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Friendly Stop Cafe

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985 Congress Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45246-4445
(513) 771-7427
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • 11
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Quaint, Good Food, Ice Cold Beverages

This little hole in the wall is a gem among local gems. I've been there numerous times for lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed (except for a loud, intoxicated female patron the last time I was there, but I digress). There is limited seating in the place with a mix of chairs and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cincybearcatfan
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Cincinnati
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Cincinnati
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155 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This little hole in the wall is a gem among local gems. I've been there numerous times for lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed (except for a loud, intoxicated female patron the last time I was there, but I digress). There is limited seating in the place with a mix of chairs and tables from the stadium seat... More 

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Thank Cincybearcatfan
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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190 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Went here for lunch. Had the Rueben which was very good. They serve it warm and on toasted rye bread. Was a pretty nice size too. Lunch prices are very reasonable.

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Thank Vetskidog
Ripley, Ohio
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115 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We've been here a couple of times and have had a great experience both times. The food is quite good and the people are friendly. We had great service each time we were there! The prices are very reasonable. We are looking forward to returning to this great little spot!

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Thank DebbieAdkins
Southern US
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298 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

The Good: unique, good value, quick service, neat roadhouse decor The Bad: food is not amazing This place is a bit of a dive pretending to be a real dive. There are antique license plates, quirky signs and photos hanging from the rafters. It has very good burgers and neat grilled cheese sandwiches. They have loaded fries which are just... More 

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Thank RoadLessTraveller
Cincinnati, Ohio
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292 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Three of us stopped here for lunch on a Thursday and found the small place full of character and people. The restaurant sits right on the sidewalk and there is a small parking lot in back but it is a bit hard to get in and out of. You might get lucky and find a spot right in front of... More 

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Thank tlynn63
Cincinnati, OH
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418 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Located in Glendale near the Grand Finale, This is a rather small, older place with about 15 tables and a full bar. The food is actually pretty good and portions are adequate. We stopped in for lunch and I had the fish sandwich (chips included, fries extra) . It had two nice sized pieces of breaded cod and was served... More 

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Thank RJS6700
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Local hidden gem, it doesn't look like much but the food and prices are excellent. Once you've been several times the staff will know you by name and treat you like one of the family. It can get crowded at lunchtime, but they do have carry-out. The deck is a must when the weather complies.

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Thank trickeytricky
Delray Beach, Florida
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Trip Advisor does not have a Good Circle why for the life of me i cannot figure that out. The Friendly Stop Cafe is just what the name says a Stop along the road to where you going with a Little Friendly thrown in for good measure. Best know to me for it's loyal following more than a smattering of... More 

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Thank SharenSierra
Oxford, Ohio
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were in town for a night and stopped in after dinner to have some drinks.This place has loads of character and the bartender was great he made are night. The food smelled amazing also. Thanks for a fun evening!

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Thank Sandy B
Fort Worth, Texas
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129 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Good little bar with really good food. Went for lunch on 2 different occasions, fast service, friendly staff. They do not take credit cards though. Lunch time draws a crowd.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 985 Congress Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45246-4445
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: (513) 771-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8
  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?