A collage of food and restaurants near the Northern Kentucky Convention Center with the title "Great Food Near the NKY Convention Center" written over it.

During a busy day at the Convention Center, you may not want to go far to grab a bite to eat. Have no fear, we’re here to tell you about the delicious options within walking distance!

A white bowl filled with butternut squash soup with fennel sour cream on top at Butler's Pantry Cafe in Covington, Ky.

Butler's Pantry Cafe

Located in the PiAzza at RiverCenter, Butler's Pantry Cafe is the perfect place to go if you’re craving breakfast food or a delicious lunch. Their from-scratch menu includes homemade soups, sandwiches, and a weekend brunch menu. 

The wide opening in the wall that leads to Butler's Pantry in the Rivercenter Towers, with a case of baked goods in the background.

Butler's Pantry

Need something on the run? Grab a hot cup of soup, a craft coffee, smoothie, sandwich, or fresh bakery item at Butler’s Pantry, the second restaurant in the PiAzza at RiverCenter. Baked goods such as muffins, bear claws, and fruit tarts are made from scratch daily with the finest ingredients and the utmost care. 

The Gruff

The Gruff

The Three Billy Goats have passed the troll and landed in Covington! The Gruff offers a full bar, tasty brick oven pizzas, salads and sandwiches in a fun, creative atmosphere right under the Roebling Bridge. If you need something quick to go, they also have a market with snacks and a deli. If you’re here on a weekend, don’t miss out on their fabulous brunch!

Molly Malone's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Take a load off at Molly Malone’s, an authentic Irish owned and operated restaurant and pub in Roebling Point. Enjoy a glass of whiskey or choose from 28 craft and import beers on tap. Then dig into some Irish spring rolls and a shepherd’s pie. You won’t be leaving hungry. 

A dish of ice cream shaped like spaghetti, known as Eis, with cookies on top.


Next door to Molly Malone's you'll find Eishaus, serving coffee, breakfast burritos, pastries, sandwiches, and their famous "Eis" which is creamy vanilla ice cream shaped like spaghetti. You can get "spaghetti and meatballs" with brownies as meatballs and strawberry syrup as marinara, or a "Cincinnati Chili 3-Way" (pictured) with mini vanilla wafers standing in as oyster crackers! 


Keystone Bar & Grill

In search of the perfect comfort food? Look no further, Keystone Bar & Grill has it all. Serving up nine different varieties of mac and cheese (half-price on Mondays), burgers, wraps and more. If you want to immerse yourself in the region’s booming craft beer scene, Keystone also has a rotating draft selection and an array of bottled/canned craft and import beers.


smoke justis wings

Smoke Justis

If you’re not already drooling, let’s talk smoked meats… this Covington sports bar has lots of it. If you’re not into that, check out one of their loaded potato boxes. Smoke Justis also offers a great selection of craft beer and whiskey. Stick around after dinner to play in the arcade or enjoy some live music!

Blinkers steak

Blinkers Tavern

Got a hankering for a juicy steak? You're in luck because Blinkers Tavern has been voted "Best Steak in Northern Kentucky" four years running! But that's not all they have--try their scrumptious seafood dishes, or one of their tasty salads, too. If the weather's nice, you can enjoy your meal on their charming patio, or at a sidewalk table in view of the beautiful and historic Roebling Suspension Bridge. 

A paper cup of bulgogi with yum yum sauce with fries in the background at Covington Yard

Covington Yard

Another new spot on the list! Covington Yard is an open air spot, surrounded by box cars that house a variety of food vendors. LIke Mr. Bulgogi, pictured. You can also get tacos from Django Western Taco, homestyle chicken tenders at Yardbird, and sliders from Hangry Omar's. There's also a full covered bar at one end of the Yard. 

Strings of white lights hanging over Covington Yard, filled with seated people and a dog.

So if you're in Covington, near the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, try one of these foodie favorites to satisfy your appetite. Craving breakfast food? Spicy appetizers? Mouthwatering pastries? Some of the best steak in the Cincinnati area? We have all of that and more!