The Summit
The Summit

The Summit

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://midwestculinary.com/
  • Phone: 5135694980
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sean Kagy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Parties welcome. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Ruth Ann Kanitz 5135694981
  • Special Events: Monthly Wine Dinners

    Culinary Theatre

    Chef Select

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ludlow / Hopple
  • Public Transit: Complementary Valet accessible at the corner of College Drive and Central Parkway. Follow the signs around the buildings, and the valet will take your car at the sidewalk to the entrance of our building.

    Garage parking at the Central parking garage adjacent to Central Parkway. Exit garage on the 5th floor.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complementary Valet accessible at the corner of College Drive and Central Parkway. Garage parking at the Central parking garage adjacent to Central Parkway. Exit garage on the 5th floor.
A word from The Summit
WELCOME TO A UNIQUELY “EDUCATIONAL” CULINARY EXPERIENCE.

The Midwest Culinary Institute is centered upon education, training, and a passion for the “art” in the culinary and pastry arts degree programs we offer to our students. The Summit is an extension of this vision. Your entire dining experience will be performed by well-trained students under the expert direction of our professional restaurant management team. Our staff consists entirely of Cincinnati State students, most of whom are earning college credit as a part of the “co-op” workplace training program.

We hope you enjoy this “uniquely educational” culinary dining experience. Perhaps you too might learn or experience something new about the world of
great food and wine!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
The Summit reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (30)fit for foodies (24)romantic (16)notable wine list (14)good for groups (12)neighborhood gem (7)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Summitt was a great place to dine. The food was fantastic, perfectly paired with wine and the service was outstanding. The atmosphere, while pleasantly quiet, left a lot to be desired. It felt very stale, almost like a hospital. I would HIGHLY recommend the food and the service though. Try not to pay attention to the ambience and you will be pleased.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great find!
    Jmyers57
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had been hearing about this place for a bit, so glad we went! From the appetizer to dessert, everything was top notch. The staff was friendly and attentive, just the right amount of interaction and attitude. Our group loved the concept (a learning environment for the Cinti State Culinary Institute), but we walked away knowing we'd come back for the food. And to top it off, NO ISSUES splitting our five person checks... not equally, but divergent cuts (3 people split wine, 2 people split a dinner, 5 people split 3 desserts, etc) - they even suggested it - we'd have been happy just handling the split ourselves, but the offer went to the overall great experience we had there!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Enjoyed The Summit
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have been to The Summit several times and have always enjoyed our visit, the food is wonderful, the servers are attentive but not interfering, and overall everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal at a great price
    All41
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We've heard before that restaurants run by culinary schools often provide wonderful food at a reasonable price. That was certainly the case at The Summit. If you like staying at a B&B instead of a hotel or motel, i.e. trying things that are out of the mainstream, give it a try. If you like high end restaurant food, but not the prices, give it a try. Do ask for directions from the valet parking, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summit for Dinner
    birthdayextra
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was 5 star and food was excellent. A good restaurant for a special occasion
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Tanda
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The Summit was just OK, the wine selection was a little eccentric and the menu choices were very limited. The service and friendliness was exceptional. They did take great care of us for our special occasion but not a place I feel compelled to hurry back to.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • culinary delight
    pattyjan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    the summit is the restaurant for the culinary school at cincinnati state university. the host and wait staff are from the hospitality school, both working together to create a great evening for patrons. the food was delicious and the service was great. a very under utilized neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experiene
    Ilikefood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is the second time we have been to the Summit and the it was great - from the food, to the service to the ambience!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Good as usual
    Morejan
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our group had a great time at our annual get together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    Carla
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I dine here often. The menu changes frequently, the food is incredible, the service is great. This is a wonderful place to entertain friends and family and experience innovative cuisine. You will see items on the Summit menu that you don't find in other restaurants. I really enjoy the Friday half-price wine nights. Great way to try a new wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3 times now
    Manatee
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    This is the 3rd time I've been here. I brought my daughter and her boyfriend this time along with my wife. Service is the best in the city and there knowledge of everything thing there was outstanding, and we did ask a lot. Super friendly which is what we like, not stuffy. Food was all great except for my steak which was a little fatty and grizzely for me. Others had the Duck, Sea Bass , And a vegetarian dish. I've had the steak before but I don't believe it was the NY Strip before. The last time it was absolutely fantastic. This time it had good favor but not nearly as good as before and because of the prices I really do expect a great cut of meat. All other food was completely enjoyed by all.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Very enjoyable dinner, excellent service and food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    SEAPA
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I found the restaurant through its listings on Trip Advisor and Open Table. The food and service were wonderful and we will definitely return the next time we're in Cincinnati.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret!!
    HoosierFoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My husband & I chose The Summit for our Anniversary Dinner & we were not disappointed - it was a fantastic meal & evening. All Courses, along with the very delicious & generous "extras" that the chef sent out to us in between courses, were a true delight. Our server was friendly and very knowledgeable & had just the right balance of service yet gave us our time to enjoy each other & our dinner. We will definitely return and plan to spread the word to others. I am a Food & Cooking show junkie & I think The Summit would get the seal of approval from Chef Ramsey or Chef Irvine!! Thank you for a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Life: Future and Education
    buddy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    being served by the students and chef trainees, is always a great experience. They are learning their trade well and I enjoy talking with the staff. Thanks to the Administrators; Chefs; and teachers at Cincinnati State and Midwest Culinary School.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mothers' Day Brunch
    Mmmm
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We enjoyed ourselves. The staff was very courteous and helpful. We will definitely come again and have recommended it to friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    dheyenbruch
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great service, beautiful restaurant! Great food! Really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprise!
    Susi
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This restaurant is at Cincinnati State and run by the Midwest Culinary Institute. The food and drinks were exquisite! Everyone needs to try this! They are open Thurs-Sat for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summit was great
    cintidiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I don't know if it was because they are students that care about what they are doing, but the atmosphere at the Summit was warm and welcoming. Some places you go to eat they act like they are doing you a favor. At the Summit, they seemed truly glad you were there. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were perfect. I would not change a thing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Uncooked salmon in France?
    Softshellcrab
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Enjoyed the soft shell crab. Wife ordered salmon. It was almost raw. Hostess said this is how they cook it over there and when in an eatery next time order it "well done". Excuse me? Order salmon well done? I don't think so.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Summit features were delicious!
    delish2us
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    My friend and I were at The Summit on a night the chef was featuring fried soft-shell crab. It was my first time to enjoy soft shell crab, and I admit I was nervous, but my helpful server, Matt, assured me I would love it - and I did! I found the dish light and delicate yet rich and delicious. As an entree we had another seasonal feature, a pepper pasta dish with a creamy morel mushroom sauce and seafood. SO good! I completed my meal with Chef Kagy's Bourbon Ice Cream. Mmmm! It was a great night and I enjoyed being able to watch the Midwest Culinary Institute students at work in the kitchen AND in the dining room - impeccable service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First class food and service
    aneater
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Hard to believe so few people are taking advantage of the half price wine on Friday nights and fabulous food at the Summit Restaurant at Cincinnati State. We took my mom for an early Mother's Day treat. An amuse bouche of celeriac with rhubarb jelly, ginger & lime and a bowl of decadent mac and cheese were delightful "gifts from the chef". The generous salad of mixed greens was topped with giant whole walnuts and dried cherries and just the right amount of delicious dressing. The cedar planked salmon and the crepe with artichoke hearts, mushrooms and onions were delicious. The servers were very professional and the candlelit dining room is very pleasant. There's a large list of cocktails in addition to the wine list.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 492 reviews are from the The Summit reviews archive.
  • training
    rosiepug
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    a head chef is training the college students to cook. They all got it right. Food and service was EXCELLENT!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous fresh food, incredible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Gorgeous fresh food, incredible tasting, the best service possible. Truly above and beyond for sense of sight, taste, and smell. The quiet was also lovely. I've only had one better dining experience in the entire city so far. A beautiful gem courtesy of the ever-surprising Cincinnati State. Keep up the great work and can't wait to see how the menu shifts with the seasons! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Just because the Summit is a teaching restaurant at Cincinnati State, don't presume that the experience and food won't be top drawer. Indeed the experience is among the best our area has to offer. You will be pleasantly surprised by the variety and eclectic choice done to the highest standards. The waitstaff is friendly, knowledgeable, and omnipresent. The 3-course menu is full of treats and offerings to tempt standard and non-conventional palates. Do yourself a favor - get a table for you and your family - you won't be disappointed. A dinner at the Summit was the perfect segue from the Playhouse in the park. What a fabulous evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique & Outstanding!
    EnjoyableVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    What a fabulous choice! From the first sip of The Perfect Summit Manhattan to the last bite of the delicious warm chocolate cake served en croute, the meal was one of best we have had in Cincinnati (or elsewhere). Chef Kagy and the students of The Midwest Culinary Institute do a superb job. The lobster bisque was the best any of us had ever had. The scallop was perfectly prepared and presented and was simply delicious. We enjoyed the Filet Mignon and the Seafood Bowl as entrees, every side dish, and the warm multi-grain bread served with the best infused butter ever on the side! Remember, this is an academic setting where students are learning from one of the best chefs and an excellent culinary faculty. Great food and people!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Service was great! Food and
    JustMe
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Service was great! Food and atmosphere not what was expected when compared to pricing.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • used to be better
    fredgarvin
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We have been going to the Summit a couple of times a year for about five years now. Overall, the food has lost some of its appeal during our last three visits. We do hold the place to high standards, but the prices justify the expectations. A few of their previous dishes were world class, most notably the sweetbread appetizer (which was one of the best dishes I have ever been served) and a pork loin dish with an amazing wine reduction sauce. This most recent visit started with a delicious rabbit based amuse bouche and then a very good salad with apples and blue cheese. Ths lobster bisque was so salty we couldn't finish it. The mixed seafood grill featured dry fish with mushy noodles. The lone scallop was great, though. I am out of space.
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  • Different Experience
    Mamawloves4
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My friends and I decided to go for a unique experience of dining at a culinary school in hopes of excellent food and a great time. We had both! We tried 3 diffenent entrees. The Salmon cooked on the plank was the best! The chicken Fricasee was delicious but could have been better presented with some green veggies as ell as the Tuna entree. The mixed green salad with dried cherries, walnuts and goat cheese ws fabulous as well as the mixed greens and pears and apple slices. The desserts left much to be desired. The bourbon flavored homemade ice cream was not good and the coconut rum icec ream was somewhat better, but not to be repeated. The food was pricey for a school. What about the advertised 3 course dinners for $33?
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Perfect Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our second time at the Summit was as great as the first. My wife and I went on a Friday night at 6:00 pm. Only a few other diners were present (we prefer early seatings). Greeted and seated promptly. Ordered 3 courses and a glass of wine from the menu suggested pairings. Salads were substantial, flavorful, very fresh and delicately dressed. Baked Sea Bass and Grilled Filet Mignon were prepared perfectly; each bite was full of flavor. Desserts: chocolate Pot de Creme and the chef's nightly special: chocolate cake wrapped in light phyllo dough with berry and creme. Server was attentive, knowledgable, friendly and respected our privacy. We'll be back before long.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday dinner
    Ethel
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My husband and I took our son, his wife and our two daughters out for dinner. The food was delicious. The portions were just right; all the meals were beautifully presented. Everything tasted fresh. We would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay...
    OTRLiving
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went to the Summit for Valentines Day. They had a special 3 course menu which was nice. The food was good, my Filet came out well done and I sent it back since I ordered a medium. It came back at the right temperature and it was good. My wife's dinner was good too, she got the tilapia. Nothing extremely remarkable about dinner though for $150 (with wine pairing, 2 glasses for the meal) I thought it would be up to the level that would blow my socks off. The ambiance was not romantic, I would not recommend this for a first date night or any special event that you want it to be romantic.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy and ready to go back soon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I thought the food and service were both excellent. We went on Valentine's Day so it was a three course fixed menu and it did not disappoint. I have seen some complaints about walking through the school but,I didn't find it bothersome in any way. I will be recommending this to everyone I know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    music2
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful Valentine's dinner special for our 17th anniversary in the pleasantly quiet and comfortable ambience of the Summit. Our steaks were perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet in Training
    Mary
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Chefs in training here put out outstanding meals that were interesting and perfectly timed. Everything cooked to perfection. Not a romantic place, as you have to walk through the school to get there, but everyone extremely professional, yet friendly. We had a great meal paired with great wine, well served and not rushed, even though there were only a few diners.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Visit, Great Success!
    CRTCincy
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Had a great dinner on a Thursday night with our group of 6. Apart from one other table and a couple at the bar, we had the entire place to ourselves. That might normally make for too subdued an ambience but it was perfect for us as we had a lot of conversation flying between us and it was nice to be able to converse at normal volume and in absolute privacy. Food was fantastic all around. Can't comment on desserts as we were full and skipped. The staff and sous chef all stopped by to chat which we enjoyed as we were keen to know about the program there. Note that this is a school so when you walk in it will feel like your coming for PTA meetings or something (you pass classrooms and squash courts on way in!) but the rest itself is good
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server for our group was
    amusegueule
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Our server for our group was pleasant, prompt, attentive, well spoken, and able to answer all of our questions. This was a new dining place for all of us in attendance and we weren't sure what to expect. I had been told that the food was served at cost and wasn't really sure what to expect as the website had both a fixed menu of a three course meal as well as an à la carte selection. What we found however, was only an à la carte menu. This really wasn't a problem because there were a lot of choices. We were given ample time to review the menu, and to have an apéritif, before our food began coming from the kitchen. The portion sizes were very good and the food was delicious. My only negative comment is that, it was a little too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer's happy experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The Summit is a wonderful expression of the culinary school at Cincinnati State. Although the ambience is marred by sharp lighting housed in wall sconces, the experience was excellent from every other perspective. The food rates very high on my list. The plating of my meal and that of my dining partner excelled in beauty. Each course was complete in its integrity from simple to complex flavors. The portions were quite nice, my dining partner's most surprising for the price. The prices are more than acceptable, plus they offer complimentary valet parking. The award winning manhattan was worth every drop, quite nice with the orange essence permeating the glass. I shall return!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food, very pleasant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Very good food, very pleasant service, nice ambiance. As they say, a hidden gem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was really tasty
    AMS13
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food was really tasty and a very good value. The resturant is connected to the Culinary Institute and staffed largely by students I believe. They provided wonderful service and were knowledgable. The ambiance, however, could be improved upon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.