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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

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (70)
Special Occasion (57)
Good for a Date (55)
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Pre/post Theatre (49)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Romantic (27)
Business Meals (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Great for Lunch (24)
People Watching (24)
Fun (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Casual (19)
Cozy (19)
Seasonal (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Worth the Drive (13)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Healthy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Organic (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·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 2, 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 January 1, 2018

New years Eve dinner

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

Service was excellent.

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·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 31, 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 31, 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 25, 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 25, 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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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Make your reservations in advance and the restaurant will do their best to accomodate you. We had a corner window seat with a great view of the fountain, ice skating, and the Christmas tree and on top of it it snowed. The food, including filet mignon was excellent and the service was efficient and very friendly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great meal and service! The mushroom soup NEVER disappoints!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Excellent service

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

It was a great time. The food was great, service was fantastic, and the manager came around to talk to us and was extremely friendly

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our service and food was very good. My only complaint is that the tables are very close together and it feels like cramped

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Everything was wonderful but the waiter created a rushed environment by removing plates before everyone was finished eating. The waiter was also asking for dessert orders before everyone was finished eating.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was delicious.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Overall experience was underwhelming. Hostess/check-in was very slow and food was not hot (tasted fine just tepid temperature).

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Annual tradition to have lunch with good friend seated at the window overlooking Fountain Square.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This place has an amazing view of Fountain Square which is especially nice during the holiday season while the Square is decorated and full of people ice skating and enjoying the holiday scene. The atmosphere is good, the food is great and the price isn't ridiculous although it is not inexpensive. The problem here is the service. From wait time for the table even with a reservation and then the wait time for drinks. Even with the assistance of the manager the overall experience was less than satisfactory.

Tags: Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Dia is a great server. Even on a busy night she was quick to realize that we have not been waited on. Very kind and attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service is slow, food was fine. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone in a rush

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great spot for lunch. The service was very good even on a very busy day.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We decided on Palomino's because of the view of Fountain Square and downtown Cincinnati but were pleasantly surprised with the great food. Everything was just so good. We had not been there in at least 10 years but we for sure will not wait that long to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Spicy, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Really enjoy a nice meal before a concert. Good food, good service, great view of fountain square.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I'm so sad to write this because I USED to have a wonderful time here. Over the past year the service has plummeted. The bartender was great and very helpful; she was slammed; no servers were helping her whatsoever. Instead they were noticeably rude to her. Her support (kitchen and servers) were awful. She asked for updates on our food that took 45 minutes (fries...) and two male servers snapped back at her in front of us. It was completely uncalled for. She was good; the servers/kitchen were awful. The view is great and the happy hour deals are good. Parking is convenient.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Special Sunday dinner downtown with adult children and grandkids. Good food and drinks. Kids menu small but adequate. Waitress very attentive to special request for hot tea change.
No room for dessert except child’s included sundae. Great place for “fine dining” and nice for special gathering. Scallops, lamb, pasta excellent!

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service was just fair,as the restaurant was not that crowded. Shrimp scampi not good. I expect this entree to be succulent with an ample amount of garlic, butter, and white wine sauce. What I got was a dry scoop of pasta side by side with 6-7 rather dry shrimp. Entrees ordered by others at the table seemed satisfactory. Have been going to Palomino for years. Not up to par this time.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food and drinks. Great setting over looking Fountain Square at Christmas. Would definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Scenic View, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 13, 2017

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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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The restaurant took great care of my staff for our holiday luncheon. The server was so attentive without being pesty. Everyone’s food was delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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