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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Cincinnati

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Cincinnati? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Somm Wine Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (466)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
Somm is the Incline Districts favorite American Bistro and Wine Bar. Offering an indoor dining room, full bar, and Cincinnati's favorite outdoor dining on an acclaimed garden patio, Somm Wine Bar features approachable, curated wine selections and an ever-expanding menu highlighting the region's best eclectic cuisine. Fine dining elements abound on this renewed and bustling neighborhood corner touchstone, vibrantly adorned with new age artwork and classic Cosmopolitan hardwood decor. Beautiful charcuterie, weekday features, unique events, and weekend live music make this Cincinnati's top date-night and celebration dining destination.


Top review
jojocincyvip
Dined 4 days ago
Beautiful evening at Somm,we had the weekly 3 course special! The staff is always friendly and attentive. Our prime sirloin, new potat5and zucchini were superb! Our favorite neighborhood gem!
A photo of Coach House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (336)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Bringing creative flare and community-driven roots to the growing Hamilton food landscape, the Coach House’s focus on hand-crafted cuisine is distinctive. With seasonal, locally sourced fare, thoughtfully crafted cocktails, mocktails and wines, and an atmosphere that marries fun with sophistication – a seat at our table is an experience you don’t want to miss.

Reservations hold tables for an amount of time based upon the size of your group. Groups sizes 2-5= 1.5 hours, groups 6+ 2.0 hours. Tables sized over 6 people may be seated at separate tables located next to each other.

To offer you the very best dining experience, reservations are recommended for lunch and dinner service. Groups of 6 or more should call for availability.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
First off My compliments to the chef! What a fabulous meal, The staff was completely wonderful and didn't need anything that wasn't already taken care of. I will have to say the General Manager has done a fantastic job of making people feel welcomed and appreciated.
A photo of The Quarter Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2037)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Mariemont
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Quarter Bistro, located in the heart of historic Mariemont Square, only minutes from Montgomery, Maderia, Indian Hill and Downtown.
The award-winning combination of seasonal cuisine and sophisticated ambiance are just the beginning of an unforgettable experience.
As Cincinnati's premier "contemporary" bistro, the menu presents all things classic and creative in balance. Fresh fish and game daily? Of course. Outstanding wines at a great value? No Question. Whether it's a beautiful summer evening on the patio, a romantic wine and dine for two, or a down-to-business dinner for ten, The Quarter Bistro has it covered.

Top review
ScottHvip
Dined 2 days ago
Outstanding charcuterie board and best halibut in the city. Desserts are excellent as well….try the tort or key lime pie! Service is top shelf.
A photo of TRIO restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5797)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
Trio, one of Cincinnati's favorite restaurants for over 25 years, is known for serving fresh seafood daily, along with great steaks, extraordinary pasta dishes, generous portions of specialty salads, California style pizzas, & a wide range of sandwiches. Trio has become the hot spot of Cincinnati for its extensive wine list. Trio currently serves over 20 different wines by the glass, offering the best California wines by the glass or bottle. During the spring, summer & fall Trio diners may prefer to dine in the Veranda. Trio can accommodate private parties from 24 to 70 guests in one of the private dining rooms.
Top review
JohnWvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great food and Kelly working the bar was excellent!
A photo of Tano Bistro - Hamilton restaurant
4.7
4.7 (894)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Inspired by Hamilton’s new energy and old history, our Tano Bistro-Hamilton location offers a fresh dining experience in a contemporary dining space located directly across from the beautiful Marcum Park. Chef Tano and team offer a seasonally changing menu prepared with the very best ingredients focused on local sourcing, sustainability and simplicity.
Top review
TaraPC123
Dined 1 day ago
Food was wonderful, ambience was quiet with beautiful decor, service was perfect! We will definitely be back and tells others of our dining experience.
A photo of The Red Feather Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2311)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Hyde Park
About the restaurant
The Red Feather is a contemporary American farm-to-table restaurant located in the Oakley neighborhood of greater Cincinnati. We offer an upscale casual dining experience with an emphasis on classic culinary techniques and slow, careful preparations. Enjoy our wine list curated by our house sommelier, designed to pair with the seasonal menu and craft cocktails. The bar is perfect for an after work drink, meeting friends, sharing a bottle of wine, or enjoying some plates to share. Warm woodwork surrounds our three separate dining areas each with its own personality, from cozy and intimate to bright and airy. The Red Feather stands for innovation, rough luxury, and honoring those who worked to bring us the products that we are proud to serve and enjoy.
Top review
JessieB
Dined 2 days ago
We decided to stop in to try out the new summer menu and it did not disappoint! Everything from beginning to end was shareable, mouthwatering, and worthy of another visit. Can’t wait to go back! 
A photo of Meritage - Cincinnati restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2325)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Glendale
About the restaurant

Looking for a reservation? Call us at (513) 376-8134 and we will do our best to accommodate you. Looking for private dining? We can accommodate groups of 10-100. Call us for more information.

Meritage Restaurant is located in the quaint historic Glendale Square, creating a unique ambiance for any occasion. The eclectic menu features fresh seafood, hand cut steaks, specialty sandwiches, and an impressive variety of salads. Each menu item from the salad dressings to the desserts is made in house using only the freshest ingredients. The wine list features wines from around the world that have been personally selected to compliment the menu. The perfect blend of professionalism and warmth provided by the service staff combined with the food and atmosphere makes Meritage a premier dining destination.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
The bruschetta appetizer was delicious. On the shrimp pesto pasta, I replaced the pesto with red sauce and it was really good.
A photo of Tano Bistro - Loveland restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1985)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Loveland
About the restaurant
Welcome to our three story restaurant located in the heart of historic Downtown Loveland, where we serve seasonal cuisine created by Chef Tano, complete with signature cocktails, local craft beer, and a carefully curated wine selection. Now open 7 days a week for dinner, we offer outdoor seating on the rooftop patio, Sunday brunch, private dining experiences on our spacious second floor, as well as catering packages and a la carte menus for any special occasion. Our purpose is to cultivate meaningful relationships within our community by extending the simple things- quality food sourced from sustainable and local vendors, sincere hospitality from a smiling face, and the ability to commemorate special moments by raising a glass. We look forward to serving you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The salmon and short rib were amazing. I definitely recommend eating here.
A photo of Opal Rooftop restaurant
4.6
4.6 (278)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
Forged from the fires of Covington, Ky. Opal is a casual, chef-driven, fine-dining restaurant that offers wood-fired grilled foods, craft cocktails, and a curated wine menu using locally focused products. The menu, developed by the company's culinary director, Chef Eric Polhamus, features Contemporary American dishes. Opal is the third restaurant installment in the portfolio of Bill and Morgan Whitlow. Opals are known to be the stone that represents justice, harmony, protection, love and passion. Just like the gemstone, Opal Rooftop Restaurant & Bar is different from every angle you approach it from. Patrons will enjoy a 360-degree backdrop of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky or dine indoors as the flames from the unique Grillworks grill reflect off of the bar. For more information and a glimpse of the menu, follow us on Facebook or visit opalrooftop.com.

All tables are booked with a two hour window. If you would like more time please leave us a note to accommodate!



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
The menu and food had something for everyone, and the flavors were perfect. My only suggestion is to add a couple more cheeses to the cheese platter.
A photo of Alara restaurant
4.6
4.6 (157)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Oakley
About the restaurant
A contemporary American restaurant located at Madison Square in Madisonville. Alara invites you to an immersive dining experience that encourages exploring, sharing, and tasting your way through innovative dishes that are expertly prepared and exquisitely presented. Featuring a seasonal menu emphasizing prime meats and seafood, Chef Mark Bodenstein utilizes luxury ingredients to create fun and approachable dishes for every diner. With an open kitchen that fosters a social atmosphere, Alara strips away the conventional formalities of fine dining while focusing on food quality and next-level hospitality in a lively yet elegant setting.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Good food and good service a little pricey, but I’d still go back
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