What to Eat in Cincinnati

Although Cincinnati was settled by German immigrants, the city's culinary scene has been influenced by countries the world over. Abigail Street, a Mediterranean restaurant, is one of the most popular places to dine in Over-the-Rhine. Additionally, the Italian cuisine at Nicola's Ristorante, also in the Over-the-Rhine district, is highly praised. If you're vegan, you'll want to tempt your taste buds over at the Asian-style Loving Hut, situated in northeast Cincinnati. For a diverse array of ethnic eats, a visit to Findlay Market on the weekends should be on your itinerary. By the way, for ice cream, head to the local shops — downtown's Graeter's Ice Cream or northeast Cincinnati's Aglamesis Brothers.

But if you want some German fare, head to Mecklenburg Gardens, located north of downtown near the University of Cincinnati.  Cincinnati also has some signature dishes — don't miss "goetta," a mixture of pork, beef and steel-cut or pinhead oats eaten at breakfast. Head to Glier's Goetta (across the river in Covington, Ky.) for a taste. You might also want to try Cincinnati's take on chili, a compilation of spaghetti, chili and cheese, to which you might also add beans and onions.

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  • #1
    The Melting Pot
    #1 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 701 reviewsTripadvisor (701)
    $$ | American
    11023 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249-2306
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  • #2
    Aglamesis Bros
    #2 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 376 reviewsTripadvisor (376)
    $ - $$ | American
    3046 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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  • #3
    Graeter's Ice Cream
    #3 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1532 reviewsTripadvisor (1532)
    $ - $$ | American
    332 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
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  • #4
    Sotto
    #4 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 771 reviewsTripadvisor (771)
    $ - $$ | Italian, European
    114 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3202
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  • #5
    Jeff Ruby's Precinct
    #5 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 904 reviewsTripadvisor (904)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    311 Delta Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2135
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  • #6
    Orchids at Palm Court
    #6 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1005 reviewsTripadvisor (1005)
    $$ | American
    35 W 5th St Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2801
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  • #7
    Kenning's Circle K Restaurant
    #7 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 293 reviewsTripadvisor (293)
    $ - $$ | American
    6166 Bridgetown Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45248-2944
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  • #8
    Holtmans Donuts
    #8 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 623 reviewsTripadvisor (623)
    $ | German, American
    1332 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7159
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  • #9
    Boca
    #9 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 479 reviewsTripadvisor (479)
    $$ | American
    114 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-3202
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  • #10
    The Eagle Food and Beer Hall
    #10 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 630 reviewsTripadvisor (630)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    1342 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7159
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  • #11
    Jeff Ruby's Carlo & Johnny
    #11 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripadvisor (337)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    9769 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242-7215
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  • #12
    Mazunte Taqueria
    #12 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 245 reviewsTripadvisor (245)
    $ | Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
    5207 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227-1481
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  • #13
    Tony's Of Cincinnati
    #13 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 285 reviewsTripadvisor (285)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    12110 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45249-1731
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  • #14
    Jean-Robert's Table
    #14 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 325 reviewsTripadvisor (325)
    $$ | French, Contemporary
    713 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2007
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  • #15
    Nicola's Ristorante
    #15 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 343 reviewsTripadvisor (343)
    $$ | Italian
    1420 Sycamore St Ste 3, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7356
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  • #16
    Primavista
    #16 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 313 reviewsTripadvisor (313)
    $$ | Italian
    810 Matson Pl Ste 1, Cincinnati, OH 45204-1487
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  • #17
    Taft's Ale House
    #17 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 552 reviewsTripadvisor (552)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub
    1429 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7009
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  • #18
    Graeter's Ice Cream
    #18 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 226 reviewsTripadvisor (226)
    $ | American
    650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2517
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  • #19
    Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
    #19 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 461 reviewsTripadvisor (461)
    $ - $$ | American, Healthy
    525 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2347
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  • #20
    Eli's BBQ
    #20 of 2,021 Places to Eat in Cincinnati
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 765 reviewsTripadvisor (765)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
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