Columbia Tusculum / Hyde Park / Mt. Lookout Guidebook

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Columbia Tusculum / Hyde Park / Mt. Lookout Guidebook

Food scene

Specializing in BBQ with all the fixin's, Eli's BBQ is the "hole in the wall" restaurant you've been looking for. Eli's offers soft drinks and water, but you're welcome to bring your favorite alcoholic beverages. There is very little inside seating so we suggest going on a nice day when you can enjoy your food on their covered patio!
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Eli's BBQ
3313 Riverside Drive
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Specializing in BBQ with all the fixin's, Eli's BBQ is the "hole in the wall" restaurant you've been looking for. Eli's offers soft drinks and water, but you're welcome to bring your favorite alcoholic beverages. There is very little inside seating so we suggest going on a nice day when you can enjoy your food on their covered patio!
Unpretentious, yet upbeat, this is our favorite sushi spot in the city. They offer an extensive menu of specialty rolls made fresh to order at the bar. Make sure to ask your server about any rolls not on the menu- our favorite from the secret menu is the "Alex Roll." **They don't take reservations and sometimes have a wait, so put your name in and enjoy a drink at Mt. Lookout Tavern (only a block away) until your table is ready! We don't suggest this restaurant for groups larger than 6 as they don't have the space to accommodate bigger groups.
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Cloud 9 Sushi
1018 Delta Ave
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Unpretentious, yet upbeat, this is our favorite sushi spot in the city. They offer an extensive menu of specialty rolls made fresh to order at the bar. Make sure to ask your server about any rolls not on the menu- our favorite from the secret menu is the "Alex Roll." **They don't take reservations and sometimes have a wait, so put your name in and enjoy a drink at Mt. Lookout Tavern (only a block away) until your table is ready! We don't suggest this restaurant for groups larger than 6 as they don't have the space to accommodate bigger groups.
If you’re looking for an elevated dining experience, check out one of Cincinnati’s most famous high-end steakhouses by restaurateur Jeff Ruby. Located in an old police house, the Precinct is as well known for the ambiance as it is the service, steaks, and seafood. Whether you’re looking for a memorable culinary experience or celebrating a special event, we highly suggest checking out this restaurant and making a reservation in advance!
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Jeff Ruby's Precinct
311 Delta Avenue
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If you’re looking for an elevated dining experience, check out one of Cincinnati’s most famous high-end steakhouses by restaurateur Jeff Ruby. Located in an old police house, the Precinct is as well known for the ambiance as it is the service, steaks, and seafood. Whether you’re looking for a memorable culinary experience or celebrating a special event, we highly suggest checking out this restaurant and making a reservation in advance!
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 Columbia Tusculum
3531 Columbia Pkwy
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!
If you’re looking for a casual spot, check out Local Post! Not only do they have a great outdoor patio, but they offer a wide selection of elevated, American bar food and lots of local beer options. They also have brunch options on Saturday and Sunday until 3 pm and a happy hour specials daily from 3 - 6 pm.
Local Post
3923 Eastern Avenue
If you’re looking for a casual spot, check out Local Post! Not only do they have a great outdoor patio, but they offer a wide selection of elevated, American bar food and lots of local beer options. They also have brunch options on Saturday and Sunday until 3 pm and a happy hour specials daily from 3 - 6 pm.
A quirky joint doling out beers & jumbo burgers with adventurous toppings in a neon-lit room.
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The Turf Club
4618 Eastern Avenue
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A quirky joint doling out beers & jumbo burgers with adventurous toppings in a neon-lit room.
A must have for any traveler, this local Starbucks is right around the corner!
Starbucks
3568 Columbia Pkwy
A must have for any traveler, this local Starbucks is right around the corner!
Located in the quaint Mt. Lookout square, this new-ish restaurant is getting rave reviews! They’re quickly making a name for theirselves for their spicy chicken sandwich, double burgers, shishito peppers, and crispy brussel sprouts. They do have a dog-friendly patio but do not take reservations. However, if the wait is long they will take your name/number and text you when your table is ready. We suggest having a drink at Mt. Lookout Tavern while you wait.
Delwood
3204 Linwood Ave
Located in the quaint Mt. Lookout square, this new-ish restaurant is getting rave reviews! They’re quickly making a name for theirselves for their spicy chicken sandwich, double burgers, shishito peppers, and crispy brussel sprouts. They do have a dog-friendly patio but do not take reservations. However, if the wait is long they will take your name/number and text you when your table is ready. We suggest having a drink at Mt. Lookout Tavern while you wait.
Routinely voted “Best Cajun Restaurant” in the city, this is a local favorite for their eclectic atmosphere and amazing Cajun cuisine! Check them out for lunch or dinner on Tuesday - Saturday or brunch on Sunday. They also have a great weekday happy hour and a fantastic patio.
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Allyn's Cafe
3538 Columbia Pkwy
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Routinely voted “Best Cajun Restaurant” in the city, this is a local favorite for their eclectic atmosphere and amazing Cajun cuisine! Check them out for lunch or dinner on Tuesday - Saturday or brunch on Sunday. They also have a great weekday happy hour and a fantastic patio.

Cocktail Spots

This family-friendly brewery is one of Cincinnati’s best kept secrets! Located in a historic part of the city, they offer exceptional craft beer, wine, and often have food trucks on side. Stop in for a pint and enjoy your cold drink on their quaint patio.
Streetside Brewery
4003 Eastern Ave
This family-friendly brewery is one of Cincinnati’s best kept secrets! Located in a historic part of the city, they offer exceptional craft beer, wine, and often have food trucks on side. Stop in for a pint and enjoy your cold drink on their quaint patio.
Located in a transformed 100 year-old residence, this cozy bar offers an extensive list of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. One of our favorite things about this spot, is their dog-friendly, 1,000 square foot patio!
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Pearl's Bar
3520 Eastern Avenue
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Located in a transformed 100 year-old residence, this cozy bar offers an extensive list of beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. One of our favorite things about this spot, is their dog-friendly, 1,000 square foot patio!

Sightseeing

Situated on a hill overlooking Lunken Airport, this is one of the prettiest parks in the city, with mature trees, ponds, and various flower gardens- plus a beautiful pavilion. Go for a walk or pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this hidden gem!
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Alms Park
711 Alms Park Lane
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Situated on a hill overlooking Lunken Airport, this is one of the prettiest parks in the city, with mature trees, ponds, and various flower gardens- plus a beautiful pavilion. Go for a walk or pack a picnic and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this hidden gem!
For those looking for some exercise, the Lunken Airport Trail offers a 5 mile bike path and running trail. The asphalt trail is fairly flat and runs the perimeter of the airfield!
Lunken Airport Trail
For those looking for some exercise, the Lunken Airport Trail offers a 5 mile bike path and running trail. The asphalt trail is fairly flat and runs the perimeter of the airfield!