The Best Bars for Foodies in Cincinnati

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville, Jag's Steak & Seafood, Salar
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Steakhouse, International
Neighborhoods:Centerville, West Chester, Dayton

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Centerville
1,295 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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 Read more
98% recommended
Notable Wine List in Cincinnati / Dayton

Jag's Steak & Seafood

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Chester
4,679 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 definitelyRead more
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Salar

$$$$·International·
Dayton
1,707 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 prRead more
95% recommended
Romantic in Cincinnati / Dayton

Galla Park

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
229 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups
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 Read more
Hot Spot in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Orchids at Palm Court

$$$$·French American·
Central Business District
2,510 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 chefsRead more
100% recommended
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Arnold's Bar and Grill

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
280 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 destinatRead more
97% recommended
Hot Spot in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Branch & Night Drop

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
390 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 restauraRead more
95% recommended
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Nicholson's Tavern & Pub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Central Business District
1,880 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 iRead more
97% recommended
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Bakersfield - OTR

$$$$·American·
Over the Rhine
203 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 anRead more
95% recommended
Late Night Find in Cincinnati / Dayton

Coppin's - Hotel Covington

$$$$·American·
Covington
1,197 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 stronRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Grandview Tavern

$$$$·American·
Fort Mitchell
652 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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 NortRead more
94% recommended

Carlo & Johnny

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Montgomery
5,415 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 strivRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Cincinnati

$$$$·Steak·
Central Business District
4,945 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 fresRead more
98% recommended
Best Food in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Tony's of Cincinnati

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Cincinnati
3,468 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 exRead more
97% recommended
Best Service in Cincinnati / Dayton

Tano Bistro - Hamilton

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hamilton
281 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Moerlein Lager House

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Cincinnati
4,623 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 SmalRead more
93% recommended
Good for Groups in Cincinnati / Dayton

Krueger's Tavern

$$$$·American·
Over the Rhine
619 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 rooftoRead more
100% recommended
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Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Over the Rhine
1,830 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
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, colRead more
98% recommended
Notable Wine List in Cincinnati / Dayton
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The Mercer OTR

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Over the Rhine
1,114 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 tRead more
85% recommended
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Matt the Miller's Tavern- West Chester

$$$$·Pub·
West Chester
567 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 twisRead more
89% recommended
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