Hyde Park and Mt. Lookout are two neighboring suburbs that blend together almost imperceptibly to form one of Cincinnati’s oldest and most fashionable areas. Hyde Park was established in 1892 by Cincinnati businessmen who wanted an exclusive community for the wealthy and named it after New York’s Hyde Park. The area was annexed by the City of Cincinnati in 1903. Mt. Lookout is located adjacent to Hyde Park and was named for the Mount Lookout Observatory which was moved to this neighborhood in 1873.
Mt Lookout Square offers a handful of awesome non-chain restaurants such as Zip’s Cafe, Muse, Ichiban, Ruthai's Thai Kitchen, Mt. Lookout Tavern, and Dancing Wasabi. The shopping in Mt Lookout Square is full of unusual findings like miniatures at Unicorn Miniatures, and hard to find boardgames at the Boardwalk Hobby Shop. There are also some useful service businesses in Mt Lookout like Keepsake Photo Studio, Mt Lookout Shoe Repair, Nailtique, and The Animal Hospital on Mt Lookout Square.
Zip’s Cafe, who was featured on The Food Network’s “Cheap Eats” show, is one of the best known restaurants in Mt Lookout. The “Zip Burger” has won multiple awards for Cincinnati’s Best Burger and been a Cincinnati favorite since 1926. Zip’s Cafe has a fun atmosphere with friendly staff, regular customers, and a model train the passes by above your head while you dine!
Ichiban offers an array of Japanese dishes and offers take out as well. They are also one of 3 places in Mt Lookout Square that offers sushi! Dancing Wasabi is another sushi restaurant, which is closer to Hyde Park, where Chef Charlie Choi creates sushi inspired by traditional Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cuisine.
Ramundo’s Pizzaria and Lucy Blue’s are awesome pizza places in Mt Lookout Square where you can have pizza during the late hours after a few drinks as well as during the day.
As far as shopping goes, Unicorn Miniatures was established in 1980 and can supply you all of your miniature needs, which is useful mostly if you’re in the Miniature Society of Cincinnati. Boardwalk Hobby Shop has walls of games as far as you can see and offers board games and model trains, cars, and airplanes. Their unique board game collection is great when you need that hard to find game you’ve been searching for!
Visit Mt Lookout Square today!