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We'll be in Cincinnati on New Year's Eve and I need some restaurant advice. We are looking for a restaurant with fresh, flavorful food and a casual, but nice, atmosphere. (No chains, I'd prefer a restaurant that uses local ingredients when possible.) Based on old posts and website research, I have narrowed it down to the following restaurants:

- JeanRo Bistro
- Trio
- Primavista

Do you know anything about these places (must try menu items?) or do you have another "wow" recommendation? We have visited Cincinnati several times and have yet to find a really great restaurant experience.

If you have been to Jack Fry's (Louisville) or Sage Room (Hilton Head) we'd love to find something in Cincinnati similiar to these restaurants, if possible.

Thanks for any help!

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  1. Based upon your "casual" description, I would go with Trios.

    1. really? where have you been?
      slim's. boca. hugo. any of the jean robert places. allure. daveed's. there are definitely more...

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      1. re: AMFM

        Maybe I should clarify, when I said casual I meant that my husband probably won't wear a suit and tie. We definitely are not looking for a "jeans" kind of place (which means I probably should have clarified "casual"). We want some place nice, but not too formal or stuffy. Does that make a difference in the recommendations?

        Thanks!

        1. re: The Review Lady

          I recently went to the 20Brix winebar in Milford ( suburb of Cincinnati to the east) and enjoyed it very much. Good food, great wine -and full bar--nice waitstaff. Everything from suits to jeans.

          1. re: The Review Lady

            There aren't many restaurants around here that *require* a tie, though a couple (Jean Robert's, Nicola's) are a bit more formal than others. I'm not a big fan of any of the three you mentioned. The views from Primavista are killer, but the food didn't knock me out. I like Boca (expensive, and get a reservation), Honey (loud but with the local ingredients you want) and Nectar. We're going to Mesh on Christmas Eve; it's also kinda pricey, but the dinners and desserts are stellar and no ties required. I'm wearing a jacket because, y'know, it's Christmas Eve.

            1. re: johnbycz

              oh yeah. forgot about those newer places but have heard good things. i don't live there but my family still does. enjoy.

        2. Yes, it's a killer view at Primavista, but as the poster mentioned, don't know if the food justifies a visit. I don't think you could go wrong with Trio--have never had a bad experience there--New Years Eve is probably the busiest nite of the year so expect a long wait in most places. And it's not a jeans place--Dockers and a nice shirt or sweater would fit in well.