Cincinnati Restaurants

Famous for its chili, Cincinnati has more good restaurants than the most ravenous traveler could sample in one visit, including riverboat restaurants and rathskellers. The unofficial city cuisine is probably the steakhouse. High-end restaurants are sure to command a crowd when they serve up the surf and turf, and there's no shortage of those in town, many of them locally owned.

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  • 1. Aglamesis Bro's

    $ | Oakley | Café

    Since 1913, the Aglamesis family has been serving homemade chocolates and ice cream on the east side. The small ice-cream parlor and confectionery...Read More

  • 2. Arnold's Bar & Grill

    $$ | Downtown | Italian

    The oldest bar in Cincinnati, opened in 1861, caters to a diverse customer base and also serves a basic but solid Italian menu with such entrées...Read More

  • 3. First Watch Restaurant

    $ | Downtown | American

    Breakfast and brunch are satisfying at this restaurant in downtown Cincinnati; try banana crunch–or raisin walnut pancakes. The lunch menu is...Read More

  • 4. Graeter's

    $$$$ | Clifton | American

    The true test of any ice cream brand is the vanilla, where there are no candy pieces to hide behind; Graeter's is superb, a deliciously creamy...Read More

  • 5. Grand Finale

    $$$ | European

    Mismatched antique wooden tables and chairs fill the charming Victorian dining rooms. The bread basket is noteworthy for its homemade dark-rye...Read More

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  • 6. Grille at the Palm Court

    $$$ | Downtown | European

    This restaurant in the Carew Tower's Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza maintains the elegant, art deco design of the hotel. Look up to see...Read More

  • 7. Mecklenburg Gardens

    $$ | Clifton | German

    This German tavern in Corryville near UC was once a gathering place for opera stars and singing societies. Grapevines stretch over the biergarten...Read More

  • 8. Montgomery Inn

    $$$ | Downtown | American

    The barbecued ribs are famous (Bob Hope was a fan), and you can't get any closer to the river without jumping in for a swim. This is the sister...Read More

  • 9. Palace Restaurant

    $$$ | Downtown | European

    Appearance is almost as important as flavor at this lavish art deco restaurant in the landmark Cincinnatian Hotel downtown. Frederick Pissaro...Read More

  • 10. Primavista

    $$$$ | Price Hill | Italian

    Panoramic views of the city can be savored from this restaurant perched on top of Price Hill. Interesting antiques, from old wine boxes to odd...Read More

  • 11. Shanghai Mama's

    $ | Downtown | Chinese

    Clubgoers seeking late-night eats can stop looking. Shanghai Mama's is the place to go for inexpensive, satisfying noodle dishes at almost any...Read More

  • 12. Skyline Chili

    $ | Downtown | American

    For many Cincinnati expatriates, the first stop on a hometown visit is the nearest Skyline Chili parlor. Whichever way they take it—three-way...Read More

  • 13. Tandoor India

    $$ | Indian

    Decorative objects scattered around this low-key Market Place restaurant—brass objects and large paintings—are as traditional as the northern...Read More

  • 14. The Celestial

    $$$$ | Mt. Adams | Contemporary

    This is the place to go for special occasions, particularly romantic ones. Indulge in caviar and foie gras while enjoying stunning views of...Read More

  • 15. The Precinct

    $$$$ | Mt. Lookout | Steakhouse

    Opened in 1981, this steakhouse was the first restaurant started by Jeff Ruby, now forever known as the man who refused to serve OJ Simpson...Read More

  • 16. Christy's & Lenhardt's

    $ | Clifton Heights | German
    Closed Permanently

    Schnitzel, Viennese and Hungarian goulash, sauerbraten, and potato pancakes are served at this casual place. The outdoor beer garden is a great...Read More

  • 17. Nicola's Ristorante

    $$$ | Over-the-Rhine | Italian
    Closed Permanently

    Antique clock faces decorate the walls of this sophisticated Northern Italian restaurant in the Over-the-Rhine area north of Downtown. Such...Read More

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