Downtown Cincinnati -- Walking distance to U.S. Bank Arena
Depending on what you think walking distance is....while I feel like a number of very good recommendations have been made, their true walking nature will probably depend on person to person.
The Banks - while not top notch dining has some really decent options. http://thebankscincy.com/playing/tena... I've been to the WG Kitchen and Bar before which was quite nice.
I would say lots of the other options mentioned would really benefit from taking a cab to/from (which in Cincinnati can be tricky). It's not so much a safety issue, but rather it's just not entirely an area designed well for walking around. Findlay Market and Over-the-Rhine, in particular, have some excellent options - but their mile plus distance is really far less walkable than it might be in some other cities.
I mentioned Findlay Market, including its mile-and-a-half distance, in order to provide more dining and entertainment options. I realize that most people would not consider that distance to be walkable, although some might. That's why I mentioned the distance. It's indeed a short ride by cab, or via the frequent local bus service. Public transit info is at www.go-metro.com
When walking around Cinci, you'll notice that the city's topography mostly slopes down towards the river. So traveling from downtown and the hotel, it's uphill going north to Findlay Market and Over-the-Rhine, and downhill on the way back to the hotel.
I guess I was more responding to the US Bank Arena part of the question. That area from 4th street to the actual riverfront is just not great for pedestrians. I mean, the distance from Jean Robert's Table to the Arena isn't all that far - but it's pretty too easy to get lost/turned around/be in a bad direction.
I was just responding to the OP's point about walking. I don't think the banks provides the most interesting dining options - but for that specific point, I think it provides the easiest.
Happy to find this list. We will be going for the first time in August. Staying 5 nights at the Residence Inn and would like places within walking distance. Is there one place we should not miss for dinner? Also any lunch/dinner places appreciated! One vegetarian. Thanks.
Jean Robert's Table, for sure. Best restaurant in Cincinnati. www.jrtable.com
Orchids at Palm Court is also worth trying - perhaps for Sunday brunch, if that works with your plans. They do a lavish buffet-style Sunday brunch. Not inexpensive as brunches go, but outstanding, and it will fill you up for the whole day. Lunch and dinner there are excellent as well. And the hotel it's inside - the Cincinnati Netherland Plaza - is also worth walking around; it's in art deco style, originally built in the 1930s, and has been restored to its original grandeur. www.orchidsatpalmcourt.com
Those are the two restaurants I would put in the "don't miss" category. Other nearby restaurants worth considering include Moerlein Lager House and Palomino (mentioned above - www.moerleinlagerhouse.com and
www.palomino.com/locations.php ); Montgomery Inn, a local place known for their ribs (Boathouse location, www.montgomeryinn.com/restaurants/the-boathouse ), Crave, a chain but good ( www.cravecincinnati.com ), Nada for creative Mexican cuisine ( www.eatdrinknada.com ), Via Vite for Italian ( www.viaviterestaurant.com ), and Nicholson's Pub ( www.nicholsonspub.com ). Also worth checking out is Graeter’s Ice Cream, which has a nearby location in Fountain Square ( www.graeters.com/retail-stores ).
Just to orient you, the center of downtown Cincinnati is in and around Fountain Square (5th and Vine). The Residence Inn is about a third of a mile east of there, just north of the ballpark and arena. Most of the places mentioned above are around Fountain Square, with a few exceptions. Crave and Moerlein are next to the ballpark. And Montgomery Inn's Boathouse location is a half mile east of the hotel.
A mile and a half north of downtown is Findlay Market, a big public market which is also worth checking out. More info is on their website at www.findlaymarket.org That neighborhood, which is called Over-the-Rhine, has some good restaurants and nightlife as well.
Moerlein Lager House is a block away, on the other side of the ballpark.
Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Most of the restaurants downtown are concentrated in the Fountain Square area, about seven blocks away. In this area, for upscale dining, consider:
713 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Orchids at Palm Court
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202, USA
And for more casual dining:
505 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202