Category Archives: Over-the-Rhine restaurants

Zula at 14th and Race, photo via James Jenkins, Photography for the People (14)

Zula Aims for Opening February 12

Zula, a new wine bar and tapas restaurant at 14th and Race across from Washington Park, is planning to open Tuesday, February 12. Zula‘s chef and owner Vik Silberberg says the menu will reflect a Mediterranean influence and center on tapas. A copper-clad wood-burning oven, large communal tables, both a tapas and a mussels bar and an extensive wine program will greet guests to Zula.

Connect with Zula via its facebook page, twitter @zulawinebar, and its website.

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The view of Washington Park and Music Hall from Zula

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The following photos were taken by James Jenkins of Photography for the People:

Zula at 14th and Race, photo via James Jenkins, Photography for the People (14)

Kaze OTR

Kaze and Quan Hapa Bring Asian Fusion to 14th and Vine

It’s an Asian invasion that couldn’t be more delicious and urbane. Kaze and Quan Hapa have stretched Over-the-Rhine’s foodie landscape to two of the corners at Vine and 14th Streets establishing “something of an incongruous Asian beachhead in one little block of OTR” according Soapbox columnist Casey Coston.

Kaze is the largest of OTR’s new gastropubs with room for nearly 200 patrons split among the restaurant’s dining room, bar lounge and outdoor biergarten. Kaze’s bar has been open for less than a month and its restaurant is set to open this week. The biergarten is currently under construction.

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Kaze’s dining room opens this week

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The view from the bar in Kaze’s dining room – Vine Street is visible through the large windows

Kaze OTR beer garden

The view of Kaze’s biergarten from Reser Bicycle Outfitters

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Late night at Kaze’s bar lounge

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The entrance to Kaze’s bar on 14th Street

Not to be outdone by its larger Asiatic neighbor, Quan Hapa’s take on Asian street food packs a punch. Communal tables, a bar facing the open kitchen, and shelves of kimchi welcome visitors to this beautiful and sleek space on the southwest corner of 14th and Vine.

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Quan Hapa at 14th and Vine – sign created by OTR-based Such + Such

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Quan Hapa’s opening night

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Quan Hapa’s garage style doors facing Vine Street were open during last weekend’s unseasonably warm weather

Quan Hapa and Kaze have taken OTR’s (and with it, Cincinnati’s) culinary scene to new heights of sophistication and greater reaches of diversity.

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The Anchor-OTR, photo by Vital Photography (9)

The Anchor-OTR Now Open

The Anchor-OTR seafood restaurant and oyster bar across from Washington Park is officially open. On its opening night, I dined there with a friend, and we were very impressed with the food, service, wine, and atmosphere. We can’t wait to go back.

The Anchor is a wonderful and delicious addition to the Cincinnati dining scene. The fact that it’s in Over-the-Rhine across from beautiful Washington Park and Music Hall takes it to a whole other level. Congrats to husband/wife team Derek and Jocelyn Dos Anjos! Welcome to OTR!

Connect with The Anchor-OTR via facebook and twitter. It’s open at the corner of Race and 14th Street Tues-Thurs 5-10pm and Fri-Sat 5-11pm. There is on-street parking as well as a Washington Park’s 450 space underground parking garage directly across the street.

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Here are some photos from its opening night by Vital Photography.

Here are some exterior photos I took the night before The Anchor opened:

Beautiful view

And a few pics from dinner on its opening night:

Started with the clam chowder. If there’s one seafood dish I know, it’s clam chowder and The Anchor’s is some of the best I’ve ever had

The Anchor’s fish and chips – amazing



Zula Restaurant and Wine Bar Sets Early November Opening Date

A new restaurant is slated to open at 1400 Race Street in the Saengerhalle building by early November. Zula Restaurant & Wine Bar is a “modern, relaxed restaurant” that focuses on pairing great wine and craft beer with its eclectic menu. Chef and owner Tsvika (Vik) Silberberg shared with the OTR blog a few of Zula’s special features including:

  • A large communal table with an adjacent chef station where chefs will prepare all cold tapas in front of the guests much like a sushi station
  • State of the art, large wood-burning oven that will produce an array of unique food items including specialty flat breads
  • Mussel bar
  • Open kitchen
  • Enclosed patio

According to this November 2002 Cincinnati Magazine story, the Israeli-born Silberberg has worked and trained in Paris, Milan and San Francisco and has served as the executive chef and general manager of The Celestial and Rookwood Pottery Bistro.

Zula will occupy the corner location of the Saengerhalle building at W. 14th St. and Race St. across from the the soon-to-open The Anchor-OTR and the very popular Washington Park.

Saengerhalle (flickr/Ohio Office of Redevelopment)

Connect with Zula via its website, facebook and twitter @zulawinebar

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The Anchor-OTR Prepares for Opening

The Anchor-OTR, a seafood restaurant and oyster bar at 1401 Race Street, is set to open later this month – just in time for Labor Day and the AVP Cincinnati Open which will bring pro beach volleyball to nearby Washington Park. Chef and owner Derek dos Anjos is excited to bring his East Coast restaurant experience to Cincinnati and especially OTR.

The Anchor-OTR’s location relative to the newly reopened Washington Park

Recently, dos Anjos gave me a tour of his 2,100 square foot space at the corner of W. 14th and Race Streets across from the newly reopened and very popular Washington Park. The restaurant itself will seat about 50 people while the outdoor fenced patio will seat an additional 25.

Charred wood wall covering gives a rustic beachside firepit feeling to the interior

Owner / chef Derek dos Anjos will use part of the basement of The Anchor-OTR as his office from which he’ll manage the restaurant

With unobstructed views of majestic Music Hall, easy access to the 450-car parking garage under Washington Park as well as the bustling activity of the park itself, The Anchor-OTR is sure to be a popular destination for visitors and OTR residents alike. The location seems to always have a slight breeze which is nice and will make its fresh seafood and the beach volleyball across the street during the restaurant’s opening week even more magical.

Connect with The Anchor-OTR on facebook and on twitter @theanchorotr


Smale Riverfront Park by Mark Stegman

OTR Update: See Cincinnati With New Eyes

CEOs for Cities held its national meeting at the Contemporary Arts Center this week. The theme was “The City as a Start-Up.” This amazing video was produced to introduce the attendees to Cincinnati. It stars a little boy who lives on Orchard Street riding around Over-the-Rhine and downtown on his Prince Lionheart balance bike. “See Cincinnati. With new eyes.”

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Around time 1:02, a poster advertising a Spring in Our Steps cleanup (which OTR Matters fully supports) is shown.

As UrbanCincy reports, a lot is going on this weekend. Phase 1 of Smale Riverfront Park is opening tonight and the GO OTR 5K and Summer Celebration kicks off tomorrow.

WLWT reported on the grand opening of Smale Riverfront Park in this video. The grand opening will include free UDF ice cream, music and fireworks. Keep up with the park on facebook via the Cincinnati Parks page.

Smale Riverfront Park by Cincinnati Parks

Smale Riverfront Park by Cincinnati Parks

Smale Riverfront Park by Cincinnati Parks

In the photo below, one can see the Bicycle Thursday Night Slow and Steady Riders at the top of the Main Street steps.

Smale Riverfront Park by WLWT

Smale Riverfront Park by Mark Stegman

Smale Riverfront Park by Cincinnati Enquirer

The Go OTR 5K and Celebration is tomorrow! Great music, a craft market curated by The City Flea and much more is planned.

Quan Hapa is set to open in September. The restaurant located at 1335 Vine Street plans to serve Asian-inspired bar and street food. The people behind the venture are the owners of Pho Lang Thang, the popular Findlay Market vendor. Like on facebook here and follow on twitter @QuanHapa.

The Anchor-OTR is set to open this summer across from the renovated and expanded Washington Park. It, too, has a new facebook page and twitter account @theanchorotr. Construction on the seafood restaurant and oyster bar is already underway. Read more about it here.

Atomic Number 10 has 20% off sale of all men’s and women’s shoes through May 25. Connect via facebook, twitter @atomicnumberten and tumblr.

Bakersfield OTR has expanded hours so now it is open for lunch Saturday and Sunday starting at noon. Closes at 10pm on Sunday. More details on its facebook page or twitter @BakersfieldOTR.

Both Taste of Belgium and Park + Vine are celebrating their 5th anniversaries this month! Congrats to both amazing businesses and all the people behind them! Connect with Park + Vine on facebook and twitter @parkvine, and Taste of Belgium on facebook and twitter @tasteofbelgium.

The businesses are celebrating the milestone by offering free waffles (pictured below) in Taste of Belgium’s case and a party during Final Friday on May 25 in Park + Vine’s case.

Taste of Belgium 5th Anniversary

The Midpoint Indie Summer Concert Series on Fountain Square has announced its lineup. Check it out via Each Note Secure and remember it’s all free, all summer!

Washington Park continues to make amazing progress:

Washington Park, Cincinnati

Finally, the weather is going to be great all weekend! Photo via Donna Covrett:

Over-the-Rhine, via Donna Covrett


Taste of Belgium patio

Friday on Vine in OTR

Two pictures from Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine yesterday. The first is Taste of Belgium bistro‘s new patio at 12th and Vine. The second is the street scene in front of Senate and the other restaurants and shops up the street. The Ferrari in the picture might be, in the words of 5chw4r7z, “Jay Bruce living large.”

Photo via Joseph Koester