Known as the “Pearl of the West”, Cincinnati is a fascinating city brimming with a rich history, culture and entertainment. The captivating museums, breathtaking conservatory with over 3500 plant species to discover and the city’s famous zoo has made Cincinnati a great holiday getaway.

Thankfully there’s a sparkling dining scene here too, one where even vegetarian and vegans have plenty to choose from.

As we know this place so well, we’ve picked out what we believe are the nine best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Cincinnati for food and dining experiences.

Some restaurants on our list serve meat as well, but as they also have an excellent selection of vegetarian, gluten free and plant-based dishes, we just had to include them. Bon appetit!

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The Nine Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants In Cincinnati For Food, Views & Fun

1. Amma’s Kitchen

Amma’s Kitchen is one of our favorite exclusively vegetarian restaurants in Cincinnati, not only for the amazing selection of vegan and vegetarian South Indian dinner dishes they serve, but also for their excellent lunch buffet.

Expect wafting aromas of different spices as soon as you walk through the doors. There’s plenty of indoor seating and comfortable booths here, so you won’t feel crowded while digging into some of the best Kosher, vegetarian options of Southern Indian specialties.

Out of the extensive vegetarian menu, some of our top picks are the Vegetable Samosas, Rava Masala Dosa, Paneer Butter Masala and Aloo Paratha. And if you fancy trying different tastes of authentic South Indian cuisine, then you might love the large variety on offer during their lunch buffet from 11am to 2:30pm during weekdays and from 11:30 to 3pm during weekends.

However what makes this spot stand out the most is their vegan buffet available on Wednesdays! The little ones can also enjoy the very affordable three-course kid’s special here – Cheese Dosa, Aloo Tikki, and Kulfi.

This vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Cincinnati is open on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for lunch from 11am to 2:30pm, for dinner at 5:30pm to 9:30. Then on Saturday and Sunday for lunch as from 11:30am to 3pm, and dinner at 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Address: 7633 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237

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2. Loving Hut

What better way to refuel during the day than with some of best vegan dishes that Cincinnati has to offer?

Loving Hut offers an extensive vegan menu with great choices and generous portions. From succulent Organic Dumplings to a Vegan Sloppy Joe (how cool is that!), this hole in the wall serves excellent Asian inspired lunch and dinner dishes, as well as American inspired fare too, so there’s likely to be something to whet everyone’s appetite.

In addition to their Dumplings and Sloppy Joe, we recommend their Spring Roll Meal, Cincinnati Chili, Pho Bowl and their Raw Pasta. If you are looking for appealing choices for children, then Loving Hut’s interesting kids menu could be your best bet.

This vegan restaurant in Cincinnati is open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch as from 11am to 3pm, and for dinner as from 4pm to 7pm. But is closed on Sunday and Monday.

Address: 6227 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213

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3. Seasons 52

Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at this modern upscale vegan-friendly and vegetarian restaurant in Cincinnati. With an excellent seasonal menu, expect an abundance of fresh ingredients, allowing you to experience food closest to its true essence and flavor.

As the name suggests, Seasons 52 offers exceptional farm to table American lunch and dinner fare, including 52 world-class wines by the glass that greatly complement the gourmet feast you can expect!

With their special vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy sensitive menus, most dietary needs are easily accommodated here. And regardless of what you order, expect to get your phone out as soon as your food arrives, as you’ll be wanting to grab a photo before digging into these dishes.

We highly recommend their Roasted Tomato Flatbread, Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Burrata, Roasted Beet and Fig Balsamic Salad and their famous Roasted Vegetable Gnocchi. With plenty of desserts to choose from, some of our top picks are the tasty Cheesecake and the Pecan Pie.

With the extensive wine selection and unique Seasonal Cocktail Creations, you can celebrate happy hour at Seasons 52 from Monday to Friday as from 3pm to 7pm.

This vegan-friendly and vegetarian restaurant in Cincinnati is open from Monday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 11pm, and Sunday from 11am to 9pm.

Address: 3819 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

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4. Conscious Kitchen

Vacations and healthy eating don’t always go together, especially when you’re travelling in a completely new city. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to healthy holiday food as Conscious Kitchen serves a large variety of hearty and healthy American and Caribbean Cuisine.

The sleek and modern décor here complete with wall art, upbeat neo-soul soundtrack and friendly service all add to the vibrant and lively atmosphere of this vegetarian-friendly Cincinnati restaurant. But above all, if you love the blend of spices and seasoning that Caribbean cuisine is famous the world over for, then the vegan and vegetarian comfort food at this spot is exceptional.

Whether you’re vegetarian or not, we’re sure you’ll really enjoy their popular Bella Burger, Veggie Sub, Carrot Fries and Stir Fry Quinoa. We also found that the unique taste and freshness of their Homemade Peach Tea is a lovely way to start any dining experience here.

This restaurant is open from Monday to Friday for lunch from 11am to 4pm, and for dinner from 5pm to 9pm, on Saturday from noon to 9pm, but is closed on Sunday.

Address: 2912 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219

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5. Melt Revival

If you’re on the hunt for wholesome, organic, and locally sourced fare that will keep you full and fuel you during your Cincinnati adventure, Melt Revival is an awesome pick.

This eclectic spot has great sun-lit indoor seating thanks to the large windows, as well as a spacious outdoor dining area, perfect for enjoying their incredible food and boozy drinks under the sun. Although not a solely vegan or vegetarian restaurant, Melt Revival serves some of the best and freshest dishes, alongside some great craft cocktails.

We highly recommend their Vegetarian Cheesesteak, Vegan Bánh Mì, Vegan Chili Mac and their scrumptious Artichoke Melt.

This place also does breakfast Saturdays, and digging into their hearty breakfast menu where you can find their Breakfast Burrito and Vegan Baja Bowl is never a bad idea.

Want to refuel after some exploring? Melt Revival’s brunch menu will also be right up your alley with options like the Vegan Biscuits & Gravy and Tofu Scramble.

This vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Cincinnati is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday from 9am to 8pm, Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and closed on Monday.

Address: 4100 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

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6. Bridges Nepali Cuisine

If you love succulent vegan and vegetarian South Asian cuisine, then Bridges Nepali Cuisine will be a great pick.

The casual indoor setting here creates a super cozy atmosphere to catch up with friends around delicious food. But you can also grab some of famous Nepalese momos and head to their nice outdoor patio. Never heard of a momo before? Well that’s a great reason to visit, but in a nutshell they’re like a better version of a dumpling.

Other than those famous momos, we highly recommend their Vegan Spring Rolls, the Vegan Bowl where you can choose your own vegan toppings, of the mouth-watering Woh and Aloo Jhol.

As for dessert, why not try their aromatic Creamy Rice Pudding with a hint of cardamom and cloves. Additionally, the large variety of beer and wine are always going to go well with these delicious Nepalese dishes.

If you’re looking for vegetarian food in Cincinnati that’s a bit different from what you’re used to, then Bridges is well worth trying out.

This vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Cincinnati is open on Monday to Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 10pm and closed on Sunday.

Address: 4165 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223

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7. Yard House

Looking for a casual and energetic spot that offers an extensive menu of American fusion cuisine, as well as some of the best craft and local beers on tap? Well Yard House, situated just two minutes away from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center museum, could be your best bet as they not only have many vegetarian choices on their menu but also over 100 different beers to try out!

This super upbeat sports-bar with classic rock playing in the background is great fun, and even if it’s cold outside you can still drink a beer with your friends on the outdoor patio as the heaters will keep you warm.

Sounds good so far right? Well it gets better! This contemporary vegan-friendly and vegetarian restaurant in Cincinnati also stands out as they have happy hours on during matches, and you can dine super later as they’re open until past midnight on some nights!

Menu highlights for us include great finger foods and mains such as their Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds, Spinach Cheese Dip, Fried Mac & Cheese and their popular Onion Ring Tower. Don’t expect to stick to your diet if visiting, but we’re sure you won’t regret it.

You can get the most bang for your buck if you take advantage of their meal deals on Thursdays, or come on Monday nights and enjoy half price off select appetizers and all pizzas.

This restaurant is open longer hours than most, from Sunday to Thursday from 11am to 11pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 1:20am.

Address: 95 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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8. Sotto

Who doesn’t love an unforgettable unique fine dining experience? Sotto is just that thanks to its unparalleled basement setting – perfect for a romantic dinner.

From the outside the brick exterior looks nice but nothing special, but you’ll descend down stairs into an atmospheric and dimly-lit dining space where chandeliers hang from the ceilings and candles light up the tables.

It’s not all looks and little substance though. This spot offers you rustic Italian cuisine in a beautiful and cozy setting featuring austere brick walls and wooden interior. It may be fine-dining but the atmosphere is still relaxed, and it’s a place where cocktails are dished out as much as the delicious appetizers are.

But the real reason many visit Sotto is you can get some of the best pasta Cincinnati has to offer at this special spot.

We recommend their Cacio E Pepe, Rigatoni Con Pomodoro and Tagliatelle Con Funghi.

Of course you’re eating Italian, and the unwritten rule when dining Italian style is you have to have a glass of vino! So have a look at their impressive wine cellar, there’s loads to choose from which will only add to your special romantic or celebratory dinner.

This exceptional vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Cincinnati has exceeded expectations time and time again. Sotto is open from Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm, and Sunday from 4pm to 9pm.

Address: 118 E 6th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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9. Aladdin’s Eatery Hyde Park

Located just a few minutes away from Hyde Park and in close vicinity to Ault Park too, the fourth-largest park in Cincinnati, Aladdin’s Eatery with its fusion of Lebanese-American inspired grub is a great spot to head to after working up an appetite in the city’s green spaces.

This unassuming place knows how to make incredible vegetarian fare, and as an added bonus the staff tend to be very good at working around most dietary needs and restrictions.

Some of our top picks if you do visit include their Dawali, Vegetarian Combo, Farrouk’s Falafel Pitza, and Jasmine’s Favorite. You can also enjoy their Smoothies and Raw Juices – the Tropical Storm and Mango Smoothies are always a winner in our eyes.

This vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Cincinnati is open everyday from 11am to 9pm.

Address: 3664 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208

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