Symphony Hotel Restaurant

4.6
352 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant features contemporary and seasonal New-American cuisine in a setting, which 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 night.

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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 9:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Bar & Lounge
Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Live Music
Thu 7:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 8:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(513) 721-3353
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tonya McGriff
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Elm Street and Central Parkwy
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary on Thursday from 5-10pm. Friday and Saturday from 5-11pm for $8. There is no Valet for Sunday Brunch, we suggest Washington Park Garage or street parking.
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Public transit
The street car will stop on the corner of Elm and W. 14th Streets. 1/2 block walk.
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Entertainment
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.
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Symphony Hotel Restaurant can accommodate all your special event needs.

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What 352 People Are Saying
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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and never had a bad experience!!! The baked Brie was absolutely fantastic. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is great!!!! The staff is wonderful, very polite and respectful as well as very attentive. You can not go wrong eating here.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for old friends to get together and linger over brunch. Very cozy and inviting!

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J
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A unique, memorable and delicious dining experience. Each of the 5 courses touched upon all the tastes, with the hangar steak main course cooked to perfection. The service was courteous and prompt and were very attentive. Our bottle of wine was excellent and the list had something for each taste and price point. On top of that, the ambiance and decor is truly magnificent. We will definitely be dining here again.

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s
Cincinnati
65 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Symphony Hotel. Our meal and our waiter Kevin were amazing. Already made next reservations. Cant say enough positive.

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

Restraunt was good but they didn’t have our open table reservation , even with a confirmation
2 nd time this has happened. Won’t rely on your reservations anymore

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

We really enjoyed our meals and atmosphere . Everyone was very nice and accommodating. After the symphony crowd left, it was very Quiet and comfortable. I will probably not order the duck again, probably other options would be better.

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OT
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

We had the steak and eggs, GF pancakes and the mushroom omelette. The food was amazing and we are foodies. The negative... the service was very slow and the food took almost 30 minutes.

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

The 5 course meal offered very good choices which were delicious. Much to my dismay, the special no-bake chocolate cheesecake was already sold out (and it was only 7 p.m.) Unfortunately, my meal ended with a disappointing, dry chocolate cake. My husband raved about his cheese plate dessert.

This was our second visit and we'll certainly be back. Next time, I'll place my order for dessert first! The proximity to Music Hall and the timing of service allowed us enough time to enjoy our meal and still arrive at the theatre early enough.

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C
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a quaint romantic setting

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LJ
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was Outstanding, and prepared exactly the way everyone had ordered. I loved te creativity and appropriate ménage of protein-sides- new foods. Our server was perfect - appropriately attentive but to too much. She asked if we were attending the CSO concert, and kept our time beautifully.

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DC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place--delightful--and valet parking was great/

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. "Found" Symphony via an online article and was not disappointed. Had the 5-course with one entree of the fish and the other the chicken. both perfectly prepared. Our Waitstaff was attentive and helpful; valet was friendly and prompt. Will recommend and WILL be back.

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MJ
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Can't beat the location if you're headed to Music Hall. 5-Course meal was very good - especially for the price.

A bit cramped... we were practically seated with the table next to us, and heard every bit of their conversation without listening.

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D
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 35th anniversary. Great food and very charming.

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MM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So happy to have found it and will definitely dine there in the future!!

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in Cincinnati for 35 years and have never eaten at the Symphony. I wanted to celebrate my 60th birthday with my family there, having toured the hotel during a recent ghost tour of Cincinnati. The meal, service and atmosphere were all amazing. A special rave to the pastry chef for a lovely, scrumptious birthday cake. Our twenty something children were equally impressed. Thank you for a memorable and treasured evening.

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DC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Both of us got ill after having brunch. We have also been for dinner - it was only a slightly better experience. It is a shame as this is a great location and could be a really nice looking and fun restaurant.

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w
Cincinnati
34 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good innovative menu. Attentive staff. Elegant ambiance.

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T
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A friend and I dined before the Friday Pops concert. Food was excellent, service was outstanding. Definitely will be back.

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DD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food and service were very good. But... felt rushed. Some courses brought before
preceeding one consumed. I would also suggest wine pairings by the glass for each
course.

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B
Cincinnati
44 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food, excellent service, and generous cocktails too. We love Sunday mornings at the Symphony Hotel!

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service , food and music was SUPER! 5 course dinner was a great value! Food was Surperb!

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S
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is good...music is great! Live jazz, good cocktails and elegant and well priced dinners. Symphony Inn harkens back to days gone by where you really could do dinner and dancing. Will definitely be back!

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ND
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Symphony Hall was beyond amazing. The bartender was knowledgable, the waiter and waitresses were beyond amazing. I would recommend this to anyone and plan to go back there again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My vegetarian meal was very bitter, however my boyfriends duck meal was fantastic. Desert, strawberry panna cotta, was less than tasty. Jazz was awesome!

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MS
Cincinnati
50 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice little place, very good food but the best thing was the bartender, Buzz. Dinner and a show all in one place! Enjoyed the jazz music also.

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CP
Cincinnati
84 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Do not go for the convenience of a meal before a production at Music Hall but if you do, they have the correct servings and pacing. We picked the 5 course and really enjoyed each part of it. Each part came to us in a nice arrangement -- good looking plating and even better tasting, interesting combinations. Our only objection was the seats are very close to another table and we could hear their entire conversation.

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J
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After reading so many reviews we decided to meet some out of town friends for Sunday brunch. It was a perfect choice both in terms of food and a delightful atmosphere for a relaxing visit. Our server did a great job making sure our needs were met while giving us time for a conversation. Both couples shared the strata and French toast and both were delicious. Next time we will try the Prix Fix dinner.

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RH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went with my wife for a wedding anniversary. We selected the 5-course meal. Very small, intimate dining room that we shared with one other couple. Voices carry here so a large, boisterous party would kill the ambiance for others. The good: service was excellent, pleasant server, water glass was never empty, food timing was not rushed nor did we wait on anything, which is saying something with 5 courses to time. Food quality was great - my wife had the lamb and my steak was cooked to perfection as requested. The bad: the steak was a special and cost an additional 9 bucks that I did not realize until my bill arrived - would have been nice to know of the price bump at time of ordering. The restaurant was under a gnat attack - several of them flying around our table and food. I understand with a little vinegar and oil, this annoyance would have been completely avoided. I mentioned our anniversary at point of reservation and I was expecting someone one on staff would acknowledge it. No one did.

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LP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were so excited to try Symphony. But even with all that excitement, our experience still surpassed all expectation. The table decor, vintage tableware and Jazz artists created a perfectly yesteryear vibe. The courses were moderately priced, but the tastes were extraordinary. Our waitress' cheery attitude kept the special occasion joys going from first course to third.

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Symphony was recommended by friends. We pretty much never go downtown for dinner, about a 30 mile drive and there are plenty of closer places. It was our anniversary so we wanted something a little more special. This fit the bill perfectly. We sat in the lounge near the live music/ a keyboard and guitar player with some vocals. The volume was low enough that it wasn't intrusive. Our meals were excellent and the ricing very reasonable for both the quality and quantity. Our waiter was very good with just the right amount of attention. We will be back.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had never heard of the Symphony Hotel & Restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. We were seeking someplace where the noise level allowed for conversation and the food was delicious. Symphony delivered on this and more. Reminded me of all the things I loved about European dining. Innovative dishes, quiet and competent service, wonderful ambiance. I adored the fact that they had a menu specifically designed to accommodate diners who had performances to attend at Music Hall so we had no reason to constantly check our watches and worry that we would miss our 7:30pm call. I had the hangar steak and birthday girl ordered the Barramundi. Steak was cooked exactly to order and Mom raved about the fish. Not certain why we didn't get bread basket with meal but the dessert more than made up for any deficiencies. The Chocolate torte was decadent and Mom couldn't rave enough about the fresh berries and cream dessert. I only wish that a little more fuss could have been made over the fact that it was Mom's birthday since that information had been requested. Overall though, very pleased and will go there again and again.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

In our experience breakfast is a better time to go. Dinner service is very slow and you are easily forgotten if they get busy (this has happened to us on more than one occasion), although the food is good. Breakfast there is lovely and would attend brunch again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy brunch in the lounge of the Symphony!

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W
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Side Cars and Grasshoppers... everthing else is good too!

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w
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending the May Festival and wanted to have dinner close to Misic Hall. We haveat the Symphony Hotel the past on this same reason. The service and the Server (BEN) was great. He judged when our next course needed to be served to allow us to finish and have time for a quiet walk to the Hall. The food was great tasting and served pleasantly.

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RL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was extremely disappointing. The "salad of note" had no flavor at all. My fish entre was described in the menu as served with a mango-lime sauce. In fact, it was served with a ginger and hot pepper sauce which, in addition to making the meal somewhat painful, over-powered the fish. I don't think that I will be going to this restaurant again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, music, and service.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 3 course meal - soup, entree and dessert - and all three were delicious. We both had the celery soup, I had the hanger steak and my husband had the coq au vin, and we both had the fresh berries. We will definitely return.

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T
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

First visit- Sunday brunch. Food was very good except for lukewarm coffee that we had to send back twice.
Decor seemed a little tired and in need of a refresh.
We were the last diners and while we were finishing a staff person came in and began to vacuum the room. She didn’t ask if it was okay and I have never had this occur before !
All in all, will probably not return. A shame since I really wanted to like this restaurant.

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