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 May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (174)romantic (158)fit for foodies (143)notable wine list (83)vibrant bar scene (31)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (25)great for brunch (19)scenic view (16)hot spot (10)great for lunch (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dutch connection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Good atmosphere with good Quality food. Absolutely something to recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CBCB
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    FANTASTIC FOOD....BEST IN CINCINNATI ORDER THE LOBSTER SALAD WONDERFUL
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • orchids
    graywild
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went here for our anniversary. The service was outstanding. 1st course we had salmon. Tasty. 2nd course was bleu cheese beniets. Different and also tasty. Dinner I had scallops. Large portion and good. Husband had halibut and he said it was good. Dessert had chocolate custard with cherries. Rich but not overbearing. Would recommend for any special occasion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as usual!
    Tnwaltz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We return to Orchids for special occasions because we are never disappointed. We were welcomed warmly and served beautifully. The service is prompt but unobtrusive. The food was terrific. Our first choices were Maine Lobster Salad and Blue Cheese Beignets. Marvelous presentation and delicious. Our entrees were Beef Tenderloin Medallions and Seared "Dry" Scallops. The accompanying wines were excellent, as were the earlier cocktails. I loved my hazelnut dessert and the chocolate one my companion had was not his favorite, but good. We received small bites of various delectable now and then, and were given a packaged sweet to take home with us. I can't say enough about how beautiful the place is! Over all, it was a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cats
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Service, food and a lovely room with such history. Thoroughly enjoyable
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • bill
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Should be given 6 stars for all aspects. Most wonderful food and service we have had in years.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time bad meal at Orchids!
    Hawken
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was disappointed for the 1st time at my favorite restaurant, Orchids. The only explanation I can come up with is that the chef, Todd Kelly, was on vacation. The small foie gras was garnished with a goat cheese panne cotta which was too bland. The lobster salad was the high point, but needs greens to become a "salad". The entree, halibut, was just plain awful!! The preparation had the fish cut into small squares, which, were over cooked & dry. The clams did not blend, the cauliflower was non-existent, and the parsley purée added no spark. My husband ordered the Black Bass, which he enjoyed. We will go back as this was such an anomaly and the offending entree was removed from our bill. I'll also check to make sure Todd is "in the house"!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Romeo
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am usually a chain restaurant type person, but the food, service, and overall atmosphere was amazing and I would highly recommend to any one looking for a great time and amazing food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Dinner
    Enjoygreatfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with dinner at Orchids. The dining area is beautiful and subdued for a special experience. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. The server was knowledgeable about the menu. Would highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 14th Wedding Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Special occasion for us and they delivered on all points.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Meal in a fabulous setting
    NeedFood
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    One of our best dinning experiences in Cincinnati. Every aspect of the meal was perfect. The staff was attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fantastic experience
    orla
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Absolutely everything was wonderful, including every bite that all four of us ate. The service was exceptional and we had a very special evening. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • "The" place to go to be special
    ababka
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant and the perfect place to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. From the special card welcoming us at the table to the glass of Champagne to start us off, through each wonderful course, to the special dessert with Happy 25th Anniversary written in chocolate to the finishing macaroons and bonbons with the check, to the take home honey bar (from their own apiary) and including the thank you for dining with us e-mail afterwards this is "The" place to go for a special occasion. Go for the ambiance, the elegance, or the fabulous menu any time, but for a "special occasion" this is "The" best place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another great experience
    Roundy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were a little late being seated for our reservation, but the food was excellent and the service is impeccable. We really enjoy all the little extra touches they provide for no extra price. It has become our anniversary dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great experience
    charbono
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Better service that is found in most upscale locations and certainly a better value. The menu was slightly limited and formula but the what the chef did with the selections was amazing. Everything perfectly done. The wine selection is a purpose driven creation of its own. The service made the evening great. The Russian table service is old school but great fun. The setting in the art deco, former main lobby, dinning room was very relaxing. Going back? Absolutely! The lack of rush in the service was pleasant...I would recommend ordering from each course and making a full evening of Orchids. This is NOT a 'hotel restaurant' though they do grow their herbs on the club level patio and have their beehives on the hotel roof.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Orchids was special
    dockmb
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Restaurant week selections were amazing, start to finish, beginning with the ample sized cocktails, rolls with 3 types of butter and just got better with each course. We were very surprised at the high noise level this past Sunday night that was coming from a reception on the mezzanine. You wouldn't think that this amazing restaurant would have such a loud and boisterous sounding party out in the open in that area. The volume subsided after a while, but by then we were mostly through our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Cincytraveler
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The chef and his team went all out to make this Restaurant Week menu the best ever!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    heidiloo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is such a beautiful spot. We always enjoy coming here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    CintiPam
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We dined on a Thursday evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary. When I reserved, I asked for a specific table, and upon arrival, I was led to the table requested and an anniversary card was waiting for us. Service with style and that little extra something that makes Orchids such a special place to dine in Cincinnati. The ambience of the beautiful room plus wonderful service and great food all combine to make Orchids my favorite restaurant in a city with many excellent restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Orchids with a Twist
    CVGJetGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Orchids at the Palm Court is always something special. This Restaurant Week brought some special new items. The "rustic" touches of rabbit and collard greens were a surprise but the magic twist that Chef Kelly provides is absolutely not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent all around!
    lovetoeatsteakVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food and service at it's best. It was my wife's Birthday and she picked this restaurant for their Chateaubriand for two.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    sar8
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Great service, good food and very accommodating. They have gluten free bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful birthday dinner!
    Janmor
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The ambience and service at Orchids at Palm Court were superior. And the food was delicious, with some extra palate cleansers and sweets as a nice surprise. It was a wonderful place to celebrate my 70th birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Foodied
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Once again everything was perfect. Tje service, the atmosphere and mostly, the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    George
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I went for restaurant week and it was absolutely spectacular. Good portion sizes and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.