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The 15 Best American Restaurants In Cincinnati

Updated: July 5, 2022

Looking for the best American restaurants in Cincinnati? These are our top choices for gumbo and fried chicken. We researched top sites and incorporated millions of critic and user reviews to find the best American restaurants. If glasses of bloody mary and plates of crawfish sound like a good time head to these fantastic options in Cincinnati.

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Salazar Restaurant * Chef Jose Salazar | OTR Restaurant & Bar

American, $$$, Over-The-RhineAmerican, $$$Cincinnati, Over-The-Rhine
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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The Eagle

American, $$, Over-The-RhineAmerican, $$Cincinnati, Over-The-Rhine
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Eli's BBQ - Riverside

American, $, East EndAmerican, $Cincinnati, East End
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Crown Republic Gastropub

American, $$, Central Business DistrictAmerican, $$Cincinnati, Central Business District
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

LouVino OTR

American, $$, Over-The-RhineAmerican, $$Cincinnati, Over-The-Rhine
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Arnolds Bar & Grill

American, $$, Central Business DistrictAmerican, $$Cincinnati, Central Business District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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The Littlefield

New American, $$, NorthsideNew American, $$Cincinnati, Northside
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Sacred Beast

American, $$, Over-The-RhineAmerican, $$Cincinnati, Over-The-Rhine
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
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Nine Giant Brewing

American, $$, Pleasant RidgeAmerican, $$Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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J & J Restaurant

American, $, WestwoodAmerican, $Cincinnati, Westwood
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
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Quarter Bistro

New American, $$$, CincinnatiNew American, $$$Cincinnati
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Lucius Q

American, $$, PendletonAmerican, $$Cincinnati, Pendleton
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Metropole

New American, $$$, Central Business DistrictNew American, $$$Cincinnati, Central Business District
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Swampwater Grill

American, $$, East EndAmerican, $$Cincinnati, East End
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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GoodPlates Eatery

New American, $, CUFNew American, $Cincinnati, CUF
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0

How did these spots get chosen?

Figuring out the best American restaurants can take awhile. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 5724 spots across Cincinnati, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 232 lists and articles from the likes of Hoodline, Trip 101 and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life – applying our boam magic to sift through results. These spots have been featured in Hoodline - Cincinnati's 3 best spots to score budget-friendly breakfast and brunch food, Trip 101 - 13 Best Rooftop Restaurants In Cincinnati, Ohio - Updated 2022 and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2022 Best Restaurants With the Best Food in Cincinnati Area. As restaurants continue to adapt to COVID-19, you can trust us to show the latest information on which restaurants are open and how with our real-time data recommendation engine. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. These ten options are sure to delight.

Frequently asked questions

Salazar Restaurant * Chef Jose Salazar | OTR Restaurant & Bar, Orchids At Palm Court, and Crown Republic Gastropub are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in Cincinnati.

Salazar Restaurant * Chef Jose Salazar | OTR Restaurant & Bar, Orchids At Palm Court, and Crown Republic Gastropub are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in Cincinnati.

Salazar Restaurant * Chef Jose Salazar | OTR Restaurant & Bar, Crown Republic Gastropub, and LouVino OTR are the highest-rated American restaurants for take-out in Cincinnati.

Orchids At Palm Court, Crown Republic Gastropub, and Sacred Beast are the highest-rated American restaurants that are good for groups in Cincinnati.

Revolution Rotisserie - Pleasant Ridge, Mighty Good Meat N Three, and Lonely Pine Steakhouse are the highest-rated American restaurants for dessert in Cincinnati.

Drink pairing tips

  • The ideal drink pairing for fried chicken

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for fried chicken can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Kentucky 75. This, vibrant, cocktail balances the fatty fried chicken.

  • The perfect match for your barbecue

    Experts suggest pairing a barbecue with a glass of Zinfandel, a popular red wine.


  • Pair heavy meat dish with Vieux Carre

    To elevate your heavy meat dish experience, we recommend some Vieux Carre to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts through the heaviness of the dish.

Factoids

  • The priciest dish

    The mac and cheese which costs $200, can be ordered at the Barton G.

  • Celebrating American

    Pittsburgh, The United States is the proud home of the annual Picklesburgh Festival, held every July to celebrate everything that is good about American.


  • The United States's National Mac & Cheese Day

    Can’t get enough mac and cheese? Neither can The United States. The country celebrates National Mac & Cheese Day every year on July 14

Parking tips

Getting a good parking spot in Cincinnati can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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