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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Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time. At first I was disappointed that they didnt have filet mignon but their ny strip steak was amazing.

SW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great dining experience. The food was on point with a few pleasant surprises. Joel was patient with us as we chose a wine and the service, as always, was great.

DC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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GD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu items were delightful. Smoked salmon, corn soup, foie gras, strip with prawn and rabbit trio were all excellent.

RR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous cocktails, spectacular meal, excellent staff, great wine pairings... overall a wonderful evening.

MW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall the ambiance is great, but the live music in the adjacent bar could be turned down a bit. Service is outstanding as is the food. The menu is somewhat eclectic, but not too far out there. Palm Court has an outstanding selection of cocktails, served perfectly. The extra touches add a lot to the experience and the entire staff is on their game. We will be back at the first opportunity.

RD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything you want from a high-end romantic evening out.

M
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. This was a special event for us, and going somewhere this “fancy” was almost intimidating. But, the staff made us feel very comfortable and there was the freedom to pick and choose which courses we ordered from. Great food, outstanding presentation, and definitely made our night special.

GS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A very special place for celebrating special occasions.

BJ
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional; I don't think I can recommend a better top to bottom experience than this one.

f
Indiana
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have come to the Netherland many times and never have we been disappointed at orchids. Everything is top notch everything is delicious everything is exciting. it is such an amazing space in which to dine. We couldn't love it anymore...

T
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our main waiter was Chris and he and the rest of the staff were very attentive to our needs and their service and care to details made our evening. The pace was perfect.
It was our anniversary and a handmade care was placed at our table and later Happy Anniversary was inscribed in chocolate on our desert plates.
The food was delicious from the bread, pear salad, entrees (halibut-scallops), desert, espresso, and take home treat.
Expensive but definitely worth it for a special occasion.
Suggest having a drink in the adjacent bar before dinner.

DS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My wife and I greatly enjoyed the service and the chef's artistry.
We will be back.

Dave Schildmeyer

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

G
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chefs tasting menu with the wine pairing was unbelievable!!! The entire dinning experience was excellent!

MW
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is world class, the food and service excellent. Our waiter, Chris, was superb. My very favorite restaurant.

CJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a very pleasan experience and you would get five stars across the board. My only gripe was portion size for the entrees. Three very little slices of venison was not what I was after. Kind of sad really. More sauce than meat not a good thing. Taste was amazing. Give me more!

J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orchids has been our “special go-to” restaurant for the last 8-10 years. On this occasion we had a small group of 5. Everyone had the “tasting menu” & some of us even had the wine pairing. The food, wine, service, everything was perfect. Thanks to all the staff for making the evening memorable. We will be back!

TK
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TL;DR - First time pretty lame, second time redeemed themselves with outstanding food and service!

My wife and I went for our anniversary as we had heard very good things about the food and service here. I am a chef and my wife has a very discerning palate. We both thought the food was good, not great, with some big misses in terms of seasoning and balance. Service was trying to be excellent, but they had a few real issues, that I won’t go in to. I have rarely ever made a complaint, but in this case, for the price of the meal and with restaurants reputation for excellence I thought either I have much higher standards than those that recommended this place to me, or they were having an off night, so I called and explained that I thought our experience was sub par. The chef explained he had been away for a few days and that the meal and service we received was not the standard they aspire to, so he offered for us to come back and try it again so we can get the experience we paid for. THEY TOTALLY REDEEMED THEMSELVES! We didn’t receive any special treatment, just this time service was trying and succeeding at being excellent. Very nice, very attentive, and got everything right. Most importantly the food was much better. Each dish was seasoned nicely, served at the right temperature, and at the perfect pace for a nice meal. The dishes were visually appealing, unique, and well rounded with complementing flavors that made you keep coming back for another bite!

K
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are anywhere near the Netherland Hotel go!!

OT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
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
58 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
32 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
3 reviews
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

Oscar Hatchett

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

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