Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro to re-open in same Clifton Heights location

CINCINNATI – A beloved eatery located near the University of Cincinnati that closed in March plans to re-open soon.

The owners of the Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro shared on Facebook that the restaurant will host a grand re-opening celebration at its original CUF-Heights location soon.

The social media post also promised customers will find the "same great food" when Cilantro begins serving again at 235 W. McMillan St. The original Vietnamese bistro specialized in pho and other Vietnamese comfort foods, along with serving craft beer and sake.

Cilantro's original owner Darren Phan will once again head the restaurant. He first opened Cilantro in 2004. The restaurant was sold to Simon Vederame in 2017.

Vederame then closed the bistro in March to open High Steaks, a steak and frites-concept eatery at the location. High Steaks was open for five days in mid-March before abruptly closing its doors.

Phan has hired Shelbi Nation as Cilantro's executive chef to manage Cilantro's kitchen.

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