Primavista

4.8
4386 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Enjoy Chef Chris Prince’s award-winning Italian dishes while overlooking the Cincinnati skyline and Ohio River in our cozy but elegant Dining Room.
Since opening in 1989 our long-standing excellent reputation and many awards for Most Romantic,Best Scenic View and Best Italian, make Primavista the perfect spot for all occasions.
Take in the breath-taking views of the city while enjoying fine Italian dishes from Spaghetti with Veal Meatballs,Veal Scallopines, Fresh Fish,Chicken Alfredo and Filet of Beef to name a few.
We will re-open on September 2, 2020. We will have our full menu, wine, beer, and cocktails available for take-out. Masks will be required.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4386 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View is outstanding! Food was delicious.

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JimA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great dinner...great view....server was great as well

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vipAnonymous
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Given the staffing challenges that restaurants are having post-pandemic, Primavista seemed full staffed and the staff was very professional and attentive. Food was great and the view of Cincinnati as always is spectacular and memorable even in the early evening.

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vipBelle
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful view, delicious food and great service. Definitely would recommend for a special occasion or date night!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful night and amazing food at Primavista! Had the salmon and veal. Great service by Jasmine!

JL
JennaL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for dinner on a road trip. So glad we did!! Great food, view, and service!!

DM
DandMNewlyEngaged
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancee and I went to PrimaVista to celebrate our engagement. Everything about the night was perfect! It started with our wonderful server, Jasmine, who made sure we were well attended and cared for throughout the meal. We ordered a calamari appetizer which was loaded with flavor and beautifully prepared. Our side salads were incredibly fresh, with the strawberries on her salad the best either of us had ever tasted - sweet, but not overbearing, juicy and decadent.

Our entrees were incredible as well. We each ordered one of the seasonal specials; she had a shrimp and gnocchi dish while I ordered a cioppino seafood dish (shrimp, mussels, mahi mahi, calamari, with mushrooms and celery in a spicy tomato broth). The shrimp and gnocchi were excellent! The gnocchi melted in our mouths (we of course shared a bite or two with each other) and the shrimp was beautifully prepared. As for the cioppino, never in my life have I had a seafood dish as jam-packed with flavor as I did last night! I'm enjoying the leftovers for lunch as I write this, as I was too full to enjoy it all in one sitting.

We ordered dessert to go as well, which we're looking forward to enjoying this afternoon. All in all, it was a perfect meal, a perfect evening, and a night we'll remember for a long time.

We cannot recommend Primavista enough. It's quickly become our favorite fine-dining spot in the Cincinnati area and we're already looking forward to our next trip!

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vipbirthday
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

MM
MeganM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There really isn’t any place like Primavista! The ambiance, the service, the food-all excellent!
So nice to be back and see it hopping with people!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The menu itself is a bit dated but the food was prepared very well. Same for the interior decor, the place is very clean but obviously hasn't been updated for decades. Our server Jasmine was fantastic, and our meal was very enjoyable. The view and iconic Cincinnati experience are definitely not to be missed.

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vipMatthew
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious

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Keith
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Primavista and it was wonderful. Celebrating our anniversary and had a great meal. The view was tremendous, the food excellent and the service impeccable.
Our meal was however a bit marred by a overtly loud patron in the next booth.
The surprise came when presented with our check! We were informed that some other guest had paid our check including a generous gratuity! (The server was careful to protect identity). This has never happened to us before and we are grateful.

JG
JaneG
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great view. Wonderful evening with friends.

JB
JohnB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Annie was outstanding. Took extra time to share about points of interest from the amazing view. Food was top notch. Would absolutely return again.

MB
MilfordBill
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each guest had a different entree, and all were outstanding. I enjoyed the filet mignon, which was prepared to perfection. It was simply delicious. Caesar salad was chilled, crisp, and delightful. Ours was served sans anchovy strips.
The bread pudding dessert, while presented beautifully and absolutely delicious, was not your typical bread pudding. It was light and airy.
Adult drinks were perfect and generously poured.

DM
DennisM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is always a nice view from wherever you sit. The server, Debbie, was very nice. We hadn’t been there for awhile and she remembered us. Very well run restaurant.

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RuthT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Ceclia (sp?). She was an excellent server and very attentive. The meal was wonderful.

JD
JanD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been fan of Chef Chris and the whole management/service team at Prima Vista for more years than we can count. The food is always delicious & the drinks are perfect every time. Absolutely our favorite restaurant in this beautiful city we call Cincinnati. Always our first choice for celebrations.

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Sammy
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food with an amazing view and great service. They surprised us with a free dessert for our anniversary.

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vipabharrington
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was very good, but the service, ambience, and view were even better. It was a terrific experience!

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Danny
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server's make sure you don't have an empty glass of water !

CH
ChristinaH
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Annie is outstanding. We have had her service several times and ask for her when we can. The best!!

SL
StephiLynn
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We were just in Cincinnati visiting IKEA, we ate lunch at IKEA. We went on trip advisor and went down the list of top restaurants and Primavista was the first one we could get a reservation (while driving). We weren't expecting to park valet only. The food was so/so. The bruschetta was awful. It was one piece of toast cut into 4 pieces like you would serve a child. The view was the best part. IKEA Swedish meatballs were way better.

JS
vipJamesS
Naples
33 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Very cold in restaurant. Could not convince
Management of that. Food came out very hot, but cooled
Off repaidly. Had to use extra napkins to try and
keep warm. Will NOT return.

CQ
CountyQuirk
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated like VIPs. The view, the staff, the cuisine were all excellent. We will certainly return to this gem.

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PattiP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared the delicious calamari and then I had the Mahi with the crab butter sauce. We shared the honey lemon cannoli for dessert.
Beautiful view and great service !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely amazing and very quick! We had an appetizer, our entree, and then dessert and we were done eating within an hour. Our waitress was very nice and had good recommendations. My boyfriend and I both had the specials for that night, a salmon dish and a shrimp gnocchi dish. Both were excellent and good portion sizes! We shared the Tuscan brownie for dessert, which was super moist and dense. Very delicious! The price of the food is definitely worth it for the wonderful taste, excellent service, and amazing view of the city! 10/10 would recommend for any occasion!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Shrimp not tender or flavorful. Overall great dining experience!

RK
RachelK
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for a great date night, place to celebrate, or just a really great meal? Be sure to check this place out. Great meal, great service, and even better views of the city. Highly recommend checking this place out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and even better food. Great overall experience

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Cathy
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place with wonderful food. We will visit again!

LL
vipLiveLaughLoveEat
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was sooo sweet and kind. The food was amazing and the view is spectacular! Will definitely be returning.

CB
ChrisB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a great view.....loved the experience!

GK
GeorgeK
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for a romantic dinner. The food was fantastic.

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luv2eatout
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. You can’t beat the view!

SS
ScottandShelly
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Primavista did it again! They never fail to impress us with their meals and service. Yet another anniversary shared over great food with great views.

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vipRuthT
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annie was our server, and once again she was excellent and attentive to our food and needs. I would recommend that the servers continue to wear their names on an identifying badge, because if a customer wanted to compliment the server and did not use Open Table, did not use a credit card and paid with cash, it would be more difficult to recall the server's name or describe the server. We love Primavista. We try to come to the restaurant at 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday and frequently provide that information to friends in case they want to join us. We have also received exceptional service from Anthony and the lady with the brunette hair and the warm smile -- see? I don't know her name.

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MichaelW
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great view of the city , outstanding service and quality fare.

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Chestnut
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had seven folks; 4 veal marsala, 1 chiopino, 1 shrimp and knocci and one Salmon.

It was all wonderful!

Our waiter was Anthony, he is top notch!

MM
MerrillM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Annie was gracious and personable. She made this a wonderful experience. The view is great. The restaurant sits above Cincinnati and looks down into the city with a great view of the city and skyline. The food was excellent. My wife had the ravioli which she loved. I had the salmon. The salmon was thoroughly cooked but not overcooked. It was so tender and flavorful. The sauce over it was a mixture of salty and savory flavors that blended so well with the salmon, asparagus, and mushrooms that it was an experience by itself I made good use of the bread that was left to sop it all up. Primavista made our anniversary celebration special. The price is commensurate with the level of service, food and wonderful view. If you eat at the Primavista do not be in a hurry. Take the time to enjoy the service, the view, the food and the ambiance, it is worth it.

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Primavista is rated 4.8 stars by 4386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.