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The Best Bars for Foodies in Cincinnati

The city of Cincinnati, known as the "Pearl of the West" and the "Queen City," lies in a gorgeous location on the north bank of the Ohio River. Surrounded by hills, it is a largely industrial city in the state of Ohio with a wide range of cultural and recreational facilities and beautiful neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine and Mount Airy. Check out a Cincinnati Reds game at the Great American Ball Park, visit the Cincinnati Art Museum or wander around magnolia gardens in lovely Eden Park. It's a booming metropolis of sports, entertainment, cultural, historical and outdoor opportunities - and a rapidly growing culinary and nightlife scene! Foodies have an abundance of options to choose from, including vegan joints, haute-cuisine, and trendy bars. If you're looking for a place to enjoy a great cocktail or craft beer with your meal, check out our Tastemaker list of the best bars in Cincinnati.

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19 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville, Jag's Steak & Seafood, Salar
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Steakhouse, International
Neighborhoods:Centerville, West Chester, Dayton
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville

$$$$
Contemporary American
Centerville
4.8
2893 reviews

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is a fantastic place to go for award-winning wines, flavorful food and a cool, Napa-style tasting room. Located in Liberty Center, shoppers can head here for a break from the stores and refuel with their diverse menu of dishes specially designed to pair with wine made in their own private winery. Step inside and discover an inviting atmosphere with a sophisticated style and attentive service. The Tasting Room gives you a chance to sample the winery’s latest selections.


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Jag's Steak & Seafood

$$$$
Steakhouse
West Chester
4.8
5519 reviews

Jag’s Steak and Seafood, centrally located between Cincinnati and Dayton, is a perfect spot for impressing a client, dancing the night away or relaxing with a date. It’s definitely one of the best bars in Cincinnati for fantastic food and an award-winning wine list. The piano bar is a cool addition to the fine dining experience! Menu items here include Certified Angus Beef Steaks, fresh seafood like Chilean Sea Bass, Diver Scallops, Alaskan King Crab and an extensive raw bar/sushi options.


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Salar

$$$$
International
Dayton
4.7
2352 reviews

Located in Dayton’s historic Oregon District, Salar features World fusion cuisine with strong French and Peruvian influences along with hand-crafted cocktails. It’s a reasonably priced, upscale yet casual restaurant that is a popular choice for a night out in Dayton. They offer a unique dining experience with two outdoor patios, two full bars, and the main dining room with full-wall windows looking out onto the neighborhood. They also have an intimate lounge space and a private dining room.


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Galla Park Gastro - Cincinnati

$$$$
American
Cincinnati
4.3
313 reviews

Galla Park is an upscale, locally-owned restaurant located at The Banks on the corner of Second Street and Joe Nuxhall Way. The restaurant doubles as an entertainment venue and is perfect for game day or wedding day. They feature a menu of modern cuisine in a dynamic atmosphere during dining hours. After dinner on weekend nights, Galla Park transforms into an entertainment venue with a dance floor and music provided by DJs and guest musicians. With Happy Hour from 3-6 pm every weekend, it’s no wonder that locals consider Galla Park one of the best bars in Cincinnati!


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Orchids at Palm Court

$$$$
French American
Central Business District
4.8
2348 reviews

Located inside the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Orchids at Palm Court feels like it’s from a different era, with Frech art decor and creative cuisines prepared by top chefs. It’s a fine dining restaurant and bar all in one! Dine in a gorgeous 1930s French Art Deco setting with two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, and German silver-nickel sconces. Dive into the French-inspired modern American cuisine with local and organic ingredients. And enjoy a creative cocktail and the city’s most celebrated jazz musicians at the famed bar, adjacent to the restaurant.


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Arnold's Bar and Grill

$$$$
American
Cincinnati
4.7
464 reviews

With over 150 years of history, Arnold’s Bar and Grill is Cincinnati’s oldest continuously operated tavern! Located on 8th Street in Cincinnati, it is a legendary downtown destination with a reputation for good food served in friendly surroundings. The popular establishment also has a treasured courtyard for outdoor dining as well as a great stage for live music on the weekends. Whether you’re in the mood for their signature Greek Spaghetti, one of their famous sandwiches or just appetizers and a cold beer, Arnold’s has it all!


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Branch & Night Drop

$$$$
American
Cincinnati
4.4
511 reviews

Located inside former East Walnut Hills Central Trust Bank, Brand and Night Drop is a popular restaurant and bar combo from the Littlefield Group. Branch is a casual niche restaurant on the building’s fist floor with a menu crafted by executive chef Shoshannah Anderson. The menu features Mediterranead cuisine alongside Eastern European and Vietnamese-influenced dishes and a fully-stocked craft cocktail bar. Night Drop is a small but casual bar located in the building’s basement with a full array of craft cocktails and small plates from the kitchen upstairs.


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Nicholson's Fine Food & Whisk(e)y

$$$$
Gastro Pub
Central Business District
4.5
2117 reviews

Located in downtown Cincinnati across from the Aronoff Center, Nicholson’s is a restaurant and bar serving fine food and drink in a genuine Scottish tavern setting. The bar takes inspiration from the public house found throughout Great Britain and it certainly feels like you’ve stepped into another country! In addition to high-quality food, they offer a wide variety of beer, wine and spirits with one of the best selections of single malt scotch whiskeys in the area. The food menu includes pub classics like Bangers and Mash and Shepherd’s Pie.


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Bakersfield - OTR

$$$$
American
Over the Rhine
4.8
434 reviews

Located on Vine Street in the Gateway Quarter, Bakersfield OTR is a tacos, tequila and whiskey bar owned by Joe Lanni. Many locals consider it one of the best bars in Cincinnati and you can choose from a selection of 45 tequilas, 45 American whiskeys and a menu of authentic Mexican street food. It’s a warm and spirited place to hang out and they have a great selection of Craft beer and wine. The cocktail menu is also fantastic, with specials like the Bakersfield Sour, made with Buffalo Trace, Grand Marnier, St. Germain, Agave Nectar, House Sour and Bourbon Cherries.


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Coppin's - Hotel Covington

$$$$
American
Covington
4.7
1593 reviews

The Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront occupies the iconic 1910 Coppin’s Department Store building. The space is approachable, intimate and comfortable without giving up a strong sense of style and sophistication. The culinary team here uses sustainable sourcing of meat, fish and game and seeks out the best ingredients from local farmers and artisans. The menu changes seasonally to reflect what is available. Locals and visitors alike love the bar, which offers seasonal cocktails like the Summer Sangria, with Sparkling Wine, Lemon, Peach, Mango, Hibiscus and Lavender.


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Grandview Tavern

$$$$
American
Fort Mitchell
4.6
771 reviews

Located just outside Cincinnati proper in Fort Mitchell, Grandview Tavern is a popular bar and restaurant with lively energy and friendly service. It is the newest addition to Northern Kentucky’s premier food and beverage entertainment business. Not only are they open for dinner on Monday, a rarity for many restaurants in the area, but they also offer half-price bottles of wine with dinner! Come in to check out the fantastic American cuisine from Executive Chef Michael Nelsen.


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Carlo & Johnny

$$$$
Steakhouse
Montgomery
4.8
6430 reviews

Carlo & Johnny is Jeff Ruby’s 1930s Chicago style steakhouse and supper club. They offer the same great Ruby steaks as his other restaurants, but with an Italian accent! They strive for excellence in the quality of the food, the energy and the elegance of the atmosphere, as well as the impeccable service and overall dining experience. Come in for one of their signature craft cocktails at the exquisite bar, known for the live entertainment and vibrant scene.


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Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse - Cincinnati

$$$$
Steak
Central Business District
4.9
5793 reviews

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, located on Walnut Street in the Central Business District, Jeff Ruby’s is a 1940s art deco style steakhouse. It features dry aged-on-premise steaks and fresh seafood along with a selection of salads, Steakhouse potatoes, vegetables and desserts. The convenient location in Cincinnati's entertainment district is within walking distance of downtown hotels and the convention center. The bar is a big draw and features fantastic cocktails combined with nightly entertainment and a swanky atmosphere.


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Tony's of Cincinnati

$$$$
Steakhouse
Cincinnati
4.7
4127 reviews

Tony’s of Cincinnati is a modern steakhouse located on Montgomery Road in the northeastern suburbs. The menu combines the classic American steakhouse with fresh, modern fare, an expansive and diverse wine list, and award-winning service. They do up the luxury without any pretension. And the bar here is famous for having a super vibrant scene! The happy hour is long and generous and they offer live music along with great cocktails, wine, and spectacular food.


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Tano Bistro - Hamilton

$$$$
Contemporary American
Hamilton
4.7
556 reviews

Tano Bistro, located on Riverfront Plaza in Hamilton, sits directly across from the beautiful Marcum Park. The restaurant offers a fresh dining experience in a contemporary dining space. It’s a classy yet comfortable spot with a menu of seasonal and local fare, including tapas-style dishes like candied bacon, crab cakes, Monfongo, and Baked Brie. Many locals think it has one of the best bars in Cincinnati and love the energetic and friendly atmosphere. Come in to check out the artisan beverages and expertly selected wine menu!


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Moerlein Lager House

$$$$
Gastro Pub
Cincinnati
4.5
5122 reviews

The Christian Moerlein Lager House is a world-class restaurant and brewery focused on the heritage of Cincinnati’s storied brewing history. Prominently situated in the dynamic Smale Riverfront Park, this restaurant offers a guest experience unlike any other! They have a working microbrewery that produces a full line of Moerlein craft brews along with delicious food offerings, including sandwiches and smoked rotisserie meats.


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Krueger's Tavern

$$$$
American
Over the Rhine
4.6
617 reviews

Krueger’s Tavern is from the same group that brought you Bakersfield and The Eagle. It’s a stylish, seasonal New American kitchen with a menu of small and large plates and a rooftop patio. The goal here is to bring cuisine back to a simpler time by preparing and grinding fresh meats in house every day and serving up burgers and sausages with awesome craft beer and spirits. With 44 cans of beer on the menu as well as sausages flavored with a global influence, it makes sense that locals think this is one of the best bars in Cincinnati.


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Zula Bistro & Wine Bar

$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates
Over the Rhine
4.8
2192 reviews

Zula Bistro and Wine Bar, located on Race Street in the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood, is a tapas-style restaurant and bar. The menu features a variety of mussel dishes, cold and hot tapas, and seasonal entrees infused with a Mediterranean flavor profile. The bar is a lively spot that features plenty of great craft beers and an extensive wine list with a large selection of wines by the glass. The bar is spacious and is a great place for a date or meeting up with a group of friends.


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Matt the Miller's Tavern- West Chester

$$$$
Pub
West Chester
4.3
887 reviews

Matt the Miller’s, located on Civic Centre Boulevard, offers an upscale tavern experience that’s hard to beat. It features a chef-driven menu of tavern favorites with a unique twist. They offer Original Flatbreads as well as fresh seafood and steak selections featuring the finest and freshest ingredients. They also have an exciting bar and offer premium wines by the glass, craft and local beer and an extensive inventory of fine spirits and artisan cocktails. It’s a high-energy place, perfect for enjoying time with family and friends.


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