With its spectacular Ohio River valley views, romance abounds in Cincinnati. The Queen City's restaurant scene is no exception, providing gastronomic adventures in cozy spots. Plenty of eateries here not only offer decadent desserts and delicious entrees, but showcase one-of-a-kind venues where the ambiance has proven to be ideal for spending an evening away from the kids, impressing a first date or popping the big question.
Couples looking for delicious dining that can be had in architecturally interesting place can visit The Precinct. The business casual steakhouse is housed in Cincinnati's former Police Patrol House No. 6, a 1901 Romanesque-style structure with "round, arched windows" according to the website. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks. Inside the "intimate, rich interior" The Precinct serves classic dishes like oysters on the half shell and lobster tail, both at market price. Steaks, all priced more than $30, include traditional cuts, some of which are paired with seafood. Lamb, veal and fish are also on the menu. The Precinct 311 Delta Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45226 513-321-5454 jeffruby.com
Daveed's at 934
Daveed's at 934, in the trendy Mt. Adams neighborhood, serves new American dishes and has an extensive wine list for pairing. Zagat in 2008 scored it well, using words like "quirky," "eclectic" and "cutting-edge" to describe the cuisine and upscale casual atmosphere. It celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2009 by featuring a dinner menu with items like seared and grilled La Belle Farms foie gras, with Meyer lemon and lavender ice cream, as a $22 appetizer; and slow-cooked Scottish salmon for $21. Brave diners can trust the chef to prepare a blind tasting menu of three to 12 courses. "Final Thoughts of Desire," post entrée, include artisanal cheese selections, cheese cake and more. Daveed's at 934 934 Hatch St. Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-721-2665 daveeds.net
The view at the upscale casual Primavista is stellar, and online reviews from locals and critics claim the food is wonderful too. The establishment, five minutes from downtown, is also consistently voted one of the best romantic and Italian restaurants in the city by the likes of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Magazine. Primavista features a panoramic vista of Cincinnati's skyline, the Ohio River, stadiums and northern Kentucky. Patrons also enjoy feasting on appetizers like pesto and mushroom-stuffed mozzarella with roasted tomatoes and balsamic glaze, veal meatballs with linguini and tomato basil sauce, and tiramisu. Primavista 810 Matson Pl. Cincinnati, OH 45204 513-251-6467 pvista.com
Nicola's website states it focuses on simplicity when it comes to offering patrons a memorable dining experience. Located in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, this business casual eatery serves up sophisticated, yet approachable dishes like braised Berkshire pork belly, pan-seared skate wing, and in-house made pastas like pappardelle with sauteed rapini and Italian sausage for less than $30. Its orange Rum cake is served with mascarpone gelato under subdued lighting. Nicola's Ristorante 1420 Sycamore St. Cincinnati, Oh 45202 513-721-6200 nicolasrestaurant.com
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