Lamb, sea bass and pasta selections are also delightful, as well as gourmet side accompaniments such as lobster potatoes with black truffle butter.
Flair: For many, dining at the Celestial is an event reserved for a special of occasion. Dress nicely and prepare to settle in and relish the experience of truly elegant service, while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Cincinnati skyline.
1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-241-4455. Open 7 days. $19-$54.
Fuji Steak House
Flavor: Fuji prides itself on offering guests an authentic Japanese sushi and hibachi experience. Tempura, Teriyaki and Bento Box are just a few of the options. Like to participate in your meal? Have the Hibachi and enjoy not just a show, but strip steak, shrimp, lobster or fresh veggies.
Flair: Fuji has expanded to many new locations. The décor seeks to capture the cultural character of Japan. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
7687 Mall Road, Florence, 859-746-8180; 4389 East Gate Square Drive, Eastgate, 513-752-9222; 3373 Princeton Road, Fairfield, 513-844-2600; 3836 Paxton Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-0500. Open 7 days. $12-$32.
Jag’s Steak and Seafood
Flavor: The 8-ounce Kobe filet, served with au gratin potatoes and sautéed spinach, is the culinary equivalent of velvet. Two other filet favorites are the Black Truffle Filet and the 10-ounce Big Oscar topped with shrimp, lobster and king crab and finished with a lobster Hollandaise sauce. Jag’s also offers a raw bar and entrées such as Chilean Seabass and Alaskan King Crab Legs as well as several vegetarian choices.
Flair: With six individualized dining rooms, you’re likely to find one that fits your mood du jour. Try the Library Room when you’re feeling all masculine — you’ll fit right in with the floor-to-ceiling mahogany paneling, built-in bookcases and burgundy chairs. Or check out a variety of live music in the restaurant’s swanky lounge.
5980 West Chester Blvd., West Chester, 513-860-5353. Open Monday-Saturday. $10-$60.
Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
Flavor: If you love steak you have about a zero percent chance of being let down with one of Ruby’s — they dry-age their own. There are several non-steak options on the menu, including good seafood dishes, but the cow is king (queen?) at Ruby’s.
Flair: Don’t be surprised if a yellow Lamborghini pulls up on the sidewalk during your dinner or you see Charlie Luken or some other local hotshot chatting on the patio any day of the week. It’s definitely a place to see and be seen. Winner of “Best Waitstaff/Service.”
700 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-784-1200. Open Monday-Saturday. $24-$72.
Maury’s Tiny Cove
Flavor: Maury’s is a casual steakhouse, offering traditional steakhouse fare such as the filet or ribs. The seafood menu ranges from salmon, shrimp and lobster to wonderful fried fish entrées like the Icelandic cod. In case you can’t decide, try the surf and turf options. Maury’s has been packed full of flavor and West Side tradition since 1949.
Flair: Get your Mad Men on, Cincinnati style, at Maury’s Bar, the recently re-opened retro cocktail lounge that’s the coolest in Cheviot. Maury’s classic martinis and manhattans taste great with the West Side Cincinnati Sampler: goetta balls, mini-reubens, and hanky pankies.
3908 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-662-2683. Open Monday-Saturday, Sundays seasonally. $18-$37.
Morton’s — The Steakhouse
Flavor: Known for its high-quality beef, elegant service and oversized martinis, Morton’s is widely regarded as steakhouse dining at its finest. Where else can you experience a drive-by cart laden with cuts of raw meat, seafood and vegetables so you can view your meal-to-be in the raw? There are also excellent salads, seafood and a nice selection of vegetable side dishes for two (or more). The happy-hour food specials in the new bar area are the draw for those of us on a budget.
Flair: The Carew Tower location is steakhouse deluxe, with lots of dark woods and tuxedo-clad waiters. In addition to your appetite, better bring your wallet.
441 Vine St., Downtown, 513-621-3111. Open 7 days. $23-$45.
Flavor: You can always rely on a Jeff Ruby restaurant for a big, rare steak and platters of seafood. The Precinct, the first in a long line of Ruby steakhouses, has been doing it since 1981. You can’t go wrong with a sirloin or a porterhouse, but there are options — like pan-roasted grouper, or something from “Hussey’s Table, in homage to Jimmy Hussey, the king of tableside cooks,” which includes Cajun Shrimp, Shrimp and Crab Saute or Hussey’s Famous Fettuccine for Two.
Flair: Well-dressed guests and sparkling china. The Precinct is a great place to people watch. Play spot the local celebrity over drinks in the bar before dinner. Winner of “Best Steaks.”
311 Delta Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-5454. Open 7 days. $26-$46.
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