OTR (Over the Rhine)

Welcome to Over-the-Rhine

Historical neighborhood with stunning architecture and luxury amenities

The trendy, hip neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine highlights some of the best of what downtown Cincinnati has to offer its residents. As the current go-to destination for locals and visitors alike, Over-the-Rhine – affectionately called OTR by locals – has undergone a total transformation in recent years.

This charming historical area began its expansion in the 1820s, with residents moving here thanks to an uptick in industries settling in the community due to its proximity to the Miami and Erie Canal. With German immigrants making up half the population, the area was named Over-the-Rhine because crossing the canal reminded the residents of crossing the Rhine River into Germany. The city has successfully revitalized the area, preserved the historic buildings, and rejuvenated the area. It is now considered one of the city’s most affluent and highly desirable neighborhoods.

Renovated 19th-century brick German Revival and Italianate buildings make up most of the architectural style. Specialty stores and unique boutiques line Vine Street and Main Street, two of the most popular spots in Over-the-Rhine. You will find everything from luxury fashion brands to spectacular home décor. Trendy bars and restaurants throughout the area offer craft cocktails, local brews, and delectable cuisine, with many featuring outdoor dining. 

What to Love

  • Conveniently located in downtown Cincinnati
  • Charming historical area with classic architecture
  • An abundance of specialty boutiques and shops
  • Trendy bars, restaurants, and cafes with unique offerings
  • Upscale, renovated housing options featuring luxury amenities

Local Lifestyle

Today Over-the-Rhine is the place to be in Cincinnati. Residents enjoy strolling the streets, many of which provide delightful shade in the spring and summer, thanks to the abundance of mature trees. Reminiscent of Greenwich Village, Over-the-Rhine is reaping the rewards of its prosperity and offering residents luxury amenities in a metropolitan atmosphere. Locals enjoy hanging out at the park while sipping a coffee, chatting with friends, or partaking in people-watching. 

While there is plenty to do during the day, there is also incredible nightlife to enjoy as well. Besides the bars and restaurants, several orchestras, ensembles, and theaters perform regularly. Due to the walkability of Over-the-Rhine, it is easy to walk to dinner, catch a show, and walk home.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

The sheer volume of restaurants in Over-the-Rhine will ensure you always find something to tempt your taste buds. New restaurants frequently open, and established eateries continue to flourish. One of the most popular and highly-rated restaurants is Pepp & Dolores. This Italian restaurant serves items inspired by cherished family recipes and features only the finest fresh ingredients. A well-curated wine list ensures your wine pairs perfectly with your entrée.

Featured in numerous local and national magazines, Abigail Street serves delightful Mediterranean cuisine such as tapas, hummus, falafel, and more. The bar features remarkable craft cocktails, local brews, and a vast selection of red and white wine.

For a specialty boutique offering the latest trends, visit Boutique Cala. You will find more than just clothing, as this retailer also curates a variety of local art and home décor.

If you are looking for a luxury lifestyle boutique, you will be thrilled to step into Idlewild. This upscale shop sells handmade jewelry, unique bags, stylish fashion pieces, home décor, and more.

Things to Do

Whatever your interests, you will be sure to find something fun to do throughout the year in this vibrant community. In the heart of Over-the-Rhine is Washington Park. Many of the area’s finest bars, restaurants, and entertainment surround this beautiful park. Events are frequently hosted at the park, including shop-hops, concerts, and markets.

Rediscover your classic favorites at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. The company is dedicated to performing works by Shakespeare and others, including Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams. Performances are tailored to modern audiences.

Featuring one of North America’s biggest and most acoustically sound concert halls, Cincinnati Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, and more. Music Hall was constructed in 1878 and featured Victorian Gothic architecture, making it a highlight of Over-the-Rhine. In 1975, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark.

As Ohio’s oldest public market in continuous operation, Findlay Market is one of Cincinnati’s most cherished destinations. Open year-round, the market features numerous merchants providing the finest in seafood, poultry, produce, cheese, ethnic food, and more. Special events, street performers, and several outdoor vendors make this dynamic market a frequent must-see destination.


Overview for OTR (Over the Rhine), OH

15,293 people live in OTR (Over the Rhine), where the median age is 32.9 and the average individual income is $66,667. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

15,293

Total Population

32.9 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$66,667

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for OTR (Over the Rhine), OH

OTR (Over the Rhine) has 8,867 households, with an average household size of 1.62. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in OTR (Over the Rhine) do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 15,293 people call OTR (Over the Rhine) home. The population density is 5,741.26 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

15,293

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

32.9

Median Age

52.46 / 47.54%

Men vs Women

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  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
8,867

Total Households

1.62

Average Household Size

$66,667

Average individual Income

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Schools in OTR (Over the Rhine), OH

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The following schools are within or nearby OTR (Over the Rhine). The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
12th - 12th
No rating available
Aldersgate Christian Academy
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
School For Creative and Performing Arts
PUBLIC
K - 12th
3/5
Rothenberg Preparatory Academy
PUBLIC
PreK - 7th
No rating available
Montessori Center Room
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy-Otto Armleder Elementary
PRIVATE
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Elevated Excellence Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
4/5
St Francis Seraph School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available

Around OTR (Over the Rhine), OH

There's plenty to do around OTR (Over the Rhine), including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

70
Very Walkable
Walking Score
51
Bikeable
Bike Score
70
Excellent Transit
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar, Chocolats Latour, and Juniper’s.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 2 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$$$ 4.03 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.91 miles 24 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.14 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.24 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.76 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
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