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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
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "My daughter and I both felt the atmosphere, the service and the food was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The whole restaurant- high ceilings, art deco sconces, plaster wall painting, sculptures, architecture- are a beautiful homage to an indulgent era gone by! The food surprised us with every plating- several of the dishes were so well done it was like they melted in our mouths, which is good considering there may have been 7 courses after the extra tastings the chef sent out! From the gnocchi to the duck, even the bread & butter plating- each bite was incredible. We will be back again- whether it's a special dinner or just cocktails. The evening felt decadent and other worldly because of the gorgeous surroundings, although it wasn't pretentious and many of the diners were in casual clothes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I was in Cincinnati on a business trip staying for two nights at the Hilton, where Orchids is the high end restaurant. I ate there the first night, and every aspect of the experience was so good that I ate there the second night as well. Nothing about the experience was disappointing either night. The food was creative and delicious; the staff attentive without being obtrusive, and the ambience was perfect. My only regret is that my wife was not with me to enjoy the experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary and were treated like the most special people in the restaurant. The staff was very attentive and the selections of "extras" they brought for us between courses were amazing. This made our visit to Cincinnati, the Netherland Hilton and especially Orchids at the Palm Court extra special."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The food at Orchids at Palm Court is amazing. The attention to detail in flavors and presentation is rare today. Service staff was very courteous and well trained. The only complaint was that we were near the transition to the bar and a convention let out and the noise level in the bar was so high, including a band, we could hardly hear each other speaking at the table."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Orchids always offers a spectacular menu of its signature dishes but can bring extra special moments to life using ingredients that are in season, such as Copper River salmon or porcini mushrooms. The amazing know-how of Chef Kelly brings out the brightest flavors of the season. Chef Ketover brings every meal to the sweetest of closes and the lemon yuzu tart is not to be missed."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The Orchids at Palm Court was an amazing dining experience. The attention to detail was excellent. The service was superb and the staff was on hand to meet any need. The staff was so very friendly and we truly felt like we were the only ones they were attending to. The quality of food was wonderful and presentation was outstanding. We dined on the roasted duck breast and the soft shelled crabs and both were excellent. Be sure you save room for dessert - you do not want to leave the Orchids without sampling the delicious desserts. This is a great place for a special event as you will leave feeling like royalty."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dining at Orchids at Palm Court is truly a memorable experience. The beautiful deco surroundings transport you to a different place and time. The amazing food and service are top notch. This restaurant never fails to be one of the best."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the reservation procedure, which included a followup call to see if they could do anything special to enhance our evening, to the wonderful service and food, this was a memorable evening. The food selections were showcases for the chef's expertise, and there was not a single disappointment. Our server and his assistant did everything we could have expected, and much more. The biggest surprise was the reasonableness of the final bill. We left with a feeling that this "definitely upscale" restaurant had provided a great value for the price."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed by a meal at Orchids. The venue is beautiful and the service and food are always outstanding. We were 2 couples celebrating our upcoming July wedding anniversaries. First course items--sweetbreads and the morel mushrooms were both excellent. Three of us had the white asparagus veloute for a second course. It was perfectly prepared and served hot. Very flavorful. All of the entrees--red snapper, copper river salmon, and mussels were excellent. No one would have changed any part of their meal. Orchids is the ultimate special occasion restaurant in Cincinnati."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We really enjoyed having a "special" dinner to celebrate our 39th anniversary. The service was excellent and the food was equally as good. Great dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food is just exquisite here. There were a couple of service glitches, but the management made it right. We even asked to lower the volume of the piano music, and they did so. We would definitely go back on another special occasion."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I found almost everything to be too salty, from the gnocchi to the scallops. The foie gras was my favorite as it had strawberries to balance out the salt. The waiters were attentive at the beginning of the night, but as our main waiter could tell that we weren't big spenders (we split everything), his attention dropped off. The old Hollywood art nouveau ambiance was just stunning. You couldn't find a classier looking place. But the food was almost too complicated and detailed for its own good. If I were on Top Chef, someone would be going home for the scallops."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The ambiance of the Palm Court has always been special to us. We haven't eaten at Orchids for years, but decided to try it again. The food at was superb. We each had a cocktail before dinner. I had the squash blossoms as a first course, my husband had mushrooms. We both had snapper for our entrees. Everything was creative and delicious. Creative - but not weird - just delicious combinations. The services was well paced and attentive. There seemed to be a mix of visitors to town, business guests and those celebrating special occasions. It was a lovely dinner."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Service was outstanding.Took people who had never been there.They really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We haven't been to Orchids in years. The room is gorgeous. The service attentive but not intrusive. And the food...! Outstanding in every way. I had the 4 course tasting menu priced at only $60. Portions were more than expected f It included a white asparagus velouté , sautéed sweetbreads, a beautiful lamb dish and a sampler of their desserts. Now add in an amuse bouche, a pre dessert and a post dessert of mignardises, and a little take home dessert. We were on a food high! My husband ordered ala carte so we could sample more dishes. Every item was beautifully presented, served, and delicious. We'll definitely return."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "As expected, another wonderful dining experience. Exceptional cuisine and outstanding, friendly service in a unique atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a great dining experience. 5 Stars at least! We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Amazing dining experience. We had the wine pairing menu."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience at Orchid's. The service was beyond excellent and the food was world class. The chef made certain that we were not without a taste sensation while waiting for our main course. All members of the staff were able to explain our food choices. Fantastic experience was had at Orchid's!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Dining at this restaurant was both an honor and joy. It is the incarnation of the fantasy created by old movies with Astaire and Rogers. The room is breath taking in an elegant Art Deco style. Sitting in this room, you MUST feel grown up. The staff has mastered the art of being attentive without being intrusive, formal and friendly, knowledgeable but not condescending. Drinks were fine. The wine list met a broad range of tastes and pocketbooks. The menu was focused but provided for a variety of tastes. The food was properly prepared and presented beautifully. It is a real treat for a romantic special event."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have eaten at Orchids at the Palm Court on numerous occasions and will continue to do so in the future. The little amenities begin with a palate-pleaser and end with a neatly packaged sweet to enjoy at home while reading or watching tv. In between, the service is outstanding with servers seeing to our every need while never giving us the feeling of "hovering." We have visited Chicago, New York and points west and have not found any restaurant that can equal Orchids' consistency for excellence throughout its menu and the quality of its ambiance and service."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My husband and I went for my birthday. They treated me like a queen! The food was amazing and the service, impeccable. It was the best dining experience I've ever had. Also, the decide is amazing! So beautiful. Well worth going. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Have been hearing and reading about Orchids at Palm Court for a long time. Took our son-in-law for his birthday and he is a foodie. He and my daughter had a great time and Mom and Dad loved their company. Food and service were superb...noise level got bad at times because of wedding reception above."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We again enjoyed an extraordinary dining experience at Orchids. The food, the service, and the ambiance are all fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had the four course tasting menu. The food was fantastic and the service impeccable."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary at Orchids. It was one of the best meals we have ever had. We had seafood dishes. They rivaled anything we had at La Bernardin in NY. The Halibut Cheek was delicious. The Red Snapper "En Papillote" was the finest preparation of Red Snapper I have ever had. The outer pastry was perfectly done. The sauce, with it's apple flavor, was a wonderful compliment to the fish. The pastry chef even wished us a happy 30th anniversary by writing it in chocolate on our dessert plates. A great end to a wonderful meal. Have to add that the Sommelier made a great wine recommendation to accompany the meal."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The restaurant decor is magnificent and reminds one of the times Shen hotel restaurants were great places to dine. The food was very very good service was also great. Would go again"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Orchids at Palm Court to celebrate a great year. The servers were very attentive and provided excellent service. However the food was average in our opinion. I had a steak which was cooked properly (medium), but it was surprisingly tough. My wife had scallops which were overly seasoned with salt. The appetizers were excellent (beignets & tuna), the dessert was amazing (banana cake) with 5 spice ice cream. We also received several surprise dishes throughout our dining experience, which was nice. Overall, our dining experience was good, but we had much greater expectations for the main dishes (We've had better at places that charge much less). "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I eat at many restaurants in the downtown and greater Cincinnati areas, and Orchids at Palm Court is by far one of the best and nicest restaurants around. The food is superb, in taste, ingredients (some are locally sourced) and fabulous timing and presentation. All of the waiters and other staff were very professional, nice and knew how to suggest and talk about all of the menu items. This restaurant is located in the Omni Netherland Hotel, one of the oldest and most distinguished hotels in Cincinnati. The decor in both the hotel and the restaurant is exquisite, a beautiful restoration of the original design. The ambiance was elegantly relaxed, and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Dining at Orchids is always a pleasure, but this was an unusual meal. A friend recently became a pure vegetarian for medical purposes and was feeling a bit down about options available to her. Three of us joined her at Orchids to experience a delightful tasting menu - - veganism done right, even down to gluten-free vegan bread. Even for the non-vegans among us, the morel mushrooms were as delicious as a finely prepared steak and the chocolate cake was out of this world. Todd Kelly and Megan Ketover always astound but with a little notice, they totally shocked us all with an incredible experience."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Orchids at Palm Court is, hands down, one of Cincinnati's top restaurants. The food, service, and atmosphere are spectacular and I couldn't have asked for more. I had dinner there this past Friday and everyone in my party was without any complaints. They also had a lovely jazz group playing music throughout the dinner hours. I highly recommended this restaurant to anyone looking for an upscale dining experience in an absolutely exquisite space."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The experience, really, is indescribable. You really must check it out. The food, drinks, service... all of it was exceptional! It's a must go."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was our first time at Orchids, and we were just in awe the whole time! The service, food, and atmosphere were of the highest quality, and truly the tastes we encountered were delectable! Simply the best food we have ever had! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "just walking into the dining room is an experience similar to entering a great hall in Europe. The food was very high quality and our server was personable, knowledgeable and not intrusive. We didn't sit at the bar but it was clearly the place to be ."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Let me begin with, the food was very good. Not a lot of it, but very tasty. Had the blue cheese beignets appetizer....if you have been to New Orleans, then you would know these were not beignets, but fried hush puppy like things smaller than a quarter, served with 1/3 C shredded cabbage. Tasty, but nothing special. For the entrees we had the scallops.... Three medium sized scallops and a single baby beat cut in half with two small (so so) hush puppy like things does not a full meal make! And we had the duck. Again, very tasty, but not a lot of food. Bread was divine. Service was excellent....always close by but never hovering."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Our meals here overall were very good. The duck was just ok. My wife and daughter had steaks and said they were excellent. My salad had about 5 bites for $11. The chocolate dessert was dry and brittle. Not good. The banana dessert was very good. For the money, I would choose other places like Jeff Ruby's, The Precinct, Or Morton's. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband 70 birthday. Could not have found a better place. Everything was excellent. This is, what you still can call, fine dining. Rare to find. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Orchids is THE place to take someone for Anniversaries, Birthdays, etc. While it is very expensive, it is worth it. We just tried their Grand Tasting with wine pairing. This is a 10-course meal, so make reservations for early in the day. It took us four hours to finish and it was worth every minute."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and had a most memorable evening. Never rushed, outstanding staff, unbelievable food. Thank you so much for a wonderful, romantic night; one that we will never forget!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014