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Holtman's Donut Shop

1332 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 USA

Open Now
Fri 7a-9p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Public
  • No Wifi

“Truly kick-ass donuts”

Holtman's Donuts, located in Loveland, Over the Rhine, and Williamsburg, is a family shop that opened in 1960 by Charles Holtman.

Holtman's Donuts is now operated by Charles' daughter Toni and her husband Chuck. Baking alongside them are their children, Danny and Lorrie.

Committed to the old fashioned way Holtman's Donuts are created from scratch using the highest quality ingredients. From a family shop to your family's table, enjoy a scrumptious donut. 

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Reviewed by
Cullen Brown

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  • 100 Reviews
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July 23, 2014
Rated 5.0

I was off work and hungry and decided to make my way over to Holtman's for a donut. I had never been before, but the weather was cold and the clouds were threatening snow, and it seemed imperative that I enjoy a donut. I stepped out into the street and bundled my coat a little tighter. There was wind and the wind made it colder, you see. The streets were empty, save for a gnomic man howling into a downspout. An ordinary day, I thought, but the sight of the howling man seemed strangely atavistic and conjured images of my father; so stern and hardworking. I bundled my coat a little tighter and made my way towards the intersection. I reached the intersection right as the snow started. I wondered what the weather was like for my mother in Florida, and whether or not my sister was warm in the hospital. The street was busier here, so my thoughts were cut short. The cars and busses drove more assertively, no one wanted to be caught in the snow, but I was happy to be there and happy to be cold. I smiled. Holtman's was in sight. I opened the shop door and was greeted by the clerk.
"Cold out there," he said.
"Yes, yes it is," I replied. I eyed the selection. It was glorious; like a far-off light in a treacherous cave. Glazed donuts, cereal donuts, Jelly donuts, bacon donuts, crullers, fritters, red velvet donuts, cake donuts, it was all too much. I stepped back from the case. "One bacon donut, please." The clerk didn't waste a second fulfilling my request. I eyed his hands: worn, yet maintained, the hands of scholar forced to toil by day, but who composed feverish poetry by night. He handed me the bag.
"Oh, thank you, um, I'm sorry, but I didn't catch your name."
"Iain" he said
"Thank you, Iain" I replied, stepping out into the street and cold once more. Night was rushing in with the snow and the wind had intensified. I couldn't wait. I opened the bag and ate the donut. It was warm, salty and sweet. It was, in a word, perfect. I made my way home, a much happier, and fuller, man.

23 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 636 Helpful
April 15, 2014

Incredibly delicious donuts. Way better than any chain donut shop. My one complaint, they should have the apple cider donuts all year long! They are AMAZING!

6 people found this review helpful

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  • 29 Reviews
  • 41 Helpful
July 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

Hands down the best donuts I've ever had. My wife rarely eats donuts, but loves going here. People rave about their bacon donuts, but they didn't seem that fantastic to me. Tip: you don't necessarily need to find parking on the street. There's a parking garage a block away and Holtman's will offer discounts for parking in there during certain times of the day.

4 people found this review helpful

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  • 66 Reviews
  • 48 Helpful
August 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

how can one simple glazed blueberry cake donut ease all suffering? how can this one donut seemingly contain all of the answers to the immeasurable complexity of the human experience? this singular donut, how can it express the breadth of existence?

i dunno, it just can.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Natalie Akers

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  • 371 Reviews
  • 113 Helpful
August 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

WOW. I couldn't resist the smell walking by so I dropped in and bought a maple bacon donut which they suggested as their specialty. I'm blown away. This is definitely a bakery ambiance (not a ton of seating space, etc.) but you can't go wrong. This is no D&D's. Best donut I've ever had.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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  • 315 Reviews
  • 323 Helpful
July 01, 2014
Rated 4.0

When this place opened, I'm convinced the whole neighborhood gained five pounds. Their donuts are made from scratch, and you can taste the difference. You can't go wrong with the classic glazed, but if you're a fan of bacon, you can't pass up the bacon donut.

Their coffee, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired. But hey, you're not coming here for the friggin' coffee.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Erica Griffith

  • 92 Reviews
  • 94 Helpful
August 08, 2014
Rated 4.0

Cullen's short novel review is brilliant. I walked in to Holtman's as the sweet sounds of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" were playing while I ordered my warm and delicious maple pecan donut. This sugary goodness will turn your day around for sure.

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 36 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
July 02, 2014
Rated 4.0

This place is amazing. I love their cereal donuts! Its like having a bowl of your favorite kids cereal and a donut all in one, the perfect combination for breakfast (or anytime of the day for that matter).

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 580 Reviews
  • 159 Helpful
June 20, 2014
Rated 4.0

Donuts here are great (just like most donuts), the classic donuts are a safe and delicious bet!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Chris Spinney Long

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  • 198 Helpful
April 04, 2014

A favorite of our office here at Roadtrippers. Friendly folks, family run, and freaking good.

2 people found this review helpful

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Holtman's Donut Shop

1332 Vine St
Cincinnati, Ohio
45202 USA


Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun, Mon: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Tue - Sat: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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