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Nicola's Restaurant: 1420 Sycamore St., 45202 (Over-the-Rhine) -- Image: Daniel Smyth Photography

Pinkies Up: The Great Cincinnati Fine Dining List

Fine-dining. It's not just white tablecloths and well-groomed garçons with crumb catchers anymore. (Though that scene is perfectly wonderful on occasion.) Once you relax the sometimes-limited vision of what "fine dining" can look, taste, and feel like... well, the horizons just kinda open up.

So! The next time you're jonesing for a dining experience that's a cut above (but don't necessarily want to have pull out the top hat and tails), give this list a scan. And with that...

Dinner is served.

Classic-classy / Classic Cincy

114 E 6th St., 45202 (Downtown)

519 Main St., 41011 (Covington, Kentucky)

La Poste Eatery + Wine Room
310 Telford St., 45220 (Clifton)

1140 Congress Ave., 45246 (Glendale, Ohio)

Jean-Robert's Table
713 Vine St., 45202 (Downtown/ Over-the-Rhine)

Nicola's Restaurant
1420 Sycamore St., 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)

Orchids at Palm Court
Hilton Cincinnatiann Netherland Plaza
35 W 5th St., 45202 (Downtown)

810 Matson Pl., 45204 (Price Hill)

The Palace
The Cincinnatian Hotel
610 Vine St., 45202 (Downtown)

The President's Room
The Phoenix
812 Race St., 45202 (Downtown/ Over-the-Rhine)

The Wildflower Cafe & Coffee Shop
207 E Main St., 45040 (Mason)

Vitor's Bistro
3232 Harrison Ave., 45211 (West Chester, Ohio)

Taking "fine dining" in adventurous (& delcious) new directions

Abigail Street
1214 Vine St., 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)

Enoteca Emilia
2038 Madison Rd., 45208 (O'Bryonville)

Forno Osteria + Bar
3514 Erie Ave., 45208 (Hyde Park)

Le Bar A Boeuf
The Edgecliff building
2200 Victory Parkway, 45206 (East Walnut Hills)

609 Walnut St, 45202 (Downtown)

501 Race St., 45202 (Downtown)

1401 Republic St., 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)

Sotto Restaurant
118 E 6th St., 45202 (Downtown)

Tano Bistro & Catering
204 W Loveland Ave., 45140 (Loveland, Ohio)

Tla Kitchen + Bar
1212 Springfield Pike, 45215 (Wyoming, Ohio)

The Mercer
1324 Vine St., 45202 (Over-the-Rhine)

The Quarter Bistro
6904 Wooster Pike, 45227 (Mariemont)

7565 Kenwood Rd., 45236 (Kenwood)

Beef. At these spots, it's definintely "what's for dinner."

The Precinct (representing the Jeff Ruby family)
311 Delta Ave., 45226 (Columbia Tusculum)

Embers Restaurtant
8170 Montgomery Rd., 45236 (Kenwood)

Jimmy G's
435 Elm St., 45202 (Downtown)

Prime 47 Cincinnati
580 Walnut St., 45202 (Downtown)

The Celestial Steakhouse
1071 Celestial St., 45202 (Mt. Adams)

Tony's Steaks & Seafood
12110 Montgomery Rd. 45249 (Montgomery)

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Pinkies up, gang.
Pinkies up.