Symphony Hotel Restaurant

4.5
328 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Vegetarian, Contemporary American
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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–9:30 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
Mirko
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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, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, 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 328 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We always enjoy brunch in the lounge of the Symphony!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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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2.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Excellent meal, music, and service.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed dinner before attending the superb performance of Leonard Bernstein's MASS at the Cincinnati Music Hall (right across the street). The food was delicious, the service excellent, the dining room beautiful, and the noise level low. We will definitely return to this lovely little hotel and its fine restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The place was unique, the food good, and the overall experience very nice. We plan to come back to hear music that was not available for our pre-theater meal, though we wished it was. We would have stayed for an after dinner drink. My one wish was for better dining chairs - very uncomfortable.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It would have been nice had the staff and or waitress once said Happy Mother’s Day. Nothing special for Mother Day, a little disappointing .

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Another great visit... Great food, atmosphere, and service!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent. Good service, good food. Quiet, sophisticated ambiance. A treat and a nice Saturday evening venue. Highly recommended!!!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant is a unique place in a historic building. It is very music-oriented, being right across the street from Music Hall in Cincinnati. The wine list is excellent and after our meal we were also able to order a unique digestif, which is a more specialized thing that is difficult to find, being more of a European taste. In future, we will go to this restaurant whenever we are in Cincinnati for a Music Hall event.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent experience to celebrate our Dad’s 75th Birthday!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great location, fantastic service, great food prepared as requested. We came before a Pops concert arriving about 6:00. We did the 5 course menu and had plenty of time to get to the concert in time.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Felt rushed through the meal. Chair kept getting bumped my wait staff.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Wonderful ambiance. Service attentive. Wonderful course selection. Great that you can get a 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 course meal. Cocktails were great and wine list excellent. Will definitely go back again.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Absolutely great staff and the most amazing food.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Amazing! Best brunch, ever!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Set in the over the rhine, in old buildings. Tastefully decorated with and interesting menu.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was fabulous as usual and the service top notch!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We loved the enthusiastic greeting when we arrived and the server's kind recollection that I enjoy a French press. Napkin colors spoke of spring...which were quite welcome on a chilly Sunday. We also loved the Bloody Mary special and everything on our plate. And in our bowls! We never expected to be offered celery root soup. So delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Buz was a wonderful and entertaining server and bar manager. The ambiance is lovely and the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

A real gem, located in the charming old-world Symphony Hotel. I enjoyed the five-course pre-concert dinner. Loved every bite. Excellent and attentive service. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

In a historic townhouse converted into a boutique hotel. Convenient to Symphony Hall and the other OTR theaters, with special pre-theater dinners and a Sunday brunch. Food and service are excellent. Didn't visit the bar, but it looked quite cozy.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We had a wonderful meal and service was A+! We had the Thursday night special and loved the free valet parking.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

A nice choice of restaurant in OTR. I have been there several times. It is a little pricey, but always quite good.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great service, amazing brunch and authentic atmosphere. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Celebrated my wife’s birthday here on Saturday night. The food was so good and the Jazz was perfect. The baked Alaska was to die for too!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Absolutely charming setting in a renovated house that was built the year before Symphony Hall. Service was excellent and the food excellent. The recently added jazz bar had a trio playing even on the Thursday night of what turned out to be an unexpectedly pleasant business dinner. Overall would recommend this place highly. No other dining experience in Cincinnati is like this.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Beautiful old hotel & restaurant - Each room was well decorated - molding in each room was outstanding . Service was outstanding. Food was great. Have recommended to many of my friends. Will definitely join you for some jazz in the bar.

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