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Primavista
Primavista

Primavista Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pvista.com
  • Phone: (513) 251-6467
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
    Closed on Monday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Christopher Prince
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Primavista offers the same excellent food and service with the same breath-taking view as our main dining room, for private parties. We pride ourselves in the fact that our Chef Chris Prince prepares dishes for 100 guests with the same care and attention as he does for two guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Rixson or Joan (513) 251-6467

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W. 8th & Price
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking across the street. Driveway is wheel-chair accessible.
A word from Primavista
Primavista, named after our "Premier View", takes your breath away! Enjoy Chef Chris Prince's award-winning Italian dishes while over-looking the Cincinnati skyline, Ohio River and Northern Kentucky hillside. Primavista, established in 1989, is the cozy but elegant creation of Owners Frank and Joan Lenkerd. They and Chef Chris Prince have been working together to keep Primavista "Primo" for over 18 years. Because of our long-standing reputation for excellent food and service, Primavista draws guests from all over the world. From Prom dates to 50th Anniversary parties, Proposals to Rehearsal Dinners and Business Dinners to Birthday Parties, you're sure to impress your guests at Primavista. Just 5 minutes West of downtown we're quite convenient to all areas , but please see our website for directions, promotion details, and other information. www.pvista.com 513-251-6467 Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Our meal started with a hot shrimp bruchetta, buttery and delicious, which my wife ordered but I got to taste. WOW! I had the Caesar Salad. The accompanying bread was superb and the giant garlic was awesome. My wife had the Veal Saltimboca which she always has when dining there because it is the best in the city. I had the penne pasta made with butter, garlic, artichokes, onions, and pancetta. I added an Italian Sausage. It was the first time I tried pasta with Italian sausage but without tomato sauce. What an eye opener. This dish allowed all the subtleties of the sausage to come through together with the other ingredients. The Chilean Sauvignon Blanc was the perfect accompaniment.We ended with coffee,and three different flavors of gelato."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Ever since visiting Italy in 2009 I have been on a continual quest to find traditional Italian food made with quality ingredients. I have had teh occasional success but generally I leave disappointed. This was not the case at Primavista. The food was EXCEPTIONAL! Their Beef Carpaccio is tender well seasoned and the Gnnochi were cooked perfectly. I could not get enough of the roasted garlic served with the bread. The building and decor are dated to say the least but don't judge the book by it's cover. Our meals were outstanding and no one at our table was disappointed. We were seated by the window so we got to take full advantage of the amazing view of the Cincinnati skyline. Save room for dessert the bread pudding it's divine."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Always fabulous food and service. The panoramic view is not to be beaten.....seven hills, downtown, and the river:)"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was not very good. Wine was very nice, the service outstanding. Bread we got was obviously cut earlier in the day and it was warm but dried and too hard /crusty. My meal either had too much olive oil, or butter, could not say which one from the cheese taste. There is way too much cheese that that taste takes over the entire meal. My husband said same thing about his veal.He could not taste the meat from the cheese on it. Wine was very nice. Service was outstanding. There is no blend in tastes and seasoning. I ate better prepared food in some way less exquisite restaurants."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Very amazing night with a wonderful view and nice food at a affordable price"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Waiter cordial, food very tasty, view outstanding. A great first time experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The new summer menu at Primavista offers some great new choices and makes some of their popular "specials" into standard menu items."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The service was beyond extraordinary. They were extremely careful and knowledgeable concerning my husband's gluten free requirements due to Celiac Disease. This means a lot to me as a wife. The gluten free options were diverse and numerous."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The view was breathtaking giving an incredibly new look at Cincinnati for my sister and I. It was her birthday and she really enjoyed her self!! The food and the service was phenomenal!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is a great place to have a fabulous dinner, with an unbelievable view of the entire downtown Cincinnati, and fabulous service throughout your time there."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were dining with another couple, from the East coast - he declared that the Veal Marsala was the best that he has ever tasted. All of our meals (all veal) were excellent! The views are stunning (whenever you dine there)."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Being a life long Cincinnatian, I do not know how I missed this restraunt over the years. Great food / great atmosphere / great service / appropriate prices. Will dine here again - well worth it!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We made reservations for 6, got there a bit early and were seated right away on a Saturday night. We got a pleasant window seat facing the entirety of downtown Cincinnati and received fast, caring service. The employees were on point. Never wanted for a thing while dining there. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Primavista was excellent along all avenues. Gorgeous view and even more amazing and unique cuisine. We will be back again soon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The view is breathtaking, and everyone is very accommodating."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at the Prima Vista and the service was wonderful and the food fantastic."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the size was appropriate and it was nice that they recognized our anniversary."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The is a really wonderful restaurant with an amazing view of the city. They make every effort to accommodate special requests."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I took my 20-year-old Florida grandson there for dinner -- he enjoyed it as much as I. Our waiter Anthony was so willing to answer questions about the menu, the city (view) and anything else my grandson wanted to know. The evening was very pleasureable for both of us... which is why I will continue to take all my out-of-town guests there. I admit that occasionally I even go for an evening of excellent dining at Primavista by myself... a special treat."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wonderful!! On the occasion of a friend's recent wedding anniversary, his wife commented that her dinner at The Prima Vista that evening might have just been the finest meal that she had ever had..... My friend then commented the next morning that he might have just had the finest anniversary that he ever had!!!!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went here for my anniversary and I was not disappointed. Great view! Great food, definitely worth the price. Great service and very friendly staff. I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to Primavista for our anniversary. They changed their menu and no longer have my favorite entrée Scampi Rigano instead they have Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp served over bread, the bread was soggy, wish they used pasta. We love this place the view,service and food (except the Shrimp Scampi) are wonderful"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is very good, the service was very slow but pleasant. Would recommend it for food and view, but noisy fora large group. We were enjoying the wine nd view but were disappointed with the service. Would return as they are verynice."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " Great food with the best view in Cincinnati! For a large party, our server was perfect! She kept the flow going and felt like part of our group. It was a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was very good!however the service and view were amazing!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The menu has been drastically cut down which was a disappointment but, the salmon special was good."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The view out over Cincinnati is charming, especially as day fades into night. The food is excellent. The chef is attentive to detail and presentation. The experience is always consistently perfect. My wife had the pasta with artichokes and raved over it. I had the loin of lamb, it was superb. Our server, Debra, was perfection, checking at just the right moment and never intruding. She has waited on us before and I hope again. This is a quiet romantic place we have enjoyed for nearly 14 years."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Primavista ! Everything was perfect . Food, service and food. We hope to be back soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "we had a wonderful meal and the atmosphere was very relaxed."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Primavista is located on the historical incline, on the first floor of an unimpressive apartment building. That you have found a neighborhood gem is apparent the moment that you walk through the front door and step back in time. The hall is lined with antiques that could have been found in wealthy home in the 1800's. The dining room is spacious and elegant and the view overlooking the city is gorgeous. Diners can see the entire skyline and the beautiful sleepy river. The view is especially spectacular when night falls and the skyline lights up. Our last visit to Primavista, the owner stopped by our table and had a friendly chat! We ordered the Veal Saltimboca, Risotto, gnocchi, and bruchetta with honey and goat cheese, TO DIE FOR!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great vegetarian and vegan options. They were very accommodating on us picking, choosing, mixing, and pairing ingredients and foods. And for being a vegan meal, it was amazing. The risotto with exotic mushrooms is to die for and I dislike mushrooms, but I couldn't help myself. Polenta cakes, side pastas, spinach and mushrooms, and Brussel sprouts are well portioned and delicious. I only with the basil pesto was more creamy and garliqui. You definitely must have the garlic butter with their delicious rosemary bread. Great wine list selection. Much better than a chain italian restaurant without a doubt! I would even come back to this place just for dinner and go back home 2.5 hours away. It's THAT good."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We did have problems finding this restaurant because of road work and all the no left turns that our GPS kept telling us to take. The view is awesome and the food was exceptionally good. The wine list was one of the best we have found in the area and the prices were very reasonable. The only reason that we didn't rate it all excellent is because as the night went on the noise level was very high and we couldn't talk to each other very well. But a good crowd tells me the restaurant is very successful especially on a Thursday night. Otherwise it was a good evening and we would go back again."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We made reservations for our 15th anniversary. They made it a very nice night. Food was great, view incredible, and the service excellent. Only thing not over the top was the decor. I know they wanted a old world style, but somethings need to be replaced. But that will not stop us from coming back."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Prima Vista was a perfect spot for celebrating college graduation. It was classy and elegant!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was much better than good, but not "out of this world". The Gnocchi with Pancetta and Peas (potato dumplings with sage butter, black pepper and reggiano) was yummy, but with a little too much butter. The Seared Lamb Loin (with parmesan polenta, asparagus, gorgonzola, arugula and red wine-balsamic reduction) serving was extremely generous, tender and with excellent flavor. However the asparagus was underdone. I want al dente, not hard. Overall kind of pricey, but enjoyable. Hard to find due to road construction. Beginning to be a bit worn. Place was not excessively noisy, we could carry on a conversation. Staff was very friendly without being overly friendly. We will go back to try some other dishes. Hope we don't get lost again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The staff...the view...the food. All perfect! Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We chose this place for a special occasion and very much enjoyed the scenic view. It is in an old condo building, so the first impression is not great. The interior is much in need of updating and new furniture. So, if you want ambiance this is not the place. It reminds me of a place where everyone went as a hot spot in the 80's. However, the service was outstanding; our water and iced tea glasses were always full. The wait staff was very nice. The food tasted great and everyone in our party enjoyed their meals - seafood special, veal saltimbocca, lamb, etc..."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ordination of a priest. It was a celebration that we will all remember. On this very busy evening, Annie, our server, did an excellent job of seeing to our needs."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The meals we had were excellent. The time between courses was just right and everyone from our waiter to the busboys were very efficient and friendly"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Always , always have a wonderful dinner. Service is always perfect and the wait staff knowledgeable and friendly. My favorite Italian Cincinnati restaurant."
    Dined on 6/14/2014