Orchids at Palm Court
Orchids at Palm Court

Orchids at Palm Court

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.orchidsatpalmcourt.com/
  • Phone: 5134219100x
  • 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
186 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.9
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (168)romantic (149)fit for foodies (145)notable wine list (82)vibrant bar scene (30)good for groups (27)neighborhood gem (25)scenic view (18)great for brunch (16)hot spot (12)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Exceptional service and food
    dinerbob
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Orcids turned out to be a great place for our anniversary dinner. The staff was super friendly and helpful. They made good recommendations, and sold us on what we ordered as well. Also when they brought the food out on a few dishes they pointed out specific nuances about the dish which really made the food seem more special. For instance, the waiter pointed out that the honey glaze on my duck was local, they actually keep hives on the roof of the building. Out of the 10 dishes that hit the table, not one of them was below a 8/10 on flavor, appearance, or texture. Great ambiance. There seemed to be a suggestion of a history of grand times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular meal
    Richie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My parents are visiting from England. They have made numerous visits over the past 36 yrs. our meal at the Orchids in their opinion was the best they have had in America.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    Merty
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My wife had never dined at Orchids for dinner, so we took this opportunity. This really is one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. If you haven't been there or haven't been there in a while you owe it to yourself. We orders a full four course meal of the ala carte menu and it was wonderful. I had a really nice glass of a Bordeaux blend that our server recommended and it was a perfect match to my Chateau Briand.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service, great food
    CincyD
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our group went to the Orchids at Palm Court for a celebration and our server, Natasha, made the occasion a wonderful experience. Service was outstanding, food was great, and the experience was very memorable. We will definitely return for future celebrations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner spot
    Cumin
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have eaten here before and it never disappoints. Not only is the food beyond excellent, the ambiance and service are top notch. I enjoyed every taste from start to finish. Delicious doesn't even begin to describe the wonderful food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cincinnati's Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Orchids is truly Cincinnati's gem. Every dish is unique and delicious and prepared with care. The Art Deco surroundings are incredible and Chef Todd always manages to create the highest level of food experience to live up to the atmosphere.
    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.
  • #1 for a reason
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My boyfriend and I had been waiting to go here for a special occassion. We had high expectations but they were exceeded! Each plate had such attention to detail and unique tastes. The signature red snapper dish was extraordinary. Our server was phenomenal. His recommendations were spot on and the flow of courses was just right. I would highly recommend this place to anyone in Cincinnati who is looking for some of the best food and service that can be found in the city. Oh, and the dining area is beautiful as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We loved the Art Deco and quiet atmosphere. Celebrated my girlfriend's birthday and I proposed. The staff put us in a quiet romantic corner booth. Everything about the experience was outstanding. Wait staff was knowledgeable and efficient and created a relaxed dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, excellent service
    tomk
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    save room for dessert! the service was above and beyond - we had 2-3 people servicing our table and they were all great, knowledgeable and really friendly. they made it fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always!
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have been to Orchid twice and each time it has been an amazing experience! The food, the wine, the ambiance! Absolutely love it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The anchor of fine dining in Cinti
    Joey
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The incredible creativity and delightful melding of ingredients and flavors in every dish is extraordinary. The chef and his staff satisfy every expectation of the diner precisely offered by a service staff second to none. Plaudits to all for making our celebration wonderful! We just love the experience that stands above any other dining experience in Cincinnati.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service lacking
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    For such a fancy restaurant you'd expect the entire experience to be organized to a T. I found the service to be particularly lacking here--both the main waiter and the hostess were unnaturally cold towards our party through the experience. The waitstaff was very friendly, making conversation and answering our questions as they arised.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    patsplate
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The ambiance of Orchids was beautiful! Food was absolutely delicious and wait staff did a lovely job of waiting on our table. The kitchen did a good job just making chicken and potatoes for my aunt who is NOT a foodie but a meat and potatoes girl. I loved the chef's tasting menu. I also loved not being hurried to make way for another party. A wonderful meal should be savored and we enjoyed ourselves!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You MUST go to Orchids
    Goingagain
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I happened upon Orchids through a tour provided by our church. After the wonderful luncheon for us, I made up my mind to celebrate our wedding anniversary there. Although my husband is a native Cincinnatian, he had never dined at the Orchids. He was extremely pleased with the food, service, cost and extras that were done to make our evening memorable. We will definitely go back and have our children share this fine dining experience. The free valet parking was a nice plus.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Anniversary to Remember
    Tony
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food and wine parings were outstanding, the services attentive, professional, and always doing the right thing at the right time. My wife selected the Prix fixe menu and as each course came out the recipe was explained in detail. It was as if the service person made it themselves. The ambiance in Orchids is superior to anything else in Cincinnati. Overall it was a memorable evening and it will be repeated again in the future.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed bag with food
    LoveMWVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Maybe the most beautiful dining room anywhere. Good service. While a foie gras mousse appetizer was outstanding their famous lobster salad was poorly executed. Over cooked, over salted and the egg in a best was a soggy mess
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TJGK
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a wonderful time at Orchids. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent ! We also enjoyed looking around at the hotel--we loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.