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Orchids at Palm Court
Orchids at Palm Court

Orchids at Palm Court Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.orchidsatpalmcourt.com
  • Email: todd.kelly@hilton.com
  • Phone: (513) 421-9100
  • Hours of Operation: Daily 5:30pm-10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Saturdays 2:00pm-4:00pm (September-May)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Todd Kelly
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The hotel has three breathtaking ballrooms and 27 additional banquet rooms perfect for any event from 1-1000.
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant offers private dining, but the hotel also offers dining in our three ballrooms including the famed "Hall of Mirrors" and 27 additional break-out rooms. The hotel features one of the finest examples of 1930s French art deco.
  • Private Party Contact: Charles Redmond (513) 421-9100
  • Entertainment: Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court on Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm-1:00am.
  • Special Events & Promotions: For private parties in Orchids at Palm Court, please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Race Street
  • Public Transit: TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking. You may park with the bellman on Race Street or pull into the valet parking area, also on Race Street.
A word from Orchids at Palm Court
NEW! Named OpenTable's #7 Best Restaurant in the USA for 2014!

NEW! Forbes Four Star Rated Restaurant - 2013 & 2014

Orchids at Palm Court is an award-winning fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Orchids features modern American food using French technique. The menu is updated based on availability of the highest quality ingredients using local and organic products whenever possible. With breathtaking French Art Deco including two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel sconces & an original Rookwood pottery fountain all restored to the 1930s grandeur. Complimentary valet parking.

Additional Awards & Accolades include American Culinary Federation’s USA Chef of the Year, Top Cincinnati Restaurant (Zagat), AAA Four Diamond and American Culinary Federation’s Award of Excellence (2007 & 2013).
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful restaurant, food and ambience. Not matched anywhere else in Cincinnati for overall experience"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Orchids at the Palm Court is second to none in Cincinnati for a romantic dinner, special occasion, or making yourself feel important. Service is exemplary, staff is professional and friendly and the setting in the historic Carew Tower and turn of the century architecture cannot be beat for a special night out. Food is outstanding with something to please every palette. Happy hour at the bar can get things going with craft beer selection made especially for them Rivertown Brewing at $3 a bottle."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We have eaten at Orchids 2 times now in the last 6 weeks. Each time, there could have been nothing better in our dining experience. The service, the food, atmosphere...all perfect! The 2-3 additional treats from the chef throughout our meal, were not only a pleasant surprise, but also absolutely delicious! We will be back soon! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "There's nothing bad to say about Orchids. Everything was top notch."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The whole experience was top notch. Service impeccable, food superb. I have dined at this restaurant four times in the last two weeks and each time was really great. Consistent service and food."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "While the dining experience is excellent, it is the food that demands your attention. Top quality, seasonally fresh, innovative preparations, layers of outstanding flavor combinations - these are just some of the descriptions that occurred to my wife and I. This is definitely Cincinnati's premier dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great food, great service and the most beautiful restaurant in Cincinnati. The food was wonderful. The service was great and little spoonful surprises showed up at the table at unexpected times. Response to our special seating request was met without question. For special occasion dining (our 20th anniversary) you can't beat Orchids."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "While the service was not terrible it was very robotic and I personable. Especially slow in the beginning . The sweet breads were over cooked and not cleaned properly the foie gras was burnt and the steak was not seasoned. The highlight of the meal were the Blue Cheese Beignets."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was very flavorable, presentation was very well done, but the service was not as good. The server was very over worked, she was serving 17 people we were able to count from where we were setting. She was to busy to explain the food items or anything else. Our glasses set empty for extended long periods of time. The time between the courses were exceeding long. Then my wife's main course, scallops came out cold! Did you ever try to eat cold scallops? Was not at all happy with the service. I do not know how this restaurant obtained such a high ratting. We have dined at Orchids in Hawaii it was excellent. Poor service destroy the best of wonderfully prepared meals even with great presentations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was my first time dining at Orchids at Palm. I had a wonderful time trying new food and drinks. I felt very comfortable and taken care of. It was a great experience."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Many times restaurants in hotels are average-not this one. Wonderful food-clever, fresh and delicious. The service was perfect and the room itself is beautiful. If I lived in Cincinnati I would make this the place for every special celebration, every birthday and then I would find excuses to take out of town guests. It was so good at dinner I had lunch there the next day!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Fabulous experience! Great seasonal cuisine and spot-on wine pairings! Impeccable service!!!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The service was attentive and very helpful. The food is our of this world delicious. We celebrated our anniversary there and plan on returning soon."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The dining room is a wonderful space in which to enjoy a great dinner. Its high ceilings and walls are embellished with a number of painted scenes and enhanced by many beautiful art deco architectural details. The service was impeccable yet friendly and the food was outstanding. I cannot think of a better place to have a romantic dinner or celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Everything was top-notch, from the time we entered the restaurant until we left. Service was impeccable; food was outstanding, great proportions for seniors, attentiveness of waitress was wonderful. No request went unanswered; we wanted pillows for our backs, zingo they were there immediately; we told the waitress two of us were just 80 and out came a plate of desserts with "happy birthday" scrawled in chocolate on the dish. None of us had been there for years, but all agreed we would be back soon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is by far our special place to come to while in town. Everything is always done as one would expect at an upscale Restraunt . The chateau briand is the best ever. And all the extras the chef puts together while dining is over the top. Outstanding !"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Outstanding restaurant! In a society driven by having the newest, hip, chic decor and ambiance, Orchids stands out and is an excellent study in how to preserve the grand old ballroom-ambiance type experience. From the aura, to the decor, to the furniture, to the live (jazz/ballroom) music playing on the other side of the bar - it was excellent. Further, the service and food were equally outstanding. Overall, one of the most pleasant dining experiences I've enjoyed in quite some time."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We were in town and decided to check out this restaurant as it had been given some great reviews. It lived up to all of what we have heard. The food and service was some of the best I can ever recall. There was a great attention to service and the little details. The staff was friendly and all in all we had a lovely dinning experience. There are two things I didn't care for about the restaurant. One is the location. While there's nothing wrong with a location inside a hotel I'm not found of being able to see the hotel guests as they come and go or the ability of those guests to openly peer into the restaurant. The second item was that as an upscale restaurant it appeared to have no adherence to a dress code which diminishes upscale feel."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We haven't been to orchids in a long time. We used to go for Sunday brunch. The hotel and restaurant are beautiful. The food and service were great. They accommodated a completely vegan meal better than any other restaurant we have been to."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Quiet romantic setting in a lavishly appointed hall in the Art Deco style. Superb service. Extensive wine list. All dishes were excellent. First course consisted of seared foie gras (me) and salt baked shrimp (my wife), second course we both had white asparagus soup and Mache salad, followed with Chateaubriand for Two, and ending with 2 delicious desserts. Nice touches- Happy Birthday card on table for my wife and "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate on her dessert plate. Expensive."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We came after a theatre performance as we have heard many great things about the restaurant. We were very pleased with our service, as soon as we were finished with our course our table was quickly cleared. We had adequate time between courses and the food was divine. Our only problem was that our table was right next to the server station and there was a lot of hustle and bustle occurring around our table. Wait staff buzzing around, trays of food being flown over our heads made it difficult to relax and enjoy the ambience. If our table were located elsewhere we would have had no complaints."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Orchids is a 5 star rated restaurant. That rating is well deserved. The wine list is extensive. The food is prepared to perfection. The service is top notch."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I recently went to the Orchids at Palm Court for our anniversary. This was our 3rd visit and won't be our last. Just like our previous visits, this one was wonderful as well. An outstanding dining experience with superb service in a room that is a feast for the eyes. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and helpful without one ounce of condescension, the wait staff worked together to present the meal with perfect timing and precision along with the perfect amount of friendliness. Hats off to the chef and his staff for the exquisite food. He never fails to give the perfect twist to his culinary art to send it into the realm of fabulous. Thanks for a perfect evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went for an anniversary dinner and the experience was amazing. Regarding price it was pretty reasonable. We had expected to pay more :) Overall, a wonderful experience. Definitely going again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Fabulous creations you won't find anywhere else. Luciousery attentive service. Great ambiance (felt like I was in Paris in the 20's)."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "After reading the reviews and researching the ratings, I was looking forward to taking my girlfriend here for her birthday celebration. The atmosphere is elegant, the food was OK, comparable to many of the corporate restaurants downtown, but certainly not unique or special. What was most disappointing was the service. It was lackluster and unhelpful. The waiter was curt to the point of being rude, unhelpful with the menu and unattentive. I'd have ordered additional wine, but he was nowhere to be found. I was a bit embarassing, having led her to expect something very special."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The ambiance, food and staff were all excellent. Suggest arriving at least 45 minutes before your reservation time, to allow time for a self-guided tour of historic areas of the hotel. Doing so will increase appreciation of your dining experience. You can pick up short brochure about the hotel's fascinating history at the lobby concierge desk. Don't miss the display case near the historic site marker. My wife and I shared the Maine Lobster Salad and Blue Cheese Beignets, both unusual, surprising and outstanding. The medium rare Chauteaubriand for Two was perfect. Our headwaiter Paul and the maitre'd Charles were knowledgeable, pleasant and conversational, without being intrusive. Don't miss Orchids!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, fabulous food, great ambience, and service. Even the valet service is special. You feel special from start to finish."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "World class food Ample portion size Service was excellent, knowledgable Reservation ON TIME!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday (who's also a total foodie), and it was fantastic! The food was incredible, we just wanted to savor every bite! The service was spot on, there just enough and exactly when you wanted them. They had a card at the table wishing my girlfriend happy birthday and had a wonderful special 'treat' at the end that made her feel special too. Start to finish, this place was fantastic, we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was very good, service and attention to detail was impeccable!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We drove to Cinci for a day of shopping and and to celebrate a friends birthday. The food was magnificent, service excellent! The Sommelier did a wonderful wine choice for us and the pacing of the dinner was spot on. The chef is to be lauded for easing so many complementary flavors out of his dishes. The cocktails were inventive. Deserts sublime - hats off to the pastry chef. Art Deco Building offered great older-world ambience. Only one small negative - The noise level was high due to the packed bar being open to the dining, high ceilings with many hard surfaces and band playing. This is definitely a restaurant to visit for an unforgettable experience. Highly deserving of the many awards chefs/restaurant have received!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Eating at The Orchids at Palm Court is an experience - fabulous ambience, beautiful decor, stunning food and excellent service. It was expensive but worth every penny. The food is definitely not your ordinary fare! This would be a great setting for a special occasion or romantic dinner. I would highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Every dish, every detail, every time - perfection! What surprises about Orchids is not simply that they can provide the best dining experience in Cincinnati on occasion. They do it every time! Many restaurants can be the occasional "one-hit-wonder" and have a good night. Orchids is always the best. Every time we dine there we are amazed by every bite and find every detail (china, wine list, wait-staff, ambiance) - in short, everything is perfect! Clearly the best restaurant in Cincinnati again this year!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had the pleasure of another great dinner at Orchids. You can always count on perfect food and impeccable service. Dessert was a little disappointing this time."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Went there for our 25th Wedding anniversary... Ordered the Chateaubriand... it was delicious. They came throughout the courses with 'extra' little things to taste, which was fun!! We had a great time and recommend it!!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We had an outstanding meal at Orchids. The art deco ambience is incredible. The service was attentive and thoughtful. The dishes were carefully prepared and beautifully presented. Many restaurants serve short ribs but these were the best that I have had in years--tender with an incredible depth of flavor. The artichokes that accompanied the dish were perfectly fried. Thank you very much chef for your gifts throughout the meal. I was particularly surprised at the unannounced soup course that was delicious."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "If you are ok with overspending for food that is good, but not exceptional, the atmosphere and service can't be beat. The Palm Court looks like something out of "The Great Gatsby." The meat portions were ok, side portions were very small."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We celebrated both a birthday and our wedding anniversary. We received a personalized card and a dessert plate with a greeting scrolled in chocolate. The food was superb, pace was unhurried, and the Palm Court is elegant."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We traveled to Cincy from Indy as part of our "Anniversary Month" to celebrate our 40th.....this was certainly worth the 2 hr drive! The setting is stunningly beautiful, the service was spot-on, and the menu/food was perfect."
    Dined on 3/1/2014