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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PhyllisC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have tried various "high-end" restaurants in Cincinnati, but none compare to the Plam Court at the Netherland. From the elegant environment, personable and knowledgeable wait-staff, to the unparalleled cuisine, one is never disappointed!

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vipRuthS
Cincinnati
51 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. From the moment we arrived we were treated as special guests. The food, service and ambiance was all excellent. The room is one of a kind and sets the stage for a wonderful evening. One of Cincinnati’s very best restaurants.

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rev1
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was attentive without being overbearing. The restaurant is beautiful with a feeling of elegance. The food was superb. Overall a very memorable dining experience.

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vip7yearplaygoer
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 25th wedding anniversary and we had a lovely time! The hostess, bread server, and our server, Chris, all wished us happy anniversary, as well as as a card from the restaurant! The food was fun and delicious!

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RFO2
Cincinnati
26 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've had lunch buffets (Easter, Mothers' Day, etc. at Orchids. They were all very good. Our first opportunity to dine at Orchids was a real experience. Comparing Orchids to the old Maisonette, Boca and Restaurant L (the three legitimate 5-star restaurants we've been to) is a real challenge. Orchids' service staff was above outstanding. Quiet and efficient, the table was cleaned and readied for the next course. The food was wondrous. The seared foie gras, Spanish mackerel, made us want more. The first plates are intentionally small and left us wanting more. Our Monkfish was superbly prepared and surrounded by great food. The chocolate dessert was a wonder. We can't say enough positive about Orchids/ We can also mention that the price was relatively low. Orchids is an unqualified winner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Enjoyed our first and second courses immensely, especially bleu cheese beignets and Spanish mackerel. However, we had the monkfish and ribeye entrees and felt that both were lacking and not impressive. Monkfish was dry and seemed overcooked, bouillabaisse was one note and didn’t hit the mark for us. Ribeye was cooked perfectly and had beautiful presentation, but the flavor was not great, I’ve had much better steaks at chain restaurants.

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DrMarc
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Orchids is in a spectacular setting in the historic Netherlands Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The setting is idea for a relaxing, romantic dinner, or intimate small gathering. Tables are elegant and widely spaced, so very conducive to conversation. No other ambient noise or music. The service is highly attentive and the pacing of the meal was spot on. It was fascinating to watch the choreography of the staff (and the service is clearly choreographed). The staff was friendly, but with a degree of professional aloofness given the more formal dining setting.
The prices are expensive although not out of range for the setting. However, the food itself, while well prepared and presented, did not have the distinctive, memorable taste that would befit the prices. I had the ribeye which was well prepared and tasty, but not distinctive. My wife had the flounder which was disappointing in the portion size, taste and accompaniments. We opted to not have dessert, but the restaurant provided some petit fors which were the highlight of the meal.
Overall, this is a wonderful place to make an impression and to enjoy a leisurely meal, but is very expensive for the quality and quantity of food. We would recommend, but with caveats.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Morgan, Tate and Oscar are wonderful and made our night fabulous.

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JenniferG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was good, but bland. The short ribs had a musty smell initially. The risotto had good flavor except for the celery root. The blue cheese salad was good. Service was impressive and everything came out hot. The restaurant itself is amazing and the Jazz band was a very nice touch.

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vipChristina
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner with a friend in town for a visit. Tate was amazing as our server, food and drinks were great, everyone we encountered went above and beyond, and it was a special time.

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finediner9
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Can see how they recently received the highest rating.

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Jamie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris and his team provided wonderful service!

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natasjav
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and service. Staff was knowledgeable and very friendly. I am pescatarian, no meat, and they catered to my diet and gave me a delicious chefs tasting that I will never forget. If you’re thinking about going, just go. You won’t regret it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food was excellent and complex, but delicious. My wife and I each ordered four courses, which over the period of 2 hours was just the right amount of food. Service was excellent, and although the menu might be considered haute cuisine, our waiter made us feel very comfortable and at ease.

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vipADiner
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance are consistently superb.

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vipTinaG
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wish the meal had been better. Service and ambiance awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I have consistently had excellent meals here, both at dinner and brunch. This was an exception. Service was lackluster, and the food was inconsistently good. I knew we were in trouble when the bread arrived and was stale. Overall, this experience did not match the price level.

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SarlaM
London
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, and hospitality in a beautiful environment.

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RebeccaW
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our 2nd time coming here for a special occasion and it was fabulous, just like the first time. The food is exquisite and the service and ambiance couldn't be better!

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vipjerry
Cincinnati
116 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant for a special occasion or just a very good dinner. The presentation is especially good and the service is excellent. I highly recommend Orchids.

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vipCornell1984
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was quite good. The bouillabaisse was insultingly modest (filled with potatoes and little seafood [no monkfish as advertised]. For $48, you HAVE to do better!

Service was very spotty. Busing of the table barely occurred. For a five star restaurant?

Seemed like there was no one managing or guiding a VERY young staff. Simply not impressive.

Go to Restaurant L or Jeff Ruby to see how fine dining is done.

Music was fantastic. Ambience? Fantastic.

Good waiter that had little support.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!! The food was perfection and service wonderful!!

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vipNancyD
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were outstandingin every way, but the noise from the nearby bar was a little high for our taste. When dining at a restaurant of the quality and price point, a quieter atmosphere would be appreciated.

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AlanB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become an annual tradition for my wife's birthday. Each year we continue to be impressed with the knowledge and attentiveness of the wait staff. The food is always excellent and the ambiance unmatched. Many thanks to Orchids for a memorable night on a special occasion!

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Kyle
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This was my second time dining at Orchids at Palm Court. The first time I dined here was last year and it was fantastic. This year was a different story. To start off, it should be noted that this is a relatively expensive restaurant and therefore comes with certain expectations beyond food, service and ambiance being two of them. We were seated by a very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional greeter, Morgan. Our server, Oscar, was also very professional. However, it took 40 minutes from the time we were seated to meet Oscar. He was extremely busy and for a Saturday night Orchids was poorly staffed--labor cuts? In any event, we were looking forward to the actual meal. My wife ordered the blue cheese beignet salad, popcorn grits, and scallops. I ordered the beef cheek perogies, maitake/cappelletti, and lamb. My wife's salad was very overdressed and almost seemed as if there was too much salad dressing on it, then the chefs decided to pour olive oil on it--what a disappointment. The popcorn grits, on the other hand, were flavorful and delicious and I would definitely recommend this unique and tasty dish! And my wife's third course of scallops were cooked perfectly. My order was a different story. First, my perogies had absolutely no flavor whatsoever-no salt, pepper, herb, or sauce-and therefore was unsurprisingly very bland. The maitake and cappelletti were terrific and cooked perfectly, and the sauce was a perfect pairing (you should order this). But sadly, my entrée was lackluster. The lamb was almost rare and had, once again, no flavor. The entrée did come with two bites of lamb sausage and creamy polenta, but the what should have been the star of the plate, the protein, disappointed in flavor and the way it was cooked.

Along with service being painfully slow, the staff always seemed rushed and in a hurry to leave the table. The staff was so hurried that for our second course they gave my wife and me the wrong second course. Loud patrons.

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vipTime2Dine
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic all-around dining experience once again. The consistency of excellence with food, service, and ambiance is truly amazing and makes Orchids a must-do for any special occasion, celebration, love of life, or a memorable date with your loved one(s). The beauty of the art-deco hotel, restaurant, and bar in general...along with the spectacular ceiling, walls, lobby, and furnishings... make this a world-class venue and a fine-dining opportunity you do not want to miss.

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Monica
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambience, details, and service at Orchids made the experience very special.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Beautiful surroundings in an old “art-deco” environment. Good food, not great food a bit disappointing considering the price. Very, very slow service. We were there for 3 1/2 hrs for dinner. It’s nice to make an evening out of a nice dinner but this was just too long.

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WilliamR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was handled with great aplomb and the effort to create a very pleasant occasion! Obviously, the staff wanted my wife and I to celebrate our wedding anniversary in exemplary fashion, and succeeded. The only drawback was the telephone call to our residence to confirm our coming. I always try to surprise my wife on such occasions, but she answered the phone.

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vipPaulo123
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t dined at Orchids for many years and decided to go back this past Friday night. We were greeted promptly and noticed a lively happy hour going on at the bar. We were seated promptly at a nice intimate quiet table for 2. Service was flawless except a slight delay getting cream and sweetener for our coffee and tea. An apology was issued and offer to pay for our hot drinks which was very nice. Our food was delicious and well paced with chef surprises to taste along the way. The drinks were tasty and popcorn grits delicious as were our scallops and short ribs. We shared a chocolate dessert and enjoyed the sweet surprises at the end. All in all a lovely experience. We’ll go back soon!

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vipCLEfoodie
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I literally couldn’t wait to review this restaurant- and I NEVER leave reviews. Unbelievable execution in service. The food was great but the beef cheek pierogi was by far my favorite thing. Tate, Chris and Morgan made the experience that much better as I enjoyed chatting with them. Cant wait to come back!!

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LoSqDan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great aesthetic but the menu was disappointing compared to the level of restaurant it is. For Cincinnati it’s towards the top of the pile but if you’re coming from a larger city with more like options this place falls a little short. Service was fantastic but the food needs a bit of a refresh and the pricing isn’t appropriate for what you got (a bit high for the area and quality). Overall would say give it a shot but coming from Chicago with such a rich food scene this place fell flat

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was heavenly as was the overall experience. The entire staff goes above and beyond to ensure your experience is great. They even called the valet to make sure our car was there waiting for us.

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vipStephanieS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service and experience at Orchid were outstanding. The food was delicious but comparable to other upscale restaurants in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for a romantic Christmas dinner, service was lovely and the food was interesting.

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flygdchman
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Orchids and had the best dining experience ever! The service was wonderful from the valet parking to the wait staff. We felt well treated. Our waiter Chris was perfect, informative, attentive but not intrusive. The ambiance is legendary in its beauty. The jazz music provided was very enjoyable. The food was delicious (we had the scallops as our entree) and beautifully presented.

The whole experience was classic fine dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tate was amazing!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food & service

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vipFoodie1
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have dined here several times before and it has always been a memorable experience.
Not so much this time. Service was outstanding but the food was mediocre for some and uninspired for others. Not one, in our party of five, said their meal was great. I might try it again but with reservations.

JG
JoyceG
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate the Christmas Season. All of the food was delicious and the service was impeccable

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