January 15, 2021

These 17 Much-Anticipated Greater Cincinnati Restaurants Are New or Opening Soon

2021 is looking up, at least when it comes to our culinary offerings. The Queen City is stacked with recent restaurant openings and tasty spots to look forward to. From Latin American-inspired brunch spots to a Hyde Park pizzeria, our taste buds have plenty to explore this year.
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Yucca
700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
The team behind Covington’s popular new brunch spot Cedar are opening their second Northern Kentucky restaurant in Bellevue’s former Fairfield Market space this spring. The eatery, like Cedar, will serve brunch, but this establishment will have a Latin American-inspired menu, featuring items like chilaquiles and Cubano sandwiches and a full cocktail menu. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Yucca

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
The team behind Covington’s popular new brunch spot Cedar are opening their second Northern Kentucky restaurant in Bellevue’s former Fairfield Market space this spring. The eatery, like Cedar, will serve brunch, but this establishment will have a Latin American-inspired menu, featuring items like chilaquiles and Cubano sandwiches and a full cocktail menu.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
All Hail the Biscuit
887 1/2 State Route 28, Miami Township
Biscuits are this shop’s bread and butter. All Hail the Biscuit will feature breakfast and lunch dishes such as sandwiches, salads, and scratch-made buttermilk biscuits. The restaurant, owned by Pickles & Bones Barbecue’s Josh and Nicole House, was once just an occasional pop-up that had customers lined up around the block, but it has since reached its Kickstarter goal and plans to open sometime this fall. 
Photo via All Hail the Biscuit’s Kickstarter

All Hail the Biscuit

887 1/2 State Route 28, Miami Township
Biscuits are this shop’s bread and butter. All Hail the Biscuit will feature breakfast and lunch dishes such as sandwiches, salads, and scratch-made buttermilk biscuits. The restaurant, owned by Pickles & Bones Barbecue’s Josh and Nicole House, was once just an occasional pop-up that had customers lined up around the block, but it has since reached its Kickstarter goal and plans to open sometime this fall.
Photo via All Hail the Biscuit’s Kickstarter
Oakley Fish House
3036 Madison Road, Oakley
Oakley’s former Habits Cafe has reemerged as a seafood-centric eatery called Oakley Fish House. The new spot offers a wide variety of both sea and land meats, including oyster flights and grilled Spanish octopus for shareables, plus entrees including stuffed sole, ribeye steak, shrimp gnocchi and pistachio and herb salmon. The owners formerly owned upscale seafood restaurant Mount Adams Fish House, which closed in 2011.
Photo via Instagram.com/OakleyFishHouse

Oakley Fish House

3036 Madison Road, Oakley
Oakley’s former Habits Cafe has reemerged as a seafood-centric eatery called Oakley Fish House. The new spot offers a wide variety of both sea and land meats, including oyster flights and grilled Spanish octopus for shareables, plus entrees including stuffed sole, ribeye steak, shrimp gnocchi and pistachio and herb salmon. The owners formerly owned upscale seafood restaurant Mount Adams Fish House, which closed in 2011.
Photo via Instagram.com/OakleyFishHouse
Parlor Pizza Project
3392 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Parlor Pizza Project, founded by Alex Plattner, kicked off its Sunday Slice pop-up at Oakley Wines in late August, featuring two or three different 10-inch pizza options weekly, which guests could either enjoy at the shop or take to-go. After many sold-out nights and success, Plattner has announced plans to open his very own brick-and-mortar pizza shop just down the road in Hyde Park. Pizza Parlor Project's petite shop is slated to open early this February and will focus on carry-out pizzas and salads.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Parlor Pizza Project

3392 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
Parlor Pizza Project, founded by Alex Plattner, kicked off its Sunday Slice pop-up at Oakley Wines in late August, featuring two or three different 10-inch pizza options weekly, which guests could either enjoy at the shop or take to-go. After many sold-out nights and success, Plattner has announced plans to open his very own brick-and-mortar pizza shop just down the road in Hyde Park. Pizza Parlor Project's petite shop is slated to open early this February and will focus on carry-out pizzas and salads.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Pampas Argentine Gastropub
2038 Madison Road, O'Bryonville
Taking inspiration from his heritage, Ignite Entertainment founder Juan Imeroni opened Pampas Argentine Gastropub, a new eatery that offers an approachable taste of the Argentine countryside in November. The ambiance blends the culture and flavors of two of his other local establishments: Che and Butcher and Barrel. Chef Patrick Bowling — formerly of Jean-Robert's Table and Restaurant L — is at the helm. The menu features meat dishes inspired by the “gaucho” experience in the flatlands of South America as well as salads and charcuterie. They boast a diverse list of cocktails as well, including the simple yet traditional Fernet y Coca.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Pampas Argentine Gastropub

2038 Madison Road, O'Bryonville
Taking inspiration from his heritage, Ignite Entertainment founder Juan Imeroni opened Pampas Argentine Gastropub, a new eatery that offers an approachable taste of the Argentine countryside in November. The ambiance blends the culture and flavors of two of his other local establishments: Che and Butcher and Barrel. Chef Patrick Bowling — formerly of Jean-Robert's Table and Restaurant L — is at the helm. The menu features meat dishes inspired by the “gaucho” experience in the flatlands of South America as well as salads and charcuterie. They boast a diverse list of cocktails as well, including the simple yet traditional Fernet y Coca.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Copper & Flame
1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Become your own bartender with Copper & Flame’s pour-your-own-drink concept, slated to open in Over-the-Rhine this spring. Choose from over 68 local and national craft beers, draft wine and cocktails. Complete your night by ordering from the bar’s extensive menu of elevated Central/South American and Southeast Asian street food. The bar inhabits the space formerly occupied by game bar The Rook.
Photo via Facebook.com/CopperandFlameOTR

Copper & Flame

1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Become your own bartender with Copper & Flame’s pour-your-own-drink concept, slated to open in Over-the-Rhine this spring. Choose from over 68 local and national craft beers, draft wine and cocktails. Complete your night by ordering from the bar’s extensive menu of elevated Central/South American and Southeast Asian street food. The bar inhabits the space formerly occupied by game bar The Rook.
Photo via Facebook.com/CopperandFlameOTR
Drip Coffee Lounge
2927 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
There’s something new brewing in Camp Washington. Sporting a multicultural African-fusion menu with a modern spin, Drip Coffee Lounge features a full coffee bar with locally roasted specialties. But coffee isn’t the only thing on the menu. The shop also has teas, wine, beer and cocktails in addition to “quick bites,” such as wraps, sambusa and chicken suya satay. While an opening date has yet to be announced, locals should be on the lookout for the upcoming hot spot. 
Photo via DripCoffeeLounge.com

Drip Coffee Lounge

2927 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
There’s something new brewing in Camp Washington. Sporting a multicultural African-fusion menu with a modern spin, Drip Coffee Lounge features a full coffee bar with locally roasted specialties. But coffee isn’t the only thing on the menu. The shop also has teas, wine, beer and cocktails in addition to “quick bites,” such as wraps, sambusa and chicken suya satay. While an opening date has yet to be announced, locals should be on the lookout for the upcoming hot spot.
Photo via DripCoffeeLounge.com

Taqueria 251
4110 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Opened in the fall, this Northside eatery offers traditional Mexican flavors with an “avant-garde twist” and a focus on the experience in addition to the food. Owned by Emilio Santos, the menu features items like tacos, tostadas, churros and esquites — plus a full cocktail menu and draft and canned beers. 
Photo via Facebook.com/Taqueria251

Taqueria 251

4110 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Opened in the fall, this Northside eatery offers traditional Mexican flavors with an “avant-garde twist” and a focus on the experience in addition to the food. Owned by Emilio Santos, the menu features items like tacos, tostadas, churros and esquites — plus a full cocktail menu and draft and canned beers.
Photo via Facebook.com/Taqueria251
Westwood Nation Kitchen & Bar
3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches like the popular Nation burger, with a 6-ounce brisket patty, smoked cheddar, whiskey barbecue sauce, onion straws and horseradish aioli on a challah bun. After slingin’ patties in Pendleton since 2015, the Best of Cincinnati award-winning eatery opened a second location in Westwood in the revitalized Junietta Avenue Firehouse in October.  
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Westwood Nation Kitchen & Bar

3435 Epworth Ave., Westwood
Nation Kitchen & Bar offers a variety of burgers and sandwiches like the popular Nation burger, with a 6-ounce brisket patty, smoked cheddar, whiskey barbecue sauce, onion straws and horseradish aioli on a challah bun. After slingin’ patties in Pendleton since 2015, the Best of Cincinnati award-winning eatery opened a second location in Westwood in the revitalized Junietta Avenue Firehouse in October.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
E19
1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Founded by owner Richard Cooke, the organizer of Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque — located across from Rhinegeist — opened in October. In a press release (pre-pandemic), Cooke described the establishment as bringing together "high-caliber music, exceptional customer service, and top-notch entertainment in a beautiful, inspiring setting." 
Photo via Facebook.com/E19

E19

1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Founded by owner Richard Cooke, the organizer of Cincinnati's LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque — located across from Rhinegeist — opened in October. In a press release (pre-pandemic), Cooke described the establishment as bringing together "high-caliber music, exceptional customer service, and top-notch entertainment in a beautiful, inspiring setting."
Photo via Facebook.com/E19