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The Davidson, Cincinnati, OH

The Davidson

4.7
4.7
201 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
An American-style bistro drawing inspiration from French, Italain and American fare. The Davidson, which honors Tyler Davidson, the namesake of the fountain just across the street.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, French American, Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 263-1060
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

201 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first visit of many to come. Loved the food. Loved the wine list. The roasted eggplant was a memorable experience. Portions were generous and the pricing more than fair. Do yourself a favor and try this new and impressive restaurant!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Pretty average at best. Except for the mushroom soup which is actually from Palomino which would have kicked the Davidsons butt in all areas. Restaurant was hot, loud (mostly kitchen/staff noise) and the wait staff generally very nice but inefficient and often confused or forgetful. Nice bar.

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  3. AshleyH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Felt rushed the entire meal. The server would take plates and drinks before we were completely finished. Super excited to try this place out and was very disappointed.

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  4. Sassafrass

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Introduced a friend to Davidson. First time for me to eat the patio. I highly recommend seating here as inside the restaurant is too noisy for conversation. Food is exceptional and many plates are unique. Casey was a great server and always fun to have Levi stop by my table to say hello.

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  5. Disappointing

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, unique menu, great service, loved it all!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Davidson's location is ideal at Fountain Square. Atmosphere was sophisticated and comfortable, a bit corportate. Patio lovely to take in happenings on the square. Our server, Kelsey, was outstanding. Knowledgable, friendly, accomodating, and made our experience one we'd return to. Cocktails are elavated classics. Recommend the Olive Oil Martini and Hamachi to start. Our salad was over dressed and a bit unpleasant. Entree portions large. Scallops, delicious, but the enormous crouton quickly became soggy. Pork chop and sides good. Overall, our experience was enjoyable, but a little underwhelming. We'd return for the location and our server.

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  7. AngelaC

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I had a great experience at The Davidson. Our waiter, CJ, was very knowledgeable of the menu and gave us great suggestions. The fondue appetizer was a big hit. I highly suggest the chicken and scallop entrees. Looking forward to another visit soon.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We booked our reservation 3 months in advance, and when we arrived they led us to a table in the back by the restroom/kitchen. We asked if we could have a window seat or something closer to the other guests, which they accommodated us in the bar at a high top. Our waitress was knowledgeable. The food was meh. The window seating was available when we left.

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  9. Handeaux

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food and drink offerings with intriguing culinary touches. Attentive service without being intrusive.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff went out of their way to make it a special evening

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Server, Anthony, was great and well informed. The steak frites was amazing!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall loved our experience. The food and drinks that we had were excellent. The noise level was a little on the loud side and made it difficult to have a conversation with the person sitting next to you. We will definitely be back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best values in the city. Great service, great food, great ambiance, and a fair price.

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  14. PZin

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very simply put, this incredible location (ambiance, view, vibe) deserves so much more. The food is very basic and unispiring, the offerings are mediocre at its best. And, with no desserts to choose from, my wife was immediately turned off. We wound up going next door to complete the evening and thoroughly enjoyed our after meal dessert experience at Ruby's.

    2 people found this helpful

  15. LisaH

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner. Arrived early and sat at the bar. Delicious cocktails, and a recommendation to try the eggplant appetizer. Great presentation and amazing taste. Service was great at dinner, food was delicious and overall lovely night. Will return!

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  16. DanielL

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were very good. Eggplant appetizer was delicious and unique. My only complaint is that the tables in parts of the restaurant are too close together. When the waitress is serving the tables next to you on either side her rear end is literally right in your face. Not very appetizing. I said something to the manager and his attitude was “0oh well”. It would be nice if they served dessert.

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  17. sandlun

    New York City

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    New spot hits a sweet spot with a contemporary casual atmosphere that is unpretentious while serving upscale, imaginative dishes and creative cocktails. The roasted vegetable salad was unique and delicious and the scallop entree generously portioned and complete with vegetables etc included. Will definitely be back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started with the clams casino which were amazing and perfectly crispy, then moved onto the roasted vegetable salad which was fresh and lite. For entrees were shared the roasted tomato cannelloni and the scallops grenobloise. Both were better then we could have imagined

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  19. JosephM

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and the entrées and appetizers were very well prepared. However, I wish you had told me the veal was breaded and I would’ve ordered something different. We are glad we had the opportunity to try your new restaurant however, we thought Peep and Deloris was better 

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful time out for our anniversary! Excellent service, the staff were very hospitable and made the experience that much better. Will be returning for sure!

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  21. LaTraviata

    Cincinnati

    339 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    339 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This is probably my 5th time at The Davidson in the brief time it has been open and as usual the food was outstanding and a great value. Service was a bit below previous visits but ok. The problem was NOISE. The restaurant is loud just with the dim of patrons' conversation but to add a thunderous (no pun intended Thunderdome) beat backdrop makes it very difficult to talk, at least in the part of the restaurant in which we were seated. Probably 40+ years ago some consultant said music in a restaurant increses sales. Now many restaurants, not just this one, seem to think "more-is-better". Maybe it gets heavy drinkers into a party mood, but it sure doesn't work for fine dining. I chose to skip the nice sauterne after dinner. I have to reiterate however that the food is great and a great value.

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  22. MeganT

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, food and service! Will definitely be back!

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  23. MichaelO

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delightfully experience from the moment we arrived for our 8:30 reservation. We were seated in a charming booth, and although the restaurant was quite busy, we could easily carry on a conversation. We started with cocktails, their version of a gin and tonic and an old fashioned, which were imaginative and delightful. The wine list is small but high quality. We choose a French Pinot Noir. Our waitress was attentive, vivacious and knowledgeable. The food was delicious, prepared to perfection with a nice presentation. The wine went well with our meal. We could not have asked for a better evening. I highly recommend The Davidson.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great, but food was sub par. They should serve dessert, went for birthday celebration but there was no dessert at the end. Thinking it’s French/Italian restaurant there will be good options for after meal.

    1 person found this helpful

  25. buckeyechemist

    Cincinnati

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service are the stars at The Davidson. This was our first visit to this relatively new restaurant and it didn't disappoint. Four diners each ordered something different and all were exceptional. Each was an inventive take on a classic fare. The service was attentive without being intrusive. The Davidson is on our short list of fine dining establishments.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful place, we loved the food and the service we received! However, where we sat was a little cramped and it was very loud but would still go back again!

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  27. LJKS23

    Cincinnati

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was wonderful!! The atmosphere was beautiful. We will be back!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I absolutely LOVE The Davidson. This is my boyfriend and I's favorite dinner spot. It's perfect for a date night and a girls' night. The cannelloni is my favorite pasta, absolutely amazing. The sauce is perfect! The mashed potatoes are also our favorite. Could not go here without getting them. We tried the Yellowfin Tuna crudo last night, and it was fantastic!

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  29. VelishaS

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time dining there. The atmosphere was great! My husband had the burger which he said was really good. I had the Italian chopped salad which was great and the vongole spaghetti which was honestly not very impressive, the main flavor was just spicy and didn’t have much taste aside from heat. It was a bit bland. Also had a G&T and that cocktail was delicious!

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  30. Margo428

    Cincinnati

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food, wine and service (Levi) were excellent. The Moroccan eggplant and all entrees were delicious (pork chop, steak, chicken and veal). I’d suggest that they offer a Dessert Course which we would have liked. I also believe they should improve the bathrooms. Then it would be a 5 star experience.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful from beginning to end! Beautiful space with fantastic service and food. Levi was our server and he is top notch. Great wine recommendation - a perfect rose' for a warm evening. The Mushroom bisque was one of the reasons for choosing The Davidson and it did not disappoint. Looking forward to a return visit soon.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Must haves— old fashioned, fondue, veal and scallops. Every last bite was delicious. Levi was a great waiter. Thank you for the great dining experience Davidson!

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  33. SteveW

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful, staff, decor, atmosphere and food. Can’t wait to go back!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Booked a reservation for my anniversary, and the staff were very friendly and even gave us a free drink to celebrate! Would definitely go again!

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  35. JenniferW

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the greeting at the door to the end of our meal everything was top notch. The bartender was attentive and made superb cocktails. The martini is delicious and the freshly stuffed olives were perfect. Our clam appetizer was wonderful and the eggplant as well. Dinner was wonderful and our server made excellent recommendations. To top it off, we were celebrating an anniversary and they brought out complimentary Prosecco for a toast! We will definitely return!

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  36. RogerH

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always impressed the food quality and service of the Thunderdome Group. The Davidson is no exception. Great food and wine selection….nice outside dining location!! We plan to return soon.

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  37. Rudy

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service were fabulous. This was our 2nd time there and we brought a couple that had not been there before. We all loved everything we tried from drinks, appetizers and entrees. The only negative of the night was how uncomfortably hot the room was. It took away from the overall experience.

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  38. CincinnatiFoodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of four had a great dining experience on a Friday night. Everything we ordered was delicious - cocktails, appetizers and entrees. The service was stellar as well. I look forward to returning soon!

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  39. Eric

    Cincinnati

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Davidson is a great option for dining in the business district near Fountain Square. We shared the carpaccio, clams casino, tuna tartare cones, and seared yellowfin Nicoise salad. The dishes were all very delicious and packed with flavor, except for perhaps the Nicoise salad. The portion of yellowfin seemed very small, and I think the three prior courses were so delicious that our palates were blown out by the time we had the more delicate salad. We also enjoyed that we could pay with the inKind app.

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  40. JimL

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great new restaurant option in the heart of downtown

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FAQs

The Davidson is rated 4.7 stars by 201 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 34 times today
Google Map for The Davidson

501 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, French American, Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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