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
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly greeted and allowed time for a quick drink before dinner. Our waiter Tate explained each item with enthusiasm so that I wanted to try everything. His descriptions were spot on and his recommendations were terrific. Service was prompt and efficient. The wine list is extensive and offers good selections in all price ranges.
The wait time between ordering dessert and being served was a little longer than ideal...not a complaint, just an observation. I recommend Orchids any and all occasions.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Classic Art Deco ambiance. Service outstanding. Corn chowder appetizer special. Chef creations between courses elegant. Avocado ice cream with coconut cake dessert great as well. Would definitely go back.

DG
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the entire dining experience was perfect.

DD
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Maitre D and server were beyond great!

PS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

RJ
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance at Palm Court is wonderful! It is definitely a special occasion restaurant because of the prices, but quite a dining experience! I loved it!

s
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

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.

l
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and service are outstanding. The food was very good but not incredible.

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary!! Great time!

HC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening!! Beautiful venue! The tasting menu was exquisite and the service five star!!

AN
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

RL
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

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

WI
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Total dining experience. Fabulous from start to finish. A must if you're visiting and have never been before.

A
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
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.

AR
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good! We had a lovely birthday dinner. It was great.

OT
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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.

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