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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 menu has been drastically cut down which was a disappointment but, the salmon special was good."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food was very good!however the service and view were amazing!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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
  • "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 had a wonderful meal and the atmosphere was very relaxed."
    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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The staff...the view...the food. All perfect! Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 had a hard time getting to the restaurant on time because of construction (and not perfect directions) but our the staff was pleasant and forgiving. Our food was good and prices too."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Anne was our waitress. She is the best. Outstanding people skills!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Good food and a spectacular view! Wonderful night!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The food, the view the service can't be better... always a favorite why not check it out and see!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food is delicious and the view can't be beat. Best to go when it's daylight and watch it get dark! Try the breadpudding...yum!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife and I had a great experience at Prima Vista! The service was great and the food was excellent as well. On top of that, it has one of the best views in Cincinnati."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Very pleasant evening with three teenagers -- everyone liked their food choices -- very ample serving sizes. I definitely plan to visit Primavista again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Everything was great, my only complaint is that our seat had a pillar blocking a good part of the view of downtown Cincinnati. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Amazing view and the perfect romantic ambiance! It's tasteful and classy with a warm and skilled staff. We most recently went for our anniversary and our experience was amazing as always! It's oOne of the signs that the restaurant is well run is that the staff has been there a long time and they are happy. It always feels special and for my wife and I to dine with them."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I took my beat friend here for her birthday and the food, view and service were above my expectations. I am most certainly coming back and have already told people about my experience here."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The view and ambiance was great. Seating was a bit tight, but everyone has a view of the city in return. The waiters were patient, i never felt rushed to order or leave. I would definitely recommend it for a nice date night. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Whenever we have an occasion to celebrate, Prima Vista is our first choice. Frank and Joan have created an atmosphere of hospitality that few restaurants achieve. The food is always delicious, the view is spectacular and the wait staff well trained. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food is brilliant. We tried four starters, two were specials and the others off the menu. We would recommend any of them, however, the escargot was outstanding. The gorganzola sauce was wonderful. This may have been the best escargot we have ever eaten and we sample all around the world. The special was salmon and done to perfection. Shrimp with Angel hair pasta in sherry sauce and veal were all wonderful. Dessert topped the night off with brownies and Sambuca. The staff and service were outstanding. Get out and eat!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Although I have lived in Cincinnati most of my life, this was my first time at Prima Vista - will look forward to going back! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • " I don't believe there is a table without a grand view of the city skyline. We passed on the wine but the list was extensive. Service was prompt and a brief explanation of the available Chef's Specials was given and diner's inquires on menu items were answered. The Gamberetti con Gnocchi was selected as the antipasti course. The sage butter, roasted garlic. and sweet olive oil added pleasingly to the Italian bread. The insalte followed in the proper sequence and was light and pleasing. I selected the Filetto di Bue and my cut was properly cooked to my preferences. I especially enjoyed the accompanying risotto croquette. The green beans were al dente which is not "to my tooth." Sorbetto and espresso stato finale di un pasto raffinato."
    Dined on 5/29/2014