February 14, 2020

Cincinnati's 25 Most Romantic Restaurants of All Time, According to Yelp

Yelp, everyone's favorite crowd-sourced ratings aggregate site, is an easy go-to when deciding where to dine. They've gathered a list of the Queen City's most romantic restaurants, according to user reviews that include words like "romantic," "date" and various forms of "Valentine's Day," and then ranked them by volume and ratings of restaurant reviews with the aforementioned keywords. From basement trattorias to lavish steakhouses, Jazzy New Orleans-style eateries and cozy cafes, here's where to take your special someone when you want a romantic night on the town.
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25. The Littlefield
3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
”Really cute place for a date night! Usually don't make it out to Northside but I'm glad I got to try this place out. It's a small, intimate place with a small menu and great drinks.” — Celina Y.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

25. The Littlefield

3934 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
”Really cute place for a date night! Usually don't make it out to Northside but I'm glad I got to try this place out. It's a small, intimate place with a small menu and great drinks.” — Celina Y.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
24. Dee Felice Cafe
529 Main St., Covington
”We stopped in for dinner and it was wonderful. We loved the set up of the restaurant. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic. It was perfect for date night. There was a jazz band behind the bar which was super cool. We ordered the meatballs and ravioli. Delicious! The bread that came to the table was perfect. Everyone was friendly and the service was great.” — Brandy L.
Photo via Facebook.com/DeeFeliceCafe

24. Dee Felice Cafe

529 Main St., Covington
”We stopped in for dinner and it was wonderful. We loved the set up of the restaurant. The atmosphere was cozy and romantic. It was perfect for date night. There was a jazz band behind the bar which was super cool. We ordered the meatballs and ravioli. Delicious! The bread that came to the table was perfect. Everyone was friendly and the service was great.” — Brandy L.
Photo via Facebook.com/DeeFeliceCafe
23. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
700 Walnut St., Downtown
”Service was impeccable. Of course, this is a 'special occasion' restaurant, that is to be expected. It is expensive, but worth the splurge. Great option for date night.” — Emilia N.
Photo via Facebook.com/JeffRubysSteakhouse

23. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

700 Walnut St., Downtown
”Service was impeccable. Of course, this is a 'special occasion' restaurant, that is to be expected. It is expensive, but worth the splurge. Great option for date night.” — Emilia N.
Photo via Facebook.com/JeffRubysSteakhouse
22. York Street Café
738 York St., Newport
”Date night out with the hubby and what a great spot! Atmosphere was nice with low lighting and tons of items to spark conversation or memories. Dinner was fantastic. Amish chicken was delish super juicy. Mediterranean board is so yummy that's what I get every time. Need a refreshing drink? Try Tito's Mule oh my!” — Jenny N.
Photo: Paige Deglow

22. York Street Café

738 York St., Newport
”Date night out with the hubby and what a great spot! Atmosphere was nice with low lighting and tons of items to spark conversation or memories. Dinner was fantastic. Amish chicken was delish super juicy. Mediterranean board is so yummy that's what I get every time. Need a refreshing drink? Try Tito's Mule oh my!” — Jenny N.
Photo: Paige Deglow
21. Primavista
810 Matson Place, East Price Hill
”From the moment you arrive, you receive comfort, beauty, and a glorious dining experience. Prima Vista has been a dining event for 30 years and they are only getting better. Cocktails, wine list, appetizers, entrees and desserts are all worth the trip.” — Ron M. 
Photo via Facebook.com/PrimavistaRestaurant

21. Primavista

810 Matson Place, East Price Hill
”From the moment you arrive, you receive comfort, beauty, and a glorious dining experience. Prima Vista has been a dining event for 30 years and they are only getting better. Cocktails, wine list, appetizers, entrees and desserts are all worth the trip.” — Ron M.
Photo via Facebook.com/PrimavistaRestaurant
20. Zula
1400 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
”Love love love Zula for a quiet relaxed dinner! Service is great and the waiters don't rush you. I came here on a Saturday night looking for a relaxing dinner. Zula is known for small plates that you can share with the table. I love trying several new dishes. The small dishes go great with a bottle of wine. All the small plates we had incorporated an array of flavors that came together so nicely! Definitely recommend trying Zula out for a date or with your girlfriends!” — Mariel D.
Photo via Facebook.com/zulawinebar

20. Zula

1400 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
”Love love love Zula for a quiet relaxed dinner! Service is great and the waiters don't rush you. I came here on a Saturday night looking for a relaxing dinner. Zula is known for small plates that you can share with the table. I love trying several new dishes. The small dishes go great with a bottle of wine. All the small plates we had incorporated an array of flavors that came together so nicely! Definitely recommend trying Zula out for a date or with your girlfriends!” — Mariel D.
Photo via Facebook.com/zulawinebar
19. Otto's
521 Main St., Covington
”Pleasantly surprised by this place! I wasn't expecting much but the food was delicious. Unassuming from the outside but definitely a nicer establishment for a date night dinner. The drinks were also good, I had the lychee martini and would definitely get it again!” — Desiree J.
Photo via Facebook.com/Ottos521Cov

19. Otto's

521 Main St., Covington
”Pleasantly surprised by this place! I wasn't expecting much but the food was delicious. Unassuming from the outside but definitely a nicer establishment for a date night dinner. The drinks were also good, I had the lychee martini and would definitely get it again!” — Desiree J.
Photo via Facebook.com/Ottos521Cov
18. Boca
114 E. Sixth St., Downtown
”Although it was a small menu, we loved the food. The gnocchi was probably the best I had ever had. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was great for a date, nice and intimate. The building itself is very chic rustic, with original exposed wood and brick.
Of course its downtown and parking is impossible, so I recommend the valet ($8).” — Sheena P.
Photo via Facebook.com/BocaRestaurant

18. Boca

114 E. Sixth St., Downtown
”Although it was a small menu, we loved the food. The gnocchi was probably the best I had ever had. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was great for a date, nice and intimate. The building itself is very chic rustic, with original exposed wood and brick. Of course its downtown and parking is impossible, so I recommend the valet ($8).” — Sheena P.
Photo via Facebook.com/BocaRestaurant
17. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
525 Race St., Downtown
”This is one of my favorite date spots in Cincinnati. Beautiful ambiance. The shoestring fries are delicious and the veggie burger is one of my favorite in town. The drinks are expensive and I don't love them, so normally I don't swing for those, but definitely a repeat customer for the food.” — Kylie H.
Photo: Facebook.com/MaplewoodKitchen

17. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar

525 Race St., Downtown
”This is one of my favorite date spots in Cincinnati. Beautiful ambiance. The shoestring fries are delicious and the veggie burger is one of my favorite in town. The drinks are expensive and I don't love them, so normally I don't swing for those, but definitely a repeat customer for the food.” — Kylie H.
Photo: Facebook.com/MaplewoodKitchen
16. Taft's Ale House
1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
”We loved our date night at Taft’s. We both got a beer that we loved - the Louisa Bramble is deliciously tart & sweet! We took our waiter’s recommendation and got the dad’s portion of the tri-tip steak & it was incredible! Not to mention the cornbread (which isn't something I usually go for) was incredible! The building was beautiful with old architecture that OTR is known for!” — 	
Courtney H.
Photo: Jesse Fox

16. Taft's Ale House

1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
”We loved our date night at Taft’s. We both got a beer that we loved - the Louisa Bramble is deliciously tart & sweet! We took our waiter’s recommendation and got the dad’s portion of the tri-tip steak & it was incredible! Not to mention the cornbread (which isn't something I usually go for) was incredible! The building was beautiful with old architecture that OTR is known for!” — Courtney H.
Photo: Jesse Fox