26 Essential Over-the-Rhine Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

Cincinnati's bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood has developed a glittering reputation when it comes to its top-notch food offerings. From decade-old culinary staples to…

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Pepp & Dolores
    1501 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    Inspired by Sunday dinners at Thunderdome co-founders Joe and John Lanni's grandparents' house, the restaurant aims to embody the spirit and hospitality from those special evenings while honoring their family. The menu at Pepp & Dolores features housemade pastas — like the pomodoro, a butternut and mascarpone pasta and a lobster and Sunday sauce pasta— along with a focus on shareable dishes, salads and bread.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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25 of Cincinnati's Most Delicious Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants

Cincinnati is home to hundreds of different restaurants, ranging from upscale steakhouses to mobile food trucks. We have a diverse variety of…

By CityBeat Staff

Thai Express
    213 W McMillan St., Clifton
    This little gem brings authentic Thai cooking and culture to Cincinnati. Located in Clifton, Thai Express has been fueling students and professionals for over 20 years. Their signature Pad Thai dish is a favorite among many, but do not be fooled; the number of delicious traditional dishes span way beyond that.
    Photo: Paige Deglow
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Everyone We Saw at the Cincinnati Burger Week Kick-Off Party at Samuel Adams Taproom

Over-the-Rhine's Samuel Adams Taproom hosted CityBeat's Cincinnati Burger Week Kick-Off Party on July 8. The week-long burger extravaganza takes place July 12-28 and…

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Everyone We Saw at the Cincinnati Burger Week Kick-Off Party at Samuel Adams Taproom
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Everything We Saw During the Pride Drag Show at Over-the-Rhine's Northern Row Park

As part of Pride Month, Over-the-Rhine’s Northern Row Park (the one tucked behind Main Street) held a spirited drag show on June…

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Everything We Saw During the Pride Drag Show at Over-the-Rhine's Northern Row Park
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35 New Cincinnati Bars & Restaurants You May Have Missed Over the Pandemic

We're a little over a year since the pandemic reached us locally, but despite the immense challenges that came along with it,…

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    Subito
    311 Pike St., Downtown
    Downtown's new The Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this past June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito's menu focuses on homemade pastas, stone-oven pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks and antipasta. Head to their bar for a selection of white, red and sparkling wines — including their own house sparkler by Ohio River Valley. They also boast spirits and cocktails.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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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 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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Take a Sneak Peek Inside the West End's FC Cincinnati Stadium

Progress continues as the West End's $250 million FC Cincinnati stadium gears up for its slated mid-May first game. CityBeat hopped on…

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The stadium, with the city behind
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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…

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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
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Cincinnati's Empower Agency Has Transformed its Windows into a Rotating Local Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here, and shopping local has never been more important. Cincinnati-based independent advertising agency Empower knows this, and the company…

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Cincinnati's Empower Agency Has Transformed its Windows into a Rotating Local Holiday Gift Guide
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A Look Inside the Life of Cincinnati Ultramarathon Runner and Educator Harvey Lewis

Many Cincinnatians may know Harvey Lewis as a social studies teacher at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Over-the-Rhine. But…

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Lewis wants to convince others to run to work too. “Instead of being in a car for 15 minutes each way, I’m maximizing my time to be outdoors. Doing something active (each day) is so critical for the quality of life. It takes some effort to put into it, but it’s what we get in return … it’s just like investing.”
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A Sneak Peek Tour Inside Over-the-Rhine's E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque

A new addition to Over-the-Rhine's Elm Street will be opening soon: E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque. Founded by owner Richard Cooke, the…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of E19
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This Historic OTR Bank is Now a Hip Home with Rooftop Patio — and It's For Sale

Situated on Over-the-Rhine's bustling Main Street, this historic property was built in 1853 and has been host to several businesses over its…

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This Historic OTR Bank is Now a Hip Home with Rooftop Patio — and It's For Sale
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21 Bucket List Activities To Do in Cincinnati Before Summer is Over

In what seemed like the blink of an eye, summer came and is somehow well on its way out already. And while…

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Float on the River with Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental
    10465 Suspension Bridge Road, Harrison
    Summertime is upon us, and for many, that means floating down the river and sippin' on some ice cold beverages while the sun shines down. Green Acres livery is located in Harrison, Ohio and operates on the Whitewater River. They currently offer only 8-mile single kayak rental trips with a reservation. Pets and children under 13 are not permitted at this time.
    Photo via Facebook.com/GreenAcresCanoe
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Inside Over-the-Rhine's 1940s-Inspired Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

Despite the unusual circumstances of this year, Tammie Scott has been hard at work. She's putting the finishing touches on her new…

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The bar at Nostalgia
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Cincinnati's 10 Best Burger Spots, Ranked by Our Readers

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

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1. Nation Kitchen & Bar
    1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
    Photo via Facebook.com/nationkitchenandbar
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All The Horny Folks We Saw at Cincinnati's 28th-Annual Bockfest Parade

Cincinnati's Bockfest is back for its 28th year, and the beer-fueled, goat-filled weekend kicked off with a parade through downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Here’s…

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All The Horny Folks We Saw at Cincinnati's 28th-Annual Bockfest Parade
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All the Acrobats, Aerial Artists and Dance Troupes We Saw at Rhinegeist's MOVE Event

Rhinegeist's annual MOVE event — first held in 2018 — took over the brewery on Jan. 31, featuring aerial acrobats from the…

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Cincinnati Cirucs Peformance
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Cincinnati's 25 Most Romantic Restaurants To Take Your Sweetheart

From a cozy basement trattoria hidden beneath the city streets to upscale restaurants boasting spectacular views of the city, award-winning steakhouses and…

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Orchids at Palm Court
    35 W. Fifth St., Downtown
    Nestled inside Carew Tower’s historic Art Deco Hilton hotel, Orchids hosts a breathtaking feast for the eyes — a perfect backdrop for the seasonally attuned menu that takes advantage of seasonal produce and combines those ingredients with top-quality seafood and meat from a variety of sources. The AAA five-diamond menu features creative, fresh cuisine paired with an award-winning wine list and delicious desserts.
    
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Over-the-Rhine's La Ofrenda, a Cinematic Mexican-Inspired Tequila Bar

La Ofrenda, Spanish for “offering,” provides an intimate glimpse into owner Jacob Trevino’s childhood, spent 20 miles north of the Mexican border…

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The dimly lit and cinematic tequila establishment near Findlay Market has a colorful altar at its center, inviting guests to experience Mexican heritage while celebrating their own story and where they came from
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These Drone Photographs Show the Aftermath of Over-the-Rhine's Jackson Brewery Fire

Local photographer Tom Savoca documented the aftermath of the massive Jackson Brewery fire that took place on Dec. 15, using a drone.…

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The 25 Hottest Patios in Cincinnati for Cold-Weather Drinking

From toasty fire pits to tented spaces with heaters, these Queen City bars and eateries are keeping their patios warm and cozy…

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Pins Mechanical Company
    1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
    The winter weather is nothing to worry about at Pins — they have special winter cocktails which you can enjoy around the fire pits on their rooftop patio, plus 35 beers on tap. From the Columbus-based Rise Brands, the group behind 16-Bit, this Over-the-Rhine bar has pinball machines and duckpin bowling lanes, plus other “old school” entertainment options like foosball, bocce ball and shuffleboard. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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25 Cincinnati Restaurants That Are Still Worth Writing About After 25 Years

The local food scene has been a cornerstone of CityBeat coverage since the beginning in 1994, albeit originally in slightly more obtuse…

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Pompilios
    600 Washington Ave., Newport
    This restaurant, where the toothpick scene in Rain Man was filmed, has been offering classic family Italian food since 1933. You really can’t go wrong with any pasta dish. Play a game of bocce ball on the back court in the warmer months or grab a burger in the attached Colonel Pomp’s Tavern.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Pho Lang Thang's New OTR Location — Bigger, Boozier and Just as Delicious

Pho Lang Thang has been serving excellent Vietnamese eats since opening in Findlay Market in 2011. This fall, they got the chance…

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The exterior of Pho Lang Thang's new location
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Inside Pendleton's BrewDog, the U.K.-Based Brewery's Second-Largest U.S. Taproom

Scotland-based brewery BrewDog is expanding its U.S. operations with a massive taproom in Pendleton at 316 Reading Road. It will be BrewDog's…

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BrewDog is opening its second-largest U.S. taproom in Pendleton
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