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Celebrate Diversity with the Best Black-Owned Restaurants, Coffee Shops, and Sweets Stores in Downtown Cincinnati!

Downtown Cincinnati is home to a diverse array of Black-owned eateries, each offering unique flavors and experiences. Whether in the mood for soul food, Caribbean cuisine, or coffee, the Black-owned restaurants and cafes have something for dining novices and foodies. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of these exciting food establishments.

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Black-owned Eateries in Downtown Cincinnati 

BlaCk Coffee Lounge 

824 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202  
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Nestled in the heart of Downtown Cincinnati, Black Coffee Lounge’s menu boasts a wide variety of espresso and freshly brewed coffees, like the ‘Wakanda’ blend. Guests can also try a cold-pressed juice or a light bite, such as a sandwich. BlaCk Coffee Lounge is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

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Cora’s Cakery 

1426 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202  
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In Over-the-Rhine, Cora’s Cakery is a hidden gem that offers cakes, cupcakes, specialty desserts, pastries, cookies, coffee, desserts in a jar, and hot chocolate. The Black-owned bakery also offers catering services for weddings and birthday parties. The primary mission is to create an elegantly delicious experience for the customer.

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Flavors of the Isle, Jamaican Soul Food & Bar 

1807 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202  
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Head to Flavors of the Isle for an authentic taste of Jamaican cuisine. The Black-owned Jamaican restaurant in Over-the-Rhine offers authentic Caribbean soul food, meats, frozen cocktails, and retail sauces and spices. The menu includes curry smoked chicken, oxtail stew, ackee, and saltfish.

Be sure to try one of the specialty beverages, like ginger beer or sorrel punch. With alcoholic drinks like frozen cocktails and table service available, Flavors of the Isle won’t disappoint!

Black-Owned Eateries: Jamaican Soul Food

Nolia Kitchen

1405 Clay Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202  
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Nolia Kitchen is a Black-owned New Orleans cuisine restaurant with a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Chef and owner Jeffery Harris is a New Orleans native who prepares cuisine with sophistication and flair.

The award-winning menu features comfort food favorites, such as fried chicken, waffles, shrimp, and grits. Table-side services and alcoholic drinks, such as cocktails, wines, beer, ciders, and seltzers, are available.

Nolia Kitchen bistro has hearty filling and savory entrees

Pata Roja Taqueria 

1208 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Located right across the street from Ziegler Park, Pata Roja Taqueria provides high-quality, Mexico City-style street food inspired by the culture and traditions of central Mexico. The menu includes tacos al pastor, pork, steak, fish, birria, vegetarian options, and alcoholic drinks like tequila cucumber lemonade or seltzers.

Pata Roja Taco restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients

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Rusconi Bar and Kitchen  

126 West 6th Street, 45202  
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In the mood for a mouthwatering pizza, a sports game, or a night of dancing? Rusconi specializes in Italian cuisine, including pizzas, sliders, roast chicken, salads, burgers, steaks, sausage, soups, spicy wings, fries, and hoagies for an unforgettable dining experience in Cincinnati. Table service and alcoholic drinks, including over 80 liquors, beers, and wines, are available.

Rusconi Bar and Kitchen Menus include made to order options from appetizers to main course

Soul Secrets  

1434 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202  
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Located downtown, Soul Secrets serves traditional Southern dishes like fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese. The menu also includes a variety of seafood dishes, BBQ sandwiches, and house-made salads.

Remember to try the famous peach cobbler for dessert. Table service is provided, and several cocktails are available to order.

Soul Secrets  


6 W. 14th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202  
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In the heart of Over-the-Rhine, Sugar offers upscale gourmet desserts such as cookies, cakes, dessert jars, and more. Each dessert item is hand-crafted in small batches using high-quality ingredients.

Sugar offers unique surprises such as jumbo cinnamon rolls, cake jars, mini pies, and jumbo pastry pockets. Everything is baked in small batches and restocked throughout the day to keep each product fresh.

Sugar Cookies

Whether in the mood for soul food, Caribbean cuisine, or coffee, the Black-owned restaurants and cafes in downtown Cincinnati have something for everyone. Be sure to show support and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the fantastic Black-owned establishments. 

Supporting Downtown Cincinnati Black-owned eateries and diners uplifts community businesses. Locals and visitors can explore these exceptional spots and join Cincinnati’s thriving Black-owned dining scene. Savor unique flavors and menu items while positively impacting the community. 

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All restaurants and cafes are subject to an Ohio health inspection. Health inspections are periodic check-ins to ensure restaurants are running safely and clean for guests. Food safety certifications are given to restaurants that meet the current food safety standards.    

Businesses featured in this article are in The Voice of Black Cincinnati database. Feel free to submit Black-owned businesses to be considered for this and future publications.   

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