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Sugar n' Spice Diner - OTR, Cincinnati, OH

Sugar n' Spice Diner - OTR

4.4
4.4
429 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Sugar n’ Spice has been delighting Cincinnati area diners with its secret-recipe Wispy Thin Pancakes, Huge Fluffy Omelettes, Signature Creative Sandwiches, Specials and more for over 75 years. The breakfast and lunch menu has changed little since Mort Keller established the restaurant in 1941. Today, Sugar n’ Spice prides itself on creating a fun, comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere, serving the same great food that has kept people coming back for generations.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Breakfast, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: 7:00am - 3:00 pm;

  • Phone number

    (513) 762-0390

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Cross street

    12th Street

  • Parking details

    A parking lot directly across from the Diner on Sycamore is available to the public; it is a pay lot, so just make sure you display your ticket properly. Ziegler Garage is also an option north on Sycamore Street. It is located across from the pool/ playground. Please note that M - F, the lot behind our diner is not open to the public.

  • Additional

    Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Great for Brunch

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Kid Friendly

  • Cincinnati

    Great for Brunch

  • Cincinnati

    Kid Friendly

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  1. J

    Julie

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My omelette was phenomenal!!! The hostess awesome as well as our server!!!
  2. EG

    EurekaGirl

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The food was fine nothing special. We were seated at the time of our reservation, but the service was slow - it took quite a long time to get our food a bit much if you have kids with you.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    AMAZING. Loved the vibes, loved the waffles, and of course loved the ducks
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in town to celebrate our granddaughter’s birthday, so we decided to have her birthday breakfast at SNS. Great food, service, and ambiance!
  5. i

    ievelyn

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    More of an ambiance diner than anything special in terms of service/food. Definitely a cool spot to try for aesthetics, but make sure to get a reservation if going. Usually a long wait
  6. SR

    SonyaR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    This was the first time in the many years that I have been going to this restaurant that I was extremely disappointed. The service was good but it was extremely slow waiting for our food many of the other patrons were so discouraged that they just left before they even got their food and once we did get our food it wasn't up to the same standards that were used to getting from this place so hopefully they were just having a bad day
  7. AH

    AllyH

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite brunch spots in the city. Super kid-friendly (our daughter's favorite place). Food is amazing, service was great. Highly recommend a reservation ahead of time, especially on the weekends. Can't wait to go back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Had a reservation and had to wait 25 minutes to be seated unorganized employees as well as management. Half of my food was cold and the other warm. As well as my family members. We were visiting for the music festival and they were to overwhelm with the volume of people and it seemed they were under staff
  9. M

    Mone

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved Aubree, our server. We have had her before.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It was very loud to the point the waitress could not hear us to take our order. And then I could not find our waitress after she took our order to get a refill of coffee. It was very disappointing. We go to sugar and spice about once a month and always have a great time. I’m hoping this was a fluke and will not be the new normal.
  11. JM

    JenniferM

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!
  12. KG

    KarriG

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great visit while visiting Cincinnati. Really appreciated the friendly service. My son spilled his apple juice and we were moved and not made to feel like a burden. Food was yummy and it came quickly.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience - great atmosphere, food, and service. The staff was very friendly. The food came to the table in a timely manner and was simply delicious. We will return.
  14. JJ

    JennyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, server was very attentive. Food was better than expected. Loved the open table app table was ready upon our arrival.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Cute diner and cool atmosphere but REALLY disappointment in most everything else. Took 40 minutes to get our food. We arrived at 11 and ordered as soon as possible and received it at 1140. I ordered eggs Benedict and got HARD BOILED eggs. My sister ordered eggs over medium and they were over hard. They replaced my eggs Benedict and the SECOND were soft boiled eggs. The manager said they "pre boil" the eggs for the eggs Benedict and that's been their recipe for 40 years. Wait ... WHAT? You can't pre -boil poached eggs. Had to send the second one back too. It's been 50 minutes now and I still don't have food and my family is finishing theirs. Very disappointing. Edit to add: manager tried a 3rd entree, the Philly omelet. She expedited it really quick but it wasn't very good. It was about double the onions I'd expect. Hardly any meat. Didn't even eat a third of it. Not worth talking home. So disappointed.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!
  17. DB

    DarlaB

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful time! Food was good and service was excellent.
  18. KA

    KrisA

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful breakfast! Food was great. Our server was on top of our orders and needs! And the kids loved the ducks!!
  19. MB

    MicheleB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Huge portions for a reasonable price! Great ambiance!
  20. AB

    AngelaB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I love sugar and spice reading rd but the diner was horrible the food was bad the service was horrible and the service was bad as well but the place i beautiful…..
  21. HS

    HollyS

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    The food was ok, but there were ants crawling all over the wall and some on our table. I told the server and she offered to wipe them off w a wet rag. This is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed with a professional. We couldn’t enjoy your brunch bc of the ants and the diner being dirty in general.
  22. J

    Jess

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This is a very lovely restaurant! Everyone was very friendly and the ambiance was so adorable !! I loved the breakfast/heaven mural on the ceiling. The only thing that was a miss was the food- it was quite burnt and needed some salt and pepper. Everything else was great though!!
  23. MM

    MMMM

    Cincinnati

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    food is good, not great. there are better places for breakfast but the atmosphere is great. it can get VERY loud in there though.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great place for a brunch with friends! The Breakfast Platter was delicious and you get a lot of food for an affordable price. Will definitely be back!
  25. r

    rosie

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Wow- Yikes I did not expect this. Under cooked eggs. Had to ask for everything, coffee, silverware. Not enough help? :( Food was just fair, maybe a bad day? Sugar and Spice not so nice. I won't return.
  26. LE

    Like2Eat

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Not sure what was going on. Been here before when the service was great and the food delicious. But for some reason today was just the opposite. Plus the place could use a good cleaning. I will give it another chance and keep my fingers crossed that today was just a bad day
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A family trip to see the Dodgers play the Reds
  28. LH

    LHCincinnati

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We had a great server Food was okay, nothing that couldn’t have been made at home. Portions were fine.
  29. L

    Lauren

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The atmosphere was fun and food was good. We went on a busy Sunday but it took over an hour to get our food after we sat down (about 50 minutes after we ordered), which seemed very long for omelets and pancakes.
  30. MB

    MollyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It is a fun, bright place. The people are wonderful.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We came in on a Saturday at 11:30 AM. Took us about 20 minutes to be acknowledged by our server. She was very sweet and we could tell they were slammed. They gave us water as we sat down, so we did not mind as much. Gave us time to look at the menu. Our food took an hour; which was a bit unexpected since it was a diner. I think they may have been short staffed? I ordered the fried chicken and waffles, coffee and a bloody Mary. The bloody Mary was absolutely delicious! Waffle was excellent, fried chicken (tenders) was decent. I wanted to love their coffee because their mugs are just so darling but the coffee was hardly drinkable. No one in our party that ordered it asked for a second cup of coffee. I will definitely... be returning though, just not a fan of the coffee. The omelets are as big as your head and the fried potatoes are also delicious! A litte cute gem!
  32. CR

    CharlieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for our large party for brunch. Lots of great breakfast options with fast, friendly service. Would recommend to anyone!
  33. RS

    ReadnSing

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    In a serious tone the hostess said we were 3 minutes late. We pointed out we were on time and had to wait while they seated the two parties in front of us. My husband and daughter enjoyed their pancakes. I’m lactose intolerant so I ordered the corned beef hash and eggs. I was disappointed because the hash was mostly mushy and not crispy. I didn’t enjoy eating it. One side of the English muffin was overdone browned. I only ate one half with strawberry jam.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great nostalgic old fashioned diner!!!!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    We went there today for my daughter 5th birthday we have gone every year for her birthday. We were very excited as we love this place. We decided to try the OTR location this year. Strongly disappointed is what we left with. We waited 45 minutes for our food to find out after asking where it was and if our 5,3, and 10 month old food could come out soon, the waitress informed us she never rang in our order and they were rushing it. There was NO apology and she never told us that incident happened and that’s why we waited with very very hungry little kids! It was in acceptable with the little kids to not let us know what happened and it could have been forgiven. But to hid it and then realize it 45 minutes later!
  36. G

    Grace

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful visit! Great service, great food and really fun decor & atmosphere! The service was great from the friendly hostess to servers and attentive management stopping by. Our young kiddos loved the ducks & fun ambiance. We’ll definitely be back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and great food. Service was fantastic.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family lives coming here for breakfast. Great food, great service and staff. Always a good time and we’ll worth the price and the drive.
  39. M

    Mrjackson77

    Cincinnati

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love Sugar n Spice! Always good food, great atmosphere and service. However this visit, it was FREEZING cold. My kids had to go outside to warm up. Other customers were going back to their cars to get jackets. I know it’s hot in the kitchen, but try not to freeze your customers.
  40. M

    Mary

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love the restaurant but noise level needs to be addressed Put up some sound absorbing boards on the walls.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sugar n' Spice Diner - OTR using the Order Online button. Sugar n' Spice Diner - OTR also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 762-0390.

Sugar n' Spice Diner - OTR is rated 4.4 stars by 429 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 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Sugar n' Spice Diner - OTR

1203 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Hours of operation

    Daily: 7:00am - 3:00 pm;

  • Cuisines

    American, Breakfast, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    A parking lot directly across from the Diner on Sycamore is available to the public; it is a pay lot, so just make sure you display your ticket properly. Ziegler Garage is also an option north on Sycamore Street. It is located across from the pool/ playground. Please note that M - F, the lot behind our diner is not open to the public.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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