Brunch. It’s not quite breakfast and it’s not quite lunch. Yet, it’s a meal where you can stuff your face with bacon and mimosas without being judged for it.
For this reason alone, it’s easy to see why brunch has become such a popular weekend phenomenon.
Fortunately, Cincinnati has tons of excellent places throughout the city where you can enjoy brunch. And best of all, we’ve done the hard work of finding these places for you.
In this post, we share the 13 best places to get brunch in the Queen City.
Map of Best Brunch Places
The following map shows the locations of every place mentioned in this post:
The Baker’s Table
The first place on our list is a restaurant located across the Ohio River in Newport: The Baker’s Table. Voted one of America’s “16 best new restaurants” of 2019 by Eater Magazine, this spot is known for its delicious brunch options, friendly service, and inviting atmosphere. If you do decide to visit on the weekend, it’s worth making a reservation because much of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky has discovered what a gem this place is, which means it’s often busy.
Location: 1004 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071
Website: The Baker’s Table
Sleepy Bee Cafe
With locations in Oakley, Blue Ash, and Downtown, Sleepy Bee Cafe is another wildly popular place to get brunch in the Queen City. Known for classic breakfast options like pancakes, bacon, and eggs along with their quick service, Sleepy Bee Cafe offers the perfect place to enjoy brunch with friends and family at any of their three locations.
Location: Locations in Oakley, Blue Ash, and Downtown.
Website: Sleepy Bee Cafe
Red Feather Kitchen
Located in the heart of the trendy Oakley neighborhood, Red Feather Kitchen is another excellent spot to enjoy some brunch. Known for their extensive menu of sausage, eggs, pancakes, omelets, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, and more, this spot is a haven for brunch lovers.
Location: 3200 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
Website: Red Feather Kitchen
Next up on the list is Otto’s, a hip restaurant located in the Northern Kentucky neighborhood of Covington. Known for their simple menu that includes offerings like eggs, toast, sausage, and potatoes, along with their popular bloody mary’s, this is another excellent place to enjoy some brunch.
Location: 521 Main St, Covington, KY 41011
Located in the heart of Over-The-Rhine, Salazar is a small eatery that is only open during the evenings through the week, but opens at 10:30AM on weekends to serve up some incredible brunch options including pancakes, bacon, fried oyster sandwiches, fried Brussels sprouts, biscuits and gravy, and more. This is one of the most highly rated brunch spots in the city and it’s well worth a visit.
Location: 1401 Republic St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
French Crust Bistro & Cafe
Another popular place to grab brunch is French Crust Bistro & Cafe, a charming little cafe in Findlay Market known for their classy decor, friendly service, and delicious eats. Come for the well-decorated interior and stay for the high-quality cuisine.
Location: 1801 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: French Crust Bistro & Cafe
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Located in Pendleton just outside of Over-The-Rhine, Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey has quickly become one of the more popular places to grab brunch around the city. Their menu is filled with delicious entrees like biscuits and gravy, cheddar & bacon sandwiches, pork bellies and hash browns that can be combined with a variety of mimosas and other mixed drinks. This is a no-brainer spot to check out if you’re in the mood for brunch.
Location: 1201 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
Update: Sadly Cheapside Cafe has closed.
Another popular place to get brunch Downtown is Maplewood Kitchen. With a spacious interior, friendly service, and a menu packed with delicious food and drink options, it’s easy to see why Maplewood is a local favorite for brunch.
Location: 525 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Maplewood Kitchen
Hang Over Easy
Specializing in french toast, sandwiches, and omelets, Hang Over Easy is a hip restaurant located on the University of Cincinnati campus that offers some excellent brunch options along with a variety of cocktails and mimosas that can be enjoyed in a spacious, lively atmosphere.
Location: 13 W Charlton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Website: Hang Over Easy
Known for being family owned and operated for over 70 years, Tucker’s Restaurant is a gem of a restaurant located in Over-The-Rhine just minutes away from Findlay Market. With a classic vibe, incredible service, and a simple menu full of breakfast and lunch favorites, this is a spot that prides itself on serving its customers and delivering incredible food.
Location: 1637 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Website: Tucker’s Restaurant
Yet another excellent spot for brunch located in Over-The-Rhine is Pleasantry. This hip joint is known for serving fresh, delicious brunch options on the weekend along with a variety of drinks. We personally love their wide variety of breakfast sandwiches along with their signature avocado toast. And fair warning, because of their popularity among morning crowds we recommend that you get reservations before stopping by.
Location: 118 W 15th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Lastly, our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning The Echo, a restaurant located in the heart of the upscale Hyde Park neighborhood. Their brunch menu offers a variety of bacon & egg style entrees along with muffins and french toast, which can be complemented with a variety of cocktails including screwdrivers, bloody mary’s, salty mary’s, and more.
Location: 3510 Edwards Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Website: The Echo