The Most Fun Restaurants in Cincinnati

The city of Cincinnati occupies a beautiful location in a wide basin on the north bank of the Ohio River. Surrounded by hills, Cincinnati earned the nickname, “Pearl of the West”. Today, the industrial city also has plenty of cultural activities and green spaces. Tour through revived neighborhoods, like Over-the-Rhine and Mount Airy, or visit the Cincinnati Museum Center and marvel at the Art Deco railroad station. The splendidly renovated 1878 Music Hall stands as one of the finest buildings in town with its stunning presence in Washington Park. Don't forget to take a peek at the white Bengal tigers and gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo! The city also boasts a flourishing culinary scene with something for every palate. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? If you seek a memorable night of dining and entertainment, check out our Tastemaker 20 List of the most fun restaurants in Cincinnati. Book a table tonight!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville, Orchids at Palm Court, Gracie's
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French American, American
Neighborhoods:Centerville, Central Business District, Middletown
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Centerville
2,463 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is now open at Cornerstone of Centerville, the first Dayton location. They offer a redefined version of modern casual dining and provide a super fun atmosphere to h...

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Notable Wine List in Cincinnati / Dayton

Orchids at Palm Court

$$$$·French American·
Central Business District
2,427 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Orchids at Palm Court is a fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. It’s a wonderful opportunity to dine in a breathtaking 1930s French Art ...

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Gracie's

$$$$·American·
Middletown
491 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Cozy

Located on Central Avenue right in the heart of Middletown, Gracie’s is the place to go for American comfort food! It’s one of the most fun restaurants in Cincinnati, mostly due to the friendly, welco...

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Outdoor Dining in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Tano Bistro - Hamilton

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

Chef Tano Williams recently opened a second Tano Bistro in Hamilton after the success of the first one in Loveland. Inspired by the neighborhood’s new energy and old history, the Hamilton location off...

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Healthy in Cincinnati / Dayton

Bite Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Milford
423 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies

Bite Restaurant, located in Milford, hides in what appears to be a house in suburbia. You might easily miss it, but inside the house is a delightful restaurant that locals love! Opened seven years ago...

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Mita's

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Cincinnati
1,852 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine

Mita’s is the second restaurant from James Beard Nominated Chef Jose Salazar. He named it after his Colombian grandmother, Mita. it’s a gorgeous, 130-seat restaurant located in the heart of downtown C...

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Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton

Salar

$$$$·International·
Dayton
2,170 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Located in Dayton’s Historic Oregon District, Salar features an exciting menu of World-fusion cuisine with strong Peruvian, French and Mediterranean influences. It’s an affordably priced, upscale yet ...

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Best Overall in Dayton

Coldwater Cafe

$$$$·American·
Tipp City
2,088 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Coldwater Cafe occupies a former bank building in the heart of downtown Tipp City. The small-town setting offers a great place to kick back and have fun with a date, a group of friends or work colleag...

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Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati

$$$$·Fondue·
Cincinnati
2,705 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays

If you are looking for an amazing restaurant where you can celebrate a big occasion, look no further than “The Melting Pot.” Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends for a wedd...

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Black Rock - Beaver Creek - PRIORITY SEATING

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beavercreek
709 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date

Black Rock Bar and Grill is an award-winning steakhouse specializing in certified Angus beef steaks served up on a sizzling stone. You cook your steak on a searing hot 755-degree volcanic rock without...

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Best Food in Dayton

Rodizio Grill - Liberty Township

$$$$·Brazilian·
West Chester
422 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date

Rodizio Grill offers a dozen rotisserie grilled meats, each one perfectly seasoned and carved right at the table by Rodizio Gauchos. This is one of the most fun restaurants in Cincinnati because of th...

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Bouquet Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Covington
2,222 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Bouquet Restaurant is an upscale farm-to-table bistro opened in 2007 by Stephen Williams. It’s one of the first restaurants in the area to get into local and sustainable farming as the focal point of ...

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Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Branch & Night Drop

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

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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BOCA

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Central Business District
3,908 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

BOCA is Chef David Falk’s way of creating an ode to Europe. The design pairs contemporary European and American stylings with touches of rusticity in a beatuiful, loft-like space. Come enjoy the elega...

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Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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