Cincinnati has always stunned us with its diverse culinary scene. It is home not just to down to earth eateries but to upscale dining as well. So whether you are craving for best barbecues in town or want to have a relaxing dinner at a fancy restaurant, Cincinnati got something to offer you.
Sundry and Vice
You don't always see an apothecary-themed bar in town, so when you get the chance to dine at Sundry and Vice, by all means, seize the opportunity. The interior of this bar is perfect for a wintry hideaway, with its cozy and dark vibe, along with the apothecary bottles lined up.
Must-order: Don't miss their Truth or Dare treat. It is a Chinese-inspired ensemble of plum, grapefruit bitters, sesame-washed gin, and a fortune cookie on the side.
Orchids at Palm Court
The Orchids at Palm Court is a fancy dining experience you don't want to miss. Its interior is proof of its opulence with its high ceilings and impressive furniture. They serve seasonal tasting options prepared carefully for your Instagram post.
Must-order: Indulge in their chef's luxurious 10-course tasting menu for $120. They regularly update the menu, but some of the lists include seared scallops with lard and squash blossoms.
A real treasure tucked right in over the Rhine, Salazar prides itself with its small yet delectable menu. It should be in your must-eat list in Cincinnati because of the many different flavors it offers for lunch and dinner.
Must-order: If you want to taste one of the best Reuben sandwiches with its generous serving of "million island dressing," you should come here for lunch.
Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar
Do as the locals do when in Cincinnati and that includes dining at the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar. This homely diner highlights over 300 bottles of local bourbon and whiskey. You can have them as they are or mix them with other cocktails in the house.
Must-order: Try their Horse's Neck made with Angostura, ginger beer and lemon. Make sure to partner it with their local bourbon.
A cool and hip version of a standard hot dog joint, Senate offers gourmet hot dogs as you've never tasted before. Daniel Wright is the brain of this must-see eatery. He did a great job at upgrading the standard and dull American comfort food in this unassuming and sleek spot.
Must-order: The Shia LaBeouf hot dog drizzled with goat cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, arugula, and balsamic is a must-try.
The 21c Museum Hotel is the host for this upscale restaurant. Metropole serves cuisines made from seasonal ingredients and local produce by farmers. They are headed by the prolific chef Jared Bennett with their eclectic menu that constantly updates throughout the year.
Must-order: Their butter bean gratin, chocolate Cabernet cake, and seared salmon are ridiculously delicious.
Frida 602 is inspired by Frida Kahlo and has an artistic interior match by a contemporary Mexican menu. Their Brussels sprouts taco with smoked peanut salsa and tres leches cake with toasted marshmallows are heavenly.
Must-order: Their nachos with spit-roasted chicken should be top of your list when you come here.