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Orchids at Palm Court

French 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Expensive but worth it, the menu offers everything from foie gras to Kobe beef with Yorkshire pudding, and yellowtail snapper "En Papillote." — Frommer's

Located inside the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Orchids at Palm Court feels like it’s from a different era, with its dramatic two-story ceilings, rosewood-paneled walls, German... — Forbes Travel Guide

The seasonal menu from chef Todd Kelly might include dishes from foie gras with cranberries and vanilla pound cake to red snapper with curry vinaigrette, Vidalia onions and tart apple tzatziki. — Gayot

“The ceiling alone is magical” at this Downtown art deco “stunner” in the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel, where the “exquisite” setting does justice to “beautifully prepared”,... — Zagat

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Abigail Street

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Abigail Street is a foodie's paradise in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine District. The self-styled 'Mediterranean Winebar' delivers on everything from the menu (check out the crispy... — Afar Magazine

“Creative”, “tempting” Med tapas are prepared with local ingredients and cooked with “soul” at this “vibrant” Over-the-Rhine spot bolstered by “beyond-excellent” service and a “great”... — Zagat

Small plates fill a big void at this Mediterranean wine and tapas spot tucked in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. — Gayot

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Primavista

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Decor-wise, not much has changed since the place opened in 1989; there's still an old-school phone booth with the phone removed. But it does Italian food right, offers a killer view (be... — Gayot

Panoramic views of the city can be savored from this restaurant perched on top of Price Hill. — Fodor's

“Breathtaking” views – “like a scene from a movie” – “superb” food and “pleasant” service draw fans to this “romantic”, “upscale” Price Hill Italian overlooking Downtown and the Ohio... — Zagat

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Jean-Robert's Table

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In the heart of downtown, chef Jean-Robert de Cavel...offers a seasonal menu that draws from locally grown ingredients and has a contemporary bent rooted in French tradition. — Gayot

“Berets off” to this Downtown “winner”, where “sumptuous” “work-of-art” French fare by “outstanding” chef-owner Jean-Robert de Cavel meets “first-class” service in a “bustling”, intimate... — Zagat

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A Tavola

Burgers 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fresh, seasonal ingredients and a wood-fired Italian oven make this trattoria more than a pizza joint. — Gayot

Wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas are topped in creative ways at these stylish Italians, which also serve classic pastas and antipasti in industrial-chic surrounds. — Zagat

A Tavola uses a wood fire oven at the back of the restaurant to cook up its signature Neapolitan pizzas, many of which feature innovative flavor combinations (such as their fig jam,... — Afar Magazine

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The Precinct

Steakhouses 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Entrées include all the oven-baked bread you can eat, salad, and baked potato. Spotting of local celebrities, particularly athletes, is a common pastime in the noisy, crowded dining rooms. — Fodor's

In Cincinnati, the name "Jeff Ruby" is synonymous with "steakhouse," and this is regarded as the gem of his dining establishments. The Romanesque former police station that houses The... — Gayot

The “astoundingly good” cuts of meat are “always tender with lots of flavor” at this Columbia-Tusculum “tradition”, a former police station turned “charming”, “lively” steakhouse (with... — Zagat

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Nada

Mexican 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Brace yourself for a “trendy” crowd at this “hip” Downtown Mexican, where the “upscale” edibles are “fantastic” and “everything's pretty, including the yummy drinks”; “knowledgeable”... — Zagat

There is much ado about Nada, and for good reason. Nada has a great vibe, and serves up some of the finest Mexican cuisine to be had in the Queen City (not to mention offers a lengthy... — Afar Magazine

Touted for its margaritas and small plates, but there are also oyster shooters for an appetizer; pork belly tacos and carnitas (braised pork) tacos ala diabla (spicy); and lamb mole in an iron pot. — Gayot

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Eli's BBQ

Barbecue 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Grab some napkins” and feast on “amazing” BBQ at these hangouts where the BYO policy makes for appealingly “cheap” tabs; add in “ample” garden seating and genial servers who “talk to... — Zagat

The first thing you should know about Eli's is there's a real record player inside where a needle still runs over the vinyl. — Gayot

Eli's is a wee spot that makes awesome barbecue, which is why there's always a line snaking out the door. Order at the counter, find a seat, then wait for staff to bring out your... — Lonely Planet

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The BonBonerie Bakery & Cafe

Fast Food 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One taste of the “delicious” and “beautifully decorated” desserts – including an opera cream cake that'll “have you singing arias” – at this O'Bryonville bakery/cafe and you'll know... — Zagat

From the moment you step into BonBonerie, the smell of sweet treats and the attractive counter displays are enough to transport you to Paris. Whether you are looking for a place to book... — Gayot

This cute little bakery/café is located in the artsy Obryonville area in Cincinnati and everyone must try their high tea at least once. — Afar Magazine

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Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

Barbecue 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Almost as renowned and addictive as Cincinnati chili are Montgomery Inn's barbecued ribs. — Lonely Planet

Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse on the Ohio River is an institution that has been feeding Cincinnatians sweetly sauced barbecued ribs for years. Pork loin back ribs are wet-cooked with... — Gayot

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Nicola's Ristorante

Diners 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Antique clock faces decorate the walls of this sophisticated Northern Italian restaurant in the Over-the-Rhine area north of Downtown. — Fodor's

A romantic, special occasion spot, where even the bread basket has high visual appeal and the wine list is respectable...concentrates on the basics, turning out dishes from gnocchi to risotto. — Gayot

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Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

Barbecue 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The barbecued ribs are famous (Bob Hope was a fan), and you can't get any closer to the river without jumping in for a swim. — Fodor's

You don't have to be devoted to ribs to like the Montgomery Inn, but it helps. — Gayot

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Terry's Turf Club

Barbecue 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 15-table beer-and-burger joint glows inside and out with owner Terry Carter's neon stash. — Lonely Planet

Neon lighting (both exterior and interior) sets the tone at this quirky Linwood American known for jumbo burgers, chili and beer. — Zagat

Terry's Turf Club offers gourmet burgers that come on paper plates. But you can get fancy fixings --- meaning everything from foie gras to jamón Ibérico and Thai peanut sauce. What's... — Gayot

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Moerlein Lager House

Barbecue 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Cincinnati has a brewing history. Part of it is owed to Christian Moerlein, a Bavarian immigrant and blacksmith who lived in this area and started Christian Moerlein Brewing Company in... — Gayot

The Moerlein Lager House exists in two time periods: the ultramodern building, a composition of steel and glass that looks out on the Ohio River. From here you can see new city parks, the... — Afar Magazine

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Bakersfield OTR

Mexican 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Regulars crave the “bold, perfectly balanced” tacos, “incredible” guac and other “excellent” eats at this Over-the Rhine Mexican joint that's also big on tequila, whiskey and margaritas;... — Zagat

High-end taco lounge with the best guacamole in town. — Gayot

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Palomino

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Settled above Macy's next to downtown's Fountain Square, Palomino serves as a gathering spot for happy hour people-watching or for cozying up to signature dishes like the paella. — Gayot

The “vibrant”, “modern” atmosphere and “beautiful” view of Fountain Square complement “memorable” European offerings that “taste as fabulous as they look” at this Downtown branch of a... — Zagat

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Arnold's Bar & Grill

Barbecue 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Italian and American fare complemented by suds at this neighborhood restaurant. — Gayot

The oldest bar in Cincinnati, opened in 1861, caters to a diverse customer base and also serves a basic but solid Italian menu with such entrées as spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant... — Fodor's

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Nectar

French 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nestled in Mount Lookout, Nectar tries to live up to its name. Big picture windows, muted colors, wooden tables and scattered wall sconces set an uncluttered, minimalist scene. — Gayot

Locavores head to this Mt. Lookout Eclectic with a compact menu of “consistently creative” seasonal “epicurean delights” that offer “layers of flavor”; the decor “could use a little help”... — Zagat

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Boi Na Braza

Diners 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Meat and plenty of it is the main attraction at Boi Na Braza, on the ground level of the 49-story Carew Tower in the heart of downtown. — Gayot

“Come on an empty stomach” to this “authentic” Brazilian steakhouse near Fountain Square with a “magnificent” buffet and a “never-ending” supply of meat served on skewers (the salad bar... — Zagat

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Via Vite

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is a sleek spot for power-suited professionals to enjoy soup and salad combos that are every bit as distinguished as the setting would suggest. — Gayot

“Impress a visiting foodie” at this sleek Italian in a “prime location” on Fountain Square offering outdoor seating options, “modern”, “artfully prepared” fare and a “great” wine... — Zagat

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