Zagat Guides have released "America's Top Restaurants 2011."  The organization uses diners input as they rate restaurants in big cities around the country.  According to Zagat Guides, Boca and Nicola's are recognized for having the best food in the Cincinnati area.  They gave Orchids the distinction of top restaurant overall.

The Zagat system uses input from a large number of diners who grade food, decor, and service on a 0-30 scale.  Boca and Nicola's each received 28 for food.  Orchids received 27 for food, 28 for decor and 25 for service.  Daveed's came in at number 3 for food.

Other top rated restaurants are Jeff Ruby's Precinct, 27, Bonbonerie, 27,  Palace, 26, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, 26, Carlo and Johnny, 26, and Cumin, 26.