Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Cincinnati and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Biagio's Bistro thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Ambar India, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

Montgomery Inn Restaurant
Why is Cincinnati so famous for its barbeque? The Montgomery Inn may be one of the big reasons. Go early to avoid the crowds at this moderately priced rib and BBQ restaurant. Its downtown boathouse location also affords a fantastic view of the river. Reservations recommended. (513-721-7427)

China Gourmet
The name sounds like most any other Chinese restaurant, but the food is anything but ordinary. Cincinnati locals swear this is the best Chinese food in the city. Known for the freshest seafood, traditional Cantonese cuisine and several spicy Szechwan specialties, the China Gourmet will satisfy that unmistakable yen for Oriental fare. Reservations suggested on the weekends. Dress is casual. (513-871-6612)

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Skyline Chili
A visit to Cincinnati wouldn't be complete without partaking of its renowned chili! Skyline was rated "Cincinnati's Finest" by the Cincinnati Magazine. Served almost any way you can think of — over spaghetti or with black beans, onions, cheese, sour cream or peppers. This recipe has been handed down for generations! Be sure to get plenty of napkins. Casual dress. (513-221-2142)

Ambar India
If you close your eyes with the first bite of this expertly prepared Indian cuisine, you may think you have been transported to India itself. Food is authentic and spiced according to your comfort level (1-6 levels). Start with generous portions of appetizers such as veggie pakoras. Entrees vary from chicken Tandoori to lamb curry. Ask for the chutney selections to compliment your selections. Atmosphere is casual, and the service is friendly and fast. Casual dress. (513-281-7000)

Biagio's Bistro
This small bistro is located on trendy Ludlow Street. The aroma draws you in, and the menu makes you stay. The chef has five burners in full view, preparing dishes while chatting with you in between orders. The menu choices range from fettuccine and penne boschiola to chicken scaloppini. The tiramisu is great for dessert. (513-861-4777)

Teller's of Hyde Park
This trendy eatery opened in an old bank building. Many of the items used in the decor, such as old safety deposit boxes, can be credited to the bank. By the number of business types that eat here, you'd think the bank was still in business! Lots of upwardly mobile-type food that's predictable yet delicious. Plenty of handcrafted microbrews as well. (513-321-4721)

Grand Finale
With an ambience replete with Victorian furnishings and antiques in a 100-year old former home, the Grand Finale has been and continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in Cincinnati. If you think the setting is fabulous, wait until you try the food! Classic crepes, crisply fresh salads and combinations of lamb, seafood and veal are sure to please. A roster of excellent desserts includes chocolate cordial pie, red raspberry pie and white chocolate fudge pie. Reservations recommended. (513-771-5925)

Stop by this friendly Greek joint for a midday meal and you'll already feel like a regular, thanks to friendly, speedy service and simple but delicious eats. Gyros — pita pockets filled to bursting with thin, spicy strips of lamb and topped with tomatoes and onions — are the most popular lunch choice, but rice-stuffed grape leaves and delectable, feta-stuffed spanakopita also beckon from the menu. Dessert involves any number of honey-saturated filo dough and nut combinations. (513-471-2100)

Zip's Cafe
Serving the neighborhood for over 75 years, Zip's knows a thing or two about how to satisfy an appetite. Burgers are renowned — thick, cooked to perfection, and dressed up with the right combination of toppings and condiments. Chili, rich with kidney beans and coarsely chopped ground beef, is also a favorite. Kids love items straight from the regular menu, including chicken nuggets and grilled cheese sandwiches. The model train that circles the interior adds a touch of whimsy to the bustling, often crowded space. (513-871-9876)

Maps and Directions

Montgomery Inn Restaurant 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Neighborhood: Mount Adams
Cost: $$
China Gourmet 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Cost: $$
Skyline Chili 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Clifton
Cost: $
Ambar India 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Indian
Neighborhood: Clifton
Cost: $
Biagio's Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Clifton
Cost: $
Teller's of Hyde Park 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Cost: $$
Grand Finale 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Glendale
Cost: $$
Sebastian's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Greek
Neighborhood: Price Hill
Cost: $
Zip's Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Cost: $
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