Brunch… it’s the best of both breakfast and lunch. It’s a leisurely meal that celebrates the weekend, usually served until around 3pm. Brunch often has its own special menu, sometimes it’s served as a buffet, and some even come with your choice of brunchy cocktails.
However you choose to do it, enjoying brunch in Cincinnati is something you simply NEED to do!
Please be sure to check with the restaurant of your choice to be sure they’re open for in-person dining at this time.
Map of Brunch Spots
Our favorite places for Brunch in Cincinnati:
Located near Short Vine in Clifton, go hungry and really enjoy this food! As the name might imply, breakfast often does cure all. This menu is full of great breakfast and brunch dishes – from breakfast quesadillas to omelets to pancakes to avocado toast. This place is brunch bucket list worthy.
Located at 13 W. Charlton Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Sleepy Bee Cafe in Oakley and Blue Ash
Sleepy Bee is known for their locally sourced food that tastes great and is good for you. One of the founders is a pediatrician after all! In addition to the typical brunch offerings, be sure to look for specialties such as their The Queen City Bee, Sweet Bee Quinoa Bowl, Bee Cakes (gluten-free pancakes with almond milk, quinoa, and buckwheat flour), and Avi Scramble (eggs with fresh avocado, spinach, mushrooms, tomato, onions, white Cheddar).
Blue Ash: 9514 Kenwood Road
Oakely: 3098 Madison Road
They also have a downtown location. See below for those details.
Sugar and Spice Diner
If you’re looking for some great wispy thin pancakes, this is your brunch spot! This is a diner like no other. Painted bright pink on the exterior of the Reading Rd. location (and just as colorful inside), this is the perfect spot for an old school style breakfast. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, omelets, all sorts of lunch items, and more.
Located at 4381 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
Maplewood Kitchen and Bar / Mason
This second location for Maplewood Kitchen (the original is downtown, see info below) serves up brunch on the daily, 8am-3pm. Menu selections include Sesame Ginger Bowl, Chicken Hash, a Vegan Power Bowl, the Maplewood Omelet, Brussels Sprout Benedict, and much more.
Located at 5065 Deerfield Blvd., Mason, Ohio 45040
Located in Westwood, this relatively new on the scene spot serves “familiar foods, elevated”. This casual dining spot offers a weekend brunch from 9am – 2pm. The brunch menu includes Ossobuco and Grits, Crab Cake Benedict, Steak and Egg Taco, Cincinnati Hash, and much more. They take reservations.
Located at 2998 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45211
Brunch in downtown Cincinnati:
Taste of Belgium (Over the Rhine and The Banks)
One of my favorite spots for brunch downtown is Taste of Belgium. Their “Brunch All Day” menu includes my personal favorite – Goetta Hash: Eckerlin goetta, two eggs, frites, roasted peppers & onions. The menu has something for everyone with includes like oatmeal, omelets, crepes, a tofu scramble, and more.
OTR Location: 1135 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
The Banks: 16 West Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
Located on Race Street, Maplewood comes to us from the same people who own and operate OTR favorites such as Bakersfield and The Eagle (so you know it’s going to be good!). Side note: I think the designer channeled his/her inner Joanna Gaines when doing the decor as this place is farmhouse gorgeous.
Located at 525 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
You know it’s going to be a great brunch spot when they put BISCUIT right in the name! This OTR eatery serves up elevated biscuit sandwiches that are “Frontier Good. 24 Carat Honest.”. Selections include Gold Shoes: 3 biscuits with your choice of gravy, Yukon: fried chicken, sawmill gravy, smoked Cheddar, and bacon, and lots more.
Located at 1201 Broadway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
B&A Street Kitchen
This is one of a favorite “best kept secrets” kind of place for me. I’ve eaten there many times and the owner has checked on our table every time I’ve been there (great service). They serve up southern-style comfort food, making this a great place for brunch. Choose from favorites like the AM Burrito Grande, local favorite “Goetta Up and Go”, and more.
Located at 1500 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Crown Republic Gastropub
Another downtown brunch favorite is Crown Republic. This spot is located a bit off the beaten path and I’d consider it to be another “best kept secret” spot of any meal. Side note and not brunch related but this is THE PLACE for dinner if you’re going to see a show at the Aronoff; they take reservations!
Brunch offerings include Carnitas Hash, Queso Fundito Burrito, Truffle and Eggs, the Belly Buster Sandwich, and lots more.
Located at 720 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Revolution Rotisserie / Downtown
Here’s a fun OTR spot that’s within walking distance of Washington Park. Revolution Rotisserie serves up “elevated comfort food” that’s hard to beat. They serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-2pm. Enjoy noshing on Brunch Poutine (tater tots, gravy, cheese curds, bacon, scallions), Biscuits and Goetta Gravy, Apple Pie Waffles, and much more.
Located at 1106 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Sleepy Bee Cafe / Downtown
You’ll enjoy the quirky decor, exposed brick, artistic painted tiles, and open space at this downtown breakfast and lunch spot.
Located at 8 East 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Brunch in Northern Kentucky
The Baker’s Table
Head over the river for this beautiful brunch spot in Newport, Ky. Recently listed in Eater’s “Best 16 New Restaurants in America”, The Baker’s Table has a brunch menu with an Italian twist. It includes Smoked Salmon Toast, Braised Pork Hash, the Italiano, Italian Ricotta Doughnuts, and more.
Located at 1004 Monmouth Street, Newport, KY 41071
Here’s one spot that doesn’t make it onto a lot of lists but definitely should! Bellevue Bistro is small but mighty, located in downtown Bellevue. They don’t have a lot of dining space but if you’re willing to take a chance on them you’re likely to be rewarded. Don’t miss our pic of their Sweet Potato Breakfast Bake at the top of this article.
Located at 313 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky 41073
If you’re ok with the casual, neighborhood bar atmosphere, this is one spot you want to try. Per their Facebook page, they have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-4pm. I do want to preface my recommendation with this: call ahead or check their Facebook page to be sure they’re offering brunch on the day you want to go. This is a small neighborhood bar.
I will go on to say this place puts out some of my favorite food in town. Their brunch menu is limited but it’s one I’m putting on my own calendar!
Located at 1123 Lee Street, Covington, KY 41011
No website, call them at 859-360-3911 or check out their Facebook page