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Pepp & Dolores, Cincinnati, OH

Pepp & Dolores

4.8
4.8
2298 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT AND SENSE OF HOSPITALITY EXPERIENCED AT SUNDAY SUPPER IN THE HOME OF OUR GRANDPARENTS, PEPP & DOLORES IS A CASUAL ITALIAN RESTAURANT THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO FAMILY AND TO THE FOOD THAT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER. FEATURING HOUSEMADE PASTAS, CAREFULLY CURATED WINES, AND A BALANCE OF CHERISHED FAMILY RECIPES WITH FRESH, VIBRANT FLAVORS THAT MAKE US FEEL: THIS IS HOME.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 121 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 419-1820

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Cross street

    15th St.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,298 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday sauce and butternut mascarpone were AMAZING. You
  2. SC

    StephenC

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Kyle was the best. Music could have been a little better. Went from dean Martin to punk. Also, ran out of luxurious cherries.
  3. M

    Marc

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was the best Italian in Cincinnati. Service was fantastic, along with the great selection of wine.
  4. CM

    CarlM

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fantastic and the wine list is full of fun Italian wines. The service was very attentive and personable. We sat on the main floor with the windows open which was very nice.
  5. D

    Diane

    Cincinnati

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fun, the food is exquisite, beautiful decor. We enjoyed trying all different pastas. The breads were fantastic. Definitely an experience to savor.
  6. DL

    DrLisa

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety. Of interesting Italian food on the menu. Very good house red wine. Lower level is very cool and has a retro vibe.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  7. AK

    AndreaK

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    This is a lovely restaurant with a young vibe. We were a party of four and we had to wait way too long after being seated (with a reservation) for our lunch at 1:00. Our waiter was a bit surly. My pesto pasta was delicious, but all of our gem salads were too heavily dressed. The portions are small but we are not big eaters and that was fine for us. Lamb rigatoni was delicious. I think the long wait for our food left us with a less-than-favorable review, especially with the waiter's negative demeanor.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoHello, thank you so much for your most recent visit to Pepp and Dolores. My name is Regan, I am a manager here at Pepp and Dolores. I want to personally apologize that we failed to meet your expectations and our standards. I would love the opportunity to speak to you on how we can better serve you on your next visit, please reach out directly to us at 513-419-1820. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Warmly, Regan Fischer, Pepp and Dolores.

  8. D

    Danl

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Unfortunately I had a very poor experience at lunch. We were seated at a corner booth looking forward to a delicious meal (as we have had in the past at this restaurant), but we’re overcome by flies. They swarmed us the entire meal and landed on our food. It was disgusting. We mentioned the fly infestation to the waiter and to the manager. They said they were aware of the problem and offered their apologies. We ended up leaving with a very poor experience. In retrospect, the restaurant should have closed off that booth for a customers until the fly infest was properly dealt with.
  9. VV

    VictorV

    Cincinnati

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was terrific, service outstanding. Our server guided us through the menu and helped us make great choices for shared courses for a table of four. Would highly recommend this restaurant for atmosphere, food and service

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  10. EC

    ErnieC

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food , great value I wish they had desserts!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  11. TS

    ThereseS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son lives downtown nearby, so it was a great place to meet up with him after his work day. The food was delicious as always and the service was wonderful!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  12. D

    Dino

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal! The flash fried artichokes and warm bread are a must. Our waitress, Amber, was kind and knowledgeable! Can't wait to go back.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  13. SK

    SKrisK

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and wine! Don’t skip the artichoke appetizer

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  14. Y

    Yvette

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister came to visit from San Francisco and I opted to bring her here to P&D. She loved it! Great food and then great service with Amber!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  15. EH

    EileenH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From appetizer to entree the food was absolutely delicious! We tried new items and weren’t disappointed. Our waiter David was excellent and very helpful with his recommendations.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  16. AM

    AmyM

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great. Food was so delicious and we loved the whole experience. We were there on a Sunday evening for our anniversary.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoThank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  17. CM

    ChristinaM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience at Pepp & Dolores. Everything from the drinks, apps, sides and entrees was fantastic. We were lucky to catch a great weather day to sit outside. Service was wonderful. Highly recommend coming hungry and with time to enjoy.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  18. C

    Cincymom

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Just can’t beat the Sunday Sauce! Very good service!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 11 year wedding anniversary. Our server was Taylor and she was amazing. She’s probably one of the best servers we’ve ever had! We’ve been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time and finally made it. We will definitely come back again! We also loved that Taylor called us party people:)!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  20. JD

    JulieD

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5
    We’ve been to Pepp and Dolores quite a few times and especially as vegans, we’ve appreciated having the arrabiata as an option. That’s not on the menu anymore so our option today was the pomodoro which was highly disappointing. It seemed like we were given the juice from a can of tomatoes and when we asked the server for red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to try and season it up, she simply complied. We’ve always loved P&D (the dunk and artichokes are amazing!) but today was a huge disappointment. We didn’t even finish our dish and no questions were asked. It’s unlikely we’ll be back which is a bummer.
  21. K

    Kate

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and very friendly . Wish I booked for a little later as it was empty and had just opened. Great food because it was early I was hoping for a brunch menu. But still great and will be back.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review on your most recent visit. As always, it is our goal to deliver a five-star experience to each one of our guests. We invite you to come back soon so we can give you an experience that will truly wow you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  22. T

    Tasty

    Cincinnati

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The food was delicious and the service was prompt and friendly. But, it was so loud we could hardly hear each other.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  23. JP

    JennyP

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    I have been here multiple times and wanted to bring my friends here to celebrate a birthday. Unfortunately ended up waiting an additional 45 mins after the reservation time and was not served with sincerity. They forgot to set up the rest of the table for the remainder of our group til asked and did not bring out the shortbread cookies after the dinner like usual. Additionally, some of our guests did not get their food til much later since they were not able to be seated at the same time as the rest of us.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded 2 days agoHello, thank you so much for your most recent visit to Pepp and Dolores. My name is Regan, I am a manager here at Pepp and Dolores. I want to personally apologize that we failed to meet your expectations and our standards. I would love the opportunity to speak to you on how we can better serve you on your next visit, please reach out directly to us at 513-419-1820. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Warmly, Regan Fischer, Pepp and Dolores.

  24. DR

    DeborahR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were told the pasta would be served al dente but we could request it cooked differently if we wanted. After it arrived, I think I would have like it cooked just a minute or two longer. The sausage and peppers were marvelous! One of our party got a drink that was so good we asked for the recipe, and they gave it to us, which was very nice. I can’t wait to go back!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review on your most recent visit. As always, it is our goal to deliver a five-star experience to each one of our guests. We invite you to come back soon so we can give you an experience that will truly wow you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious wine, authentic Italian food and great service!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  26. l

    lovegreatfood

    Cincinnati

    199 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    199 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each dish was super delicious as usual! Check out The Dunk, Crostini al Funghi, the Wedge, the Butternut & Mascarpone and Spicy Vodka Pasta! Falon's service was fantastic and elevated our celebration.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 26, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  27. r

    robwags

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    This was my third time at P&D's, I made reservations 6 weeks in advance for my birthday for a party of 4. We were there on a Thursday, res at 6:00. The food was fantastic as always, no complaints. But our experience was ruined because from the time we sat, our server was there every 5 minutes asking us to order. even before our drinks came. We were all trying to catch up, hadn't seen each other in awhile and let her know that. Every time... she kept interrupting and we started to feel uneasy. We ordered, things were good... but continued to feel rushed through the whole dinner.. I understand turning tables and my friend and I come from the service industry. I've just never experienced this, really ANYWHERE, and it made our whole experience uncomfortable. She took away my friends drink two different times,before she had finished. ( she wasn't even aware that they had been taken away until she went to drink). and the server never asked if she was finished. I have dined on patio and downstairs, the experience was quite different so maybe this was the norm in the dining area. Somehow I don't think so... because Pepp and Delores wouldn't be quite so popular. We are all easy going people, really. I think this is only the 3rd negative review I've written ever... only because I was so dissappointed.
  28. j

    jmhorne

    Cincinnati

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun experience! The food was plentiful and delicious. Our service was excellent. The amaretto cookie served with the check was inspired. I would have bought a few dozen of them.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  29. SR

    ScottR

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pepp and Dolores does not disappoint. Food and service are always exceptional.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  30. BH

    BrianH

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious. We own a limo service and we will definitely be back with vendors and customers. The GM even followed up the next day to ensure satisfaction. A+ service A+ food

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  31. E

    Erica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food here is amazing! Top notch pastas, and expected. Portions are on the small side so you can have multiple items and not feel overstuffed, which I appreciated. The ambiance downstairs is cozy and romantic. Upstairs is more modern and hip. When I visited recently though there was a fruit fly issue around the main floor dining area. Got kind of annoying having 5-8 constantly around the food and table. I hope they're able to take care of this.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review on your most recent visit. As always, it is our goal to deliver a five-star experience to each one of our guests. We invite you to come back soon so we can give you an experience that will truly wow you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  32. S

    Stranda

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I brought my daughter for her bday, we dined outside food and service was great. We will be back

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review on your most recent visit. As always, it is our goal to deliver a five-star experience to each one of our guests. We invite you to come back soon so we can give you an experience that will truly wow you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    Our service was extremely slow, even after we addressed it with our server! Our reservation was 2:45, seated at 3:00, first course came out right away, then 45 min PLUS wait. When we inquired about the status of our meal, he returned without our food to tell us it was at the garnish station. As far as I’m concerned, he should have been helping garnish our meal to get to our table ASAP, clueless.
  34. NW

    NicholasW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I NEVER give 5 star reviews, but I would give Pepp and Dolores a 5 star review time and time again. The food is incredible and at such a great value. True, authentic Italian food.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  35. M

    Mason

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great but grab a drink elsewhere. The cocktails were okay.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and our server Bri was outstanding. We will be back for sure!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 18, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish everything about Pepp and Delores was wonderful!! They even brought us out a glass of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. We have been twice and both times were amazing. I highly recommend it!!!

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  38. CR

    CarolR

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a great meal on one of the best restaurant patios in the city. Awesome food, too notch service, wonderful experience.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  39. KR

    KellyR

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s rare to find a restaurant where everything comes together so well -hosts, wait staff, food & ambience are top notch. I would call the food elevated Italian, but not pretentious.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

  40. N

    Nate

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, and we love that almost everything on the menus can be made gluten-free.

    Pepp & DoloresResponded on September 25, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a wonderful review! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Warmly, Pepp and Dolores.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Pepp & Dolores using the Order Online button. Pepp & Dolores also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 419-1820.

Pepp & Dolores is rated 4.8 stars by 2298 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 121 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Pepp & Dolores

1501 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    15th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Over the Rhine

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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