Lunch is one of the best motivators for getting through a long morning, so don’t settle for leftovers or a sad sandwich when there are so many better options available! Cincinnati is bursting with amazing spots for you to get your grub on in the middle of the day.
We’ve curated a list of the best restaurants, including hotspots and hidden treasures, in 13 Cincinnati neighborhoods. So, no matter where you are in our great city, you’ll be able to find a delicious meal right around the corner. Enjoy!
3516 Edwards Road | Menu
Photo courtesy of Arthur’s Cafe
For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur’s Cafe. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat on your lunch break — or pretty much any other time! They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. We recommend the delicious black bean burger with a side of Arthur’s homemade pink salsa!
1036 Delta Avenue | Menu
Zip’s Cafe has been a Mount Lookout staple for over 90 years and not much has changed throughout the years. They are still making delicious burgers and sandwiches with fresh, local ingredients and have kept the decor the same. When you stop in, bask in the classic vibes and try one of their burgers and, of course, a cup of their famous chili.
1342 Vine Street | Menu
Photo courtesy of Thunderdome Restaurant Group via The Eagle Food & Beer Hall
The Eagle Food & Beer Hall serves up some truly mouth-watering dishes. Their all natural chicken is fried to perfection and served with their signature housemade hot honey. Make your meal even better with some of their southern sides like mac & cheese, collard greens or spoonbread. If you’re in the mood for something a bit healthier, they also offer delicious salads topped with unique ingredients like green beans, frisee and figs!
308 Ludlow Avenue | Menu
Biagio’s Bistro has been located in the heart of the Clifton Gaslight District since 1999, and has since become a favorite of both locals and out-of-towners. They offer tasty pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads and incredible desserts. Whether you’re stopping in for a lunch with a coworker or enjoying a cannoli and a cappuccino alone, you won’t be disappointed!
938 Hatch Street | Menu
Starting out as a speakeasy during the Prohibition of the 1920s, Mount Adams Bar & Grill has become a historic Cincinnati institution. They became the first bar in Ohio to receive their liquor license after the ban on alcohol was lifted and they have been serving delicious burgers and cocktails ever since!
6104 Montgomery Road | Menu
The Gas Light Cafe definitely has one of the best burgers in Cincinnati — and their selection of delicious sandwiches isn’t too shabby either. But what really keeps customers coming back is their fantastic customer service and welcoming atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed in their wide array of ice-cold beers on tap or the friends you’ll make at the bar.
3098 Madison Road | Menu
Photo courtesy of Sleepy Bee Cafe
If you’re looking for traditional comfort food made with locally sourced ingredients, you have to try Sleepy Bee Cafe. They are open for breakfast and lunch every day and offer a wide variety of seasonal dishes along with some vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. We recommend their Moroccan Chicken Salad, which is dairy-free and oh-so-delicious.
6625 Gracely Drive | Menu
Buddha Barn is a small restaurant nestled in Sayler Park that isn’t concerned with getting as many customers as possible, but rather making the best food they can. There is no sign out front and the building doesn’t seat more than 30 people, but they just happen to serve the best Thai food in Cincinnati! When you go, make sure to try their amazing garlic rice with a side of their to-die-for balsamic chili sauce.
3531 Columbia Parkway | Menu
You can’t go wrong with great pizza, wine and gelato! At Taglio you can create your own pizza or go with one of their signature pies, sandwiches or salads. They also offer vegan pizza alternatives, as well as a large selection of delicious sorbets.
13 West Charlton Street | Menu
Photo courtesy of Hangover Easy
Hangover Easy is a diner that features playful twists on classic dishes. Whether you’re looking to cure a hangover, keep the party going, or have a productive lunch date with a coworker, Hangover Easy is here to help. They serve delicious breakfast classics all day, as well as carefully crafted sandwiches and salads.
7201 Montgomery Road | Menu
Whether you’re looking for a place to host your lunch meeting or wanting to stop in for a solo adventure, The Silverton Cafe is the perfect spot. They offer a buffet table and private space for large groups along with free Wi-Fi to all of their patrons. You can also visit them in the evening for some great live music or karaoke!
8442 Vine Street | Menu
Teranga offers a unique fusion of African and American cuisine that you won’t find anywhere else! The fantastic atmosphere and friendly service along with the massive portions of affordable food will have you coming back over and over again. While you can’t go wrong with any of their menu items, their curry is something truly special!
3005 Colerain Avenue | Menu
Photo courtesy of Camp Washington Chili
Chili is sacred in Cincinnati and restaurants are constantly vying for the title “Best Chili in Cincinnati”. In our opinion, Camp Washington Chili may actually hold it! For 24 hours a day, six days a week, Camp Washington Chili is serving up their famous “5 Way” full of all natural ingredients and a whole lot of love.
What is your favorite lunch spot in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments!