Orchids at Palm Court

4.9
2394 reviews
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French American
AAA Five-Diamond Award for 2018 - The only restaurant in Ohio and one of just 64 in North America to be awarded Five-Diamonds

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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OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner at Orchids. Everything was top notch! From drinks to desserts to chef gifts!

AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really a spectacular meal-- The service was some of the best I have received. The food was classic but inventive and made great use of ingredients like the honey from their rooftop. I'll be thinking about those blue cheese beignets for awhile! But again, the service makes it-- extremely attentive and informative.

DG
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a quiet celebration. Food was mostly excellent, however my halibut seemed over cooked. It was dry and did not flake as I expect of properly prepared fish. I would have sent it back except it would have put a blot on our anniversary celebration.

LF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First experience here and I was blown away. Beautiful presentation, loads of extras, absolutely loved it.

SJ
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was beyond words, the food was extremely well made and presented. From the moment we walked in we felt as if we were the only people in the room, the staff was on point and had everything we requested ready. The atmosphere was beautiful, the old architecture mixed with decor made it feel as if you stepped back in time.

M
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal! The service was perfect and the wait staff was so kind . This is our first time to eat here and we will definitely be back.

RK
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during restaurant week where they had a fixed menu consist of 3 courses for only $45. It’s a steal for the plum. Provided a variety of flavor profile with excellent execution. Service was hands down the best! Ambiance was very private and intimate. Also complimentary valet parking in the middle of downtown. Definitely would come back again for other special occasion celebrations!

TZ
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I say? The Orchids at Palm Court is one of the best, if not THE best, restaurant in Cincinnati. Outstanding service, food and ambiance. This is my fourth time enjoying a meal at Orchids and I'm always wondering, "how do they create such delightful cuisine?" Maybe I can "accidentally" find my way to the kitchen and see where the magic happens.

TD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always - great food, wonderful service and delightful atmosphere.

CS
Cincinnati
56 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during restaurant week. Food was great. Team service outstanding. Our waiter Tate was great. We usually go only for special occasions but the restaurant menu was outstanding and great value.

DS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The service was outstanding, the food was excellent. The prices were high, but I expected that from a four star restaurant.
What I did not expect was the noise level. The restaurant shares a large open space with the hotel bar, which had live music on the evening we were there (a Thursday). It was difficult to talk and he heard at our table. I suspect that even on a night with no music, the noise from the bar would still be a significant distraction.
Before our visit, I had read about this historic hotel and the reputation of the restaurant, so we reserved a table ahead of time for party of seven. But it is hard to consider this a five diamond restaurant when one has to eat in a bar atmosphere.

B
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Service less than expected at a 5 diamond restaurant. Table service left mashed potatoes cold . Replacement potatoes barely warm. Knowledgeable staff but seemed somewhat overwhelmed with more diners that expected.

OT
London
31 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply wonderful from greeting to departure. Very beautiful and comfortable room, professional and friendly staff, excellent service and best of all- inventive, delicious, delightful foods from first to last. Absolutely one of the finest meals I have enjoyed.

TG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a dining experience found in very few restaurants in the US, maybe the world. In my travels, only Paris is comparable.

LS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a very fine restaurant in a wonderfully restored setting. The only thing I would mark down just slightly is that there were so many different servers in different roles that there was a slight mix-up in our order and the delivery of our wine was delayed.

LE
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

70th Birthday !

OH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Girlfriend and I enjoyed every aspect of the restaurant and bar. Outstanding services , Food, music thank you see you soon

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Orchids is back with chef George Zappos it reminds me of when Tood Kelly put Orchids on the fine dinnig list Our waiter Chris was also fantastic

B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food great as always. Previous server seemed more knowledgeable. Bar was rather loud this last time.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best! The servers are very knowledgeable

TD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and the staff made it a wonderful experience. Thank you!

EG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary was absolutely fabulous. Our host (Aaron) and servers (Chris, Chauncey, and Brittany) were incredible and provided OUTSTANDING service. The food looked like artwork on a plate and was truly delicious. Our table was beautifully decorated and included an anniversary card. The hotel is just as ornate and beautiful as it was 35 years ago when we spent 2 days before our honeymoon. Thanks for making our day so special!!!!

w
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had anything but delicious food with outstanding
Service. The attention to detail is amazing.

TH
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for special occasions which is why we go there the meal is always outstanding but the value is less than I expected

C
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance. Fantastic cocktails from the bar. Dinner was amazing - scallops and halibut between us. Highly recommend for an evening to unwind and enjoy being catered to.

MC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated an anniversary at Orchids, and it was one of our best dining experiences. We splurged on the Chef's Tasting Menu, and while it is expensive, it was a memorable evening. The Palm Court is nationally known for its stunning Art Deco architecture. The service was impeccable: the staff was unobtrusive and knowledgeable. The Maitre D' enhanced our meal with her knowledge of the wines and the details of each course. 7+ courses, including Tuna Crudo, Veal Cheeks, Morels, NY Strip Steak, Popcorn grits: every bite was a work of art. We felt like we were dining on an episode of Chef's Table!

f
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Orchids is not only the premier restaurant in Cincinnati, but one of the best in the country.
We have never had a disappointment when dining here. This past Saturday evening continued to delight us in every manner. Our waiter, Chris, was very professional and attentive with a level of service few restaurants today can offer. The beautiful art deco ambiance is similar to many elegant European restaurants.
The three courses we ordered were all as expected for Orchids, excellent!
We would recommend Orchids to anyone that appreciates fine dining.

KL
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchids is an Oasis in the City of Cincinnati. Ambiance is unique with the Art Dec o decor, piano music, elegant surroundings. No place like it. The food and service measure up to all of this as well. One thing they do need to understand, the reservation was made by me, a female, to take my long time friends out for various reasons. It was my party. My friend and I came in early and were seated, as soon as my friends husband arrived he immediately became in charge of the party, calling him Mr. ______, using my name. We laughed it off however others could be offended. Just because a man is in the party does not mean it is their party................always something to work on no matter how good a restaurant is!

P
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chateaubriand was excellent! The service was so lovely and enjoyable. We so enjoyed all of the gifts of food that were given to us during the meal!

The second course was good but the mention of wild rice was just a mention. We thought the excellent salmon was going to be on at least 1/4 cup of wild rice, not 10 pieces of rice broiled on top of the salmon.

This was our first time at Orchids. We will come again but we will only order the Chateaubriand!

JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, wonderful ambiance.

KD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our evening was just what we would have ordered. Spending sometime together, talking, a few drinks, awesome music and dinner.. WOW Morgan was absolutely amazing and the my hats off to the Chef.. Anniversary dinner was perfect.. Thanks!!!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

RM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 50th wedding anniversary and were treated like royalty. Our server was excellent (even when we spilled a martini.). The food was gourmet and excellent. We'// be back.

EK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchids was absolutely fantastic. The ambiance is stunning, all 1920’s style and updated. The staff is beyond pleasant and every single person we encountered was proud to be there. The food was mind blowing, notably the smoked s’mores. Morgan was a spectacular host. The best dining experience in Cincinnati by far!!

SB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Above the best of all restaurants we have ever experienced.

b
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a special occasion! The menu is always changing which makes it exciting to experience each time. The popcorn “grits” were to die for! Smooth, rich, and delicious! I could eat a gallon. The spacing of the courses was comfortable and all the little extras were a delight.

JM
Louisville
36 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Orchids at Palm Court is always a special experience, and I believe this was the third time we celebrated our wedding anniversary with you. This year, we opted for the tasting menu with paired wines. It was superb. Our server, Solomon, was friendly and attentive, and we appreciated the commentary from the knowledgeable sommelier. Thanks!

MS
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem for Cincinnati, classy place to dine.

K
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 50 wedding anniversary which we celebrated with our family. The evening was impeccable. Service was outstanding, attentive, yet very comfortable. We started our dinner at 8 and left the restaurant at midnight. So very relaxing. The decor is outstanding and the food certainly matches the wonderful decor. We could not have been more pleased with the entire evening. The restaurant pays attention to detail after detail. Leave your seat and a fresh napkin is replaced. The food is always brought tot the table so everyone receives their plat at the same time. Explanation of the food once presented was always enjoyable. This was one outstanding evening of dinning. Highly recommend. The music from the bar was an added benefit. Thank you to all for making it such a memorable evening!

m
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

The service was fine outside of it taking a very long time. We were there 90 mins before our first course was served. The food was well below par for the price. There were two items that were inedible one being the dessert. That should be the easiest to make.

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