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Alara, Cincinnati, OH

Alara

4.6
4.6
92 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
A contemporary American restaurant located at Madison Square in Madisonville. Alara invites you to an immersive dining experience that encourages exploring, sharing, and tasting your way through innovative dishes that are expertly prepared and exquisitely presented. Featuring a seasonal menu emphasizing prime meats and seafood, Chef Mark Bodenstein utilizes luxury ingredients to create fun and approachable dishes for every diner. With an open kitchen that fosters a social atmosphere, Alara strips away the conventional formalities of fine dining while focusing on food quality and next-level hospitality in a lively yet elegant setting.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 272-5315
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 92 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Innovative

  • Cincinnati

    Innovative

  • Cincinnati

    Contemporary American

92 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Would go back service great main course just warm not hot

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Should not charge Boca prices if you can't produce Boca level food!!! Wine list is very poor for an "up scale" dining restaurant. Don't need to see people in shorts, basketball jerseys, and torn jean when eating at what is billed to be upscale... Charge less or produce a higher level product!

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  3. SASHRAF

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant ambience is nice according to what you see on social media and promotion. However, we were sitting in the back, felt very claustrophobic and so didn’t get to enjoy ambience that is why I’m giving it low ratings. The food was good, but it’s definitely over priced Pasta is $50. The service was really good. Our server was very prompt and nice. I think it’s a bit hyped up but worth going once.

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  4. David

    Cincinnati

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, we loved this place! Every dish we had was very unique and prepared perfectly. Most are meant to be shared family style which was really fun because we got to try an assortment of menu items. The meal was served in courses and our server did an outstanding job at timing the meal. Alara is not inexpensive, but it was worth the money. We will definitely return.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Huge portions, everything is shareable. Waiter recommendations were spot on.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We wanted to try this since it is new. It was wonderful. Highly recommend. Wine list was great. The food choices were so good and hard to even pick from.

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  7. ellenm

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing!! Food drink etc. was a spectacular evening celebrating my friends birthday!! See you soon for my anniversary.

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  8. FtThomasFun

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Alara's staff were very nice and welcoming from the woman who opened the main door, to the hostess, the bartender and our server Kat. The ambiance and decor, while not formal, was sleek and "swanky"! Be sure to come hungry! We did not realize their menu focused on shareable dishes. We did share the BBQ Pork Buns which were delicious. My friend had the Caesar Salad which he said was very good. I had the Hearts of Palm salad which was a unique and tasty mix of fruit and vegetables. After the salads, we didn't have room for anything else. However, I was eyeing the Vegetarian Bolognese so I decided to take home an order of it to have the next day. It was wonderful!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Catered to all of our needs…esp with two toddlers. Will def return for their Rack of Lamb…top 2 I’ve had in my life.

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  10. LauraD

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 2nd visit to Alara. We are fans of Emery and Clyborne and are happy to add this into our mix of places to visit. Took our family for mother's day/birthday for husband. While it was much more quiet than it was on our last visit, it was the Monday after mother's day so to be expected. Amber was very lovely and staff was very attentive. Only complaint was leftovers were never brought to us. After paying bill I forgot to ask for the leftovers to be brought out and staff looked to be wrapping up for the evening. Not the end of the world, just feedback for future ref.

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  11. Lee200

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am gluten-free, and we loved our first dinner on Mother's Day at Alara! Alara works hard to cater to people with food intolerances and allergies. No gluten goes in any of the fryers! Two of us split an app, large plate, one side, and one dessert, and my spouse got a cocktail, and dinner was only $104 w.o. tip. Very classy decor and atmosphere in the in the main room where the kitchen is, but noisier. Tables for 2 are all in the small room, which is quieter, but not as nice. Quieter was good for us, but I would like to go back in a group of 4-6, be in the main room, and share more yummy dishes! The passionfruit cloud dessert was unique and yummy. The Chicken Milanese was recommended to us by the server: It was GF-crispy, but under-seasoned and under-sauced. (Maybe because they were so busy?)

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  12. AlexG

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Alara for Mother's Day, 2024 and had a very nice evening. The appetizers were great (carrot Hummis was shockingly awesome), the drinks were good, the Ceaser salad was fantastic, and the steaks were good (I will comment that two people ordered medium, and they came out as medium-well, but we did not complain) and I got the pork tacos, and they were amazing. Would return.

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  13. StevenJ

    London

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down the best restaurant meal we have had in years. Service was exceptional. This was the first restaurant I've even been in that asked about food allergies and ensured we were safe.

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  14. Ohio9200

    Cincinnati

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful experience if you immerse your table in the shared dining experience. After going to Emery and SWClybourne, I was expecting a higher end same experience. Pleasantly not so, the shared idea with all the courses, the timing to enjoy it (they ask if you want to hurry or take the time per course) with so much Celiac/gluten friendly was amazing. You can start with a bunch of fun craft cocktails, several coming out with what looked like frozen with liquid nitrogen and brought out in a glass container to release the vapor. Fun. A few highlights of our courses - the lobster/shrimp appetizer was perfectly textured and freshest of fresh, the korean wagyu corn dogs are not to be missed (and GF patent pending), the caesar salad was more than our 4 could finish with fun parmesan croutons. Didn't love the vegetarian bolognese, the pasta just was too mushy/meaty but at the same time we had scallops that were to die for. Capped it off pork shank tacos that were so tender and flavorful with a make your own so all the sides could be done by each person's taste. Cleansed the palate at the end with the raspberry sorbet and the orange creamsicle desserts. Would get them again - sorbet very flavorful but needs a crunch, creamsicle so cloudy but needs a a slight more punch of flavor. Loved it. Recommend.

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  15. JenE

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate here for Mother's Day lunch. Overall it was a great experience. Noshed on: Smoked Carrot Hummus- worth coming back for-excellent Tuna Crudo- bright and delicious Thai Shrimp- good Palm Salad- excellent flavors Chicken Milanese- really good; ours was a tad too salty but still good. Pork Shank Taco's- worth coming back for- excellent Broccoli & Cheese- so, so-cheese sauce was too runny for us.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious Service was terrible - took 30 minutes to get our drinks Server took our food to box up and never brought to us and waited forever so we paid bill and left 3 hours for dinner Waitress was so soft spoken we could not hear her at all

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  17. SofieS

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the creativity and execution of the food - delicious- chef kept and eye on every dish and Amber our server made the evening also fun. Thanks to all

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and ambiance were absolutely outstanding. Dillon’s recommendations were spot on! The filet, lobster carbonara and glazed carrots were all delicious!

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  19. PaulN

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alara is fantastic. Very nice upscale restaurant. We enjoyed Slider buns for appetizer. Chopped salad was excellent, followed main course,The Pork Rack was Incredible.. Spices were encrusted on the chop, which sealed in juices. Espresso Martini for dessert was very nice!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere and interesting food, great New York strip but the service was very slow. Would consider trying again.

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  21. BethC

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I were really impressed with the ambience of this place. The food was fabulous! We had the Korean hotdog and the chicken. Had the best server named Caroline. We definitely plan on coming back!

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  22. JenM

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our anniversary, and it was a special night. The food was exquisite... both delicious and beautiful. I have celiac, and I had so many amazing options to choose from. Our server (Michelle) was very knowledgable and attentive. We plan to make many more visits to Alara.

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  23. BethE

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was over the top and everything was perfect!!

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  24. Cincyfoodiegal

    Cincinnati

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great. The seafood platter is on the side of the menu with the apps. We ordered that not knowing it was a main entree. And then we split the lobster rigatoni. Honestly shocked when we got the bill to see the market price for the seafood platter was $140. The pasta was ok. I really wanted to like it but it was really expensive for ok food. The ambiance was nice.

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  25. PhyllisJ

    Cincinnati

    146 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance and staff were delightful! The appetizers and salads were delicious. Unfortunately, three of the entrees were not cooked to the proper temperature and then it took a very long time for entrees to return from the kitchen making it an uneven eating experience at our table.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food! The chefs table was a nice touch

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  27. bsp2

    Cincinnati

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing. The Lobster pea carbonara was to die for. Service was outstanding. Manager Kelly was super friendly and accommodating. Definitely will be back!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were honestly to die for, we loved the smoked pear the espresso martini was one of the best I’ve ever had the Lemon meringue martini was our favorite! Our Server Amber was so great and informative, we started with the wagyu tartare and the hot dog great starters! We got both the chopped and Caesar salad the Caesar was so light and delicious one of our favorite dishes of the night!! Then we had the 8 oz filet, lobster carbonara, lobster gnocchi, pot roast agnolotti pasta, the pot roast pasta was so unique and had so many layers of flavors. The lobster gnocchi was the table favorite but I thought the carbonara was beautifully executed. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium and the sauce sides is an amazing touch. our favorite was the truffle butter.

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  29. KarenM

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic and the service was excellent. We have been waiting for Alara to open and we weren’t disappointed. Will definitely be back.

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  30. GlobalDiner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had a world-class meal at this beautifully appointed restaurant. The staff was attentive and the executive chef went beyond the call of duty to regale us with his sumptuous cuisine. I can’t wait to return with guests from out of town to show off Cincinnati’s top notch food scene. Well done!

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  31. ChrisN

    Cincinnati

    32 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    New restaurant so always need to get some kinks out. To be fair they are trying to get there. Was it good? Yes. Was it worth the cost? No. I’m happy to pay for high quality and it’s not there yet. Steak was over temped (med plus versus med rare), fish tacos presentation was supposed to be innovative but looked more like fish sticks, maybe add a vinegar slaw as a topping with it, carrot app was great, dessert was great, service was good but average. Like I said they are trying but need to push it up a notch to create an “experience”.

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  32. CassandraL

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, creative food. Loved the gluten free options!

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  33. Msquared7

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Had very high hopes based on the menu and the Chef. Left disappointed.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was creative American and delicious. Atmosphere was great. Didn’t love the cocktail list, but great wine and liquor selection. Decor is modern. Took a bit to get our bottle of wine and a little too much time in-between courses, but probably still figuring it out. Will definitely go back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great dinner and great customer service always 5 stars which is why we can't stay away ...

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service provided is truly exceptional, and the cuisine is exquisite in both presentation and flavor. The pastry chef’s creations surpass mere excellence; they are as delightful and charming as she is. Alara has truly set a benchmark for excellence. Every moment felt welcoming and familial, leaving a lasting impression.

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  37. dinerlady

    Cincinnati

    43 reviews

    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived as a party of 3 yet they tried to seat us at a round table for 6 (ugh). We asked to be seated at a table more appropriate. Service was slow to arrive but she she took drink orders when she came.The drinks took at least 5-6 min to arrive. Husband & son enjoyed their cocktails. My passion fruit mocktail was sweet but yummy. Server was wholly unfamiliar w/ menu. She had to keep running back to kitchen to ask abt GF items which is their specialty. We said we were all GF when asked by server. She recommended the carrot hummus & the manager recommended the tuna crudo. The manager recognized us from another of their restaurants & assured everything would be GF! They took 15-20 min to arrive…way too long as both cold apps. The carrot hummus was brought w/non-gf bread even after telling them we were GF! We had to wait 10 min for the flat chippy tortilla-like substitute even tho she said it’s served GF bread. We almost ate the bread they brought but luckily our son noticed something that tipped him off that it wasn’t GF! The tuna itself was good but the sauce was too citrus-y. It took away from the flavor of tuna.The carrot hummus was good but would have been better with bread. Son had filet & was good but his asparagus side had burnt garlic on top which destroyed any flavor of the dish. Husband had thai shrimp pasta which had very bitter peanut sauce & was not flavorful. The shrimp on top were plentiful and tasty. I ordered the HOP salad which was mostly julienned peppers and carrots and discs of heart of palm. It was refreshing but not spectacular. My dinner was the side of gnocchi with lobster. The cheddar cheese sauce was incredibly salty and detracted from the overall dish. The GF gnocchi were light and the lobster was acceptable. All in all ambience was nice, menu was underwhelming, food was mostly mediocre, and service was very undertrained. Too expensive w/lots of issues. I would definitely wait til the kinks are worked out of this one before returning

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  38. EnriqueO

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant but… took more than 20 minutes to get our first drink.. seem to not being able to handle speed in general because our food was also very late.. ordered the wagyu flight and came rare instead of medium rare as they said.. best accompaniment was the gnocchi with white truffle.. dessert is good… i hope this place works on their timing as it can make a big difference..

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  39. SheilaR

    Cincinnati

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our third visit since they opened just a short time ago and once again a wonderful experience. This for US is a true dining experience-no “ rush through dinner and get out”. If you are looking for a 30 minute start to finish, I highly suggest going elsewhere! THIS is DINING! Enjoy a cocktail, then a well paced dinner. We would normally order each course all together but were dining with elderly parents who weren’t sure what they wanted. This trip we tried the Korean corn dogs( yummy) and the shrimp and lobster “ cocktail “- it was lacking in quantity of lobster for the price was our only complaint. We had to get the Caesar salad which is a MUST and it served 4 adults easily! The lamb chops were prepared to PERFECTION and we tried the mashed potatoes which had a perfect amount of potato texture, not mushy at all. I couldn’t resist the scallops AGAIN and they were so delicious and LARGE so I was able to share. Absolutely loved our visit and can’t wait to come back and commit to trying different dishes next time! Well worth the price for US for a date night, special occasion. But can also make this a cost effective experience easily by sharing-see you all very soon

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  40. JenniferM

    Cincinnati

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were excellent! We will be back!

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FAQs

Alara is rated 4.6 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Alara

5410 Medpace Way, Cincinnati, OH 45227

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Madison Road and Red Bank Rd.
  • Neighborhood
    Oakley
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Chef's Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking
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