Cincinnati restaurants, bars that open for outdoor seating on May 15th

Many restaurants and bar owners were surprised by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement that Ohio restaurants could open their patios on May 15 with social distancing. Given that their operations had been reduced to execution and delivery for two months, they were eager to take advantage of the new rules. So they were busy washing electricity, getting out the tables and chairs, and measuring the distances between the tables.

The group that created the guidelines for Ohio chose to use specific distancing guidelines instead of a percentage of capacity, as it did in some other states. Groups of 10 people can sit together, with tables three feet apart or with physical barriers in between.

Still, it’s a new world for restaurant owners who aren’t sure how many employees to bring back, how to get their supply chains going again, and how exactly they are going to protect their employees. It’s not exactly crowded outdoors either, with weather probably a bigger variable than anything else. For some, this may be a good start until May 21, when Ohio restaurants are allowed to open indoor dining areas with distancing measures. Kentucky restaurants are allowed to reopen 33% of the time on May 22nd. Indiana has already allowed restaurants to reopen 50% of the time.

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The outdoor deck is located in Silverton at Joshua Baughan's MVP Sports Bar and Grille on Monday May 11, 2020.  The restaurant will reopen the terrace area on Friday, May 15, 2020 due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Some streets in the city center and across the Rhine will be closed so that the restaurants can continue to be served outdoors.

So if you think you are ready, you can now sit on a terrace and order a drink and something to eat, just like the good old days two months ago. Remember, DeWine doesn’t open any restaurants as the coronavirus threat is over. It is not. Please be careful. And please. Be nice. Restaurants go through enough.

Not every restaurant and bar has decided to take advantage of the May 15th opening. But the following is, although it is not an exhaustive list.

Downtown and central

Mom ‘n’ Em Coffee, Camp Washington

Fireplace Pizza, Walnut Hills

Shires’ Garden roof, downtown

Taste of Belgium, across the Rhine, on the banks and in the Rookwood

BrewDog, Pendleton

The Mercer over the Rhine

Mecklenburg Gardens, Corryville

Gaslight Bar & Grill, Clifton

Galla Park, downtown

Holy Grail Pub, downtown

Rosedale Bar, over the Rhine

Pickled Pig, Walnut Hills

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Aladdin's Eatery franchise opened on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine on May 25, 2018.  This location has a full liquor license, 1,000 square foot outdoor deck for al fresco dining, and an area to relax.

Aladdins, over the Rhine

Elis Grill, East End

Branch, East Walnut Hills

Pepp and Dolores, over the Rhine

Bakersfield, across the Rhine

Kreugers, over the Rhine

City View Tavern, Mount Adams

Somm, East Price Hill

Incline Public House, East Price Hill

Nicholson’s, downtown

Abagail Street, across the Rhine

Corn, over the Rhine

Senate, over the Rhine

McCormick & Schmick’s, downtown


Ron’s sleeping place, Bridgetown

Cabana on the river, Sayler Park

Jim & Jack is on the river, riverside

Wicked Good Pub and Grill, White Oak

Tela, Wyoming

Station BBQ, Wyoming

Littlefield and Second Place, Northside

Dojo Gelato, north side

Third and Main, Aurora, Indiana

Linnie’s Pub, Delhi


Senate Pub, Blue Ash

Slatt’s Pub, Blue Ash

Through the garden, blue ashes

Arthur’s Cafe, Hyde Park

E + O, Hyde Park

Keystone, Hyde Park

The birch in Terrace Park is named after the birch that shades the outdoor terrace.

The birch, terrace park

Urban Grill, Newtown

20 Brix, Milford

Karrikin, Fairfax

Relax in the Hyde Park wine bar

Pirate Bay, Columbia Tusculum

Mesa Loca, Hyde Park

Brew River, Linwood

RP McMurphy’s Pub, Oakley

Dana Gardens, Norwood

St. Bernard Pub, St. Bernard

Sorrento’s Italian joint, Norwood

Wiedemann Brewery, St. Bernard

The Oak Tavern, Oakley

The pub Rookwood, Norwood

O’Bryon’s Bar & Grill, O’Bryonville

Sorrento's Italian Joint has a new outdoor bar and terrace with a bocce court and fire pit.


Episcopal Quarter, Loveland

Five Bistro, Hamilton

Mei, Montgomery

Empanadas here, Mason

The outdoor deck is located in Silverton at Joshua Baughan's MVP Sports Bar and Grille on Monday May 11, 2020.  The restaurant will reopen the terrace area on Friday, May 15, 2020 due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

MVP Sports Bar and Grill, Silverton

Pacific Cuisine, Montgomery

Piccolo Wine Bar, Glendale

Aladdins, West Chester

DeSha, Symmes Township

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