Orchids at Palm Court

4.7
2233 reviews
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$50 and over
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French American
AAA Five-Diamond Award for 2018 - The only restaurant in Ohio and one of just 64 in North America to be awarded Five-Diamonds

Orchids at Palm Court is a fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Dine in a breathtaking 1930s French Art Deco setting with two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel sconces & an original Rookwood pottery fountain.

Orchids features French-Inspired modern American cuisine highlighting the freshest seasonal offerings. The menu is based on availability of the highest quality ingredients using local and organic products including a rooftop beehives and an herb garden.

Additional Accolades include OpenTable's Top 100 Best Restaurant in USA (Seven consecutive years including #7 in 2014), Forbes Four Stars (4 consecutive years), Top Cincinnati Restaurant (Zagat) and American Culinary Federation’s Award of Excellence.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French American
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Hours of operation
Sunday through Thursday 5:30-10:00 PM Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm; Afternoon Tea (First Saturday of the month) 2:00pm-4:00pm
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Phone number
(513) 564-6465
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef George Zappas
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Catering
The hotel has three breathtaking ballrooms and 27 additional banquet rooms perfect for any event from 1-1000.
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Cross street
Race Street
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking. You may park with the bellman on Race Street or pull into the valet parking area, also on Race Street under the green arrow.
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Public transit
TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
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Entertainment
Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court from 6:00pm-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday live jazz music from 5:30pm-12:00am.
Call the 513-564-6465 for music details.
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Special events & promotions
For private parties in Orchids at Palm Court, please call 513-564-6424 for details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The restaurant offers private dining, but the hotel also offers dining in our three ballrooms including the famed "Hall of Mirrors" and 27 additional break-out rooms. The hotel features one of the finest examples of 1930s French art deco.

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What 2233 People Are Saying
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AW
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first time for my birthday. We enjoyed ourselves, food was amazing!

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C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bench seats are too long for short legs, and the bench seat backs too deep to lean back comfortably. The regular chair seats are also very long, prohibiting leaning back in the chair comfortably. The table cloths were too long and dragged on the ground, hence, our feet were tangled up in them. Additionally, the square tables are too long to talk very comfortably in a quiet voice for those us who are a bit hard of hearing. The food was delicious, and the staff knowledgable and attentive. A marvelous experience in a terrific setting.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb cuisine, service and ambience! Valet parking was easy and free with the meal! Will definitely be on my list for special occasions!

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CV
Cincinnati
112 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Executive Chef George Zappas brings the Orchids menu back toward the direction it held under Executive Chef Todd Kelly -- the seasonal ingredients make the dishes work, not vice-versa. The current menu offers great options to comfort the soul during the meandering autumn temperatures. If you're new to the establishment, consider the Taste of Orchids prix-fixe menu from Sundays through Thursdays

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DT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner included 2 elderly persons so Sunday eve was a good choice as restaurant was quieter for good conversation.

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FS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef ranks with the best I have ever had. The drinks are a little expensive but the overall experience was fantastic.

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F
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has now become one of our favorite intimate dinner places available to us in Downtown Cincinnati. Love the Art Deco scene from years gone by. The atmosphere was perfect along with the food, wind and service. Wonderful anniversary spot for sure. Will be bringing out of town guests with us next time for sure.

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LP
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table for 10 celebrating a birthday. As always, Orchids at the Palm Court does not disappoint. The food was exquisite, the service excellent (except for the slow speed at which the first drinks were served) and the atmosphere is great in this historic and elegant venue.

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DS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Meal

Got tasting menu with suggested wine pairing and it was a wonderful treat

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SC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. Definitely going to try the tasting menu next time I come back to Cincinnati.

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E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great anniversary dinner with my special man. And they made it so personal , staff was amazing.

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M
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful venue for a special occasion. We enjoyed a lovely dinner.

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NK
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a special, amazing meal and night!!!!! We stayed 4.5 hours for a full evening complete with cocktails, appetizer, dinner, dessert, and sipping on cognacs! Treat yourself to Orchids and everything this place has to offer! The food was divine, the cocktails were perfect, the staff was superb....especially the Maître 'd, Samantha, who enhanced our evening, by guiding us with our cognac tasting. This place is a MUST for foodies and curious connoisseurs! It was worth every dollar and cent!

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JG
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Other than an extremely long wait for appetizers, everything else was classy and sophisticated

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BK
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was impressed before my husband and I set foot in the restaurant. The restaurant called the day before to confirm our reservation. I had indicated that it was an anniversary on the open table booking. The host checked to see what anniversary it was and also mentioned that we had complimentary valet parking for dining at the restaurant. Once we arrived and were seating we had an anniversary card waiting for us at the table. It was such a nice gesture and my husband and I were blown away at the attention to detail to welcome their guests. The food and service was phenomenal. I cannot wait to dine at Orchids at Pam Court again!

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with only a few hiccups. The presentation of the food worthy of a Michelin recommendation. The creativity of the chef should be commended. The only problem was the taste of the food ranged from good to very good but nowhere near the sublime. When paying top dollar, you expect the taste of one of the dishes to be extraordinary. If they correct this one miss, they’d be in the running for a Michelin Star one day.

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional restaurant. The staff, the menu, the chefs... this is now our third time.

Check them for Easter brunch!!

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SF
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another very good visit to Orchids for our one year anniversary. The food and service were both excellent, just like our other experiences here, and they made a point to repeatedly wish us a happy anniversary even writing out congratulatory messages in chocolate on our dessert plates. We will certainly make trips back in the future.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing, the best birthday dining experience I have ever had!!! Loved every second!

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was wonderful but had to wait an hour for the entre

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DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Orchids at Palm Court was a complete joy! The creative selections with awesome flavors and taste, combined with great, friendly service and amazing architecture made our meals just perfect - just what we were looking for! The 8 course tasting menu is a fantastic culinary journey with surprises and delights at every turn. The wine parings are excellent and really complete each course. They have a very nice selection of wine and creative cocktails, as well.

It is a quiet place with occasional music from a live band at the far other end of the amazing French Art Deco space, so there is a light liveliness to the restaurant. A white table cloth experience, complete with Netherland Plaza custom dinnerware, quality glassware and cutlery but still retaining a relaxed atmosphere. This is our second of what is now an annual trip from Chicago to Cincinnati for a 4-day weekend, staying at the hotel and taking all our meals all at the hotel!! This is a fabulous combination! The lunch menu is wonderful as well, with a fabulous French Onion soup!! And they have a very nice breakfast buffet and menu items, as well! Quality food all around!

We have a fantastic time with the Orchids entire staff, the creative and amazing food - the desserts are also astonishing!! - and then take the elevator home! Or head out on the town for a great night out!! The hotel is a great place to explore - very high design Art Deco everywhere and it is totally amazing to see so much in one place!!! What a great weekend event!! We want to add a huge THANK YOU to Orchids, in addition to the many we said at our dinners!

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JB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wonderful. Food delicious. Beautiful restaurant.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

food was good not great. service and ambience was spectacular. Our sever Ken and the back servers were amazing.

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SL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Orchid was a perfect spot to celebrate my husbands birthday. They went above and beyond to make it special, we will definitely be back for future celebrations!

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SS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time! Our meal was delicious. The cocktails were great and we were also given a few special treats courtesy of the chef. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly. The whole staff made the experience a memorable 1 year anniversary. Loved it!

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c
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing every time we dine there. Thanks to Joel for taking excellent care of us and recommending a fabulous Riesling.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff was spot on, Morgan and Robert our wait staff were excellent. It was our anniversary weekend and the Orchids at Palm Court was the highlight. Was impressed with the little extra touches that the staff provided us. Would travel the 200 miles again just to eat. Thanks to everyone!!

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TL
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

It’s sad, such a magnificent room and hard working waitstaff but the new “Chef” seems to be just a cook. Butternut Squash Isoup was tasteless and the shrimp grennelles were under cooked and added nothing positive.
The blue cheese Beinets also had no flavor, although the rest of the salad was nice and bright. The Halibut and chanterelles were properly cooked but w/ only the singular flavor of tarragon. The strawberry and pistachio custard was also bland w/ indiscernible taste. Highlights were the mission fig amuse busche and the mini deserts. The plates all looked beautiful they merely lacked any taste. I was hoping for a more sophisticated experience but was met with a rather purist approach. I hope he gets things sorted out as I always loved going there. But certainly won’t be making an effort anytime soon.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a level of service that is far above any restaurant in the city and ranks up there with the best anywhere. Food is outstanding as well

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

He service was Amazing!

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d
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the last great restaurants in the city. The large, opulent art deco space is gorgeous, and quiet enough for intimate conversation. The service and atmosphere harken back to the old days of gracious dining. The menu features classic food with contemporary updates. Every dish we had was superb. We happened to reserve on a night when there was a 3-course tasting menu available for the amazing price of $45. Since the portions were smaller, we ordered more courses than normal. The sweetbread preparation was the best I have ever had - the acidity of the pickled beet puree was beautiful against the sweetbreads. Wine list is excellent. The service makes you feel that you the only people in the restaurant (which we were not). Everything about this restaurant is perfection. We will be back.

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GS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can describe our visit in one word... OUTSTANDING!

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WI
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It was way too cold - very uncomfortable for all 4 of us If you need the temp so cold at least have wraps to hand out and notify diners when reservation is made. The halibut was over cooked, lamb fair prices high. With bar music and singer it was too loud for nice conversation. Very disappointing for a special birthday. Dessert was good however

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K
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Besides everything being good, we were well cared for and everyone was happy to help when we needed something ( a lovely 96 yo gentleman in a wheel chair ) We loved the "surprises" especially the little granola bar at the end, yum the next day ! We enjoyed the music, Pamela and Wayne, overall a night of class and enjoyment. Excellent and elegant service! Food with flavor!

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B
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a delight.
You deserve your uniquely great reputation!

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not just a meal but a whole dinning experience! From the stunning decor, the excellent service and the delicious food. The staff makes you feel like royalty. They also have the best brunch in Cincinnati. The price is high, but worth every dollar.

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M
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true dining experience. Food is unique, sophisticated and delicious. Service is great, attentive but not lurking over you and it is great fun as they describe your food choices. It is expensive but the value is really good given the excellent food, service and ambiance. A wonderful place to celebrate special occasions. I highly recommend it and will continue to enjoy this gift in our city.

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CJ
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining, smal and varied menu of really fine food, not a steak house, but a fine dining spot. Impeccable service by a quite personable server, from start to finish. Salmon Tartare appetizer, two parts, smoked and natural, with the smoked being absolutely tasty. Dick breast, w potato and cabbage, used a very nice creamy horseradish sauce as taste treat addition. My darlings Halibut was good, maybe just a bit overdone. Two dessert, chocolate based and cheescake, also as good as any we have enjoyed anywhere. Wine list small, but very good selections ( and easier to make decision, than the 'telephone book' lists at some spots ). Server worked with us on pace, we shared dining over about 2.5 hours. Bon Appetite !

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MS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and a creative menu, very good service. It lived up to its reputation. Was it completely worth the high expense compared to more affordable places?- I'm not positive. I will eat here again and am already looking forward to it; but it wont be for a while.

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YS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to the restaurant for the first time to celebrate our anniversary, and we were very pleased and satisfied with everything. Beautiful atmosphere, extremely professional and friendly staff, exceptional service, and an incredible variety of top-drawer fare, all supported by pleasant, jazz-oriented music, combined to highlight the restaurant's art-deco theme. Thank you very much for a truly world-class experience.

Sincerely,
Lena & Jim Schwartz

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