5 Restaurants That Opened In 2017, That You Need To Try In 2018

2017 brought a healthy dose of new restaurants to the Cincinnati, each with its own unique flair and vision.

As we welcome 2018, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the newest additions to the Queen City culinary scene. Here are some of our favorite restaurants that opened in 2017, that we think you should try in the new year.


Sartre – Over-the-Rhine

From the mind of Dutch’s co-owner Jim Cornwell comes “Sartre,” a delicious homage to French existentialism that’s now occupying a space next to Rhinegeist on Elm Street in Over-the-Rhine. Focusing on French food that’s both satisfying and accesible, this brasserie is quickly becoming a staple in OTR that’s perfect for a casual hang out, with the bonus of really, really good food.

Sartre, 1910 Elm St, Over-the-Rhine.

Poke Hut

Poke Hut – Over-the-Rhine

Cincinnati has finally gotten its poke fix with the newly opened “Poke Hut” in Over-the-Rhine, dishing out the Hawaiian favorite (cubed, raw fish served in a bowl with rice and veggies) in the ordering style of Chipotle. It’s fresh, delicious and filling a big void for this popular dish in Cincinnati.

Poke Hut, 1509 Race St, Over-the-Rhine.


Losantivill3 – Downtown

Your gastronomical roadmap needs a solid place to get sandwiches, so let us introduce you to Losantivill3, now open Downtown in the former Gilpin’s space. With options like Mexican Barbacoa, N. India Tikka Masala, and Jamaican’ish Jerk BBQ, this shop definitely runs the sandwich gamut. They’ve also got quinoa bowls and plenty of vegetarian options making it a perfect middle ground for groups.

Losantivill3, 37 E 7th St, Downtown.

Bauer Farm Kitchen – Downtown

Quickly approaching 1 year in business, Bauer Farm Kitchen embodies the German roots of Cincinnati under the helm of Chef Jackson Rouse. Simple, thoughtful, and most importantly, delicious food all coming to fruition with the backbone of sourcing only the best, local ingredients they can find. From the Jaeger Schnitzel to the Dry-Aged Berkshire Pork Chop, dining here makes you feel like you’re in Köln while setting itself apart at the same time.

Bauer Farm Kitchen, 435 Elm St, Downtown

Eighth and English

Eighth and English – O’Bryonville

Midway through 2017, Eighth and English took over the former Enoteca Emilia space in O’Bryonville. Since then, it’s quickly bloomed into a paradise for Queen City seafood lovers. With everything from spaghetti di nero with poached lobster to smoked rainbow trout, 8 & E took an exploration of the sea and added an Italian touch to it. With the addition of a new raw bar, we can’t wait to see how this restaurant grows even more in 2018.

Eighth and English, 2038 Madison Rd, O’Bryonville.