April 13, 2018

Cincinnati's Best New Restaurants of 2017

Have you ever sat around wishing there were a publication that would list all of the best things in Cincinnati, as determined by a group of your peers as well as a handful of select staffers at your local alt-weekly paper? Well, your wish has been granted. 

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife and more. And the responsibility of selecting these exceptional entities is divided between our readers and staff.

This year, more than 900,000 votes were tallied to determine our Reader Picks — and readers logged on to the ballot site to vote for their favorites in broad categories, including Best New Restaurant.

With new restaurants popping up weekly across the city, choosing which one to visit next becomes a challenge. But, the challenge was accepted and new food was enjoyed, judged and ranked by your fellow Cincinnati foodies. These restaurants made the list of our city's best new restaurants of 2017. Did your favorite make the cut?


1.Taft's Brewporium | 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village

2. Court Street Lobster Bar28 W. Court St., Downtown

3. Camporosso2475 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Ky.

4. Sartre OTR1910 Elm St., OTR

5. Kitchen 18839003 Old US Highway 42, Union, Ky.

6. Dope! Noodle and Dumpling Shop 1103, 29 E. Court St., Downtown

7. Sweets & Meats BBQ 2249 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington

8. Buddha Barn Thai 6625 Gracely Drive, Sayler Park

9. CWC the Restaurant 1517 Springfield Pike, Wyoming

(TIE) Harvest Pizzeria 1739 Elm St., OTR

10. Casa Figueroa 6112 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge



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No. 1: Taft's Brewporium (4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village). New Haven-style apizza and local brews from the team behind Taft's Ale House.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 1: Taft's Brewporium (4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village). New Haven-style apizza and local brews from the team behind Taft's Ale House.
No. 2: Court Street Lobster Bar (28 W. Court St., Downtown). Lobster, lobster and more lobster — on rolls, in bisque and covered in poutine.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 2: Court Street Lobster Bar (28 W. Court St., Downtown). Lobster, lobster and more lobster — on rolls, in bisque and covered in poutine.
No. 3: Camporosso (2475 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Ky.). Neapolitan wood-fired pizza in Northern Kentucky.
Photo: Provided
No. 3: Camporosso (2475 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, Ky.). Neapolitan wood-fired pizza in Northern Kentucky.
No. 4. Sartre OTR (1910 Elm St., OTR). A French-ish brasserie in the same building as Rhinegeist.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 4. Sartre OTR (1910 Elm St., OTR). A French-ish brasserie in the same building as Rhinegeist.
No. 5: Kitchen 1883 (9003 Old US Highway 42, Union, Ky.). New American food and the first sit-down dining venture from Kroger.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 5: Kitchen 1883 (9003 Old US Highway 42, Union, Ky.). New American food and the first sit-down dining venture from Kroger.
No. 6: Dope! Noodle and Dumpling Shop (1103, 29 E. Court St., Downtown). Ramen, dumplings and fusion noodles surrounded by '90s-themed nostalgia and music.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 6: Dope! Noodle and Dumpling Shop (1103, 29 E. Court St., Downtown). Ramen, dumplings and fusion noodles surrounded by '90s-themed nostalgia and music.
No. 7: Sweets & Meats BBQ (2249 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington). Smoked meats and homemade sides from a female pitmaster.
Photo: Provided
No. 7: Sweets & Meats BBQ (2249 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington). Smoked meats and homemade sides from a female pitmaster.
No. 8: Buddha Barn Thai (6625 Gracely Drive, Sayler Park). It's Thai time.
Photo: Provided
No. 8: Buddha Barn Thai (6625 Gracely Drive, Sayler Park). It's Thai time.
No. 9: CWC the Restaurant (1517 Springfield Pike, Wyoming). The first restaurant from Cooking With Caitlin's chef Caitlin Steininger.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
No. 9: CWC the Restaurant (1517 Springfield Pike, Wyoming). The first restaurant from Cooking With Caitlin's chef Caitlin Steininger.
No. 9 (TIE): Harvest Pizzeria (1739 Elm St., OTR). The Columbus-based pizza parlor invades Findlay Market with craft pizza, burgers and great bruschetta.
Photo: Brittany Thornton
No. 9 (TIE): Harvest Pizzeria (1739 Elm St., OTR). The Columbus-based pizza parlor invades Findlay Market with craft pizza, burgers and great bruschetta.