March 25, 2020

Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, According to Our Readers

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue has officially arrived, highlighting the city’s most outstanding Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife, City Life and Sports & Recreation. And the responsibility of selecting these exceptional entities is divided between our readers and staff. This year, half a million votes were tallied to determine our Reader Picks. Readers logged on to the ballot site to vote for their favorites in broad categories like Best New Restaurant and Best Bartender, with more niche topics including Best Ribs, Best Realtor and Best CBD Retailer. You might not need to know who the Best Used Automotive Dealer is right now, or the Best Lawyer, but when you do, we’ve got you covered. This particular slideshow gathers all the winners from the entire "Eats" category. These restaurants and businesses have proven themselves as the Queen City's top spots, according to our readers' votes. And while the future may seem uncertain right now, one thing's for sure — this past year was filled with some absolutely excellent eats, made by incredibly talented and passionate chefs and bakers. And after we weather the storm, this city will be stronger — and tastier — than ever.
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Best New Restaurant (Since March 2019)
1. Kiki College Hill, facebook.com/kikicollegehill
2. Libby’s Southern Comfort, libbyssoutherncomfort.com
3. Chicken Salad Chick, chickensaladchick.com
4. Goose & Elder, gooseandelder.com
5. Dead Low Brewing, deadlowbrewing.com
6. Ripple Wine Bar, ripplewinebar.com
7. Forty Thieves, fortythievesgang.com
8. Losanti, losantiotr.com
9. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco
10. Delwood, delwoodcincy.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best New Restaurant (Since March 2019)

1. Kiki College Hill, facebook.com/kikicollegehill
2. Libby’s Southern Comfort, libbyssoutherncomfort.com
3. Chicken Salad Chick, chickensaladchick.com
4. Goose & Elder, gooseandelder.com
5. Dead Low Brewing, deadlowbrewing.com
6. Ripple Wine Bar, ripplewinebar.com
7. Forty Thieves, fortythievesgang.com
8. Losanti, losantiotr.com
9. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco
10. Delwood, delwoodcincy.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Brunch
1. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
2. Sleepy Bee Cafe, sleepybeecafe.com
3. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com
4. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, maplewoodkitchenandbar.com
5. First Watch, firstwatch.com
6. Grand Finale, grandfinale.info
7. Orchids at Palm Court, orchidsatpalmcourt.com
8. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
9. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com
10. The National Exemplar, nationalexemplar.com
Photo: Brittany Thornton

Brunch

1. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
2. Sleepy Bee Cafe, sleepybeecafe.com
3. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com
4. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, maplewoodkitchenandbar.com
5. First Watch, firstwatch.com
6. Grand Finale, grandfinale.info
7. Orchids at Palm Court, orchidsatpalmcourt.com
8. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
9. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com
10. The National Exemplar, nationalexemplar.com

Photo: Brittany Thornton
Barbecue
1. Eli’s BBQ, elisbarbeque.com
2. City Barbeque, citybbq.com
3. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
4. Montgomery Inn, montgomeryinn.com
5. Pickles & Bones Barbecue, picklesandbones.com
6. Sweets & Meats BBQ, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com
7. Pontiac, pontiacbbq.com
8. Just Q’in BBQ, justqin.com
9. Bee’s Barbecue, facebook.com/beesbarbecue
10. Midwest Best BBQ and Creamery, midwestbestbbq.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Barbecue

1. Eli’s BBQ, elisbarbeque.com
2. City Barbeque, citybbq.com
3. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
4. Montgomery Inn, montgomeryinn.com
5. Pickles & Bones Barbecue, picklesandbones.com
6. Sweets & Meats BBQ, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com
7. Pontiac, pontiacbbq.com
8. Just Q’in BBQ, justqin.com
9. Bee’s Barbecue, facebook.com/beesbarbecue
10. Midwest Best BBQ and Creamery, midwestbestbbq.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Tacos
1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
2. Condado Tacos, condadotacos.com
3. Taco Casa, tacocasacinti.com
4. Agave & Rye, agaveandrye.com
5. Bakersfield, bakersfieldtacos.com
6. Tortilleria Garcia, tortilleriagarcia.us
7. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com
8. La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina  & Tienda, searchable on Facebook
9. Street Chef Brigade, streetchefbrigade.com
10. Django Western Taco, djangonorthside.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Tacos

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
2. Condado Tacos, condadotacos.com
3. Taco Casa, tacocasacinti.com
4. Agave & Rye, agaveandrye.com
5. Bakersfield, bakersfieldtacos.com
6. Tortilleria Garcia, tortilleriagarcia.us
7. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com
8. La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda, searchable on Facebook
9. Street Chef Brigade, streetchefbrigade.com
10. Django Western Taco, djangonorthside.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Mexican
1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
2. La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda, searchable on Facebook
3. Taqueria Mercado, taqueriamercado.com
Photo: Patty Salas

Mexican

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
2. La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda, searchable on Facebook
3. Taqueria Mercado, taqueriamercado.com

Photo: Patty Salas
Neighborhood Restaurant (Downtown/OTR)
1. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
2. The Eagle, eaglerestaurant.com
3. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Neighborhood Restaurant (Downtown/OTR)

1. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
2. The Eagle, eaglerestaurant.com
3. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Overall Burgers (Non-Chain)
1. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
2. Roney’s, facebook.com/roneysrestaurant
3. Zip’s Cafe, zipscafe.com
4. Flipdaddy’s, flipdaddys.com
5. Quatman Cafe, quatmancafe.com
6. Tickle Pickle, ordertickle.com
7. The Turf Club, turfclubcincy.com
8. Street Chef Brigade, streetchefbrigade.com
9. Arthur’s (TIE), arthurscincinnati.com
9. Krueger’s Tavern (TIE), kruegerstavern.com
10. Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beer, sammyscbb.com
Photo via facebook.com/nationkitchenandbar

Overall Burgers (Non-Chain)

1. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
2. Roney’s, facebook.com/roneysrestaurant
3. Zip’s Cafe, zipscafe.com
4. Flipdaddy’s, flipdaddys.com
5. Quatman Cafe, quatmancafe.com
6. Tickle Pickle, ordertickle.com
7. The Turf Club, turfclubcincy.com
8. Street Chef Brigade, streetchefbrigade.com
9. Arthur’s (TIE), arthurscincinnati.com
9. Krueger’s Tavern (TIE), kruegerstavern.com
10. Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beer, sammyscbb.com

Photo via facebook.com/nationkitchenandbar
Neighborhood Restaurant (East Side)
1. El Coyote (TIE), elcoyotecincy.com
1. Joe’s Pizza Napoli (TIE), joespizzanapoli.com
2. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
3. Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Neighborhood Restaurant (East Side)

1. El Coyote (TIE), elcoyotecincy.com
1. Joe’s Pizza Napoli (TIE), joespizzanapoli.com
2. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
3. Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Neighborhood Restaurant (Central)
1. Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, ruthscafe.com
2. Adriatico’s, adriaticospizza.com
3. Quatman Cafe, quatmancafe.com
Photo via Ruth’s Parkside Cafe Facebook

Neighborhood Restaurant (Central)

1. Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, ruthscafe.com
2. Adriatico’s, adriaticospizza.com
3. Quatman Cafe, quatmancafe.com

Photo via Ruth’s Parkside Cafe Facebook
Neighborhood Restaurant (West Side)
1. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com
2. Price Hill Chili, pricehillchili.com
3. Primavista, pvista.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Neighborhood Restaurant (West Side)

1. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com
2. Price Hill Chili, pricehillchili.com
3. Primavista, pvista.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger