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First Watch specializes in delicious creations freshly-prepared to order. Their fresh, award-winning Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch dishes are made using only the best ingredients without the use of heat lamps or deep fryers. The best part is their creative menu features traditional favorites like omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches.
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MarcusG2331
MarcusG2331

02/13/2012

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So Far The Best For Sunday Breakfast

I’m from North Carolina, and we are firm believers that a good breakfast is the key to starting the day off right. Me personally I believe that a healthy breakfast will set the pace for you mission to a healthier life. That being said, I give First Watch a 5x star rating. Coming from someone who lived in Asheville NC for 10yrs, where some of the best food in the south resides, that’s saying a lot. The line will start backing up, so get there early.

BuddyM902
BuddyM902

08/02/2008

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The best breakfast in the region!

Today was my second visit to First Watch in as many years. All the negative reviews couldn't be further from true. Maybe all the cons and complaints came from sheltered and spoiled tourists. The food was terrific, with excellent service. The food does not compare to any ""Denny's"" or ""Waffle House"", as some buckeyes complained. No cons were found by me or anyone in my party. I suggest anyone who is capable, experience it for yourself and make your own judgment. They also have a wide variety of healthy options and very large portions. This is a MUST TRY restaurant! and tip your server like they deserve!

Ba Hawkey
Ba Hawkey

06/15/2008

Provided by Citysearch
Good quick food.

We went there on Fathers Day at 930, and waited about 15 min to be seated. There was free coffee while we waited. Our order was taken promptly, and our food arrived in less than 5 min. Some people say that the food is overpriced, but I dont know many places you can get an entree for less than $6-7. Will come back.

reddog65
reddog65

08/21/2007

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Try it on my recommendation!

I tried this breakfast place on a friends recommendation. The servers were bright and cheerful and the place was lively at 9:30am on a Tuesday. I had the Chikichanga and a blueberry pancake it was great tasting, but just too much (My eyes were bigger than my stomach). I will definitely return but order less next time.

tmardis
tmardis

04/02/2007

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not worth wasting your meter money !!

THE FOOD WAS OVER PRICED, THE SERVERS AND MANAGERS BOTHER YOU TO DEATH. THERE IS NO PARKING. YOU HAVE TO WAIT FOREVER, AND YEAH IT IS HEALTHY IF YOU WANT TO EAT VEGGIES FOR BREAKFAST. NOT MY KINDOF PLACE FOR SURE. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WEIRDED ME OUT !!

seamusiv
seamusiv

04/08/2006

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You've Got to Be Kidding

If this is the best Cincinnati has to offer for breakfast, then breakfast is not worth going out for... FirstWatch is basically a dressed-up Denny's, and that's being generous. With over 70 locations across the country, there is nothing original about First Watch. If you like Applebee's then this might be the place for you... If not, keep looking.

ryan_young
ryan_young

06/10/2003

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First Watch on the job.

Cincinnati owes much to the restaurant of First Watch.
Continually every weekend the restaurant is packed from open to close with families out shopping or eating brunch after sunday service. No other restaurant in the city holds such high standards for a clean and vibrant atmosphere for enjoying a deliciuos meal with any crowd on a sunny sunday morning. The food ranges from healthy, clean, and light to deliciously devillish.

Dizzy423
Dizzy423

01/18/2003

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Too Small

I did not find the atmosphere inviting and it was cold. We waited too long for service. Most of all it was just too small to accomodate the crowd. That sums it up, just too small.

troesch
troesch

01/05/2003

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refugeraunt

Clean, fresh air and smiles. The wait, if there is one, is an anticipation to join a celebration of peaceful mornings. For some reason smoke free envirenments are quieter. Add beautiful plate arrangements to entise your taste buds that are served with a smile and you're guarenteed a great day. Yo are waited on in a very timely manor which says there is plenty of help on board. There is never a question of ""how much of a tip should I leave"". The best for the the best.

donjuan
donjuan

01/02/2003

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OVERRATED and OVERPRICED

Well what else can I say. Food isn't very good and you pay too much for it!
Sounds like a bad place to me. Actually this city is lacking good diners period.

nramsey
nramsey

12/30/2002

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THE BEST!!

FirstWatch has a wonderful selection for breakfast and lunch. Because of the limited hours there is almost always a wait but the food is well worth it. The menu has something to satisfy everyone. When we have guests in town, this is a favorite!

yjhoward
yjhoward

11/24/2002

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overated

First Watch is the trendy place to go for breakfast but the lines are long and definitely not worth the wait. The food is not any better than the typical diner fare....

MandyManley
MandyManley

11/15/2002

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Wonderful food

You have to get there early, everytime I go for lunch they are packed, no matter what day. I love their food you have a range of foods for breakfast and lunch. My favorite is the quesadillas they are the best.

wrenrok
wrenrok

11/15/2002

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First Watch or First Wretch?

Sure, the food is passable, but who wants to stand out in the cold with all of those plastic lemmings, who attend just to be seen, waiting to eat the stuff. Once inside, it's hard to taste the food, anyhow, because the odor of all that expensive perfume and aftershave lingering in the air overwhelms your olfactory senses. And what ever happened to a hearty breakfast that stokes up your blast furnace for the energetic day ahead? You have to eat a wheelbarrow of the Wretch's sprouts and avocados to equal the carb loading of a normal breakfast. To top it all off, there's NO GOETTA to be had here at all: California wannabes don't know from goetta.

midwestskidude
midwestskidude

11/09/2002

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#1?

the atmosphere stinks and the food is ok! try arthurs or echo.

kapilman
kapilman

09/26/2002

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Great Choices

This restaurant offers a wonderful variety of choices and good prices. There is always a wait and I wish they were open longer hours. But, its a great place to start your day.

tillyfrost
tillyfrost

09/26/2002

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Watch for Rudeness

After hearing so much ""good"" about First Watch, my husband and I were highly dissappointed with our visit there. The service overall, not just one person, was rude. Slightly obnoxious is putting it nicely.

krista7519
krista7519

09/25/2002

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I'm hungary, period.

I've never been to this restaraunt when I didn't starve while waiting to be seated. The managers could at least offer coffee without me having to ask. I've been there about ten times only because it's in the middle of a big shopping center very close to everything. However, ""my favorite thing"" was never the same. The food was definately very bland and most of the time not cooked right. And, it's expensive
Convience isn't everything people!

mizzniecy
mizzniecy

08/13/2002

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Banana Crunch Pancake

As usual, the food at First Watch was incredible. The bacon, onion and cheese skillet was piping hot and delicious. And the pancake was huge! covered the whole plate. You will not be disappointed!

azana27
azana27

08/11/2002

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make first watch first on your list

as a vegetarian, i love this place. they offer a variety of GOOD dishes without meat. its hard to find a restarunt that will offer you more than a good ol' quality salad if you're not into the whole meat thing.....thank god somebody cares!! if you've never been here, i strongly reccomend the brunch...

More Business Info

Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
Extra Phones

Phone: 513-721-4766

Payment method
cash, amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhood
Central Business District
AKA

First Watch-Downtown Cincinnati

Categories
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

Alcohol: No

Price Range : Average

Outdoor Seating: No

Takes Reservations: No

Payment Options