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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The star of the experience was the food.and the chef and servers were devoted to this end. The delicious combinations of foods and their surprising variety Constantly kept our attention. So glad we weren’t in company so we would have to make conversation. And proportions seemed just right so that at the end of the meal we were just comfortable and satisfied.
I've had in the last few years at Orchides at Palm Court some of the best meals that I've enjoyed that I have ever had in my culinary travels here and abroad. So my meal this past Tuesday evening was extremely disappointing, to say the least, particularly as I had taken a guest there to show that person that we did have a dining experience in Cincinnati that could match he marvelous meal he had just had in New York City. The two rolls and the bread stick were without question exceptional! A+ The amuse bouche was "texturally" quite stimulating but nothing "amusingly" tasty. The corn soup first course was rich and smooth, but overpoweringly corn flavored. The entree, halibut, was a culinary disaster: it looked like a wounded war causality, served in a dark, blackened banana peel that the server suggested I not try eating, topped with a gray-green sauce on an over-cooked and dry piece of fish. I sent it back. I order the scallops with cauliflower bites; it too was not an attractive presentation nor a particularly interesting or satisfying tasting entree. And the dessert, highly recommended by the server, a spice cake was overpoweringly sweet, a sugar fix, but rather an attractive work of art. The wine was satisfactory, but not compelling.
The atmosphere and service are outstanding. The food was very good but not incredible.
Anniversary!! Great time!
Wonderful evening!! Beautiful venue! The tasting menu was exquisite and the service five star!!
We had a pregnancy announcement for my parents and got very special treatment from all of the staff. They are all very genuine and care about this restaurant and their jobs. Everyone is very attentive. Perfect ambiance as well.
We have always liked Orchids for special occasions because of traditional menu expectations. That is no longer the case and I doubt if we will be back. Quite frankly, the menu was just plain weird. Maybe it was our choices, but the flavorings were much to Eastern Mediterranean for our tastes. The lamb was tough, and the lamb sausages were hard and just plain awful. Having suffered this meal and its ridiculous cost, explains why there was virtually no other diners and it was just 7:00pm
This of course is a high end restaurant as it is in a wonderful old hotel. The food was some of the best I have had. The dishes had several layers of taste and texture all complimenting each other. The service was spot on with dishes being presented at the same time to me and my guest (nice touch not seen very often anymore). I like to dine up and The Orchids did not disappoint.
Total dining experience. Fabulous from start to finish. A must if you're visiting and have never been before.
This was our first time. At first I was disappointed that they didnt have filet mignon but their ny strip steak was amazing.
Very good! We had a lovely birthday dinner. It was great.
This is always a special place. Service is second to none (special thanks to Samantha for making the evening wonderful). Meals are decadent and well-presented (although this trip we found the cook on the duck a little over....still good). Put this on your list for a special occasion, or when you need to buy yourself out of a screwup with your partner.
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.
New menu items were delightful. Smoked salmon, corn soup, foie gras, strip with prawn and rabbit trio were all excellent.
Fabulous cocktails, spectacular meal, excellent staff, great wine pairings... overall a wonderful evening.
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.
everything you want from a high-end romantic evening out.
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.
A very special place for celebrating special occasions.
Everything was exceptional; I don't think I can recommend a better top to bottom experience than this one.
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...
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.
My wife and I greatly enjoyed the service and the chef's artistry.
We will be back.
The chefs tasting menu with the wine pairing was unbelievable!!! The entire dinning experience was excellent!
The ambiance is world class, the food and service excellent. Our waiter, Chris, was superb. My very favorite restaurant.
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!
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!
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!
If you are anywhere near the Netherland Hotel go!!
Fantastic dinner at Orchids. Everything was top notch! From drinks to desserts to chef gifts!
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.
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.
First experience here and I was blown away. Beautiful presentation, loads of extras, absolutely loved it.
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.
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.
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!
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.
as always - great food, wonderful service and delightful atmosphere.