About Us

Chef Julie FrancisNectar Restaurant serves delectable farm focused cuisine using high quality, locally sourced ingredients. Located in the heart of Mount Lookout, Nectar restaurant offers creative, healthy, vibrant food that supports our local sustainable farmers and food producers.

About the Chef

Julie Francis, the chef/owner of Nectar Restaurant, is a Cincinnati native who began her on the job training in the restaurant business while studying for a B.F.A from the University of Arizona. In her twenty years of experience, she has held such positions as line cook, butcher, saucier, sous chef, chef de cuisine, and executive chef. Highlights of Julie’s career include working at Mark Miller’s esteemed Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and as stagier at Montrachet in New York City, one of the county’s leading French restaurants.

In 1997, as chef of the Galileo Inn in Santa Fe, Julie was chosen as one of twenty-five national semi-finalists in the Carven Plates Cuisine Competition for her Chi mayo Chile Rubbed Venison with Roasted Baby Beets, Chive Corn Cakes, and Cactus Vinaigrette.

Ms. Francis returned to Cincinnati in 1999 to accept the position of chef de cuisine at Trio restaurant. In 2000, she opened her own venture, Aioli Bistro. In the five years as chef/owner of Aioli, Julie received praise from The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, as was included in the Zagat Guide of America’s best restaurants since 2002.

In 2006, Julie relocated Aioli to a smaller, neighborhood location to focus on a seasonally changing menu that utilizes local and organic products. She changed the name of the restaurant to Nectar Restaurant. Julie attributes her love of good food and wine to her family, who exposed her to the pleasures of the table. Her father, Dr. Herbert Francis, has held many titles in the world of food and wine, among them Chairman of the Society of Bacchus, Cincinnati chapter(1975 to present), and Mr. Gourmet, Society of Bacchus, America, 1978.