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Baru, Cincinnati, OH

Baru

4.5
4.5
123 Reviews
$31 to $50
Sushi
An elevated dining experience with an atmosphere to match.
Cincinnati’s prime spot for cocktails and sushi. Lit up in red and purple, Baru’s atmosphere submerges patrons into a nightlife experience awash in Tokyo aesthetics.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Izakaya, Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 246-0150
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Bob Grace
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Cross street
    On the corner of Race & Sixth St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Innovative

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Hot spot

  • Cincinnati

    Innovative

  • Cincinnati

    Hot spot

123 Reviews
  1. PreggoDoc

    Cincinnati

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious crispy tuna rice appetizer and the sushi seemed fresh and was tasty. The drinks were also very good (mojito was a winner for sure!). Service was a bit slow and inattentive (forgot to bring glass of wine, did not ask if it was our first time dining there -which it was - to review menu highlights). All in all, Baru is a great option for pre-Aranoff and we will be back!

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  2. TaraP

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I made a reservation for 6 on Wednesday night. I wasn’t sure if it was necessary but made one just in case. We were seated at the bar which wasn’t ideal for a group of 6. You aren’t able to communicate with the entire group so that took away from the experience. The food & drinks were excellent. The bartender was on top of things and overall we enjoyed our experience. Next time I will just ask for a bigger table vs being seated at the bar.

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  3. DannyD

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made the right choice by choosing Baru while in town this past weekend. We will definitely be back the next time we are in Cincinnati. Best sushi that I have ever eaten.

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  4. Foodie

    Cleveland

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such great service and food. The fallen angel was my favorite. Bartenders (especially Ray) were excellent

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  5. sabrinal

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I forget our servers name but she had blonde hair and was sooo sweet. The food was fantastic too.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall. We went for Valentine's Day. Wonderful pre fixe menu. Gorgeous ambiance and aesthetic. Food was top tier and we had great service.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine's dinner was fantastic. Only complaint is having a reservation at 8:30pm and not being seated until 9:15-9:20pm. Multiple people apologized for the long wait. Food and service was wonderful. We will be back.

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  8. Tray68

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was fantastic, his helper delivered the wrong meal to me and I was unaware it was an upgraded meal rather than what I ordered. He was seamless and accommodating, extremely professional. They were serving a condensed menu for the holiday. When I made the reservation on Open Table I was given the option to order from their selection or full menu, I chose full menu but when I arrived they told me the full menu was not an option. They said it was a mistake on Open Tables part. Regardless we had a great experience.

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  9. JimM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The 3 of us were seated at a 2 top with an extra chair pulled up so it was quite crowded. There were several 4 tops available. Sushi, edamame and corn ribs were excellent! Panko crusted asparagus was disappointing. We asked server, Sophie to remove it and take it off bill which she graciously did. Decor and dancing lights were great! We also had bottle of wine and 2 Old Fashions. We thought price was very reasonable. Will be a fun place to stop in before or after event.

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  10. P5tt

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Tables much too close together. Three tables within 6 feet of one another. Far too loud. Food was good but kind of expensive. Service was ok.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This quickly established itself as one of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. The service was quick and attentive. The food was appropriately timed out so the courses weren’t on-top of each other. The ambiance was chic and Tokyo street. The lighting feature above the bar was mesmerizing. This is the only place I have seen corn ribs on the menu. They had a vegan sushi option. (Sweet potato roll was fire) the Brussel sprouts were incredibly tender. The tofu fried rice, no egg, was addictive. Thank you Baru for a great total experience.

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  12. wineluvah

    Cincinnati

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic addition to downtown dining options, especially now that Baru is open for lunch. Nice happy hour options, delicious specials. Great quality sushi - very fresh, creatively prepared. Hip vibe. Loved it and can’t wait to try it for lunch! Our server was amazing too.

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  13. Buddy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and the atmosphere for a restaurant in Cincinnati was outstanding.

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  14. KellyH

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Baru gave us a beautiful date night. We sat at the bar where the bartender was very helpful in navigating the menu as we didn’t have much experience with sushi. We loved everything he recommended. Our favorites included the Umami corn ribs and the truffle crunch roll. It was a fun, lively yet intimate setting. We especially appreciated the kindness and attentiveness of our bartender. We can’t wait to come back!

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  15. D15125

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    japanese menu items were good, but the prices were very high

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  16. Yesplease

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated at a wobbly hightop table. I'd recommend requesting a regular table. Edimame and Scallops were excellent but all other foods were underwhelming. The Crab fried rice was so salty we couldn't eat it.

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  17. BobL

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Freshest sushi in Cincinnati. Fantastic cocktails.

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  18. Jimmer

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi I’ve had in Cincinnati. Great service. Great ambiance.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I got a mojito mocktail that was delicious and tasted like the real deal! Loved the sauce and seasoning on the edamame and the truffle crunch roll was different and tasty. Plus the bar area is pretty cool with the dancing lights. I would for sure go back!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was a big off putting. I understand life happens but I think she was a bit rude. We came in with a large party to celebrate a birthday.

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  21. Penelope

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, food, drinks and ambience. The manager checked on us often to make sure we were ok and I really appreciated that. Thank you for a wonderful girls night!

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  22. EmilyP

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time overall. Thought sushi was a bit overpriced ($20+ for fairly standard rolls), but entrees seemed to be a better value. Great cocktails. We made a reservation for 6 in the bar area (which I thought still meant table), but it means at the actual bar so I couldn't talk to our group very well, so lesson learned there. Overall, it was a fun experience but the price point is definitely high so maybe more of a special occasion spot rather than a regular go-to.

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  23. NancyG

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best sushi in town. Great service & consistent food!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    7.5/10. Everything was great but sushi was mid. Maybe it was our selection, but none of the sushi was repeatable

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great design, pretty space, food was good but nothing blow your socks off impressive. For the price of the sushi we won’t be going back but it was decent.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent sushi and other dishes. Lobster shots are fantastic. Will be back soon!

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  27. RychalynnW

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very classy restaurant, with a twist on sushi. All appetizers were great, meal was fantastic, drinks were delicious! The menu offers a great variety of flavors, very unique cuisine. The small plates are amazing, it allows you try a few bites of several different menu items. Everything was fresh, hot, and service was spot on. Do not forget to ask for the wine menu, and pair your meal with one of their impressive wine offerings. The decor and overall vibe of the restaurant is classy, yet chill. Great atmosphere. There’s something for everyone at Baru. Five stars for sure! I’ve gone back a few more times, and I’m so glad I did.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Baru! Our bartender, Erin, was fantastic! Service all the way around was excellent. Food was delish!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Highly overpriced mid food with slooow service. Do not recommend. Asked for standard seating when making the reservation, not bar or high top, was told these were our only options, so we were sat at a high top right by the front door. Not ideal. Service was slow. Everything we ordered was as an extended wait, cocktails, food, Sake, I think desert is the only thing that came in a timely manner. As far as the food…I ordered the wedge and it was easily the worst salad I’ve ever been served at a restaurant. Was basically served a whole head of bitter iceberg with next to no color save the edges that were browning and the tomatoes were squishy and rotting. Lobster toast had decent flavor but was served sandwiched together making it a lot of toast for a little spread on it. Our prime nigiri was probably the best part of the meal. Trifecta roll was ok but certainly not worth $32. Just go to one of the local 1/2 price sushi places in town. Matcha tiramisu was good too. It was small, served in a cocktail glass but tasty. The dancing lights above the bar are pretty cool, seems like they charge so much for mid food to cover the cost of the lighting. Felt robbed after spending $185 including tip to be severely underwhelmed. Also it advertised that you’re open until 11 but turn away people after 10. I saw a lot of money walking right back out the door, multiple groups of 5 or so left which is unfortunate considering the paid parking situation or taking an Uber there. Can’t imagine a situation that I’ll revisit this restaurant.

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  30. MJM513

    Cincinnati

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful addition to our downtown restaurants! The service was welcoming and gave good suggestions. The fish neck was amazing!!!

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  31. Cjwhodey80

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff. Great food. Very cool ambiance. Quickly has become me and my wife’s favorite restaurant.

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  32. antonios

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife I decided on this place after we both had a long week at work. Great food, great service, great vibes!

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  33. DanielBird

    Cincinnati

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible first visit to Baru on a busy first Friday night in January. Sitting at the bar is such a unique experience here. I know there are plenty of places in the area that promote “cheaper” sushi but I thought our rolls were well worth the slight upcharge. Cool cocktail and wine list to choose from as well. Definitely will be using this in my downtown rotation for pre and post event stops.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pleasant staff. Clean. Dining room nice. Woman’s restroom decor a bit disturbing.

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  35. ArtP

    Cincinnati

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at Baru. 6 of us went prior to going to Music Hall. We sat at the bar and had a superb time. The service was terrific - they were very mindful of our needed departure time. The food was simply fantastic (The Lobster Shots are ridiculously good). Overall can't say enough good things and can't wait to go back.

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  36. AlisonR

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful staff. Great food and definitely some favorites. We'll be back for sure!

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  37. BBQnPIZZA

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great sushi, great service, great drinks, and tons of seating options. Only down side is 3CDC charges way too much to park in the garage. Suburbs are FREE.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for happy hour. Had the brussel sprouts and crab fried rice with a sparkling sake and a daiquiri. Everything was great and service was superb! This is a really nice restaurant and ambiance gets a thumbs up👍🏽

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  39. HannahW

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t say enough good things about Baru! Would even go as far as to say the best sushi in cincinnati… Dirty martinis were perfect !

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  40. NikkiS

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing. The corn ribs and Brussels were out of this world. It’s a great find in downtown Cincinnati!

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FAQs

Baru is rated 4.5 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Baru does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Baru

595 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2347

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On the corner of Race & Sixth St
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Izakaya, Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bob Grace
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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