OTR Guidebook

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OTR Guidebook

Food scene

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the city! When you dine here, you will enjoy a casual, refined ambiance with exquisite food. **Make a reservation on the Open Table app to ensure availability.
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Pepp & Dolores
1501 Vine Street
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This is one of our favorite restaurants in the city! When you dine here, you will enjoy a casual, refined ambiance with exquisite food. **Make a reservation on the Open Table app to ensure availability.
The Eagle is a local favorite for lunch and dinner. They specialize in classic fried chicken, with a fancy twist and all the fixin's. They accept reservations on the "Open Table" app, but you can most likely find bar seating if you decide to pop in last minute!
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The Eagle OTR
1342 Vine Street
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The Eagle is a local favorite for lunch and dinner. They specialize in classic fried chicken, with a fancy twist and all the fixin's. They accept reservations on the "Open Table" app, but you can most likely find bar seating if you decide to pop in last minute!
Graeter's Ice Cream has been in Cincinnati since 1870, so its a MUST visit when you're in town. They have multiple locations, but we highly suggest stopping into the Vine Street one after dinner in OTR! If you can't decide what to order, get a scoop- or two- of their black raspberry chip.
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Graeter's Ice Cream
1401 Vine Street
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Graeter's Ice Cream has been in Cincinnati since 1870, so its a MUST visit when you're in town. They have multiple locations, but we highly suggest stopping into the Vine Street one after dinner in OTR! If you can't decide what to order, get a scoop- or two- of their black raspberry chip.
Located in a renovated 19th century church, this is a one-stop shop for great food and locally brewed beer. You will fall in love with the cathedral ceilings and stained glass windows!
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Taft's Ale House
1429 Race Street
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Located in a renovated 19th century church, this is a one-stop shop for great food and locally brewed beer. You will fall in love with the cathedral ceilings and stained glass windows!
If you're only in Cincinnati for one night, do yourself a favor and make a reservation to eat Zula! Offering an eclectic menu with extensive wine options, you will have a memorable culinary experience. This is a great place to go with a group and order lots of dishes to try. It's hard for us to pick a favorite dish, but they are known for their mussels and artisan flat breads.
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Zula Restaurant & Wine Bar
1400 Race Street
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If you're only in Cincinnati for one night, do yourself a favor and make a reservation to eat Zula! Offering an eclectic menu with extensive wine options, you will have a memorable culinary experience. This is a great place to go with a group and order lots of dishes to try. It's hard for us to pick a favorite dish, but they are known for their mussels and artisan flat breads.
This local favorite serves up all of your favorite Mexican fare- and has over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys. Think tasty tacos, queso served in sizzling cast-iron skillets (and topped with chorizo or short rib), fresh made quacamole, and specialty margaritas! If you're planning ahead, they do take reservations on the "Open Table" app.
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Bakersfield OTR
1213 Vine Street
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This local favorite serves up all of your favorite Mexican fare- and has over 100 tequilas and American whiskeys. Think tasty tacos, queso served in sizzling cast-iron skillets (and topped with chorizo or short rib), fresh made quacamole, and specialty margaritas! If you're planning ahead, they do take reservations on the "Open Table" app.
If you're looking for a great dinner or weekend brunch spot, this is definitely worth checking out! LouVino offers an extensive wine menu and southern-inspired food. Make sure to save room for dessert and order the chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed beignets.
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LouVino OTR Restaurant and Wine Bar
1142 Main St
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If you're looking for a great dinner or weekend brunch spot, this is definitely worth checking out! LouVino offers an extensive wine menu and southern-inspired food. Make sure to save room for dessert and order the chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed beignets.
If you're looking for late night food, this is our top pick! Open until 2:30 am on the weekends, they offer a walk-up window. Or, if you want to keep the party going, you can order inside and enjoy drinks at the bar while you wait. We recommend "the turtle," stuffed with all the goodies. You won't be sorry!
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Gomez Salsa OTR
107 East 12th Street
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If you're looking for late night food, this is our top pick! Open until 2:30 am on the weekends, they offer a walk-up window. Or, if you want to keep the party going, you can order inside and enjoy drinks at the bar while you wait. We recommend "the turtle," stuffed with all the goodies. You won't be sorry!
This restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati! Offering an Argentinian menu, the ambiance is cozy and rustic with a breathtaking patio out back. Try a few of their empanadas along with a signature cocktail- or two! **They also offer a great brunch menu!
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Ché
1342 Walnut St
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This restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati! Offering an Argentinian menu, the ambiance is cozy and rustic with a breathtaking patio out back. Try a few of their empanadas along with a signature cocktail- or two! **They also offer a great brunch menu!
Taglio is our favorite pizza place in the area, offering Detroit style pizza and an abundance of TV's to take in your favorite games!
Taglio OTR
56 East 12th Street
Taglio is our favorite pizza place in the area, offering Detroit style pizza and an abundance of TV's to take in your favorite games!
Who doesn’t love fresh, made-from-scratch daily donuts? This family owned shop is a Cincinnati favorite offering a wide array of flavors from glazed to maple bacon to lucky charm and fruity pebble donuts! Trust us- you will want to try them all!
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Holtman's Donut Shop
1332 Vine Street
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Who doesn’t love fresh, made-from-scratch daily donuts? This family owned shop is a Cincinnati favorite offering a wide array of flavors from glazed to maple bacon to lucky charm and fruity pebble donuts! Trust us- you will want to try them all!
Tucked away on a quiet street just north of Washington Park, Pleasantry is the perfect spot for a romantic bite before a night on the town. With a menu focused on the season's freshest produce & protein, every week offers something new to try! They also offer a selection of natural wines & homemade pantry staples such as pimiento cheese and chili. Definitely a spot to put on your to-do list while in Cincy.
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Pleasantry
118 W 15th St
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Tucked away on a quiet street just north of Washington Park, Pleasantry is the perfect spot for a romantic bite before a night on the town. With a menu focused on the season's freshest produce & protein, every week offers something new to try! They also offer a selection of natural wines & homemade pantry staples such as pimiento cheese and chili. Definitely a spot to put on your to-do list while in Cincy.

Cocktail Spots

Only a few blocks from the Airbnb, this is a great spot to grab a specialty cocktail! They specialize in bourbon, but you won't be disappointed with anything you try. Stop in after dinner and try one of our favorites, the "Night Cure."
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Sundry and Vice
18 West 13th Street
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Only a few blocks from the Airbnb, this is a great spot to grab a specialty cocktail! They specialize in bourbon, but you won't be disappointed with anything you try. Stop in after dinner and try one of our favorites, the "Night Cure."
If you're looking for a local watering hole, stop in to The Lackman! They specialize in cocktails, but also offer an extensive variety of beer and wine in a cozy atmosphere. Have a seat on one of their red leather bar stools and enjoy!
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The Lackman
1237 Vine St
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If you're looking for a local watering hole, stop in to The Lackman! They specialize in cocktails, but also offer an extensive variety of beer and wine in a cozy atmosphere. Have a seat on one of their red leather bar stools and enjoy!
This 70's vibe bar is a local favorite! Centered around a tropical aquarium, you will enjoy your drink with a view.
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Low Spark
15 W 14th Street
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This 70's vibe bar is a local favorite! Centered around a tropical aquarium, you will enjoy your drink with a view.
This cozy shop combines two of our favorite things- wine and coffee! Stop by in the morning for breakfast, baked goods, or a tasty coffee that will look (almost) too good to drink! Option to add booze to your coffee and start your morning with a special kick! Or, enjoy a difference ambiance in the evenings, and check out their wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails plus small snacks and sweets! Personally, we think dessert pairs well with a good cocktail!
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1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
1215 Vine Street
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This cozy shop combines two of our favorite things- wine and coffee! Stop by in the morning for breakfast, baked goods, or a tasty coffee that will look (almost) too good to drink! Option to add booze to your coffee and start your morning with a special kick! Or, enjoy a difference ambiance in the evenings, and check out their wide selection of wine, beer, and cocktails plus small snacks and sweets! Personally, we think dessert pairs well with a good cocktail!
A true oasis in the city, this lush garden bar is one of a kind! The bar was built with items found around the world and features cocktails with a global twist!
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Somerset Bar
139 East McMicken Avenue
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A true oasis in the city, this lush garden bar is one of a kind! The bar was built with items found around the world and features cocktails with a global twist!

Sightseeing

Washington Park offers a beautiful oasis for all ages in the midst of the city- and it's dog friendly. Here you can partake in various festivals, exercise classes, catch outdoor movies, or let your little ones play in the interactive water park. Check here for the most up-to-date information for events happening at the park: https://washingtonpark.org/events/.
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Washington Park
1230 Elm Street
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Washington Park offers a beautiful oasis for all ages in the midst of the city- and it's dog friendly. Here you can partake in various festivals, exercise classes, catch outdoor movies, or let your little ones play in the interactive water park. Check here for the most up-to-date information for events happening at the park: https://washingtonpark.org/events/.
Wear orange and blue and go root for FC Cincinnati in their 1st season in their new stadium!
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West End Stadium
420 Derrick Turnbow Avenue
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Wear orange and blue and go root for FC Cincinnati in their 1st season in their new stadium!
Findlay Market is home to more than 50 full time local vendors and is a great place to shop for fresh produce, cheese, meat, and flowers. Plan to spend a few hours here walking around, taste-testing, and shopping! **Open Tuesday through Sunday!
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Findlay Market
1801 Race Street
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Findlay Market is home to more than 50 full time local vendors and is a great place to shop for fresh produce, cheese, meat, and flowers. Plan to spend a few hours here walking around, taste-testing, and shopping! **Open Tuesday through Sunday!
Go root, root, root for the whole team, our beloved Cincinnati Reds! Take in a game and enjoy the fabulous views of both the city and the riverfront. As an added bonus, the stadium offers great local food and drink options!
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Great American Ball Park
100 100 Joe Nuxhall Way
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Go root, root, root for the whole team, our beloved Cincinnati Reds! Take in a game and enjoy the fabulous views of both the city and the riverfront. As an added bonus, the stadium offers great local food and drink options!
Go watch the Bengals in their riverfront stadium. If the game doesn't capture your attention, you will at least have great views of the river and city, plus a wide variety of food and drink options inside. Win or lose, Cincinnati loves football and you can count on a fun atmosphere! Who-Dey!
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Paul Brown Stadium
1 Paul Brown Stadium
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Go watch the Bengals in their riverfront stadium. If the game doesn't capture your attention, you will at least have great views of the river and city, plus a wide variety of food and drink options inside. Win or lose, Cincinnati loves football and you can count on a fun atmosphere! Who-Dey!