D. Burnham's

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
D. Burnham's is located within Cincinnati's newest four diamond hotel, the Renaissance Cincinnati. We are a contemporary Midwestern American restaurant featuring locally sourced, seasonal and expertly prepared cuisine, served with relaxed elegance. D. Burnham’s presents a wide selection of spirits, cocktails, wine and beer offering an opportunity enjoy traditional favorites or sip something local, creative or adventurous.
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vipccurran
Cincinnati
352 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It's a great place to meet for a downtown lunch. They have really stepped up their service.

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KatieJ
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great - very attentive. The food was also very delicious with generous portions. I would recommend for a business meeting.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went on NYE and had a great experience there. Our server was very attentive and on top of everything all evening. We spent about 2 hours there with an appetizer, drinks, entree, and dessert. The drinks were well mixed, the pretzel appetizer was super fresh, the scallops were perfect, the filet mignon was cooked exactly as requested with a spectacular sear, and the creme brulee had a perfect crystalized sugar crust and texture. Definitely recommend for a nice night out

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vipdowntowners
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas Eve dinner was an enjoyable experience! The entire team took good care of us, handled special requests from the 11-year-old member of our party and offered a complementary taste of champagne for the table (the thoughtfulness of a flute of sparkling apple juice for our 11-year-old was appreciated!). Gave us a very merry start to our holiday!

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patjill
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The scallops were incredible. Perfectly cooked. Not a complaint at our table of 7.

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Lee200
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This modern and smartly attractive restaurant is located in the Renaissance Hotel. We went on a Saturday for lunch during the holiday hustle, and had the restaurant to ourselves, which made our party of 5 a bit concerned if the food would be fresh and tasty. We chose this restaurant because we needed to meet the needs of carnivores, vegetarians and gluten-free diners. Everything was delicious, hot, and well-presented. Check them out!

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JeremyP
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We ate at D. Burnham's because I neglected to make dinner reservations on a night we had theater tickets until the day of the show. This was one of the very few places with an open seating prior to the show. The Service was poor, not once did the waiter come and pour our wine, or check on the quality of the food. The pork belly appetizer was dry, tough, flavorless and required a steak knife to cut it. The "pineapple compote with balsamic vinegar" was raw chunk pineapple with a balsamic drizzle. Both the entrees were overcooked, although the manager did comp the pork belly due to my overcooked steak. (Med well vs Med Rare) For a restaurant that aims to be high-end dining, the execution was disappointing.

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Eatthere
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

3 out of 4 of our food items were awesome, other was ok. Beautiful hidden gem of a restaurant, very quiet offset from the bustle of downtown.

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jazz
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Our experience was very disappointing. We were looking forward to having a nice dinner after kicking off our holiday season at fountain square.

Unfortunately D. Burnham's was not up to the Renaissance legacy we have enjoyed in the past and through our travels.

We needed to ask our server to bring us menus (after being there 20 minutes and hunting him down), we ordered an appetizer that never arrived (when our food came we told our server to forget the tuna appetizer, his response was hardly an apology), one entree was cooked beautifully the other arrived as a medium not a medium/rare as ordered, although the fries had great flavor they were served to us cool.

I would not recommend D. Burnham's, our experience was unfavorable - especially for the cost.

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vipgolfer
Cincinnati
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner. All of us got steaks and they were cooked to perfection. The strip steaks were happy he. The wait staff was very attentive. I would come back

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AlmedinM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was amazing. I would recommend this place to everyone.

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Haidi
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My visit was a Excellent overall the service was amazing start with hostess to manager and the server Everyone was so helpful and the food was great definitely recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience. It was my friend’s birthday and the manager went out of his way to celebrate her even during restaurant week!

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ElizabethH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for restaurant week and enjoyed every bite!

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vipJWoutdoors
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good and had attentive service. Overall very good we will be back.

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Jwkmeadows
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for Great Restaurant Week. The food was delicious and very well prepared. We had the chili rubbed flat iron steak and potato wrapped norwegian salmon. The servers were very friendly and attentive, the Sangria were excellent. Love the atmosphere and seating in the restaurant. Will definitley return.

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Haidi
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a wonderful time in the D.Burnham restaurant.All the staff from service to the management was amazing and attentive food was great we will be coming back definitely recommended.

D. Burnham's
Responded on July 7, 2019

Hanifa Thank you kindly for your glowing review. We are very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed dining with us. We look forward to your next visit.

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vipDavidH
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food took 45 minutes to arrive at our table after we ordered with no check in from the wait person. When it arrived three of the four entrees were room temperature. The fourth only slightly warm. We finally managed to wave down the waitperson and he said he would send the manager over. Manager offered to redo the entree but since we had been there over an hour already. End result is we weren’t charged for the entrees. We paid for drinks and left. This used to be a nice place with good food and service but nearly every employee we encountered seemed to be either unhappy or in a really bad mood.

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Kyle
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Our server was so kind and very attentive. Our waters were constantly refilled, and that was great as well. It is a great location with a fantastic atmosphere.

Unfortunately, our lunch itself was not good (the reason we went). We got the charcuterie board as an appetizer. The meat and cheese were very good, but the bread was not edible. It was very stale. And I understand that this may be the way you like your bread for the board, but this wasn't toasted, it was aged/stale. You would cause dental damage by eating this bread. Meat and cheese = yes; bread = don't risk it.

For the main dish, I ordered a turkey burger and the person I was with ordered the short rib sandwich, both with french fries. The fries were fine, a bit overfried like you would see at an outdoor festival, but that's just french fries so no biggie. The sandwiches were bad. The turkey burger comes with sauteed onions and mushrooms and cheese. Plus was that there was a lot of cheese. Negative is that the turkey burger had no moisture left and that the onions were really just thin onion slices that were clumped together into a ball on top of the burger and not cooked/sauteed (might want to use some olive oil/butter the next time you cook the onions). The short rib sandwich was worse. Short rib meat was overcooked (dry as a bone) which made it tough to eat. But the horseradish sauce had so much garlic in it that for the rest of the day you may stink of garlic. It was grilled in a panini press which was nice, but it also comes with wilted arugula (bummer).

In short, we're not going back to this restaurant for any food. Bright side is that you can get a post-work or date night cocktail with a good atmosphere. But that's all you should do here -- this place shouldn't have a kitchen.

D. Burnham's
Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you for your feedback Let me first apologize for the sub par quality of food your and your guest received. It's very disappointing to hear This is not indicative of the level of quality that you should expect to receive while dining with us. We would welcome the opportunity to show you the level of food quality you should expect. Please contact me anytime you and a guest would like to visit. I look for to hearing back from you. Marika Matthews F & B Manager 513-333-0000

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BillS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience4

If you enjoy restaurants with great decor, with wait staff that is polite but completely inattentive, a menu that is fairly high priced, and a kitchen that will take 90 minutes to cook your omelette incorrectly when you are the only person eating there, then D. Burnham’s is the place for you!

I’d recommend D. Burnham’s to anyone who is unaware of the numerous restaurants in Cincinnati, 99% of which are far better in every way. When you observe the empty dining room here and then see the packed dining room next door with an hour wait, this might be a sign of where to go eat.

D. Burnham’s was an OK restaurant when it opened a few years ago. It is not anymore. It is now an unbelievably bad restaurant and you should go almost anywhere else in town.

D. Burnham's
Responded on May 15, 2019

Good afternoon Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit to our Restaurant Bar & Lounge located inside of the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel. We are always looking for ways to improve. We value all our guests and strive to make each visit a positive one. I have shared your feedback with our staff. This is absolutely not the level of service we are capable of and we are working to ensure it does not happen again. Thank you once again for your candid feedback.

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PatriciaC
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall. The only negative would be the absence of anyone at the entry point to great you and escort you to a table. And all tables had not been set or reset for use so really could not choose any table as was offered.

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BobM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our waiter was also caring for people at the bar and we had 6 PM dinner reservations on a Saturday evening. He was not visible most of the time during our meal. We sat and placed our order at 6pm. Our salad came in 25 minutes but we were sitting at the table for 55 minutes before our main entree was served. The food was not exactly hot nor was it the best presentation. We asked for our bill when our meal was served because we did not know when the server might come back. We had tickets for a show at 8pm snd we were worried we might not make it as food was so delayed.
In all, we thought it was a a restaurant whereby we would have a celebration dinner for our weekend away but we were disappointed. I would not recommend the restaurant for a special night out downtown Cincinnati!
We were very disappointed!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overpriced for quality of food.
Loud - seating close to hotel bar.
Service slow.
Will never return.

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vipDD42365
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was great and dinner was also wonderful.

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hightory
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

No hostess; waiter did double duty.
Restaurant overshadowed by noisy bar and a dozen or so TVs. As a result, the restaurant had very little atmosphere.
No tablecloths, despite a price almost as expensive as Orchids.
Food was cooked incorrectly. No service recovery.
No bread.
No dessert offered.

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Littlestinker
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

we arrived on time and it took an hour to,receive our food, despite the dining room only having one other table present when we arrived. Food took a long time to arrive and we were not offered additional beverages or dessert. We have dined here many times and this was by far the most disappointing.

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LeahE
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service for our family's lunch reservation. Great wine list and craft cocktail options. We enjoyed the unique appetizers and everyone's main course was delicious and prepared exactly as ordered. Would definitely return for happy hour and other meals!

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SharonA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The hotel and restaurant have a unique history and the staff were well versed to explain. We enjoyed the personalized service.. our waiter went out of his way to ensure we had everything we requested! And the couches were wonderful!

D. Burnham's
Responded on December 12, 2018

Thank you so much for the great feedback. Jeremy was your server that evening. We are very pleased to hear how well he took care of his guests. The hotel is located in such a historic building and we love to share the history of it with everyone. We truly appreciate that you took time to share what a great experience you had and we definitely hope to see you back soon.

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vipJennifer
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, delicious food and yummy cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our meal was great. The service was amazing! The hostess Keira I believe that’s how you spell her name was amazing!! She greeted us so kindly, gave options on things to try on the menu. I will be returning back to this restaurant!

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ScottO
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We stopped at D. Burnhams on a Friday night before a concert. We ate in the bar because there was literally no one seated in the dining room. Not a good sign. Food was pretty good, if a bit overpriced. service was a little slow but decent. Pretty underwhelming overall

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ChrisL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious. The menu had plenty of options for all parties in your group. Beautiful decor and ambience. If anything the only complaint would be a little too long for getting the food however you can run into that at any nice place to eat on a Saturday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Ordered lox and bagel but they served it with strawberry cream cheese. Upon request they “hunted” for regular with the room service team. Restaurant was quiet and service was slow and not very attentive. Food was good not great. Not very impressed.

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BrianH
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter was short and not very friendly. While I was waiting for my lunch companion he was passing and chatting with another employee right over the top of my table... like I wasn’t even there. It was the weirdest thing.

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PatriciaV
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time there but will not be our last. I had not heard of it but a friend recommended and so glad they did. The service by Jeremy was beyond great and Chef Justin, makes creative and delicious dishes. I will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sons birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Took over an hour to receive our food. Food was not prepared correctly, came out pinkish after asking for well done. Will not be going back anytime soon

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PatB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We made reservations for the Cincinnati Downtown Restaurant Week. They had a wedding reception in the bar and it was extremely noisy since it is largely open between the bar and restaurant. Service was a little slow but it was nice to be able to sit and talk after the wedding party left the bar.

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vipBobby
Cincinnati
237 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall1food3service3ambience1

For restaurant week we decided to try some place new. Big mistake.

Upon arrival there was no one at the reservation desk for a good five minutes. The space is divided into the bar area to the left and the restaurant to the right. There was a large, very loud group at the bar. When the hostess finally showed up we asked to be seated as far away as possible from the noise. Unfortunately, another very loud group sat close to us on the restaurant side. No escape. The accoustics are awful, uncarpeted floors and metal walls.

There was only one server for the entire restaurant side. Jeremy made a valiant effort in an impossible situation. If it wasn’t for him I would have given the service rating a 1. Service was slow, slow, slow all evening.

We each ordered a cocktail. My Old Fassioned was made well, however, it had one of those giant ice cubes yielding a drink the size of a thimble. At $17, it was outragiously over priced. My wife ordered a vodka Collins. It tasted mostly like water.

Salads were ok. My wife had the airplane chicken and actually thought it was very good. I had the cavatelli bolognese. I would be very much surprised if the restaurant’s cost for this dish was $5. It was not very good. I asked for grated Parmesan and this was not up to their capabilities.

For dessert my wife had the creme brûlée and I had the blueberry bread pudding. They were both excellent.

We ordered a bottle of wine which we did not care for and Jeremy was gracious in getting us a different bottle. So, that worked out well.

Also, valet parking was $15. I believe that’s the highest I’ve ever paid at a restaurant in Cincinnati.

Bottom line: This was restaurant week! D Burnham’s should have done everything possible to make every diner’s evening a success. They failed miserably.

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outonthetown
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We visited during restaurant week and the food was excellent. It is very noisy if there is a large group that takes over. If you are lucky to be there when the people talk in reasonable voices it is very enjoyable.

FAQs

D. Burnham's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 455-6406.

D. Burnham's is rated 4.2 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.