About Primavista

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.

810 Matson Place
Cincinnati, OH 45204
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Vegetarian / Vegan

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

Cross Street:
W. 8th & Price

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 251-6467

Website:
http://www.pvista.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking 4.00 and Street Parking. Driveway is wheel-chair accessible.

Executive Chef:
Christopher Prince

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.

Private Party Contact:
Cristie Reynolds: (513) 251-6467

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Valentines week serving a special menu.
Details coming soon!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

SERVING OUR SPECIAL NYE 3 COURSE 68.00pp Menu exclusively tonight. Please see Manager for details
$20.00 deposit per person, card is not charged unless you no show, or cancel less than 24 hours in advance.

Primavista Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (125)
Romantic (103)
Special Occasion (102)
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Good for a Date (98)
Good for Anniversaries (94)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Worth the Drive (64)
Quiet Conversation (53)
Cozy (45)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Notable Wine List (40)
Authentic (37)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Fun (23)
Business Meals (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Comfort Food (14)
Healthy (12)
Vegan (11)
Casual (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Waterfront (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Seasonal (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
People Watching (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Music (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Being an Italian place, you’re going to get the Italian crowds and we all love them! But sometimes you want a relaxing evening. Noise was an issue but aside from that everything else was very good.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Second year in a row going to Primavista for our anniversary. The view alone is absolutely worth the drive and price if you're seated during golden/blue hour or sunset. The food is excellent - the veal an obvious specialty - with the bruschetta being the best I've had since Florence. Excellent cocktails and wine selection. Valet parking was quick and courteous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Vegan salads were very small for entree. Sides were also very small.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I set this up as a surprise for my wife and I's 18th anniversary. This was both of ours first time visiting the restaurant, and we were not disappointed at all. The service was top notch, and the food portions were perfect. The reviews helped me pick, and they were spot on. I kept seeing some peoole stated that it was over priced, but I disagree. The pricing is what you would expect for a nice romantic evening with great service, and great food. The location is great as well so you can eat, and head downtown in just a few short minutes to entertain yourselves the rest of the evening.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 15, 2017

So many choices on their vegetarian and vegan menus. I was in heaven. The food, service and view were perfect.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Romantic, Vegan, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Never, ever disappointed and we have been going there for over 25years. Excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Party of 4. Service great. Wine selection good. Veal special had some chewy bites. Not common with that cut of meat. Other pasta dishes were great. Cream brûlée dessert was disappointing in that it constituted a very thin glaze across the ramekin dish. May have been excellent but too shallow of a doating on ceramic to tell☹️

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Always a pleasure. We try to come at least twice a year to enjoy the view and the food. Already looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Frank and Joan are the owners, and they are super. The staff are extremely capable, on this visit our waitress was Jasmine. The food will never disappoint you, and the view is the best in Cincy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We love this place. It has the best views of Cincinnati. Great food, great people, great atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Amazing view of the city, and great atmosphere. Food was ok, but not great. Was a little overpriced for the food. Still a great little place for a dinner date.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Always great food, wonderful service and the best view in Cincinnati.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Fun, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

My wife and I went for our anniversary and this place was absolutely amazing. The view was breathtaking, the food was some of the best we have had. Strongly suggest the veal meatballs. There was a salmon special going on that was probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten in my life. The device was outstanding. I could go on and on about this place. Top notch that is for sure.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Second time here and was really looking forward to this as we came here for my wife's birthday. Food was very good, if not excellent. Service was sub-par at best and really put a damper on the entire meal. I'm not sure if our server was overloaded but the "plunk" with which the bill was dropped on our table as our server walked away was noticed by everyone at the table. Definitely below par...

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

What a great experience - we were going to be in Cincinnati for just one evening, and found Primavista when looking for a quiet getaway with great food. It hit the mark on both. From the moment we walked in the door, we were treated as if we were the only ones in the restaurant. Service was impeccable, views are stunning and the food is absolutely delicious. You must try the goat cheese bruschetta, it's over the top. Our water glasses were never below half-full (and I drink a LOT of water), the waitstaff was attentive to our every need without being annoying. While they were busy, we never felt we were being rushed. Valet parking is a great value -- I just can't encourage you enough to try this place, you will not regret it. We'll now be looking for excuses to go to Cincinnati, so we can return to Primavista! Thank you for an amazing evening!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We love coming to Prima Vista as the food, service, & ambiance is awesome!
The only down is the bar area - so very small as if you did not get a seat at the bar you are in the way. I think the only way to enlarge the bar area would be to add-on to the outside of the building.
Prima Vista is definitely a dining only experience (and a GREAT one at that) as sitting at the bar & relaxing is not really an option.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The good was fabulous. We were running late due to traffic and they held our table. Great atmosphere and the staff were very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Dined with a friend on a rainy Friday night in September. View of the river still nice although cloudy. Not a lot of choices on the menu, but what they had all sounded delicious. I ordered the filet mignon medium with optional crab and butter toppings. It was very good, but waitress seemed like not typical toppings even though options listed under the meal on the menu. Quiet atmosphere made it easy to talk. Bathroom stalls very narrow even though big bathroom. Valet service was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 29, 2017

This is the first time I have been here in 17 years and it was an outstanding dining experience. We started with Gnocchi with sautéed rock shrimp, delicious. My wife had the Veal Picatta and I had the chef's Veal special sautéed in a truffle butter. 5 stars! Our waiter, Brian, was very attentive but not obtrusive, excellent service. We will be back soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Another very enjoyable dinner at PrimaVista. Great view! Great food!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Of course, the view is spectacular. We have dined here many times over a period of years, and found it to be consistently good. We especially love the pasta dishes, but the fresh fish was also very good. A very busy place, even early (6:00) on Saturday night. We'll be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 25, 2017

What a unique place! Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and gave us direction on choices and the wines that would pair best. When I asked if any Gluten Free options he mentioned they had a separate menu (still items that are served regularly from main menu) that took out the guessing game for me! It is very aggravating to read a FULL menu and ask waiter questions at restaurants so this took out any stress. Also learned there is a Vegan + Vegetarian menu as well which is beyond helpful! Small gestures like that do go a long way for a restaurant. The food was excellent along with its portion size.

Overall it was a memorable dining experience and I will be returning. Thank you!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Highly recommend! Great service and delicious food! Expensive but worth it!

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Bread was not good .Entrees were not good . Dessert was good. very small portions

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wonderful evening and meal. One of the best salmon dinners I've ever had and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the gnocchi. We will definitely return.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Not at all happy with the table we were given, and the place was empty. We had a 4:30 reservation. Our first time and my friend was from out of town. I had asked for a table with a great view. A couple who was a walk in was seated before us, and we all walked in at the same time. We were seated right next to them. Because of the location of the tables it felt like they were right behind my shoulder. We had different servers, and only a few tables were filled, inly one other party came in while we were there. There was no reason we were seated so close and with a bad view. Our table had a limited view. My friend was right up against a wooden beam so she saw very little of the city, and I couldn't see around it. She would not let me ask for a different table, she is elderly and didn't want the attention. Very, very disappointed with our seating.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The restaurant was very busy so louder than normal but the food is so good it didn't matter. We asked to sit by a window and they accommodated us. Instead of wine, this time we ordered beer. They came out with a bottle and a can and poured it table side. I think for the price, a tap would have been nice. Other than that, we absolutely love the food and the sauces that come on the dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The place is pretty, as is the view. However my filet was burnt on the edges, there was barely any salad dressing on the salad (and the waitress never came back by in time so I could ask for more). The wine was good, but the chocolate martini, not so much. The dessert was delicious. So- mixed reviews. :) It's unlikely we will make a point of returning. But fun for one visit.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The view is spectacular. However the decor is in dire need of an update. Seems dated and worn out. For the prices I would expect a more inviting restaurant. The food is above average but nothing out of the ordinary. $8 fur a mediocre side Cesar salad is a little ridiculous. Service is good. Just kind you're looking at $75 per person

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 18, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants. Anthony, our server, was attentive and fun!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great food. Great view. Great service
Great food. Great view. Great service
Great food. Great view. Great service
Great food. Great view. Great service
Great food. Great view. Great service
Great food. Great view. Great service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We are new in town and Primavista was recommended as a good place to celebrate our anniversary. Everything went very smoothly, friendly server, food came out on time and was very good. Great view of Cincy. Will come back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

My husband and I were in Cincinnati for the Western Southern Tennis Tournament and we had dinner here after a long day at the tournament. We were so happy we decided to keep this reservation. It was a quiet and really nice meal after a long day. The view is outstanding and the food was very good. Our server was very nice and made quite a few good recommendations. The portions were large. I had a very good arugula salad and the bread pudding was also very good.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

The view was over the top. The food is excellent. Parking was a problem as there was no valet service that evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

This was my first time at Primavista. This was always my mother's favorite restaurant. The food and service were very good. The view is excellent. Our waiter was very pleasant. We enjoyed our visit and will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Our first visit will NOT be our last. Primavista was the perfect choice for celebrating a special family birthday. Lois, our server, attended to our every need. She was knowledgeable about the menu, sincere in her recommendations, friendly, kind, and patient. The food was delicious and the timing perfect.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 13, 2017

It has been many years since my last visit to PrImavista. What a welcome return. Our server could not have been more cordial or gracious. WE WILL BE BACK!.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. The service was excellent!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

It was a great experience and would come back.

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 (London)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I had not been to Primavista for many years and it did not disappoint. The view was as wonderful as ever. We had a special occasion and requested a table with a view when booking (about 3 weeks in advance) : We were pleasantly surprised, because it was 7pm on a Friday, to be placed at a table right by the window. This was much appreciated.

Highs: the bruschetta (we ordered as a pre-appetizer), the cocktails, the gnocchi with shrimp (thanks for serving very hot), the filet (ordered medium rare and cooked to perfection) and the tiramisu. The veal scallopini was good but not wonderful.

There is a vegetarian menu but you have to ask for it and it was not mentioned. This confused us initially because we had seen the vegetarian dishes on the website but then they weren't in the menu. I think it should be either mentioned by the server, or have the content integrated into the main menu, or at least put a footnote in the main menu.

Service was attentive without being overbearing. We loved our evening. Thanks!

Tags: Healthy, Vegan, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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