Local Eats

We will break for lunch between 12:15 and 1:45pm. The food court at the Convention Center will be open for dining during that time OR you are welcome to leave and find lunch. We highly recommend one of these highly rated, local eateries in the nearby area.




Smoke Justis – BBQ

Multilevel sports bar offering smoked meats, craft beers, numerous whiskeys, games & live music.

Keystone Bar & Grill – American

Casual chain offering standard bar eats & a mac ‘n’ cheese menu, plus many craft beers & bourbons.

Blinkers Tavern – American + Seafood

Cozy choice for steaks, seafood, burgers & pasta with a happy hour scene & two outdoor patios.

Covington Yard – Shipping Container Restaurants

-Talons Cincy Fried

-Hangry Omar’s Slider Shack

-Nacho Average Taco Cart


Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant – American

Member of a small chain offering classic pub fare & lots of beers amid live music & game-watching.


The Standard Covington – American

A small menu with American style offerings including salad, snacks, and sandwiches.


Riverside Korean Restaurant – Korean

Intimate, longtime eatery with a wide-ranging menu, floor-seating option & a private karaoke room.


KungFood Amerasia – Taiwanese

Taiwanese dishes & a wide selection of craft beers in a kitschy spot with kung fu posters.


Ripple Wine Bar – Tapas & Wine (GF)

Unique tapas style shared plates made with fresh ingredients complimented by a bespoke service experience.


OLLA Taqueria – Mexican 

A variety of popular selections which include tacos, burritos, and more served with authentic sides.

Libby’s Southern Comfort – Southern

Southern classics like mac & cheese, fried green tomatoes & po’ boys in a snug former grocery store.


Tercer Dia – Guatemalan

Small menu with authentic, Guatemalan comfort-food delivered with fresh, homemade corn tortillas and hot sauce. 


Wunderbar! – German

Funky, neighborhood nook with house made sausages & other German nibbles, plus craft beers & a patio.


Goodfellas Pizzeria – Fast Pizza

Quick service pizzeria with by the slice or full pie options along with subs, sandwiches, salads, and desserts.


Cedar – American

Down-home restaurant dishing up brunch staples, burgers & salads, plus coffee & craft cocktails.


Otto’s – American/Fine Dining

Intimate, refined American bistro known for its fried green tomatoes & Sunday brunch.


Taqueria San Miguel – Mexican

Fresh, authentic Mexican food with fast service including Tacos, Sopes, Tortas, and Huarache. 

Agave & Rye – Mexican

Traditional Mexican street faves, epic tacos made from scratch, and craft cocktails.


Rich’s Proper Food & Drink – American

Fried chicken, burgers & other comfort fare served in a trendy, industrial-style restaurant & bar.


Dewey’s Pizza – Artisan Pizza

Casual Midwestern chain serving inventive specialty pizzas & seasonal craft beers.


Taj Mahal Bar & Grill – Indian (veg)

Perfectly spiced Indian style food with fantastic reviews.





Dee Felice Cafe – Cajan-ish

Lively cafe featuring New Orleans-style cuisine, accompanied by occasional live jazz music.




The Empanadas Box – Mexican 

Empanadas galore and unique, sides! 




The Gruff – Sandwiches

Neapolitan-style pies, sandwiches & craft brews round out the menu at this minimalist, airy outpost.



Where to Stay

Looking for somewhere to stay? The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas are rich with unique options. If you’re seeking convenience we recommend two options located just across the street from the Convention Center.

The Cincinnati Marriott of RiverCenter is connected to the Convention Center with a skybridge walkway. You’ll find a hotel bar and convenience store, meeting rooms, an indoor pool, gym, restaurant, and more! Parking is located at the RiverCenter Garage or in the RiverCenter Open Air Lot for $38 a day.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton RiverCenter is just across the street from the Convention Center. Offering many of the same amenities you’ll have access to an indoor pool, gym, business center, and on-site restaurant, “NEAT”. The Embassy offers on-site parking for $12 a day.