Arnold's Bar & Grill
210 E. Eighth St. (513) 421-6234 Cincinnati's longest continuously operating bar and grill, dating back to 1861. Eclectic Mediterranean and traditional American cuisine. Year-round courtyard features music on Tuesday to Saturday evenings. Good conversation.
Boi Na Braza
441 Vine St., Carew Tower (513) 421-7111 Brazilian steak house (a churrascaria). 15 cuts of meat from beef, lamb, pork and poultry prepared over an open fire and served table side by authentic Boi Na Braza Gaucho chefs, plus an enormous salad bar.
713 Vine Street (513) 627-4777 French, casual elegant food by Cincinnati’s preeminent Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel. Reservations taken by phone daily 10-5.
700 Walnut St. (513) 784-1200 New York-style steak house, lively bar and memorable atmosphere. Live entertainment Tuesday through Saturday, no cover. Reservations recommended. Cigar patio. Located near the Aronoff Center.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant
21 E. Fifth St. (513) 721-9339 Offering a menu that changes daily with more than 30 seafood options, hand-crafted cocktails, and a focus on customer service. Ask about the $1.95 happy hour menu. Outdoor dining. Valet parking available. A 160-seat banquet facility is located in the Westin Hotel.
600 Walnut St. (513) 721-6232 A contemporary Mexican restaurant featuring options ranging from small plates of ceviche to mahi mahi tacos and entree portions of creative pork and lamb dishes. Highlights on the drink menu include prickly pear margaritas, pomegranate lemonade and sangria. Outdoor dining. Sunday brunch.
Nicholson's Tavern & Pub
625 Walnut St. (513) 564-9111 The city's first and finest gastropub featuring the authentic Scottish pub atmosphere and warm hospitality found in a traditional public house. The creative tavern cuisine is partnered with a carefully crafted beverage program. Outdoor dining.
Orchids at Palm Court
35 W. Fifth St., Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza (513) 421-9100 Fine dining restaurant in a spectacular Art Deco setting in the Hilton Cincinnati. Awards include AAA Four-Diamond, Zagat's Top Cincinnati Restaurant 2011 and OpenTable.com's Top 50 Restaurants in USA 2011. Afternoon Tea on Saturdays (seasonally). Valet parking included. Reservations requested.
The Palace Restaurant
601 Vine St., The Cincinnatian (513) 381-3000 A fine-dining experience, located in the historic Cincinnatian Hotel, offering eclectic French-American cuisine. Chef-driven menu changes frequently. Extensive wine list. Reservations are recommended. Valet parking available.
Palomino Rotisserie and Bar
505 Vine St., Fountain Place (513) 381-1300 Overlooking Fountain Square, Palomino serves inspired and traditional pastas, innovative salads, grilled steaks and rotisserie spun chops, fish and seafood, and pizzas from the brick oven. Casual bar is upbeat with all day Happy Hour; wall size windows and an open kitchen offers diners a view.
580 Walnut Street (513) 579-0720 Prime 47 is a prime steakhouse & seafood restaurant offering bold and flavorful cuisine and an award-winning wine list.
Rock Bottom Brewery
10 Fountain Square Plaza (513) 621-1588 Microbrewery featuring casual dining and fresh beer, brewed on the premises with monthly tappings of new beer. Lots of TVs for sports fans. Cafe seating on the edge of Fountain Square. Late night bar menu available. Outdoor dining.
520 Vine St. (513) 721-8483 An upscale Italian bistro setting and dining experience on Fountain Square. Outdoor dining, happy hour, late night menu and private banquet rooms available.
700 Walnut St. (513) 721-4744 Breakfast, brunch, lunch.
Fred & Gari's
629 Vine St. (513) 784-9000 Pizza, subs and salads. Carry-out only. Offers catering.
600 Vine Street (on plaza level) 513-421-7646, Easy, casual sushi.
Ingredients (some assembly required)
21 E. Fifth St., Westin Hotel (513) 852-2740 Gourmet grab-and-go offering a variety of freshly made breakfast and lunch selections, including customized salads, paninis, and brick oven pizzas with unique and healthy ingredients. Also offering gelato and Starbuck's coffee.
610 Main St. (513) 241-6246 Cincinnati's favorite corned beef and potato pancakes.
Lucy Blue Pizza Cafe
35 E. Seventh St. (513) 381-7777 Pizza, gourmet salads, homemade soups, and specialty gourmet pizzas at this location. Late night dining.
626 Vine St. (513) 721-0067 Breakfast, soups, sandwiches, salads, daily specials and dinners.
721 Main St. (513) 665-4600 Pizza and subs. Dine-in, carry-out or delivery. Catering available.
511 Walnut St. (513) 241-4175
511 Walnut St., Fountain Square (513) 381-4191 A favorite ice cream and bakery shop among locals. Located on Fountain Square.
1 E. 6th Street, 241-0000, Bakery Café.
Papa John's Pizza
132 W. Seventh St. (513) 333-0303
Potbelly Sandwich Works
511 Walnut St., Fountain Square (513) 381-5572 Sandwiches, salads, soups and hand-dipped shakes, malts and smoothies. Delivery available.
643 Vine St. (513) 241-2020 Cincinnati-style chili and coneys - a local favorite.
Snappy Tomato Pizza
330 Walnut St. (513) 241-9888 Pizza, subs and lunch buffet. Dine-in, carry-out or delivery.
580 Walnut St. (513) 621-0567
34 E. Seventh St. (513) 421-1113