Primavista

4.8
4186 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 4186 people are saying
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SteveW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatly enjoyed our night out at Primavista. Food and service was as good as we remembered. The view was stunning as always.

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vipMike
Cincinnati
101 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrating a promotion and had a wonderful meal. Been awhile since we were out and really enjoyed our evening. Food was outstanding overall. Started out with the calamari. Silly smooth, but the flavor could use a little spice. The red sauce it was served with was nice, but not very exciting. Split a Caesar salad served on a chilled plate that was very nice. The dinner entrees really stood out. I had the veal saltimbucco and it was perfect. The cheese and prosciutto melded so well and the Demi glacé really set it off well. May just be the best veal in town. My wife had the fish special with crab. Nice mahi-mahi with crab in a lobster butter reduction. Very good bite with loads of flavor. We finished off with the brownie that was outstanding. Maybe the best brownie I have had and paired really will with the caramel gelato. They served it with white bark, but was so thick you had to hammer it to break it up. All very good though. The dinner entrees are better than we remembered and really enjoyed our night. Add in the view and a great evening was had.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, mediocre service.

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WeaGirl
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Delicious cocktail. Arugula salad perfect. Salmon perfect. Our last visit was before Covid. So much better now because the tables are not on top of each other and the servers had plenty of room to move around and not running into each other. Love how we were far from the next table and the dividers between booths. Can't hear others conversations like before. Spectacular like last time but even more spectacular because of spacing. Just a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

View not worth it.

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BillB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been 15 years since I was here and there were fewer tables due to the pandemic which improved the ambiance. The service staff was wonderful. The food was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the arugula salad. We had the fish of the day, mahi mahi, which was done to perfection. Being meaty it is normally overdone. I had never thought of this fish being described as flaky but that was how it was finished. My date had the veal which was slightly overdone, but still enjoyable. The vegetables were perfect. We finished with a sorbet. I look forward to celebrating more special occasions here in the future.

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James
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal. I added the calamari to the salad and enjoyed it as a mini appetizer. The veal piccata was great--tender, lemony, with lots of capers, just how I like it. We skipped dessert since we were already stuffed. Superb service, lots of personnel always checking on us. The menu is rather limited to about 10 dishes but they had options in seafood, steak, veal, and chicken. The view is outstanding. We arrived about an hour before dark and watched the lights come out during the meal. Valet parking was $6 plus tip but worth it. Pricey but worth it.

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SamAbell
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, exceptional service, atmosphere was pleasant and inviting. Definitely can't wait to return.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place for all and the view was awesome!!! The food was wonderful.

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RuthT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony always spoils us to death. It was our 50th anniversary, and we had a grand time.

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cindyh
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! The view is incredible and the food is fabulous. The tiered seating is nice and there isn’t a seat with its back to the windows. The portion was a bit large but was great to take home for lunch the next day. Server was very attentive.

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dontaew
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was amazing . We really enjoyed dining here. We actually look forward to returning.

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JoanC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superior service and amazingly delicious food. The steamed mussels appetizer was so good. My husband and I both enjoyed our delicious mains of veal Marsala and veal piccata. The bread pudding was also delicious and unusual with Marsala soaked raisins. The wine list was comprehensive.
Altogether, just a wonderful experience

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John
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been all around the world and the food was the best I’ve ever eaten, the service was very professional & awesome. I will highly recommend this restaurant to everyone 👍

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vipKellyA
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, great view, great ambiance, great service and great food!

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vipMouse
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was an excellent server who was able to provide specific information regarding menu items. Our food was excellent, the view was fantastic, and the atmosphere was pleasing. We will return to this hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anthony was a great server, food was supreme and setting was perfect for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very charming? Service was fantastic. Operating with limited menu so will go back after they come out of pandemic mode!

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Tess
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. Always a good view! Thanks enjoyed the whol experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had so much fun! Loved our waitress Annie, she was awesome!

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SusanN
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been to a restaurant in a year. Since Primavista is a favorite, we chose it to celebrate our birthdays. Everything was spectacular: the food, the view, and our server. Thank you, Primavista, for exceeding our expectations!

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vipGerardF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentines diner with nice Cincinnati view and snowy weather!
Great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. They do a very good job at refilling your water.

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vipHoneyBadger
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Fast service. Excellent views.

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TimF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Great service by the staff. The view was also amazing. Glad we could get reservations! Will definitely come back.

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vipDabr
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fourth Valentine's dinner at Primavista. We have yet to be disappointed so far. The menu for Valentine's day is varied enough for everyone and I've had fish, chicken, pasta, and beef and all the entrees have been excellent.
So who goes to an Italian restaurant for steak?? I do....I gotta say their filet is out of this world!! One of the best tasting steaks I've come across.
So yeah...go eat at Primavista....take on the great downtown skyline views and eat some wonderful door. I'm guessing you won't regret it.

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LaJon
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

The place felt dingy and the heat source put off an awful oder. The food seemed mediocre for the price. Service was very good and the server was pleasant.

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MoeD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing! The staff, food, and that VIEW, absolutely wonderful.
We went for date night and everything was perfect. The pizza for appetizer was amazing! The price is excellent.
We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We arrived at our scheduled reservation time at 815pm and was told it would be a few minute wait which we expected. As we were waiting 30 min later another couple arrived at their scheduled reservation time which was 8:45 that we overheard. That couple was seated prior to us for whatever reason. Immediately after they were seated they came and let us know our table was ready. My wife and I already frustrated sat at our seats and noticed the couple that was sat before us was seated at the best view of the entire restaurant right next to the windows as we were seated more in the middle of the restaurant. We could not get pictures and did not want to stand up and walk to the better view as it was close to other people considering covid. The food was decent but the service seemed either biased or was a bad mistake either way it definitely changed the mood of our Valentine’s night that we traveled hours to and called multiple restaurants to book that night weeks prior for. I can’t see or understand why anyone in this circumstance wouldn’t atleast question the service or be frustrated.

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DargbasonT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend Primavista. It’s an amazing restaurant with great food, awesome employees and a breath taking view from anywhere in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food and a beautiful view. It was the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day. We’ll be back!

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viprose
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with fabulous service

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AbbieF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Cincinnati to meet your Italian craving! The bruschetta with goat cheese and honey drizzle is a must.

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JennaM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The view was beautiful which made the dinner worth it. The menu was very limited. For how much the entrees were, the food was mediocre (I got the veal Saltimboca and it tasted like cheese pizza). The fried calamari was an excellent appetizer. Would definitely go again on a less busy night.

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and my boyfriend and I enjoyed the wonderful view of the city! We will definitely go back!

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BeverlyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening - veal was outstanding and we really enjoyed our Valentine Day dinner !

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Rammi
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the second we sat down we had the pleasure of having an amazing view. Since it was our first time being here, the Server was very helpful to us , her name was Annie. She explained so detailed and we were able to decide what to eat from her help. We were so happy and excited! I can sit here and write a page long compliment about everything, but go for your self and see it! HIGHLY recommended!

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Veronica
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I felt like the everything was great but I thought there could be more dinner options.

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vipmacdonga
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my daughter's 16th birthday (and three of her friends) at our favorite place.
The staff was amazing and the service was very fast despite it being Valentine's Day. For my wife and I, The salads were great and the pizza was delicious. Calamari was slightly underdone but still good. For the four girls, Arugula Salad with Chicken, Spaghetti and Meatballs X 2 and Penne "Cionni". Sorbetto and Ice Cream cones for dessert. My wife had a chocolate Martini...:) Very reasonable prices and well worth the view!

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Primavista is rated 4.8 stars by 4186 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.