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Pepp & Dolores, Cincinnati, OH

Pepp & Dolores

4.8
4.8
2413 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT AND SENSE OF HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCED AT SUNDAY SUPPER IN THE HOME OF OUR GRANDPARENTS, PEPP & DOLORES IS A CASUAL ITALIAN RESTAURANT THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO FAMILY AND TO THE FOOD THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER. FEATURING HOUSEMADE PASTAS, CAREFULLY CURATED WINES, AND A BALANCE OF CHERISHED FAMILY RECIPES WITH FRESH, VIBRANT FLAVORS THAT MAKE US FEEL: THIS IS HOME.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 94 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 419-1820

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Cross street

    15th St.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,413 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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    Italian

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  1. S

    Swordz

    Fort Lauderdale

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    As far as Italian food restaurants are concerned, this place is a must stop on your tour of Cincinnati. All of the pastas are handmade and prepared in-house with flavorful sauces that accent all of their pasta options. You are allowed to mix-and-match pasta to sauce if you prefer a specific noodle type which is a huge positive as I am a long noodle type of person. The waiter recommended an excellent wine pairing with my spicy vodka sauce based on my pallet and delivered expertly on that front. The wine selection is mostly Italian which is a plus since it is an Italian restaurant that is staying true to its food roots. The atmosphere was a little louder than I would like, but that was because of all the talking at tables and not by the design of the restaurant and loud music. The only true downside to this establishment is the lack of dessert options, or dessert at all. If you would like a complete meal ending with dessert this is not your place, but there are many wonderful dessert places nearby that make this restaurant the perfect little Italian spot for your date night, casual night out with friends or whatever else you need.
  2. m

    mapesalive

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The three of us enjoyed everything we ordered, and our server was excellent. Quiet conversation was a challenge in the room we sat in with a large party at an adjacent table, but we thoroughly enjoyed each other and the meal.
  3. DY

    DorisY

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was really pretty in the restaurant, and the manager gave us free meatballs. For was good and service was quick.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    What more can you say in regards to the food , absolutely amazing!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch in December. Food was great, and so was our server. We’d go back!
  6. LT

    LaTraviata

    Cincinnati

    254 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    254 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual good food at a reasonable price. Wine prices are more at normal restaurant mark-ups. Service from Emily was great. The place was full as usual with tables turning quickly One of our favorites.
  7. JW

    JohnW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    50th wedding anniversary celebration with friends. The service staff was very attentive and they even provided us with a free appetizer.
  8. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our visit was nice, food and service were great. Only the chairs are uncomfortable and too high for the table.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is fantastic and such a cool environment! The basement bar area is very cool as well!
  10. F

    Finn

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, and for a nice evening out- the bill was not outrageous! Greatly enjoyed dining in the basement. The ricotta was heaven.
  11. HD

    HungryD

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The building, service, and food was excellent. Both the ricotta and the artichoke appetizers are highly recommended. Our server took great care of us and acknowledged our anniversary with a complimentary champagne toast.
  12. R

    Rose

    Cincinnati

    99 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Half of pasta dishes ordered arrived lukewarm, and server was not around. The worst was asking to try the santa barbara chardonnay. I got a sufficient small taste but it was definitely not from a fresh bottle. I asked to have a fresh bottle opened and the bar tender poured another sample from the same bottle. If it was good we would have ordered 3 to 4 glasses easily. We actually saw the bartender do this. Someone from management should have come over. Told the server it was the same bad bottle.
  13. N

    Nina

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m in town for the holidays and took my girlfriend here for a date night in OTR, so glad we came! Exceptional food, great drinks, fantastic service, and not a wild price for a nice dinner. Highly recommend trying to get seated in the downstairs section (ask when making a reservation) for the best ambience/experience!
  14. MG

    MaryGrace

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We didn’t see our server until about 10 minutes after we sat down, but after that, everything was perfect.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely time, fantastic food!
  16. KM

    KimM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening at Pepp and Dolores. The food was excellent and the service phenomenal.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much Kim, we are so happy you had an incredible experience with us! Can't wait to have you back in!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waiter Mark was exceptional. Food was great.
  18. PD

    PreggoDoc

    Indiana

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious artichokes and Gricia! Enjoyed the homemade limoncello as well. Wish they had a dessert menu!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great as always. Highly recommend the fresh ricotta and the pesto pasta dish! Kai was an amazing server!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for your review! Kai is fantastic, we will be sure to let him know of your kind words regarding his top-notch service. Can't wait to have you back in to Pepp!

  20. DD

    DanielleD

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic, low-key, delicious anniversary spot. Bradley was our server and he was so attentive, personable, and knew the menu inside & out. We really enjoyed the homemade ricotta. We will definitely be back!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for your amazing review Danielle! We are so happy that you mentioned Bradley, as we are very lucky to have him to provide excellent service. Can't wait to see you back at Pepp!

  21. AH

    AlanH

    Cincinnati

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My second time to Pepp and Dolores. The first was a midafternoon break and this was a lunch date. Both occasions were fine, however, strongly recommend getting seated in the front / main room. The basement and the back dining rooms, both are OK but windowless and not preferred - particularly on a bright sunny day. Food was good - the mushroom crustini appetizer is a must if you like mushrooms. All else was good but not exceptional (compared to the difficulty getting a reservation). Equal (and better IMHO) options elsewhere and easier to access.
  22. KK

    KevinK

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our 2nd visit, this time with friends. Food is fantistic and is reasonably priced. We sat downstairs which is a very cool area - - didnt even know it existed. As ususaul, the service was outstanding.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to write your kind review Kevin. We are so thrilled that you enjoy your dining experiences and that we are always here for a great time and a memorable experience! The lower level is definitely an unforgettable place!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food & great service to celebrate a birthday. We will definitely be back!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022We are so glad you enjoyed your celebration and can't wait to have you back to make more memories!

  24. AD

    AdamD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Talon was incredible. Amazing service and excellent food

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for sharing Adam, we appreciate you taking the time! Can't wait to have you back in!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very thing I had was delicious. 3 different apps, tried 3 different pastas, all were phenomenal.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for sharing, we appreciate you taking the time! We are so thrilled you enjoyed the work of our amazing kitchen team! Can't wait to have you back!

  26. P

    Powers

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing great service . We love the place the food the drinks and service

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for your review, we appreciate you taking the time! We can't wait to have you back!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ann is such a knowledgeable server. She is truly the best!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Bathroom was out of soap. Other than that a great experience. Waiter was awesome. Food was great. Drinks delicious
  29. J

    Jefe

    Cincinnati

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is always exemplary! Thank you Mark for your attention to detail, assistance with recommendations, and cheerful demeanor! The food is superb every time we visit Pepp and Dolores! The pasta, which is made in house, melts in your mouth - so delicious. The appetizers - fried artichokes served in a lemon vinaigrette, the crostini al funghi - simply wonderful. Pepp and Dolores also has a fine wine list. We highly recommend the restaurant as an outstanding option in Cincinnati.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you for this amazing review, Jefe! We are so pleased you had such an incredible experience as we strive each day to bring you only the best! We will be sure to extend your kind words to Mark, thank you very much!

  30. NH

    NatalieH

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time at Pepp and Dolores. The food was affordable and delicious. The wine options were great and staff provided lots of guidance. The shrimp scampi and eggplant were both amazing and Jamie and Amber not only guided us through our meal but also helped us get a ride back to our hotel. What an amazing experience.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you very much for your amazing review Natalie, we are pleased that you had such an enjoyable experience from delicious food to top-notch service! We are lucky to have both Amber and Jamie, we will be sure to extend your kind message. Can't wait to have you back!

  31. NM

    NancyM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! Loved the food! My favorite are the artichokes!!
  32. CH

    CarrieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with a comfortable atmosphere where you can hear each other talk. Loved it!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for your kind words Carrie, we can't wait to have you back!

  33. RW

    RexW

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Let’s begin with my server, Amber, who was excellent. Knowledgeable, timely and friendly. The DOCG Barolo available by the glass is the best red wine available by the glass that I’ve found in Cincinnati (and I eat out a lot). The pasta was cooked perfectly and the meatballs are simply excellent

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022We are so thrilled you enjoyed yourself Rex! We are very lucky to have employees like Amber who give the top-notch service you deserve! Can't wait to have you back to enjoy another great night at Pepp!

  34. MN

    MegN

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service!!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for sharing your experience Meg! Can't wait to have you back!

  35. BP

    BansariP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food & ambiance. Service was outstanding too

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to review Bansari! We can't wait to have you back!

  36. j

    jenniferk

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal in this well decorated restaurant. What a gem in OTR!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so mcuh for your review, we appreciate you taking the time Jenni. Can't wait to have you back!

  37. B

    Bobby

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a gem. My table shared the ricotta and sourdough, meatballs, Sunday sauce, Limone, and Butternut mascarpone pastas. The bar made a delicious Paloma mocktail, for those interested in non-alcoholic drinks. The limoncello after dinner was perfection. Every single bite was amazing and we immediately made reservations for another visit when we left the restaurant. Service was top notch. The atmosphere is not stuffy or pretentious at all, with a well-lit, comfortable, modern ambiance.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much for your amazing review! We are very happy you had a top notch experience and pleased that you are already planning on dining with us soon! Cheers to more great memories!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and amazing food. We will be back because I have more items to try on the menu.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022Thank you so much! We appreciate you writing us about your experience, and of course we can't wait to have you back in!

  39. V

    jeffV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary dinner with my wife. Dinner was delicious, waiter was very helpful with the menu. Can't wait to go back. Great night

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 23, 2022We truly appreciate you taking the time to write, so very happy you very satisfied with your service. We can't wait to have you back for more celebrations!

  40. B

    Bohema

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. We shared 2 pasta dishes and 2 appetizers between 3 people, which was a perfect amount. The limone pasta and butternut squash ravioli were fantastic. Service was awesome too. Definitely a repeat.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on November 11, 2022Thank you so much for the incredible review Bohema! We are so glad you will be returning to see us and try al of our amazing dishes we have to offer!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Pepp & Dolores using the Order Online button. Pepp & Dolores also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 419-1820.

Pepp & Dolores is rated 4.8 stars by 2413 OpenTable diners.

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 94 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Pepp & Dolores

1501 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    15th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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