Locals love this little barbecue place for its lovely, unpretentious atmosphere and predictably delectable smoked meats. Gorge on delights like Eli's Pulled Pork Sandwich and Nathan's All-Beef Hot-Dogs. There's a delicious selection of sides including cheesy macaroni, baked beans, and jalapeno-cheese grits. The interior at Eli's BBQ sports clean lines with a red and black checkerboard floor and all-white walls. Painted portraits of American legends from Abraham Lincoln to Elvis Presley cover the walls, and a vintage record player plays classic tunes. Picnic benches also provide opportunity for al-fresco seating.
With ever-changing scenery, white linen table cloths, and a four-course meal, a dining experience aboard the Cincinnati Dinner Train is truly one-of-a-kind. Amble through the greater Cincinnati area as you dine on succulent dishes of prime rib, smoked salmon, and chocolate pecan pie in a vintage 1940's diner car. This unique experience is only available on Saturday evenings, so plan accordingly.
Offering spectacular views and simple yet tasteful decor, Primavista is a popular Italian restaurant in the bustling city of Cincinnati. Specializing in veal and fresh fish, Primavista also offers an entire menu devoted to vegan and vegetarian dishes. Sauces and stocks used in its mouthwatering dishes are all made in-house from scratch. For a romantic evening for two, Primavista is a sure bet.
This historical establishment was founded in 1861, and it is still a success today. If you don't know Arnold's Bar & Grill, you don't know Cincinnati yet. With its old-school decor and live tunes, it enchants everyone who is up for some fun and good music. This unique place has the best drink selection, including a variety of bourbons. Be sure to try the pretzels and the fries (they're spectacular). The courtyard completes the special atmosphere. If you are looking for a great place to eat and have a night out with friends, Arnold's Bar & Grill is your place.
Serving tantalizing heaps of Cincinnati's favorite dish, Camp Washington Chili has been around since 1940. The beloved joint is located in its namesake neighborhood where it welcomes chili enthusiasts with open arms, or rather, endless varieties of chili. Regulars will tell first-timers visiting Cincinnati that the 3-way, 4-way, or 5-way is the best way to eat chili, with toppings spanning spaghetti, onions, beans, and cheese. Others may prefer traditional coneys, which come with a hot-dog and split-bun combination, all covered with delicious beef chili. What's more, Camp Washington Chili is open all-day every day except Sundays, inviting late-night revelers in need of some nosh after a night of partying.
One of several locations, the Eddie Merlot's in Cincinnati has one of the coolest approaches toward the food industry. The chain is particularly known for its unique USDA Prime beef, fresh seafood, and wine bar, which offers more than 70 vintages by the glass and a wide selection by the bottle. The bar is not only stocked with excellent wine but also quality spirits, after dinner cordials, and cognacs. The most famous steak at this renowned steakhouse is the filet Oscar style: a succulent cut served with fresh lump crab meat, asparagus, and Bearnaise sauce. The restaurant is expensive, but you're guaranteed exceptional food and excellent service, making Eddie Merlot's a great place to come with friends, family, colleagues, or clients. Whether your party is big or small, you'll be getting an extra special experience.
Clay Street’s dining house Please is a brick-styled kitchen-restaurant with an American menu and funky cocktails. Their food is delightful and well-cooked to bring out the tender texture and flavor. The a la carte dishes are generously laid out to suffice a hungry soul and a rotating seasonal menu keeps the surprise of the good food on. A few palatable choices are enoki mushroom cooked in walnut milk, trout ceviche, beef tartare and carrot dumplings. A full bar available with a wide selection of lively cocktails is an unusual combination.
Kazo Restaurant is housed the former color company building in the Gateway Quarter area of Cincinnati. Authentic Japanese cuisine is the highlight here, with delicacies and traditional dishes handcrafted by expert chefs. The sushi is top notch with tempura black cod to the usual dragon roll, they've got something for everyone. The drink menu is extensive with sake, wine, cocktails and beer and is known to have the best happy hour in the city. A lush outdoor patio is perfect for those warm days.
This spacious brewpub and eatery has it all: a great location in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, a plethora of beers suited to every taste, and a fantastic new-American menu famous for its tender tri-tip steak. Sink your teeth into a tasty bite while chatting with friends or stop by to discover a new brew after a long day at work. Housed in a 19th-century church that has been made both roomy and cozy, you couldn't ask for a better place to unwind. Come find out why Taft's Ale House is a local favorite.
Sweet Petit Desserts is a little dessert store with a big reputation. Starting out as a home-based enterprise, the business has expanded into a brick-and-mortar storefront. The owner, Taren Kinew is self-taught, and the baked good retain the same high quality of home-baked desserts in prettier packaging. The cake pops, push pops, pie pops and mini tartlets are very popular here. The store also features catering services and takes special orders for parties and events. Most of the mini desserts come in half-dozen or full-dozen boxes. There are a few tables at the shop for patrons who wish to dine in.
This is the place to be in Over-The-Rhine. They have the best fried chicken in the neighborhood, all natural and antibiotic free. You can get a whole chicken to share or an order just for you. Be sure to try the spoon bread or the mac and cheese as sides. This affordable, hip bar has an amazing beer selection. Be aware, you will have to wait in line. But is totally worth it and you can enjoy one or two beers while you wait. The Eagle has a great pub atmosphere and perfect Southern food.
This Main Street cafe and book store is a delightful gem in the historic Over-the-Rhine District. Offering gourmet coffee from local roasters and sourcing ingredients from nearby vendors, Iris BookCafé strives to present the best Cincinnati has to offer. Their vintage book collection spans the globe with interesting reads on philosophy, architecture, art, film, poetry, cooking, photography and more. So find yourself tucked away on their quiet patio with a cappuccino in hand and get lost in a good story.