Cincinnati is known for many things and its stunning skyline is definitely one of them. If you’re a local, you know how beautiful this sight is and that you can enjoy it from many spots around the city. Several restaurants in the Cincinnati area also know how incredible this view can be and they’ve capitalized on that with locations that offer unforgettable views alongside their delicious dishes. Cincinnati’s skyline is so popular that a certain chili restaurant is named after it, so it only seems fitting that these 10 restaurants can be found around the city and that they have the most amazing views of Cincinnati’s skyline.
1. Mt. Adams Pavilion - 949 Pavilion St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
As one of many hilltop neighborhoods in Cincinnati, Mt. Adams arguably has the best views. You can enjoy this sweeping view of our city's skyline and the river from the decks of Mt. Adams Pavilion. This eatery may be a popular club at night, but during the day it's a great spot for a delicious meal, a drink, and a chance to relax and enjoy the scenery.
2. City View Tavern - 403 Oregon St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Also located in Mt. Adams, the view from this longtime Cincinnati favorite is so incredible, it's in the restaurant's name. City View Tavern does indeed have a beautiful view of our skyline, but it also serves up some of the best burgers in the city. Add in its unique history and this tavern is a true triple threat.
3. Incline Public House - 2601 W. 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45204
The sweeping view of Cincinnati is just one of many things to love about Incline Public House. It's Price Hill location means the panoramas from this restaurant are unlike anything you'd see, even from across the river. You'll be so busy taking in the sight that you may even forget what you ordered! Luckily, it's sure to be scrumptious. They have a delicious menu with favorites like burgers, pizza, and many other options.
4. Primavista - 810 Matson Pl., Cincinnati, OH 45204
Another longtime Cincinnati favorite and also located in Lower Price Hill, Primavista definitely has a prime view of our city's skyline. The large windows provide a great view, no matter where you sit, and the Italian dishes on the menu are also unforgettable.
5. Eighteen at the Radisson - 668 West Fifth Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011
If you'd like an upscale steakhouse experience to go along with an amazing view, then Eighteen at the Radisson is a great option. Often called the "Rotating Restaurant," Eighteen does rotate very slowly, so while you enjoy your meal, you'll be treated to a variety of vistas of Cincinnati's skyline and the entire surrounding area.
6. Brothers Bar & Grill - 1 Levee Way, Ste. 2126 Newport, Kentucky 41071
Newport's location just across the river allows for amazing views of downtown Cincinnati, and many restaurants have taken advantage of that. Brothers Bar & Grill in Newport on the Levee has a fun atmosphere, good food, and a large outdoor dining patio and lounge space that's perfect for taking in that view.
7. Top of the Park - 506 E. 4th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Located at the top of the historic Phelps Building, which also happens to be a fantastic hotel, is Top of the Park and The Phelps Bar. This epically stunning rooftop bar and restaurant will reopen for the season on Opening Day, and you'll want to make your way there ASAP. The 360-degree views are unmatched, but the ambiance, live entertainment, and delicious tapas and menu items are also memorable features.
8. The Celestial Steakhouse - 1071 Celestial St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
One of the most popular steakhouses in Cincinnati, The Celestial in Mt. Adams is legendary for its juicy steak and for its views. It definitely ranks as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, with beautiful decor, amazing service, and a menu as unforgettable as the skyline itself.
9. Buckhead Mountain Grill - 35 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue, Kentucky 41073
We head back across the river to Bellevue and Buckhead Mountain Grill. This rustic, cabin-like restaurant has great comfort food, a relaxed atmosphere, an impressive craft beer offering, and some of the best views of our favorite city.
10. BB Riverboats - 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Kentucky 41071
Last, but certainly not least, you won't find another view in the world like the one from the decks of a BB Riverboat. They offer a variety of cruises throughout the year, many of which include a delicious buffet meal. Taking in our beloved Cincinnati skyline from the river is an unforgettable excursion and a beautiful and unique way to experience our city.
There’s nothing quite like an incredible meal enjoyed while taking in Cincinnati’s beautiful skyline. How many of these restaurants have you experienced? Are there any others with skyline views that you recommend? Let us know in the comments!
For more restaurants in Cincinnati with unforgettable dining experiences, check out our previous article