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Jun 17, 2007 03:35 PM

Dinner recs for downtown Cincinnati

Will be in Cincinnati for business staying in a downtown hotel from Thurs. thru Sun. No car. Business trip, small group, and only looking for dinner recs. Never been to OH before. Please suggest what we should hit/miss - open to all cuisines.

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  1. I'd suggest Jean-Ro's Bistro. Really good food at decent prices.

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    1. re: sudiepav

      Jean-Ro's a good idea.

      Jean-Ro Bistro
      413 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    2. Jean Ro's is a very good recommendation. Which hotel? The Omni has Orchids, which is good and the room is beautiful. The Cincinnatian has the Palace, which is good but pretty formal. The Westin has McCormick & Schmick, a nationwide group of upscale seafood restaurants.

      The area around the Aronoff Theater on Walnut has a few good choices. I like Roma Trattoria, good despite the fact that Cincinnati is kinda weak on Italian. Next door is Nicholson's, a Scottish pub that offers almost 70 single malt scotches and many good beers on tap; this might a good choice if evening is for socializing and not business. And just up the block is Ruby's, which is expensive and over-the-top in many ways, but the steaks are terrific.

      Also consider taking the Southbank Shuttle -- these busses circle through downtown Cincinnati to Covington and Newport across the river in Kentucky. It's only $1 per person and it runs every 20 minutes. That would open up a few possibilities, like Dee Felice (cajun/creole and good music) or Chez Nora, which has a nice rooftop dining area.

      1. Another Jean-Robert De Cavel restaurant, just across the river from downtown in Covington, is Pho Paris - French Vietnamese (you can walk across the Roebling suspension bridge right by Great American Ballpark and it's right on Greenup - or take a cab or the TANK bus) - see for more.

        Casual Italian in Newport - also right across the river nice walk on a summer evening - is Pompilios - - good for groups, reasonably priced, and you can play some Bocce.

        Great Korean in Covington - Riverside Restaurant - also walkable from the stadium or a short cab ride.

        Upscale Italian downtown Cincinnati, Nicola's on Sycamore in Over-The-Rhine. A short cab ride from hotels on 4th and 5th -

        Orchids at Palm Court in the Hilton is excellent as is the Palace at the Cincinnatian Hotel.

        Great place to get a drink downtown - Arnold's on 8th Street - - oldest bar in Cincinnati.

        And a few places that aren't walking distance from downtown hotels, but certainly worth the cab ride:

        The Precinct - one of the best steakhouses in Cincy, if not the best - housed in an old police station on Columbia Parkway (10 minutes from downtown) -

        Also 10 minutes from downtown:

        Slims in Northside -excellent, eclectic, Prix-Fixe menu on Friday's and Saturdays - delicious, but BYOB and cash or check only -

        Honey in Northside - also good, fusion cuisine (right down the street from Slim's but they have a bar and take credit cards ) -

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        1. re: seamusiv

          Just wanted to get all these great places added to the Places area so they can have dedicated pages for people to post on.

          4046 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

          4034 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

          311 Delta Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226

          Arnold's Bar & Grill
          210 E 8th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

          Nicola's Ristorante
          1420 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

          Pompilio's Restaurant
          600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071

          Pho Paris
          3235 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

        2. Thank you so much for the recs! We will be at the Westin so we appreciate all the valuable info you have relayed. Especially thank you for the info about the buses and how to travel across the river. Will let you know how our trip goes. Thanks again!

          1. We have just returned from our first visit to 'Cincy.' As a native Texan, I must tell you I am so impressed with your unbelievable countryside, the hills and the water features. I cannot say, though, I was impressed with your 'chile.' Please remember I come from a state which beams it's pride on chile, but I was impressed with the experience and will always keep it close to my heart. You should also note that I tried ribs at Montgomery Inn...I was totally impressed. It is a pleasure to find a new way of cooking baby backs, and they were so good...and the service was exceptional...made all of us feel right at home. The local brews were wonderful and all the local appetizers were delicious. The atmosphere of the restaurant, with its dining option overlooking the river front was a tourist's dream. Could I just add another star to Jean-Ro? Talk about your wonderful dining experience. It was beyond first class. The food, the service, everything was impeccable. Pho Paris!?!?! Is there a conspiracy? What a totally captivating experience. Thank you all in 'Cincy' for making these 'texans' have a most enjoyable experience which we will never forget!

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            1. re: lusaka

              glad you liked our city! I always tell people that Cincinnati chili is better if you don't consider it as a traditional chili.

              1. re: kingstreet

                Second the recommendation for Orchids.

                Also, Jean-Robert at Pigall is an EXCELLENT restaurant, but it is expensive. They are part of Relais & Chateau, a Gourmand restaurant.