Cincinnati Restaurants Offer Variety, Value and Great Food

Cincinnati has a dynamic restaurant scene with an abundance of excellent independent restaurants and new ones opening all the time. Choosing just ten was a very difficult task. Many Cincinnati restaurants have won awards for their cuisine. Others are worthy because of their legions of loyal customers. Some have been featured on TV shows, further increasing their popularity.

Many of Cincinnati’s best restaurants aren’t expensive. Most travelers don’t usually choose expensive restaurants every night, so this list reflects that. It includes restaurants at all price points that have one thing in common: great food.

Most cities have a food specialty that they are known for, and Cincinnati is no exception. Cincinnati is known for its chili, which can be found in chili parlors all over the city. The freshest chili around is at Camp Washington Chili.

Cincinnati’s metro region includes northern Kentucky, so you’ll see Southern influences in the cuisine, especially at The Eagle. There’s also an international influence in Cincinnati’s restaurant scene. Salazar and Via Vite are owned by chefs from Colombia and Italy, respectively, while Mazunte’s menu was inspired by its owner’s travels through Oaxaca, Mexico.

Cincinnati knows how to do fine dining too. Orchids at Palm Court is one of only 63 AAA Five Diamond Restaurants in North America and Jeff Ruby’s Precinct serves up award-winning steaks. Parents will be happy to learn Cincinnati has many kid-friendly restaurants that don’t sacrifice culinary quality. There’s truly something for everyone here.

Dewey's Pizza

Dewey's Pizza is a Cincinnati success story. Andrew DeWitt started with a single store in the Oakley neighborhood in 1998 and now owns 21 stores in the Midwest, eight of them in Greater Cincinnati. This popular, family-friendly pizzeria is known...  Read More

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Having opened in 2013, Mazunte Taqueria is still a relative newcomer on the Cincinnati restaurant scene, but it is quickly making a name for itself. The menu is inspired by owner Josh Wamsley's travels through the southern Mexican state of...  Read More

York St. Cafe
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The décor in York St. Café will certainly catch your eye. This former historic pharmacy building is filled with antiques and collectibles that make great conversation starters. Perhaps that's why York St. Café has been voted the best place...  Read More

Camp Washington Chili
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Family-owned for over 75 years, Camp Washington Chili is a Cincinnati favorite that was named one of the 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America by Smithsonian Magazine. Cincinnati chili was invented by Greek immigrants and is very...  Read More

Terry's Turf Club
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It's no wonder that Terry's Turf Club has been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Located in an industrial area on the city's east side, the building housed a crack and heroin bar until Terry Carter bought it, gutted it,...  Read More

Via Vite
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Via Vite is a modern Italian Bistro situated in the heart of Cincinnati at Fountain Square in a space that was custom designed for Executive Chef Cristian Pietoso's vision. The restaurant's location on Vine Street also factored into its name -...  Read More

Jeff Ruby's Precinct
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Jeff Ruby's Precinct has been a go-to spot for steak in Cincinnati since it opened in 1981. Ruby opened the Precinct with celebrity backers, and celebrities and professional athletes have been flocking there ever since. The lobby walls are...  Read More

The Eagle Food & Beer Hall
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The Eagle Food & Beer Hall is located in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Several years ago, this was considered an unsafe neighborhood; now it's in the midst of a revival and is home to many trendy independent shops and...  Read More

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Salazar is a chef-owned restaurant that fits into a newer breed of restaurants: fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Executive Chef Jose Salazar's restaurant is located in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, a hotbed of new, independent...  Read More

Orchids at Palm Court
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Orchids at Palm Court is the place to go for a luxurious fine dining experience. Located in the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, Palm Court is one of the most elegant spaces in Cincinnati. Originally the hotel lobby, Palm Court has a...  Read More


Meet Terri Weeks

Terri Weeks, a Cincinnati mother of three, is a former mechanical engineer who became a travel writer quite accidentally. She and a friend started intentionally exploring attractions around...  More About Terri

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