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Otto's, Covington, KY

Otto's

4.8
4.8
717 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Opened in 2003, Otto's serves American and Southern inspired fare in the heart of Covington's Mainstrasse.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (859) 491-6678

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Covington

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 717 people are saying

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    American

  • Cincinnati

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Birthday for my boss
  2. B

    Barb

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sarah was a wonderful server! Absolutely the best salad and main course!!!
  3. KT

    KaraleeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful brunch. I want to go back to try more items. Blueberry pancakes were unreal - so fluffy and delicious. Avocado toast looked amazing. Didn't get the french toast, but will the next time.
  4. JP

    JohnP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Are new favorite brunch spot!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couple date night and everyone had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying excellent food and wine
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Over all was a good experience, will go back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent scallops and halibut!
  8. EW

    ElizabethW

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love Otto's. Have never had a bad experience here. Service is down to earth and friendly, food is great, super cocktails, and charming atmosphere.
  9. F

    Foodlover2

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch with long time friends at Otto’s. What could be nicer!?
  10. KM

    KeriM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything that we had was amazing and the service was excellent!
  11. MF

    MaureenF

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were celebrating a birthday. It was wonderful that the chocolate dessert was made with almond flour since the birthday celebrant needs gluten-free!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We sat out on the street under an umbrella watching the Mainstrasse traffic go by. We were able to listen to the guitarist sing at the Bourbon House across the street. The waiter was great despite all the tables he had to service outside. Food was pricey but beautifully prepared and delicious. The crusted halibut was delicious!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Very disappointed. Not the Ottos quality I’m used to. Food was cold and mediocre and the drinks were weak and warm.
  14. TM

    TammyM

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined at Otto’s for Fathers Day brunch. The service was excellent as was the food. Otto never disappoints!
  15. SF

    SandraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Never disappointed in the food and the server was great. Wish there was an outdoor space that wasn’t so noisy. The extra loud traffic is a shame. Maybe they need to pass a noise ordinance in that area.
  16. S

    Sandy

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy! Loved it Great food and service ! Located near my house
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoyable. For such a small place their food and service is amazing for how busy they are . One of my favorite places in greater Cincy , KY. Area
  18. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Otto's. It is a very refreshing place to eat. The food was wonderful! My wife ordered the Short Ribs and I the Cajun Creamy Pasta. She took a bite of mine and wanted it, so we switched meals. It was so good! The service was excellent. The atmosphere was pleasant. It was a truly family dining experience with all the families with youth present. We would have selected the outdoor dining, but it was a sweltering 96 degrees out, so we opted to dine inside. We'll be back soon no doubt.
  19. LP

    LindaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were early but they seated us right away. Service was attentive but not overbearing. I was looking forward to the risotto, but was disappointed. The pears were tasteless. The halibut was good.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Came highly recommended. Our experience was average. Good food, average service on this night, interior didn’t match our expectations given the elegance of the website - but again was fine, had a fly and gnat roaming around the food all night - but not sure how much they could control that. I would return, but maybe just for lunch which I understand is very good.
  21. SH

    SusanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lemon blueberry pancakes were delicious…and huge! Nice thick cut crispy bacon and a delicious Bloody Mary! A wonderful brunch with great service!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great time at Ottos is yours and all ya gotta do is a) order the shrimp and grits b) relax with some whisky or a cocktail while you wait for the shrimp and grits c) hope that your heart doesn’t explode with joy after you taste the shrimp and grits…chances are slim…so strap in Maverick and engage, engage engage!
  23. LL

    LaLa

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I've never had a complaint about Otto's until this reservation. Our experience was poor, mostly due to our server. We had to ask about the specials, never got our soups/gazpacho, and when ordering a bottle of wine, I asked to look at the bottle as it didn't taste great. It wasn't even the bottle I ordered, rather a much lesser one which he never mentioned... The right thing to do would be to apologize for not having it, and ask if the alternate would suffice, rather than try to pass it off as the other. I didn't appreciate this one bit, and assume the owners wouldn't either. As far as the missed soups, he never acknowledged it and we had to inform the woman delivering our entrees to cancel them .The appetizers were delicious as always and entrees our party of 8 ordered were varied and the those who ordered the short rib loved it, scallops were "good", and pasta was "ok". The upstairs atmosphere is totally different and much quieter so you will get a less "vibrant" vibe. Despite this review, I'm not giving up on Otto's, but service is just as important as the food. Love all the restaurants these owners have and frequent them all but this was an expensive disappointing evening.
  24. LW

    LoriW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Halibut and filet were wonderful!!!’ Brussels sprouts appetizer is delicious!
  25. LM

    LindaM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was delicious. Outdoor dining was wonderful. Service was impeccable.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a reservation for 6 and they accommodated 3 more! It was at 4pm but they were still very nice and very accommodating!
  27. T

    Teri

    Cincinnati

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Very noisy.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BLFGT & Watermelon Gazpacho Tomato Pie & Cream of Mushroom Both entrees and soups were delightful! Look forward to my next visit!
  29. ML

    MichelleL

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    60th wedding anniversary. Service and food superb as always. Love love love Otto’s.
  30. R

    Rita

    Cincinnati

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a nice meal at Otto’s. We live north of Cincinnati but every time we’re down in the city we try to get to Otto’s. Been going here fir quite a few years and it’s alway good. Definitely recommend.
  31. AK

    AlayneK

    Cincinnati

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great! We dined outside, but I didn’t think about how noisy it would be with trucks rolling by! Everything else was awesome. Our server Ariel was new but very attentive and pleasant.
  32. NB

    NatashaB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and very knowledgeable service capable of handling food allergies with ease. We tried multiple appetizers, a main, and dessert. Each dish was unique, delicious, and not overly decorated with add ons to cloud the dishes focus.
  33. PH

    PhilH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not a large selection of entries but met the needs of our group. Outstanding gloves salmon, and very good shottribs
  34. AM

    AustinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a date night! Service was great and meal was well-paced. Everything we had tasted delicious and all in all a very pleasing experience.
  35. ML

    MLS22

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The waitress was fantastic. The wait for the food was horrible. I will say, ultimately, the food was worth the wait. But it was very difficult for my eight-year-old grandson. I wish they would get the food prepared more quickly. Still, I will go there again. The food was fabulous.
  36. RS

    RobS

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming spot, delicious apps and entrees. Menu choices somewhat limited.
  37. BK

    BryanK

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good dining experience
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to go. Try the fried green tomatoes
  39. BS

    BillS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, I do wish they would consider adding a couple of entree items to the menu. Ruthie our server was very good.
  40. M

    Meredith

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was amazing! Blue eyes, super efficient, and friendly. Shared with me about the upstairs dining for private parties. I'm in charge of our work Christmas party....so very interested. A bit disappointed because when I made the reservation I explained it was our first time, and we are celebrating my parents' 50th wedding anniversary....and nothing special happened.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Otto's using the Order Online button. Otto's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (859) 491-6678.

Otto's is rated 4.8 stars by 717 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 45 times today
Google Map for Otto's

521 Main St Covington, KY 41011-1329

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Covington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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