Orchids at Palm Court
Orchids at Palm Court is a fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Dine in a breathtaking 1930s French Art Deco setting with two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel sconces & an original Rookwood pottery fountain.
Orchids features French-Inspired modern American cuisine highlighting the freshest seasonal offerings. The menu is based on availability of the highest quality ingredients using local and organic products including a rooftop beehives and an herb garden.
Additional Accolades include OpenTable's Top 100 Best Restaurant in USA (Seven consecutive years including #7 in 2014), Forbes Four Stars (4 consecutive years), Top Cincinnati Restaurant (Zagat) and American Culinary Federation’s Award of Excellence.
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New chef, new staff, seemed young and inexperienced. They lost our order, and it was 1 1/2 hours from being seated to getting our amuse bouche, and then more and more waiting. Rolls were served cold. Maitre'd was apologetic, and picked up the tab for us, but that does not make up for missed expectations, and getting stressed out, being very hungry, and angry over lousy service. Food was good - not great, and did not meet expectations from previous experiences with the previous chef. Menu has changed modestly. Only about 20% of tables were occupied on a Saturday night, and after our experience, I can understand why. We won't go back. Try Restaurant L instead for luxury dining at about the same price.
As always the Orchids is a beautiful setting and wonderful food.
This place has dropped a notch since last time we dined there. The ingredients are less than stunning--somewhat mealy sweetbreads, bland slightly tough raw tuna--and the preparations are not as precise. An enjoyable and romantic meal is still be had, in a setting like no other. And the staff is friendly and to varying degrees knowledgeable. Still the music (and the noise) floats in from the bar area and all in all this is no longer "must eat" dining.
Great restaurant but pricey so save for a special occasion! The bread is to die for :)
Met my adult daughter in Cinci for dinner before Hamilton show at Aronoff. Typically I order the tasting menu, but ordered off the menu this time. Squash soup, Maitake 2nd course, and Venison with gooseberries and parsnips made me want to start singing “these are a few of my favorite things.” I wasn’t disappointed. It was all delicious. Wines chosen for me by the glass were delicious and perfectly paired. As always, staff is attentive, friendly, professional, and helpful. The amuse of rutabaga made me decide I need rutabagas in my garden and my life. We decided we didn’t have time for dessert, so the gift of tiny sweets was a perfect ending. And the house made honey granola bar was much appreciated the next morning. We had the best time. I can’t recommend highly enough.
We enjoyed the food immensely. We also enjoyed hearing the live music from the palm court as we dined.
My husband and i love orchids but had not been since the new chef had taken over. We were a bit nervous to be honest but were very happy with what we experienced. Food was delicious and service was amazing. We took our good friends who experienced it for the first time. They left speechless, can’t wait to go back again!
The food was the best ever I tasted
5 star service
Chateaubriand cooked to perfection
Miss Meredith but the supv was a chip off her block!
Wonderful meal with amazing service! The butternut soup and grilled fluke with lobster Buerre Blanc and asparagus is on of the best meals I've ever had and the panne Cotta with vanilla, violets and lavendar cotton candy was scrumptious!
We celebrated my 30th Birthday here and had a wonderful experience! When we arrived to our table there was a note from the restaurant wishing me a happy 30th Birthday. The wait staff also wished me happy birthday and went out of their way to make it a special night!
Still one of our favorite restaurants. We must have caught the food on an off day.
There is no way to describe a dinner at Orchids at Palm Court. Because of an illness I had to cancel a vacation and ended up treating myself to my birthday dinner alone. The staff could not have made me feel more welcome... even with a card & complementary dessert. All wonderful... Five stars is not enough.
Orchids at Palm Court was fabulous as always! Superb food, drinks and service!!
It was magnificent. Food was great. Service was superb
Outstanding service. The lamb was simply amazing. The salmon appetizer was delicious as well. My husband and I really enjoyed our dining experience.
Our favorite special occasion spot, quiet, beautiful, romantic, great service and food. On this occasion the food had some highs, but some unevenness. My husband's lamb was inconsistently cooked with one chop underdone. My duck was the best I have had anywhere, but the plate could have benefited from some accompaniments. There really wasn't anything else on the plate to balance the rich duck other than a tiny smear of parsnip puree. The tuna crudo was delicious.
Always a lovely experience at Orchids! Service is top notch in Cincinnati!
Since I had appointments on Valentines Day & knew I would be traveling, I wanted to have a special dinner with my wife of 51 years on Feb 13. The food was fixed to perfection & we enjoyed the special surprise treats (intermezzos) served between courses. The service was outstanding. The server was delightful, helpful without being obtrusive. She, as well as the chef, made the evening for my wife and me most special.
Everything was immaculate. Waitstaff was friendly, incredibly professional, and detail oriented. Michelin star in the making.
I flew to Cincinnati from Florida specifically to celebrate a friend's birthday at Orchids...it was a "milestone" birthday and I was raving about our experience there 3 years ago. Planned for months, our group was sorely disappointed in the menu and presentation of the food (or lack thereof). Do NOT go by the menu they post online. No vegetables, even for garnish (i.e. a few asparagus spears, some pureed cauliflower, etc) It was 3 dried scallops with a dollop of something pink for one friend and two inch squares of "fat back". Two of us opted for duck. My "aged duck" was served with a garnish of sprout (one) and some white tiny block of something soft under two slices (and when I say slices, I mean 2-3 inch medallions) which we postulated might be "cheese"? Oh, and some "gravy" poured onto center of plate. The other person did not even finish her duck! Now, fortunately, the birthday girl had the fish, which she says was good...but it was only about a 3 inch square of fish. The "fried" mushroom which accompanied it she gave to us, as she does not favor mushrooms - tasted only of deep fried grease...no mushroom flavor at all. When one of the only fish you offer at a place like this is GROUPER, I can stay in Florida and eat that there! We all agreed the "free Gifts" of food samples was the best out of the whole meal. Two of us ordered coffee drinks after dinner...do NOT do this here. $15 for a COFFEE drink? Not sure what happened to the produce; but, I do believe Cincinnati has an Aldi's, if they can't afford to buy some some elsewhere! I (WE) will not be back. Outrageous prices for dollops of garnish and dried out scallops. None of us thought it was worth the price. The only saving grace is the historic surroundings; but you can see that without paying to eat at Orchids!
The best meal WE’VE. EVER. EATEN!
Probably not always noises, but on this night a lot of noise from bar area made it hard to talk at our table. Otherwise great.
We celebrated our anniversary at Orchids. I had perhaps the best lamb dish I’ve every tasted. I am so impressed with the new chef. My only challenge was the ambient temperature- wish I’d brought a shawl. We will be back again and again.
Anniversary dinner. Great spot.
Had larger group: 7 diners. Food was superb. Was a Sunday night during the snow storm so was quieter which was great. Beautiful setting with original art deco interior. Our entire service team was great, Ken, our lead server was very attentive to our needs and when members of my party inquired about some details of the hotel - he offered to give us a quick tour of the hotel area. Will definitely dine again
The Orchids staff made this a truly memorable occasion for our son’s 25th birthday. Everyone from the valet parking attendant to the hostess and servers were friendly, helpful, and mindful of making this a special evening for our son. Each of us ordered different selections for each of our three courses and everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I had a perfectly prepared Manhattan and a wine pairing with two of my courses...wonderful. Our server Pierre even took our son on a quick tour of the restaurant and nearby rooms to highlight the history and architectural changes through the years. In all, a very special evening.
Orchids always exceeds my expectations. Aerin was gracious and so knowledgeable of the area and the cuisine. I will call him for my next reservation. Such a special getaway. Thank you staff for an exceptional weekend. Our waiter was Tate and he was also exceptional. The staff loves their job. Can't wait till the next getaway. Kathleen L
Tonight was the first time I have been disappointed at Orchid's, and I've been there many times. The food was subpar and definitely not a good value. The service was downright bad. Dirty dishes and wine glasses sat for way too long. I'm sad to see my favorite restaurant become a shell of it's former self.
Elegant, wonderful and fabulous.
Our mother’s 89th birthday. My brother in law flew in and was a surprise guest. The hostess and servers were aware of his surprise and made it work perfectly.
Service was impeccable, kind courteous and servers were very knowledgeable. Food was fabulous!
Thank you for a very special evening!
Wow! What a lovely experience all around. An unbelievably beautiful renovation of a fabulous art deco building downtown Cincinnati.. makes for memories.
The service was perfect, not too much hovering but always there when needed.
I started by ordering the bartenders old fashioned in the lounge which is adjacent to restaurant. Nicely done with the simple syrup at a minimum because it is frozen in the one ice cube (see photo).
The meal started with a parsnip based palate cleanser, just a very small amount. I chose a salad of warm salad greens with three savory blue cheese beignets. Yummy.
Second course was braised veal cheeks. Different but wonderful. Portions are very proper, just enough...not too much because there is another course to go. The sommelier made a red wine recommendation to accompany this course - can't remember now but loved it.
Last course or entree was Tile with asparagus puree, chanterelle mushrooms and lobster bites. Wow. It was one of those meals that you wish you could eat just a bit more. Again a wonderful wine accompanied the Tile.
No dessert. No space!
I felt it was a wonderful value for the overall experience and can't wait to do it again!
Orchids is the best in Cincinnati. Their dining room is the best, their service is the best, dinner is the best and dessert is the best. Eating there is the definition of luxury - especially as far as service. The individualized attention you receive from the service staff is hard to find anywhere.
Orchids is the best dining experience in the city and beyond. The newly updated menu has outstanding choices: we enjoyed the potato salad, popcorn grits, skate, ribeye, and toffee dessert- all were unique and amazing. Orchids had the best team we’ve ever seen! Great job, correct pace, and you can’t beat the atmosphere..we’ll be back and consider Orchids our favorite.
Elegant setting. Good but not extraordinary food. Good service with some minor glitches. It was a late Saturday night and perhaps some special occasion, but the bar was very crowded and noisy. Perhaps because of that, the music was loud and conversation at the dinner table was harder. Not all the creative food combinations we ordered were a complete success, but that is a risk worth taking as overall the food quality is high.
As usual, the Palm Court did not disappoint. Spent about 1/2 hour at the bar listening to the live music and then went to the Orchids side for dinner. The service was excellent and you can’t beat the soaring Art Deco architecture of the room. This is our favorite special occasion restaurant.
Everything was wonderful!!! Five stars!
The food was extremely overpriced. The service was very slow. The waiter was very attenive, but I believe the issue was with the kitchen.
Unbelievable special occasion experience!
Exceptional service, great food. Pricey , but worth it.