Overlook Kitchen + Bar

3.0
22 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Welcome to Overlook Kitchen + Bar at The Summit Hotel.
Indulge in handcrafted cocktails featuring the finest local ingredients in this trendy, casual environment.
Located on the fourth floor, Overlook Kitchen + Bar is your go-to for cocktails made with fresh, local ingredients and irresistible dishes featuring local, seasonal produce and artisan meats. Grab a seat at the bar or head to the 3,800 sq ft outdoor patio for cocktails and conversation alongside commanding views.
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Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Eating at the Overlook classifies as THE worst Cincinnati dining experience in at least 35 years. The noise exceeded anything that one might consider acceptable. The menu featured about 7 main course options. The food ranked as one of the worst presentations and quality in memory. Three of us ordered rib eye steak. It came improperly prepared with cold plated vegetables. Returned 3 of the main courses (all steaks) and they came out worse than the first try. By then, more people had arrived at the bar and the noise level exceeded what we could tolerate. We chose not to return the main dishes again. Overall experience was terrible. Will never go back.

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JA
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

To begin, the thermostat by our table was registered at 30`. The service was bad.....considering we were the only 2 in the restaurant. Food was avg & over priced

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K
Cincinnati
89 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Based on earlier reviews and our experience Saturday night, I'd say they're working on improving their overall product.

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TY
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful. Dan was our server and he went above and beyond. The food was delicious and they were accommodating to our allergies. It was a bit louder than normal because the hotel was having an event. But it is to be expected if a hotel restaurant. Can't wait to go again. It is definitely a new favorite.

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Came here on NYE and the restaurant was nearly empty, but the servers still managed to be hopelessly slow. One bartender on staff making craft cocktails at a rate of about 2 minutes per cocktail meant that it took forever to get a drink, even a glass of wine! Waiter was totally inattentive, wrong food was delivered to our table. Food was decent at best. I don't get all the hype about the ambiance. I think the giant paint splats on the wall look tacky, rather than the 70's decor they were attempting to shoot for. Absolutely will not return.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

I picked this place because they were the only place in town accepting reservations for Christmas Eve. What a strange place. In a hotel in the middle of nowhere. Few signs. We drove around, and finally asked someone in the hotel. The restaurant was on the fourth floor, and was huge, but the design was strange. Our server was nice, but tried way too hard, especially when we were obviously engrossed in talking and unwrapping presents. He was clueless. The menu was confusing. Trying to be fancy and upscale, and failed miserably. It was also very over priced. Skip it. Wish we do. Totally not worth the money.

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H
Cincinnati
45 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Needs time. Good spirits among the staff. Food was good; could broaden menu.

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RA
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

We will mention the good stuff first, great drinks in the bar, awesome friendly service from everyone we encountered, and delicious food.
Now the awful; It amazes me that huge company can build a beautiful ultra modern hotel and not do a better job of designing the restaurant to avoid the outlandish level of NOISE. The constant din is unbelievable. The sound bounces off every surface and is unrelieved by an fabric, sound barriers or drapes. We could hear conversations at tables 20 feet away! It boggled our minds that in this environment they would choose to have a band! That added insult to injury. We will never come back as long as this dining space is in the shape it's in today.

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m
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Relatively new and as of yet undiscovered. It's in the Summit Hotel at Medpace.
Good food and service. Good live (but not loud) music. Not a lot of ambiance... bad lighting,
but that can be fixed. Very accommodating staff. Valet or free parking available.
Great outdoor seating with a view in the warm weather months.

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BR
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

This place has everything going for it. However, you would never know that it was there. It is located in a hotel off of Redbank Road that you would also, not know it is there. The restaurant is on the fourth floor of the hotel. However, either I missed it or never saw any information that’s where it was located. On the night that we visited the restaurant, I had asked for a very quiet table but there was a very loud and boisterous group in the restaurant. So, they were nice enough to let us in the breakfast area which is a completely different room but the whole time we in another couple at dinner we could hear the 10 or 12 people screaming in the other room. You would think that the manager would ask them to keep the sound down a bit but it was not too busy so it only bothered us and the other couple. Our waiter was fantastic. I can’t say the same for my ribeye which was a bit thin and not really worth the price charged. With a little bit of work in more advertising, I hope that they are able to get a bit busier as we were there on Friday evening. I wish them luck and I hope things work out.

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E
Cincinnati
92 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food left a lot to be desired. Must be very difficult to be a server going through a chef transition. The wine was good!

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MP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

At the end of the day, this is a hotel restaurant. Not a fine dining hotel restaurant but a lunch room of sorts that offers meals and has a bar. If the Contemporary Art Center had a full service bar/caffeteria, this is what I would expect it to look and feel like.

I made a reservation after reading good reviews on Yelp and Open Table and I purchased a voucher for a 3 course dinner for 2 to give it a try. We used the voucher for our anniversary dinner. I was expecting this place to be busy and full

On the 4th floor, nobody was attending the hostess stand, and it is clear that there was no need to staff it with 2 men finishing a meal when we arrived. By the time we left at 8:30ish, there was another couple eating...a total of 6 diners between 7p-8:30 that we saw. The restaurant was empty and the place next door was very loud due to a party in that space. The service was extremely casual...jeans and botton down shirts and every interaction ended in "you guys". There are TVs encasing the bar and all the furniture is modern. We chose a booth and the seats were low with the table hitting us at chest height. Both of us ordered Kentucky mules and I have to say that it was a very good drink. Our voucher allowed us to choose 2xs any salad/soup, entree and dessert - we both selected the Gem Lettuce Salad and Ribeye entree and one had the cheesecake and the other had brownie/ice cream for dessert. The salad was good, the ribeye was cooked properly but there wasn't much to it. It was more of a thin breakfast ribeye size, not $32 worth for an entree. Everything was a la carte. We summed up the list price of our meals which would have approached $50 each without drinks. This was definitely not an atmosphere or food experience with drinks worth $120 plus tip.

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A
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

We went at 8 pm on a Friday night. We had a reservation for that time. We arrived and a company was there having a large fundraiser. The noise of the event was deafening. Still, we hunted around for the hostess, who never appeared. We waited at the opening to the bar, by the hostess stand, and finally an adorable young man appeared from behind the bar and seated us. We waited and waited for a server. Noise level was so loud that we couldn’t talk. Frustrated, we left.

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N
Cincinnati
46 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Still working out the kinks here-
Many items on the menu not available, no hostess on duty
Menu is almost too eclectic to find good combinations to enjoy and share

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P
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I really wanted to like this place as it is fairly close to my home. They were unfortunately very understaffed for the evening with one person tending bar and serving tables, which was particularly difficult because the tables are not visible from the bar. The gentleman who was on duty was definitely trying his best and had a good attitude, but clearly could not provide the right level of service under the circumstances. My favorite part was when one of the kitchen staff brought our food out and put it on a tray stand (obviously so the server could then present it) but the server wasn’t anywhere to be seen, the kitchen staff member just left with our food sitting there getting cold. We just stood up and grabbed our own plates! Food was actually good, so there is potential. I was also very underwhelmed with the ambiance - it felt very much like a hospital cafeteria - very bright lights with a cold, sterile feel. I think they were shooting for modern but the design missed the mark. I hope my visit was an anomaly and/or they improve. I’d love to have a great restaurant in this location!

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M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to Overlook Kitchen & Bar for Cincinnati Restaurant week. The special menu looked amazing. Food could only be described as average for the price. A lot of places in Cincinnati with way more amazing tasting food options for equal or less than we paid here.

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M
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Birthday was good

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rough night. Hotel decor/ambiance was great. Restaurant disappointed. Hostess walked past us without acknowledging us. Service was slow. 15 minutes for water. Drink had to be sent back twice. No substitutions allowed on cheese plate to accommodate kosher eater. 2 of 3 entrees were burnt. They comped one. Duck entree was delicious.

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HM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was excellent however the service did not match the quality of the food. We ordered a charcuterie board to start the meal. It was literally plopped down in front of us with no explanation of the types of meats and cheeses. Our dinner plates were never cleared even after the server asked if we were finished. The server brought the bill without offering us the opportunity to order dessert even though we told the night manager that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday.

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RD
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A very contemporary venue. Obviously new and in need of refinement. But a fun experience in a very different kind of place in Cincinnati. The food was not fabulous, but I think it can be with some time. Look forward to seeing this place mature.

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LD
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting experience in the new Summit Hotel. Great food. Will book again.

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LG
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

They need to offer some standard fare like burgers. It’s a great location but the food is a little pretentious. More wines by the glass.

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