These are Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best of Cincinnati, wherein readers and staffers alike decide which bars are the booziest, which people are the coolest and which shops are your best bet for dropping a pretty penny.
Choosing where to get dinner (or a drink or brunch or to just grab a donut) is hard enough, but your neighbors across the city have helped narrow it down.
As voted by our readers in this year's 2021 Best Of Cincinnati issue, here are the city's Best Restaurants for your viewing pleasure and to (hopefully) help settle some debates about where to eat.
In the mood for chili? Head to Camp Washington. Wings? Knockback Nat's has the best, our readers say. A vegetarian feast? Consider Melt Revival. Whether you need to know where to chow down on the best takeout, a romantic spot to impress a first date or a fun place to take the kids, this is your official CityBeat-endorsed guide to eating your way through the city.

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Best New Restaurant
1. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
2. The Governor, governordiner.com
3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com
4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
5. Khora, khorarestaurant.com
6. Galactic Fried Chicken, galacticfriedchicken.com
7. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com
8. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com
9. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com
10. OTR Chili Co., otrchilico.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best New Restaurant

1. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
2. The Governor, governordiner.com
3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com
4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
5. Khora, khorarestaurant.com
6. Galactic Fried Chicken, galacticfriedchicken.com
7. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com
8. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com
9. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com
10. OTR Chili Co., otrchilico.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Best New Restaurant
1. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
2. The Governor, governordiner.com
3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com
4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
5. Khora, khorarestaurant.com
6. Galactic Fried Chicken, facebook.com/galacticfriedchicken
7. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com
8. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com
9. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com
10. OTR Chili Co., otrchilico.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best New Restaurant

1. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
2. The Governor, governordiner.com
3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com
4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
5. Khora, khorarestaurant.com
6. Galactic Fried Chicken, facebook.com/galacticfriedchicken
7. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com
8. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com
9. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com
10. OTR Chili Co., otrchilico.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Best Overall Restaurant
1. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com
2. Jeff Ruby's The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct
3. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
4. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com
5. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, jeffruby.com
6. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
7. Boca (TIE), bocacincinnati.com
7. The Eagle (TIE), eaglerestaurant.com
8. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com
9. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com
10. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best Overall Restaurant

1. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com
2. Jeff Ruby's The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct
3. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
4. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com
5. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, jeffruby.com
6. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
7. Boca (TIE), bocacincinnati.com
7. The Eagle (TIE), eaglerestaurant.com
8. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com
9. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com
10. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com

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

Best Brunch

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

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Best Takeout
1. Eli's BBQ, elisbarbeque.com
2. Dewey's Pizza, deweyspizza.com
3. City Barbeque, citybbq.com
4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
5. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com
6. Currito, currito.com
7. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
8. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
9. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco
10. Revolution Rotisserie, revolutionrotisserie.com
Photo: facebook.com/elisbbqcincy

Best Takeout

1. Eli's BBQ, elisbarbeque.com
2. Dewey's Pizza, deweyspizza.com
3. City Barbeque, citybbq.com
4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
5. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com
6. Currito, currito.com
7. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
8. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
9. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco
10. Revolution Rotisserie, revolutionrotisserie.com

Photo: facebook.com/elisbbqcincy
Best Barbecue
1. Eli's BBQ, elisbarbeque.com
2. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
3. City Barbeque, citybbq.com
4. Montgomery Inn, montgomeryinn.com
5. Pickles & Bones Barbecue, picklesandbones.com
6. Just Q'in, justqin.com
7. Sweets & Meats BBQ, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com
8. Midwest Best BBQ, midwestbestbbq.com
9. Pontiac, pontiacbbq.com
10. Harmon's Barbecue, harmonsbbq.business.site
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best Barbecue

1. Eli's BBQ, elisbarbeque.com
2. Lucius Q, luciusq.com
3. City Barbeque, citybbq.com
4. Montgomery Inn, montgomeryinn.com
5. Pickles & Bones Barbecue, picklesandbones.com
6. Just Q'in, justqin.com
7. Sweets & Meats BBQ, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com
8. Midwest Best BBQ, midwestbestbbq.com
9. Pontiac, pontiacbbq.com
10. Harmon's Barbecue, harmonsbbq.business.site

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Best Chili (Non-Chain) 
1. Camp Washington Chili, campwashingtonchili.com
2. Pleasant Ridge Chili, pleasantridgechili.com
3. Price Hill Chili, pricehillchili.com
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best Chili (Non-Chain)

1. Camp Washington Chili, campwashingtonchili.com
2. Pleasant Ridge Chili, pleasantridgechili.com
3. Price Hill Chili, pricehillchili.com

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Best Hidden Gem
1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
2. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
3. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com
4. Joe's Pizza Napoli, joespizzanapoli.com
5. The Poutine Machine, facebook.com/thepoutinemachine
6. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
7. The Governor, governordiner.com
8. Nine Giant Brewing, ninegiant.com
9. Kiki College Hill, kikicincinnati.com
10. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco
Photo: Patty Salas

Best Hidden Gem

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com
2. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
3. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com
4. Joe's Pizza Napoli, joespizzanapoli.com
5. The Poutine Machine, facebook.com/thepoutinemachine
6. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
7. The Governor, governordiner.com
8. Nine Giant Brewing, ninegiant.com
9. Kiki College Hill, kikicincinnati.com
10. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco

Photo: Patty Salas
Best Overall Pizza (Non-Chain)
1. Trotta's Pizza & Drive Thru, trottaspizza.net
2. Taglio Bar + Pizzeria, eattaglio.com
3. Adriatico's, adriaticosuc.comm
4. Catch-a-Fire Pizza, catchafirepizza.com
5. Joe's Pizza Napoli, joespizzanapoli.com
6. Krimmer's Italianette Pizza, italianettepizza.com
7. Two Cities Pizza, twocitiespizza.com
8. Fireside Pizza, firesidepizzawalnuthills.com
9. Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria, strongsbrickovenpizza.com
10. Ramundo’s Pizzeria, ramundospizzeria.com
Photo: trottaspizza.net

Best Overall Pizza (Non-Chain)

1. Trotta's Pizza & Drive Thru, trottaspizza.net
2. Taglio Bar + Pizzeria, eattaglio.com
3. Adriatico's, adriaticosuc.comm
4. Catch-a-Fire Pizza, catchafirepizza.com
5. Joe's Pizza Napoli, joespizzanapoli.com
6. Krimmer's Italianette Pizza, italianettepizza.com
7. Two Cities Pizza, twocitiespizza.com
8. Fireside Pizza, firesidepizzawalnuthills.com
9. Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria, strongsbrickovenpizza.com
10. Ramundo’s Pizzeria, ramundospizzeria.com

Photo: trottaspizza.net
Best Overall Burgers (Non-Chain)
1. Zip's Cafe, zipscafe.com
2. Roney's, facebook.com/roneysrestaurant
3. Stellar Street Eats, stellar-street-eats.business.site
4. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
5. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
6. Tickle Pickle, ordertickle.com
7. Arthur's Cafe (TIE), arthurscincinnati.com
7. Quatman Cafe (TIE), quatmancafe.com
8. Sammy's Craft Burgers & Beer, sammyscbb.com
9. The Turf Club, facebook.com/turfclubcincy
10. Gordo’s Pub & Grill, searchable on Facebook
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Best Overall Burgers (Non-Chain)

1. Zip's Cafe, zipscafe.com
2. Roney's, facebook.com/roneysrestaurant
3. Stellar Street Eats, stellar-street-eats.business.site
4. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com
5. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
6. Tickle Pickle, ordertickle.com
7. Arthur's Cafe (TIE), arthurscincinnati.com
7. Quatman Cafe (TIE), quatmancafe.com
8. Sammy's Craft Burgers & Beer, sammyscbb.com
9. The Turf Club, facebook.com/turfclubcincy
10. Gordo’s Pub & Grill, searchable on Facebook

Photo: Hailey Bollinger