Sate your hunger and treat your taste buds on these five mouth-watering food tours in the Queen City.
In 2022, the American Food & Wine magazine listed Cincinnati as one of the country’s “next great food cities,” recognizing the creativity and diversity present in its burgeoning food scene. To help you discover what all that foodie fuss is about, there are plenty of local guides ready to show you the best eats in the city. From unique dining experiences to restaurant-hopping walking tours, these are the best tours for your tummy. In all options listed below, food tastings are included in the listed price.
Top 10 Sites + Top 5 Foods of Cincinnati Morning Tour
Start your day off the right way with this guided tour of Cincinnati’s fascinating landmarks, such as Roebling Suspension Bridge, Findlay Market and, most importantly, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Better yet, intersperse these stops with food tastings that can include ice cream, chili dogs and numerous other local specialties over roughly three hours. This long-running tour is immensely popular with previous participants. Vegetarian diets are accommodated. Tours run Mon to Fri. From $59 per person.
Cincinnati Dinner Cruise on the Ohio River
BB Riverboats have been running cruises up and down the Ohio River since 1979. Their two-hour dinner excursions are a charming way to combine a river tour with a three-course buffet dinner. See the Queen City skyline and look out across the state line to Kentucky as your steamboat navigates the gentle curves of the river. A cash bar is also available on board. This tour only runs on Sundays and usually departs at 6:30pm, with dinner served after around 30 minutes. From $56 per person.
Cincinnati Wine and Dessert Tour with Tastings
Vineyards and wineries are scattered across southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. For those curious to explore the local wine scene, this two-hour tour includes a look at the workings of an urban winery in Cincinnati, with a tasting session thrown in. But that’s not all. The city has an excellent dessert game as well, and the rest of this tour is dedicated to exploring the best dessert purveyors in town, with three separate tastings to prove the city’s sweet credentials. Tours run on Saturdays only. From $65 per person.
Over-the-Rhine Ethnic Food and Culture Tour
The historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is known for its German heritage, which has made its way deep into the local food scene. But over time, the area has diversified, adding broader choice and exotic flavors to the offerings available. This tour explores the history and stories of the neighborhood’s immigrants, then brings in the taste buds to add a deeper appreciation for the culinary sensibilities those newcomers brought with them. Expect tastings at six restaurants over three hours. Tours on Saturdays only. From $69 per person.
Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour with Findlay Market
Another established, popular tour with nothing but rave reviews also provides guests with six food tastings. This one also uses the city’s streetcar as a novel means of exploring further afield, leaving you with an all-day streetcar pass that can be used after the tour finishes. Stops are dotted across three neighborhoods and Findlay Market, visiting six restaurants and offering up to ten food tastings along the way. Courses include a starter, a few mains and plenty of delicious desserts. Tours run Tue to Sat. From $79 per person.