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The Palace - Cincinnatian Hotel
The Palace - Cincinnatian Hotel

The Palace - Cincinnatian Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.palacecincinnati.com
  • Phone: (513) 381-3000
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 12:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Joe West
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Fine Art of Hospitality. The Cincinnatian Hotel & Palace Restaurant are committed to the fine art of ensuring that your catered affair is executed with the optimum quality, value and service.
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie Lockwood (888) 653-9784
  • Entertainment: Live Music every Friday and Saturday evening 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Special Events & Promotions:

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and Vine Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at the 6th Street Entrance of the Cincinnatian Hotel.
A word from The Palace - Cincinnatian Hotel
Welcome to The Palace, offering fine dining within the historic Cincinnatian Hotel. Our elegant dining room, innovative menu and seamless, classic service create a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Kudos to Joe West! My husband and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary at the Palace restaurant by ordering the nine course tasting menu. It was amazing. They were very accommodating by adjusting some of the courses for my husband since he is not a lover or Foie Gras or lobster. The food and the service were spot on! We will be back before the next anniversary."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food was delicious but the prices were very high for what we got. The atmosphere was very formal and elegant, and it was a good choice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The Palace has gone over the top with superb service and unparalleled food. Congratulations!! We will look forward to returning!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "You can choose a 3, 5 or even a 9 course dinner. I highly recommend going to the website to see the Chef's menu before you go. All the Courses were tastefully prepared and the service was excellent. The only thing I would watch is where the Maitr'd seats you. If you are looking for privacy, make sure you get a free standing table. The tables along the wall with the bench are not private and you can hear other diners conversations. The live music was a very nice. When we return, we will try the "Third Thursday Cookout.""
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had the 5 course Tasting Menu. The dishes tasted enough, but waited for at least 40 minutes. We were given free 2 cups of hot tea. They never explained why. Also, Chef needs to work on his presentation of the dishes. The dishes looked little blah. I must say though for a long time now, none of the restaurant we have been to seemed to bother reading our note on the reservation. They alway bring us their big wine list, they have no idea we like tea, or what kind of tea. Jennifer, our server however was spot on. With the cost of the meal being so expensive, and several cliches that need to be improved, we will definitely withhold our recommendation to our friends. We did enjoyed the lovely live piano music."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was amazing, service was amazing - but it is quite pricey! For the price, I wouldn't say that it is significantly better than a restaurant like Abigail Street, Salazar or Sotto - where the food is just as good, but half the cost. The live jazz music was a great touch for a Friday night. And the wait staff was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I dined at the Palace for dinner on a recent Saturday night. The waitress we have had in the past - Brenda - was outstanding as usual. However, this was our first time dining at the Palace since it switched to a fixed-price menu with different course selections (choose 3, 5, or 9) - a change from its old a la carte menu. While the food was very good, we didn't think the portion sizes were as generous as they used to be and overall there were fewer options from which to choose. We have some dietary issues (vegetarian, no pork, protein conscious, etc.), so this was a little bit of a bummer for us. We appreciated the separate vegetarian menu, but it fell short of inspiring."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A friend and I met for dinner on Thursday night. We both felt that the service was impeccable and our 5 course meal was an interesting and eclectic masterpiece. Brenda, our waitress and John, the host were exceptional. I am still salivating over the smoked ice cream I had during desert."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "STAY AWAY! No groupon deal is worth this experience. While service and ambiance was nice, the food was horrible. The rolls were microwaved and came to our table hard as a rock. The gnocchi came with 8 pasta shells and then a pile of raw large cut vegetables in the middle of what tasted like store bought ragu sauce piled on top. This was supposed to be a nice lunch out with my 13 year old daughter and was a disaster. It was a waste of time and parking money and a huge disappointment of an outing. DO NOT GO!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our family of 4 splurged on the 9-course tasting option. That meant a perfectly timed succession of amazing cuisine that made the evening. The quantities were perfect to not overwhelm. Fresh produce, incredible meats and sauces that we haven't experienced in a long time. The front and back of the house were in perfect timing. Fine dining meets high-end small-plate cuisine. In the hustle and bustle of working round the clock, we really value a quiet evening where John and Brenda recognize you and treat like family. Chef Joe came out to meet us and there were a number of guests that had returned several times just to try his dishes. The Lamb and flat-iron steak are unbelievable. The egg and pasta and artichoke dishes are fantastic as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "the food was super our waitress was kind of uppity when she found out we had a groupon"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Everything was great for dinner Saturday night. Chef Joe West had a brilliant array of fine foods and excellent presentations. I highly recommend The Palace, but have two annoying nits to mention: (1) The prices listed on their web site at $60-70-90 were incorrect; actual prices when we arrived at the restaurant were $65-75-95 . . . that's sort of a bait and switch, and shouldn't happen with a fine restaurant; and (2) The price for a bottle of Perrier was over $10 . . . that is a rip-off . . . which the restaurant does not need. I don't mind paying over $500 for a fantastic dinner, but for the principle might not return to The Palace because of a $10 rip-off !!!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is still a place where fine dining is alive and well. The dining room is elegant with innovative menu selections not found any other place."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were very pleased to meet and talk with chef Joe West after sampling his new tasting menu. It was refreshing and fun, but still in a fine dining atmosphere. The staff has always been very accommodating and it was a treat to celebrate my birthday with them!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Bacon chilli peppers are awesome.chicken Francais was so so, the chicken was really bland. White chocolate bread pudding was really good. All the stAff are really polite and professional. Only issue is they seem kind of disconnected, we had three different servers, not sure why."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "New chef is right on with the small plates concept. Room is as quiet and lovely as always. Not cheap, but this kind of quality never is."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We ate at the Palace for the first time since Joe West, who trained with Thomas Keller, has taken over the kitchen. What a wonderful surprise! The food was delicious, the presentation was beautiful, and there were lots of little "gifts of food" from the chef. There is a lot of imagination in the tastes, and all of it was excellent. I had artichoke chips with artichoke hearts and artichoke sauce for my appetizer...outstanding! The menu is suggested as 3, 5, or 9 courses, very reasonably priced. My husband had 5 courses, and was very happy with all of them. The service is impeccable, friendly, and our server, Brenda, very helpful and knowledgeable. We will definitely go back soon!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We had the 5 course tasting menu, and there were offerings from the chef between each course. Most of the courses were very good. A couple were a little salty and the asparagus soup shooter was too thick to drink. The pasta, the first courses, and the beef were all excellent. The service was perfect. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I cannot recommend this restaurant too highly. The food and service were both outstanding. Two of us had the three-course dinner and two of us tried the five-course. All the special touches (amuse bouche, palate cleanser, etc.) made the evening an adventure and special experience! We definitely plan to return and urge you to try it too. Yes, it's a bit expensive but perfect for special occasions."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Took my son for his birthday as he wanted a tasting menu. The dining room is classic and well appointed. The staff was attentive but didn't always seem as knowledgeable as I would've liked. It seems they don't often get people ordering the 9-course tasting menu. And they were a little perplexed when I asked for wine pairings but they figured it out. We enjoyed the food and the wine. The artichoke 3 ways and the black cod were particularly nice. I'd go back for a nice occassion. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Food was pretty good but nothing to rave about for the price. Menu is 3,5,or 9 courses. For the price, the salad should be more then lettuce and a couple croutons. If prices were more reasonable, I would return."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The menu does not match the "Owner Verified" one on this site, and instead they now have a set course menu instead. The first 3 courses were unique with impeccable presentation, but the taste was not exceptional. My wife's steak was ordered medium rare but was charred on the outside and almost entirely raw throughout. The service was friendly, but not the caliber I would expect for dining at this price point. Drinks were a bit slow, wine glasses were never cleared from our table (we didn't order wine), and silverware was not always available. Explanation of the dishes reflected a basic understanding of the food, but not the detailed or engaging descriptions I would hope. The chef never visited our table as promised. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The new chef - Joe West- has brought fine dining with a twist back to the Palace. Each course is a delightful surprise both in presentation and taste. Throughout the meal, treats we're sent from the chef that intrigued the eyes and the palate. Don't plan to eat in a hurry- it's a night of relaxing with fine food prepared with expert culinary talent."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "If you want a dining experience like the top chefs in larger cities The Palace is for you! Joe West is an up-and-coming chef Cincinnati is lucky to have. The new menu offers 3, 5 and 7 course dinners with little chef surprise bites in between. His cracker stuffed with cheese was to die for! The food is a gastric delight, make sure to not duliplicate your choices with whomever you are dining with so you can share experiences. Dying to go back and sit at the exclusive Kitchen Table and see Chef West in action!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Once again the Palace restaurant does not disappoint. Great grown up night out. Brenda our server was terrific. The chef kept sending out tasty treats. The pork chop with the bourbon barrel aged nuac marm bbq was outstanding. The dessert was out of this world. One of our favorite places."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at the Palace... first since the new chef started. We were blown away by the food-- both taste and presentation. The wait staff was professional and knowledgeable. The chef stopped by our table towards the end of the meal and he was very personable as we asked questions about the food. The chef sent out several mini courses between our courses to sample-- my favorite was the foie gras mousse! We will definitely be returning to try out next seasons menu or one of their Thursday night events."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Maybe my expectations were too high for this $50 brunch, I was not impressed with either the quality of the food and definitely not the service. My daughter and I were there for several hours, we had to ask several times to order a drink. After 2hrs I asked for more coffee, the waitress just added new coffee into the coffee that had been sitting there. I expected a fresh cup. In addition, I had to remind her I wanted more coffee three times…we were the only table in her service area, so it wasn't that she was that busy!!!! I did leave a 20% tip, which in retrospect was We both agreed we would never recommend to our Cincy friends or go back again. For the price, I think there are much better options"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My husband and I had the doughnuts with a nutrella center rolled in cinnamon sugar. These were to die for and we ate every crumb!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The Palace used to be one of Cincinnati's better restaurants. Based on my recent experience, it is not anymore. Cuisine and quality of service are significantly below (for example) Nicola's, Boca's, Sotto, JR Table....and many others. Carrot cake desert was noticeably stale/uneven, carrot soup organg-y and tangy in a non subtle way, and lamb was ho hum. Waitress- although very nice- asked if we could go ahead and order bec. they expected to be busy that night, and pointed out the tasting menu wasn't a great bargain (although she was correct on that point so one could say it was in fact good service..but an odd thing to say in a fine restaurant). I hope it rallies as I'm a fan of the Cincinnati restaurant scene."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We really enjoyed this meal, especially getting to taste some unusual & unique foods, some of which were offered complimentary. I was impressed by the flavors, creativity, and unique ingredients that went into our meal. What a fun experience!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Easter brunch was very disappointing to our entire family. This latest rendition is a far cry from its' glory days of 10 + years ago. Food was poor, servers and managers seemed amateurish and in over their heads. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The room was great, very warm and elegant. The service was erratic at best, had t ask for coffee a couple of times, and the wine took an interminable amount of time to arrive. We skipped the breakfast items. The entree courses particularly the salmon was very good. While the beef and lamb were tasty, it seemed as though the carver was rationing the portion size. Also, the asparagus pan was empty, and when we went back in 5-10 minutes it was still not replenished. Dessert selection was skimpy, and there was a line because creeps were made to order so it was difficult to get to the few other items that were ferried."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We could not have had a more enjoyable dining experience. The he'd is a master at pairing flavors, creating unique seasonal dishes that won us both over. We looked at each other after our meal and said "lets do it again tomorrow!""
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My partner and I went to The Palace to celebrate 15 years together and her 50th birthday. We were the only table in the restaurant for an hour before anyone else arrived. We thought the food was unique and tasty and the presentation was beautiful."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was our 3rd visit ( even tough we live 250 miles away. They where all memorable. This new chef has a good emphasis on flavor combination. I find the only comparable is the Picasso restaurant in Vegas. This place would be booming if it was in Vegas."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "If you love to experiment with a tasting menu this is the best place in the city"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Had a great lunch at the Palace. Staff is extremely friendly while remaining professional. Food preparation is excellent and tastes wonderful. Definitely worth a visit to experience truly fine dining."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "So apparently the Palace Restaurant had been struggling a bit since Jose Salazar left to open his new restaurant. Well now they have a new chef, Joe West, and he is very talented. I would especially recommend the Tuna with fresh chive & boccerones dressing appetizer & the Lamb with blood orange, gem lettuce and black garlic. Both were fabulous and there are many more innovative, beautifully presented dishes on the menu. Chef West also sends out complementary amuse-bouche in between courses that were amazing. Our favorite was an Asparagus panna cotta with Meyer lemon and pickled mustard gelee. The flavor exploded in your mouth! Many think of restaurants only on special occasions. If you like great food, why wait? We will be returning soon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "There were only 8 diners in the entire resturant and two left shortly after we got there. For a Sat night, it was very empty. Service was outstanding. The Palace needs to advertise if they want more diners. i don't know how they stay open. The portion sizes were good on everything but the steak. The steak was way to small for $23 - only about 4 bites."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Approach is lovely with amuse bouche interspersed throughout each course; but timing is off and meal was good vs great. Chef needs to rework the recipes for more flavor/punch/blending. Kitchen staff needs to keep on top of their orders. took 1 1/2 hours to get to our entree and that was more time than we had given other activities in the evening. If food gets reworked, this could end up returning to a destination, that is your evening, place"
    Dined on 3/29/2014