About The Celestial Steakhouse
Four star, Four diamond dinning with a stellar view of the city.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4;00pm - 9:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Free private parking lot across the street from the restaurant. Valet parking option.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Incline: located above the lounge, seats 20-60 guests. The Berkshire: Located in the main dining room, seat 10-26 guests. The Cambridge: Located in the main dinning room, seats 10-24 guests. The Ascott: located in the main dinning room, seats 6-10 guests.
The Celestial Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I went for Valentines Day. They had an abbreviated 3 course menu. Options were acceptable for all three courses. We ordered scallops and shrimp cocktail for our appetizers. The scallops were above average. The shrimp cocktail was average. We ordered the Filet and Strip for our entrees. The steaks were cooked to order, but average. They were served with a sauce\gravy that tasted very much like Poutine. My wife commented that a steak at this price should be able to stand on its own. The third and final course was desert. We had cheese and chocolate cake. Again average. For the price, there are much better options in Cincinnati (The Precinct and Tony's come to mind). I can't imagine us returning.
We had a lovely Valentine's Day dinner at the Celestial. It's an elegant restaurant for a date. Since it was Valentine's Day, we had to choose from a fixed menu which was fine for the main course and appetizers but when it came to the side dishes--since I don't like asparagus, I had to leave part of my dinner on the plate. But to be fair, even though the menu was fixed, there were enough choices for each of the 3 courses to satisfy. My filet mignon was delicious. I ordered it medium well but there was a portion of it that was rare. It was such a large cut, though, I will forgive them.
Fantastic restaurant! Food was amazing. Views are outstanding. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Live music was very good, but is a little loud if you are seated right next to it. If you are not there to listen to the music, just request a table on the second floor or a few tables away from the stage.
We had a great date night at the Celestial. The decor is out dated, you will see that in other reviews. The view of downtown Cincinnati however offsets the decor. Beautiful views of the city. Food and service was over the top. Steaks are fantastic! Our server was Tim and he was great. Go check it out you won’t be disappointed.
We started the night with the crab cake appetizer. It surprised us when it came out and there was only one on the dish with fantastic presentation. After digging in it was clear why there was only one because it was a perfect portion to accommodate the rest of dinner. My girlfriend got the eight ounce filet medium rare, with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. I got the the twelve ounce ribeye with roasted mushrooms, asparagus and a baked potato. The presentation of both meals looked amazing and after digging in to the steaks they were exactly what we were expecting, flawless. The only downfall of the night was we sat upstairs and they happened to be partying below us with a band by the bar. Good music it was just very loud. It was an amazing night with amazing food.
The waiter really spoiled the evening for us by interrupting our meal each time he entered, noisily and busily placing and removing dishes and other items, and overall not being customer service oriented. It was not the special birthday dinner I had envisioned and was let down by the experience.
This is a hidden gem. Not only are the views outstanding (located on the 10th floor), but the food is incredible. The bar is built in a circle and it has live music and the same food as the restaurant, and the same incredible views. Want to propose to someone, THIS is the place to do so.
The steaks were absolutely outstanding. All of the food was great, but the steaks were the highlight of the evening. I'd venture to say better than Ruby's, but that may be personal preference. The wait staff is very friendly and prompt and the view is outstanding. Great place for a drink at their bar with live music from time to time. Definitely pricey, but nothing above what you would expect for a steakhouse.
Scenic view, but outdated decoration. Rack of short ribs was cold when came to table, and the fat on it gave the dish an unpleasant taste. Crab cake was inedible because of too much salt. When my partner called the waiter and told him about the crab cake, his answer was “what do you want me to do?”. In a restaurant as pricey as The Celestial is, we would expect that he would apologize and offer to return the dish, while offering something else before. In summary, very poor service and overall experience.
Restaurant is not being kept up. Lobby chairs w/torn cushions. Bathroom doors need painting. Placed at table w/nice view but so dark that couldn't appreciate food's presentation. Sea bass was bit dry. It doesn't provide an experience that is in line w/the prices.
The two of us had a wonderful meal and very filling too. The seafood risotto was rich and wonderful. The salmon was terrific. I always order their lobster bisque and again I found it great as expected. The atmosphere was very comfortable and the view of the city at night was spectacular. The service was prompt and attentive. I think it's the best thing going for Cincinnati.
Ten of us went to the Celestial to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We chose the Celestial because this is where my husband and I met years ago when we worked as bussers while in college. Several of us in our party worked here about 25 years ago when it was a true fine dining establishment. We were shocked at it's decline. It was so bad it became a joke.
There are two positives to mention: the food was very good and the view was wonderful as always. We had the private room for 10 with a great view, and had a wonderful time.
Everything else was notably bad. The service was poor. We had extremely long breaks without seeing our server. The salad and appetizers came out after the entrees! The food delivery and drink delivery was done with confused chaos. A round of drinks was "forgotten".
But worse than the service was the state of the physical environment. The carpeting is the same as when we worked there over 25 years ago! It is warn down to the subfloor in high traffic areas. The men's bathroom was flooded with active water spraying everywhere the entire night!
What a shame! A potentially beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous view is not being taken care of! Until someone starts to do the right thing and take care of this place, I would not recommend it to anyone.
Total garbage, DO NOT EAT.
This is a restaurant on the edge of failure. We went at 8 PM on a Friday night, and the entire experience was mindblowing. From our inexperienced server, who made a mess with the wine/etc, to how as her only table, she couldn't keep with basic tasks. After being informed that three of the menu items were unavailable, we ordered steaks. (Including the chicken. WTF does a restaurant do to run out of chicken on a dead Saturday night? You can't run to one of the many high end stores and grab a few a start of shift?) The steaks were not good quality, presented to us a different times, and mine was stone cold served on a cold plate. The sides were oily and poorly made. We skipped dessert after hearing the 3 options, all of which came from the freezer. If I was eating at an Applebee's, I would accept this, and pay my $20 and leave. The wine and food prices are shameful, and this place should shut down and reboot. Don't waste your time here, go to a real steakhouse if you want a good meal. If you want the view, stop in for drinks and eat elsewhere.
The experience at The Celestial Steakhouse was one of a kind and will go back soon when given the opportunity. The steaks my date and I ordered were cooked to perfection, although mine was just a little more done, but did nothing to distract from the taste of the steak. The view was spectacular for the special moment of the evening. The Celestial Steakhouse was accommodating to the requests I made to make the evening special. If I know someone that wants to go out on the town or have a special evening with their significant other, I will not hesitate to recommend The Celestial Steakhouse to a person that asks!
I feel bad writing this review because it was the New Years Eve dinner service, but we expected more for the price. Our reservation was for 10pm and we arrived at 9:45pm, only to wait for 45 minutes to be seated. Knowing it was a holiday and very busy this didn't bother us nearly as much as the 30 minutes it took to even be greeted by the host. We stood in line in the cold entry hallway watching flustered employees rush past the line of people waiting to be seated. Patience comes easier once a guest has at least been acknowledged. Once seated service was very friendly and food came out quickly, but was underwhelming. I understand the hectic rush in a restaurant having worked in the industry for years, but the ambiance was lost in the frantic bustle of every employee speeding past. I felt hurried in response when addressed, and beverages were spilled at our table multiple times by waitstaff in their rush. My assumption was overbooked and/or understaffed leading to an average dinner experience I could have spent a fraction of the price on elsewhere. Beautiful view, but freezing cold table next to windows. I would return on a non-holiday hoping for a better experience.
This was the worst experience I have ever had at a fine dining restaurant. We had a reservation at 9:45 and we had to wait for a table for 45 mins. When we were finally seated we were directed to a tiny odd hall wall that you had to walk single file to even get in. The steak was good but everything else was plain and bland... like I would have rather eaten the garlic mashed potatoes at longhorn. Price was out of control for bland food. Service was awkward and just awful. I will never return. Never.
Service was so bad, I didn’t even order dinner. I was made to stand and wait in the lobby for 90 minutes, and was finally seated after 11pm for my 9:45 reservation; there was nobody working the host stand and no employees spoke to me or any of the other 15 guests also waiting there. The phone was ringing off the hook. The owner/manager finally appeared at the host stand, but sat people according to their place in the waiting line rather than by the time of their reservation. At one point he announced he had my table waiting before he knew which reservation was mine, and then made me wait again while he readied the wrong table. When I finally sat down he announced he had changed restaurant policy 48 hours before my reservation: now everyone must order off the $75/person fixed menu. I said I would’ve gladly eaten at steak at 9:45, the time of my reservation. But it was 11:30 before the waitress brought our first drinks and readied herself to take our food order - and I can’t eat a 3-course meal and steak at 11:30pm. The owner/manager lectured me and my entire table, faulting us and his other guests for expecting our reservations to be kept, snapping that he was VERY BUSY!, telling us we had no business choosing our own food after his last-minute choice to fix the menu, and that we should be thankful we got to sit down at all rather than being upset at our wait of 90 min past our reservation. We paid for our single drinks and left without ordering. Long story short, I will absolutely not return to The Celestial until it’s under new management - hands-down worst customer service experience I’ve had at any Cincinnati restaurant, gas station, or fast-food drive thru.
Service was terrible, band from lounge made the entire room buzz, had to return my steak due to it be butterflied and over done- my husbands went cold in the process. Half way through our meal before we received our wine. And creme brulee was served with a fork, but the server said she "might be able to find a spoon." Gratuity was automatically added, so there was no way to even make a statement about how poor our evening was... not what I would expect for a dinner for 2, at a total of $250.
Would not recommend
Food was better than average, atmosphere was terrific, with a great view, but the service is as advertised in other reviews. That is to say not very attentive at all. I would attribute this to the fact that we were forced to give a 20% gratuity on a party of only 5, but in reading past reviews, the level if service is constantly mediocre.
Our New Year's Eve dinner was superb and the service was excellent. This is such a beautiful dining venue with a beautiful view and a long standing tradition. This restaurant does need a facelift and it would serve the owners well to do it sooner than later.
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