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About Symphony Hotel Restaurant
The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant features contemporary, seasonal New-American cuisine in a setting that combines stunning Italianate architecture with elegant historical furnishings. The sophisticated bar and lounge are a welcoming spot for before and after dinner drinks and for live jazz music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Renowned for five-course dining before Music Hall showings, The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant provides an intimate experience without having to miss the opening act. *Pre-Concert Dinning: Make reservations between 5 and 6pm for an 8pm Music Hall concert.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
French American, Vegetarian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dining: 5 - 9pm
Bar/Lounge: 5 - 10pm, Live Music 7-9:30
Friday & Saturday
Dining: 5 - 10:30pm
Bar/Lounge: 5 - 11pm, Live Music 8-11pm
Brunch: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Elm Street and Central Parkwy
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Visit our lounge/bar and tasting room where live music, mostly jazz, is performed every weekend. Our lounge menu offers craft cocktails, specialty beers, and chef’s selection of appetizers including his signature crab cakes. Taste wine or bourbon flights fireside in our exclusive tasting room. If you want the outdoors, our bar will provide buckets of beer, bottles of wine and carafes of homemade sangria, mimosa, or bloody Mary’s to share with your companion around our fire pit on our rooftop deck.
We offer parking for hotel guests only. Restaurant patrons can park in Washington Park garage 1/2 block walk, WGUC garage 1 block walk or there is street parking that is metered until 9pm.
The street car will stop on the corner of Elm and W. 14th Streets. 1/2 block walk.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Symphony Hotel Restaurant can accommodate all your special event needs.
Symphony Hotel Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We arrived after the kitchen had closed- but since the chef was still around they offered to make us the 5 course meal if we so chose. We ended up only getting dessert so that we were able to spend more time talking rather than eating. Our waiter, Buz was outstanding and made sure to reiterate that they could still make us food if we wanted. We really appreciated the understanding and he made us feel special- even if it was just for a short while. We are already planning another dinner date. Hopefully a little earlier in the night!
My fiancé and I went to dinner on Valentine's Day. The service in the main dining room was horrendous. After approximately 40 minutes we received water and no drinks or soups. Other tables around us either got up and left or were complaining about the wait. The wait staff was totally overwhelmed despite the set menu. I have never gotten up and left a restaurant before due to poor service or provided a review on-line. It was so disappointing, because I had heard great things about Symphony. Unfortunately, I won't be returning to find out if this was an exception to the rule. Maybe on a regular evening the service/food is wonderful, but for the holiday it was an absolute zero.
My wife and I recently moved to the area and decided to try this restaurant to celebrate Valentine's Day. When we were were seated right next to the two piece band, I was concerned it would be too loud but the window location kept me hooked. Our energetic server was very informative about the prix fixe menu and brought our drinks as ordered promptly and not too weak as has become the norm at most restaurants. While the menu isn't deep, it appears each dish is well thought through, and the Chef added a few extra selections for the evening. For our 5 course meal, my wife ordered the butternut squash soup and I ordered a homemade chicken noodle, and both were excellent. I'm not a salad guy but I really enjoyed mine but my wife wasn't as impressed. I ordered the pan roasted hanger steak and my wife ordered the amish chicken. Both were excellent, juicy, and flavorful, and the side items and sauces were just as satisfying. The creme brûlée and the heart shaped double chocolate cake were a great ending to a special evening. The live music was a bit too loud because we were so close but we did enjoy the vibe and it added a romantic ambience to the room. We will definitely make a return visit.
My husband and I went for Valentines day. I know this is normally a busy day and it was. However, the service was really spotty. It seemed to be more inexperience than anything. For instance, we were offered bread and accepted but after visiting us three times for other stuff, we had to ask for it repeatedly. The high end cocktails were nothing special. The food was good but I had some issues later that night that was probably more about eating marinated red meat than anything they did but it made me wonder.
What we found interesting is that the wait staff seemed to indicate to other diners that the sliced Hanger Steak they were serving was part of a Ribeye...it's not. Hanger Steak is a tougher cut that usually requires it be marinated (which is probably why I had some stomach rumblings after dinner) to break down the tissue. A Ribeye is more marbled and flavorful. It wasn't clear if this was innocent ignorance or deliberate. I would hope it was simply ignorance. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt. The service was really slow and spotty and I think it was mostly because it was a busy night and perhaps our waiter was not that experienced.
The place is tight and they did seat us in a corner when asked if we could get a table that wasn't on top of our neighbor. What we missed out on though was the live jazz music in the bar area.
Our food was good and the portions were okay. However, the chocolate cake heart dessert was the highlight of the meal. Our bill was over $150 (including tip) for two 3 course meals from a limited menu and a couple drinks. This is fairly typical of what we spend but we normally enjoy it much more.
SO...if you go, sit in the bar area, drink beer or wine, avoid busy times, don't order the steak but DO get dessert and you should be fine.
I love this place. We only live a few blocks away, and I love the option of a quiet, romantic restaurant so close. I really appreciated the fact that I was able to avoid animal products when ordering off the five course menu. Had to make a couple of special requests but it was easy and the food was delicious, as always.
We had made reservations and were seated promptly but service was somewhat slow
Our waitress did not spend much time on explaining the menu
Although not recommended by the server, we asked for the three course. Food was good
Found out after we finished that we overheard another server tell a table about additional available deserts
The other irritating item is that the bartender was serving the adjoining table and he talked so long explaining how great everything including his skills were!
I was disappointed
Valentine's Day dinner was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. The live music was soft enough to enjoy a great conversation, and yet enough to hear and appreciate. The musicians were friendly and perfect for the evening. Kudos to the chef, the management, hostess, and servers and live musicians. Food was hot, on-time and the best meal we have had for awhile. Romantic Valentine's Dinner. Thank you to to Hotel Symphony. We will definitely be back!
I've been wanting to eat at this restaurant for a long time. We were there for the Sunday Brunch which was excellent. The omelets and fruit were delicious and fresh. The room was very inviting, however, the tables are too close together. I would prefer fewer tables and have the other rooms available as well. But overall the food and dining experience is well worth a visit. We plan to return!
Went for dinner prior to a show at Music Hall in the next block. Interesting artwork in a restored old home provides a lovely setting. Nice bourbon list (although they were out of my favorite, Elmer T. Lee) so we started with a bourbon flight of four. We opted for the three course dinner as sides are included with the entree, and the wine list was very nice. The butternut squash soup was the best I've ever had. The steak dinner with brussel sprouts and au gratin potatoes was perfect, as was the salmon special with spinach risotto. For dessert the chocolate pot de creme and the creme brulee were both just right to finish off a lovely meal. The servers are attentive without being intrusive and are mindful that most patrons are on their way to a performance and pace their service accordingly.
We especially love this place for pre-symphony dinner. It would be hard to beat the meal or the wine list anyplace else, and what could be more convenient for a symphony-goer? Park once, have a great meal and then stroll a hundred yards to Music Hall. The setting is snug, but noise is at a civilized level. The young staff is friendly and hard-working. But be smart: book well in advance.
An outstanding Hotel and Restaurant everything included for as Jazz, comfort, eating, history, romantic setting all you can ask for throughout the day and night...A wonderful bunch in the morning and the Waitress were excellent. The food Tasty and it was very Quiet. The room was Fabulous, I loved it...The Chef outstanding food and management great experience....
We enjoyed our dinner at the Symphony Restaurant. We were there for my husband’s birthday and the restaurant staff made sure that we had the table we wanted near the band. The food is a great value. We had the 3 course dinners (prime rib and vegetarian options). Both main dishes were yummy and reasonably priced. We enjoyed a leisurely evening with great food, a nice bottle of wine, delicious desserts and fantastic live music. We appreciated Buzz and others on the restaurant team for their friendly and accommodating service!
We stayed overnight at the hotel which should have been the perfect choice. While the hotel is a good value and has beautiful rooms the hotel management was not gracious or friendly, which is a real shame. It’s a cool place and really could be spectacular.
Food and service were good when I went for Sunday brunch. I had French toast which was a manageable (not overwhelming) 3 half slices. It came with 2 sides. The interior of the restaurant is very unique (restored) and that alone is worth the visit. The tables are closely spaced but it didn’t make for a noisy room. My chair was directly over a floor heating register so that made it a bit warm sitting.
Always wanted to stay here and dine here after spending many nights here bringing out of town guests here for the live jazz and great cocktails. We brought a couple for dinner before the Pops and the food was amazing. Although you could tell they were short staff the servers worked as a team to make sure everyone could make it to the show on time. The bartender is Buzz is the best! He is a professional in every way. They also have an outdoor patio with a firepit. The rooms are unique and are named after different composers. We had brunch the next morning and enjoyed that as well. We will be back. And it includes a parking garage for free for hotel guests.
My husband and I are always looking for a place to eat dinner with some soft, live music. This was a great place. Nice ambiance and band. The food was just perfect, we were full but not miserably stuffed. After dinner we stayed to listen to the band for a while. I thought the food was priced well and it was delicious. Loved the squash soup.
We have never had anything but wonderful food, cocktails, service and good times there. The symphony is the perfect place for true enjoyment; the curated course menu makes ordering easy with assurance of fresh fare; the cocktails are perfect from old school (Gimlet) to creative (Dark Knight); the ambience is intimate and sophisticated yet vibey...i.e. you can have meaningful conversation with excellent live jazz wafting in from lounge. If you go once, you'll go again...and again.
This was our first visit to the Symphony Hotel Restaurant, and my friends and I were immediately charmed by the restaurant's decor and coziness. The staff were welcoming and friendly, the Sunday brunch menu varied and inviting, and the three different meals we ordered were delicious! When we finished our meal, we only had to walk across the street to the symphony with no anxiety about parking or arriving on time. We will definitely return for a future meal!
Old time setting is nice. We went for brunch on a Sunday, and the menu was a bit more creative than other venues. The food was good, but I felt it needed a little more flavor and zip. Service was good. Overall The Symphony is an interesting change from the ordinary.
From the napkins folded and rolled into roses to the on-the-spot French press coffee, Symphony makes one so glad to be here. My wife and I really enjoyed the butternut squash soup last Sunday. It took the chill out of the morning and was truly outstanding. Symphony Hotel breakfast is like a short vacation.
I took my girlfriend there for NYE dinner. I made the reservation well in advance and requested a table which would allow for intimate conversation. When we arrived they sat us at a table literally in the doorway where the waiters bring out the food. They had clearly overcrowded the small room with tables within inches of each other. This for a meal which was costing me $200 for two with tax and tip. I told them this was unacceptable and they indignantly agreed to move me to another table a little further from the doorway but still right on top of the adjacent table. They sat another couple at the table they originally sat us at and half way through dinner the guy that was sitting in the chair I was initially seated in fell to the floor as the chair which was wooded and very damaged collapsed and fell into pieces. The guy split the seat of his pants exposing his underwear. My date and I were so upset we called the waitress over and demanded they not charge the couple for their meal otherwise we would never eat in their restaurant again. Initially they were reluctant to agree to our demands but then said they would not charge the couple for dinner. This potentially good restaurant obviously needs new management who knows how to run a restaurant wanting to be known as a fine dining establishment.
Value for price was very unsatisfactory. Our waitress was all about her view of efficiency. She asked for our drink order before we were barely seated. We felt very rushed, as each of the 5 courses came out almost immediately after the prior one was finished. As it was New Year’s Eve, I imagine that the objective was to max out ‘turning the tables’. The food quality was acceptable but not noteworthy. This was our second, and last, visit.
Food was fabulous. It was a special menu for New Years but was wonderful. Server was great. He knew the menu, wines and the history of the place. This is a great place to go before Music Hall performances. Recommend giving yourself at least 1.5 hours before the performance.
Cons: Tables were small and close together. Don't know if this is normal or because of the special occasion.
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