Yes, its true: You can dine at any one of Cincinnatis most expensive restaurants and manage to enjoy a meal without totally busting your budget. Relish in the pleasures of fine dining all without sacrificing your entire paycheck.
In this informal survey of menu bargains, were revisiting the results of CityBeats original Chic on the Cheap story, first published 15 years ago. And the citys restaurant scene has changed a lot since then. Gone are the late and lamented Maisonette and La Normandie, along with other dearly departed eateries such as Jean-Robert at Pigalls, Barresis, The Celestial, Mike Fink, Mt. Adams Fish House, Beluga, Michael Gs, Daveeds at 934 and Jimmy Ds.
Newer high-end eateries have all arrived to take their place. Heres a comparison guide to the citys top 25 dining spots (as ranked by the most expensive regular nightly dinner meal on their menus) along with tips on an alternative bargain dish that price-conscious consumers can expect to find at each location.