DOWNTOWN

Cincinnati is one of the three major cities in Ohio, and for a good reason. The downtown area flourishes with cultural beauty and activity. You can always find something to do at the iconic Fountain Square or the Riverfront, where Smale Park and Sawyer Point have tons of activities for all ages. 

 

Running from 2nd to 9th street, only nine blocks east to west, Cincinnati is dense with businesses, hotels, sports stadiums, and restaurants. 

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crown republic

Scratch Kitchen Serving Rustic American Fare

720 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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With every dish made from scratch, Crown Republic knows how to make a customer feel special. Student of famous Iron Chef Bobby Flay, Chef Anthony Sitek specializes in home-made Italian food with an American twist.

 

They have a menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner, all containing

a wide variety of options from starters to main dishes. 

Best For: Happy Hour, Brunch and Lunch

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FAUSTO

Cali cuisine inside the CAC

44 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The Contemporary Arts Center is home to the Californian cuisine restaurant Fausto, a restaurant known for its passion for fresh, organic food. All of their ingredients come from local sources that provide the utmost respected product. Sip on a cup of coffee or wine while enjoying one of their many delicious food options before you explore the CAC. 

 

Fausto is run by the brothers of Mom n' Em, so you know it's legit! 

Best For: Breakfast or Lunch, specifically when you need wine with lunch

HEARTH ROOM

Coffee + Cocktail Lounge with live Jazz

Opened August 2022

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Hearth is a classic coffee and cocktail lounge located in the heart of the historic downtown business district on 4th street. They closed their doors in March 2020 and reopened this past July after renovating the space.

They have a full bar serving up cocktails, wine and beer, as well as a coffee counter to grab your favorite coffee beverage and pastry from North South. They also have snacks such as potato chips or tinned fish with crackers and olives.

Be sure to check them out for live jazz Friday & Saturday nights from 8-11pm.

125 W. 4th Street Cincinnati Ohio

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khora @kinley hotel 

Modern New American  /  Downtown

Opened October 2020

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37 W 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Taking inspiration from two regions, Chefs Kevin Ashworth and Edward Lee wrote a perfect grain-inspired menu that takes Italian classics mixed with home-grown Midwestern food. They make everything with care and specialty; their menu is breathtaking—the perfect small plate or a pasta dish, paired with a glass of wine or even a grain-inspired cocktail, is an excellent combination for any night out. 

Best For: Date night, Girls night, Business dinner 

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LYTLE PARK VISTA

Rooftop Hotel Bar

311 Pike St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Seated on top of Lytle Park Hotel is Vista, a rooftop bar with unbelievable cityscapes and views of Lytle Park. Whether it is for an event, happy hour or dinner, Vista's environment will genuinely blow you away. Vista's menu features beautifully crafted drinks and appetizers. 

Best For: Date night, Girls night, Business dinner 

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mid-city

Classic but elevated food & drink

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40 E. Court St Cincinnati, Ohio

Brought to you by Longfellow owner, Mike Stankovich, Mid City opened October 2021 in the recently developed Court Street Plaza.

Mike respects Cincinnati’s old tavern food traditions, something that’s evident at his newest spot, Mid-City, a comfortable, casual and charming restaurant. With this casual vibe you get high quality food at a very approachable price.

 

They serve classic cocktails, beer and wine that perfectly pair with each dish.
 

Best For: A casual dinner 

501 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

MITA'S

Latin-inspired restaurant & bar serving tapas

37 W 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Inspired by Chef Jose Salazar's grandmother Mita herself, Mita's is the perfect place to unwind while sharing tapas with your friends and family. His menu focuses on ancient and modern food from Spain and Latin-America.

 

Whether for a quick bite or a date night, this menu has suitable options for you, including his grandmother's favorite desserts, dessert wine, and dessert cocktails. Not into dessert wine or cocktails? Salazar has you covered with a craft beer list, wines by the glass or bottle, and classic cocktails. 

Best For: Date Night or Girls Night 

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OKTO

Upscale Mediterranean 

645 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Earth + Ocean (E+O) Restaurant Group, which operates E+O Restaurant in Hyde Park, opened up Okto, specializing in Mediterranean cuisine. 

Chef Wissam Baki, originally from Lebanon, got his start at a Mediterranean restaurant in Beirut, eventually working as a chef in Dubai, focusing on Greek and Italian cuisine. Okto focuses on beautifully plated dishes with fresh ingredients, with everything made in-house. The menu has a great variety of fish and vegetarian options. 

Best For:  Date night, Girls night,  Company dinner

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ROYCE

Modern French Brasserie 

Opened August 2022

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501 Vine St Cincinnati, Ohio

Royce is the hottest new restaurant in town, located in the former Tiffany's space at Fountain Square. Royce was opened by Nashville based restaurateur Terry Raley, who also opened Pearlstar in September 2021.

Royce is a stunning modern French Brasserie influenced by traditional European markets and French delicatessens. Their menu features an impressive selection of raw bar items, charcuterie boards, beef, duck, fish, and pates, terrines, rillettes & duck hearts for those feeling adventurous.

Best For: A fancy dinner