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Bistro Grace
Bistro Grace

Bistro Grace Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bistrograce.com
  • Phone: (513) 541-9600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm,Tuesday 4:00pm-9pm,Wednesday- Thursday: 4:00-10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Damien Leighton/Zane Marsh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Satellite music, one television.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blue Rock or Ludlow Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Meters in front and pay lot behind restaurant, $2 daily fee.
A word from Bistro Grace
Located in the Northside neighborhood, Bistro Grace specializes in traditional culinary dishes with a modern twist. To accompany the cuisine, there is a large selection of craft beers, local beers on tap, signature cocktails and a wine list offering new world and old world selections. Along with the menu offerings and reasonable price points, the urban atmosphere and excellent service will keep you coming back.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "It's a tall order to open in the space that amazing restaurants like Boca and Honey once occupied. The service, wine list and outdoor patio at Bistro Grace were delightful, but unfortunately the food was disappointing. Both the salmon and chicken were overcooked. The sauce on the pasta side dish was too heavy and the brussel sprouts were overcooked. As a result, I won't be coming back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had high hopes, and was really excited to try Bistro Grace. The menu looked amazing, we sat in the beautiful outside space, and preferred the most amazing pineapple mohito. Unfortunately the mohito was the best part of our meal. The food was extremely over rich...everything. The ravioli was swimming in chimichuri sauce, which is primarily oil. The salmon special...buerre blanc... And even the side of Brussels sprouts swam in a cream sauce. I wondered if I should have gotten the scallops, but saw in the way out that they too were rally over done. Additionally there wasn't much flavor . It was sad... I was so looking forward to living Bistro Grace."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was creative, tasty, and delicious . This is a real find in our city. Service was outstanding. This is our third visit within a month and each time it was wonderful"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Walked in early for our 10.30 PM reservation. I think it close at 11 PM. From the reception and the language coming from the kitchen they were not wanting any more guests. So we turned around and went elsewhere. Have been a few times prior and had a great experience."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was not sure what to expect when I made a dinner reservation for Bistro Grace. I was so glad that we went as I was pleasently surprized with the food, atmosphere and the all round service. I'm vegan and they were able to accomodate me with a special of the day with no problems. I will definately be back!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our group of 4 were completely delighted with our entire dining experience. The staff and owner were attentive and service was great. Our food was all delicious and well-prepared, and the presentation was eye-catching and appealing. We tried hummus, charcuterie plate, salmon, scallops, mushroom ravioli, and truly amazing homemade ice cream. It was too humid to be outside when we visited, but the outdoor garden area is definitely worth a visit. The dining room, itself, was warm and inviting. We are only disappointed that we do not live in Cincinnati and won't have the opportunity to make frequent visits, but we are telling all of our Cincinnati friends that this is a must-try restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful! The staff greeted us with a "happy birthday" and were able to keep the requested birthday dessert a surprise. He had no idea! For starters we tried the beer cheese and pretzel dip which was yummy but nothing compared to our entrees. He had the scallops with risotto and brussel sprouts. Looked beautiful and were equally, if not exceedingly more, delicious. I had the hangar steak with potatoes and carrots. Easily in the top 5 steaks of my life! Absolutely perfect. We will be back, no doubt about it! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "wonderful evening out ! the food was unique and the wine excellent ! I will return again soon :)"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We've dined there before so knew the meal would be satisfying, and it was. We sat in the garden area, which was pleasant on a nice evening. Service was attentive. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Been meaning to try this place and I'm glad I did. We sat outside, in such a pretty courtyard, and enjoyed a terrific meal. First restaurant I've been to in Cincinnati where the waiter asked if anyone at the table was a vegetarian (I am). Two great veg entrees, including the portobello ravioli, which I ate and found to be wonderful. My husband got the black and blue salad, and he raved about it. Our waiter was engaging and the appetizers and dessert were super too. A first-rate restaurant experience at prices that don't break the bank."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The patio out back is great- we really enjoyed sitting outside for our meal. The food itself was hit or miss. The duck poutine was delicious but the banh mi sandwich wasn't so great. All in all - we had a nice time - but I think it's more a place where I'd go back for a drink and an appetizer. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "really great meal with superior service and style! we'll be back!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were sorry to see both Boca & Honey leave, but this restaurant is equally good and less expensive. It's a place that we will go more often. The food is interestingly prepared and beautifully presented. Best of all, it tasted good. There are a few standards for the meat & potatoes crowd. I think they've got the menu right for the neighborhood and to attract more diners from around the city. We did not eat outside, but will do that on a less warm evening. We will return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Bistro Grace is a fantastic place with great food and service! Everyone in our party had a great time and loved their food. I did want to mention something specifically - during the course of dinner my 7 year old daughter leaned too hard on her side of the table causing it to flip and spill absolutely everything on the table. She was mortified and in tears. The servers (and I believe the owner) couldn't have been nicer assuring her that this happens and that the tables aren't very steady. They could see how upset she was and after cleaning up the mess gave her a bowl of ice cream to "calm her nerves." Just a really nice, thoughtful gesture and one that we thoroughly appreciated. We will be back for sure!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been a resident of Northside for a long time, so I have seen this location's restaurants go through several changes. The acoustics have always been deadly for conversation, and this is my main deterrent to having a meal in the dining room. The outdoors area is fantastic (except for the weeds intertwining with the lovely grapevines). The service was sensational. We had Danielle. Terrific. Ruthie's dinner was expensive, scallops, and the serving on her plate was too small for the price. My dinner was very good. Overall, I would like to come here regularly, but the menu needs to be just a bit more affordable. I would like to see some additional selections that are not so costly."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "They have excellent food and I recommend the Poutine fries! Great prices on bottles of wine as well. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had the black and blue salad and the veggie pasta off the new summer menu and both were really wonderful. The cauliflower on the pasta was amazing and the salad was balanced perfectly. We also tried the Lychee martini which was so good that we will go back for it again. Love this place!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Nice for two adults. Would like to know why some reservations do not qualify for points."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellently prepared and presented. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Do give Bistro Grace a try and you will get hooked. It is such a pleasant atmosphere with warm, friendly servers and wonderful food!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Neighborhood gem, welcoming staff, informative, great food, intimate setting, what more could you want. We return soon."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "From burgers to duck breast, their menu had a wide variety of delicious dishes. I wish I could have tried more of them. Professional and constant service. Good middle-of-the-road ambiance -- not too loud, not too quiet."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Everything about this restaurant is charming. The staff is friendly and takes pride in this neighborhood gem. We both had the arctic char special and it was fabulous. It was my third time eating here and I've been recommending it to all of my friends!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Enjoyed a wonderful dinner for my wife's birthday, and it lived up to the great things I had heard or read. Friendly, attentive service, a welcoming atmosphere, and outstanding food. A great selection of cocktails and craft beers on tap, as well."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I was blown away by this little gem in Northside. The food was absolutely amazing, as was the drinks. The service was spot-on as well. The menu offers some dishes for the true foodies as well as more common faire for the less adventurous. Try the bacon wrapped stuffed shrimp, definitely the beer cheese appetizer, or the duck pouting for starters. For the enter it's hard to go wrong with awesome selections featuring pork, duck, chicken, steak, scallops, or lamb. I've had most of the entrees by now and have not been disappointed yet. The most surprising was the burger, OMG! That has got to be one of the best burgers in the city. My wife and I frequent restaurants like Jeff Ruby'a Steakhouse and Orchid's and Bistro Grace can keep up!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was our second trip to Bistro Grace. Our first one was later in the evening when the place was really jumping and the noise level was quite high. Although it made conversation a bit of a challenge without almost yelling, we both enjoyed the "energy" in the room. On that evening both my wife and I came away from the experience with very positive vibes. The food was outstanding, the selections were all very appealing, and the service was excellent. We returned last Saturday, had excellent service again, and my wife was extremely satisfied by her meal and the cocktail she ordered. My lamb dish was attractive but the sauce that covered the meat overpowered the taste of the lamb. Despite that, we plan to return (but I won't get the lamb)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Super combination of friendly, attentive staff, excellent food, awesome beer selection, and reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We were very excited about dining at Bistro Grace for the first time this past weekend. I had reviewed the menu online earlier in the week before making reservations... the food sounded great. Unfortunately, the food lacked flavor and was not cooked well."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had great expectations, left very disappointed. Restaurant was empty when we arrived, yet we were seated up front next to the hostess stand. Waitress very slow to get to us, never told us about specials. Menu is extremely limited in choices. My chicken was fine, but my wife's risotto cakes were VERY greasy. The tomatoes and spinach that came with them were very unappealing and after tasting them deemed not worth eating. The end of the meal was interrupted when the owner nosily greeted a party of 4 that were next to us with no regard to how it was impacting our dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The first time we ate there I had the chef special that was complex, flavorful and fresh! It was an excellent scarlet snapper and pasta dish! Love the decorating and the outside seating. The rest of our party was delighted at their food. The only exception to everything being excellent is the onion soup I ordered on Saturday. It was weak in flavor, tepid and the bread was not toasted before putting it in the soup. I highly recommend in spite of the soup."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "food was good, got a piece of plastic in salad, put a damper on it a bit. they said it was from parm wrapper. surprised that they only comped a desert."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant during the week. The atmosphere was contemporary and inviting. Service was very attentive and knowledgable. Our server made sure everything was taken care of. The food was very, very good. We I don't usually order roasted chicken, but so glad I did. Crispy on the outside yet moist on the inside. Our asparagus was roasted to perfection with a citrus glaze. My husbands tuna was seared perfectly. I loved the creative menu and the chefs ability to make you feel like you were right in your grandmothers kitchen but of course you aren't. Give this place a try. It has a lot to offer on many levels."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Took advantage of the Sunday night burger special and it was way above my expectations for the price. Well certainly return. There were 6 of us and we wanted a place where we could hear each other for a change and that was also accomplished....we stayed forever talking because we could hear each other."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The mussels in wine sauce were piping hot and tasty but over a third of the mollusks had apparently fallen from their shells. To be fair when this was mentioned the charge was removed from the bill. The Airline chicken was most tasty and the kale sprouts delightfully savory. The Caesar salad was disappointing and seemed pre made with a creamier sweeter dressing than I find appealing. The wine list is fine with a nice spread of geografica. I cannot comment on dessert but the coffee was superb."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was my second time at Bistro Grace and it was just as great as the first time. I brought my friend who was in from Indy. She loved it as well. We had the hangar steak and the scallops. Both were cooked to perfection. And the sauces and sides were wonderful. They have a lovely selection of wine and cocktails too. I will definitely be back. I love this spot!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My daughter was in Cincinnati for the weekend, and we decided to stop at Bistro Grace before going to another music venue in Northside. I had a delicious chicken dish, and she had the steak. Both meals were presented beautifully and were very delicious! I would highly recommend both. There is a nice choice of wine, and the atmosphere is conducive to having a nice conversation. I had made a reservation and was seated immediately. The staff was very friendly and efficient. The dinner started our evening out in a relaxing manner. I would recommend this venue to all! There are also lots of yummy appetizers to try."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The noise level was high enough to make conversation at the table difficult. There were four of us and we all enjoyed the taste of our food. The wine choices were good. I ordered the braised lamb. It looked like a reasonable size piece but it was 60-70% bone. I don't think there was more than 2-3 ounces of edible lamb. I left the restaurant hungry. The risotto cakes were also tasty and a better portion size but still a little small for a main dish."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This little relatively new restaurant is is right on Hamilton Ave but is so small that my friend had trouble finding it. Once inside,it is definitely worth the hunt! Menu is limited but everything we tried was delicious. The young bartender is awesome-makes one of the best chocolate martinis ever!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "First visit with no preconceptions. Very enjoyable, great welcoming attitude of all staff. Had the braised lamb with kale, perfectly done .good wine and beer list (lots of micro on tap, impressed when server offered taste where description not doable). Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I went to Bistro Grace for the first time this past weekend and I was very happy with my experience. I will definitely be back here and I'm glad a place like this has opened in my neighborhood!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014