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Friendly Stop Cafe

American, Bar, Pub
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985 Congress Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45246-4445
(513) 771-7427
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small neighborhood bar with good food. Beer was cold and we started with what they call potato rags- potato skins with cheese and ranch dressing--best thing we had. I had the turkey reuben with Swiss cheese and l loved it. I had the ham and bean soup but didn't care for it as much. It just wasn't what my mother... More 

Thank Teaxasborn5
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently my wife and I stopped by to this place since it's right by our house for some drinks and snacks right after work on Friday to start our weekend; which we do almost every week. As soon as we walked in everyone was staring at us with confused look and we got the unwelcoming and negative vibe. Although, we... More 

Thank Mark G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

If you want to hang out with the locals, stop in here for lunch or dinner, or just to grab a drink. The food is a great value, with a lot of typical "bar food" choices that are at "restaurant quality" such as burgers, BBQ, chili, wings, meatloaf, etc. Note that they started taking credit cards in 2016, so ignore... More 

Thank Kevin C
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85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Little place left back in time but the garlic burger will knock your socks off. Amazing burger with fresh garlic fries in butter makes this the best burger ever. Fun menu, good food and good service. Small parking lot. Got to try it! Enjoy!

Thank Dawn C
Naples, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

It was a popular place with a well deserved reputation when I went to the Friendly Stop in the 60's and 70's after playing baseball in the Cincy Muni leagues for Tatman Taxi and Allied Appraisal. Food was always good, reasonably priced and the beverages were cold. Glad to know some things never change. My mom and step dad became... More 

Thank napools
Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Went for lunch on a crowded Saturday afternoon. Got an excellent burger and onion rings. Server was good even with the crowd. All the license plates on the wall made for interesting setting and conversation starters. Price was right too.

Thank E M
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201 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

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 

Thank Cincybearcatfan
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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153 restaurant reviews
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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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Ripley, Ohio
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123 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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!

Thank DebbieAdkins
Southern US
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348 reviews
275 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 985 Congress Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45246-4445
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: (513) 771-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?