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About Palomino - Cincinnati

Palomino is a vibrant restaurant, bar and rotisserie famous for its style, hardwood fired Mediterranean cooking and versatile, imaginative menu. Guests appreciate Palomino’s gracious hospitality and talented staff for their unsurpassed enthusiasm, friendliness and skill. Palomino offers an experience that makes guests feel great at a pleasing value.

Fountain Place
505 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean, European

Hours of Operation:
WEDNESDAYS ALL DAY: Half-price Bottled Wine! (any bottle priced $26 & above).
TUESDAYS ALL DAY: Tini Tuesday Half off select Martinis
Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:15 am-3pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 3pm-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 3pm-10p, Sunday 3pm-9pm
HAPPY HOUR in the lounge: 7 days a week from 3 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Cross Street:
5th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(513) 381-1300

Website:
http://palomino.com/page/home

Entertainment:
Happy Hour every day in the Lounge from 3 pm - 11 pm
Flat Screen Tv's in Lounge

Catering:
Now Offering Delivery, please call for details.

Parking Details:
Public Parking Options:
Fountain Square Parking Garage located off of Vine St.
Fountain Place Garage off of Race Street, with elevator access to Palomino.

Public Transit:
Metro and Northern Kentucky Tank Bus

Executive Chef:
Aaron Houghton

Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private space available up to 120ppl Please call for details.

Private Party Contact:
Taylor Beach : (513) 381-1300

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Palomino - Cincinnati Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (62)
Special Occasion (52)
Good for a Date (48)
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Pre/post Theatre (46)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Business Meals (27)
Romantic (27)
Happy Hour (24)
Great for Lunch (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Fun (21)
People Watching (21)
Seasonal (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Bar Seating (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Casual (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Hot Spot (15)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Late-night Find (10)
Authentic (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Healthy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 19 hours ago

Let me start by saying we typically loved this place. My wife and I have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. I know that sometimes things just don't work out, but last night was really hard to ignore. Our waitress, Arwa was either new or just not good. She forgot things that we asked for and even a simple glass of wine and beer took 15 minutes on not so busy night. We ordered 3 rounds, you do the math.

The food, is typically delicious and my wife and I have very similar tastes. We both ordered the Fettuccini De Mar and we were both extremely disappointed. The noodles were over done and scallops were way under cooked. Needless to say, we are saddened by the night.

For the cost of the night we probably would have had better service and food at applebees.... Just Sad.

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·Dined 4 days ago

If you're planning a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day - go elsewhere. For dropping $140, yes ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY DOLLARS on their Valentine's day dinner for two, my girlfriend and I both left hungry and unhappy. The salad appetizer was really lame and didn't even have the cranberries or walnuts as advertised. The pasta was pretty watery and the shrimp was very overcooked and chewy. The "chocolate cake" was anything but exciting. My girlfriend and I both agreed it was about the quality of a Wal-Mart brand box of brownies just presented nicely with a couple dollops of raspberry jelly (also found at Wal-Mart). I have NEVER been so regretful in picking a restaurant to eat at, especially considering it was Valentine's day. You could basically go to ANY other restaurant in Cincinnati, Olive Garden included, and spend 1/3 (no joke) of the price and get a meal 3x as good/filling. SAVE YOUR MONEY.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was very slow albeit it was Valentine’s Day. I had a steak. It was just fine. My wife had the short ribs and she said they were great. Our server was very pleasant but, I believe, had too many tables. I ordered a glass of wine before we ordered our entrees and it arrived after I had finished eating my meal. I definitely expect slow service, etc. on Valentine’s Day but this was worse than that. The chocolate cake was excellent though!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Great Valentines Day lunch! Staff was excellent!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great except for the slow service. Took a long time to get our dinner. We were there a total of 2.5 hrs. Our reservation was for 8:30 and it was not very crowded so not sure why the main course took so long. Filets were a little under cooked as well but still good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Memphis)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great Tirasmsu💕 The only negative thing is they dont have potatoes (except fries and cauliflower mashed potatoes). Great waiter, great food, great view!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service very friendly few were set in the back by the window I think the waitress was katylin not certain however she made my birthday extremely special great service friendly and very attentive to our needs

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food service was very slow.
The server was not completely familiar with the menu nor the selection of alcoholic beverages.
Food preparation was excellent.
Drink portions were excellent.
Great kids menu.
The restaurant was very noisy and a conversation was difficult.

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was perfect!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Dinner was delicious. Once we got our appetizer and order placed for the main course it felt as if we lost our server. They tried to bring the entrees before the salads. Once everything was figured out we did have an excellent meal. I️ would definitely dine here again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 4, 2018

My husband and I both ordered fish. His salmon had no flavor and my Maui Maui was over cooked. It’s a shame. I’ll never be able to talk him into going again.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Drinks and appetizers were delicious. Try the lavender cosmo!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The manager was on point..we we're very impressed. Service otherwise was just average. Our server maybe had too many tables. The food was good, but not great..not what I expected for an upscale restaurant.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our work team gathered at Palomino’s for a good-bye lunch for one of our team members. The Palomino staff was very accommodating for our group of 16. We had a whole section of the restaurant dedicated to just us, so it felt very private. We were able to order from the regular menu and with separate checks. Our server was friendly, fast and efficient. Our food was served quickly, correctly and was most delicious. A great time was had by all! Thank you Palomino’s for an outstanding experience!

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Seasonal, Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We participated in Palomino's educator appreciation weekend special, with a 3-course meal for $25 per person from a prix fixe menu. The mushroom soup was delicious, the chop-chop salad is always a favorite, and the steak frites and rigatoni bolognese were also delicious, with enough to take some home for lunch the following day. The fig gelato was a really unique taste - one of us liked it and the other did not. The tiramisu was disappointing - a bit on the dry side and not very flavorful in our opinions. The service, atmosphere, and drink selection were absolutely fantastic, and I will definitely return to Palomino in the future! Thanks for recognizing educators!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great, as always. Service was extremely slow and seemed to be disorganized that night. However I have been there many times and will go back

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was delicious. Waiter was very friendly. Manager, I am assuming he is the manager, came around to the tables and asked how everything was tasting.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were there for a celebration for our daughter and her best friend getting accepted to colleges they wanted to go to! There were 6 of us and we had a reservation so we were seated right away! We got our drinks quickly and we took some time to decide on appetizers but they came fairly quickly. However, our entres took quite a while to arrive. Our waiter was great but seemed a bit stretched for a busy Saturday evening! Food was very good but a few steaks were a bit undercooked. No one wanted to send it back because it took so long to get them in the first place. I would recommend going there but maybe not on a prime weekend dinner hour!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We love Palomino. The value of the tasting menu on Saturday evening was very good. The portions were good size and the meals were delicious. Palomino doesn't disappoint. I asked for a round table for six near the window and we got it. We are members of the Restaurants unlimited club. It's great!

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fun, People Watching, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome as usual!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food and service are always top notch. My quinoa marinated shrimp salad was so fresh and the ingredients blended together so well-yummy.

Tags: Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

The food and ambiance were very good but the service was just fair. We were asked if we wanted some water up front - who doesn't when eating out? The water was so bad we had to buy a bottle of water to drink. Although the waiter said he'd be right with us to place our order he seemed to have gotten lost for awhile after taking our appetizer requests. I asked for a Chivas and water in a tall glass and got a Chivas on the rocks in a small glass. I decided to mix it with my drinking water before I had tasted the water - that was a mistake. When I wanted a second drink to go with my dinner I had to find a different server to place the order because ours wasn't anywhere around. I enjoyed the ambiance and the view of Fountain Square but I won't be going back. As is customary for me, I still lift the server slightly over a 20% tip.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The greater the cost the greater the service expected. This was not the case this time. It was not bad service just very little and not timely. Two of the dishes ordered came missing ingredients listed on the menu. The experience was “fine”

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Spectactular service and food. We met friends here before going to a show at the Aronoff and it was perfect.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The meal was excellent..I had the tomahawk pork chop, my friend had the scallops. Service was also excellent. Levi, our waiter was very attentive. Great spot for pre-theatre dining.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Cozy, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Palomino is a fantastic find. The ambiance is perfectly romantic, and classy. The food was the best food I've had in Cincinnati and I will definitely be returning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great selection, great food, and fantastic service from everyone!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Salad was not good. Shrimp and quinoa. Wilted lettuce. Some shrimp had tails on. Some didn’t.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Sorry to say, it was a miserable experience. I regret my choice of restaurants for a birthday dinner. We absolutely froze while attempting to dine. The restaurant was so cold that I was ordering "hot water". The first field green salad that was served contained slimy and old lettuce. The caeser salad that replaced it was slightly fresher. There was no acknowledgement of the birthday....why ask this of folks making reservations if there is nothing done to acknowledge the special occasion? It was an experience that was unforgettable and will not be repeated. Thanks for asking. It gave me an opportunity to let you know how embarrassed I was with my choice of restaurants that evening.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New years Eve dinner

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We come here every year for New Years Eve and it’s always a good experience. The service is good, it feels comfy, the wine selection is good, and the brushetta is very good. It has a great view of Fountain Square.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were there a good half hour before we even had drinks. No one came for a while and when they did, it was a while before our drinks arrived. Then, there were only 5 entrees on the menu. I have been there before and I never remembered the menu being so limited? Finally, there was a draft, and even though we were in the middle of the restaurant away from the windows, it was freezing. So all that money to eat with our coats on? No thanks. We'll go somewhere else from now on.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Brought an out of town guest here for the view overlooking Fountain Square over the holidays. Bruschetta was composed of fresh ingredients and just the right amount of olive oil. Scampi was seasoned well as was the side salad. I added a squirt of lemon juice to my salad which brought out the flavor. We ordered crepe brûlée for dessert which was creamy and prepared with a few blueberries atop but it was served in a tiny round, not oval ramikin with no plate underneath-poor presentation but good taste. Great atmosphere.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

They should have had more bartenders. There were only 2 serving at bar. There were probably couple hundred people there. We love Palomino, but I think Management needs to get with it. We waited about 20 minutes for a drink.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, but small portions for the cost. The service is usually good. Lunch combo was not enough food. Very small salad and a bowl of soup and I came back to the office hungry. Great location for our office though and we didn't even have to go outside in the cold. Restaurant is comfortable and a nice atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Took out of town friend and her daughter for an early bite before the theatre. Manager was super nice. Food was very disappointing. Ambiance great.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve menu was a poor value with mediocre food. Server was busy but attentive and engaging. Nice view. Nice bar area.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Terrible experience on Christmas Eve. Have been taking the family there for years on 12/24. Each year has gotten progressively worse. This year, 45 minute wait for our reservation....told us they ran out of pressecco at 740 after waiting for it for 15 minutes. Food terrible. Watching the prep going on with we were waiting did not give me faith. Goofing around... and eating and laughing. And the tipping point, they gave you a 5 didgit code to use the bathroom. Never again. It has slipped so far off course in the past 3years. No one who was there will be back. I assure you. Very sad.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service was slow. Maybe they were short of help. Waited 1/2 hour for glass of wine. We sat for 2 1/2 hours which we have never done before. We were there for Christmas Eve. We've been there each Christmas Eve for several years. May not go again.

Tags: Seasonal
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