For our entrees, we split the Bao-Buns and the Cr-Zy Dumplins. Both entrees were excellent, but the Bao-Buns really stole the show. As I type this review, I'm reminded of the breading and salivating thinking about how delicious they were (I'll be back soon to get more). It looks like the menu had a mix of healthy items as well, but clearly I steered the other way.” — Tyler M.
Photo via Facebook.com/CrzyMonk

8. Crzy Monk

627 Main St., Downtown
”I came with a friend and we decided to split a few menu items. We started with some spring rolls. The spring rolls were pretty standard, but also tasty. For our entrees, we split the Bao-Buns and the Cr-Zy Dumplins. Both entrees were excellent, but the Bao-Buns really stole the show. As I type this review, I'm reminded of the breading and salivating thinking about how delicious they were (I'll be back soon to get more). It looks like the menu had a mix of healthy items as well, but clearly I steered the other way.” — Tyler M.
Photo via Facebook.com/CrzyMonk
9. Krueger’s Tavern
1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
”If you're looking for somewhere to chill, get a couple of drinks and good food, this is the place to go. The place is a warm and friendly. Staff was welcoming. I ordered the Kruger Burger $9. It had two packed patties, shredded lettuce, onion, American cheese, their special sauce, homemade pickles, Dijonnaise, challah bun. It was very delicious. The patties were cooked perfectly. Recommend the thin fries with salt and pepper with malt vinegar aioli, which was amazingly delicious and exactly what I was looking for. Crispy every bite you take.” — Francine N.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

9. Krueger’s Tavern

1211 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
”If you're looking for somewhere to chill, get a couple of drinks and good food, this is the place to go. The place is a warm and friendly. Staff was welcoming. I ordered the Kruger Burger $9. It had two packed patties, shredded lettuce, onion, American cheese, their special sauce, homemade pickles, Dijonnaise, challah bun. It was very delicious. The patties were cooked perfectly. Recommend the thin fries with salt and pepper with malt vinegar aioli, which was amazingly delicious and exactly what I was looking for. Crispy every bite you take.” — Francine N.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger