Primavista

4.7
3303 reviews
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Italian
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.
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L
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This was my second visit to Primavista. The decor of the restaurant is very outdated, feels straight out of the 70’s without exaggeration. The decor doesn’t really matter because the food and view are exceptional. The service was slow, I nearly joked about maybe not having a server as other tables were already getting drinks and they were sat after us. Anyway, let’s get to the food, the delicious food. So I love calamari and no matter where I get it, it’s usually just ok and too heavily breaded. Well, the calamari at Primavista was the best I’ve ever had it’s so fresh and lightly breaded. The gnocchi with pancetta and peas is so good. My husband had the sausage with pesto and he enjoyed it. I also had the veal saltimboca. I knew what I was getting in to but I felt like it had too much fontina cheese on it. It was still pretty decent. Overall, we were very satisfied with the meal. We had dessert to go and it was very underwhelming. The tiramisu was terrible, I mean really terrible and the bread pudding was just ok. We will definitely go back but skip on the dessert.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Got seating to a wall. It was very uncomfortable for us.
Both our back was hurting bothering & hurting by the time we left

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DW
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both of our meals were great (Veal Marsala and Meatball and spaghetti), and the view was great! Only issue was a guy talking on his phone our entire meal ... very loud and very rude!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were going to a play at The Incline Theatre and this was the perfect place to have dinner. They were conscious of our time while not rushing us. Our server made suggestions and was cognizant of food limitations that we had. Food was great and of course the view was spectacular.

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t
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prima Vista is our go to restaurant to celebrate special occasions, been going there for years

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j
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, great service and fantastic view of the city.

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M
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always amazing, and the.... magnificent !!

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CB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal my wife and I have ever eaten. The rock shrimp and gnocchi appetizer was absolutely amazing, it’s a must order dish.

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D
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

PrimaVista is my very favorite "special occasion" restaurant! What is a more special occasion than dinner with a dear friend who has been through the emotional wringer lately? We had a delightful dinner. The risotto was amazing, as usual. The Chicken "Formaggio", ordered by my friend, received rave reviews. We finished our dinner off by sharing the tiramisu, a delicious choice. I can always count on a remarkable meal with good service when I dine at Prima. And the view as night fell, simply breathtaking.

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K
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Primavista for many years. It is consistently perfect. Great service, tables spaced far apart so privacy is assured, imaginatively prepared food, and of course: a prime vista of the sweep of downtown Cincinnati and the river. Restaurants come and restaurants go. As far as I am concerned, Primavista remains the benchmark.

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MS
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food here continues to be outstanding!
The view is second to none to see the city.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I would recommend Primavista, but only in the evening after dark. The service was very good. The staff was efficient and welcoming. The food was just average. The view from the hill is nice, of course. But the decor needs some serious updating for dining before sunset. All in all it was a positive experience.

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E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Don’t start going there though, because it feels like a west side secret. Let’s keep it that way. Best Restaraunt in town!!!! We love Annie how has been a server there for 10 years. Everyone is so nice and it’s a lovely and romantic setting.

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HC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The view is just spectacular. Highly recommend it.

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RG
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. It’s my go-to for special occasions.

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T
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were told that we could not add to our order since we were the last table. We didn’t mind but thought it was odd.

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y
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing!

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L
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Wonderful view of downtown.

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GW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

One dinger of an entree (out of 4) but otherwise quite good. The ambiance, with the view from every table, is worth the visit especially for an occasion.

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CI
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are trying to impress a date, have a romantic evening, or celebrate a special occasion look no further. This establishment is top quality!

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KD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wine. Attentive staff. Beautiful views.

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DZ
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Obviously the view was an amazing while we ate. Everything was delicious, food and drinks alike

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PQ
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been dining at Primavista for years. Never a bad meal.

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RH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view summons you to scan the City from Price Hill. The staff immediately welcome you and ask if you have a Celebration or important moment you are noting. The food which is moderately priced but very good is brought out and all at your table focus on the presentation. The presentation is nicely transitioned into a flavorable meal. The result is a memorable evening, that will bring you back to Primavista!

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OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my mother’s 88th birthday. I should have made a special point of mentioning it to our waiter but it was still nice.

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PK
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and service was spot on. It was my husband's birthday and Prima Vista was the perfect spot to celebrate.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and extremely courteous, the food was exceptional and the view was perfect. I will definitely go back.

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EM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service and were seated right away.
We never felt hurried. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and will go back again.
Thanks

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cincinnati’s best Italian food, hands down. It is unmatched in other aspects as well. Every seat in the house has a beautiful view of downtown. The service is impeccable. The ambiance lovely. It may very well be my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati ❤️💚

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B
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time. Cannot wait to return! Food is excellent and service superb.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time at Primavista! We will definitely be back.

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JC
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time along with dream service and an amazing meal !!

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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner at Primavista for my Dads birthday. The food was wonderful, atmosphere was nice and service was perfect. A little noisy but overall a great experience.

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DL
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. We came last minute for a little pasta and wine and they accomodated us perfectly. Primavista is truly a Cincinnati gem with a delightful, diverse clientele. Everyone feels welcome and right at home at Primavista. Whether grabbing a casual light meal or an elegant feast - fabulous food, perfect service and wonderful atmosphere is waiting.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my neighbor here for dinner, had a great experience. We had three courses, appetizer, salads, and entres. Server (Allie) wa great, did not feel rushed at all, she timed everything perfectly. We both had the veal special which was very tasty, love the Andouie ( probably spelled wrong ) sauce. Lookong forward to my next visit.

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TS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing time after time!!! Great service and the Red Snapper special was truly delicious. Kudos to Joan and Frank.

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B
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great Service. Good Value

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OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal, with the best view in town.

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MM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and view. The food was very authentic and the garlic butter is amazing.

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OT
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional view of the city and each time we go wonderful meals.We look forward to our visits there.

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