Primavista
Primavista

Primavista

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pvista.com/
  • Phone: 5132516467x
  • 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: Seafood, Italian
  • 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 5132516467x

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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Primavista reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (192)special occasion (159)romantic (152)fit for foodies (67)neighborhood gem (61)notable wine list (55)good for groups (25)late-night find (14)hot spot (12)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • the view at this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/20/2009
    the view at this restaurant is one of the best in the city and the food is very good as well. in addition, it is a pretty casual atmosphere; therefore, you won't feel uncomfortable in casual dress.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were at Primavista to celebrate
    theatredinerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2009
    We were at Primavista to celebrate our 29th Anniversary. The atmosphere was very nice and the view is stupendous. We found ourselves among about 8 couples also celebrating their anniversaries. The food was excellent and our server Lois was very good and knew the menu well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great -- we took
    Frank
    Dined on 6/17/2009
    The food was great -- we took home leftovers! We were disappointed that the restaurant didn't know that we were celebrating our anniversary --- a note that we put on our "Open Table" reservation. Our server seemed to have too many tables and so we waited more than we wanted between the initial greeting and the taking of our order. All went smootly after that -- the food was hot and delicious -- until time for the dessert course as noted above. When we mentioned that it was our anniversary, a special freee desseert was delivered to our table as we had seen done for celebrations at other tables. We very much enjoy PrimaVista and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been to Prima Vista
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2009
    We have been to Prima Vista at least twice a year since 1992. Every birthday or Wedding Anniversary is celebrated there. Every item on the menu, from the appetizer to desert is a reason to celebrate! We try to get something different each time we visit. However, it is hard to not order our favorites over and over!Salmon, Halibut, Filet, Veal... The service is always perfect. Always a special experience. The view is wonderful, even if you do not have a window seat. The Prima Vista offers elegant dining in a comfortable environment. Dinner for two or up to groups of ten-always a perfect evening! Every visit to the Prima Vista is a pleasure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have a memorable experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2009
    We have a memorable experience. Every piece of food was a culinary delight. Our children, 11 and 13 years old, were very impressed w the selection and taste of the food. They ate every bit, including dessert!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a fabulous restaurant!!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2009
    What a fabulous restaurant!!!!!! This was truly one of the best dining experiences of my life (and I have lived in San Francisco, Boston, and Washington DC). I took my husband for a romantic dinner here on his birthday, and the cuisine and service could not have been better! Even the owner of the restaurant stopped by to chat with us, and when he found out that I am a twin (he is a twin as well), he offered us desserts on the house. Can you believe it? Rarely does one find a top-notch restaurant with sophisticated, gourmet cuisine combined with such a charming and welcoming ambience. Truly a dining experience I'll never forget. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The osso bucco was amazing,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2009
    The osso bucco was amazing, the view was incredible, and the staff was extremely helpful when we called for directions after our first way in was under construction. I would definitely love to try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and city view!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/13/2009
    Excellent food and city view!! Seats facing the windows were perfect for me and my husband, celebrating his birthday. Had a great time!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I eat there quite often, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2009
    I eat there quite often, but the other night was exceptional!!! Its amazing how Frank, Joan and Chris Prince do it. Their secret I feel is the long term Chef Prince...according to the excellent wait staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining experience,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/11/2009
    Wonderful dining experience, very romantic. Beautiful view of Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everthing was amazing at Primavista
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/11/2009
    Everthing was amazing at Primavista! My husband and I went on a Thursday night, which happened to be 1/2 price wine night. We enjoyed our wine while looking out at the breath taking view of the city. We though we wanted a window table but,soon realized we didn't need to sit next to the window to enjoy the view. The service and the food was just as amazing. Thanks for such a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The blue cheese ravioli and
    kimk
    Dined on 6/9/2009
    The blue cheese ravioli and walnut appetizer was outstanding. My dinner mates loved the carpaccio. I ordered 3 or the sides for my main course- all very good, but the gnocchi was exceptional. The best view of Cincinnati to be sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were very disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2009
    We were very disappointed. The food did not live up to expectations. Why? Price. We are used to top restaurant dining and will gladly pay $25-30/entree if the food is worth it. Primavista is not that calliber, though they charge those prices. Our gnocchi appetizer and my husband's steak were good, but my veal should have gone back to the kitchen. It was swimming in oil and had no flavor. Our wines were mediocre. Our tiramisu was good, but the chocolate sauce used to decorate it had to be Hershey's syrup. For what we paid, and for what we got, we walked out angry for being charged so much. We felt like an Italian dinner at a chain restaurant would have been just as good for one third of the cost. We paid for the view, not the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Primavista is one of our very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2009
    Primavista is one of our very favorite restaurants and Monday's dinner was no exception. The food was exceptional, perfect presentation & the service was great - as usual. And the view - Perfect! We can always count on Primavista for a romantic dinner for two or a wonderful dinner for a larger party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view at Prima Vista was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2009
    The view at Prima Vista was outstanding. The commanding view of Cincinnati and the Ohio river was quite nice. The food was above average and the service was excellent. Highly recommend getting directions from the website because Google Maps and Map quest as well as Garmin GPS can be inaccurate.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant, this night
    joey
    Dined on 6/6/2009
    This restaurant, this night was perfect. Food, Service, View and the staff was so friendly and helpful. We will return, the specials were great. The Copper River Salmon and the halibut were prepared perfectly. Thanks for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One thing I always like about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/1/2009
    One thing I always like about Primavista is the great food and the romantic atmosphere. I proposed while dining there and I couldn't think of a more wonderful place in Cincinnati to pop the question! (By the way, the answer was "Yes")
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food! Copper River
    erinsw
    Dined on 5/31/2009
    Wonderful food! Copper River Salmon was in season so I ordered their special- phenomenal! We also had Prince Edward Island Mussels, very very good. Service was outstanding, view was amazing, and the food was some of the best in the city. I rate this place a solid 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A consistent and dependable
    Bunny
    Dined on 5/31/2009
    A consistent and dependable restaurant, with an unbeatable view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been to PrimaVista
    SingerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2009
    I have been to PrimaVista several times. I always find it charming with wonderful hospitality, excellen cuisine, and of course, a beautiful view of Cincinnati. it is a bit interesting getting there and the building might shy off some diners but the quaint ambience is worth driving up the hill. One of the things I love about PrimaVista is that is hasn't changed. The decor is charming and friendly while being somewhat antique in flavor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although the food was great,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/29/2009
    Although the food was great, the atmosphere really lacked in its appearance. Perhaps a little updating of the decor for one (the chairs looked like they're from a Ponderosa in the 70's) and a good dusting of the pictures that seem to have been up since the place opened many years ago. The "view" seats that face to window in which you can see the Cincinnati skyline were very uncomfortable and in tight quarters. You're sitting up straight to where by the end of the meal your lower back really hurts. Overall, the food was great but overshadowed by the appearance and comfort from where we sat.
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  • Absolutely wonderful. One
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    Absolutely wonderful. One of our favorite places. Best view in Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Particularly good food, attentive
    Bill
    Dined on 5/23/2009
    Particularly good food, attentive and professional service, the spectacular view, an enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An absolutely perfect Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/22/2009
    An absolutely perfect Birthday Celebration. Everything was a 10!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the food was incredible, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/21/2009
    the food was incredible, the service was outstanding, could not have had had a better experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit pricey but well worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/21/2009
    A bit pricey but well worth it! The food was unbelievable, and not your every day traditional Italian, either. Go on Thursday for 1/2 priced bottle of wine night. Make sure you order the Banana Bread Pudding dessert. It is literally the best dessert that I have ever ordered at a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our visit to Primavista was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2009
    Our visit to Primavista was a night to remember. The food, service, and atmosphere was impecable.. It was our first time in, we has been recomended to go for a long time by friends and when we left we wished we had taken thier advice much sooner..Primavista quickly became an absolute favorite of ours and we can't wait to return...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I asked for a table by the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    I asked for a table by the window when reserving for our anniversary dinner and to my surprise the restaurant obliged when we showed up. I was very happy about that.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience at Primavista
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/16/2009
    Our experience at Primavista was great. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday, and everyone was super nice. The food was great & the view was awesome! Our waitress was so sweet & even gave us free dessert with a candle for my boyfriend's birthday! I would reccomend this resturant to anyone for their speical occasions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was exceptional and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2009
    The food was exceptional and there's not a single bad seat in the place for the one of a kind view.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We always enjoy the Primavista
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    We always enjoy the Primavista for a special occasion. It undeniably has the best city view for evening dining and the food is very good. Six of us at the table and every one of us cleaned our plates. There was not one bad meal of the 6, and for that you don't mind paying the price for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This has a great view of downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2009
    This has a great view of downtown Cinci. Italian menu is varied. My husband loves their veal saltimboca and I enjoy their ossu bucco. I've also had their chicken with pasta - very good. We enjoy the consistency of the food quality and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had a wonderful evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    I had a wonderful evening at Primavista; nothing was a miss. The people are friendly, the food is beautiful in every way, and the view is untouchable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a large party and they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    We had a large party and they gave us fantastic service. The food was very well done and they were willing to deal with some serious allergy issues for some of diners. The staff was exceptionally friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was very good, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/9/2009
    Food was very good, but the service was below average for the prices. Prima Vista has an excellent view, but needs an interior decor upgrade. Brown carpet from the 60's and 70's needs to stay in that era.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great view and
    DineoutalotVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2009
    Good food, great view and attentive service. Definitely will recommend and visit again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is my favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2009
    This is my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. The food is as fabulous as the view! My girlfriend and I were there for a special occassion this weekend and the staff handled a number of special requests just as I had asked. It was a fabulous experience and we will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overall a very good experience.
    regencydancingqueenVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2009
    overall a very good experience. We were there on a Monday night - it was nice to find a nicer restaurant open on a Monday night. And fine dining on the west side is tough to find - and we found it in Primavista. I brought a friend from out of town and my son - and the view is stellar. The only problem we had was that I had ordered a side of spinach (one thing they are known for) and the waiter forgot it. I did not realize it until after and called the restaurant (I was not charged for it) but was not offered anything for the mistake - usually a restauarant will offer on your next visit for something like that. I was also charged for a salad that I was given the impression came with the meal (but I did order off the menu).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate