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521 Main St, Covington, Kentucky 41011 USA

Open Now
Sat 11:30a-10p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Outdoor

“freshly made, generous sandwiches and salads”

Paul Weckman opened Otto's, named after his father-in-law, with $300 worth of food and one employee-himself. He made sandwiches and soups, waited on customers, washed the dishes, balanced the books, and put out the fires. His one-man show provided little sleep, and it didn't help matters that Emily had given birth to identical twin boys a week before he opened. "We asked ourselves every day if we were going to make it," he says. But with a reputation for freshly made, generous sandwiches and salads, Weckman's lunch business grew quickly. He built a real kitchen. Two years ago, he draped the tables in cloth, dimmed the lights, and opened for dinner. Customers kept coming, and they brought their friends. 

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 515 Reviews
  • 374 Helpful
February 07, 2016
Rated 5.0

Just stopped in here for Sunday brunch and loved it. Also it's one of the few brunch places around that takes a reservation which is handy as places around here get full on a Sunday morning! I had a croissant BLT thing which was epic and Tatiana had like a crab hash dish which i was exceptionally jealous of.

Also (not relevant): screw you Natalie I know you are reading this, I got here first and I'm going to get more points than you.

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Chelsea Koglmeier

  • Foodie
  • 242 Reviews
  • 202 Helpful
July 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

This place is delicious. I went to Mainstraisse for the first time this past weekend and really loved the ambiance. It was kind of like transporting myself to somewhere entirely new, even though I was only just over the river in Kentucky. Outdoor seating :).

They have !great! drinks. I definitely recommend going with bourbon-- but, that's the thing to do in Kentucky.

Food-wise, we had fried green tomates, an arugula/beet salad, shrimp and grits and scallops with risotto. It was all so delicious. That was plenty of food (maybe too much food) for 2 people. It is pricey, but it is 100% worth it.

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Natalie Akers

  • Road Warrior
  • 371 Reviews
  • 113 Helpful
February 09, 2016
Rated 5.0

Finally made it to Otto's - yerm! They've got a quirky atmosphere that manages to combine white table cloths, nut crackers, and bloody mary's with a concise brunch menu. Seriously one of my favorite parts about this place is they know their specialties (fried green tomatoes) and keep to a menu that won't leave you indecisive for hours. Had the GBLGT (or something like that) as well as the casserole. The casserole was pretty darn dense but if you're looking for a big egg breakfast it's the one! The pancakes were virtually cake. GET THEM. Side of goetta was crispier than usual...and I loved it!

They take reservations so take advantage of that or else you'll be waiting in an ~hr long line for a weekend table. I sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed the excess of free coffee refills.

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Reviewed by
Curt Rice

  • 49 Reviews
  • 32 Helpful
August 29, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great spot in a great location. We stopped in here as we were walking up and down the street and it's definitely a good spot to stop in for a bite and a drink.

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  • 332 Reviews
  • 168 Helpful
July 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

Awesome spot! Been there many times for brunch and dinner and they're always right on the mark. The eggs benedict are my favorite, every time I order anything else I always regret it later. A side of goetta should also be in order. Their dinners are also wonderful, they do a great job with duck and don't miss the fried green tomatoes.

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Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 636 Helpful
February 08, 2016
Rated 4.0

I really like this place for brunch, they have a limited menu but are very accommodating if you wanna add a croissant or slightly adjust your dish. I had the crab hash and it was delicious however there were a couple of soft bones in it and one got stuck in my throat, but it still tastes good. The Horta was great but I think mine was sightless overcooked, however a good poached egg moistened it right up! I'll definitely get it again. My little two year old ordered the tomato basil soup and a toasted croissant, both of which were hits. The vibe for a Sunday around brunch time was very brunchy, but I liked it. They also do great cocktails. Highly recommend the joint!

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  • 41 Reviews
  • 23 Helpful
October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

In my opinion, this is the best place to eat in Covington. The lunch menu is reasonably priced for a casual crowd. For dinner, the lights dim and the prices jump for a more intimate crowd looking for steak dinners. They also serve brunch on weekends that I sometimes regular. Get the steak and eggs, you will not be disappointed!

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Reviewed by
John Lauck

  • 60 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

Otto's is a great choice, especially if you can visit when the weather is nice and dine outside. The menu is full of delicious lunch options and only a short drive from downtown Cincinnati.

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521 Main St
Covington, Kentucky
41011 USA


Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Mon: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Tue - Sat: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
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