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Blue Jay Restaurant

4154 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 USA

Open Now
Sat 8a-3:30p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
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“family owned business since 1967”

Blue Jay Restaurant is a family owned business since 1967. Opened by Danny and Tina Petropoulos, they are still hands on today.

All specials and soups along with pretty much everything else is still made fresh by Danny and Tina Petropoulos 43 years and counting.

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Reviewed by
Brandon Hite

  • Expert
  • 143 Reviews
  • 101 Helpful
December 23, 2014
Rated 5.0

Blue Jay was hyped up. I was told it was the best omelette in town, the burger was amazing, and the waitresses were incredibly nice. They insisted that the menu was large, the food in general was top notch, and you just couldn't go wrong at Blue Jay.

Blue Jay didn't disappoint.

In fact, I tested everything above. I tried the omelette, the goetta one to be specific. It was the best omelette I've ever had outside of my home. The waitress was nice to all 5 of us who moved a table ourselves to accommodate where we sat, and even laughed a time or two at jokes we cracked while others were giving their orders. I tried Tom's Burger, a double-decker reminiscent of a Big Boy from Frisch's. It was, in fact, amazing.

The menu was large. Very large. An entire page of breakfast items, a few more pages of lunch and entrees. I saw a version of the Cincinnati-style cheese coney on their menu, so I tried it. And people, let me tell you - you really can't go wrong at Blue Jay, because they even got the coney right.

I can't wait to go back a second time.

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Reviewed by
Todd Mowbray

  • Road Warrior
  • 187 Reviews
  • 142 Helpful
December 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

Easily one of the best Diners in town. Classic, kitschy, and a bit outdated, it's the perfect greasyspoon. Food comes quick, and is super fresh as well as delicious. Give it a go!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chris Spinney Long

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  • 173 Reviews
  • 198 Helpful
August 31, 2014
Rated 5.0

Maybe the best diner in town. Only open until 3ish but it's a solid diner with real diner atmosphere. All the waitresses are super nice and always take care of you. Check out the Goetta Omeletes for some Cincinnati flavor.

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Reviewed by
Luke The Drifter

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  • 142 Reviews
  • 62 Helpful
April 13, 2014

if you are hungover or just plain hungry and in the Northside vicinity then you MUST stop here for some food! they have an awesome and friendly staff and make some damn fine greasy spoon fare... also, if you like Cincinnati chili their cheese-coneys are some of the best in the city, for real, check it out!

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Reviewed by
George Murray

  • 84 Reviews
  • 80 Helpful
February 16, 2016
Rated 5.0

Blue Jay is an important place for the neighborhood of Northside. It's one of those places that maintains a classic style that's open to a lot of people. I think their goetta is the best. They do the standards really well. They have cincinnati-style chili. Blue Jay is a classic neighborhood diner.

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Reviewed by
Natalie Akers

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  • 371 Reviews
  • 113 Helpful
January 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

This place does not disappoint. Their goetta omelet is made by angels and I hear the coney dogs are classic. It's a very low key classic diner environment with a steady mix of regulars, hipsters, and hipster regulars complete with a diner bar and booth seating. Bonus tip: Shake it records next door is the best place to experience food comatose. Delicious books and an awesome record selection.

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

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  • 515 Reviews
  • 371 Helpful
October 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

Top diner. Great food and vibe. Check opening hours before coming though, but come!!

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Blue Jay Restaurant

4154 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio
45223 USA


Open now until 3:30 pm
  • Mon - Sat: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking

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