The Best Bars for Foodies in Cincinnati

The city of Cincinnati, known as the "Pearl of the West" and the "Queen City," lies in a gorgeous location on the north bank of the Ohio River. Surrounded by hills, it is a largely industrial city in the state of Ohio with a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities and beautiful neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine and Mount Airy. Check out a Cincinnati Reds game at the Great American Ball Park, visit the Cincinnati Art Museum or wander around magnolia gardens in lovely Eden Park. It's a booming metropolis of sports, entertainment, cultural, historical and outdoor opportunities - and a rapidly growing culinary and nightlife scene! Foodies have an abundance of options to choose from, including vegan joints, haute-cuisine, and trendy bars. If you're looking for a place to enjoy a great cocktail or craft beer with your meal, check out our Tastemaker list of the best bars in Cincinnati.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville, Jag's Steak & Seafood, Salar
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Steakhouse, International
Neighborhoods:Centerville, West Chester, Dayton
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Centerville
2,512 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is a fantastic place to go for award-winning wines, flavorful food and a cool, Napa-style tasting room. Located in Liberty Center, shoppers can head here for a brea...

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Notable Wine List in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Jag's Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Chester
5,348 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Jag’s Steak and Seafood, centrally located between Cincinnati and Dayton, is a perfect spot for impressing a client, dancing the night away or relaxing with a date. It’s definitely one of the best bar...

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Steakhouse in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Salar

$$$$·International·
Dayton
2,180 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Located in Dayton’s historic Oregon District, Salar features World fusion cuisine with strong French and Peruvian influences along with hand-crafted cocktails. It’s a reasonably priced, upscale yet ca...

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Best Overall in Dayton

Galla Park Gastro - Cincinnati

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
206 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Happy Hour

Galla Park is an upscale, locally-owned restaurant located at The Banks on the corner of Second Street and Joe Nuxhall Way. The restaurant doubles as an entertainment venue and is perfect for game day...

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Scenic View in Cincinnati / Dayton

Orchids at Palm Court

$$$$·French American·
Central Business District
2,423 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Located inside the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Orchids at Palm Court feels like it’s from a different era, with Frech art decor and creative cuisines prepared by top chefs. It’s a fine dining ...

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Arnold's Bar and Grill

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
411 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

With over 150 years of history, Arnold’s Bar and Grill is Cincinnati’s oldest continuously operated tavern! Located on 8th Street in Cincinnati, it is a legendary downtown destination with a reputatio...

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Hot Spot in Cincinnati / Dayton

Branch & Night Drop

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
475 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Located inside former East Walnut Hills Central Trust Bank, Brand and Night Drop is a popular restaurant and bar combo from the Littlefield Group. Branch is a casual niche restaurant on the building’s...

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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Central Business District
1,991 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food

Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. The bar takes inspiration from the ...

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Vibrant Bar Scene in Cincinnati / Dayton

Bakersfield - OTR

$$$$·American·
Over the Rhine
379 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

Located on Vine Street in the Gateway Quarter, Bakersfield OTR is a tacos, tequila and whiskey bar owned by Joe Lanni. Many locals consider it one of the best bars in Cincinnati and you can choose fro...

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Hot Spot in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Coppin's - Hotel Covington

$$$$·American·
Covington
1,507 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

The Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront occupies the iconic 1910 Coppin’s Department Store building. The space is approachable, intimate and comfortable without giving up a strong sense of style and...

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Grandview Tavern

$$$$·American·
Fort Mitchell
731 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation

Located just outside Cincinnati proper in Fort Mitchell, Grandview Tavern is a popular bar and restaurant with lively energy and friendly service. It is the newest addition to Northern Kentucky’s prem...

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Hot Spot in Cincinnati / Dayton

Carlo & Johnny

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Montgomery
6,219 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Carlo & Johnny is Jeff Ruby’s 1930s Chicago style steakhouse and supper club. They offer the same great Ruby steaks as his other restaurants, but with an Italian accent! They strive for excellence in ...

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Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Cincinnati

$$$$·Steak·
Central Business District
5,614 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, located on Walnut Street in the Central Business District, Jeff Ruby’s is a 1940s art deco style steakhouse. It features dry aged-on-premise steaks and fresh seafood along with...

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Best Ambiance in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Tony's of Cincinnati

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Cincinnati
3,964 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date

Tony’s of Cincinnati is a modern steakhouse located on Montgomery Road in the northeastern suburbs. The menu combines the classic American steakhouse with fresh, modern fare, an expansive and diverse ...

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Romantic in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Tano Bistro - Hamilton

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hamilton
495 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

Tano Bistro, located on Riverfront Plaza in Hamilton, sits directly across from the beautiful Marcum Park. The restaurant offers a fresh dining experience in a contemporary dining space. It’s a classy...

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Healthy in Cincinnati / Dayton

Moerlein Lager House

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Cincinnati
5,074 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

The Christian Moerlein Lager House is a world-class restaurant and brewery focused on the heritage of Cincinnati’s storied brewing history. Prominently situated in the dynamic Smale Riverfront Park, t...

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Scenic View in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Krueger's Tavern

$$$$·American·
Over the Rhine
619 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Krueger’s Tavern is from the same group that brought you Bakersfield and The Eagle. It’s a stylish, seasonal New American kitchen with a menu of small and large plates and a rooftop patio. The goal he...

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Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Over the Rhine
2,103 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine

Zula Bistro and Wine Bar, located on Race Street in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood, is a tapas-style restaurant and bar. The menu features a variety of mussel dishes, cold and hot tapas, and...

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Best Food in Cincinnati / Dayton
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The Mercer OTR

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Over the Rhine
1,269 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Another restaurant and bar by the OTR restaurant group, The Mercer offers European-inspired New American cuisine with a taste of something for everyone. Located on Vine Street in the historic Over the...

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Hot Spot in Cincinnati / Dayton

Matt the Miller's Tavern- West Chester

$$$$·Pub·
West Chester
827 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Bar Seating

Matt the Miller’s, located on Civic Centre Boulevard, offers an upscale tavern experience that’s hard to beat. It features a chef-driven menu of tavern favorites with a unique twist. They offer Origin...

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Great for Lunch in Cincinnati / Dayton
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