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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Cincinnati

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Cincinnati? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Arnold's Bar and Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (670)
$30 and under
American
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
Always eager to show of it's 150 plus years of history, Arnold's Bar and Grill is Cincinnati's oldest continuously operated Tavern. Here are a few of Arnold's more recent awards and Accolades... Citybeat 2016: Best Live Music While You Eat, Thrillist 2015: The Most Iconic Bar in Ohio, The Daily Meal 2015: The 150 Best Bars in America, Cincinnati Magazine 2015: Top 45 Burgers in Cincinnati, Cityvoter 2015: Top 5 Beer Selection, Citybeat 2014: Best Outdoor Dining, Esquire Magazine 2013: Best Bars in America, Buzzfeed 2013: List of America's Oldest and Coolest Bars
Top review
captainfancypants
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Good food and service. Neat ambiance. Good proximity to the Arinoff and the street car for heading to an FCC game or down to The Banks. Overall good experience.
A photo of LaLo Chino-Latino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (442)
$30 and under
Latin American
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
LaLo is where Latin and Asian food collide. LaLo offers you a unique experience with fusion dishes full of flavor, asian and latin inspired drinks, and lively exciting latin music.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Food was okay, resturant was extremely understaffed. Took 45 minutes just to get our drink order. Not sure if staffing is normally like that or not but other then that it was good.
A photo of Ghost Baby restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1245)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Over the Rhine
About the restaurant
Our Rattle Room welcomes you when joining us 4 floors below Vine street. The Rattle Room does not require reservations and is seated on a first come first serve basis.
Reservations are recommended and prioritized for our Den. If you have a reservation, please check in with the host at the front door before waiting in line. Reservations in our Den will be held for 15 minutes and are a total of 2 hours long (Excluding Saturday reservations before 6:30 which are an hour and a half). We do not serve food.

Ghost Baby exists to rattle the extraordinary. Our cocktail lounge and music venue claims a 170-year-old space that once served as a lagering tunnel for a brewing company. Come as you are and enjoy an inventive cocktail, a stiff drink, your favorite canned beer, or a glass of our hand-selected wine. Reserve your spot for an intimate, unique performance in the Den or join us in the Rattle Room (front bar) on a walk-in basis.

21+ | Dress Code Enforced

Top review
JohnM
Dined 1 day ago
Ghost Baby is a must. Great place with exceptional service
A photo of E+O Kitchen at The Banks restaurant
4.7
4.7 (628)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
One of the hottest restaurant concepts for the past 2 years, E+O Kitchen has become synonymous with the freshest flavors, an opulent & inviting atmosphere, and truly eclectic offerings. Now, due to popular demand Earth and Ocean Restaurant Group has brought the E+O Kitchen to The Banks. Located across from the ICON Music Center, mere feet from Paul Brown Stadium, and a short walk from Banks Entertainment District & Great American Ballpark, E+O at the Banks is the go-to riverside getaway for any occasion. Whether it's a buzzing brunch, a once-in-a-lifetime power lunch, a romantic & vibey dinner, or just a pre-game/pre-concert cocktail hour, E+O is always ready to serve as your very own private cabana club. Led by corporate chef Ben Toney, the asian-fusion concept has expanded its menu to offer items for any palate and any diet. Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, and carnivore diners can all find something to indulge in. - Just don't forget the "famous" Brussels S
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
This was my first visit and our waitress Jordan was great and the food was outstanding! I had the Sea Bass which I had never had before and it was delicious. We will definitely return
A photo of The Davidson restaurant
4.6
4.6 (292)
$31 to $50
American
Central Business District
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
lauriewvip
Dined 3 days ago
My first visit was well worth it! The staff were so friendly and accommodating and the food was inventive and well executed. I will be returning to try some of the dishes that I didn’t order. Valet parking out front was a nice perk in a rainy evening.
A photo of Churchill's Bourbon & Brew restaurant
4.6
4.6 (118)
$30 and under
American
Florence
About the restaurant
Make way for all your favorites—and plenty more—at Churchill’s Bourbon & Brew located inside Turfway Park Racing and Gaming. Dig into a stacked menu featuring everything from tantalizing starters and fresh salads to awesome burgers, hearty sandwiches, and mouthwatering entrees. Save some room for dessert, including brownies with ice cream, cheesecake, and more sweet treats.

Churchill’s Bourbon & Brew also features an extensive bourbon selection, in addition to a wide variety of beers and wines, along with specialty cocktails that are sure to keep the good times flowing. Plus, catch all the big sports games on our 300" big screen TV and enjoy free live music on the weekends by the region’s best bands!

Please note - Must be 21 and older to enter Bourbon & Brew.

***All parties over 10 guests will automatically be one check with a 20% gratuity.

Top review
Celeshal
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic food and drinks. Portions are fantastic and highly enjoyed Buzz Bin live band.
A photo of Kozue Sushi & Ramen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (17)
$30 and under
Sushi
Montgomery
About the restaurant
Kozue Sushi & Ramen NOW OPEN!

offer authentic Sushi & Ramen, located in Montgomery.

Top review
wendyuvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
They have excellent sushi our server was very good.
A photo of BrewRiver Creole Kitchen restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1059)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
Our vision combines New Orleans inspired recipes with handpicked top-notch local ingredients. We are Cincinnati's only New Orleans inspired gastro pub and we are passionate about staying true to those roots. Our mid-19th century building beckons our guests to come in for one of 18 all craft beers and wine on draft, a house made craft cocktail or one of our lovely small production wines. However, the food is the star at BrewRiver.

Our outdoor patio is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink and an amazing meal! You may be lucky enough to wander in on a night where a blues, folk or jazz musician is playing! Our goal is to give you a little bit of The Big Easy right here in The Queen City! We hope you will come join us and Laissez les bon temps roulez!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Great night out here in Cincy!! The ambience was great for a quiet night out and the food was awesome.
A photo of Honey Uninhibited Covington restaurant
4.4
4.4 (118)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
At Honey Uninhibited, we Bee-lieve in serving southern classics made with fresh quality ingredients so we receive multiple deliveries a week. In our scratch kitchen, each dish is served in a home-cooked style by our premiere chef handling the fire.

We are committed to quality food that supports a healthy body and sound mind while executing the brunch flavors that you’ve grown to love. We aim to let our guests concentrate on what matters the most, Bee-ing present with the friends and family that accompany you. We take great pride in our Southern Hospitality.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
The ambience was beautiful. The food was amazing and the service was great!
A photo of Roses of Ida Mae’s Juke Joint restaurant
3.5
3.5 (12)
$31 to $50
American
Springdale
About the restaurant
Experience the world of sophisticated flavors, flawless service, and captivating atmosphere at Roses of Ida Mae's Juke Joint. With a storied history of over thirty years, our refined establishment has become a cherished icon celebrated for its enduring allure and exceptional food. Whether you're marking a special moment or simply aiming for an unforgettable evening, Roses of Ida Mae's Juke Joint guarantees an unmatched dining experience that will leave you yearning for more. At Roses, it's all about the journey... Welcome to Ida Mae's.

At Roses of Ida Mae's, our dedication lies in crafting an experience that surpasses expectations. Our elegant restaurant and event space, meticulously designed in every aspect, embodies our fundamental principles. We strive to embody the pinnacle of fine dining, entertainment, and hospitality through chef-crafted cuisine.

Top review
Michael
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
We wanted to try a new experience close to our home (Springdale), and headed to Ida Mae's. There are currently in a soft open mode. The atmosphere is quite fun, including the dress of the staff. We enjoyed their take on Southern hospitality using family recipes. As a soft open, not all menu items are available every day, but that is very understandable. The food was really delicious, and the portion sizes were large. We ordered a few items to share across our family of four. We enjoyed another full meal of leftovers as well. The staff was great, and we'll be back. We recommend Ida Mae's and look forward to their full opening.
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