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An Art Deco dining experience.  - 1931, Cincinnati, OH

1931

4.0
4
266 Reviews
$50 and over
American
Experience Casual Elegance at 1931 in Cincinnati's Historic Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel

Tucked away in downtown Cincinnati's iconic Hilton Netherland Plaza, the 1931 invites you to dine in sophisticated style. This art deco jewel evokes the glamour of a bygone era with its soaring painted ceilings, marble columns, and Rookwood pottery. While the setting transports you back in time, the cuisine is decidedly modern, with American fare and creative cocktails.

The versatile menu features breakfast classics like fluffy pancakes and savory eggs benedict. Lunch brings soups, salads, and sandwiches, while dinner tempts with dishes like Citrus-Glazed Salmon, Peppercorn-crusted Ribeye, and Pappardelle & Braised Beef Short Rib Ragout.

Whether you're seeking breakfast, lunch, or romantic dinner, the 1931 excellent service ensures a memorable experience. Its proximity to the convention center, theatres, and stadiums is also a convenient pre-event spot for a bite and cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (513) 564-6465
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Bruce Dillon
  • Neighborhood
    Cincinnati
  • Cross street
    Race Street and 5th Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter Brunch

    $89.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Join us for an Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet at 1931 in the Hilton Netherland Plaza on March 31st. The menu will feature artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. Seasonal salads. Carving stations with prime rib, lamb, and brown sugar-glazed ham. Seafood station. Braised beef short ribs, grilled salmon, and other entrées & sides. An assortment of desserts, such as cakes, tarts, and pastries Pricing: Adults: $89 plus applicable taxes Children ages 5-12: $45 per child plus applicable taxes Seniors: $69 per person plus applicable taxes We kindly ask that you provide us with 72 hours' notice if you need to cancel or change your reservation to avoid cancellation fees. Valet parking is included. We regret that we cannot accommodate a la carte orders.
    Easter Brunch Photo
  • Weekend Breakfast Buffet

    $42.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    You can experience all the best parts of the weekend in one place. Our delicious buffet offers many options, handcrafted cocktails, and a unique art deco atmosphere that will make it an unforgettable experience. Whether you are joining us before you head to the Bengals game or the morning after a wedding weekend, you will find spectacular service and tasteful food that will make you come back for more. Enjoy all of the phenomenal weekend breakfast buffet at $42 per guest. Add a bottomless mimosa for $19 per guest to add a bit of bubbly to your experience.

What 266 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Great for brunch

  • Cincinnati

    Great for brunch

266 Reviews
  1. RussellM

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They no longer validate parking and the service was incredibly slow so I spent $21 to park. Had to wait 30 miniutes to be seated because they are understaffed. Service was slow. Food was good and the decor is wonderful, but I can get commparable food with faster service and free parking at Seasons 52.

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  2. PhantomGourmetinCincy

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    the kitchen did not do any prep to ensure that dishes were either consistent or made with quality. we ordered approximately 7 dishes; all but the crab cakes were either poorly prepared, over-seasoned, overcooked, lacking in flavor, and generally inedible. I left nearly 85 percent of the food on each plate. It was a complete bust for a valentine's day dinner. On top of that, despite 90 percent of the dishes being inedible, they didn't comp more than 1-2 of the least expensive dishes. Bear in mind that this place is charging 44 dollars for 4 scallops that were rubberized overcooked and combined with ill-tasting sides. It's not cheap. Don't expect too much.

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  3. mman

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a OpenTable reservation for a restaurant that wasn't open !!! Shame on OpenTable that this is even possible. They shoved us in the Hotel Bar to get some Bar food. Noisy & crowded. Nobody in the building even knows 1931 as a restaurant. We miss Orchid. Don't be fooled thinking this is an equivalent. It most certainly is not !!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most beautiful setting in Cincy! The opulence & grandeur of the 30s paired with delicious food. It has been a favorite spot for us for 30 years.

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  5. GwenW

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The service in the beginning was very slow. Had to ask for water and coffee when we sat down. It did get better. You come to the palm Court for not only the food but the service! There was no cream cheese for the lox, which I thought was strange when you had all the other things that go with Lox.

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  6. KrisH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Setting is gorgeous and worth the price of brunch. Food is not. Not much variety, no green vegetables besides a plain salad, no desserts and many dishes were cold. Ten years ago this was by far the most elegant brunch in town but not anymore.

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  7. MarkusS

    New York City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was very good. The food was exceptional, even though given the price, there should have been more options.

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  8. JezzieO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely try the brunch buffet. Also just the breakfast menu in its self is ahhhmazing. Coffee served in your own crafe ! !! Awesome service with a smile. Great recommendations. Dinner was a delight. Even though they were very busy, they were still on point! Ambiance excellent. Jazz band with a beautiful singer! Drinks were beautifuland flavorful! Generous salads with fresh crisp lettuce!!! Steak cut and cooked to perfection. Decadent desserts! I'll be back!!

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  9. Lana

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Waited 20 minutes to be seated, then food service closed. Buffet offered limited choices. Very slow service. Asked for manager who never came.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s just not what it used to be but that was one of the most beautiful places

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  11. KimN

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Orchids at the Palm Court was a wonderful high end restaurant that used to serve spectacular holiday buffets. The restaurant closed, and this Christmas buffet was served by the Palm Court Grill in the Hilton Netherland. Each adult was charged $116. This covered the buffet cost, tax and 20% tip. The Orchids buffet was always expensive, but the food and service was outstanding. The Orchids never opened after Covid. Calling the new restaurant Palm Court Grill, serving a Dickens brunch (like the Orchids) , and the high cost led me to believe it would be at the same standard as the old holiday brunch. It was nowhere near. Our reservation was for 1:00. We were seated at 1:30. There was no omelet station or English fare dishes like the old Orchids Dickens brunch. Most of the dishes were empty on our first go around. The meat at the carving station was cold. The only knives at the table was a butter knife. It made it difficult to cut the meat. I asked for a meat knife and received one nearly fifteen minutes later. The side dishes were average with items such as ravioli and hash browns. The decor is wonderful, but the food and service do not come close to the price paid. We won’t be back, but we’ll always have the wonderful memories from the old Orchids at the Palm Court restaurant.

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  12. JessicaA

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Ants in the fruit. Was not told about bottomless mimosas. Some dishes never refilled. Not a full cut of prime rib. Dirty table cloth. Dirty glasses. This used to be great. I keep coming back in hopes that it will be.

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  13. StacyH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the piano and carolers, beautiful setting.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful as was the service. The host station needs help. They seem to get overwhelmed and the seating gets backed up and it’s not a great experience. Overall, a great Christmas Eve meal and experience.

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  15. dawn

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely but not as good as last year. It seemed like it took awhile to replenish buffet items and there were less dessert options

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    I have been going there for many years. I won’t do it again. The pesters wee bad. The prime rib was stringy. No cream with waffles. No crab legs. Last round I use open table.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a special occasion. I was ready to pay a bit more for an experience. However, I didn’t feel it was worth the price. Good was ok, service was fine but bill gave me sticker shock! It wasn’t spectacular. We can say we did it for the holidays.

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  18. MaureenH

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Buffet is nice and ambiance is festive, but the brunch is overpriced.

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  19. YummyFood

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Such a beautiful room that should be coveted quiet because hardly anyone was there. This was a Christmas lunch at noon. Our server was very nice. French onion soup was very good but had to have warmed up. Had salmon which was dry. Would have appreciated not having to look at the yellow “ wet floor” sign while dining understaffed because our server looked like she had to do everything. We had a lovely time together remembering how lively it used to to be. This place is a real treasure and should be brought back to its former glory..just sad. (Can they get rid of the ugly teal walls in the hotel foyer?…just sayin)

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  20. RoyS

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been going on and off for 20 years. Always enjoy the food, the Christmas piano music and the Christmas carols. Good time had by all.

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  21. JeffZ

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Adequate service, but the food has declined in the time since Todd Kelly was the chef. Not terrible, but just adequate.

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  22. HollyW

    Cincinnati

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Dickens brunch never disappoints. The food, service, ambiance and carolers were all amazing. We had a wonderful time. Highly recommend.

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  23. WaltD

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit pricy but delivers on outstanding food and service

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  24. Yummiefood

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambiance is great, waiter was a little much for my tases, especially since it is a buffet.

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  25. ScottR

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful. We have been going to buffet on Sunday for years and love to go as a family group at Christmas. Beautiful room and great food.

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  26. markr

    Columbus

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a great buffet to hit before a game. It's a little pricy but delicious.

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  27. AngelaC

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful and the service was great! I highly recommend!

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  28. Joandiner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Cold and dry turkey; cold gravy;’no mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving;cold prime rib. Overall very disappointing. Not like it used to be. Bring back Todd Kelly!

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  29. TramE

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Definitely not worth the price. I understand that it is all you can eat, which is great, but the quality of food is just not up to par. We went for thanksgiving brunch and the pies looked like they were from Kroger. Great concept but poor execution. Would love to come back but just need the quality to match the price tag 👍

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  30. Lazarus

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Thanksgiving - This was the first time we had been to the Palm Court buffet. We showed up 15 minutes prior to our reservation, but were actually seated about 15 minutes past the reservation. Since they only allow a specific amount of time for each size party, this made us a little nervous, but it appeared the delay was because they were not, in fact, holding people to their time (which I'm good with). It took an unusually long time (5-10 minutes) for someone to stop by our table to get a drink order and explain the buffet (again, we felt the clock ticking), but after that she was attentive. The food was decent, though the cheese plate had been decimated and it took a long time for them to bring a replacement. Choice was good, especially fish. The crowd was older, perhaps a little older than we felt like we fit in with. Valet parking was easy and quick and the meal was good; however, I am not sure it was worth $250 for two people (with a drink). I was glad we went but next time will probably opt for a really upscale restaurant for the same price.

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  31. DaytonBob

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great Thanksgiving buffet. Honestly a wonderful experience.

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  32. FredZ

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lots of choice for the Thanksgiving buffet. Love the Art Deco interior.

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  33. YvonneH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated right away and found the buffet to be beautiful and well stocked. One disappointment was that there weren’t any mashed potatoes with the Thanksgiving turkey. I tried the turkey and the prime rib (ham was offered as well). Both were tender and very good. Many sides were offered as well as multiple desserts in near bite size pieces. Loved that! We could sample a wide variety of sweet treats at meal’s end. Service was very good as was the valet parking.

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  34. DaleJ

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived earlier than our scheduled time and the host and hostess advised us that they would seat us as soon as possible but it may be close to our designated time. We were seated five minutes from our arrival. Excellent service! We were excited about the Palm Court having this great Thanksgiving meal. The food was delicious. Thank you!

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  35. Gregarvas

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lovely, food exceptional, service excellent. So very happy Palm Court is, again, doing Thanksgiving. I understand Sunday bunch is coming back and a Dickinson dinner for Christmas. Such a treasure we have with the Netherland Hotel!

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  36. MaximusDecus

    West Virginia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We did the Thanksgiving Brunch. It was excllent. The service was excellent, the servers were very nice and they were constantly attentive to our needs. The food was great, they had breakfast and turkey, ham, prime rib with all the fixins!

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  37. BrookeB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent spread of food; a number of unique and tasty vegetarian food. Service was wonderful and the restored 1930’s art deco hotel was superb. Loved it, will go again!

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  38. MelanieM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    While our overall experience was good and we would consider coming back another Thanksgiving, the price of the buffet would have to be much less. The amount we paid for two people did not equal the quality and selection of the food. We would recommend it only after a price reduction.

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  39. susanv

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very beautiful place but I felt the food was very mediocre and ridiculous expensive. If you are interested in quantity they had a ton of food. But I was not impressed with quality at all. Plus who has a thanksgiving meal and leaves off mashed potatoes and gravy! Will not be back.

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  40. FUDMAN

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been wanting to go here for a long time for brunch. And the perfect combo of family in town and Bengals v Seahawks football game made for the ideal opportunity. Service was right on point and the food was excellent except the cooked salmon which was dry. The prime rib, shrimp and grits and the peach cobbler were standouts. Bottomless mimosas got us in the right mood and timing was perfect with service. Signage to the restaurant was a bit obscure but we found our way ok. There was a weird cat meowing noise for much of our meal ??? So that was a thing. All in all would definitely do it again for a special occasion.

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FAQs

1931 is rated 4 stars by 266 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for 1931

35 W 5th St, #2801, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Race Street and 5th Street
  • Neighborhood
    Cincinnati
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:30 am Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–1:00 am Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Bruce Dillon
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (513) 564-6465
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