Restaurant L

4.8
475 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Bar and Lounge, a la carte menu.

3 course prix fixe menu only - $85.

2 course prix fixe menu only - $65.

Menu Gourmand - $125

Wine pairings - starting at $35.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation

Dinner Tuesday thru Thursday 5:30-9:30
Dinner Friday & Saturday 5:30-10:30

Lunch Fridays 11:30-2:00

Bar & Lounge open 5 till 12am

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Phone number
(513) 760-5525
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jean-Robert deCavel
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Cross street
Between Broadway and Sycamore
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Parking details
Complimentary validated parking in Queen City Square Garage.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 475 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary. Loved the ambiance and the service was impeccable. The food was as expected- awesome! It was an unforgettable experience. Definitely a must to visit. Richard did a great job creating a comfortable atmosphere to dine.

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PW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service impeccable. I highly recommend L for special occasions or for just an excellent meal in a beautiful setting.

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NG
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic. Really impressed my wife for our 8 year anniversary.

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F
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here multiple times. Food, service, ambiance, perfect. Never a miss.
THE outstanding restaurant in Cincinnati.

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall the food and service were good. We just wished the flavor of the rabbit was more prominent. Although good, if we had not know it was rabbit, we would have thought it was very juicy deep fried turkey breast or chicken.

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CR
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch at this restaurant. Great atmosphere and impeccable service. Food was very good, specifically the burger, Chicken breast sandwich, foie gras, and shrimps. The duck confit was good but a little overpowered by the vinaigrette and salty. Overall, very good. Would definitely recommend, order the duck confit with vinaigrette on the side though. And last but not least the creen brûlée was excellent!

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EO
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Please improve the wine pairings... Service was impressive , Mike was amazing... sauces are very repetitive and flavors are forgettable. Place has a very high bar and did not meet it as far as food is related
Highlight was the potato leak soup and the pre-dessert cucumber sorbet drink. Overall, work in progress.

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e
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in Cincinnati. L is as good as Paris at half the Price.

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PL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wednesday evening's visit to L is one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! Period. I can't stop talking about it and I feel that I should be dining there every night! While a trip to L is so special, an evening there is an amazing value at every level. The experience, the food....flavor combinations, the likes of which most people have never tasted, the service, the wine is beyond great! The decor is elegant but friendly and the music celebrates the whimsy and lightness of the chef himself! the perfect evening!

I feel that L is, sadly, one of the best kept culinary secrets in the country. This place is worth every nickel, every time!

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PJ
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding as always! Amazing presentation, interesting and delicious ingredient combination in a beautiful setting. Great place to celebrate!

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R
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has some of the most inventive and delicious cuisine in the city. I love the quiet, cozy, intimate setting. The main dining room is small and elegant. The food presentation is amazing and the flavors are worth returning for again and again.

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c
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend Restaurant L for the quality of food, service and ambience. We arrived about 20 minutes early and were seated immediately. Service is not rushed--it can be even leisurely--which is appropriate for the venue. We opted for the 2-course prix fixe dinner without the wine pairing. The amuse bouche, with its slight sweetness and a touch of creme fraiche, was a welcome opening, and both the lobster salad and watercress soup were a delight, with the distinctive flavors shining through. Equally excellent were the Duck (with blackberries, fennel, radishes, beets, farro and ginger duck jus providing a wonderful array of flavor) and the Filet mignon (the haricots verts, nebrodini mushrooms and bordelaise, yielded a wonderful medley of flavors. The selection of sweets, which I regret I cannot recite, were sufficient enough for a dessert without overloading us with sugar (the homemade marshmallow was quite a discovery!). We selected our own wine, but if doubts arise the sommelier directs diners to the appropriate bottle (and without skewing to the highest prices on wine list). All in all this return experience was superb, and we will be back.

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LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service! We can’t wait to come back!

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TH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely for those who can appreciate and taste a big step up! The suggested wine to accompany the cuisine was just super. You also need to be prepared for the formality of gentle and social grace. From the minute you arrive, shown your table, etc. Alex and the supportive wait staff were so very helpful and made the evening great. Thank you L.

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TO
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Stuffy, snobby, old fashioned, way over priced. Food was fair. The servers were poorly and overly choreographed. I will not be going again. Could not get bread to our table for 20 minutes. Sorry to be forward, but I’m saving you a lot of money.

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f
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only great restaurant in Cincinnati since the Masionette...Others might be good but not in the same class.

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JM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for the first fine for my birthday with 2 girlfriends. We were treated so wonderfully. I would say this place is not to be matched! Can’t wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way

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s
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was pretty good, but unnecessarily fussy and not fully thought out in some cases. Server really brought down the experience for us, especially for wine selection. Steered us away from multiple bottles I was interested into and did a very hard sell on much more expensive bottles. Was not gracious or welcoming; acted like he was doing us a huge favor by waiting on us.

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JN
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening, delicious meal. Everything was perfect

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S
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very fine restaurant with outstanding food and service.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. Beautiful decor. Thoughtful, delicious dishes. On-point wine pairings. One of our most memorable meals.

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GF
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. The decoration was beautiful. Food was delicious. Services was perfect.

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SU
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS IMPECCABLY PREPARED FOOD, INVENTIVE INGREDIENT COMBINATIONS, TANTALIZINGLY DELICIOUS ACCOMPANIED BY ATTENTIVE, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND LOVELY ATMOSPHERE

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OT
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was perfect. Jean Robert and Richard Brown are gems for making Restaurant L possible.

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PC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, great chef. We had a wonderful time.

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TD
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening wonderful food and service

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G
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service. Loved the wine pairing. Our son and us had a great memorable time.

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very sophisticated restaurant for special occasions. Pricey, but to my wife and I, the food, service, and atmosphere are worth the small extra cost. The staff will let you guide them to the kind of experience you would like to have. We are kind of "foodies" so there are a lot of questions about ingredients and preparations. All answered with thorough knowledge of the dishes and a smile. The ambient noise level is very low and conversation is pleasantly easy. The dishes are always well prepared and tasty. We like to try fine dining and "celebrity" chef restaurants when we can and Jean Robert has served each of us 5 or 6 of the best dishes we have ever tasted.

Our only regret is that we can't afford to dine at L more often.

Jim & Deb S.

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JC
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food beautiful and delicious. Service extraordinary. Wonderful place for a special evening.

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TM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful! We enjoyed every moment and detail. Made our anniversary very special.

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m
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Good service. Lovely evening.

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice upscale restaurant. Food is something that you never have had before. A+++++

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FI
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant L is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Ohio and will be considered by many as a top ten restaurant in the world

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K
Cincinnati
75 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was outstanding. Everything. First class dining at its finest.

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B
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I visited during Downtown Restaurant Week and we were not disappointed. The food was beyond excellent and the service was impeccable.

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HC
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining in a comfortable atmosphere. Great service.

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E
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. The food and service are excellent and the dining room is very comfortable and beautiful. The staff always makes us feel at home.

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K
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was exceptional, from being greeted, to seated, to the food and cocktails. Every dish we had was both beautiful and amazingly delicious.

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FO
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant week menu was fantastic. The quality of food and service did not disappoint.

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