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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

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food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

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Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (47)
Special Occasion (42)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
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Happy Hour (19)
Romantic (19)
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Bar Seating (16)
People Watching (16)
Casual (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Cozy (13)
Fun (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Seasonal (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Paleo Friendly (7)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

Wait staff seemed stretched thin, with long wait times in between refills, getting the check, etc. Food was lukewarm to cold and the Four Cheese Pasta on the menu which I ordered had been changed from penne to rotini. This made for a disappointing texture and the pasta was hard far too hard. In addition, the portion size was smaller than usual and the price had been raised. Finally, the only pure chocolate dessert has been removed from the dessert menu. We ended up going to Graeter’s due to the lack of options. Overall, we expected a better experience from a restaurant that usually lives up to our expectations.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 4 days ago

Must try the mushroom soup! Palomino's is known for this soup and it never disappoints. Would have given an outstanding review but for the order of brussels sprouts with porchetta and vanilla butter that was served to us without the porchetta. Very good in spite of the missing ingredient.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I have been a member of Opentable for years and have never done a review. This is my first because I feel compelled to warn those unweary customers. We ended up at Palomino because a flight to Cincinnati got delayed and we needed dinner near our hotel. Big mistake. We ordered the calamari appetizer, which never came, until a reminder was given, and then we got essentially the bottom of what looked like something out of a freezer bad - with no taste and crunchy crumbs. We ordered a ribeye, medium rare. It was not inexpensive - $48. The first time one who side was literally raw - like someone forgot to flip it. It came again -- same steak. Now nice and browned on the outside. One cut in -- raw again. The waiter was appalled. I asked for a new steak. 3rd time - again nice and brown. Inside, raw. Not just "rare" raw - like still moving raw. The manager had come earlier and said they'd take off the steak from the bill. But wasn't there when it came a 3rd time and we gave up and sent it back, so no meal for one of us.
The chicken marsala - $20 was literally a chicken breast split in 2, so only 1 half of a breast. I would NEVER go back to this restaurant nor would i recommend it to anyone. Save your money and aggravation. It's hard to screw up a steak 3 times.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

While we had reservations but there was a slight wait so we went to the bar. The Happy Hour Bar menu is a great deal and from 4 to closing !!! Who knew. It was fantastic sitting over looking Fountain Square and the ice rink and Christmas Tree made for a perfect winter evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Got there 1/2hr early and check in right away for a 830 reservation, wasn’t seated until almost 845. requested a window table overlooking the square when I made the reservation and we were seated in the back near the kitchen on the end of the row. I may as well been sitting in the kitchen. There were two separate couples that got a window seat that walked up for reservation and where seated right away.

Food was ok at best. Caesar salad was wilted, hardly any dressing, and croutons were gross. And the whole meal was over priced in my opinion.

It was so loud the server could barely hear us.

I’ll never go back there again.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Overall the experience was mediocre, the food was underwhelming, food temperature on the cold side our waiter Austin was phenomenal ,the hostess was indifferent. Overall the service was slow, the view of fountain square all lit up for Christmas was nice. Price point adequate, would return if already downtown but not make special arrangements to go. Would have rated 3.5 stars but that wasn’t an option.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Waited 15 minutes at the bar to order a drink, never got waited on. When we finally did they were out of Budweiser and Michelob ultra. Waited 25 min past our reservation to be seated, but it was a busy night so we understood. Worst part... manager said we should get over the fact that they were out of beer. She said they had a 24k day on Friday so it was a good for them. We said what about your customers today? She said well if you are upset we don’t have your beer too bad! Really?!?! Wow...

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Horrible service over booked the restaurant
Not enough help. Restaurant was dirty
Wouldn’t go back

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We went to Palomino's before attending a show at the Aronoff. Our waiter asked about this, and was able to serve us in plenty of time to get to the show. The restaurant has a wonderful view of Fountain Square, so it was a quite festive atmosphere. I would suggest that you request a view of the square if you want to ensure a view of the Christmas tree. My husband got the pizza and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I ordered the filet and while it was still good, it was not cooked the way I had specified. Even though I ate it, the waiter removed it from our bill. Overall, I enjoyed the holiday atmosphere and the food. I would go back, perhaps on a night when we could have a more leisurely dinner.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The service was extraordinary. Enjoying a night out with best girlfriends and the service made the evening perfect.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our server was wonderful, worked very hard.
Palomino was incredibly busy.
I had the short ribs for dinner, they were terrible. Not evenly cooked through. My husbands steak was great but 2 other people in the party did not like their steaks.
I was disappointed. I should have complained but they were just to busy.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our service was excellent and the food was incredible. Our wait staff was very conscientious about our need to get to the Aronoff on time. Highly recommend. Our drinks never went to empty and everyone was extremely pleasant. They were very busy and we felt we received excellent service and did not feel rushed at all.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I guess with the Christmas Season upon us they want to cram as many people as they can in the restaurant. Taken to our table which was about 12" from the next able of 4. Was so noisy could not have a conversation across the table. After 12 minutes of this and yet to see a waiter we left. Can't imagine what it would have been like when the party for the table on the other side of us arrived. Extremely disappointed.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Donuts were the absolute best! In would go back just for the donuts. Everything else was delicious also.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

One of my favorite Cincinnati restaurants. The food and service is consistently superb, which is why I was surprised to not receive one of my appetizers this time!!! This was not the norm, however, and I still recommend this spot for foodies who love a classy ambiance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Little noisy for business lunch but service is wonderful.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was good but service was average. Place was ok but in my opinion there are better restaurants downtown. Nice view of Fountain Square.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our family went to Palomino's on a Sunday early evening at Christmas when Fountain Square was lite up. It was a great relaxing evening and great views of the street and Fountain Square. We ordered off the 3/$25 menu which is a great option for early dining and if you are paying for 6 (like we were). Something on this menu that appealed to everyone. Service was great too.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was poor quality. Service was horrendous. Do not recommend this restaurant. We were in from out of town and extremely disappointed all around. They did apologize over and over but couldn’t get anything right.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I loved the food but the service and the time to get drinks, appetizers and entrees was so so slow. The bathrooms were also so dirty!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was terrible. Long wait for drinks and our waitress was never around. Maybe not her fault, just spread too thin. Restaurant was inside a mall....and it was dirty. On a positive note, the food was good.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was very very poor.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Party of 4 went to Palomino for a holiday outing..Th restaurant was very busy but our service was great, we were seated quickly, the food delicious ...We all had a fantastic time...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The service was sub-par on this particular visit unfortunately.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Excellent food and the service was great considering there were only two servers on duty when we arrived. One of my favorite places for a business meal and they did not disappoint.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 27, 2017

WE had a lovely evening celebrating our son's 22nd birthday. The atmosphere, view, food and particularly our waitress, Bridget, was OUTSTANDING. We have always enjoyed our dining experience and love the variety of dishes available.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Party of 8, almost 20 minutes from putting our first entrée down, to getting all 8 entrees on the table...server claimed innocence, blamed kitchen...we waited for all the meals, mine was cold by then...arrived 7:30pm, ordered 7:45pm...meals started to be delivered by 8:50pm...

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first date night out in over a month and it was fabulous! We had a reservation for 6:30 and we were at our table right away, no wait! Our service was outstanding! Our waitress was perhaps the most amazing ever...she took care of our every question and every need. Overall it was a great night out and we can't wait to get back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Environment was nice! Staff was friendly. Service was very slow but accommodating. It was the night of the Tree Lighting - day after Thanksgiving. Meal was ok.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Disappointing experience. The porkchop was undercooked (dark red), the pasta was bland and also undercooked (although the server said it was al dente), and the service was rushed. The manager did remove the porkchop from the bill, but seemed unconcerned. There are much nicer restaurants to visit it downtown Cincinnati.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our server Bridget made our night. She allowed us to move from a good table to a great tab
E near the window over looking Fountian Dquare. She recommended great options.. I chose the scallops on her recommendation and they were fabulous! Palomino is not normally our first choice but it will be after this great evening!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was our second Thanksgiving dinner at the Palomino. Sadly this year did not compare to the previous year. Several of the meals were lukewarm at best and had to be sent back, and nobody from management ever bothered to come by the table and apologize.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went there for thanksgiving and I had the turkey and the dark meat was cold and griselly the pumpkin pie was small for the price but the service was great

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went to Palomino for Thanksgiving dinner. We were disappointed in the food. We have been there before for Thanksgiving dinner and it was really good. But this year it was just OK. My daughter ordered a salad and the adult mac and cheese. Both came out at the same time (after waiting a fair amount of time). I ordered the turkey dinner, best part about it was the brussel sprouts. Turkey came with a ton of dark meat that was fatty. Mashed potatoes were cold. They gave me about a tablespoon of stuffing. We will go to Capital Grill or Seasons 52 for Thanksgiving dinner next year.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good food, nice location (although a little difficult to find). Took good care of the family for Thanksgiving.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Our annual Wednesday before Thanksgiving “Friendsgiving” meal was just as lovely as always. We get a reservation even though it isn’t that busy.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Possibly the worst service ever...more than 30 minutes to get a drink. Ordered food never arrived...but was on bill :( Server couldn't figure out how to split the bill - three tries later and still wrong. Manager finally comped us drinks but well after the evening spoiled. But food was good.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was great. Our waitress was wonderful. But the own falls was no salad with meals (extra Cost) not enough steak sauce selection ( I like Heinz 57 ) didn't have, ask for table by window got the second row by window, no regular butter for bread, our salad was dry( not enough salad dressing) but food was great, drinks was good, kept our water glass full.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was our third time here. We visit every year on our anniversary and was extremely disappointed. The past two times were excellent, but I can’t say the same for this time. The server was not very attentive and didn’t seem focused. We put in our order and then 25 minutes later she came back to recap what we had ordered as if she had forgot to put it in. We wait a long time for our food and both the crab artichoke dip and my steak was over cooked. The server seem focused on apologizing for tables that were dirty around our table instead of focusing on getting our experience right. Very disappointed in what is usually a great experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Previous experiences over the years have been very good. Hadn’t returned for a couple of years and things have really slipped. Our advance table location request was not only ignored but we were told it was a table for 4, only to be filled by another couple (that’s 2) as we watched. It took about a half hour to have our wine order delivered and the lukewarm Lobster Bisque that we ordered only appeared after we mentioned to the server that we hoped that the delay in receiving the first course would not cause the soup and the entree to be delivered together. As to one of the entrees...it was Pappardelle with a short rib ragu. The meat as inedible, as the server saw a pile of grizzle and fatty meat set on the side of my plate. I was offered an alternate entree but declined. The manager listened to our tale of woe and took the entree charge off our bill with her apologies. We left the restaurant, drove home and I had a peanut butter sandwich. What a disappointing night.

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