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Grand Finale Restaurant

4.5
4.5
2459 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Grand Finale Restaurant opened 1975. Nestled in the Historic Village of Glendale, we offer steaks, chicken, seafood, pastas, crepes, salads and homemade desserts. Find a nice selection of cocktails, beer & wine. Enjoy the informal charm of a cozy atmosphere which also features a French Quarter styled courtyard that is one-of-a-kind. Next time you visit, look for the amazing 10 year list of loyal employees. This venerable establishment in the Cincinnati food scene has been recognized in Cincinnati Magazine for Best Desserts and has been noted in Dining Secrets of Indiana and Dave Hunter’s nationally acclaimed travel guide “Along Interstate 75”.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Creperie, Dessert

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–8:15 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 771-5925

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dave Grady, Fred Mills, Jon Mills

  • Private party contact

    Virginia Chambers, Vicki Raybuck : (513) 771-5925

  • Neighborhood

    Glendale

  • Cross street

    Congress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,459 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. CT

    CarolT

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family remarked that we’ve never had a bad meal or experience at Grand Finale and we’ve eaten there many times, usually for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Excellent service and quiet ambiance.
  2. F

    Feldest

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the crepes, salad with avocado dressing, the delicious spaghetti toss had the most wonderful (and big!) sundried tomatoes and of course the featured cheesecake (blueberry with a lemon glaze) was our personal grand finale. Two of us dined and every item was spot on, absolutely top shelf dining, they check all the boxes with excellence. My husband and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary here 33 years ago. We've been back every year since. Grand Finale has been in business for decades and their high standards keep their reputation strong along with loyal customers. Thank you for excellent management Grand Finale we highly recommend you and look forward to coming back!
  3. R

    Rmking123

    Cincinnati

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful good and service as always. Never disappoints
  4. KS

    KathyS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is a great value for the money. The desserts are excellent and for their size very reasonable priced.
  5. MS

    MattS

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I hope you can share this as a public review. The Grand Finale is a great place for romantics, for celebrations or those that just want a nice meal out, in a cozy atmosphere. We recently dined to celebrate my wife’s birthday. The service was excellent as is the norm at this restaurant. Our waiter was attentive while also allowing us to enjoy ourselves. The food was delicious. I had their rack of lamb for the first time and it exceeded my expectations. The chutney sauce on the side was a great compliment to the meat. My wife had her favorite, the chicken ginger. Anyone that has taste for chicken would not be disappointed by this gem. I always sneak a bite. The menu never changes much nor does it need to. There is a nice variety, everything they serve is delicious and if you want something different, the specials are usually as good as many of their go to dishes. I always recommend saving room for desert. Our favorites include the Chocolate Cordial pie (a mountain of chocolate mousse with a delicious crust hiding somewhere at the bottom), any of their cheesecakes, and their custard. But you can’t go wrong on their desert menu. Beautiful and delicious. The restaurant is set in an old Victorian home in historic Glendale and the restaurant is very cozy with antique furniture, art on display throughout and decor from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I would consider this a nice restaurant, but with prices that won’t make you regret the extras and one where men need not where a jacket. Stop in some time. I think you’ll find yourself returning for the friendly folks that serve you and the delicious delights that call your name.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service are always excellent. The ginger chicken is one of my all time favorites and never say no to a slice of the original cheesecake
  7. b

    bobbie

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food were both outstanding. I had not been to Grand Finale in many years and it was as delicious as I remember. Our server was excellent. We will be returning.
  8. CP

    CintiPam

    Cincinnati

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely meal in a beautiful dining room on a cold Cincinnati evening. The food and service were stellar.
  9. AH

    ArleenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grand Finale is consistently Great! It is my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. I love the salads, crepes, appetizers, bread, entree's, and of course the home made desserts. The atmosphere is so pleasant. I have so many favorite's the hard part is making a decision.
  10. WH

    WilliamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was looking for a restaurant for date night with my wife, this was definitely the right choice the food was excellent the service is excellent the atmosphere was perfect. I will definitely be returning for date night the future
  11. P

    Piquant

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good selection of quality menu items - tables next to courtyard are very drafty, wear warm clothes
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went out for the first time in 2 years - since the Covid outbreak! Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Grand Finale was wonderful as usual. Thank you to our server, Virginia, for additional attention to the occasion. ❤️
  13. TK

    TomK

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this place. Quality and consistency is their “thing”. Friendly staff and great food.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Virginia, our server, was exceptional. It’s been a very long time since a server was this friendly and helpful. Food is always outstanding. It was louder than normal from all the Christmas luncheons. Great time!!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an absolute delight! I took my team for a Christmas celebration. Everything was perfect. The food, service and ambience was incredible. It was exactly what we wanted. Cannot recommend this place more!
  16. GM

    GayleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was good. Service was outstanding. It was a great place for our ladies Christmas lunch!!!
  17. J

    Joey

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, and our waitress was really the best. I would definitely recommend dining at the Grand Finale, whether for a date or a gathering of friends.
  18. K

    Kathi

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to go to the Grand Finale- food and service never disappoint!
  19. LA

    LaurenA

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal and server were outstanding. The atmosphere is quaint and cozy. I had thee specials which were the seafood chowder and salad with broiled scallops, bacon and blue cheese with a warm bacon vinaigrette dressing. My friend had the brunch crepe and fruit. We both thought our meals were lovely. We had the puff pastry dessert and it was as delicious as it was beautiful. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. We had a wonderful brunch and would come back again!
  20. S

    Steve

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Had not been there in a while. Will return again soon. Highly recommend.
  21. h

    hexemeister

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have our Christmas family dinner at the Grand Finale. We have never been disapointed. The food is always perfect and the service fantastic. We will be back next year for certain.
  22. D

    Debby

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Grand Finale doesn't have as large a menu as other restaurants, but the menu is varied and every item I've tried has been so delicious. The restaurant is beautiful inside. The ambiance is as if it's a place "where everybody knows your name" (if you're familiar with the Cheers theme song), The servers are spot on and friendly without being intrusive. Grand Finale is just a really nice place to go relax and have a good meal. My favorite item on the menu is "buy a round of beers for the people in the back of the house." Which I did.
  23. ST

    SiobhanT

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We were looking forward to celebrating with brunch and arrived to find that some limited breakfast options are only served on Sundays. Not to ruin the spirit, we ordered from their menu (which consisted of 6-7 salad choices and $20+ entrees more suited for dinner) only to be underwhelmed. My husband ordered a filet and potatoes and said the steak was bland and didn't have any flavor, neither did his potatoes. My crab cakes were fine, but they were just fine. My mother ordered the quiche and quite liked it, but it came out so hot that it took her more than 20 minutes to be able to eat anything. I long for the day when they bring back the buffet brunch and until then I don't think we will be back.
  24. MB

    MaryB

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great local dining. Service was fantastic.
  25. D

    Diane

    Cincinnati

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Food was delicious. This place has the best ambiance.
  26. JS

    JamesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambience. I would definitely recommend this for a any celebration.
  27. RI

    RIckG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grand Finale is our favorite dining spot - we visit often, especially on our birthdays and anniversary. We look forward to our return visits.
  28. MJ

    MiriamJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were of course pleased with the food but especially with the service. Our waitress has been well educated and was very much attentive and helpful and really knew her menu. She also entered into our food questions with great knowledge and was very helpful. We were glad she was there. We know how hard it is to get wait staff these days but you are really doing a good job in your education process with new people. Keep up the great work.
  29. GB

    GaryB

    Nashville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Back in this area of Cincy for first time in few years. GF used to be one of our favorite haunts and after being away it still did not disappoint. Had to wait a little while on arrival but hey it is the holiday season.
  30. KS

    KathyS

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful time at Grand Finale! The food, service and ambience was wonderful!
  31. DD

    DeDe

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat. Wonderful food, cute surroundings and servers are so nice and helpful.
  32. KP

    KevinP

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place! Great food and service
  33. JT

    JessieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love eating at the Grand Finale. The food is so good and so is the service. I have been eating there for years.
  34. JM

    JenMo

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience at Grand Finale. My husband had the chicken pot pie and said it was the best he’s ever had. I ordered the special which was salmon in dill sauce. It was excellent. We order the puff pastry for dessert and loved it. We will definitely be going back.
  35. M

    Minky

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My husband and I loved everything about this restaurant when we had lunch there recently, so we brought two friends over for dinner. Food was wonderful, except the dinner rolls served at the beginning - cold and dry.
  36. H

    Harry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, food is always fabulous, and the puff pastry dessert is AMAZING!
  37. SH

    SuzH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in the wh
  38. AS

    AngelaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were very attentive. Had a great time with my BFF!
  39. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    It took until main course to get a glass of wine. Ginger chicken taste and amount has really slipped while the price for Very Thin slice has risen. The value just isn’t there for the size serving. Crepes still very good. I know COVID has made it rough on restAurants, but also has made it difficult for patrons.
  40. AS

    AngelaS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice meal - not too adventurous but all was good. Lovely service,

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Grand Finale Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 771-5925.

Grand Finale Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 2459 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Congress

  • Neighborhood

    Glendale

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–8:15 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Creperie, Dessert

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dave Grady, Fred Mills, Jon Mills

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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