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Jean-Robert & Richard Brown Have Pulled Out All The Stops With Restaurant L

The Great American Tower thrust its flag into the dirt and claimed an entire block of Cincinnati by January of 2011, revolutionizing the city’s skyline from every conceivable angle. Since then, it stands as the tallest, most easily identifiable skyscraper in the whole city.

And despite its brief history, the moment it was erected, it had already achieved iconic status. And it's time to add another jewel in its crown: Restaurant L.

The fine dining establishment, which is seamlessly blended into the Great American building's lobby, is French master chef Jean-Robert de Cavel and Maître’d Richard Brown’s newest Cincinnati culinary endeavor.


De Cavel's signature menu harnesses the duality of refined French techniques and a casual flair of seasonal freshness that's served with worldly inspiration, giving the menu a creative edge within the parameters of true, French-style cooking.

In other words, you can’t get this level of fine dining and service anywhere else in the city.


1. There are two menu offerings: a 3-course, prix-fixe menu which begins at $89 (with an optional addition of wine pairings at $45); and an imaginative Menu Gourmand presenting Chef de Cavel's signature dishes as a 7-course tasting menu beginning at $125 (with an optional wine pairing priced at $65).

Note: All prices include service and dessert.

2. Hours of operation: At this time, it is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner only. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, and from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Restaurant L’s bar has extended hours Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. until midnight.

3. An a la carte menu is available in the bar with full-service capacity and nightly jazz piano from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

4. For those seeking a more casual experience, the bar features an a la carte offering.

5. Unlike other fine dining establishments, there is no dress code. Your suit jacket and tie can remain stain-free for yet another evening.

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Restaurant L is located at 301 E. 4th Street inside the lobby of the Great American Building.