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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 →

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

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

"exquisite” setting does justice to “beautifully prepared”, French-inspired New American dishes bolstered by an “impeccable” wine list and “genuine hospitality” with “superior” “attention to detail". — Zagat

While the menu at Orchids at Palm Court changes seasonally, expect starters such as Hudson Valley foie gras or Maine lobster salad with organic "fried" egg, parsley, crème fraîche and caviar cream. — Forbes Travel Guide

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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...Well worth a look in a cool neighborhood that still has a hip, 'up-and-coming' edge. — Afar Magazine

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

“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” wine bar. — Zagat

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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 — 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 River. — 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 →

“sumptuous” “work-of-art” French fare by “outstanding” chef-owner Jean-Robert de Cavel meets “first-class” service in a “bustling”, intimate room that's “not too formal or too casual” but “just right”. — Zagat

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

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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

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. — Afar Magazine

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

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Eli's BBQ

Barbecue 82 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 — 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 — Lonely Planet

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The Precinct

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

These days, The Precinct's steaks are almost as famous as its building. You'll find the usual suspects: thick filet mignons, New York sirloins and porterhouses. — 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. — Zagat

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

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Celestial Restaurant

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

The Celestial's setting recollects an old-fashioned supper club — Gayot

This “impressive” Mt. Adams steakhouse offers “one of the best views in Cincinnati”, spanning the city skyline and the Ohio river – a setting that's “perfect” for date night. — Zagat

This is the place to go for special occasions, particularly romantic ones. — Fodor's

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Nada

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

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

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 beer list & a number of margarita options). — Afar Magazine

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”. — Zagat

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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 →

The “charming”, “cozy” spot (decked out with an “eclectic” collection of tea pots befitting its “wonderful” high tea) also offers an array of light fare, making it an overall “treat.” — 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 — 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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Moerlein Lager House

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

The menu also pays homage to Cincy's roots, with a fair amount of slaws, sausages and cheeses that recall the city's once massive German population. — Afar Magazine

Cincinnati has a brewing history — Gayot

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Bakersfield OTR

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

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

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

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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 →

Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse on the Ohio River is an institution that has been feeding Cincinnatians sweetly sauced barbecued ribs for years — Gayot

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

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Palomino

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

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

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

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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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Arnold's Bar & Grill

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

Caters to a diverse customer base and also serves a basic but solid Italian menu with such entrées as spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant marinara, Sicilian linguine, and sandwiches. — Fodor's

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

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Via Vite

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

“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 selection. — Zagat

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

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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 →

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

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

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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 →

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 — Gayot

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

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Metropole Restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel

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

Farm-fresh dishes are cooked in a custom wood-burning fireplace at this Central Business District New American in the 21c Museum Hotel, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. — Zagat

The house specialty is roasted chicken, but the whole roasted fish is worth trying if it’s available. Metropole cures its own meats, too, but vegetarians need not despair. — Condé Nast Traveler

Occupying an urban space across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Metropole is a place to see and be seen --- starting at the rooftop terrace — Gayot

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