Often overlooked by its more well-known cousins in the warmer South due to its Midwest location, Cincinnati is one of America’s underrated cities. However, when it comes to romantic dining, the Queen City doesn’t fail to deliver with an array of stylish, elegant, and very posh restaurants from which to choose.
© Jean-Robert's Table
Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Jean-Robert's Table is a casual restaurant reflecting centuries of French culinary tradition, with a contemporary touch. The chef-owned eatery serves refined French fare in an intimate setting for dinner with fixed-price lunches offered in the bar. Lunch menus feature traditional French dishes such as Omelet du Jour, Mussels Marinieres, Seafood Cakes, Calves’ Liver, and Salmon Truffles, while the dinner menu offers delicious plates such as Sea Scallops, Skate Wings, Duck Breast, French Chateau Burger, and Rack of Lamb. The cuisine is served with a range of fine French wines and other drinks. Jean-Robert's Table is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner Monday through Saturday.
713 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-621-4777
Please is an upscale New American kitchen and eatery with a rotating, inventive five-course tasting menu with several à la carte options and a casual wine list. Tucked into a quiet corner of Over-the-Rhine, the downtown neighborhood that is renowned for being home of scores of German-owned beer halls over the city's history, the approachable, low-key restaurant is helmed by chef Ryan Santos whose work in avant-garde Danish restaurant kitchens and adventurous pop-up dinners around town is reflected in the eatery’s ever-changing menu. Three tasting menus include omnivore, pescatarian, and vegetarian, and a cozy bar serves handcrafted cocktails and an all-natural wine list that dovetail with the food. Please is open for dinner only, Wednesday through Saturday.
1405 Clay St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-405-8859
Boca is a high-end restaurant with stylish décor, a full-service bar and a creative menu featuring contemporary European and American cuisine. Chef David Falk's ode to Europe, Boca's design seamlessly blends rusticity in an airy urban space with elegant accents soft lighting, offering the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or pre-dinner cocktails. Signature entrées include Branzino a la Plancha, Petrale Sole Grenobloise, Mountain River Farms Venison, and Beef Tenderloin Boca, and decadent desserts like the Maple Mascarpone Cheesecake and the Milk Chocolate Bavarois are not to be missed. Boca is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
114 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-542-2022
4.Cincinnati Dinner Train
© Cincinnati Dinner Train
The Cincinnati Dinner Train is a unique and delightful way to dine in style as you take in some of Cincinnati’s most beautiful scenery. Featuring three vintage dining cars that are elegantly furnished and cater for up to 132 diners, the Cincinnati Dinner Train departs from the BBQ Revue parking lot on Madison Road, travels through downtown Cincinnati to the riverfront, returning to Oakley after three hours. Diners are treated to vintage 1940s-style on the dining trains with cozy booth window seating, crisp linens, and fine silver. A languid four-course dinner is served throughout the journey, after which guests can relax with a drink at the bar or in the lounge on individual cars. The Cincinnati Dinner Train also offers private dining tours in one of two luxury dining cars, which can be reserved for special occasions.
2172 E Seymour Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45237, Phone: 513-791-7245
5.Kenning's Circle K Restaurant
© Kenning's Circle K Restaurant
Kenning's Circle K Restaurant is a charming neighborhood bar and restaurant in Bridgetown that offers an exceptional dining experience in a relaxed setting. The westside gem serves a menu of American and European cuisine with dishes ranging from fresh seafood and succulent steaks to homemade pasta and hot-off-the-grill barbecue. Tuck into signature plates like crab-crusted salmon in a roasted pepper cream sauce, traditional Kentucky hot brown, and barbecue ribs slathered in their signature sauce, accompanied by daily drink specials. Kenning's also offers custom catering for all kinds of events from birthdays to weddings, including the summertime tradition of BBQ Rib Cookout and Carryout in the parking lot. Kenning's Circle K Restaurant is open for dinner only, Monday through Sunday.
6166 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45248, Phone: 513-574-5613
© Krueger's Tavern
Krueger’s Tavern is a stylish, seasonal New American kitchen on downtown’s Delaware Street and Mass Avenue’s peninsula that serves a menu of small plates, house specialties, and strong beverage program. The cozy, 150-seat restaurant boasts tavern-chic décor with an eye-catching emerald-tiled wall and elegant backlit bar, as well as inviting urban patios behind garage-style roll-up windows in both the front and the back which connect to Bakersfield. The menu features mouthwatering dishes such as griddled-edged burgers tucked inside soft challah buns, beer cheese with pretzel breadsticks, and a variety of sizzling plated sausages, along with a vast collection of imported and local canned beers. Krueger’s Tavern is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
323 N. Delaware Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-834-8670
Located in Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel in the heart of the Central Business District, Metropole is a chic American eatery and bar serving seasonal, wood-fired cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in a stylish and laid-back setting. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; the casual restaurant serves an ever-changing menu that blends global techniques with Ohio Valley culinary traditions to produce farm-fresh dishes cooked in a custom wood-burning fireplace. The cuisine is accompanied by an array of libations from craft beers to signature cocktails which can be enjoyed with dinner or afterward in the elegant lounge and bar area. Metropole is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
609 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-578-6660
8.Mita's Restaurant & Bar
© Mita's Restaurant & Bar
The second restaurant from James Beard Nominated, Chef Jose Salazar Stylish, Mita’s is a casual eatery with high ceilings and beautiful decorative tiles that specializes in tapas, Latin entrées, and handcrafted cocktails. Named after his beloved Colombian grandmother, the 130-seat restaurant serves an eclectic, farm-inspired menu that focuses on traditional and modern cuisine from Spain and Latin America with dishes like tapas, ceviches, cured hams, cheeses, and fresh seafood. The food is accompanied by an impressive wine program featuring vintages from Spain and the Old World. Located on the ground floor of the 84.51 building at the corner of Fifth and Race streets in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Mita’s is open
501 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-421-6482
© Nicola's Ristorante
Located just north of Downtown in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the Rhine-neighborhood, Nicola’s Ristorante is a chic eatery offering contemporary Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming space with exposed-brick walls. Owned by Nicola and Maureen Pietoso, the well-established restaurant has been serving loyal customers for more than two decades and is renowned for their highly acclaimed contemporary Italian menu, extensive wine list, and cozy dining spaces. In addition to outstanding cuisine and fine wines, Nicola’s has a long-standing reputation for being warmly hospitable and accommodating and is the perfect place to take a loved one for a quiet romantic dinner. Nicola’s is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
1420 Sycamore St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-721-6200
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10.Orchids at Palm Court
© Orchids at Palm Court
Set within the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the Orchids at Palm Court promises an evening of fine dining like no other. Led by Executive Chef Todd Kelly and open for dinner only, this downtown Cincinnati restaurant blends the very best locally sourced ingredients with contemporary culinary techniques to create seasonal menus of refined globally-inspired cuisine. The restaurant boasts breathtaking interiors with French Art Deco architecture, soaring two-story murals, rare Brazilian rosewood finishes and original German silver-nickel light fixtures dating back to the 1930s. Promising delectable menus of mouthwatering cuisine, a stellar wine list, an expertly crafted cocktail menu, and award-winning hospitality and service, the Orchids at Palm Court is a ‘must-dine’ experience.
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202, Phone: 513-421-9100
Primavista is an elegant, upscale restaurant that serves classic Italian fare and fine wines against a backdrop of stunning views over the Cincinnati skyline and Ohio river. The laid-back eatery boasts warm and welcoming décor and a friendly ambiance and offers a plethora of authentic and traditional Italian dishes like veal piccata, lasagna, veal meatballs, and sautéed mahi-mahi. Mouthwateringly decadent desserts include tiramisu, homemade gelato, and Tuscan brownies. Primavista is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
810 Matson Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45204, Phone: 513-251-6467
© Restaurant L
Restaurant L is an elegant Parisian-style restaurant in the Queen City Tower with a creative menu of inventive French dishes and airy, white-tablecloth dining rooms. Exuding European charm and a cozy ambiance, the restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, and Maitre’d Richard Brown who works together to create an unforgettable dining experience with enchanting dishes, fine wines from around the world, and gracious hospitality. Restaurant L features two dining rooms - the Laeticia Room and the Lauren Room, which cater for professional and personal private dining, and sophisticated bar and lounge offers an impressive selection of imported beers, fine wines, and handcrafted cocktails. Restaurant L is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch on Fridays only.
301 E 4th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-760-5525
13.Salazar Restaurant & Bar
© Salazar Restaurant & Bar
Salazar Restaurant & Bar is a cozy New American bistro-style eatery in Over-the-Rhine that serves a refined menu in an elegant, yet relaxed setting. Established to offer the surrounding community delicious cuisine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Salazar Restaurant is helmed by Chef Jose Salazar, of Mita’s fame, who celebrates the ever-changing seasons with a creative and refined farm-inspired menu of approachable food. Signature dishes include Florida snapper with fingerling potatoes and leeks, Ohio Wagyu sirloin steak with umoboshi kumquats and miso marinade and chorizo-stuffed pork chops. Salazar Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch and brunch Thursday through Sunday and dinner from Monday through Saturday.
1401 Republic St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-621-7000
© Seasons 52
Seasons 52 is a casual grill and wine bar that serves flatbreads, small plates, handcrafted cocktails and wine in a laid-back setting with live music. The café-style eatery offers a rotating menu of seasonal American dishes prepared with the highest quality locally sourced ingredients from the freshest seafood and seasonal produce to all-natural meats and organic cheeses. The cuisine is accompanied by an impressive list of global wines. Seasons 52 is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
3819 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, Phone: 513-631-5252
Sotto is a refined Italian restaurant set in a cozy basement below street level in the heart of downtown. The dining spot has an austere brick-and-wood interior with an intimate, romantic ambiance, and serves a menu of inventive rustic Italian cuisine. Creative dishes on the menu include a variety of antipasti like bruschetta, bagna cauda, prosciutto arugula, and lonza di maiale, and primi such as cacio e pepe, bombolotti all'amatriciana, pappardelle with oxtail, and pine nuts, and tajarin con Tartufo with black truffles and Parmigiano. Sotto offers private dining spaces for special events at lunch and dinner and is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Sunday.
118 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-977-6886
16.The Capital Grille
© The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is an upscale steakhouse chain that is renowned for serving classic American fare and fine wines in a clubby, refined setting. The restaurant’s menu features nationally famous steaks which are dry-aged and hand-cut on the premises by the restaurant's butchers, along with fresh seafood, hearty sides, and decadent desserts, all of which are prepared using the highest quality locally sourced ingredients. The casual menu is accompanied by an acclaimed wine list that has been carefully curated by restaurant’s expert sommelier and boasts over 350 labels from around the world. In addition to outstanding cuisine and globally-inspired wines, guests will enjoy gracious hospitality and world-class service in a comfortable, sophisticated environment. The Capital Grille is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Sunday.
3821 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209, Phone: 513-351-0814
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© Via Vite
Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati on Fountain Square, Via Vite is a contemporary Italian bistro that serves creative Italian cuisine and casual wines from around the world. The sleek Italian eatery and wine bar serves delicious plates of traditional pasta, wood-fired pizza with various toppings, modern entrées of meat and seafood, and mouthwatering desserts. The cuisine is prepared using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and traditional culinary techniques and served with passion and flair. Ideal for a quick lunch or a lively dinner with friends, Via Vite also has private rooms for special functions of all sizes, Via Vite is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
520 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-721-8483
18.Alfio's Buon Cibo
© Alfio's Buon Cibo
Alfio’s Buon Cibo is an Italian-Argentine restaurant on Hyde Park Square that merges tastes and flavors from two continents in a relaxed ambiance. Owned by executive chef Alfio Gulisano, the elevated eatery serves a menu of Italian dishes with an Argentinean twist and handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and fine wines in an intimate setting. Signature dishes include deviled eggs, Argentine empanadas stuffed with spiced beef, chicken and cheese, butternut squash mascarpone soup, and fried zucchini served with basil pesto, goat cheese, and creamy dipping sauce. Alfio’s Buon Cibo is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday.
2724 Erie Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Phone: 513-321-0555
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19.Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse
© Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse
Nestled at the base of Carew Tower in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse is a traditional Brazilian steakhouse that presents a unique style of preparing and serving food in the tradition of the Brazilian Gaúcho by offering a variety of hand sliced meats straight from the skewer. Signature steak cuts served include the house specialty known as Picanha, the most popular cut from the south of Brazil; a top cut sirloin called Alcatra; and a distinctive cut of bottom sirloin with a juicy, robust flavor. Staying true to their motto, “A Cut Above the Rest™,” Boi Na Braza offers exquisite dining experiences for couples and groups with private, semi-private and lounge spaces for all occasions. Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
441 Vine St. (Downtown – Carew Tower), Cincinnati, Oh 45202, Phone: 513-421-7111
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20.Butcher and Barrel
© Butcher and Barrel
The Butcher and Barrel is a South American–style steakhouse serving Latin American and Italian-inspired cuisine and handcrafted cocktails in industrial, rustic-chic surrounds. Helmed by world-renowned Executive Chef Alfio Gulisano, the Butcher, and Barrel pride itself on maintaining tradition by preparing plates with age-old culinary techniques using fresh locally sourced ingredients. Signature dishes include Entradas such as Argentine-style sausages, spinach fritters, and pan-seared scallops, and off-the-grill entrées like short rib, sirloin steak, filet mignon, and ribeye. The Butcher and Barrel are open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
700 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-954-8974
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21.Nicholson's Tavern & Pub
© Nicholson's Tavern & Pub
Located across the street from the Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati, Nicholson's Tavern & Pub is a Scottish gastropub where men in kilts serve Scottish-American food and drink in a casual, relaxed tavern setting. Drawing inspiration from the popular public houses found throughout Great Britain, Nicholson's serves a menu of high-quality fare such as hearty burgers, homemade pies, bangers and mash, and fish and chips along with a wide variety of ales and beers, bourbon, single malt scotch whiskeys, brown spirits, craft cocktails, and casual wines. The tavern hosts live music throughout the week and is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
625 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-564-9111
© Postmark Restaurant
Postmark Restaurant is a farmhouse-inspired bistro in Clifton that serves New American fare and easy-drinking wines in cozy, intimate surrounds. Committed to serving deliciously fresh, seasonal and local food prepared with locally sourced ingredients, Postmark serves a contemporary American bistro menu of inventive plates such as ratatouille on ricotta-stuffed fried squash blossoms, pickled shrimp, and traditional French onion soup. The cozy restaurant features intimate interiors with multi-paned windows that light the dining room with soft, natural light and an impressive wine collection features vintages from around world like the 2004 Fronsac Bordeaux. Don’t miss desserts like the key lime tart, a classic chocolate layer cake, and the fabulous bourbon pecan tart. Postmark Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
3410 Telford St, Cincinnati, OH 45220, Phone: 513-281-3663
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© Prime Cincinnati
Prime Cincinnati is an upmarket chophouse with a comfortable, elegant table dining room that serves elevated steakhouse fare, hearty sides, decadent desserts, and handcrafted cocktails. The menu features inventive dishes such as Ohio Wagyu Short Ribs, Berkshire Pork Chops, Ora King Salmon, Dry Scallops, and Dutch Harbor Alaskan King Crab Legs, accompanied by an extensive wine list boasting over 200 world-class wines. The restaurant’s acclaimed dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood plates are paired with Old and New world gems and little-known labels and served with passion and flair. Prime Cincinnati is open for dinner Monday through Sunday.
580 Walnut St #100, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-579-0720
24.Symphony Hotel & Restaurant
© Symphony Hotel & Restaurant
Set within the elegant, music-themed boutique Symphony Hotel just a short walk from the Cincinnati Music Hall, the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and Washington Park, the Symphony Restaurant serves delicious buffet breakfasts, and five-course New American dinners and Sunday brunch in a beautifully maintained 1870s dining room. The elegant restaurant boasts stunning Italianate architecture with charming historical furnishings and serves a menu of contemporary, seasonal New-American cuisine against a backdrop of live jazz music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
210 W 14th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, Phone: 513-721-3353
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24 Best Cincinnati Restaurants
- Jean-Robert's Table, Photo: Jean-Robert's Table
- Please, Photo: Please
- Boca, Photo: Boca
- Cincinnati Dinner Train, Photo: Cincinnati Dinner Train
- Kenning's Circle K Restaurant, Photo: Kenning's Circle K Restaurant
- Krueger's Tavern, Photo: Krueger's Tavern
- Metropole, Photo: Metropole
- Mita's Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Mita's Restaurant & Bar
- Nicola's Ristorante, Photo: Nicola's Ristorante
- Orchids at Palm Court, Photo: Orchids at Palm Court
- Primavista, Photo: Primavista
- Restaurant L, Photo: Restaurant L
- Salazar Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Salazar Restaurant & Bar
- Seasons 52, Photo: Seasons 52
- Sotto, Photo: nolonely/stock.adobe.com
- The Capital Grille, Photo: The Capital Grille
- Via Vite, Photo: Via Vite
- Alfio's Buon Cibo, Photo: Alfio's Buon Cibo
- Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse, Photo: Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse
- Butcher and Barrel, Photo: Butcher and Barrel
- Nicholson's Tavern & Pub, Photo: Nicholson's Tavern & Pub
- Postmark Restaurant, Photo: Postmark Restaurant
- Prime Cincinnati, Photo: Prime Cincinnati
- Symphony Hotel & Restaurant, Photo: Symphony Hotel & Restaurant
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