I love when the weather is nice, and I can grab a bite to eat outside! There are so many great spots for outdoor dining – but what makes it even better is when there’s a gorgeous view! I’m going to break it down and help you find the best views in the Cincinnati region.

Downtown

First Place: Montgomery Inn Boathouse

Montgomery Inn Boathouse
Montgomery Inn Boathouse

Montgomery Inn Boathouse is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a great view. Every seat has a view of the Ohio River. The outside deck wraps around the building, and even on a cold day you can still enjoy the views from inside the spacious restaurant. The other plus – the ribs! If you’re in Cincinnati, you have to try Montgomery Inn ribs.

Runner Up: Moerlein Lager House

Moerlein Lager House
Moerlein Lager House

You can’t beat the wrap-around deck at Moerlein Lager House – with their own cold Christian Moerlein beers and a view of the river. Plus, the food is really delicious, and you're just steps away from Great American Ball Park and Paul Brown Stadium!

West/North

First Place: Incline Public House

Incline Public House (photo: Heather Johnson)
Incline Public House (photo: Heather Johnson)

Incline Public House is my personal favorite – the view is unmatched! Up on the top of the hill in Price Hill, you can peer down and remember back to when the actual incline used to be there to take Cincinnatians down the hill to the city. The restaurant gets super busy, so you might be best to visit during an off-time if you want a great seat. I love the pizzas – and the beer selection!

Runner Up: Vinoklet Winery

Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant & Vineyard
Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant & Vineyard

I went to Vinoklet Winery for a 40th birthday party and couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t been before! It’s a beautiful country setting that is ripe for picture taking (and weddings!). They have a variety of menu items including a grill-your-own entree choice on Fridays and Saturdays from which you can choose steak, chicken, salmon and more; plus wine tastings. It's delicious and the perfect place to watch a sunset.

Uptown/East

First Place: City View Tavern

I can’t pass up an inexpensive, delicious burger, and City View Tavern hits the nail on the head. There are fancy places in Mt. Adams – and they’re good – but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy a great view. Here, you can get a great view and a great burger for less than $10! Sounds like a plan to me.

Runner Up: Pirate’s Cove

Pirate's Cove (photo: Heather Johnson)
Pirate's Cove (photo: Heather Johnson)

I’m a sucker for a little marina on the river and Cincinnati has several to choose from. My favorite on the Ohio side is definitely Pirate’s Cove. There’s a driving range next door and a fancier restaurant (Four Seasons) down below. We love the tiki bar and the grouper tacos (and feeding the fish over the railing).

South (Northern Kentucky)

First Place: Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club

Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club (photo: Heather Johnson)
Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club (photo: Heather Johnson)

Yes, another marina-type of place, but let me tell you, LBYC isn’t just another river spot. They have activities, a huge open bar and patio and amazing food. I absolutely love the shrimp – whether you get kabobs or popcorn, you’re going to love it! The shrimp are big and cooked to perfection. The bartenders are great also – we had a run where we went every week for a month, and they definitely knew us by name and welcomed us with open arms.

Runner Up: Buckhead Mountain Grill

Buckhead Mountain Grill
Buckhead Mountain Grill

There’s something on the menu at Buckhead Mountain Grill called a Cheese Boulder. Need I say more? It’s like a huge boulder of cheese that is battered and fried. You can really just stop there. I usually get the Durango Salad and then split the boulders with someone. There is a huge deck and a great view of downtown Cincinnati, as well…but really – CHEESE. BOULDERS.