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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Cincinnati

The "Queen City" of Cincinnati has flourished into an exciting Midwest hub for everything from business and culture to sports and cuisine. The best new restaurants in Cincinnati contribute to the blossoming culinary scene, serving locals and visitors with a wide variety of superb meals. But where are the city's smartest, savviest diners headed out to when they're looking for the best new restaurants in Cincinnati? Welcome to the Tastemaker 15. Here, we've gathered information from in-the-know diners to put together this list of the best new restaurants in Cincinnati. From modern bistros and classic burger joints to wine bars and fine dining, the best new restaurants in Cincinnati have something for everyone. Grab a table in the Queen City and enjoy!

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11 Restaurants
Updated October 23, 2019
Restaurants:Crown Republic - Gastropub, Goose & Elder, The Birch - In Terrace Park
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American
Neighborhoods:Cincinnati, Over the Rhine, Milford
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Crown Republic - Gastropub

$$$$
American
Cincinnati
4.7
891 reviews
This small-plate downtown favorite is one of the best new restaurants in Cincinnati. With a modern, airy vibe and a menu full of eclectic tastes, Crown Republic is the spot to go for a relaxing meal in the city. Be sure to start with the famous "everything knots," with everything-crusted knots and whipped vegetable butter. Pasta dishes include pappardelle with bolognese and ricotta gremolata and squid ink tagliatelle with lump crab and lemon. For an excellent accompaniment to dinner, try the "tipsy beet" cocktail with beet shrub, vodka, and cucumber.

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Goose & Elder

$$$$
American
Over the Rhine
4.7
561 reviews
Cincinnati dining legend Jose Salazar is the mind behind the new American restaurant Goose & Elder. In the heart of the city's Over-the-Rhine district and near the famous Findlay Market, Goose & Elder features a menu full of classic Cincinnati tastes. Try the chicken schnitzel with buttered noodles and grain mustard. There is also peppercorn-crusted sirloin steak with bearnaise sauce and crinkle-cut fries. Don't miss the creme brulee dessert with seasonal fruit for dessert.

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The Birch - In Terrace Park

$$$$
American
Milford
4.4
306 reviews
A modern and engaging restaurant in the nearby city of Terrace Park, The Birch is a perfect place for classic American favorites for a family outing. Grab a seat at the bar or in the dining room for some of the shared plates, including three-cheese french bread, shrimp and grits, or pan-seared crab cakes. Sandwich favorites feature the Birch burger, with a half-pound of grilled black Angus and cheddar on a brioche bun. The bread and butter and grilled brie with baguette are also fine choices off of the "shared boards" menu.

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Galla Park Gastro - Cincinnati

$$$$
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Cincinnati
4.4
478 reviews
One of the best new restaurants in Cincinnati, Galla Park is the place to go for anyone looking for a great spot to eat before or after a Reds game. Only a long fly ball away from the Great American Ball Park, Galla Park is at the Banks of Cincinnati on Joe Nuxhall Way. It's an elegant but accessible spot with a creative and varied menu. Start with one of the for-the-table favorites, like the spring toll, king crab and avocado, or hummus with grilled flatbread. For dinner, try the Amish chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun or the Galla Park burger with the classic garden toppings. Grill specials include a tomahawk ribeye and Filet Oscar with king crab and bearnaise.

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Gaslight Bar & Grill

$$$$
American
Clifton
4.2
371 reviews
A cozy and inviting spot off of Ludlow Avenue, Gaslight Bar and Grill is a place to hang with friends and family for dinner or a few drinks. Try something from the extensive wine selection or from Midwest-favorite breweries like Hi-Wire, Urban Artifact, or Rhinegeist. The creative and eclectic menu includes seared sea scallops with Lambrusco reduction and filet mignon. Don't miss the Greek spaghetti with tomato, onion, and tapenade.

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BRU Burger Bar - Fort Mitchell

$$$$
American
Fort Mitchell
4.1
300 reviews
This exciting location in the heart of Cincinnati serves up some of the best burgers in the city. The creative burger menu has a full slate of selections. Go for a standard "Bru Burger" with bacon, tomato jam, and caramelized onion. Go French with the "Provencal," featuring basil aioli, herbed goat cheese, and marinated red onion. Go spicy with the "Melt Your Face," featuring habanero hot sauce, habanero jack cheese, and jalapeno. There's also the double bacon burger for meat lovers and the garlic three-cheese for cheese lovers.

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Tano Bistro - Hamilton

$$$$
Contemporary American
Hamilton
4.6
643 reviews
The nearby suburb of Loveland is home to one of the best new restaurants in Cincinnati. Head there in the nice weather to enjoy the unparalleled outdoor seating and view at Tano accompanied by the restaurant's farm-to-table favorites. Grab an Ohio beer with dinner, like the Rhinegeist Truth American IPA or the Dayton Beer Company "Java Man Cometh." For dinner, grab the "Braveheart" filet mignon with bacon and gruyere gratin or the eggplant linguine with marinara and pork fennel.

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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville

$$$$
Contemporary American
Centerville
4.8
3440 reviews
For great wine and great food, Cooper's Hawk is the place to go in Cincinnati. One of the best new restaurants in Cincinnati, this location of the national favorite boasts plenty of wine flights for every taste. Try the Master's flight, curated by the Cooper's Hawk master sommelier. The restaurant also features signature cocktails and the wine-barrel aged farmhouse Cooper's Hawk Ale. For dinner, go for the Dana's parmesan-crusted chicken with tomato basil relish or the Cooper's Hawk chicken giardiniera with house-made pickled vegetables.

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Black Rock - Beaver Creek - PRIORITY SEATING

$$$$
Steakhouse
Beavercreek
4.6
1056 reviews
Black Rock features one of the more engaging and entertaining dining experiences in Cincinnati. Diners at Black Rock cook their fresh steaks right at their tables on a 755-degree volcanic rock. It delivers plenty of customized taste. For even more fun, stop into Black Rock during its famed happy hours every weekday. Diners will find specials of domestic beers and craft favorites alongside house wines and well drinks.

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Sacred Beast Diner

$$$$
American
Over the Rhine
4.7
1317 reviews
A hip and upscale restaurant in the middle of Over-the-Rhine, Sacred Beast is a charming place for refined diner favorites. For breakfast lovers, the "Breakfast All Day" menu is king. Try the Guetta breakfast. The Cincinnati-favorite oatmeal sausage comes with hashbrowns and sunny side up eggs. There's also a full burgers and sandwiches menu, boasting a fried mortadella sandwich alongside a "Dirty French" sandwich. For a German taste, try the Milwaukee-style bratwurst with sauerkraut and Dusseldorf mustard.

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Street City Urban Gourmet

$$$$
American
Cincinnati
4.3
427 reviews
This lively Irish spot in the center of the city is one of the best new restaurants in Cincinnati. A perfect place for a hangout with friends or some dinner with family, Street City is a chunk of Dublin in the middle of the city. With lots of wood paneling and traditional Irish decor, this is a snug and cozy spot for dinner or a few Guinnesses. Go for hearty entrees like Scottish salmon, smoked short rib mac and cheese topped with Cheez-its, or shepherd's pie with sweet corn and potatoes. Fretboard beer-battered cod includes Irish potato chips, apple slaw, and tartar sauce.

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