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Several exciting new changes are in store as this downtown-based olive oil and wine bar celebrates its first year of business. Read on for all the tasty details.


We Olive & Wine Bar is celebrating its first year of business in savory style.

They’re first, of course, celebrating with food as they launch a new and improved menu. Tasty changes include new cheeses and charcuterie items, as well as a new roasted tomato and basil dip. The new menu will arrive in the coming weeks. They also plan to offer a wine tasting with Hanna Winery, live music, a cocktails class, and more.

Starting June 5, We Olive will participate in Negroni Week. We Olive will also provide many ongoing programs: Live music on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m.; Sample Saturdays; on Wednesdays, half-price bottles of wine in-house all day, and live music on the patio from 6 to 8 p.m.; $7 off bottles of rosé, all day, on Thursdays this summer; and the Last Thursdays Dinner Series, four-course tasting menu with wine pairings on the last Thursday of every month.

We Olive bills itself as not just a restaurant and wine bar but a “culinary experience,” says Leah Jones, who co-owns We Olive with her husband Cody. We Olive sells gourmet foods and specializes in certified extra virgin olive oil that guests can enjoy in Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as popular cheese and charcuterie plate, bites, salads, Panini, and flatbreads, as well as a “thoughtfully curated list of domestic, boutique-style wines,” Leah says. “As staples of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil and wine are coupling that is traced back into the B.C. era, the true tale as old as time.”

Cody and Leah Jones, Owners of Cincinnati’s We Olive & Wine Bar

Not only can guests enjoy delicious foods and wines at We Olive, but they can “enjoy a guided olive oil tasting with our knowledgeable staff” and “learn about new techniques and recipes,” Leah explains. Guests can buy their favorite products and take them home to replicate We Olive’s recipes.

“Our mission with this menu is to showcase healthy and delicious dishes that our guest can enjoy time and time again with a few outstanding ingredients and simple preparation at home,” Leah adds. Guests can return to We Olive and refill their bottles of any bulk olive oil or balsamic. “Our mission is to make healthy, delicious food accessible to all and to be an inspiration for all skill levels to incorporate high quality olive oil into your favorite recipes so you can feel good about what you eat!”

We Olive & Wine Bar was founded in Paso Robles in 2003, “inspired by a passion for locally sourced, healthy, delicious, artisan extra virgin olive oil,” Leah says, adding that We Olive seeks to increase awareness of delicious, healthful benefits of olive oil and support the domestic olive oil industry.

Cody and Leah Jones, longtime residents, love Cincinnati as much as they do food and wine and wanted to “bring a unique concept to the downtown area that would provide an experience unlike anything else currently offered.”

We Olive & Wine Bar is located at 33 E 6th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202. To learn more, visit

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A local couple is bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Cincinnati. Learn about the new place they opened to serve up gourmet food and olive oils, fine wine and a unique atmosphere.

We Olive is a Mediterranean
We Olive is a Mediterranean restaurant that offer food and fine wine.

Husband and wife team Cody and Leah Jones wanted to bring something unique to Cincinnati. They both love olive oil, and Leah, having grown up in an Italian family, is passionate about fine wine and delicious Mediterranean food.

Together, they found We Olive & Wine Bar, which combines artisanal wine, simple yet unique gourmet food, locally-sourced extra virgin olive oil, and a comfortable old-world atmosphere.

Cody and Leah of We Olive.
Cody and Leah of We Olive.

“Both Cody and I are Cincinnatians and we felt strongly that We Olive would be something our community could fall in love with too, and truly the reception from both residents and visitors has been an affirmation of that,” says Leah. “We’re very excited to be downtown, both literally and figuratively in the middle of a fast growing foodie culture in Cincinnati.”

The food items served at We Olive are designed so that customers can recreate them at home, and the Joneses pride themselves on providing “a culinary experience built on the premise that healthy and delicious food should be accessible for anyone who enjoys cooking – or really, just eating!”

What makes We Olive unique, according to Leah, is its focus on the experience. Guests can sample all products used in the menu so that they can discover how the products can be used in a variety of ways, and be inspired to recreate the meals at home. “Each plate incorporates We Olive products in such a way that with a few items from us and from your grocery, customers can discover new ways to prepare delicious food,” says Jones.

A variety of Mediterranean food is offered at We Olive.
A variety of Mediterranean food is offered at We Olive.

Though We Olive’s focus is on domestically-produced extra virgin olive oil certified by the California Olive Oil Council, the menu also uses ingredients such as balsamic vinegars and tapenades.

Dishes include fresh salads, paninis, flatbreads, fresh baguette, a high-quality cheese and charcuterie plate, prosciutto-wrapped dates finished with Blood Orange Balsamic, stuffed peppadews drizzled with Traditional Aged Balsamic, and Albacore dip with creamy Meyer Lemon olive oil.

Desserts are unique and made from the highest quality ingredients, such as Dojo Gelato, drizzled with Blood Orange olive oil and topped with glazed walnuts. The wine bar provides both wine tastings and sales by the glass or bottle.

We Olive will be involved in a number of events in the near future. Every month, We Olive will host at least one wine tasting, and there will also be cooking demos and other special events. On September 30 at 6 pm, We Olive will partner with Revelry Vintners, out of Walla Walla, Washington, for a special in-house wine tasting. Tickets can be purchased on We Olive’s website.