If you find yourself hankering for some fresh seafood as the summer draws nearer, these spots could be where you get your next great maritime meal.
Carlo & Johnny
There is perhaps no better Jeff Ruby experience than Carlo & Johnny and the can’t-miss selections from its award-winning raw bars. Try some of the favorites like fresh, huge Tiger Shrimp Cocktail, Alaskan King Crab, and chef’s selections of east and west coast oysters flown in daily. 9769 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, (513) 936-8600
At the Queen City’s newest raw bar, Cocktail Terrace, Metropole’s Chef Vanessa Miller showcases the flavors of spring in her black truffle clam chowder, caviar grilled cheese, and “the most baller Power Tower this city has ever seen.” Guests can access the rooftop bar via a specially marked door in Gano Alley. 609 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 578-6600
Court Street Lobster Bar
Stop in for Court Street Lobster Bar’s happy hour on weeknights to snag dollar oysters and half-priced bottles of wine. Ingredients are consistently being flown in from Maine to preserve the highest level of freshness. This is a spot you won’t want to pass up. 28 W. Court St., downtown
Editor’s Note: Court Street Lobster Bar closed October 29, 2021.
This is a great time to visit Washington Platform—its 35th annual Oyster Festival runs through May 8. Choose the oyster of your heart’s desire with the restaurant’s special Oyster Festival menu. Have a seat on their newly opened outdoor patio while you decide between a specialty east or west coast oyster. 1000 Elm St., downtown, (513) 421-0110
Tony’s of Cincinnati
Tony’s raw bar is stocked with your seafood favorites. The raw bar is available every day and features market-priced oysters, Alaskan king crab, and Blue Points on the Half Shell. Match any of the raw bar favorites with a preferred wine selection for the perfect seasonal combination. 2110 Montgomery Rd., Symmes Twp., (513) 677-8669