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The 9 Hottest New Restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio

From homey German fare to French fine dining

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For the first time, Eater is venturing to Cincinnati, Ohio, to focus on nine newish restaurants and bars that have been garnering some serious buzz. We’ve tapped Polly Campbell, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s food and dining writer, to offer up her picks for the hottest restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area.

Right now, Cincinnati diners are digging seafood small plates (Eighth & English), farm-to-table German fare (Bauer Farm Kitchen), a brand-new taproom from a popular craft brewery (Mad Tree), and two Southern restaurants from just-over-the-river Covington, Kentucky (Coppin’s and Commonwealth Bistro).

Straight ahead, arranged from north to south, the Eater Heatmap to Cincinnati:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. MadTree Brewing 2.0

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3301 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 836-8733
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Four-year-old microbrewery Mad Tree isn’t so micro anymore. The expanded brewery and tasting room recently opened in the Oakley neighborhood, and it’s already hard to find parking in the massive lot behind the building. Bob Marley-themed pizzas from Catch-a-Fire Pizza give drinkers something good to eat while they try Psychopathy, Flolsch, Axis Mundi, and a dozen more beers.

2. Eighth & English

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2038 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 386-7383
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Seafood is the theme and small plates the vehicle at Eighth & English in O’Bryonville, just 10 minutes from Downtown. Japanese fish prints adorn the walls, while Italian-inspired Sardinian baby octopus stew, swordfish meatballs, and smoked trout adorn the plates.

3. Please

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1405 Clay St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 405-8859
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Please, in a quiet corner of Over-the-Rhine, serves an ever-changing menu that reflects chef Ryan Santos’s years cooking adventurous pop-up dinners around town, as well as his time working in avant-garde Danish restaurant kitchens. For those willing to go with the flow, the multicourse prix fixe menu showcases creative techniques and ingredients, some hyperlocal and others from farther afield.

4. Panino

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1315 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381-0287
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Panino, cured-meats nerd Nino Loreto’s dream, got its start as a food truck. Now, Loreto cures salumi, such as prosciutto, lamb ham, and coppa, in the basement of his new Vine Street restaurant, where the meat comes served on charcuterie plates and in sandwiches. It’s all about Italy on the plate, but there’s an unmistakeable Cincinnati vibe to the decor, which includes a bar fashioned from a West Side bowling alley lane and a sign made from a butcher block owned by Loreto’s grandfather. Plus, he uses local ingredients, down to the wine in the salami.

5. Queen City Radio

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222 W 12th St
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 381-0918
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The name of the building’s last tenant, a radio repair shop, was still on the sign, so the owners of Queen City Radio kept it for their modern beer garden and bar. Classic burgers and shakes come from Queen City Whip, a food truck that’s a permanent fixture on the patio. Garage doors and picnic tables blur the line between inside and out, and alcoholic slushies make it a party.

6. Bauer European Farm Kitchen

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435 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 621-8555
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Steps down from the street in a cozy basement space, Bauer is a European farm-to-table restaurant that honors Cincinnati’s German heritage with a fresh take on schnitzels, sauerbraten, sausages, and German wines, plus contributions from other hearty European traditions. That tiny cup of espresso is meant to be poured over the cream-filled wedge of bienenstich cake.

7. Restaurant L

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301 E 4th St
Cincinnati, OH
(513) 760-5525
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Restaurant L, from the city’s favorite French chef, Jean-Robert de Cavel, and his long-time maitre d', Richard Brown, offers the finest of fine dining in Cincinnati. Located on the first floor of a Downtown office tower, the elegant dining room is decorated in shimmery grays and silvers. Start perhaps with caviar, then choose from a prix fixe menu. Jonah crab with radish and avocado, squab with parsnip, pear and truffle beurre blanc, or a farandole of sweets arrive on imported china and crystal. Don’t bother with a tip; service is included.

8. Coppin's

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(859) 905-6600
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Just across the river from Downtown Cincinnati, Coppin’s is housed in the Hotel Covington, a new luxury hotel in a former department store. Grab a seat at the bar, or dine at tables in a glass-ceilinged dining room or on the beautiful patio. Tiny hot biscuits with country ham and pepper jelly and a traditional bibb salad celebrate Kentucky roots, and local farmers contribute to dishes like short rib with gouda grits and oxtail tortellini.

9. Commonwealth Bistro

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621 Main St
Covington, KY
(859) 916-6719
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Another homage to Kentucky, Commonwealth Bistro celebrates the flavors of the South out of two renovated buildings in the Mainstrasse historic district. The menu proudly lists the local sources for ingredients in dishes like fried Kentucky rabbit and chicken and dumplings.

1. MadTree Brewing 2.0

3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH

Four-year-old microbrewery Mad Tree isn’t so micro anymore. The expanded brewery and tasting room recently opened in the Oakley neighborhood, and it’s already hard to find parking in the massive lot behind the building. Bob Marley-themed pizzas from Catch-a-Fire Pizza give drinkers something good to eat while they try Psychopathy, Flolsch, Axis Mundi, and a dozen more beers.

3301 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH

2. Eighth & English

2038 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH

Seafood is the theme and small plates the vehicle at Eighth & English in O’Bryonville, just 10 minutes from Downtown. Japanese fish prints adorn the walls, while Italian-inspired Sardinian baby octopus stew, swordfish meatballs, and smoked trout adorn the plates.

2038 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH

3. Please

1405 Clay St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Please, in a quiet corner of Over-the-Rhine, serves an ever-changing menu that reflects chef Ryan Santos’s years cooking adventurous pop-up dinners around town, as well as his time working in avant-garde Danish restaurant kitchens. For those willing to go with the flow, the multicourse prix fixe menu showcases creative techniques and ingredients, some hyperlocal and others from farther afield.

1405 Clay St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

4. Panino

1315 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Panino, cured-meats nerd Nino Loreto’s dream, got its start as a food truck. Now, Loreto cures salumi, such as prosciutto, lamb ham, and coppa, in the basement of his new Vine Street restaurant, where the meat comes served on charcuterie plates and in sandwiches. It’s all about Italy on the plate, but there’s an unmistakeable Cincinnati vibe to the decor, which includes a bar fashioned from a West Side bowling alley lane and a sign made from a butcher block owned by Loreto’s grandfather. Plus, he uses local ingredients, down to the wine in the salami.

1315 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

5. Queen City Radio

222 W 12th St, Cincinnati, OH

The name of the building’s last tenant, a radio repair shop, was still on the sign, so the owners of Queen City Radio kept it for their modern beer garden and bar. Classic burgers and shakes come from Queen City Whip, a food truck that’s a permanent fixture on the patio. Garage doors and picnic tables blur the line between inside and out, and alcoholic slushies make it a party.

222 W 12th St
Cincinnati, OH

6. Bauer European Farm Kitchen

435 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH

Steps down from the street in a cozy basement space, Bauer is a European farm-to-table restaurant that honors Cincinnati’s German heritage with a fresh take on schnitzels, sauerbraten, sausages, and German wines, plus contributions from other hearty European traditions. That tiny cup of espresso is meant to be poured over the cream-filled wedge of bienenstich cake.

435 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH

7. Restaurant L

301 E 4th St, Cincinnati, OH

Restaurant L, from the city’s favorite French chef, Jean-Robert de Cavel, and his long-time maitre d', Richard Brown, offers the finest of fine dining in Cincinnati. Located on the first floor of a Downtown office tower, the elegant dining room is decorated in shimmery grays and silvers. Start perhaps with caviar, then choose from a prix fixe menu. Jonah crab with radish and avocado, squab with parsnip, pear and truffle beurre blanc, or a farandole of sweets arrive on imported china and crystal. Don’t bother with a tip; service is included.

301 E 4th St
Cincinnati, OH

8. Coppin's

Covington, KY

Just across the river from Downtown Cincinnati, Coppin’s is housed in the Hotel Covington, a new luxury hotel in a former department store. Grab a seat at the bar, or dine at tables in a glass-ceilinged dining room or on the beautiful patio. Tiny hot biscuits with country ham and pepper jelly and a traditional bibb salad celebrate Kentucky roots, and local farmers contribute to dishes like short rib with gouda grits and oxtail tortellini.

9. Commonwealth Bistro

621 Main St, Covington, KY

Another homage to Kentucky, Commonwealth Bistro celebrates the flavors of the South out of two renovated buildings in the Mainstrasse historic district. The menu proudly lists the local sources for ingredients in dishes like fried Kentucky rabbit and chicken and dumplings.

621 Main St
Covington, KY

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