The Grand Finale Restaurant is a beautiful Victorian house on a corner in the quaint, historic district of Glendale. The décor is complete with Victorian furnishings, antiques, artwork. If you stop by right now you’ll find it enchantingly decorated for the holidays.

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The Grand Finale has been, and continues to be, one of the most popular restaurants in Cincinnati. They are known for their signature crepes, steaks, and excellent desserts – the restaurant is even named for those desserts!

The Grand Finale has been a favorite for my family as long as I can remember. When we had something to celebrate, this was the place we would go. They have a very popular Sunday brunch, which we would frequent. It was fitting that when my husband, Scott, and I finally were able to squeeze a date night into our busy fall schedules, we chose the Grand Finale. We were even able to celebrate our 11-year wedding anniversary. I was excited to take him there because he had never been.

The Garden Room at Grand Finale in Glendale

The Garden Room at Grand Finale in Glendale

We went at 5:30pm on a Saturday evening. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and promptly seated in the Garden Room. It was a gorgeous evening, and the Garden Room is a beautiful place to dine with the sun peeking in. Our server Kate the Russian (this is how she introduced herself to us), greeted us within minutes of sitting down.

Kate helped us pick from the drink menu. They have an extensive wine selection. There is some beer on their menu and a good selection of whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. I chose a glass of the crisp and refreshing, imported from Mosel, Germany, Bluefeld Riesling. Scott opted for a Budweiser.


For an appetizer, we shared the jumbo shrimp cocktail. Then, we both chose the Bleu BLT Wedge Salad. The crispy Iceberg lettuce was cut differently than your typical wedge, with the bleu cheese crumbles pressed between the lettuce wedges. This satisfied my bleu cheese obsession, ensuring I had a crumble in every bite! The salad was topped with an immense amount of bacon, tomatoes and, finally, ranch dressing.  All of the elements of the salad worked perfectly together and was served with delicious warm rolls.

The menu at The Grand Finale is simple yet offers something for every palate.


For a main course, I decided to indulge in the Herbed Filet Mignon Brochette – seasoned filet medallions, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, topped with fried onions. My meal was amazing, seasoned to perfection.

Scott chose the aged filet mignon – hand trimmed and bacon wrapped, paired with garlic mashed potatoes. Scott’s steak was cooked perfectly and extremely flavorful.

Unfortunately, we were so full we could not think about dessert.  We plan to come back just for dessert, soon.

We had such a great date night. The Grand Finale is a fine dining experience. The food was delicious and the ambiance was intimate and romantic. When visiting, be prepared to slow down, enjoy good food and a romantic night out.

Reservations recommended

Gluten Free Menu

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Amanda B.

Author: Amanda B.

Amanda is a busy mom of two and has been married to her college sweetheart since 2005. Amanda is addicted to social media! She likes to stay up to date on what is going on! Amanda enjoys reading, blogging, boating, loves fall weather, trying new things and shopping. She works full time and her main hobby is acting as Vice President of, where mommies get the 411 on Fitness, Food, Fashion and Family. She is very excited to be able to be a contributor for Date Night Cincinnati reviewing and writing about keeping the spark alive through different dating adventures with her husband of 10 years!