Sometimes—you just need to treat yourself. And what better way to spoil yourself than to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a classically trained chef while sipping on the beverage of your choice? Residents at McCauly Crossing have a wonderful array of choices when it comes to fine dining near our Blue Ash apartments. Whether you’re looking for a juicy steak, fresh lobster, or handmade pasta–you’ll find a restaurant that can satisfy every craving just a short drive away.
This is just a shortlist of the many incredible restaurants near our apartments in Blue Ash. When you live at McCauly Crossing, you will never have a lack of restaurants for date night, birthdays, or any other special occasion.
Aged steak, from-scratch menu, and exceptional service—these are things you can always expect from Eddie Merlot’s. This phenomenal American steakhouse is located just ten minutes away from our Blue Ash apartments and guests can expect a dining experience of a lifetime. Eddie Merlot’s ages their steaks for a minimum of 21 days and make every single menu item from scratch—including dressings, sauces, sides, and desserts.
Start with a glass of wine or a cocktail from their extensive beverage list then let the indulging begin. Eddie Merlot’s has a lovely oyster offering for appetizers as well as salads and charcuterie boards. As for dinner? You can’t go wrong with a cut of USDA Prime Beef—choose from the filet mignon, New York strip, or ribeye. If you’re not a big red meat eater, Eddie Merlot’s also offers delicious chicken, pork, and seafood options as well. Be sure to end your visit with a delicious Banana’s Foster prepared tableside or their world-famous carrot cake.
Carlo & Johnny
Housed in a mansion that was once a stagecoach stopover and casino of questionable legality, Carlo & Johnny, named after the two detectives that busted the illegal casino, is also a fantastic choice when you’re looking to splurge on a Prime steak and fresh seafood. The award-winning steakhouse boasts 14 types of USDA Prime steaks, a raw bar, live entertainment, and a vibrant bar scene.
As for the menu at Carlo & Johnny—it’s simple yet sophisticated. Enjoy a lobster bisque or wagyu meatball before your order of oysters and King crab show up from the raw bar. Then, it’s time to choose between seafood or steak for the main course. Their deluxe steak choices include the classic New York strip along with a porterhouse, ribeye, and filet mignon. For the seafood lover, you’ll have a tough time deciding between the blackened diver scallops or cold water lobster tail. The wine list is over 15-pages long and desserts include chocolate raspberry cheesecake, tiramisu, peanut butter pie, and more.
Montgomery Inn – The Original
Less than 15 minutes away from our apartments in Blue Ash is the world-famous Montgomery Inn The Original. If you’re a fan of ribs and barbecue—this is the only restaurant you’ll need to know. The family-owned restaurant has been cooking up ribs and barbecue sauce since 1951 with no signs of stopping. Montgomery Inn is an ideal choice for a night out with that special person in your life to take in some local sports history and eat some fantastic food.
Expect to find classic American fare and BBQ at Montgomery Inn. Start off with a salad, an order of nachos, or wings. Then, it’s time to get your face a little dirty with some world-famous pork loin-back ribs. Other favorites on their menu include Coho salmon, grilled pork chops, smoked brisket, and more. Stop by for happy hour after work when house wine and cocktails are just $5, beer is only $4, and you can order tasty appetizers for $7 or less.
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern
Serving up all-American fare at an elevated level Parkers Blue Ash Tavern is doing it right. Not only is their steak mouth-watering, but it’s their house-made salads that have really put them on the map.
Open for lunch and dinner, Parkers Blue Ash Tavern offers its guests a wide array of appetizers from calamari and chicken wings to crispy brussels sprouts and spinach artichoke dip. Mesquite-grilled steaks are the name-of-the-game for the restaurant’s entrees, but they also serve up cedar plank salmon, crab-stuffed shrimp, chicken pot pie, and homemade meatloaf. Craving a salad? Parkers Blue Ash Tavern is where you’ll want to satisfy that craving. Treat yourself to the Parkers’ Chopped Salad or Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon Salad. Finish your meal with a chocolate ganache cake or an order of Ohio maple sugar cotton candy. Be sure to stop by for their Sunday brunch buffet that comes with a complimentary mimosa, bloody Mary, or screwdriver.
We’ve got another steak destination for our residents at McCauly Crossing—but this time? There are pasta and crepes! Grand Finale is just 15 minutes from our Blue Ash apartments and they’ve been listed as one of Cincinnati’s ‘Top 5 Steak Houses’. For over four decades, Grand Finale has won award after award for not only their steak but for their brunch, cheesecake, chicken, chocolate desserts, and outdoor seating. They’re also known as the “Best Place to Celebrate a Special Occasion” and “The City’s 4 “Most Romantic” Restaurants.”
Stop by Grand Finale for lunch where you can enjoy pistachio salmon cakes, shrimp & lobster linguini, or choose from a selection of savory crepes. For dinner, your options become endless. Appetizer choices include artichoke fritters and French onion soup, while the entrees include sirloins, filets, and racks of lamb. To fulfill your pasta dreams, order up the grand spaghetti toss or seafood linguini. Their impressive dessert menu features white chocolate mousse, chocolate cordial pie, caramel pie, and so much more.
Jag’s Steak & Seafood
Jag’s has been a fine dining staple in Cincinnati since 2003 and today, they’re known as one of the best steak, seafood, and raw bar establishments in the region. Not to mention, you can enjoy live music in the Piano Bar six nights a week—making Jag’s a go-to destination for every special occasion or a fancy night out. Winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2006, the wine connoisseur will certainly find something they love and for the lovebirds, they were listed in the top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in 2019 by OpenTable.
Gourmet appetizers on the menu include filet carpaccio, Pomodoro mussels, and crab cake napoleon and from-scratch soup choices include crab bisque, French Maui onion soup, and wild mushroom bisque potato. As for entrees, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the chicken, seafood, pasta, and steak offerings. Should you go for the black truffle scallops, filet mignon stroganoff, or a cowboy ribeye with bearnaise sauce? Whatever you choose you can’t go wrong, just be sure to save room for some bourbon bread pudding or key lime torte.
Exquisite Dining is all around our Blue Ash Apartments
Clearly – fine dining is around every corner when you live at McCauly Crossing. No matter the occasion, you’re sure to find the perfect place to celebrate with some delicious food and wonderful ambiance. Be sure to book a tour of our apartments in Blue Ash today.