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About Orchids at Palm Court

AAA Five-Diamond Award for 2017 - 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.

Hilton Cincinnati
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Nightly 5:30pm-10:00pm; Afternoon Tea (First Saturday of the month) 2:00pm-4:00pm

Cross Street:
Race Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 564-6465

Website:
http://www.orchidsatpalmcourt.com/

Entertainment:
Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court on Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm-1:00am.

Catering:
The hotel has three breathtaking ballrooms and 27 additional banquet rooms perfect for any event from 1-1000.

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.

Public Transit:
TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For private parties in Orchids at Palm Court, please call for details.

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.

Orchids at Palm Court Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

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4.8

value

4.5

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (67)
Romantic (54)
Creative Cuisine (50)
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Good for Anniversaries (48)
Good for a Date (44)
Quiet Conversation (35)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Notable Wine List (33)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Tasting Menu (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Cozy (19)
Business Meals (18)
Local Ingredients (18)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Authentic (11)
Seasonal (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Live Music (7)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was wonderful and the service was wonderful but after many visits, I prefer ala carte to preset choices. I normally do not order dessert but now am required to instead of choosing my own choices on the menu. I could not recommend to others that do not eat sweets to pay that much and not eat the third choice which is dessert and is required that you pay for whether you want it or not. Would rather have an appetizer and salad instead.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Thought all was great. One thing, we did a three course dinner and wanted to opt out
of one dessert and sub another item. It was a $7.00 up charge. For a high end restaurant
I don't think they need to do that.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Get the ox tail ravioli and the chicken hearts. Do it

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I had a great birthday celebration with my husband & friends. Robert & the entire wait staff took excellent care of us. The chef never made me feel left out due to my gluten & dairy allergies, he accommodated me with ease. We loved the entire night & will definitely come back !!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

While the new menu format has excluded some past favorites and substantially increased pricing, Orchid's remains a superb venue. It is simply the best.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food and service were outstanding but adding the wine pairings took the experience over the top. The Sommelier spent a lot of time with us, explaining each selection and really made the whole experience even more special.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 28, 2017

For our 25th Wedding Anniversary I decided to take my wife down for the special evening, it did not disappoint. I heard from my parents that this was a special location and I’m sorry I took this long to experience the wonderful atmosphere and dining. We have decided that we will make this an annual event from now on.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent evening! The food was delicious and the service outstanding. Noise level was too loud (from bar area) so it was difficult to hear our dinner partners.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 24, 2017

One of the impeccable dining experiences I have ever had. Everyone in our party loved the meal and the service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was the most amazing dinning experience I’ve ever had. It is hard to really put into to words how magical the experience was.
From the start of meal and the first bite of a dinner roll I knew I was in for something special. Each dish continued to surpass the previous. The wine pairings elevated already amazing dishes and brought them to new heights.
The restaurant’s ambiance and decor made you feel expensive and fancy. It’s not very often that people dress up for anything, so it was exciting to have a excuse to do so.
This experience was outstanding and worth every penny. My boyfriend and I will be talking about this for a very long time.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 19, 2017

living on its past when there was an excellent chef [ kelly] and head waiter [ charles ] now food is ok and prices have gone up not worth a destination meal

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My business partner and I went for our business anniversary and we were blown away by the beautiful presentation and brilliant marrying of flavors. Lovely amuse bouches between meals were a nice touch. The pastry chef was a genius! Love love love!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We enjoyed a five-star meal with five star service. Orchids is without a doubt the best most classy restaurant we have here in Cincinnati. The adjacent Palm Court is also very lovely. What a wonderful dining experience especially for special occasions.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This is the best restaurant in Cincinnati for fine, gourmet dining. Service is exceptional, on par with the food and setting. No one else comes close. Winner of many awards- don’t miss this one!

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The only word to describe our experience would be "perfection". Thank you.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

An overall memorable experience. The dining room is beautiful, the food was superb, and our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. Loved the price fixe menu with options for 3, 4 or 5 course meals. Wait service was a bit slow...our waiter seemed to have a lot of tables at one time. Very good beverage choices, with a variety of wines and cocktails. Would highly recommend for a special event or a special treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I felt transported back in time at Orchids. The Art Deco décor is stunning, providing an ambience from bygone days. From the fabulous Rosemary Clooney cocktail to the silver tray of post-dessert sweets, dining at Orchids is a memory I will keep. I felt could have been in a fine dining establishment in the 1930s or in any city in the world today. The couple next to me conversed in French. The Middle Eastern couple across from me were enjoying each others' company, as well as the food and wine.

The staff were attentive to every need, yet cordial and friendly. There was no rushing through a course; each was meant to be savored to the fullest, including the "special gifts" from the chef. Just an overall memorable meal in every way, including the show-stopping Meyer lemon dessert (pictured).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner n wine pairings:) Everyone who waited on us were so kind and sweet. The Sommelier was great...Meredith:) We would come back again:) Thank you all:)))) The hostess...Mia...was very sweet:)

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic dining experience. Service was warm and friendly. Food was top notch. Drinks were great. Decor was upscale. Live piano/band. Was great music but not at all overpowering.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Awesome as usual. Highly rated restaurant for a reason. Wonderful, innovative food, excellent service and beautiful ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Upscale elegant fixture in Cincy for many years. 5 star. Fairly expensive but well worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We enjoyed the 10 course tasting menu and it was delicious. I would do it again and highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was delicious. Chef was amazing. Wait staff made it a very special experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have been coming here for years and they never fail to deliver a quality experience. Everything from start to finish was executed with attention to detail and overwhelming flavor. This remains our favorite restaurant even though we travel from Columbus!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had the Chateaubriand for two. It was superb, as usual. The meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender and prepared perfectly. Wine suggestions were spot on. We've been coming to Orchids since the early 1980's and have never been disappointed with our dining experience. Former Exec Chef left last summer, however, the kitchen hasn't seemed to skip a beat. Our only suggestion, and it's a minuscule one, is they should go back to french press coffee that had a richer flavor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great long meal service was amazing but definitely expensive

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. Everything was phenomenal! Great service and highly recommend. We will be back!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love dining at the Orchids at Palm Court in the Netherland Plaza. The atmosphere is wonderful and the staff is always friendly, welcoming and never pretentious. I think the new chef has decreased the portion sizes a little but they are fine and so beautifully presented. Desserts are especially delicious and beautiful. We will always come back when we travel to Cincinnati ( if we can get a reservation).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent location! Can't say enough wonderful things about them, try them for yourself!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Dined at Orchids Friday night for my husband's birthday. As usual, they outdid themselves. The service and food were top notch, with the new fall menu firing on all cylinders. The oxtail raviolo is by far one of the best dishes I've ever had anywhere. The shrimp and duck, for a first and main course, were also outstanding. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the unique preparation of the foie. And the wine list continues to deliver!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Exceptional! Great service and food. Special attention to our anniversary was over the top.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

A Dining experience..not just a meal..a perfect evening. From the moment we arrived the service and food were impeccable. Tryed to pick out a favorite from all our courses..and just couldn't! A very talented group in the kitchen and the service second to none! THANK YOU

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Excellent food - a bit slow on service at times, sat with empty drink for almost 15 minutes, other than that all went well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great service and wonderful food!! The wine list is outstanding

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

So my hubby and I celebrated our 30th Anniversary at Orchids at Palm Court tonight. The food was simply amazing, not to mention the outstanding service and knowledgeable staff. The historic atmosphere was captivating - TRULY worth every penny!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We've never had a bad time at Orchids. Food is always delicious, service is always impeccable and the experience is always memorable!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Absolutely Awesome Experience for 70th Birthday Celebrations!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We dined at Orchid's with another couple on a Saturday evening. Orchid's has always been one of my favorite restaurants, but we had not been there for awhile, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I need not have worried. From the time that we entered the restaurant, we were treated to exceptional service. We all agreed that our waiter, Michael, was outstanding. He was friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable. His suggestions for both food and wine were excellent. Even the ladies and gentlemen who made sure that our water glasses remained filled were attentive and professional. In addition to the superlative food, wine, and service, the restaurant is in a spectacular French Art Deco setting from the 1930s. I never stopped enjoying the setting. Orchid's remains my favorite restaurant ever.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful service, excellent food. Very quiet atmosphere with interesting architecture. The server was extremely knowledgeable and the meals were coursed perfectly. Highly recommend.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent. The little in- between treats were a pleasant addition. This is not only one of the prettier restaurants but the tastiest.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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