Primavista

4.7
2887 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Primavista, named after our "Premier View", takes your breath away!
Enjoy Chef Chris Prince's award-winning Italian dishes while over-looking the Cincinnati skyline and Ohio River. Primavista, since 1989, is the cozy but elegant creation of Owners Frank and Joan Lenkerd. Along with Chef Chris Prince, Frank and Joan work tirelessly to keep Primavista "Primo" for 25-years and counting!

Because of our long-standing excellent reputation and many awards for "Most Romantic" "Best Scenic View" and "Best Italian", Primavista the perfect spot for all occasions , from Birthdays to Corporate Dinners.
Located just 5 minutes West of downtown, enjoy the breath-taking views of the city while enjoying fine Italian dishes from all regions.

Celebrate your next event at Primavista in one of our two dining rooms. Primavista will create the perfect atmosphere for your next business meeting, celebration, or family gathering. Hosting groups of up to 75 guests.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Sunday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm.
Closed on Monday, except 2/13/2017 and 12/18/2017, open for Dinner
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Phone number
(513) 251-6467
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Prince
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Private party facilities
Celebrate your next event at Primavista in one of our two dining rooms. Primavista will create the perfect atmosphere for your next business meeting, celebration, or family gathering. Hosting groups of up to 75.
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Private party contact
Cristie Reynolds: (513) 251-6467
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W. 8th & Price
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Parking details
Valet Parking 4.00 and Street Parking. Driveway is wheel-chair accessible.
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Special events & promotions
Valentines week serving a special menu.
Details coming soon!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
What 2887 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Super ! Helpful server... delicious food

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious, and the waiters very attentive. My water glass was always full.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is a superb restaurant for a special occasion. Everything is done with 5 Stars in my opinion. The location/overview of Cincinnati and the Ohio River are great. The ambience is exquisite. The service excellent. The food is super.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Service, space, view, and food was excellent. Really couldn’t have asked for more.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food and service were both outstanding. Temperature in the restaurant was too cool, but the food was very hot and delicious. We try to go to someplace we have never been before for our anniversary (53 years on June 19, 2018), and we were delighted with our choice this year.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We always enjoy the food, ambiance and view while having dinner at Prima Vista. It is definitely a gem in the City of Cincinnati.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had a party of seven for my Mother in law's birthday. We had a great servers, and the chef always has a few specials that are unique. The veal dishes are excellent. They have an impressive wine list. The view of the city, river, bridges and surrounding valley and hill creates a special ambiance.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We went to Primavista for Father's Day. The view is spectacular and pretty much every table has a great view. The entrees are a little pricey, but well worth it. There were four of us and everyone's food was fantastic. The service was awesome. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We ate here for Father's Day and it was the perfect setting meal for the celebration. There is an incredible view of the city that is quite mesmerizing. The staff and servers are incredibly polite and knowledgeable about the menu, and everything we ordered was delicious. Loved the bruschetta appetizer in particular. Will definitely return!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The seating is sorta cramped but the overall experience was wonderful. Come with an open mind for for selection

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Amazing food and view! Loved it!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Always love going there the food is excellent and the views are amazing

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Celebrating our 46th anniversary with our son and daughter-in-law. Everything was great - food, service - as usual. Been there many times.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary. Everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Wonderful view, great service, and exceptional meal!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Great! Yes

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Prima Vista is wonderful! The food is matched by the prime view. Has some of the best risotto you'll ever find. Always pleased, and never disappointed. Highly recommend!!!

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

very nice ambiance, attentive service, excellent food and view of the city from atop Price Hill.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Great service, great food, great view and always a pleasure to be at this restaurant. It’s our first choice for any special occasion. We always recommend this restaurant to others because we love this place so much and have for so many years.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

The view and service are great. we love the Italian food and the bread and olive oil and roasted garlic before the meal. Thanks for a quiet evening with friends.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Appetizers and desert were good. The red snapper special was so salty I could not finish it. But my husbands risotto was delicious. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

This is the 5th time I have eaten here. I have never been disappointed in anything.
I was taught years ago to tip based on 3 things. Service, food and attmosphere.
This place does it all.
Parking is a bit odd... but really a non issue relative to all the good.
Go eat there... they take reservations too..... freaking great!!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This is our #1 favorite upscale dining venues. It has really everything. View, great service, good food, parking is easy and reasonable if you use your valet, relaxing, you can still dress up if you like.

We always recommend this treasure on the west side!

3 of my favorite dinners at Primavista
1. Chilean Sea Bass
2. Australian Lamb Chops
3. Osso Bucco

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We have always loved Prima Vista and again it did not disappoint!

Thank you

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

excellent food and service. got us to the show on time. love the view!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent meal and service!

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I had made a reservation on open table and had 2 requests, one that we have a window seat and two that a bottle of my wife's favorite wine be on the table for her birthday. Neither request was completed. We were sat in the back with a column blocking our view. Which I know everyone can't have the best seat in the restaurant but I had made this reservation way in advance. At the end of the meal the waiter mentioned he forgot about the wine request, but that was it. Nothing was said or done to make up for this. I chose this restaurant because we usually go downtown for our fine dining but wanted to try something new. We will not be back to this establishment. The noise level in this restaurant reminded me of a applebees or golden corral. Which is fine for certain settings but not when you want a quiet setting to celebrate. When a manger was walking though asking everyone how their meal was I started to say well actually but the question seems rhetorical for he kept walking. The food was good but the mood the restaurant set did not make for an enjoyable setting. the restaurant seems OK for a business setting with a group of people or families but not for a quiet high end dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Went for dinner with an old friend. Calamari app was great , we both had the special Salmon which was cooked as the chef recommends and it was perfect. The service was very polite, attentive, and did a great job timing each course . And of course the view .......

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Excellent, as always. The food, service and views never disappoint.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Unfortunately, our latest visit may be our last. We have been going for our anniversary for most of the last 20 yrs. While expensive, the food was worth it for special occasions and I would always say Prima Vista was our favorite restaurant. Over the years, the menu choices have substituted foods of lesser quality, for example I would always get the Sea Bass with lobster sauce. It was high quality and would melt in your mouth. Later, the Bass was replaced with Halibut. Still good, but not quite as special. Our last visit, the fish changed to Mahi-mahi and the lobster is now crab. It would be ok if the price reflected the less pricey fish, but it was still $35. Also, though this is just my personal issue, the creme brulee which I ALWAYS ordered was no longer on the menu. While the service was acceptable, it was not as polished as we have grown accustomed to receiving. The waiter had to read the specials off a card where in the past they had them memorized. The owner would always stop at the table to ask us how our meal was, but not this last visit. It made me a bit sad. We would have loved to stay and enjoy the view longer, but without my anticipated dessert (and then my after dessert coffee), we had a shorter celebration.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Wonderful meal and service for our anniversary. The view was incredible. We enjoyed everything!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We loved it. Thought the value and view were great. Can't wait to go bavk

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Only place in Cincinnati to go for veal. Always tender. Creative salad options.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

In just two words totally outstanding the atmosphere, service and thefoodjustcant be described

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We will be back very soon! Loved it! We told everyone we could how amazing the food and service was!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great service, brownie was bit hard but still good! Great food otherwise!!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We began coming to this restroom when it was the Sovereign. We love then, and we love it even more now. The food and ambiance are wonderful.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Everything was perfect!

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Very disappointed with reservation process, requested window table as I had out of town company. When we arrived at restaurant, (actually we were 10 minutes early) the first thing I questioned her about was to make sure that my request for window table had been honored. She informed it was “first come, first served basis” and other people came first. Will not be re visiting your restaurant, very bad customer service. She said it would be possibly an hour to get window table! We stayed, but will not be returning.

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