Palomino - Cincinnati
Palomino - Cincinnati

Palomino - Cincinnati

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://palomino.com/page/home
  • Phone: 5133811300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    WEDNESDAYS ALL DAY: Half-price Bottled Wine! (any bottle priced $26 & above).
    Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 4pm-11p

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Shawn Heine
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Now Offering Delivery, please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private space available up to 120ppl Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Taylor Beach or Stephen Welch 5133811300x
  • Entertainment: All Day Everyday Happy Hour in the Lounge
    Flat Screen Tv's in Lounge

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th
  • Public Transit: Metro and Northern Kentucky Tank Bus
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public Parking Options:
    Fountain Square Parking Garage located off of Vine St.
    Fountain Place Garage off of Race Street, with elevator access to Palomino.
A word from Palomino - Cincinnati
Palomino is a vibrant restaurant, bar and rotisserie famous for its style, hardwood fired Mediterranean cooking and versatile, imaginative menu. Guests appreciate Palomino’s gracious hospitality and talented staff for their unsurpassed enthusiasm, friendliness and skill. Palomino offers an experience that makes guests feel great at a pleasing value.
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Palomino - Cincinnati reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (119)special occasion (79)good for groups (59)romantic (56)great for lunch (49)fit for foodies (48)notable wine list (34)neighborhood gem (24)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (19)great for brunch (12)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (8)Show More
  • foodthatmakessense
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Will be back for happy hour specials. Really enjoyed the basil martini. All the staff was very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    Jason
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our experience at Palomino. It was our first time there. The food was very good and we had a nice window seat overlooking Fountain Square. Our waitress was not very attentive. But, overall our experience was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Used to be the best
    Steve
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I remember in the past this was always one of our favorite restaurants. I dont believe they have lowered their standards I just thing the newer restaurants in the city have surpassed them and I hate to see it. They just need to step up their game.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary dinner
    Maode
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our children treated us to a night out for our anniversary. We happened to be at Palomino for restaurant week and were able to enjoy the 3 course meal offered. Our food was delicious and our server TO was delightful and attentive. We had a table overlooking Fountain Square and overall had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Initial service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It has been offered bread with a nice tomato sauce ...but the bread was cold. This is the first thing that I expect from a good reasturant . However we asked for warm bread and it was quickly served.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great value during Restaurant Week.
    Janmor
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Server was so friendly and attentive; food was prepared very well. One drawback was the loud noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    DineOut
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our experience was great! The staff was very inviting and seemed happy tohave our business. I love the bruscetta at this restaurant and would come here just to have it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great deal for restaurant week
    Dojibo
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    As one of the more reasonably priced places participating in restaurant week, Palomino gave extra value in including a glass of house wine. They also offered many more entree selections than just the 3 advertised. We enjoyed all of our selections as well as the view of Fountain Square. It was nice to go a bit early before it got too busy, so it was fairly quiet and we didn't feel like we had to rush, since there were tables available for those arriving while we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • augie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went to celebrate our 32 wedding anniversary. The food was great and the atmosphere was as well. We stopped in the bar first for a drink and the bartender was fantastic. Everyone there was very friendly and helpful. The only complaint I had was it was hot, do to the air not working. nI know this is out of your control, but that's is the only thing that wasn't up to par. Thanks everyone for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Artie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was a great evening. We had a party of five and everyone enjoyed themselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night at Palomino
    Yeatathome
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went to Palomino prior to attending a concert. Requested a table overlooking Fountain Square and Palomino delivered. We had a great table right against the window. The food was terrific. My wife and I decided to do a selection of small plates to taste as much as possible and they didn't disappoint. All of the food was excellent, service was excellent and the wine prices very reasonable. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service even when busy
    LuvtodineoutVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    6 of us dined at Palominos when a large convention was in town. Although it was extremely busy our service was very good. The server recommended the seafood salad-and it was delicious. The salad had shrimp, crap, avocado, and blanched asparagus with a nicely paired dressing. The view of Fountain Square is lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great View
    KiKi
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent Dinner at Palominos for Wine Down Wednesdays. The Salmon and Creamed Spinach was quite flavorful. Love the wine. The view of Fountain Square made the ambience very inviting after a tough day at the office. Very relaxing. Will definitely have dinner here again soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice experience
    Capelivin
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Nice experience in downtown Cincy. All food was good but the Lavender Cosmo was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 30th anniversary dinner
    specialmeals
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our 30th anniversary dinner. The staff went out of their way to make it special and the meal was wonderful. We had a great view of fountain square.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nanabear1946
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Went there for my birthday. The food was excellent - my husband had the seafood paella and I had the seafood pasta. Both dishes were delicious. For an appetizer we had the crab cakes - lots of crab - hot and delicious. Everyone was very attentive to our needs and it was also nice to be able to watch the activities at Fountain Square. One of our favorite downtown places to eat. Would definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't return but great service
    Bachelorettefun
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I came in with a bachelorette party of 12 girls. When calling I confirmed that there was an all day, everyday happy hour- as noted on their menu online. They verified this so I made the reservation. Upon arriving, we found out that the happy hour only applied to the lounge, not where we had been seated. Prices for the exact same thing in the restaurant are double, if not triple, than prices in the lounge. We rolled with the punches nonetheless and opted to stay where we were. Afterall, we were celebrating a special occasion. I ordered the paella. Half the mussels and oysters were closed and unable to be eaten. So that was a waste. We were given a creme brûlée to split amongst us all which was nice. We moved to the lounge for a drink after.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lindaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great meal with my daughter at the bar. Great staff, especially Nikki, who really was attentive and friendly. Fast service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place!
    Happy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were here to celebrate our 50th anniversary before going to a concert at the arena. Our waiter was great, friendly, helpful and fun to talk to. The food was great and service was timely. It made our whole experience very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great place for a business lunch. Ofthen meet clients or associates there. Convenient downtown location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Always fresh, attentive service and convenient location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review
    BuddVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Restaurant is on the second floor with one wall all windows. Good view of the adjoining square and fountain. We were there during happy hour and they offer some good values. We split an artichoke & cheese appetizer and an order of paella. Both were very tasty. Waitress was very friendly and helpful as we were visitors to the city.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was the first time to visit the Palomino and it will on or Top 5 places to eat in Cincinnati when in town....Our waitress was Awesome, food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was very disappointed with the service and the food quality. My boyfriend got a Ribeye and it was nothing but fat. I realize tat ribeye have a good amount of fat, but the amount of fat was absurd. He could not have a single GOOD bite of meat. Our waiter never came over to ask how our meal was, so when he finally came over to refill our waters, my boyfriend told him about his meal. He proceeded to say that ribeye are meant to be like that and walked away from us. Terrible service.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so good!
    anoli
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went here on a Friday. Not as busy as I thought it would be. Had the steak salad it was amazing!! Great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I always enjoy the food at this restaurant. The view of Fountain Square is great, too. The service this time was mediocre; once served our food, the server didn't come back until she brought the check. I would have liked coffee after the meal, had she bothered to ask. The other issue I've always had with Palomino's is that there are too many tables packed too tightly together. The server waiting on the large table next to us kept running into my chair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lindaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very nice meal with great servers and good food. Aliya was an excellent server, very friendly and did a great job making our experience special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view, mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the view from Palomino is nice and the service was very good (waiter was very attentive), the food was only okay. My dining partner had a pasta dish with a pesto sauce that was particularly bland. I had the fish and frites. The frites were tasty but the fish was over fried. It tasted like a frozen fish patty that had been deep fried. Given that there are so many options in OTR, I'd recommend visiting there first. If you want a neat view of the city and a quick drink, stop into Palomino. If you want some interesting and tasty food, go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cincinnati Favorite
    Ballet8093VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We have loved Palomino's for years! I know all of those new places in OTR are trendy and popular right now, but I urge you to give Palomino's a try- yes it is a chain, but the Cincinnati location has a lot of character. Also, their food and service is consistently good. The bar area is a best kept secret- they have happy hour prices ALL DAY so there are discounted cocktails and a reasonable (but delicious) bar menu of pizzas and small bites. It is a great place for a work happy hour or for a "can't go wrong" dinner option downtown. The chicken Parmesan is a favorite as is any of their specials. They also have a great lunch menu with small portions like half salads and half pastas making it a great option for business lunches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Needs Improvement
    Reds2BengalsVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The atmosphere and service at Palomino were very good. We had a table for 4 overlooking Fountain Square. However, the pork was tough, the polenta was awful, and the creamed spinach had way too much cream. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the roasted potatoes were very good. So, overall food rating was good but should have been much better.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special place
    Mimi
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Our latest trip to the opera began with a great meal at Palomino's- as usual, the service was perfect, the ambiance so enjoyable, and the food- yum! The bartender's delicious white sangria went so well with my Seafood Louis salad, and the other members of my party were equally happy with their pasta and salad dishes. Thanks for the excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavidVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Late dinner. Restaurant near empty. Experience was average. Remember this restaurant to be one of the nicest when we went in Indy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service
    Disappointed
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    While our food was excellent, the service was extremely slow. By the time our food arrived, I wasn't even hungry anymore. One hour after being seated, our waiter came out and told us that our pizza was burnt and he had requested another. While I applaud the quality control, we were left with no food and we felt we had been forgotten. With that being said, I highly recommend their brick oven pizza.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great all around
    visitingcincy11
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It has been a few years since I had dinner there. The menu had wonderful options for all types of palates. The wine list was good. Truly enjoyed our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 81 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1727 reviews are from the Palomino - Cincinnati reviews archive.
  • Very good Restaraunt
    EandN
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Went to Palomino's for our anniversary dinner. Food is always great, Mushroom soup is to die for. Waiter provided excellent service. They even gave us a free desert for our anniversary. We me the manager on the way out, he introduced himself and asked how our dinner was and said happy anniversary to us. We did not even talk to him prior to that. Overall excellent and certainly makes us feel welcome there. We will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good Food and Service
    ClaraandJimVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My husband and I really enjoy Palomino's. The view of Fountain Square downtown Cincinnati is great. The menu changes seasonally and every dish we've ever had has been well prepared and presented. Servers are always attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Starving But No Dinner Here
    HungryAndNoFood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had 7:30 rrservations and did arrive a little late. We were originally told we would be seated in a matter of seconds, however, I think they forgot about us because it was another 15 minutes or so. We ordered everything at once since we were pressed for time. When the calamari came out there was a hair in the sauce. We inform our waiter we are leaving and he says, "Oh, so you are going to split? That's cool". The manager did come over and try to convince us to stay and was very apologetic. He gave us his card and offeref a free meal if we decided to return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food. Great service.
    MD11
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My girlfriends and I made reservations at Palominos for dinner before a concert. They accommodated us even though we were fifteen minutes late (everyone has a chronically late friend). They provided excellent food and service while trying to get us to the concert on time with the resaurante very busy with other concert goers. I will will absolutely keep it in mind for the next night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cost for food is great
    Nanny
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    where can you go eat for $10.00?? and the food is great
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in downtown Cincinnati
    BluegrassCycler
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Excellent service with very good food. Really enjoy dining at Palomino and will return whenever we are in Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.