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The Most Fun Restaurants in Cincinnati

The city of Cincinnati occupies a beautiful location in a wide basin on the north bank of the Ohio River. Surrounded by hills, Cincinnati earned the nickname, “Pearl of the West”. Today, the industrial city also has plenty of cultural activities and green spaces. Tour through revived neighborhoods, like Over-the-Rhine and Mount Airy, or visit the Cincinnati Museum Center and marvel at the Art Deco railroad station. The splendidly renovated 1878 Music Hall stands as one of the finest buildings in town with its stunning presence in Washington Park. Don't forget to take a peek at the white Bengal tigers and gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo! The city also boasts a flourishing culinary scene with something for every palate. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? If you seek a memorable night of dining and entertainment, check out our Tastemaker 20 List of the most fun restaurants in Cincinnati. Book a table tonight!

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10 Restaurants
Updated November 14, 2019
Restaurants:Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville, Orchids at Palm Court, Tano Bistro - Hamilton
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Unspecified
Neighborhoods:Centerville, Ohio, Hamilton
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Centerville

$$$$
Contemporary American
Centerville
4.8
3440 reviews
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is now open at Cornerstone of Centerville, the first Dayton location. They offer a redefined version of modern casual dining and provide a super fun atmosphere to hang out and enjoy the delicious food. The menu features fresh, contemporary-American fare infused with flavors from around the world. Each dish on the menu, from appetizers to desserts, has a bin number to help guide you to the perfect bottle of wine to match with your meal. Favorite menu items include Mexican Drunken Shrimp, Chopped Deviled Eggs and Toast and Thai Lettuce Wraps.

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Orchids at Palm Court

$$$$
Unspecified
Ohio
4.8
2333 reviews
Orchids at Palm Court is a fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. It’s a wonderful opportunity to dine in a breathtaking 1930s French Art Deco setting with two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel sconces and an original Rookwood pottery fountain. The restaurant features French-inspired modern American fare with fresh seasonal offerings. The menu changes regularly depending on what local and organic products and ingredients are available and they have rooftop beehives and an herb garden on the premises!

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Tano Bistro - Hamilton

$$$$
Contemporary American
Hamilton
4.6
643 reviews
Chef Tano Williams recently opened a second Tano Bistro in Hamilton after the success of the first one in Loveland. Inspired by the neighborhood’s new energy and old history, the Hamilton location offers a fresh dining experience in a contemporary dining space located directly across from the beautiful Marcum Park. Chef Tano and team offer a seasonal menu of Contemporary American food prepared with the very best ingredients focused on local sourcing, sustainability and simplicity.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Bite Restaurant

$$$$
American
Milford
4.8
449 reviews
Bite Restaurant, located in Milford, hides in what appears to be a house in suburbia. You might easily miss it, but inside the house is a delightful restaurant that locals love! Opened seven years ago, many consider it one of the most fun restaurants in Cincinnati. It’s a foodie paradise, open for lunch and dinner with a regular menu as well as specials on the board that are worth checking out. They have a passion for creating dishes focused on farm-to-table preparation. They grow organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts right on the two-acre property! You can dine inside the restaurant or choose to sit outside on the patio if the weather allows! Also, Bite is BYOB, which means you can bring along your own wine or beer to enjoy with your meal! It’s the perfect recipe for a fun night out.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Mita's

$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates
Cincinnati
4.8
2264 reviews
Mita’s is the second restaurant from James Beard Nominated Chef Jose Salazar. He named it after his Colombian grandmother, Mita. it’s a gorgeous, 130-seat restaurant located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati at the corner of Fifth and Race streets on the ground floor of the 84.51 building. The eclectic, farm-inspired menu focuses on both traditional and modern foods and beverages with tapas, ceviches, cured hams, cheeses and large plates. It’s a fun place to dine and you’ll find warm and sincere hospitality and creative, delicious food every time!

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Coldwater Cafe

$$$$
American
Tipp City
4.8
2441 reviews
Coldwater Cafe occupies a former bank building in the heart of downtown Tipp City. The small-town setting offers a great place to kick back and have fun with a date, a group of friends or work colleagues. The decor is warm and welcoming and provides a delight for the senses. Grab a spot by the fireplace to enjoy the cozy space or grab a pre-dinner drink at the full bar. The vibe here is mellow and relaxed for easy conversation. And for a small-town place, they have some very sophisticated menu options! Entrees include choices like Baked Artichoke, South Texas Antelope, Local Half Duck and more!

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The Melting Pot - Cincinnati

$$$$
Fondue
Cincinnati
4.7
2675 reviews
If you are looking for an amazing restaurant where you can celebrate a big occasion, look no further than “The Melting Pot.” Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a gathering of friends for a wedding shower birthday party, Girls Night Out or holiday gathering, The Melting Pot is the kind of place that makes all your occasions extra special. Relax in the inviting, warm atmosphere and let the servers guide you through the menu. They serve a wide selection of fondues, sauces and fine wines in addition to full 4-course meals.

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Black Rock - Beaver Creek - PRIORITY SEATING

$$$$
Steakhouse
Beavercreek
4.6
1056 reviews
Black Rock Bar and Grill is an award-winning steakhouse specializing in certified Angus beef steaks served up on a sizzling stone. You cook your steak on a searing hot 755-degree volcanic rock without even leaving your seat! Cooking on the rock ensures that every bite is hot and juicy and cooked just the way you like it. It makes the restaurant a great choice for a fun and memorable dining experience. Come in for a special occasion and enjoy one of their fancy handcrafted cocktails, like the Smoked Old Fashioned or Magic Potion.

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Bouquet Restaurant

$$$$
American
Covington
4.8
2448 reviews
Bouquet Restaurant is an upscale farm-to-table bistro opened in 2007 by Stephen Williams. It’s one of the first restaurants in the area to get into local and sustainable farming as the focal point of its menu. The food here constantly evolves to incorporate the best products from over fifty farmers and purveyors. They showcase an eclectic and ever-changing offering of small plates, entrees and desserts. They also have a wide variety of Vegetarian and Vegan options. And be sure to sample their monthly four-course tastings and dip into their extensive bourbon collection!

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BOCA

$$$$
Contemporary European
Central Business District
4.9
4515 reviews
BOCA is Chef David Falk’s way of creating an ode to Europe. The design pairs contemporary European and American stylings with touches of rusticity in a beatuiful, loft-like space. Come enjoy the elegant and inviting surroundings and prepare for one of the most delicious meals Cincinnati has to offer! They serve up fantastic cocktails at the bar and its’ a great place to come for a bite before a show, a casual dinner with friends or a luxurious night out on the town.

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