Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager House (Photo: Wendy Pramik)
Moerlein Lager House (Photo: Wendy Pramik)

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!

Bridgeview Box Park at Newport on the Levee

Bridgeview Box Park (photo: Newport on the Levee)
Bridgeview Box Park (photo: Newport on the Levee)
This brand new outdoor food park at Newport on the Levee offer a variety of take-out cuisine options to enjoy in this open-air space complete with a cozy seating areas, games and a panoramic view of the Cincinnati skyline.

Via Vite

Via Vite (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Via Vite (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

Via Vite  offers an intimate open-air second-story dining area and piazza overlooking Fountain Square paired with classic and inventive Italian dishes — what’s not to love?

Top of the Park

Top of the Park (photo: Louis Rideout)
Top of the Park (photo: Louis Rideout)

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

The Gruff (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
The Gruff (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

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.

Fountain Square

Food Trucks at Fountain Square (photo: Dan Ledbetter)
Food Trucks at Fountain Square (photo: Dan Ledbetter)

Fountain Square offers lunchtime vending on weekdays and daily entertainment in the evenings. Enjoy people-watching and Reds games on the jumbo TV from the comfort of this large open-air plaza with appropriately spaced tables in the heart of downtown.

Frida 602

Frida 602 (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Frida 602 (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

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

Hofbrauhaus Newport (photo: KentuckyTourism.com)
Hofbrauhaus Newport (photo: KentuckyTourism.com)
HofbräuhausThe 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.

Pepp & Dolores

Pepp and Dolores (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Pepp and Dolores (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

Pepp & Dolores - Enjoy housemade pastas perfectly paired with fine wine while enjoying their large open-air dining patio.

Northside Yacht Club

Northside Yacht Club (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
Northside Yacht Club (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

Northside Yacht Club has arguably some of the best smoked chicken wings in all of the Cincinnati region. And if chicken isn't your thing, try their 7 sauce options on their boneless (cauliflour) wings paired with a local craft brew or a homemade adult Capri-Sun. 

Queen City Radio

Tyson at Queen City Radio (photo: Eric Vice)
Tyson at Queen City Radio (photo: Eric Vice)

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. NO PATIO OR INDOOR DINING CURRENTLY. BEVERAGES ARE AVAILABLE TO-GO ONLY.

Che

Che (photo: Wendy Pramik)
Che (photo: Wendy Pramik)

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.

Findlay Market

Findlay Market Biergarten (photo: Cincinnati USA.com)
Findlay Market Biergarten (photo: Cincinnati USA.com)

The Findlay Market Biergarten is open six days a week (closed Mondays) during market hours. Grab a drink a local craft draft from the Biergarten stand or Market Wines to pair with your meal from one of the many vendors and restaurants at the market.

Rhinegeist

Rhinegeist (photo: Wendy Pramik)
Rhinegeist (photo: Wendy Pramik)

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

Incline Public House (photo: Louis Rideout)
Incline Public House (photo: Louis Rideout)

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

Pulled Pork Sandwhich at Eli's BBQ (Photo: Erin Woiteshek)
Pulled Pork Sandwhich at Eli's BBQ (Photo: Erin Woiteshek)

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 (photo: Unwind)
Unwind Wine Bar (photo: Unwind)

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 (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)
The Littlefield (photo: CincinnatiUSA.com)

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

Brown Dog Cafe (photo: Travis Brandner)
Brown dog Cafe (photo: Travis Brandner)

Brown Dog CaféA spacious covered patio overlooking Summit Park makes this cafe a great spot to nosh for breakfast, lunch or dinner—or weekend brunch.

The Wildflower Cafe

Wildflower Cafe (photo: Widflower Cafe)
Wildflower Cafe (photo: Widflower Cafe)

The Wildflower Cafe TEMPORARILY CLOSED - 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.

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By Jessica Gordon. Updated by Julie Brock.