9 Cincinnati Restaurants to Visit in 2020!

This post is sponsored by Foodie Cincy. All opinions are my own. 

OK - many of my readers know that Food Hussy was born as a Restaurant Review blog over 11 years ago! In 2019 I decided to morph a little more into a recipe blog - but that doesn't mean I still don't LOVE my Cincinnati restaurants and bars! This town is fit for foodies! 

I get so many questions like: Where should I take my wife for our anniversary in downtown Cincinnati? What's a great restaurant near the Aronoff downtown? What's the cool hip restaurant in OTR? Well - I decided to give you a list of 9 of my favorites!!
I'm also going to share with you a great item you can pick up for $20 this holiday season that can save you $500 on dining out in 2020! Now if that's not a reason to read a post - I don't know what is! :-) 



Foodie Cincy is what I'm talking about - it's a deck of cards that has $10 discounts to 52 restaurants across Cincinnati. I put together a list of my favorites. Foodie Cincy is on sale right now for 50% off! You can get your deck for just $20!!!

Court Street Lobster Bar - 28 W Court St - Downtown Cincinnati 4.5 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30

I absolutely love Court Street Lobster Bar. It's one place you can get FRESH lobster any time of the year. I love that they have both the Maine Lobster Roll (with mayo) or the Connecticut Lobster Roll (with butter)! They even do sliders where you can try lobster lots of ways and their appetizers are the best! They also have things other than lobster - but why would you do that? Haha 


Why should I go to Court Street Lobster Bar? 

- great for special occasion
- Downtown Cincinnati
- family friendly
- hip restaurant
- great for lunch
- OTR
- great for seafood



Spoon & Cellar - 701 Broadway St - Downtown Cincinnati 
4 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30


One of my newer favorite downtown Cincinnati restaurants is Spoon & Cellar. We tried it for lunch a while back and really enjoyed our meal. I liked it so much I made a copycat of their apple & goat cheese salad! That ham & bean soup was also sooo good!

Why should I go to Spoon + Cellar? 

- great for special occasion
- near Aronoff
- near Taft Theater
- downtown Cincinnati
- great for large groups



Branch - 1535 Madison Rd - Walnut Hills 
4 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $40

OK - Branch is just cool. It's in an old bank - it feels like a big city restaurant - it's long and narrow and just cool. We went for my birthday with a group and loved everything. And yeah - that steak was BOMB!!!! 

Why should I go to Branch? 

- great for special occasion
- romantic
- hip restaurants



Crown Republic Gastropub - 720 Sycamore St - Downtown Cincinnati
4.5 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30

OK - Crown Republic is my FAVORITE downtown Cincinnati restaurant! It's really great for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays. Every time I go - I get that Pappardelle Bolognese. I mean - seriously - it's perfection - why even try anything else?! It's my FAVORITE pasta dish in Cincinnati! 

Why should I go to Crown Republic? 

- great for special occasion
- near Aronoff
- near Taft Theatre
- downtown Cincinnati
- great for lunch
- great for pasta
- in Yelp's Top 10 Restaurants in Cincinnati


5 Reasons to Buy Foodie Cincy Deck for just $20::
- Stop arguing about where to eat! Just draw a card out of the deck and go!
- If you eat at TWO restaurants - you've paid for the deck!
- It's a great gift for your favorite foodie!
- Easy date night each week for a year!
- You have a reason to try new restaurants around the entire city!


Fireside Pizza - 773 E McMillan St - Walnut Hills
4 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30

Fireside Pizza is one of my favorite pizza places!! (Goodfellas is my other!) I love the atmosphere and that white pizza! When you order - they give you an album cover to use as your table marker, they can raise the garage door during the nice weather and it's in an old fire station. I love it! 

Why should I go to Fireside Pizza? 

- great for friends
- family friendly
- great for lunch
- pizza
- vegetarian friendly
- great atmosphere



Grassroots + Vine - 1011 S Fort Thomas Ave - Fort Thomas KY - 4.5 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30

Grassroots & Vine is a cute little place in Fort Thomas - and if you haven't ventured over to the FT in NKY - you are missing out! It is ADORABLE!!! I'm a sucker for a charcuterie board - so you know I loved this one! 

Why should I go to Grassroots & Vine? 

- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
- family friendly
- outdoor seating
- quaint Cincinnati restaurants
- vegetarian friendly



Taft's Ale House - 1429 Race St - Downtown Cincinnati 
4.5 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30

Taft's Ale House has the best steak salad I've ever had!!! That tri- tip is PERFECTION. And they brew their own beer?! My favorite is Nellie's Key Lime Caribbean Ale - what's yours???? 

Why should I go to Taft's Ale House? 

- great for friends
- great for beer
- downtown cincinnati
- great for large groups
- family friendly
- hip restaurants
- OTR
- steakhouse
- salad



Taste of Belgium - Rookwood, Clifton, The Banks and OTR - Downtown Cincinnati
4 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30


If you're looking for a great Cincinnati restaurants at the Banks - you'll find a bunch - but I love Taste of Belgium! I got to try their Thanksgiving Sandwich this year but love all their options. Chicken & Waffles is their specialty! 


Why should I go to Taste of Belgium? 

- on the Banks
- by the river
- by the ballpark and stadiums
- downtown Cincinnati
- family friendly
- great for lunch
- OTR



Brown Dog Cafe - 1000 Summit Place - Blue Ash
3 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $5 off $25 or $10 off $40 

Brown Dog Cafe is one of those restaurants that has been widely known by foodies for years! It's fancy but approachable and it's now at Summit Park - which is so cool! If you haven't been to Summit Park - YOU HAVE TO GO - and take the kids!!! Their park is amazing!  

Why should I go to Brown Dog Cafe? 

- great for special occasion
- great for brunch
- Blue Ash
- romantic



Bite - 1279 State Route 131 - Milford - 4 stars on Yelp
Foodie Cincy Discount - $10 off $30


Ok - finally - I get to tell you about my absolute favorite restaurant in the Cincinnati area. Bite in Milford!!! It's also in my back yard - so that helps. But it's great for special occasions like anniversaries or when guests come to town. Every time I have visitors - it's where we go! Above is a pic of their alligator appetizer - yes alligator!!! Those chips are where it's though! 

Why should I go to Bite? 

- great for special occasion
- BYOB
- farm to table
- Milford/East side
- outdoor seating
- quaint Cincinnati restaurant
- Great for seafood
- Great for salad
- vegetarian friendly

I absolutely cannot say enough great things about Bite! A couple of years ago I met up with the Chef and learned a little about their restaurant and smoking fish! That fish was amazing!!!

And don't forget - this $20 deal for Foodie Cincy won't last long! They're selling fast! 

This is definitely one of Cincinnati's must-eat restaurants and a definite hidden gem! Above is the Zymarika pasta with smoked salmon, capers, tomato and spinach - omg so good. But their best dish is their salads - trust me the Chocolate Salad is my favorite salad in the city! I even did my own copycat version a few years back! 

5 Reasons to Buy Foodie Cincy Deck:
- Stop arguing about where to eat! Just draw a card out of the deck and go!
- If you eat at TWO restaurants - you've paid for the deck!
- It's a great gift for your favorite foodie!
- Easy date night each week for a year!
- You have a reason to try new restaurants around the entire city!

What other restaurants are in the deck? Here's a complete list of restaurants in the 2020 deck! Other great favorites of mine are Goodies Barbecue, Dilly Bistro and more! 


13 comments

  1. I’ve not been to any of the restaurants posted and it’s hard to choose one! But I’m going to go with Grassroots &Vine!

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  2. I love brown dog as it’s right by my house. They have such yummy food. They have so many good gluten free options too!

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  3. I love taste of Belgium and my husband also loves taste of Belgium as well. I’m dying to try court street lobster bar and bite!!!

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  4. I love Taste of Belgium but they all sound great.

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  5. I've only been to Taste of Belgium, but their savory crepes, and sweet waffle were absolutely amazing! We love this restaurant.

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    1. I liked Foodie Cincy as well.

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  6. I've been wanting to try Court Street Lobster Bar for years. Plus tgey sometimes hold ALS fundraisers which are close to my heart. <3

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  7. Tela is my favorite restaurant in the deck!

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