Orchids at Palm Court

4.8
2143 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Sunday through Thursday 5:30-10:00 PM Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm; Afternoon Tea (First Saturday of the month) 2:00pm-4:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 564-6465
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Maxime Kien
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Catering
The hotel has three breathtaking ballrooms and 27 additional banquet rooms perfect for any event from 1-1000.
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Cross street
Race Street
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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.
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Public transit
TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
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Entertainment
Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court on Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm-1:00am.
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Special events & promotions
For private parties in Orchids at Palm Court, please call 513-564-6424 for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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SM
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

We had two young children (8 and 10) with us and the staff were amazingly accommodating to let us change tables to a booth where they were more comfortable. The service was genuinely first class and the Orchid Room is so beautiful. Since you are asking, I will say that I had the halibut and I thought it was slightly too salty but that is my only criticism of the entire evening.

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FB
Toronto
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

It is worth just going to the restaurant just to experience the splendor of the room. The pictures are great but in real life it is even more stunning. This somehow adds enjoyment to the meal. Starters were salmon tartare done two ways. This is simply to die for. Ultra fresh with wonderful flavour. Mains were the lamb. Beautiful subtle flavour and extra tender. Some of the best lamb I have ever had. The other treat was the vegetables that came with the meal. It was like somebody just picked them from a garden minutes before being cooked and served. The service is exceptionally good. They have an extended wine list to please everyone. A wonderful meal from start to finish.

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s
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Pheniminal

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MH
Tampa
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Great menu selections

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KN
Columbus
4.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was excellent and it was certainly worthwhile for our anniversary. We were well attended, food presentation was excellent.

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k
Detroit
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Wonderful meal, spectacular service and amazing ambiance!!!

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MR
5.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

I took my wife and son to dinner to Orchids. Fabulous service and food, we had a great time! We will definitely be back soon!!

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J
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

We had the snails and salmon tartare (two-ways) for appetizers. The snails were yummy with the garlic tortellini. The salmon was good, and we felt that the smoked salmon was a little better than the raw salmon. We had the lamb loin and the duck breast for the main course. This was the most tender lamb that we have eaten. It lacked the gaminess that you expect from lamb, so it tasted a bit more like beef. The duck was cooked perfectly and was very tender. We had an off-menu “pre-dessert” created by one of the kitchen staff that was so good, it should be illegal; it was a cheesecake with bourbon mousse and caramel sauce. My wife had the chocolate velvet cake with bourbon mousse, which was super-good. Michael (the sommelier) recommended excellent wines for our dishes. The staff is very friendly and we always have a great time!

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E
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

We had an awesome evening – the food and menu were terrific, service was helpful and attentive, and the setting was amazing 1930’s architecture. The new chef is imaginative and excellent. The menu is fresh and a leap forward. Rack of lamb was a classic and excellent. The halibut was light, flavorful and perfect. They also accommodated a vegan diner with a great gnocchi Primavera. First courses and desserts also great. This place clearly keeps its rank at the top.

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GP
Columbus
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

Truly a 5 diamond restaurant in all aspects. Service is excellent, perfect balance of privacy and attention. Food selection and presentation top level. Best lamb I have had in over 60 years of fine dining. One can understand why this is the best restaurant in the Hilton chain and the best anywhere in Ohio. Wine list is extensive and varied,but not overwhelming. Our bottle of Albert Mann was excellent and served at the correct temperature. The ambiance is opulent. We shall return.

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b
Cincinnati
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Perfect setting and experience to celebrate our 10 year anniversary! The service was impeccable and the food from the new chef is beautifully presented, portioned and delicious. The vichyssoise was my absolute favorite but all other courses were amazing too.

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SR
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

The food was very expensive and most the meals are pretty small... that’s the negative. The positive is the food was FANTASTIC! The restaurant was beautiful and the staff was awesome. If you don’t mind spending the extra money then I definitely recommend Orchid!

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N
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Absolutely marvelous! From elegant handcrafted cocktails served by friendly bartenders to the polite and welcoming hostess, even before we were seated we knew this was going to be a memorable experience. Knowing the reputation of new Executive Chef Maxime Kien, we barely glanced at the menu before requesting the tasting menu with the associated wine pairings. Because the menu changes every day I won't describe the specific courses, other than to say they were as stunning on the plate as they were on the palate. The wine steward explained the pairings with knowledge and enthusiasm and the wait staff was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. I can't imagine a better venue to share a special occasion.

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JV
4.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

When we got there the temperature was too cool, but they seemed to have corrected that. My biggest issue is that the music was much too loud and not that good. Conversation, particularly for a deluxe location, was extremely difficult. Other than the Halibut being too salty the food was outstanding.

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KK
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

We took my mother out for dinner to this classic Cincinnati hotel dining room. It has been good always, and has maintained its high standards. This is not to say that it has not changed--it keeps up with the latest trends, without being trendy. The cocktail list was interesting, and the drink I ordered was very good. Every single dish, from appetizers to dessert, was delicious. The portions are moderate. An active athlete might want more food. But for our small group, the portions were wonderful--sufficient without stuffing us. We no longer live in Cincinnati, but this is a destination dining experience we keep in mind.

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DS
4.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Great restaurant for a special occasion. It is high end with a creative menu. My one recommendation would be to request seating as far away from the bar as possible. The night we dined the bar area was full, active and noisy. Not rowdy, just noisy. Dampened the mood a bit. Additional decor is recommended to baffle the noise. Overall I would give it 4 1/2 stars.

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r
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

As usual, terrific service, food and ambience. Well worth the extra expense

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JM
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Orchids was amazing to say the least. The halibut entrée was the best halibut I've ever had in my life! All of the food was unique and prepared with special attention.
The only negative I would have is that it is freezing in the dining room....take a sweater!!!! =-)

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EB
3.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

I found it pricey for the amount of food they serves. I really love Sunday brunch. But won't go no more other days. It is not worthy.

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TB
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere. Superb food in an amazing, unique space. The usually excellent service was just a little subpar this time (timing a bit off and it was a little hard to get their attention once or twice) but still courteous and helpful. Excellent wine recommendations.

While perhaps not overpriced for such a place, still, for this part of the world it's VERY expensive. I don't think there's a main course less than $40.

The minor issues will not prevent us from returning, however.

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OT
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing. Wonderful experience.

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MB
Cincinnati
4.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Cincinnati. Impeccable service. good food.
But music was way too loud. And the restaurant's temperature was cold enough to chill the red wine - wear a jacket.

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JN
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Great food as always

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OT
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 11, 2018

Great place for a meeting

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CL
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

I love it here. I would be here all the time if I could afford it. The service is always perfect, the food is exquisite to look at and is an experience to eat. It is expensive, but it's worth it.

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LY
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Our go to for special occasions for the last 25 years. Great room, great food, great service.

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KM
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Excellent service, great meal, cordial staff. We were provided our choice of seating and the meal was pleasant

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TL
Cincinnati
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was good, well presented both in both in terms of being explained by knowledgeable waitstaff and well plated.

Two minor complaints, before the meat course the waiter asked if we wanted more bread, we said "yes" and that more would be right out. It never came.

I also ended up with a fly landing in my cocktail I complained to the waiter and was brought a fresh drink, but then changed for the replacement drink.

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JB
Cincinnati
2.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

To celebrate my birthday and mother's day my mom and I both did the tasting menu, which was relatively expensive but in line with what you would expect at a top rated fine dining restaraunt. The staff were polite and friendly, if not the picture of silent professionals you get at top places in New York, and the food tasted INCREDIBLE. Unfortunately, the portion sizes were absolutely tiny - we both were still hungry after every serving, and the entire meal. Additionally, the pacing seemed thrown off a number of times, with some dishes coming IMMEDIATELY after the next, and others (particularly the desserts) taking quite a while in between. Again, the food was as good as anything I have ever had (particularly the perfectly cooked scallop), but the serving sizes were dreadful. I doubt I return, but if I do I certainly won't be going with the tasting menu again.

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MH
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

We were celebrating my husband's birthday. Food and service were outstanding - we were not disappointed. We hope to dine here again and soon.

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RF
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Excellent experience, once again. My husband and I like to come here at least once a year for a special occasion meal. It never fails to disappoint, both the staff and the food are wonderful and a lovely treat!

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DC
Cincinnati
4.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

We have dined at Orchids and have positive memories. This visit was a special thank you to good friends. The Art Deco restaurant and hotel are beautiful and take one back to the time of grand style and fine dining. The impeccable service and attention to detail is appreciated. However, we were disappointed in the food. We had 3 courses and went home hungry. The food was beautifully presented, delicious, but of reduced quantity. The halibut entree was tiny with only a small amount of chopped asparagus as an accompaniment. I am a small person with a modest appetite and I noticed. The entree was appetizer size. Dessert was delicious if a bit over promoted by the server. Then, the music started and any conversation with our friends was impossible. I am sure we will return at some point but I will have a sandwich ahead of time.

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AD
Cincinnati
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

The food, the service and the ambience were truly outstanding.

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JB
Cincinnati
2.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

The service was poor.
First, after we ordered we were told the bread was in the oven and would be right out
. Fifteen minutes later it was.
I ordered a second cocktail. Another 15 minute wait.
The appetizer was slow coming but nothing like the wait for the entrée.
While the food was exceptional, the service makes it very doubtful that we would return.

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WB
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Graduation celebration. Food was great as was the service.

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OT
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on May 22, 2018

Absolutely beautiful restaurant and bar.
Superb service, waiter knew about everything on the menu in detail. Also knew about every wine we asked him about. Everything we ordered was picture perfect.

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OT
5.0
Dined on May 22, 2018

Great food and service.
However, it was kind of noisy due to the band and people talking around the bar.
For anyone who may concern, they do not take travel check.

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JJ
Savannah
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Pricy - yes, but well worth it. Everything (food, drinks, service and staff politeness, the historic room) is absolutely outstanding! And watching how the staff treat the patrons is a true experience - every member will address you by name and no matter the member in your party you’ll all be served at exactly the same time and all the cloches will be raised in unison, presenting all plates simultaneously.

Great place to dine.

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OT
Pittsburgh
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Trip-anniversary

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L
Cincinnati
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We love the ambiance of Orchids and always go for special anniversaries/ birthdays.... but this last visit wasn't as fabulous as previous ones. The food seemed to take extremely long to get to our table ( an hour after ordering) and the portion sizes were smaller. We all love vegetables and there were seriously three tiny asparagus tips as the vegetable. The staff is attentive and elegant, but this time it just wasn't the top of their game.

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