Orchids at Palm Court
Orchids at Palm Court

Orchids at Palm Court

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.orchidsatpalmcourt.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 5134219100x
  • Entertainment: Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court on Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm-1:00am.
  • Special Events: 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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Orchids at Palm Court reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (171)romantic (153)fit for foodies (148)notable wine list (86)vibrant bar scene (31)good for groups (27)neighborhood gem (26)great for brunch (16)hot spot (16)scenic view (15)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • elegant dining experience
    WineMavenVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We had never been to this restaurant before. I t is in a building dating back to the 1930's and it still has the Art Decco charm. The restaurant is more upscale than we anticipated. The service was attentive. The food was very good but small portions and heavy on presentation. They gave us a small complimentary starter, tasting of a beet salad and a few candies for dessert. We had theatre tickets and knew we had a time limit and were very helpful in serving us promptly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    The ambiance and service were outstanding! The food was just a little better than average.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get in line!
    GNUCKS
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    All other Cincy restaurants can just get in line behind Orchids. They have no match from before you get there to when you leave. They called the day before not only confirming our attendance but the whys and what fors. The staff knew about us from the get. Everything was first class and elegant. A great food experience in the most beautiful room in the city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy
    srj223
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Classy restaurant in the gorgeous 1930's art deco hotel, the Netherland Plaza. The food was excellent, and a beautiful place to celebrate our anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nostalgic Elegance
    Ronw441
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    A beautiful five star experience in one of Cincinnati's historic gems. The food was excellent (try the chateaubriand) with a wide list of savory ingredients uncommon to lesser venues. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Place
    KimmyKayVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Loved everything about this restaurant--and we are foodies and probably over-critique wherever we go. Attentive service; all 4 courses were outstanding and artistically plated. It was our 35th anniversary and they had a lovely card waiting at our table with our names on it--a very nice touch. Would definitely come back here--Chef is inventive and we were duly impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely worth every penny.
    TornadoTony
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went to Orchids for our anniversary and received the best service I have ever seen. All three courses along with the chef special were delicious. Each dish had a very distinct flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luvtodineout
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fantastic Experience to celebrate our twin neices 18th birthday!!! Excellent! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    GicsVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Without a doubt the best restaurant in Cincinnati. Service is attentive but not overwhelming - wine list is top notch and food is fabulous - from presentation to the last bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We loved it. From the (free) valet parking in the inside garage, to the opulence of the Netherlands Hilton, to the elegant ambience of the Orchids, to the incredibly wonderful and creative food and the lovely, efficient staff. We are returning for more special occasions. This one was for anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb gastronomy
    RBIndy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was incredible, the service perfect and the atmosphere very cosey. A restaurant that should qualify for at least one star on the Michelin guide
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificient
    dscap
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our 8th anniversary last evening at the spectacular Orchids at Palm Court. We selected the five course tasting menu with pairings. Each course was lovely, flavorful and near perfection. The ambiance, spectacular. The service we received from Debbie, and the three gentleman working in concert with her, was extraordinary - it can be likened to a perfectly executed symphony. The attention to detail left us amazed. From the hand written ingredient list on how to make our fabulous cocktails at home (personally delivered by the creator and bar manager) to Debbie recognizing how much we loved the sauce from our first course and bringing extra to dip our bread, we were in awe of how incredible they made our evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cincinnati gem
    AgSpoon
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    formal setting. staff are courteous without making interactions overly ceremonious. Some may consider the environment stodgy at a glance but the ambiance is certainly not. Cocktails are satisfying though nothing has been particularly noteworthy. It is worth visiting Orchids just to try the lobster salad - it is delicious without being rich or heavy. Pork belly is also often requested, I'm told, and I can see why. Red snapper and scallops were both excellent. lamb description is intriguing and overall was good but I would not get it again. They have recently gotten rid of ponzu meyer lemon tart which was on their summer dessert menu, and was worth a visit. I'm reassured it will return in some months. I will return to orchids many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Dining
    greatbigfans
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Orchids is fine dining at a very high level. We took out-of-town guests to dinner and enjoyed every minute.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cincinnati's best
    Craig
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our group of four enjoyed one of our most memorable meals in our travels through the US Northeast. The cuisine is exquisite and the "extras" - before and after the main course - were unexpected little gems. It is also very reasonably priced for the quality/quantity received.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambience Spectacular
    FrequentcustomerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a beautiful evening. The atmosphere was just spectacular. Service good but many people running about! We were unsure of who exactly was our waiter. The appetizer or first course selections were just too fancy for our tastes and there were no other options for "normal" folks. I don't like fois gras and sweetbreads even though I know they are very popular. My 2nd course was a butternut squash tart with greens. The tart was very crumbly and the butternut squash was just a THIN painted-on smear of a squash liquid...nothing like I would have imagined....I thought the squash would have been more substantial. Our lamb was good but serving size very small. Overall the dining experience was great, but we would not go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outsanding food and service!
    EataroundVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    What an amazing experience! The food was incredible, the wine was amazing and the service was even better than the food and wine! In a word the experience was EXTRAORDINARY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful evening with a fabulous tasting menu and wine in a romantic art deco setting. Thank you Orchid staff and chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inspired seasonal food
    neoteny2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Ate here with our best friends and were very happy with the elegant options and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous hotel, amazing food!
    Diesel1981
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We celebrated the 3-year anniversary of the day we met (also our first date and the day we started our relationship). We were recently married, and it was really nice to celebrate as a married couple. The service was outstanding, and all of the food was amazing. We enjoy the chateaubriand with the tableside preparation, bleu cheese beignets beforehand and the seasonal pumpkin dessert. The pastry chef was awesome and wrote "Happy 3rd Anniversary!" in chocolate on our dessert plate. How fun! The architecture has been very well-preserved in the restaurant and throughout the hotel. The history of this building is intriguing as well. We have been to many fine restaurants in downtown and greater Cincinnati, and Orchids is at the top!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd visit
    scobbetts
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    2013 visit was superlative; so was October 2014 visit. The room is worth the visit in its own right -- art deco showpiece. The service is the best, as is everything else!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bobdines
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was superb! Best dining experience in my life!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • simply the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Simply one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. Food is exquisite. Service is excellent, attentive, kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best in memory
    Simmer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have eaten at the best restaurants in the united states. We have paid 3 times what this meal cost us. I would put this experience within the A+ group. it was wonderful from end to end. Do not miss an opportunity to experience the most beautiful dining room in America with wonderful food and a staff that knows exactly what to do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Gemini
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food, service and presentation were the best I have ever had and look forward to returning again. The fresh flavors of every dish were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal out in years!
    Kathy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Two of us were celebrating birthdays, and the staff treated us royally - no rushing. The menu items and tastes are unique with each dish an artistic creation. The chef surprised us with little extras that were delightful. Complementary Valet parking is also a nice extras. We love Orchids!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional in every way.
    CincinnatiYumVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The Orchids at Palm Court and Chef Todd Kelly continue to amaze us. Every time we visit the service is unparalleled and the food is as delicious as ever. We love the small touches we experience when dining at The Orchids - the view of the amazing art deco design, the scrumptious palate cleanser to start the meal, the attentive and informed staff, the perfectly prepared meals. This was our anniversary meal and per usual the staff was on top of it welcoming us by name and leaving a congratulatory card on our table. We worked our way through the courses with braised artichokes (delicious), blue cheese beignets (a must), sweet potato soup (sweet, spicy, and wonderful), and the Chateaubriand (so tender and flavorful). The best in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Orchids delivered in their usual phenomenal way. Innovative & delicious food, perfect wine pairings, flawless service - without doubt the best restaurant in Cincinnati. In fact, with the spectacular experience that Orchids offers, it's easy to forget you're in Cincinnati. Competes with the best nationally.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Closest thing Cincy has to 5 stars
    BestFriesEverVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Orchids is amazing. Everything from the food to the service is perfect. You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    SandG
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food and service in a beautiful room! Always love the bar at Palm court! Perfect night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    JinCH
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Let me just start by saying there was nothing bad about our night at Orchids, but there was nothing great either. My wife really enjoyed her lobster salad but our entree of Chateaubriand was anything but memorable. The pork belly and squab duet was good but not great and the same goes for the sweet potato soup. The service was about the same as the food, good not great. We had a table of "regulars" sitting behind us that seemed as though every member of the wait staff stopped by their table. Subsequently we felt as if we were the "other" table. This would all be completely acceptable at a lesser restaurant but if you are paying 4 star prices you expect 4 star quality.
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  • Kwolff
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A beautiful restaurant in an Art Deco setting sets th tone of the whole meal. Food was excellent-I had the pork belly & squab, bleu cheese beignets & red snapper entree. Everything was cooked to perfection & I wouldn't change anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite the Experience
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Love the seating options throughout the restaurant. It was not crowded, like I anticipated. My husband and I were seated at a quaint corner booth which was perfect. We enjoyed the palate starter followed by the Maine Lobster Salad (with a fried egg? yes, please!!). They brought us a sampling of the beet salad which served as a unique palate cleanser. Our entrees were cooked perfectly and the pairings on the plate were nothing short of genius. We enjoyed the dessert but it was more of an afterthought than the focus of the experience. A treat tray and a house-made granola rounded out the evening. The granola cookie alone is enough to go back for. I should mention that the service is impeccible, they have every moment timed out perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful venue/superb cuisine
    RHH01VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The quality and care taken by the staff at Orchids to prepare innovative servings paired with excellent service makes every dining experience here a pure joy. Add in the art deco setting and a marvelous evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dean
    dean
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in style. The Food and Staff were very good. Great Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always
    DebYellowSprings
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We have come to Orchids for special occasions, such as anniversaries and birthdays, for a number of years. The quality and the creativity of the menu is phenomenal, as is the service. They make you feel special and all of the staff knows if it's your birthday or whatever and come over to mention it. I love Art Deco so the environment at the Netherlands Hilton and the area of the restaurant/bar just envelopes me in beauty. Needless to say, we will continue to come to Orchids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superior as always
    BoBo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We celebrated our 30th anniversary- they had a card on our table congratulating us. The service was impeccable. The chef prepared a course for us. The chateaubriand was so tender and delicious. The atmosphere was beautiful. Desserts were wonderful. The chef sent us off with a pastry made with honey from the bees on the roof of the hotel. Many different people waited on us, and it was all coordinated as they work together as a team. We have never had food, service and atmosphere any better anywhere.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic again!
    dockmb
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Once again, absolutely the best restaurant experience we've had in Cincinnati. As downtown residents we have regularly tried all the top tier restaurants and Orchids is hands down at the top of pyramid. Great staff, too many to name, are all genuinely anxious to please. Menu choices are not overwhelming but each and everyone is unique. My grandma always said that the chicken defines the restaurant. Well the chicken entree was as fresh and tasteful as what my grandmother used to cook and grandma raised her own chickens!!!! As repeat customers, I can't emphasize enough what a delightful dining experience we have there. Outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delectable
    pw4th
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience at Orchids. The room was beautiful. It was nice to hear the piano in the bar area. The service was friendly and efficient. We tried four different entrees and everyone was happy with their choices. I especially liked the scallops. It was also nice to have the little extras in between the courses. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday and Orchids helped to make it special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MattyLikesFood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service was amazing and the price was a lot more reasonable than we expected. Will try to return monthly. They made our 7th anniversary very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.