January 07, 2022

These 23 Soups from Cincinnati Restaurants Are Guaranteed to Warm You Up

It's January and whether you're trying to warm up, cut calories or you're like us and just genuinely love it, it's soup season.

If you're craving pho, matzah ball soup, some classic chicken noodle or anything in between, this list has got you. It's National Soup Month so celebrate by slurping at these Greater Cincinnati restaurants. 
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Noodle Soup from Fortune Noodle House
349 Calhoun St., Clifton
This Clifton eatery specializes in hand-pulled noodles, the star of its menu. In a soup, the noodles soak up the broth but stay chewy, a quality unique to fresh, homemade noodles. Options range from pork rib noodle soup to beef tripe and noodle and a veggie noodle soup with bok choy, Chinese cabbage and carrot.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Noodle Soup from Fortune Noodle House

349 Calhoun St., Clifton
This Clifton eatery specializes in hand-pulled noodles, the star of its menu. In a soup, the noodles soak up the broth but stay chewy, a quality unique to fresh, homemade noodles. Options range from pork rib noodle soup to beef tripe and noodle and a veggie noodle soup with bok choy, Chinese cabbage and carrot.
Hungarian Mushroom Soup from National Exemplar
6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont
The National Exemplar in the Mariemont Inn is a restaurant for those who like a reliable meal. Open since 1983, it’s a solid stalwart with a handful of favorite menu items that keep patrons coming back again and again (and again) like prime rib, liver and onions and Hungarian mushroom soup. The soup is a velvety dish, with added paprika, celery and plenty of chunky fungi. It's one of their signature dishes for a reason.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup from National Exemplar

6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont
The National Exemplar in the Mariemont Inn is a restaurant for those who like a reliable meal. Open since 1983, it’s a solid stalwart with a handful of favorite menu items that keep patrons coming back again and again (and again) like prime rib, liver and onions and Hungarian mushroom soup. The soup is a velvety dish, with added paprika, celery and plenty of chunky fungi. It's one of their signature dishes for a reason.
Matzah Ball Soup from Sacred Beast
1437 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
“Simple food. Taken seriously” is the motto for Sacred Beast, a modern diner in Over-the-Rhine. The menu runs the gamut from lobster gravy fries to all day breakfast. But what we're here for today is the delicious matzah ball soup made with carrots, parsnips and dill.

Matzah Ball Soup from Sacred Beast

1437 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
“Simple food. Taken seriously” is the motto for Sacred Beast, a modern diner in Over-the-Rhine. The menu runs the gamut from lobster gravy fries to all day breakfast. But what we're here for today is the delicious matzah ball soup made with carrots, parsnips and dill.
Pho from Pho Lang Thang
1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Pho Lang Thang offers dishes like hot pho soup, spring rolls and the ever-popular banh mi sandwiches. Order from a wide variety of pho options, ranging from brisket and meatballs (Nạm, Bò Viên) to vegan mushroom pho or tendon and tripe (Gân, Sách). Grab some Lang Thang Vietnamese Coffee hot or iced.
Photo: Khoi Nguyen

Pho from Pho Lang Thang

1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Pho Lang Thang offers dishes like hot pho soup, spring rolls and the ever-popular banh mi sandwiches. Order from a wide variety of pho options, ranging from brisket and meatballs (Nạm, Bò Viên) to vegan mushroom pho or tendon and tripe (Gân, Sách). Grab some Lang Thang Vietnamese Coffee hot or iced.
Ginger Coconut Sweet Potato from Sleepy Bee Cafe
8 E. Fourth St., Downtown; 3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
A family-friendly breakfast and lunch spot, much of Sleepy Bee's food is sourced locally from farms with bee-friendly practices. For a vegan and gluten-free option, try the ginger coconut sweet potato soup spiced with ginger curry.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Ginger Coconut Sweet Potato from Sleepy Bee Cafe

8 E. Fourth St., Downtown; 3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash
A family-friendly breakfast and lunch spot, much of Sleepy Bee's food is sourced locally from farms with bee-friendly practices. For a vegan and gluten-free option, try the ginger coconut sweet potato soup spiced with ginger curry.
Tomato Bisque from ESSEN Kitchen
1 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine
ESSEN has been one of Over-the-Rhine's vegan hot spots for grab-and-go eats since opening in 2018. Their menu feels like comfort food, but with an upscale and modern tweak — 100% locally sourced, of course. Their creamy tomato bisque is made with roasted red peppers and coconut milk. It's dairy- and nut-free and well as vegan and vegetarian and can be made gluten-free.

Tomato Bisque from ESSEN Kitchen

1 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine
ESSEN has been one of Over-the-Rhine's vegan hot spots for grab-and-go eats since opening in 2018. Their menu feels like comfort food, but with an upscale and modern tweak — 100% locally sourced, of course. Their creamy tomato bisque is made with roasted red peppers and coconut milk. It's dairy- and nut-free and well as vegan and vegetarian and can be made gluten-free.
Ramen from Kiki College Hill
5932 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Kiki offers two ramen choices: shio ramen, a chicken broth with pork belly, negi, a tea-marinated egg and rayu; and kimchi ramen, featuring housemade kimchi and tofu. They also serve up a bowl of plain noodles and broth. To warm up your pre-ramen palate, try the karraage deep-fried jackfruit or chicken, or the edamame, tossed in sea salt or tare.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Ramen from Kiki College Hill

5932 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
Kiki offers two ramen choices: shio ramen, a chicken broth with pork belly, negi, a tea-marinated egg and rayu; and kimchi ramen, featuring housemade kimchi and tofu. They also serve up a bowl of plain noodles and broth. To warm up your pre-ramen palate, try the karraage deep-fried jackfruit or chicken, or the edamame, tossed in sea salt or tare.
Kimchi Tomato Soup from The Governor
231 Main St., Milford
The mission of the Governor is to offer the perks of fine dining — locally procured meat and produce, a menu made from scratch, a carefully designed cocktail list — at a medium price point in a laid-back environment. For something unique, try the creamy kimchi tomato soup made with roasted tomatoes and Korean chili.
Photo: Savana Willhoite

Kimchi Tomato Soup from The Governor

231 Main St., Milford
The mission of the Governor is to offer the perks of fine dining — locally procured meat and produce, a menu made from scratch, a carefully designed cocktail list — at a medium price point in a laid-back environment. For something unique, try the creamy kimchi tomato soup made with roasted tomatoes and Korean chili.
Tomato Soup from Tom & Chee
Multiple locations including 125 E. Court St., Downtown; 9328 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester; 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason
The gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup shop is famous for their signature grilled-cheese donut. The eatery started as a food tent on Fountain Square and was then featured on TV show Shark Tank. Of course, you can't have a grilled cheese without some dipping sauce aka tomato soup. They have classic or creamy.

Tomato Soup from Tom & Chee

Multiple locations including 125 E. Court St., Downtown; 9328 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester; 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason
The gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup shop is famous for their signature grilled-cheese donut. The eatery started as a food tent on Fountain Square and was then featured on TV show Shark Tank. Of course, you can't have a grilled cheese without some dipping sauce aka tomato soup. They have classic or creamy.
Creamy Chicken Soup from French Crust Cafe
1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This charming French cafe from chef Jean-Robert de Cavel specializes in Parisian bistro classics, from quiche and croissants to omelets.The made-from-scratch creamy chicken soup is a favorite. The soup is not only warming but also filling, made with blended rice and mushrooms for something extra. Pair it with a baguette with tuna nicoise-style salad.

Creamy Chicken Soup from French Crust Cafe

1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
This charming French cafe from chef Jean-Robert de Cavel specializes in Parisian bistro classics, from quiche and croissants to omelets.The made-from-scratch creamy chicken soup is a favorite. The soup is not only warming but also filling, made with blended rice and mushrooms for something extra. Pair it with a baguette with tuna nicoise-style salad.