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Friendly Stop Cafe

American, Bar, Pub
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985 Congress Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45246-4445
+1 513-771-7427
11:00 - 01:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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137 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

After watching my nephew soccer ten of us wanted s place to eat and watch football. We called ahead and they had a table for ten waiting for us. Good service. Very local atmosphere. Good place to watch local sports. The garlic on the burgers is awesome. Good onion rings. Very reasonable price.

Thank Mike A
Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Great service , good food , nice neighborhood bar/grill. Family friendly with a great menu something to please everyone . Staff is attentive could ask for a more relaxed environment .

Thank Sheila R
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 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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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 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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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 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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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 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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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 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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181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 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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216 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 985 Congress Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45246-4445
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: +1 513-771-7427

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