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Lavomatic Cafe & Urban Wine Bar
1211 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Lavomatic Cafe & Urban Wine Bar Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner
Wednesday: 11am - 9 pm
Thursday: 11am - 10 pm,
Friday - Saturday: 11am - Kitchen Closes at 11:00pm Bar open late
Saturday Sunday Brunch 11am -2pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Contemporary American, Comfort Food
Chef Cameron Serrins
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
We would love to cater your event. Please give us a call.
Private Party Facilities:
We welcome private events in our second floor dining room Monday through Thursday. We regularly host private wine tastings, corporate dinners & receptions & other private parties.
Our private event space can accommodate 40 people.
Private Party Contact:
Brian Firth (513) 621-1999
There is street parking available on Vine Street. Directly across from our front door there is a public parking lot accessible from 12th Street
The Washington Park & Mercer Commons Garages are just two block away. Valet parking for Vine Street is available Thursday - Saturday.
A word from Lavomatic Cafe & Urban Wine Bar
Lavomatic is an urban restaurant and bar in the heart of the Gateway Quarter of Downtown Cincinnati. We also offer nightly dinner specials in addition to the regular menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Enjoyed a great brunch with
friends on Sunday. Only downside was I wanted to order the biscuits and gravy but they were no longer serving it so I had the fried chicken and polenta. Definitely make a reservation if you go. Our table was waiting for us when we arrived."
Dined on 3/9/2014
This is one of the only
restaurants in OTR that takes reservations. The food was good and beer selection was excellent. Only complaint we had was the cold draft when ever the front door opened, but you could have that any where."
Dined on 2/28/2014
The service was super, they have a
nice selection of food .....but it was the fish tacos that brought us back for more and they are no longer on the menu. This is a mistake that needs correction! My only issue with ambience was the temperature. It was cold outside, we were near the door. every time the door opened there was a gust of cold air. If not for that i woud have rated ambience 4 stars."
Dined on 2/23/2014
The food overall is not too bad,
its boarding on pub food. There are some good selections that you wont see at too many places. It has some good seating upstairs - sit outside and downstairs so its fun in the summer. The problem is its very loud, you have to shout at each other to talk. I can see it being OK for a younger crowd but I wont go back just because of the noise."
Dined on 2/22/2014
We had brunch with friends on
Sunday morning and all four of us were "wowed" by the place! So fun and eclectic. Wonderful food, efficient and friendly service -- a great addition to Over-the-Rhine. Already looking forward to a return visit!"
Dined on 2/16/2014
Food and service are great. A fun
restaurant in a revitalized area of Cincinnati. Crowd is young and vibrant. An anchor for continued redevelopment and downtown growth."
Dined on 2/15/2014
We went for V day, and were
pleased to find a res with 1 day's notice. We were seated in the upper floor, which was nice, because it was quieter there. It didn't affect how often our server came by, she was very attentive. Service was good, food was good, but the menu made me wonder about combining all the 'new fangled american' style foods. Buffalo burger was slightly more done (I asked for medium, and got medium well). They forgot my sub for the fries, and it did take a while to get the tater tots up (in cheese sauce, pretty good, but more like 'hush puppies' than tater tots). The happy hour discount on the drink was forgotten, but quickly remedied as the server and I realized it at the same time. All in all, a good experience."
Dined on 2/14/2014
My wife and I went to lavomatic on
valentines days, and we were extremely surprised with how delicious everything was. We had the filet & the lamb rack - both were cooked perfectly. The soup and salad was delicious, and our service was impeccable. Rarely do we leave reviews, but felt this time it was needed. Little things, like when I dropped my knife, and the hostess noticed, and brought me a new one. The owner came out and discussed the artwork with us, and we learned more about the history of the building from the waitress. Can't say enough about this place...it was great."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Wanting to explore more of vine
street restraunts,I found a coupon on amazon,40.00 dollars for food.We where heading for music hall for the beeatles "concert". We sat next to some lovley people who would be selling candy there. Music from the beatles started flowing,our waitrees,Amanda?(she had an earing in her nose)was not only charming but very attentive,we loved her!The food was good,but the seating is rather close if you want privacy."
Dined on 2/9/2014
Food was very good...loved all the
vegetable choices! Interesting menu with lots of variety."
Dined on 2/8/2014
I would definitely dine there
again. Food was very good and atmosphere also. Service was outstanding."
Dined on 2/8/2014
The food was expertly prepared,
locally sourced, and incredibly tasty. I would put this meal on my top five of the past year. We were seated promptly and service was exceptional. My friend was complimentary of the wine list, I was impressed by the expertly curated beer list. I will be back anytime I need to meet friends in Cincinatti."
Dined on 2/8/2014
The food was very good but the
service left a lot to be desired."
Dined on 1/31/2014
Atmosphere and service were good,
but the quality of the food lagged far behind its competitors on Vine St such as Senate, Bakersfield or Taste of Belgium."
Dined on 2/1/2014
Not your average menu, but was
delicious and fun trying something new! Atmosphere was nice as it wasn't super quiet. Will definitely be back!"
Dined on 1/24/2014
My wife and I follow a vegan diet
and lavomatic has some awesome options. The squash torte is amazing and the vegetarian plate is also incredible. The mix of flavors were delicious"
Dined on 1/25/2014
Food was OK, but nothing really
grabs you. While not terribly expensive (~$20 an entree), I am sure we could get more for the dollar. I'd stick to the appetizer and burger - Lavomatic doesn't seem able to really pull off the bigger plates."
Dined on 1/24/2014
We were fortunate to snag
reservations for 6 on a busy Sat. nite. Appreciated being seated upstairs where the din is a bit better. We are not "old" people, but asked that they music be turned down because the speaker was above our heads. I think it is in the best interest of the restaurant to ask or pick up on the tables that want to have conversation & not have to shout to be heard. The food choices are not many but the brevity of the menu is well intentioned. All of us ordered something different -- including lamb , filet, fried rice, & meatloaf. They came out piping hot & with adequate accompaniments. Appetizers we tried were some of the best zucchini fritters & polenta ever tasted by our foodie guests from Chicago."
Dined on 1/18/2014
Why wait hours at ToB, this brunch
is fantastic, with creative delicious dishes. I'll be honest, their dinner is just ok, a fine "second choice" if you don't want to wait at the busier, better neighbor restaurants. However, their brunch is spot on, and reservations make it even easier."
Dined on 1/19/2014
from a seat near the front windows
it was a nice experience - tables are close enough that your neighbors will share your conversation and visa/versa - food was imaginatively named and amazingly delicious - want to go back and try the meatloaf and many other things, enjoyed a brunch cocktail (Hibiscus 75 - Gin & Champaign ++) too which rocked, and later a cup of coffee that was delicious ...across the street is the new Rookwood Pottery store. Many other small cool places to visit on a neighborhood walk about including some galleries - there are now parking garages nearby for the public so that is a nice alternative to driving around looking for an empty spot on crowded streets - recommend do that"
Dined on 1/12/2014
The menu was interesting with some
creative dishes. The food was plentiful and reasonable but uneven in quality on the night we were there. The noise level made conversation for two across a table somewhat strained at best. Service by both our server and the manager was outstanding. This a better place for a group to dine than a couple."
Dined on 1/3/2014
Food was wonderful as usual. the
service was good. I love the option of the small plate."
Dined on 1/3/2014
A friend suggested this place and
it was fun. Got the meatloaf and curry fries and sweet potato tartlet - really good. their new old fashion was really good too !"
Dined on 12/27/2013
My wife & I and another couple had
our "going away" dinner there on our last night in Cincinnati. We had a great time, the food was excellent, no drinks except tea and soda and we spent an enjoyable couple of hours just relaxing and talking. The Bison burger, salmon and Petit filet were all excellent. The service was quick and friendly, atmosphere was great. A wonderful evening to remember."
Dined on 12/26/2013
My fiancee and I went here for our
anniversary and were greeted with champagne and a warm welcome. We had a cozy table on the second floor and enjoyed a lovely meal. Everything that we ordered was delicious and the menu offered a wide variety of food, without being overwhelming in choices. The second floor is a nice place for a little more privacy or a more intimate dinner. I have eaten here several times before and am always pleased with the food and the service. Also, during warm weather, their outdoor rooftop patio is a nice treat!"
Dined on 11/23/2013
Couldn't have been happier with
our dining experience! Service was quick, friendly and knowledgable. The food was outstanding! I ordered the special half rack of ribs with a side order of tater tots my husband ordered the meatloaf which was one of the most delicious things I've ever ate. Don't miss out make a reservation and visit lavomatic!"
Dined on 12/22/2013
My family of four dined here for
lunch before an Ensemble Theatre matinee performance. Server was very helpful and attentive. Able to adjust dish ingredients for my peanut allergy. Food was excellent. All four plates were clean by end of meal. Only (slight) disappointment was that they were out of the recommended dessert, which sounded really delicious! We will be returning!"
Dined on 12/21/2013
Lavomatic used to be one of my
favorite restaurants not only in OTR, but in the city. Their new menu is odd and less than desirable. The service was very slow and the server couldn't answer basic questions regarding the new menu."
Dined on 12/14/2013
If you havent been in lately you
need to stop by soon. We werent sure what to order with so many delicious options."
Dined on 12/19/2013
Everything on the menu sounds
really overly pretentious and overly descriptive--almost confusingly so--I assumed the food would knock my socks off, but it didn't. There was not much flavor in the salmon I ordered. Really, some kind of spice, a bit of salt, would have been helpful. The pots de creme saved the meal--it had a delicious caramel sauce on top. The service was good and I liked the atmosphere, but they really need to work on the taste of the food."
Dined on 12/13/2013
The food was fair and the service
was not bad. It was not busy and I had higher expectations of the food."
Dined on 12/15/2013
When Jean-Robert was chef, this
place was amazing-- then he left and the uneven years set in. I've eaten there three times since the first. Second time, disappointing, third, friends chose, and it was a much improved summer menu. So we went back, and-- dry salmon over hard, re-heated raviolis, a nice but waaaay too expensive "market price" cheese and meat plate (the most expensive entree is $20.... so was a plate with 4 chunks of cheddar and gouda with some pate and dates... ridiculous.) and a weird presentation of pork tenderloin that was just OK. Cocktails are very nicely priced and service was pleasant. I really WANT to like this place-- but I probably won't gamble that I will the next time I visit."
Dined on 12/4/2013
With all the great spots in OTR
Lavomatic has really stepped up. The new Chef has a very creative menu. We were surprised how good of a time we had, loved all of our food and they had good selection selection at the bar too. Also with our Opentable reservation we didn't have to wait."
Dined on 11/15/2013
Enjoyed Sunday brunch before the
CSO - excellent Brunch - top notch service, seated right away. Had the Benedict with Goetta - a hit with all of four of us! Very reasonable Brunch prices. Seated right away with Open Table reservation, even though definitely a busy morning."
Dined on 11/10/2013
Our service & food were both
outstanding. Overall, Lavomatic was a very good dining experience and I recommend it."
Dined on 10/19/2013
My wife and I booked reservations
2 days prior. I informed the staff in my reservation that we would be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We arrived early but our table was already waiting, candlelit in a nice corner. We were greeted at our table with a complimentary glass of champagne and an extremely friendly wait staff. The atmosphere inside is casual but very artsy and romantic. I had the tenderloin and it was terrific. My wife had the scallops and loved them. We enjoyed our experience overall tremendously. Everything was perfect, from the food to the atmosphere, to the excellent staff."
Dined on 10/26/2013
The chicken dish was a little dry,
needed a sauce. The hamburger, usually wonderful, was a little over-cooked for medium rare. Ambience and service were just fine."
Dined on 10/27/2013
I highly recommend their aged
Manhattan - one of the best ever. We also loved the filet, tomato carpaccio and zucchini fritters. The potato skin with cauliflower was a tad underdone, but was flavorful. The place was really busy because of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, but we never had to wait while our server took care of others. She was very attentive, even making sure we were warm enough (we were near the door). This is our first time back since the renovation and we look forward to our next visit."
Dined on 10/24/2013
All of my favorite places were
booked the night that we needed a table for 8 people. I was able to make a reservation somewhat last minute for a Saturday night for my large group at Lavomatic. I would say that it was overall average. There were some high points.. The pork was very delicious. As for the ambiance the lights were a little too bright for night time and there is no music playing. The decor is nice though! Definitely a good back up restaurant when in need of a last minute reservation."
Dined on 10/20/2013
The food was very good. Three of
us had the petit filet and one had the fish of the day. All were prepared to perfection The presentation of the dishes interesting and appealing. I would have enjoyed the experience more if the acoustics in the restaurant were better. We ate upstairs and even when the room was not even half full , we really had to strain to hear each other. I would definitely eat there again , but would come at an earlier time when it was less crowded."
Dined on 10/19/2013
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