Moerlein Lager House - A solid menu, a noteworthy collection of beers and two levels of open-air dining with a river view make this a go-to spot on a nice day—especially before or after a Reds game. Be sure to try one of the local craft brews!
Via Vite - An intimate open-air second-story dining area and piazza overlooking Fountain Square paired with classic Italian dishes, plus a weekday half-off happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.— what’s not to love?
Top of the Park - This outdoor lounge atop The Phelps, a Residence Inn, boasts two levels with an almost 360-degree view of Cincinnati. Sip on wine, beer and hand-crafted cocktails with a small bites menu, or enjoy a fire pit on the second level.
The Gruff - Nestled nearly underneath the Roebling Suspension Bridge, this casual spot is both a restaurant and a market selling gourmet foods, including many from local purveyors like Graeter's and Maverick Chocolate Co.
Frida 602 - Foosball and margaritas make an unexpectedly fun combination, especially alongside deliciously unconventional taco fillings. And be sure to check out the largest selection of Mezcal in the region.
Hofbräuhaus - The biergarten is the perfect spot for enjoying a generous beer in the same iconic glass stein served in the original Munich location as well as traditional German dishes. The Newport location was the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in the country, modeled after Munich's.
Newberry Bros. Café & Prohibition Bourbon Bar - Coffee or bourbon? At this European-flavored neighborhood bistro and bar complete with sidewalk tables, you don’t have to choose. The organic, fair-trade coffee is roasted on-site each week in small batches and the bourbon bar features the largest collection of bourbon and rye whiskeys you'll find anywhere – more than 1,300 options!
Queen City Radio - This 1920s-era filling station-turned-radio-installation-company is now an expansive beer garden and bar with 14 beers on tap.
Che - Craving empanadas? You’ll find plenty of crave-worthy options to choose from at this Argentine eatery, along with daily specials from the grill, salads, soups and cheese-and-meat boards.
Rhinegeist - The draw at this brewery during summer is definitely the spacious rooftop deck. One must-try brew? Cougar, an easy-drinking crisp and refreshing blonde ale. And if the weather isn't quite right for outdoor drinking, play cornhole or table tennis inside.
Incline Public House - This one’s worth a trip for the picture-perfect view alone. Stay for a drink and a bite from the menu featuring classic American fare such as brick oven pizzas and gourmet sandwiches.
Eli's BBQ - BYOB to this uber-casual, family-friendly spot where eating mostly takes place at picnic tables outside, which means plenty of room for kids to run around and let off steam. Oh, and the food is amazingly good. (Also located in Findlay Market.)
Unwind Wine Bar
Unwind Wine Bar - A beautiful little oasis tucked into Hyde Park, serves just about any wine you could wish for. The rustic upscale wine bar also offers light fare such as a cheese board, flatbreads and crostini.
The Littlefield Bourbon Bar and Kitchen
The Littlefield - A generous outdoor patio offers a sweetly sunny spot for sipping bourbon and grabbing a bite in this Northside neighborhood bourbon bar.
Brown Dog Café
The Wildflower Cafe
The Wildflower Cafe - Fresh, local and organic is the mantra at this restaurant and coffee house, with a menu best described as eclectic American and that changes daily based on what is fresh and seasonal. Reservations encouraged.
By Jessica Gordon.