Family Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Cincinnati

DowntownDiningTopofPageHave you ever been downtown and wondered where you should take your family for dinner?  This has happened to me a few times.  Whenever I’m downtown I can’t think of a place to eat, and then when I get home I think of 15 places I wanted to try.  I thought I’d help myself, and our readers by compiling a list of Family Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Cincinnati.  I hope this is a handy resource for you as well!  You should bookmark this post, so you can pull it up on your mobile device when you’re looking for the perfect place to grab a bite while you are Downtown Cincinnati!  Or print it out and keep it in your glove compartment for a handy reference.

This list was compiled using ideas from our fabulous readers & writers.  Not every restaurant listed may offer a traditional kid’s menu, or have coloring sheets to keep them occupied…but trying new places to eat can be fun & exciting for the whole family.  And there is so much to do and see downtown, that you could make an event out of it!  Try dinner & a show, or breakfast & then shopping or one reader mentioned having solo “dates” with her kids at nice restaurants.  Hopefully this list will help you find the perfect place to eat downtown with your family.

Since everyone is looking for something different for their families when going out to eat be sure to check out menus online to find the right meals and the right prices for your family.  I’ll admit, sometimes I’m looking for a cheap meal for the whole family, but other times we want to splurge and have a really nice dinner out with the kids.  And since I have a toddler, what I consider kid-friendly might vary from what someone with older children might consider kid-friendly.  My spirited two year old makes me shy away from fancier restaurants, but when he’s a bit older I might change my tune.

If you have specific dietary concerns, or would like to know if a restaurant has high chairs, changing tables, etc please be sure to call ahead and ask!  I’ve been known to call places and flat out ask…“hey, are you a kid-friendly place?”.  I have also called restaurants and said, “I would like to bring my kids to eat there, when is the best time for us to come to avoid waits and crowds?”.  If you have any tips for dining out with kids, I’d love to read them, please comment below!  And if you’re looking for ways to make your family more friendly for dining out, read this great guest post on Family Friendly Cincinnati.

The Family Friendly Restaurants in Downtown Cincinnati Guide

There is something for everyone in this list! A Tavola

A Tavola

1220 Vine Street ~ 513-246-0192

A Tavola’s Website

A Tavola on Facebook

Akash India

24 E 6th Street ~ 513-723-1300

Akash India’s Websiteal amir

Akash India on Facebook

Al-Amir Cafe

410 Vine Street ~ 513-621-9299

Al-Amir on Facebook

Arnold’s Bar & Grillarnolds cincy

Since 1861…The oldest tavern in Cincinnati!

210 East 8th Street ~ 513-421-6234

Arnold’s Website

Arnold’s on Facebook


915 Vine Street ~ 513-345-7163

Burnell’s Website

Burnell’s on Facebook

 Campanello’s Italian Restaurant

414 Central Avenue ~ 513-721-9833

Campanello’s Website

Campanello’s on Facebook

El Coyote

41 East 6th Street ~ 513-621-6200

Cincy’s on Sixth’s Website

Cincy’s on Sixth on Facebook


175 Joe Nuxhall Way ~ 513-241-8600

Crave’s Website

Crave on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Crave

Findlay Market

Pick up some fresh meats & cheeses for sandwiches and some fruit and veggies and head to Washington Park for a picnic.  OR do what I like to do, pick up a few different things from the vendors and sit outside at one of the many outdoor tables and eat lunch (they also have some tables inside as well).  There are so many places to choose from at this market, you can dine on something different every time you go. FindlayMarket

1801 Race Street ~ 513-665-4839

Findlay Market’s Website

Findlay Market on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s post about Findlay Market 

First Watch

700 Walnut Street ~ 513-721-4744

First Watch’s Website fusion

First Watch on Facebook


Fusion is one of our favorite places in Cincy to get sushi!
600 Vine St ~ 513-421-7646

Hathaway’s DinerDowntownHathaways

{Breakfast & Lunch only}

441 Vine Street (Inside Carew Tower) ~ 513-621-1332

Hathaway’s Diner on Facebook

Family Friendly’s Review of Hathaway’s Diner

Ingredients (some assembly required)

21 East Fifth Street (Located at the Westin) ~ 513-852-2740

Ingredients’ Website

Istanbul Café

628 Vine Street ~ 513-421-5100

Istanbul Café on Facebook


Known for their delicious Reubens.  (And don’t forget a side of potato pancakes!)

610 Main Street AND 800 Elm Street

Izzy’s Website

Izzy’s on Facebook

 Joe’s Diner

1203 Sycamore Street ~ 513-421-5637

Joe’s Diner’s Website

Joe’s Diner on Facebook

Johnny Rockets at the Banks

191 East Freedom Way

Johnny Rocket’s Website

Johnny Rockets at the Banks on Facebook

Moerlein Lager House

Just a stone’s throw from Great American Ballpark, this is an awesome place to watch the boats go by on the Ohio River while you get a bite to eat.

115 Joe Nuxhall Way ~ 513-421-2337

Moerlein Lager House’s Website

Moerlein Lager House on Facebook

Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

925 Riverside Drive ~ 513-721-7427

The Boathouse’s Website

Nicholson’s Tavern & Pub

625 Walnut Street ~ 513-564-9111

Nicholson’s Website

Nicholson’s on Facebook


Several of the FFC writers love the pizzas at Palomino!  Yum!  And they have a beautiful view of Fountain Square.

505 Vine Street ~ 513-381-1300

Palomino’s Website

Palomino on Facebook

 Park + VinePark+Vine

{Vegan Lunch & Brunch Counter}

1202 Main Street ~ 513-721-7275

Park + Vine’s Website

Park + Vine on Facebook


Pi Pizzeria

199 East Sixth Street Downtown (corner of Main & 6th)

Pi Pizzeria’s Website

Pi Pizzeria on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Pi Pizzeria

Rock Bottom Brewery

10 Fountain Square Place ~ 513-621-1588

Rock Bottom Brewery’s Website

Rock Bottom Brewery on Facebook

Family Friendly’s Review of Rock Bottom Brewery

 Silver Ladle

580 Walnut Street (faces 6th St.) ~ 513-834-7650

Silver Ladle’s Website

Silver Ladle on Facebook

Skyline Chili

254 East Fourth Street AND 643 Vine Street AND 1001 Vine Street

Skyline Chili’s Website

Skyline Chili on Facebook

 Taqueria Mercado

800 Walnut Street ~ 513-381-0678

Taqueria Mercado’s Website

Taqueria Mercado on Facebook

 Taste of Belgium

1133 Vine Street AND Findlay Market ~ 513-381-4607

Taste of Belgium’s Website

Taste of Belgium on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Guest Post about Taste of Belgium

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

145 East 2nd Street ~ 513-721-8629

TK’s I Love This Bar & Grill’s Website

TK’s I Love This Bar & Grill on Facebook

 Tom + Chee

Voted Best Grilled Cheese EVER by several of the FFC writers!  We love this place!

tom+chee133 East Court Street AND 420 Walnut Street

Tom + Chee’s Website

Tom + Chee on Facebook

Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Review of Tom + Chee

Venice on Vine

{Dine in or Carry out}

1301 Vine Street ~ 513-221-7020

Venice on Vine’s Website (Check out this website and read all about this great restaurant, and how they are helping their community!)

Venice on Vine on Facebook

 Yard House

95 E Freedom Way ~ 513-381-4071

Yard House’s Website

Yard House on Facebook

Food Trucks ::

Sometimes you might be lucky enough to find one of the many wonderful Food Trucks of this area hanging out downtown.  If the weather is nice you could grab food from the truck and eat on Fountain Square!  Check their websites & Facebook pages to see where you can find them from day to day! For a complete list of Cincinnati Food Trucks, check out our Cincinnati Food Truck list

Café de Wheels CafeDeWheels


Café de Wheels’ Website

Café de Wheels on Facebook

 C’est Cheese


C’est Cheese Website

C’est Cheese on Facebook

EAT! Mobile Dining


EAT’s Website

EAT on Facebook

New Orleans To Go


New Orleans to Go’s Website

New Orleans to Go on Facebook

Pizza Bomba

{They also have a brick & mortar location at 14 East 5th St. in Covington)


PizzaBomba on Facebook

Sugar Snap!


Sugar Snap’s Website

Sugar Snap on Facebook

 Taco Azul


Taco Azul’s Website

Taco Azul on Facebook

Cincinnati Sweets ::Abby Girl Sweets Assortment

 Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery

41 West Fifth Street ~ 513-335-0898

Abby Girl Sweets’ Website

Abby Girl Sweets on Facebook

Check out our review of Abby Girl Sweets Cupcakery

Graeter’s Ice Cream

511 Walnut Street

Graeter’s Website

Holtman’s Donut ShopHoltmans

 1332 Vine St ~ 513-381-0903

Holtman’s Website

Holtman’s Donut Shop on Facebook

Orange Leaf at the Banks

160 Walnut Street ~ 513-421-5335

Orange Leaf at the Banks on Facebook


If I’ve missed your favorite family friendly place to dine downtown, please leave a note in the comments section below!

And for more family friendly dining ideas all over the Cincinnati/NKY area check out our Pinterest board where we pin our faves!

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    You forgot Paula’s – Best lunch ever Monday – Friday and serves breakfast too. Homemade soups and roasts her own Turkey & Ham. Plus a 7 min. burger. 41 E. 4th Street, 45202 381-0044