Symphony Hotel Restaurant

4.5
387 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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B
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. Excellent food, fit for foodies and our waiter/bartender was tremendous. Buz was extremely attentive and is a world class bartender. We will be regulars!

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NR
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We generally dine here prior to attending a CSO concert. Great food and quiet and relaxed atmosphere.
Have always had good service in the past. Unfortunately this past weekend our dining experience was rendered less enjoyable due to poor service by our waiter. Either he was not interested or not trained properly. Hopefully a one time occurrence.

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RW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints. A true gem. The Cod and Ribeye were both cooked to perfection and the flan and panna cotta were both superb desserts

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

We really enjoyed the meal. Great dealing with our multiple food allergies. Great dinner!

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M
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Enjoyed the live jazz as well!
Thanks for a terrific evening!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salad and the steak were superb. Best service i’ve Had in Cincinnati for a long while.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance is outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner before the symphony.

Food was very good, but the service was even better. Our waiter, Buz, was very attentive, called each person by name at each visit to the table and was even able to address both of us by name as we picked up our leftovers after the symphony.

Can’t recommend it highly enough!

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OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great live jazz and great service!

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J
Columbus
41 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the first time we ate at the hotel before the symphony, BUT it wont be the last. The food was fabulous, the hotel beautiful and quaint and the timing before the concert was great. They even have valet parking that you can use for the concert.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely place right next to Music Hall!

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This lovely spot is rich in ambiance and charm. The staff are spectacular in every way. The food was delicious!

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LR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. Good value for 5 course. Courses are not huge, but perfect size for good food and not feeling stuffed. Lisa, our server, was awesome. Will definitely return.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant. Buz was an excellent waiter. I cannot wait to return for their 5 course meal.

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B
Cincinnati
194 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our go-to place pre-theatre. Venue is very charming and bar area is very attractive. Food is pretty good but limited choice and menu doesn’t change very often. So if you go often like we do it can become repetitive.
Service is excellent, the bartender is excellent, valet parking is excellent.
Pre-fixe pricing is very competitive with the rest of OTR and downtown.

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MJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a great price. Wine list had good choices in all price ranges by the bottle. $45.00 for the 5 course is gourmet bargin.

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DG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent decor, food menue , & courteous staff! 😊🍷🍷

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BB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Experience sub par at best. Soup and food arrived cold. Amish chicken was dried out and hard. Sorbet, third course, was served after the entre, and only after we inquired why it was omitted.

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L
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the 5 course pre-concert meal and it was excellent. The portions are moderate, so you do not walk away feeling overly full (which is good). The service was attentive and helpful. The only slight negative is the tables are very close together so there is not much privacy to the evening. Other than that, this is a great way to have a nice dinner before a concert at Music Hall.

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CY
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful 5 course meal! pan seared cod was amazing. everything pleasing to the eye and palate. our server was friendly and attentive

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SM
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal and the amazing jazz music this past Saturday. The vegetarian option was nicely presented and truly tasty! My dining partners enjoyed their meals as well. On a raining night I appreciated the available valet parking.

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l
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only comment is the prefix dinner food was but skimpy. We chose soup, salad and entree.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time for my husband’s birthday! Everything was top notch. Buz the bartender took great care of us all night. We stayed at the hotel and the room was adorable and quiet. We loved it and will be back for another celebration!

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great hotel that was recommended from a coworker. As much as I have been to OTR, I had no idea this place was there! Had tickets to the Shakespeare Company and booked the room for my girlfriend's birthday. Dinner was an excellent 5-course meal with delicious soup, salad and ribeye entree (only reason i did not give the meal five stars was because both of our medium rare steaks were more medium. The sauce and steak were still delicious though). We had plenty of time to make our show and come back for a couple of cocktails and some live jazz. Breakfast in the morning was also excellent with coffee, tea, and food options. Very nice weekend and we will definitely be back! Perfect for pre- or post- music events.
Thank you to Keith and the rest of the staff!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful Queen City Gem.

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JA
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love!
Hidden gem in otr.
Great ambiance. Excellent service

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y
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Leah was our Server and did a great job.
The Hotel is very small and quaint.
I wanted to look around and climb the stairs to see the rooms above!
The dining area is full of Art and interesting furniture.
The meal was very tasty. We were there to try the Coq Au Vin-- which was very delicious.
I want to go back. Cozy place for special occasion!
Thank you for a pleasant dining experience!

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AF
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We have been customers of the Symphony Hotel for several years. The servers, the food, the restaurant have always been an enjoyable experience until Thursday. The best of the meal was the grilled duck breast. The soup - inedible - too salty, not as advertised - no barley! The green beans - frozen and coated in oil. The wild rice - dripping in oil. The tea - was it really green? - at $3 a cup an astonishing amount of money for warm water. Salad - okay, but skimpy. Two plates of food, two skimpy salads, two bowls of chicken soup,(about one half cup of bouillon creatively renamed), one draft beer, one cup of coffee, one cup of warm water (creatively renamed tea) cost $87 bucks. The most entertaining person was the valet and he got a really nice tip - after the symphony. We won't be back.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We were in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday evening and decided to look on OpenTable for a place to eat dinner. The Symphony Hotel Restaurant has availability at 7:30 so we booked the reservation. When we got there, the hostess said she had no record of our reservation and when I showed her the OpenTable reservation, she was very rude and said if it was made after they opened that day, they don’t look at OpenTable for additions. She told us to wait a minute (even though there were lots of open tables) and then stuck us in a corner and said she would try to find us a waitress and then basically threw menus down on the table in front of us. Based upon that behavior, we got up and left.

We have eaten here many times before and had always had great food and service. I am sure the food would have been as good this time but the service from the hostess was outrageously bad.

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CD
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the building is beyond cool! Staff was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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NC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We visited on a Thursday night before Shakespeare theatre. Only ones in the restaurant- not a good sign. I asked if we could order from menu but was told only the 3 and 5 course options were available. The butternut squash soup was tasty but not hot. My fish entree was tasteless and overdone. For the price we paid, the entire meal was disappointing. I love this hotel- have stayed several times and often enjoyed live music before a concert. Server was attentive but food not up to par. Will likely not return for dinner!

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e
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special of prime rib was as good as it gets, and oh my, the bread pudding was memorable.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
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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B
Cincinnati
194 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

If you're going to Music Hall or Cincinnati Shakespeare I highly recommend the Symphony Hotel. It is the nearest restaurant, has its own valet parking and, in my opinion, the best restaurant within walking distance.

They have a new chef but I would not have known that if the server hadn't told us. The menu (regardless of any seasonal changes) was just as I have come to expect.

We had the five course dinner. Soup was very good but could have been served hotter. The salad was very good but I would have preferred more dressing. It was a bit dry. The pear spice intermezzo was terrific. I had the branzino. The fish was very good. There was a lot of the slaw side, actually too much. A sauce for the fish would have made it better. My date had the tenderloin (special that night). It was unusually thin and unfortunately ordered medium. If she had known how thin the serving was going to be she would have ordered it medium rare or probably rare. The risotto was not cooked long enough and had some bite to it. Not entirely creamy like a risotto should be. The creme brulee and cherry turnover were excellent.

The bartender made us two terrific Side-cars. The wine list is pretty good. We enjoyed a bottle of the Dr. Loosen Riesling which we've had numerous times before.

Service was superb. Ben did a great job.

I describe the dining rooms as quaint and comfortable. The bar area is more modern and hopping when they have live music.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
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
70 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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