DINING REVIEWS

Metropole Changes Hands and Regains Its Style

The hearth-driven restaurant in downtown's 21c Museum Hotel has undergone some changes, but stays very familiar.

Lonely Pine Steakhouse Serves Up Mid-Century Fun

This neighborhood steakhouse is the latest immersive experience from Gorilla Cinema, the minds behind The Overlook Lodge, Tokyo Kitty, and Video Archive.

Nicola’s Hits Its Stride Again

Change—in the form of Executive Chef Jack Hemmer—has been good to this Pendleton Italian spot.

Authentic Salvadoran Pupusas Have Landed in Hamilton

The stuffed corn cakes alone are worth a visit, but there's plenty more on the menu.

LouVino Brings Wine and Southern Flair to OTR

This regional chain brings all the microbrewery vibes, except with wine (and better food).

Numprik Thai Lao Is a Portal to Southeast Asia

Monroe's Main Street is home to authentic Thai and Laotian cuisine.

Branch Delivers a Solid Return on Your Fine Dining Investment

Reliable comfort food in an Art Deco bank building in East Walnut Hills.

We’re Crushing on Sartre and You Will Too

Despite a turbulent year, during which two head chefs departed, Sartre still delivers.

F&N Goode Chick’n Tenders Serves the Tastiest Tenders in Town

We judged five local spots by crispiness, juiciness, size, and overall flavor to help you decide which fried chicken joint serves the tastiest tenders (and jazziest sauces).

Woodhouse Kitchen + Bar Searches for Its Slavic Soul

There is a big blank space in our landscape for Russian food, but barring a few regional standouts, its menu is dominated by predictable Italian and American fare that is pretty good but nothing special.

Crown Republic Brings Value and Flair to Downtown

What makes Crown Republic special isn’t its handful of outstanding dishes. It’s the place’s sheer consistency.

Clyborne Gives Mason More of What It Already Has

One of the first things I look for on a menu are the oddballs, the strange dishes that show what makes the chef tick,...

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