Orchids at Palm Court

4.8
2199 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Sunday through Thursday 5:30-10:00 PM Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm; Afternoon Tea (First Saturday of the month) 2:00pm-4:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 564-6465
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Maxime Kien
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Catering
The hotel has three breathtaking ballrooms and 27 additional banquet rooms perfect for any event from 1-1000.
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Cross street
Race Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking. You may park with the bellman on Race Street or pull into the valet parking area, also on Race Street under the green arrow.
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Public transit
TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
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Entertainment
Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court on Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm-1:00am.
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Special events & promotions
For private parties in Orchids at Palm Court, please call 513-564-6424 for details.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The restaurant offers private dining, but the hotel also offers dining in our three ballrooms including the famed "Hall of Mirrors" and 27 additional break-out rooms. The hotel features one of the finest examples of 1930s French art deco.

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What 2199 People Are Saying
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K
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Besides everything being good, we were well cared for and everyone was happy to help when we needed something ( a lovely 96 yo gentleman in a wheel chair ) We loved the "surprises" especially the little granola bar at the end, yum the next day ! We enjoyed the music, Pamela and Wayne, overall a night of class and enjoyment. Excellent and elegant service! Food with flavor!

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B
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a delight.
You deserve your uniquely great reputation!

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DM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not just a meal but a whole dinning experience! From the stunning decor, the excellent service and the delicious food. The staff makes you feel like royalty. They also have the best brunch in Cincinnati. The price is high, but worth every dollar.

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M
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true dining experience. Food is unique, sophisticated and delicious. Service is great, attentive but not lurking over you and it is great fun as they describe your food choices. It is expensive but the value is really good given the excellent food, service and ambiance. A wonderful place to celebrate special occasions. I highly recommend it and will continue to enjoy this gift in our city.

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CJ
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining, smal and varied menu of really fine food, not a steak house, but a fine dining spot. Impeccable service by a quite personable server, from start to finish. Salmon Tartare appetizer, two parts, smoked and natural, with the smoked being absolutely tasty. Dick breast, w potato and cabbage, used a very nice creamy horseradish sauce as taste treat addition. My darlings Halibut was good, maybe just a bit overdone. Two dessert, chocolate based and cheescake, also as good as any we have enjoyed anywhere. Wine list small, but very good selections ( and easier to make decision, than the 'telephone book' lists at some spots ). Server worked with us on pace, we shared dining over about 2.5 hours. Bon Appetite !

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MS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and a creative menu, very good service. It lived up to its reputation. Was it completely worth the high expense compared to more affordable places?- I'm not positive. I will eat here again and am already looking forward to it; but it wont be for a while.

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YS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to the restaurant for the first time to celebrate our anniversary, and we were very pleased and satisfied with everything. Beautiful atmosphere, extremely professional and friendly staff, exceptional service, and an incredible variety of top-drawer fare, all supported by pleasant, jazz-oriented music, combined to highlight the restaurant's art-deco theme. Thank you very much for a truly world-class experience.

Sincerely,
Lena & Jim Schwartz

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PK
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, fantastic service and beautiful location. Attention to detail was outstanding. We where there with a mid-sized group (8) to celebrate a couple of birthdays. Pace of service was just right...never felt rushed and wait staff was very attentive. Great place for a special occasion or if you are just in the mood for a fantastic dining experience. Thank you!

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Have dined there many times, always been outstanding. On this occasion, disappointing.

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CT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and nice ambiance. We chose the tasting menu and it was a fun experience. The level of quality of the courses varied a little bit but overall it was good. Not a five star but a four.

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J
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit is made special thanks to the impeccable service presented by every one of the team members. Just the right amount of conversation and attentiveness. Oh, yes...and the food. Top notch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente service 5 star restaurant, very happy with the experience

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b
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchids is a place that always surprises in a good way. One already knows that the experience will be fantastic. The menu can do little to educate the diner on the level and quality of food that is about to come their way.
Service is about as close to perfect as it gets. Very attentive, but not smothering.
Wine List rocks and the overall attention to detail is amazing.

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OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, Ken and everyone did an excellent job

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J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary! Food, service and atmosphere were fabulous! It was expensive but you get what you pay for! Morgan our bartender and waitress were great!

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WH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Food is very good, but servings are very small, especially for the price.

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K
Memphis
26 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent menu, presentation, service, but a bit pretentious overall. Given the cuisine, prices were a bit elevated. Wine list is dominated by France as you would expect - but fuller coverage of terroir and grapes other than just Burgundy and Bordeaux offered diversity. The dining experience was right-on for our 50th wedding anniversary.

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o
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my wife and I's favorite place to go for a special occasion. Beautiful art deco scene and wonderful ambience. The staff are all attentive but not lingering and their service is fantastic. Live piano music plays in the background near the bar and it is also great. We have been here 3 times and are never disappointed. The dishes are seasonal with a few staple items (steak etc.) so we always get something different. I had the lamb this time around and it was fantastic! My wife had the scallops and they were also delicious! Love this place. Go here.

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WB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife to Orchids for our anniversary. The service and food are five star. Perfect place for a special occasion.

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s
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchids is our favorite restaurant for special occasions. We always dine there on our anniversary because we met 23 years ago in the Palm Court Bar.

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S
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We have been celebrating our anniversary for about 40 years dating back to when the hotel/restaurant was fully renovated. Based on observing a number of customers asking their waiter to take their picture you can judge this is a special occasion venue. The quality and preparation justify its reputation and awards. My wife had a superb Vichyssoise, The sweetbreads which are increasingly hard to find, according to her were outstanding (did not offer me a taste, they were that good). The halibut was a well-prepared firm fish served in a delicate delicious sauce. We shared a creme brulee which was the only item not exceptional. It made for another memorable evening.

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E
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extraordinary dining experience at an extraordinary, elegant restaurant!

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MR
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We were celebrating a special occasion and it did not disappoint. We appreciated all the special touches and not feeling like we were being herded out for the next customer.
Wine list was exceptional as was the entree selection.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending a conference at the hotel and I wanted to take our city’s delegation for a dinner meeting. This was highly rated and for good reason. The wait staff was attentive, the food unbelievable and well worth the cost. It also is in a historic hotel that is just gorgeous. Not to be missed!!

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PA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent, comparable to top NYC. This was our second visit. Servers are well trained, pleasant, and without pretension. Live music as well. Expensive, but you do get your money's worth.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and service. A great way to celebrate a (very) special occasion.

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MW
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchid's at Palm Court is the premier dining experience in Cincinnati. No other place has the class, menu variety, and elegant ambiance as Orchid's. Housed inside the historic, art-deco Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel in downtown Cincinnati, Orchid's at Palm Court is like stepping back into the roaring 1920's complete with modern, expertly crafted cuisine. I cannot recommend them enough.

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CM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary. We ordered the chefs tasting menu with wine parings and it was absolutely fabulous!! Such a fun, delicious and special evening for us. Thank you to everyone!

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AS
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchids is absolutely one of the best restaurants in the city. Robert, our server, as always, was outstanding.

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CF
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The orchids at palm court is our favorite place. We celebrated our 2nd anniversary. Had the terrific Sunday brunch the next day. Will be back soon.

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r
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth a trip for the food and the ambience....An experience you wont find anywhere else..

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CR
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had the Chef's fixe prix dinner, and we shared one wine pairing. Everything was delicious, but it was a bit too much food. I brought some of it home, and enjoyed it the next day. A wonderful way to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary!

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchids at Palm Court, located in the lovely Hilton, downtown is a beautiful restaurant. Food is quite pricy, but absolutely worth the visit!

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r
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Three of us went to Orchids at Palm Court on 8/12/18 thinking we were going to get the vegan 10 course grand tasting as we have in the past and it was not explained to us up front that it was now a 5 course tasting until the dessert came out and I asked the server why it was already over and he said the new chef did away with the 10 course tasting and now it is only 5. I mentioned this in my notes when I reserved on Open Table and I only wish someone had called me and let me know before we arrived. Needless to say we were charged a lot for this meal and left hungry. We went to the bar and ordered 3 baskets of truffle fries without parmesan. Now as a vegan I do not feel I can come back here which I hate as I always enjoyed the ambiance, service and wine. Would be nice if the new chef would be more creative for people who do not like to eat any animal products but would still like to come. There are other vegan options out there besides vegetables such as tempeh, tofu, plant based proteins.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch service. They really went above and beyond

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JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Orchids at Palm Court is the epitome of fine dining. Not only was the service exceptional but every detail was executed with precision. The menu had a variety of interesting options and our meals were delicious. The restaurant ceiling extends for what seems like 3 floors and is resplendent with art deco trim and paintings. Such a beautiful setting! Mid way through our meal, a jazz band began playing in the adjoining bar. The entire evening was a true dining pleasure. Highly recommend dinner at the Orchids!

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AH
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Orchids hits the ball out of the park, from interesting menu choices, to plating, the service is amazing, the overall atmosphere is lovely. A restaurant that everyone should try out, and enjoy an amazing experience.

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l
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, knocked it out of the park. We return again and again and have never been disappointed!

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KH
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Celebrating a birthday. Music and din from bar made it hard to hear each other. Food order mixed up. I finished mine while he had to wait on his. Dessert was amazing. Dinners were excellent when eaten when delivered.

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LR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal! Every part of our dining experience was exceptional. The staff went above and beyond our expectations...even including a beautiful note of congratulations on our anniversary!

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