The Best Restaurants in Cincinnati, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

The "Queen City" of Cincinnati is one of the jewels of the Midwest, offering an exciting, growing Ohio hot spot with a thriving cultural scene, blossoming economy, and exceptional culinary scene. The best restaurants in Cincinnati are glowing examples of that excellent culinary scene, mixing the traditional tastes of the American Midwest with an expanding number of diverse food influences. But where are the smartest, savviest diners in Cincinnati heading out to when they're looking for a meal out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. Here, we've gathered information from the city's in-the-know diners to put together a list of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. From local places serving the city's special chili recipe to downtown hot spots with top-notch fusion dinners, the best restaurants in Cincinnati have something for everyone. Grab a table and enjoy a top Cincinnati dinner tonight!

Restaurants:Crown Republic - Gastropub, Salazar, Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Gastro Pub, American
Neighborhoods:Cincinnati, Central Business District

Crown Republic - Gastropub

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Cincinnati
272 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
This downtown restaurant is at the top of the list when it comes to the best restaurants in Cincinnati. Crown Republic is the place to go for creative cocktails and excellent rustiRead more
100% recommended

Salazar

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
334 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
An upscale eatery from celebrated chef Jose Salazar, this Republic Street hot spot is one of the top places for a relaxed dinner in the Queen City. The seasonal restaurant featuresRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Metropole @ 21c Museum Hotel

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
1,913 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
The 21c Museum Hotel is one of the finest destinations for dining in all of Cincinnati. Right in the heart of the city and close to the Aronoff Center of the Arts, the Metropole reRead more
98% recommended

Goose & Elder

$$$$·American·
Over the Rhine
204 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Cincinnati's historic Finlay Market is the spot for Goose & Elder, one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. The brainchild of celebrated Cincinnati chef Jose Salazar, Goose & EldRead more
97% recommended
Best Value in Cincinnati / Dayton

Sacred Beast Diner

$$$$·American·
Over the Rhine
748 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
The Sacred Beast is an Over-The-Rhine spot in Cincinnati with a modern twist on classic diner dishes. A hip and lively place, Sacred Beast delivers plenty of creative cuisine in a Read more
99% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cincinnati / Dayton
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BOCA

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Central Business District
3,405 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
This upscale spot in the heart of the city is an elegant spot continually mentioned as one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. The artful, stylish dishes take full advantage of Read more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey

$$$$·American·
Over the Rhine
248 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
Diners will get what's in the name at Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. This celebrated local spot offers authentic “Frontier Food” to hungry Read more
94% recommended
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Orchids at Palm Court

$$$$·French American·
Central Business District
2,511 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
This downtown location in the middle of Cincinnati's Netherland Plaza hotel is a spot for exceptional people-watching in a classic, upscale environment. Grab a glass or a bottle frRead more
97% recommended
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Sotto

$$$$·Italian·
Central Business District
4,629 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
This basement dining spot is one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. With a homely, rustic feel and a creative Italian menu, Sotto is a great place for dinner with friends and fRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Le Bar A Boeuf

$$$$·French American·
Cincinnati
568 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
The upscale Bar a Boeuf delivers diners an excellent view of the river alongside some of the best burgers in Cincinnati. The highly-customizable burger menu features beef, bison, lRead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Cincinnati / Dayton
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The Mercer OTR

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Over the Rhine
1,114 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Head Over-the-Rhine to enjoy some style and some creative menu options at one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. This modern, sophisticated spot is a combination American/EuropRead more
83% recommended

The View at Shires' Garden

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
436 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
As diners can guess from the name, the vistas at Shires' Garden deliver some fantastic views for visitors. On the 10th Floor of a historic building, The Shires offers an incredibleRead more
88% recommended
Scenic View in Cincinnati / Dayton

The Eagle - OTR

$$$$·Southern·
Over the Rhine
296 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
The Over-the-Rhine favorite called The Eagle is a prime destination for down-home Southern food in the heart of the city. This spot is a combination of upscale bistro and classic bRead more
97% recommended
Best Value in Cincinnati / Dayton

Jean-Robert's Table - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Central Business District
3,052 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List
A prime spot in the middle of the city, Jean-Robert's Table is one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. This upscale French restaurant is an intimate, welcoming spot perfect for Read more
97% recommended
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Branch & Night Drop

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
391 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Trek out to the East Walnut Hills section of the city for one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. Branch and Night Drop is a creative neighborhood restaurant with a full menu ofRead more
92% recommended
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French Crust Cafe & Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Over the Rhine
480 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Another local standout from master restauranteur Jean-Robert de Cavel, this bistro is a hidden gem in Findley Market. The Cafe & Bistro is the place to go for a relaxing meal and aRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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