5 Laid-Back Lunch Spots in Cincinnati

Kickback, Relax and Enjoy the Food Taste of Belgium Cincinnati Laid-Back Lunch Spots

Cincinnati is full of one-of-a-kind bistros and restaurants that are perfect for any occasion. Whether enjoying the city with your family or on your lunch break, these daytime diners are always happy to offer a unique taste that really satisfies any craving. The laid back environment makes the locations the ideal place to take a vacation from the real world, even if just for a minute. Take the pressure away from an important meeting or spend quality time in a peaceful setting with a friend in one of these tranquil restaurants.

Taste of Belgium

While Belgium is best-known for its breakfast items, this small bistro is quickly gaining in popularity. Offering a variety of waffles, crepes and baked goods, this café can be the perfect mid-day pick-me-up. A full line of salads and sandwiches, as well as delicious espresso, is also available for those wanting a very filling lunch. The quiet bistro offers two locations, one on Vine Street and the other on Race Street, and both offer take-away.

Happy Days Café

At Happy Days Café, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy. Located on Warsaw Avenue, this American-style café offers a wide variety of dishes, including Greek, American and vegetarian-friendly fare. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Happy Days Café shines during its quiet lunch hours. Peaceful and casual, this is the budget-friendly place to go for a burger and fries or scrumptious salad.


Tourists seeking an eclectic brunch often find comfort in Annabel’s. The Delta Avenue café offers a casual environment and food that is nothing short of delicious. Called a gem by many diners, Annabel’s offers a variety of meals and baked goods. While they have a long, creative menu, they are best known for their breakfast dishes such as Pumpkin-Carrot Faux French Toast, which comes complete with pecans and cream cheese.


Located on Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati, this classic diner helps to keep the spirit of the 1950s alive. The small space offers plenty of seating and a busy, yet quiet environment great for conducting business. There are several top choices on the all-American menu, including burgers, sandwiches, fish and barbecue. One of the stars of the menu is the hand-dipped milkshake, which is available any time of the day.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Sometimes, people just want a great price and plenty to eat. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen on Northwest Boulevard creates a casual dining experience that allows people to get all things seafood. The Cajun-style diner offers several unique appetizers and entrees, including crawfish etouffee, catfish Po Boy and alligator. Southern desserts like Sweet Potato Pecan Pie and Praline Cheesecake can cure any sweet tooth craving. Overall, this casual café offers a one-of-a-kind feel for diners, and a quick take-out service for those who want to eat in a hurry.

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