Orchids at Palm Court

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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
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food was excellent and complex, but delicious. My wife and I each ordered four courses, which over the period of 2 hours was just the right amount of food. Service was excellent, and although the menu might be considered haute cuisine, our waiter made us feel very comfortable and at ease.

TG
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wish the meal had been better. Service and ambiance awesome.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I have consistently had excellent meals here, both at dinner and brunch. This was an exception. Service was lackluster, and the food was inconsistently good. I knew we were in trouble when the bread arrived and was stale. Overall, this experience did not match the price level.

SM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and hospitality in a beautiful environment.

RW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 2nd time coming here for a special occasion and it was fabulous, just like the first time. The food is exquisite and the service and ambiance couldn't be better!

j
Cincinnati
112 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant for a special occasion or just a very good dinner. The presentation is especially good and the service is excellent. I highly recommend Orchids.

C
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was quite good. The bouillabaisse was insultingly modest (filled with potatoes and little seafood [no monkfish as advertised]. For $48, you HAVE to do better!

Service was very spotty. Busing of the table barely occurred. For a five star restaurant?

Seemed like there was no one managing or guiding a VERY young staff. Simply not impressive.

Go to Restaurant L or Jeff Ruby to see how fine dining is done.

Music was fantastic. Ambience? Fantastic.

Good waiter that had little support.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!! The food was perfection and service wonderful!!

ND
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were outstandingin every way, but the noise from the nearby bar was a little high for our taste. When dining at a restaurant of the quality and price point, a quieter atmosphere would be appreciated.

AB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become an annual tradition for my wife's birthday. Each year we continue to be impressed with the knowledge and attentiveness of the wait staff. The food is always excellent and the ambiance unmatched. Many thanks to Orchids for a memorable night on a special occasion!

K
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This was my second time dining at Orchids at Palm Court. The first time I dined here was last year and it was fantastic. This year was a different story. To start off, it should be noted that this is a relatively expensive restaurant and therefore comes with certain expectations beyond food, service and ambiance being two of them. We were seated by a very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional greeter, Morgan. Our server, Oscar, was also very professional. However, it took 40 minutes from the time we were seated to meet Oscar. He was extremely busy and for a Saturday night Orchids was poorly staffed--labor cuts? In any event, we were looking forward to the actual meal. My wife ordered the blue cheese beignet salad, popcorn grits, and scallops. I ordered the beef cheek perogies, maitake/cappelletti, and lamb. My wife's salad was very overdressed and almost seemed as if there was too much salad dressing on it, then the chefs decided to pour olive oil on it--what a disappointment. The popcorn grits, on the other hand, were flavorful and delicious and I would definitely recommend this unique and tasty dish! And my wife's third course of scallops were cooked perfectly. My order was a different story. First, my perogies had absolutely no flavor whatsoever-no salt, pepper, herb, or sauce-and therefore was unsurprisingly very bland. The maitake and cappelletti were terrific and cooked perfectly, and the sauce was a perfect pairing (you should order this). But sadly, my entrée was lackluster. The lamb was almost rare and had, once again, no flavor. The entrée did come with two bites of lamb sausage and creamy polenta, but the what should have been the star of the plate, the protein, disappointed in flavor and the way it was cooked.

Along with service being painfully slow, the staff always seemed rushed and in a hurry to leave the table. The staff was so hurried that for our second course they gave my wife and me the wrong second course. Loud patrons.

TD
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic all-around dining experience once again. The consistency of excellence with food, service, and ambiance is truly amazing and makes Orchids a must-do for any special occasion, celebration, love of life, or a memorable date with your loved one(s). The beauty of the art-deco hotel, restaurant, and bar in general...along with the spectacular ceiling, walls, lobby, and furnishings... make this a world-class venue and a fine-dining opportunity you do not want to miss.

M
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience, details, and service at Orchids made the experience very special.

D
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Beautiful surroundings in an old “art-deco” environment. Good food, not great food a bit disappointing considering the price. Very, very slow service. We were there for 3 1/2 hrs for dinner. It’s nice to make an evening out of a nice dinner but this was just too long.

WR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was handled with great aplomb and the effort to create a very pleasant occasion! Obviously, the staff wanted my wife and I to celebrate our wedding anniversary in exemplary fashion, and succeeded. The only drawback was the telephone call to our residence to confirm our coming. I always try to surprise my wife on such occasions, but she answered the phone.

P
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t dined at Orchids for many years and decided to go back this past Friday night. We were greeted promptly and noticed a lively happy hour going on at the bar. We were seated promptly at a nice intimate quiet table for 2. Service was flawless except a slight delay getting cream and sweetener for our coffee and tea. An apology was issued and offer to pay for our hot drinks which was very nice. Our food was delicious and well paced with chef surprises to taste along the way. The drinks were tasty and popcorn grits delicious as were our scallops and short ribs. We shared a chocolate dessert and enjoyed the sweet surprises at the end. All in all a lovely experience. We’ll go back soon!

CL
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I literally couldn’t wait to review this restaurant- and I NEVER leave reviews. Unbelievable execution in service. The food was great but the beef cheek pierogi was by far my favorite thing. Tate, Chris and Morgan made the experience that much better as I enjoyed chatting with them. Cant wait to come back!!

LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great aesthetic but the menu was disappointing compared to the level of restaurant it is. For Cincinnati it’s towards the top of the pile but if you’re coming from a larger city with more like options this place falls a little short. Service was fantastic but the food needs a bit of a refresh and the pricing isn’t appropriate for what you got (a bit high for the area and quality). Overall would say give it a shot but coming from Chicago with such a rich food scene this place fell flat

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was heavenly as was the overall experience. The entire staff goes above and beyond to ensure your experience is great. They even called the valet to make sure our car was there waiting for us.

SS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service and experience at Orchid were outstanding. The food was delicious but comparable to other upscale restaurants in town.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for a romantic Christmas dinner, service was lovely and the food was interesting.

f
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Orchids and had the best dining experience ever! The service was wonderful from the valet parking to the wait staff. We felt well treated. Our waiter Chris was perfect, informative, attentive but not intrusive. The ambiance is legendary in its beauty. The jazz music provided was very enjoyable. The food was delicious (we had the scallops as our entree) and beautifully presented.

The whole experience was classic fine dining.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tate was amazing!!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service

F
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have dined here several times before and it has always been a memorable experience.
Not so much this time. Service was outstanding but the food was mediocre for some and uninspired for others. Not one, in our party of five, said their meal was great. I might try it again but with reservations.

JG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate the Christmas Season. All of the food was delicious and the service was impeccable

t
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every sense!

DH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in an opulent setting!

ES
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The menu needs a bit more variety. I do miss the fresh oysters.
The rack of rabbit was too comical to describe. It was so tiny that I asked the waiter if the rabbit was an embryo. It looked like it was from a newborn rabbit. Not much to it. Maybe 1 or 2 tiny bites. Having just returned from France where they serve rabbit, this serving was extremely disappointing.

A
Charleston
36 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful restaurant. The staff were very attentive and the food was delicious.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an incredible experience for our four year anniversary. The food was amazing and our server Morgan was fantastic and attentive.

I
Melbourne / VIC
56 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all these years and a turnover in chefs, this place is still exquisite. I had the winter menu and had a very difficult time deciding what to order; so I tried a little of everything. I am now a huge fan of Chef George Zappas. He has a great sense of balance with flavor and content. Nothing overpowers, flavors compliment, and I had what is likely my favorite preparation of Foie Gras served with red currant. Beautiful. There was not one dish that was mediocre.

As expected, the service was outstanding. Everyone is knowledgeable, exceptionally accommodating, and eager to give the finest dining experience available. Well deserving of all accolades!

CC
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration for my friend. As usual, Orchids was outstanding in every way. The service by Chris and the team was perfect. The food was absolutely delicious. The décor is gorgeous, especially at Christmastime. The Taste of Orchids menu is an excellent value. We will definitely be back.

LB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience from start to finish. The live jazz in the bar is also very much appreciated (although adding a jazz flutist (a real jazz flutist) would add the superior touch).

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

E
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

A little disappointing this time- Orchids has been one our favorite places for a long time. The service was a tad slow- though we were not in a rush (it was our anniversary) but we did not feel the staff were as attentive. The vegetarian selection has never been one of their 'menu' strengths but the chef has always made something that my vegetarian guests have enjoyed- except this time. And my lamb was a tad disappointing too. The popcorn grits is still an excellent dish- rich and flavourful. Perhaps it is high time the restaurant can now have chefs who can show their mastery at making non-meat dishes with flair and creativity?

LS
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our last visit paled in comparison to others. We waited a long time for our first course. We quickly gobbled up the bread we were given, and no more was ever offered. When we were served our first wine pairing, I asked if it was Blanc de Blanc or Blanc de Noir, and was told “No, it’s champagne”. Some of the food was memorable (popcorn “grits”, the rabbit), but most was just so-so.

RM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely evening of delicious food and outstanding service in an elegant room. A special space for a special occasion.

JM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orchids at Palm Court is always a great experience. The food and service are amazing and it makes for a great special night out!

F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exquisite! The table, service and food was wonderful. We are looking forward to our next dining experience at the Orchids