The Most Fun Restaurants in Cincinnati

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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!

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

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Centerville
1,059 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
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 superRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Orchids at Palm Court

$$$$·French American·
Central Business District
2,509 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 breathtakiRead more
93% recommended
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Gracie's

$$$$·American·
Middletown
448 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Worth the Drive
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 toRead more
99% recommended
Healthy in Cincinnati / Dayton
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CWC, the Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Wyoming
207 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
CWC is the Cincinnati-based Cooking with Caitlin brand come to life as a restaurant. Located right in the center of Wyoming, just outside of Cincinnati, the restaurant centers on cRead more
94% recommended

Tano Bistro - Hamilton

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Hamilton
234 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 HRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Cincinnati / Dayton

Bite Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Milford
418 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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! OpRead more
100% recommended
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Symphony Hotel Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Over the Rhine
475 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant features contemporary and seasonal New American cuisine in a beautiful setting! The interior combines stunning Italianate architecture with eleganRead more
91% recommended
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Bauer Farm Kitchen

$$$$·German·
Central Business District
694 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
Bauer Farm Kitchen, located in the Central Business District of Cincinnati, offers a farm-to-table European-style dining experience with an emphasis on German, French and Eastern ERead more
90% recommended
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Mita's

$$$$·Spanish·
Cincinnati
1,421 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 theRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Salar

$$$$·International·
Dayton
1,645 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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 Read more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Cincinnati / Dayton

Coldwater Cafe & Catering

$$$$·American·
Tipp City
1,661 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 friRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton

The Melting Pot - Cincinnati

$$$$·Fondue·
Cincinnati
2,616 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 oRead more
86% recommended
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Black Rock - Beaver Creek - PRIORITY SEATING

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Beavercreek
312 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 vRead more
89% recommended
Steakhouse in Cincinnati / Dayton

Rodizio Grill - Liberty Township

$$$$·Brazilian·
West Chester
421 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 CincRead more
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Jean-Robert's Table

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Central Business District
3,029 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Jean-Robert’s Table sits in the heart of downtown Cincinnati at 7th and Vine Streets, just blocks away from Fountain Square, major hotels and the Aronoff Center for the Arts. It’s Read more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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Bouquet Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Covington
1,802 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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 asRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Cincinnati / Dayton
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bd's Mongolian Grill - Beavercreek

$$$$·Asian·
Beavercreek
433 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fun
Bd’s Mongolian Grill is the world’s top Create Your Own Stir-Fry restaurant concept where guests get to choose their own ingredients from a great variety of meats, seafood, vegetabRead more
89% recommended
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Branch & Night Drop

$$$$·American·
Cincinnati
390 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
96% recommended
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BOCA

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Central Business District
3,190 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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. Read more
98% recommended
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Restaurant L - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Central Business District
787 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Restaurant L, located on East 4th Street in the Central Business District, is one of the most fun restaurants in town for truly fine dining with a twist. Jean-Robert and Richard BrRead more
97% recommended
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