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Permanently Closed - CRAVE - Cincinnati

3.9
1403 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed.

Crave in Cincinnati is an Asian-American fusion restaurant that offers delicious sushi and a menu filled with fine dining options. The atmosphere in Crave is a fun blend of lively steakhouse and upscale sushi bar, perfect for a variety of occasions. Menu items include happy hour small plates and gluten-sensitive options.

Start your meal at Crave with tempura bites or miso soup, before enjoying a variety of vegetarian or specialty sushi rolls, gourmet pizza, steak and more. The menu is filed with dishes that anyone can enjoy, from fried rice bowls to beef stroganoff. Thanks to the kids� menu, your whole crew will enjoy their night at Crave.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday- Thursday: 11:00am - 9pm
Friday- 11:00am - 11pm
Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 11am* - 8pm
*Opens at 10am when Bengals Play

Happy Hour:
(Not offered on Reds & Bengals Home Game days)
Monday-Thursday 3pm - 7pm
Friday: 3pm - 6pm
Saturday: 12pm - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 9pm
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Phone number
(513) 241-8600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Miller
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Private party facilities
Whether you're planning a business dinner, a social celebration or a corporate gathering, let CRAVE make your event extraordinary. We offer an exceptional dining experience that will meet every need and make each event uniquely memorable.
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Private party contact
Marlo Kozlak Ellis: (513) 413-8407
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Catering
Whatever your catering needs are, we can accommodate you! CRAVE is one of the only restaurants providing sushi in the area. Call or email to inquire!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main Street
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Parking details
Parking ramp
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.6
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

Awesome meal!!!! Took my family for their 2 bdays- it was delicious and the waiter was fantastic as well- loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2016

The sushi was very fresh. We also had the pork belly nachos but didn't think they were that good.

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vipBman (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2016

Good menu options. Love the sushi and small plates. Very good quality and friendly service. enjoy the Ball Park Location. Fall is a great time of year; doors open to street creating a vibrant setting. a regular for a reds or bengals game

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John (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

The restaurant was more casual than I remember it from when I've gone in the past in another city. Seemed a bit understaffed the night we went. Even though it wasn't even full, our server kept commenting how backed up the kitchen was.

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vipwellslego (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

Great food with a nice variety of options in a contemporary, friendly atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Excellent Customer Service, Waiters are always on Point. Very professional an always over the top with service. Beautiful an I mean beautiful restaurant.... Great for the Whole Family, and Food is just out of World. The crave burger is too die for

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on August 26, 2016

Friday Night place like a ghost town

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2016

Our server seemed a bit unorganized. Had to ask for soy sauce for sushi.
Also the shrimp salad special I had was not very good. It didn't come with dressing because the greens were "marinated" but I didn't taste anything at all on them. I asked for dressing and got it. Also, not much in the way of ingredients in that salad. I'd punch that salad up a bit for flavor.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

Overall ok, but thankfully had a gift card, otherwise I would not pay that much money to go there

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vipTimothyT (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 16, 2016

Once again, despite having told our serve that we were short on time, service was extremely slow and food quality was poor. Place was not even half full, so there was no reason for poor service. Done with trying to do business lunches there...

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Michelle was a very attentive server!

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vipbarbarab (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Can't wait to go back!

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vipMainelady (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Dined here at 5 pm before a 7:30 pre season Bengals game. By 5:23 we had finished our main course--so we allowed too much time. On the other hand, by that time, the table were filling up and we might have had slower service at 6. I had the Pork Italiano. Very nice, juicy, but not sloppy. pork was tender, though more chunked than "thinly sliced" Broccoli rabe was and interesting addition. Felt a little bit healthy :) My husband had the cucumber salad and sushi and he enjoyed his dinner. Service was pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

The service was really good. Crave did a great job accommodating our large group that had at least one handicapable member. Some of the food was good, but also ordering sushi was probably not our best decision. Hibachi sauce on sushi was not the restaurants best decision. The truffle fries, pickle spears, and pretzels were all solid.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
2.0  Dined on August 3, 2016

The service was terrible. I went to support a local non-profit that was collaborating with Crave. When I arrived and explained my purpose, the hostess had no idea about the non-profit, and didn't seat us in the area where others from the non-profit were located. I waited 10 minutes before someone told me my server was overwhelmed, but would be with me shortly. After discovering where the others were seated and moving tables, I received a different server, whom we had to flag down to take our order. I next saw my server when he gave me the bill. The restaurant was only about 60% full, and most of the people were at the bar, so it wasn't terribly busy.

In order for a percentage of my bill to go to the non-profit, I had to order from a special menu, where the prices were extremely high and when compared to similar items on the regular menu, it was obvious that the prices had been increased.

The food was sub-par and overpriced. I've tasted better sushi at half the price. Overall, my experience was lacking and I don't anticipate going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on August 3, 2016

Very good Sushi! Busy place- close to the stadiums

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
1.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

If you want a romantic dinner, this is not the place. Made reservations on Open Table months in advance and when we got there they sat us at a table next to the bar. The bar stools were uncomfortable and the table was too small for dinner and drinks. The dining area had plenty of tables to sit us. The service was not good at all. I had to get up and ask our server for salad dressing because the salad was extremely dry. I will not ever be going back and will not recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on July 30, 2016

It was a little expensive but they offer a discount if you work for Great American. So that was awesome!

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vipZia33 (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on July 25, 2016

The food is very good, but the service is always a bit off. Even in a mostly empty restaurant on a Monday. Too bad, because it has a lovely space, great location, and food. Don't get me wrong, it's not awful. Just not seamless and professional and attentive in the way you might expect.

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vipccurran (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on July 18, 2016

The diverse Asian inspired menu gives a wonderful number of choices.

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Lovely atmosphere. Service was quick and friendly. Food was delicious. Highly recommend & will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Great place to go befor a reds baseball game, good selection of choices and they take reservations!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

My mom, brother and I (who love good food and travel often) took my picky and older grandparents to Crave and we all really enjoyed it. They had salads and the three of us had incredible sushi. I got the #9, and my mom and brother had the King Kong. Would highly, highly recommend both of these rolls! Our server was great and very patient with my grandfather who often complains about his beer if it's not full to the point of pouring over the sides of the glass. Great experience overall for two types of people who are hard to please!

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TomB (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

My wife's miso soup was not hot. It was sent back and came back too salty. They comp'ed it. She has had it before though and it's been very good, so we are writing this off as a one-time problem. My chopped chicken salad was very good, but the sweetness needed to be cut a little - perhaps fewer dried cherries or maybe bleu cheese on it rather than fontina?

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vipTimothyT (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 7, 2016

The quality of the food at Crave has declined dramatically over the past year. Too much pre-prepared food and not enough fresh. The "Italian sausage" in my penne dish was not fresh, but pre-prepared sausage meatballs, much like you would find in spaghettios. The taste of everyone's food was very bland and needed much seasoning. We're done with this place and it's a shame...

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JosephD (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on July 1, 2016

A TGIF on Steroids, great location but nothing special, especially the price points for Cincinnati.
But when in Cincinnati....guess it is high end? If you like the sports bar atmosphere then this is for you, if you want to go to a proper dining establishment, go elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

I have eaten at Crave a few times before for lunch or appetizers at dinner. Every time it was nice and we had good service. Today was different. Granted, it was busy because the Chicago Cubs were in town and there was a lot of people. But you would think the manager would know that some visiting teams bring in a large crowd. Nope! The waiter got to our table for the first time 15 minutes after we sat down and only after we asked for someone.

He took our beverage and food orders at the same time. Our beverages arrived about 10 minutes later and by 3 other individual wait-staff. Then our food arrived another 10 minutes later by the busboy. He didn't ask if we needed anything else even though our drinks were empty.

We ate our food which was good. We finished and still no waiter. We asked for the manager. Told her our experience and she was nice enough to take 20% off. Which we was happy with.

Just be careful on game nights.

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KBT1961 (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

Great place to eat before a Reds game. Good for families and groups.

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vipWGuy (Cincinnati)
4.0  Dined on June 23, 2016

Great evening, drinks, food and service were great

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OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
3.0  Dined on June 19, 2016

Easily the worst meal I have ever had at Crave. Not sure what has changed but the prime rib was tough, the mashed potatoes tasteless without au gus and no opportunity to request more as our server was clearly over committed. The cheesecake was massive but also dry and flavorless. Clearly not up to the quality of the Mother's Day brunch we attend a year ago.

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