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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Cincinnati

Nicknamed the "Queen City", Cincinnati, Ohio reigns as one of the most exciting places in America's Midwest. From its botanical gardens in the north to its science and children's museums in the Union Terminal, this historic city has plenty of attractions. Before a day out on the town, visitors can fill their bellies at the best breakfast in Cincinnati where local joints combine traditional Midwest styles with international flavors. But where are the smartest, savviest diners headed out to when looking for the best breakfast in Cincinnati? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together a list of the best breakfast in Cincinnati. With everything from cozy pubs and diners to upscale restaurants and taverns, no one goes hungry in this town. Grab a table and start your day off right!

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10 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Ferrari's Little Italy, Cozy's Cafe and Pub, Grandview Tavern
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Farm-to-table, American
Neighborhoods:Madeira, Liberty Township, Fort Mitchell
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Ferrari's Little Italy

$$$$
Italian
Madeira
4.3
1515 reviews
A prime bakery and dining spot in the heart of Cincinnati, Ferrari's is a perfect spot for breakfast pastries and local favorites. Head for Italian-favorite bread like focaccia, pepperoni and cheese, or peppers and cheese. Diners can also try the fabled cookies, brownies, and cannoli. For other sweet treats, try the double-chocolate mousse, mini cream puffs, or mini eclairs.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Cozy's Cafe and Pub

$$$$
Farm-to-table
Liberty Township
4.7
2412 reviews
Looking for one of the more unique breakfast spots in Cincinnati? Cozy's Cafe and Pub serves some of the best breakfast in Cincinnati in a diverse environment. The Cafe and Pub features a farmhouse-style dining room, industrial-style pub, and outdoor fire-side dining option. The farm-to-table breakfast is full of favorites. Highlights include churro donut holes, "ooey gooey" apple bacon cinnamon rolls, and avocado toast. Don't miss the Irish breakfast skillet, made with corned beef, a fresh farm egg, diced onion, and "Sixteen Bricks" toast.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Grandview Tavern

$$$$
American
Fort Mitchell
4.5
799 reviews
Right across the border in Kentucky, the Grandview Tavern is a fun and charming spot for some of the best breakfast in Cincinnati. Every Saturday and Sunday, head into this hot spot for the restaurant's bottomless mimosas and signature Bloody Marys. Those come along with a full menu of brunch favorites. Try the traditional country biscuit breakfast with a split biscuit, two eggs, and sausage gravy. For a sweeter tooth, try the stuffed french toast with whipped and sweetened cream cheese and blueberry lemon compote. For an authentic taste of Cincinnati, try the Kentucky GLT with locally-sourced goetta, fried egg, and cheddar cheese.

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The Birch - In Terrace Park

$$$$
American
Milford
4.6
282 reviews
A stylish and welcoming spot, the Birch in Terrace Park offers some of the most relaxing vibes in the city for its Sunday brunch service. Stop in to get some of the best breakfast in Cincinnati in a warm, engaging location full of style and color. The Birch brunch burger is a standout with a half-pound of grilled black Angus, cheddar, and bacon on a brioche bun. For a Southern taste, try the country biscuits and gravy with mixed greens or roasted potatoes, or try the Birch steak and eggs made with grilled ciabatta and cooked-to-order eggs.

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BrewRiver Creole Kitchen

$$$$
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Cincinnati
4.3
721 reviews
BrewRiver brings a taste of New Orleans to the heart of Cincinnati. This lively Creole-inspired spot boasts a full range of fun, exciting Southern-style favorites. The "It's Always 5 o'clock in New Orleans" drink menu features favorites like mimosas, hurricane Bloody Marys, Sazeracs, and much more. There are hearty dishes like the streetcar burger with kimchi tartar sauce and hand-cut fries, and a brunch burger with "beer" naise sauce. Try the bacon-infused cake donuts or BRCK brunch sandwich with local sausage.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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French Crust Cafe & Bistro

$$$$
Contemporary French
Over the Rhine
4.2
572 reviews
A local favorite from the celebrated chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, French Crust is an elegant spot near Findlay Market with some of the best breakfast in Cincinnati. For something for "Le Petite Dejeuner," try the puff pastry with local goetta, French croissant perdo, or Croque Monsieur with a fried egg. For a quick meal on the go, grab one of the chocolate eclair, chocolate mousse, or chocolate almond croissant pastries. Pair them with a cup of the French press, espresso, latte, or Orangina.

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deSha's American Tavern

$$$$
American
Montgomery
4.5
1268 reviews
This stylish lodge in the Shops at Harper's Point is a cozy, homely spot for some of the best breakfast in Cincinnati. Head in during the Sunday brunch for a wide array of brunch favorites. Try the egg salad BLT served with strawberry spinach salad, or the "Hamberguesa" with pepper jack, fried egg, and ham. For a taste of the city, try the Cincinnati breakfast sandwich. This local favorite includes goetta, ham, and fried egg on toasted sourdough. Alongside brunch, go for one of the "Beer-Mosas" made with Blue Moon, Cointreau, and orange juice.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y

$$$$
Gastro Pub
Central Business District
4.5
2200 reviews
An upscale neighborhood favorite in the heart of Cincinnati, a Nicholson's tagline states that "brunch makes everything better." We can't disagree. The Nicholson's breakfast and brunch menu is one of the best in the city. Here, diners will find a creative menu of local and international flavors. Try the scotch egg with pub mustard and arugula or duck-fat fries made with house ketchup and lemon garlic aioli. Belhaven beer cheese features crumbled bangers, pub crisps, and warm, soft pretzels. Another favorite? The smoked salmon Benedict made with butter-griddled crumpet, poached eggs, Hollandaise, and capers.

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Tano Bistro - Loveland

$$$$
Contemporary American
Loveland
4.6
1683 reviews
Tano Bistro is one of the best options for a relaxed outdoor-dining brunch meal in the heart of the city. Head out to nearby Loveland to grab a seat outside and people-watch during the Saturday and Sunday brunch. Try one of the Tano specialties, like the "Breakfast Mofongo" with smoked pork belly, plantain, eggs, and crisp octopus. The shrimp and grits meal features creole gravy, pork belly, fried eggs, and Geechie Boy grits. Don't miss the 5 Points Ranch "water buffalo" burger, made with a double patty, cheddar, onion, and horseradish aioli.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Brown Dog Cafe

$$$$
Contemporary American
Blue Ash
4.3
2731 reviews
A local favorite in Blue Ash, the Brown Dog Cafe is a casual and relaxed place with some of the best breakfast in Cincinnati. Featuring a menu full of local dishes and ingredients, the Brown Dog Cafe is the perfect spot for breakfast with a group of family and friends. One of the more unique dishes on the menu? The "Totooine," with poutine made with tater tots. The Brown Dog breakfast sandwich includes a local fried egg, maple mayo, Amish cheddar, and fruit. Don't miss the huevos Benedicto, with skillet potatoes, basted eggs, fresh salsa, and manchego cheese. The "Dog Gone Good" burgers are another highlight, like the "Flying Pig" with braised pork belly, barbecue sauce, and Ohio Cheddar.

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