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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Cincinnati / Dayton

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Cincinnati / Dayton? 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!

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4.9
4.9 (429)
$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
Beth
Dined 2 days ago
Great food & wine on the outdoor patio near the waterfall - lovely!
A photo of The Quarter Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2026)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
We loved the atmosphere and food! Service was a bit slow.
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4.9
4.9 (315)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cincinnati
About the restaurant
D. Burnham's is located within Cincinnati's newest four diamond hotel, the Renaissance Cincinnati. We are a contemporary Midwestern American restaurant featuring locally sourced, seasonal and expertly prepared cuisine, served with relaxed elegance. D. Burnham’s presents a wide selection of spirits, cocktails, wine and beer offering an opportunity enjoy traditional favorites or sip something local, creative or adventurous.
For the comfort of our guests, we do request business casual attire.
We will try our best to accommodate all requests but cannot guarantee specific seating.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 29, 2024
The atmosphere, food and drinks were all amazing! This was our first time dining here and went with all the suggestions from our waiter (unfortunately I forget his name) everything he suggested was delicious! Seriously not one complaint! We can’t wait to come back!! I had the soup dumplings as a starter, the short rib for my entree and the caramel apple cobbler for dessert. All of it was delicious! I also had the berry lemonade and it was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had! Staff was very attentive, helpful and friendly!
A photo of Tano Bistro - Hamilton restaurant
4.8
4.8 (880)
$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
Cheeselover99vip
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Italian night meal was delicious and a great value! They offer a salad, entree and small piece of bread for $8! Service was exceptional as always; Ben did a great job!
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4.8
4.8 (325)
$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
Southernmissvip
Dined 1 day ago
Anything on the menu that I've ever tried is great. For example, the popcorn shrimp and aioli sauce is amazing. Any salad is also wonderful, but the chicken berry is my favorite. They could bottle their dressings and sell them, like The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio does. The place is beautiful, and the service is topnotch.
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4.7
4.7 (1975)
$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
TrishaK
Dined 6 days ago
What a great and romantic dinner we had on the second floor at a table by the window. The service was excellent, and our server recommended two entrees that we loved. Awesome experience!
A photo of Coco's Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2156)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Dayton
About the restaurant
You'll always feel welcome at Coco's.

We're a Dayton Original, an independent restaurant where you can have your power lunch, a rehearsal dinner, a fun night, or a place to propose. You'll enjoy contemporary American food, always with amazing service, and reasonable prices for wine and spirits. Thank you Dayton - we love you as much as you love us.
Top review
KevinM
Dined 3 days ago
Great service. The 3 of us had the booth for 3 near the back which was great for conversation. Offered drink refills without asking. Salads were very large. Both of the people that had salads took significant portions home.
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4.7
4.7 (5760)
$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
Delicioso
Dined 6 days ago
Great experience. The food was.fantastic and delicious servicio was fast and efficient.Overall a great place to dine..we will comeback
A photo of The Red Feather Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2301)
$31 to $50
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
MarshaB
Dined 7 days ago
The food was excellent and the service was beyond excellent. Our server was attentive, knew the menu well and offered suggestions based on our tastes. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and were treated to complimentary glasses of champagne and treated to dessert on the house. It could not have been a more pleasant experience.
A photo of Opal Rooftop restaurant
4.7
4.7 (243)
$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 4 days ago
Thank you guys so much, it was an amazing experience
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