29 Iconic Cincinnati Restaurants to Take Out-of-Towners

From classic staples like Skyline and LaRosa's to new favorites such as Pearlstar and Pho Lang Thang, the Queen City has many…

By CityBeat Staff

Taft’s Ale House 
    1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
    Located inside a former church, the building is an ode to Cincinnatian and former President William Howard Taft. The multi-floor brewpub maintains some of the sanctuary’s charm (like the bell tower). The 14 beers on tap and a menu focused on tri-tip beef are practically begging you to spend Saturday afternoon drinking there.
    Photo: Jesse Fox
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Here's a Taste of What You Can Try During Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week, Sept. 20-26

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is once again bringing a local dining experience to the Tri-State from Sept. 20-26. The event features more than…

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Jag's Steak & Seafood
    
    5980 West Chester Road, West Chester
    $46 // 3-Course Dinner // Dine-In Only
    Filet Mignon: veal demi-glace onion straws, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus
    Photo: Laura Peyton
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Inside Downtown Cincinnati's Metropole Restaurant, With New Chef Vanessa Miller at the Helm

A Cincinnati native, Vanessa Miller came on board as executive chef at downtown's Metropole at the 21c Museum Hotel in the fall…

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Metropole, with chef Vanessa Miller at the helm
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The 25 Best Cincinnati Restaurants When You Have $10 or Less

Feelin' hungry for a bite that won't break the bank? We've got you covered. There are plenty of tasty local eateries to…

By CityBeat Staff

Quatman Cafe
    2434 Quatman Ave., Norwood; 224 W. Main St., Mason
    This no-frills burger joint has locations in Mason and Norwood. Everything on the menu is under $10, including burgers and fish, chicken and deli sandwiches. On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, enjoy a cheeseburger, fries and a drink for just $8.
    Photo: Quatman Cafe’s Facebook
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The 25 Best Restaurants in Cincinnati Right Now, According to Yelp

Not even a pandemic could slow down the Queen City's insatiable appetite for excellent eats. Whether you're craving steamed Chinese buns or…

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24. Boombox Buns
    1400 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
    “Finally got to try Boombox Buns, and they were just as good as I imagined they would be! I got a beef bun and a pork bun. Both of them had great flavors and textures. The buns themselves were perfectly fluffy and yummy. Staff was super welcoming and kind. Place was clean. I'll definitely be coming back in the future and recommending it to my friends! Great job, Boombox!” — Abby L.   
    Photo: facebook.com/boomboxbuns
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Here's Where to Find Cincinnati's Best Takeout Restaurants

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats,…

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No. 5 Best Takeout: Gomez Salsa
    107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
    Gomez Salsa in Over-the-Rhine has a walk-up takeout window, so it's no wonder it made it on this list of best takeout. Between Gomez's signature turtles — a burrito-sized tortilla stuffed with meat, veggies, salsa and sauce and sealed with a crunchy cheesy kiss — tacos, burritos and fresh drinks, there is something for everyone. Gomez also has a restaurant in Walnut Hills for sit-down dining.
    Photo: Lindsay McCarty
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25 Over-the-Top Eats from Cincinnati Restaurants Sure to Satisfy Your Munchies

Sometimes a sort of unreasonable hunger strikes, and when that time comes, a regular ole' grilled cheese just won't cut it. Lucky…

By CityBeat Staff

Mikey’s Late Night Slice
    2014 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
    Mikey Late Night Slice's is known for its giant, foldable pizza slices and drunk-friendly menu items, like the "Pizza Dog," a hot dog stuffed with pepperoni and cheese, which is then wrapped in a slice of pizza as the bun. There's also the Cheezus Crust and Baby Cheezus, which is American cheese melted on top of two slices of pizza and pressed together into a sandwich. 
    Photo via instagram.com/latenightslice
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Inside Mariemont's Sophisticated Seafood-Centric Eatery The Emery

Looking Glass Hospitality Group — the team behind TAHONA Kitchen+Bar, S.W. Clyborne Provision & Spirits, Fretboard Brewing & Public House and Toast…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of The Emery
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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…

By CityBeat Staff

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
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25 Cincinnati Staple Restaurants Every Newbie Needs to Try

Whether you're a Queen City visitor or a new resident, Cincinnati has plenty of eateries to grace your taste buds with. But…

By CityBeat Staff

Zip's Cafe 
    1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout
    Zip’s has been doing burgers right since 1926, and generations of East Side Cincinnatians call Zip burgers their favorite. If you’re feeling like a light meal, order a classic Zip burger, with fresh, flame-broiled meat from local butcher Avril-Bleh & Sons, nestled in a toasted honey-egg bun from Klosterman Baking Company, and a side of super crispy onion rings. Or go big with the Girth Burger, a Zip burger topped with a split Avril-Bleh mettwurst. With worn wood flooring and dark wood paneling, the small space is separated into a dining area and a bar by a saloon-style door with a model train circling above. Head to the back bar for a local beer on draft while you wait for space at a booth or a seat at one of the shared family-style tables. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Northern Kentucky's 10 Best Restaurants for Dinner and Drink

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue has officially arrived, highlighting the city’s most outstanding Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music &…

By CityBeat Staff

1. Otto's
    521 Main St., Covington
    Photo via Facebook.com/ottos521cov
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These 27 Restaurants Are Some of the Oldest in Cincinnati

While it's hard to ignore Cincinnati's booming restaurant scene, it's incredibly important to pay homage to the restaurants that have stood the…

By CityBeat Staff

Zip’s Cafe
    1036 Delta Ave., Cincinnati
    Zip’s Cafe was founded in 1926, meaning that it has been running for a whopping 93 years. Well known for their tasty and tangy burgers, they serve up everything from their famed Zip’s Burger, to more bold patties, like the “The Flying Pig” and the “Train Wreck.” Aside from their burgers, they also offer fish sandwiches, ruebens, barbecue, chili, soups and more. They don’t skimp out on vegetarians, either, offering both a garden and a bean patty option. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Over-the-Rhine's Losanti, a Boutique Steakhouse in the Former Anchor-OTR Space

Billing itself as a “boutique steakhouse,” Losanti has revamped the space near Washington Park that used to be The Anchor-OTR and given…

By CityBeat Staff

A colorful back wall features a mural by regional artist Atalie Gagnet, whose terrific outdoor works are some of the most striking in mural-rich Cincinnati.
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36 Deliciously New (and Newish) Cincinnati Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

Hello. Are you hungry? You probably will be at some point today or in the near future (unless you’re a robot). And…

By CityBeat Staff

Charred pulpo
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20 Southern-Style Restaurants in Cincinnati For Home-Cooked Goodness

Nothing warms the heart quite like Southern cooking. From fried chicken and mac and cheese to biscuits smothered in gravy, the South…

By CityBeat Staff

Libby’s Southern Comfort
    35 W. Eighth St., Covington
    Brad Wainscott, whose father owns longstanding Kentucky mainstays The Greyhound Tavern and Tousey House Tavern, opened this Covington eatery that pays tribute to Southern classics like fried chicken and half-shell oysters served alongside a variety of bourbon drinks and other local favorites.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Phoenician Taverna, a Mouthwatering Lebanese Eatery Hidden in a Mason Strip Mall

Phoenician Taverna serves up superb, authentic Lebanese food in a Mason strip mall. The restaurant has established a glittering reputation in its…

By CityBeat Staff

Phoenician Taverna sits near one end of a generic row of shops and services in a Mason strip mall.
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Inside Oakley Wines, Where Seasonal Eats Pairs with Great Vino

Oakley Wines is a cozy spot off of Madison Avenue’s main drag. The upper floor wine bar and bottle shop is minimal,…

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Inside Oakley Wines, Where Seasonal Eats Pairs with Great Vino
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These Essential Ohio Restaurants Are Absolutely Worth the Road Trip

The Buckeye State is home to countless culinary gems, spanning from Ohio's southernmost cities to the tippy-top of the north. We may…

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The Pine Club
    1926 Brown St., Dayton, (937) 228-7463
    
    The Pine Club has been a Dayton mainstay since 1947. The accidental David Lynch fever dream steakhouse features a low-slung 1960s brick exterior, green awning and red neon signage. The Midcentury menu has zero concern for anyone’s arteries: vegetables are topped with hollandaise, marinated herring with sour cream comes as an appetizer and dinners like extra heavy filet mignon or the calves liver and sauteed onions include their famous stewed tomatoes. Their signature Pine Club Red & Bleu Cheese dressing is basically French dressing with chunks of Roquefort and is a must-try. The restaurant is cash only, so come prepared. 
    
    Photo via anotherpintplease/Instagram
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Inside Sartre OTR, Cincinnati's Best Existential Cocktail Destination

With a name conceived as a playful homage to philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Frenchish brasserie Sartre OTR sits on the ground floor of the Rhinegeist…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside Sartre OTR, Cincinnati's Best Existential Cocktail Destination
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20 of Cincinnati's Most Beautiful Restaurants and Bars

Whether you're planning an extravagant date night or you just want a classy night on the town with your friends, the Queen…

By CityBeat Staff


    Karrikin Spirits Co.
    3717 Jonlen Drive, Fairfax
    Karrikin Spirits Co. is a "grain to glass" distillery and restaurant located in Fairfax. Essentially a one-stop-shop for a variety of housemade spirits and beverages like vodka, gin, agave spirit, rum and fruit brandies as well as hard sodas, non-alcoholic sodas and beers. 
    In addition to beverages, the restaurant offers a menu full of creative housemade dishes. The dining area includes two formal spaces on either side of the kitchen-bar, and a lounge area with an eclectic grouping of chairs and couches upon which guests can sip, dine and hang out.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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These Are Cincinnati's 11 Best New Restaurants

Each year, CityBeat curates the Best Of Cincinnati issue, highlighting the city’s most outstanding entities in categories including Arts & Culture, Shops & Services…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 1: Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
    1201 Broadway St., Pendleton, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com
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Cincinnati's 20 Best Breakfast and Brunch Destinations

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats,…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincinnati's 20 Best Breakfast and Brunch Destinations
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Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, as Chosen by CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best of Cincinnati, wherein readers and staffers alike decide which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 1: Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
    1201 Broadway St., Pendleton, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com
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These 14 Cincinnati Restaurants Have Been Featured on the Food Network or Travel Channel

The Queen City has enough great restaurants for you to dine like royalty every day of the week, but only a select…

By CityBeat Staff

Bakersfield
    1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    
    Featured on: Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
    Part bar, part taco joint, all classy. Bakersfield specializes in gourmet tacos (short rib, pollo rojo, pastor, huitlacoche, etc.), crafted tortas, quality tequilas and whiskeys and hand-crafted margaritas made the old fashioned way, not from a pre-made mix. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Karrikin Spirits Co., a Beautiful New Distilling and Dining Hub in Fairfax

Karrikin Spirits Co., a "grain to glass" distillery and restaurant located in Fairfax, opened its doors to the public on Dec. 6.…

By CityBeat Staff

Full-service bar overlooking distillery
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Eat Chic for Cheap at these 25 Cincinnati Fine Dining Restaurants

Yes, it’s true: You can dine at any one of Cincinnati’s most expensive restaurants and manage to enjoy a meal without totally…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 20: Orchids at Palm Court
    35 W. Fifth St., Downtown
    The top-priced meals are the pan-seared lamb loin or roasted duck breast; both list at $48. The bargain-priced dinner option: Braised pork cheeks for $40.
    Photo via Facebook.com/OrchidsatPalmCourt
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The 19 Best Restaurants in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky (as Voted on by CityBeat Readers)

This year, CityBeat’s handy annual Dining Guide is a collection of some of the best places to eat in Cincinnati — as…

By CityBeat Staff

Please
    1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, pleasecincinnati.com.
    Tucked away on Clay Street in Over-the-Rhine, Please serves modern and artful small plates. Chef Ryan Santos helmed Please as a gypsy pop-up from 2011 to 2016 and the design of the cozy brick and mortar is note-perfect down to the very instagrammable bathroom (search #pleasepotty for guest selfies with the abstract hand-painted wall tile). It feels like a first-class affair because it is one — each four-course dinner is served with fanfare and attention. Diners can choose from a vegetarian, pescetarian or omnivore menu, although gluten-free options are always available. Please also offers an à la carte and bar menu. 
    Must try: The apple aebleskivers are a unique interpretation of the flavors found in Cincinnati chili — Danish-style apple donut holes are topped with maple and shredded, sweet and caramel-like Norwegian gjetost cheese.
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