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The Summit

3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223 (Clifton)
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Ranked #152 of 1,729 Restaurants in Cincinnati
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Price range: $35 - $45
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Clifton
Cross street: Ludlow / Hopple
Transit: Complementary Valet accessible at the corner of College Drive and Central Parkway. Follow the signs around the buildings, and the valet will take your car at the sidewalk to the entrance of our building. Garage parking at the Central parking garage adjacent to Central Parkway. Exit garage on the 5th floor.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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141 reviews 141 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

...because the students worked very hard. The hostess and wait staff were incredibly friendly. They did a very good job except there was a fairly long gap between the first and second course. The food was pretty ordinary with nothing really exciting on the menu. Both of my dishes needed more salt. The room definitely felt like you were eating... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This restaurant has only two full-time staff members: The chef and the front-of-house manager. The rest of the staff is students. The food & service are consistently very good, and the wine selection & pairings are inventive and interesting. The bar offers cocktails as well, and those are always eye-opening.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic service and the food was so delicious I can't wait to go back. all and all an exceptional dining experience. Eight of us dined and we all loved it. fresh fish and the chocolate dessert was to die for

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Our first visit, and wow, we were impressed. The service was elegant and very professional, the atmosphere much nicer than expected, and the food outstanding. We enjoyed our reasonably-priced (by restaurant standards) bottle of pinot noir. My crabcake appetizer truly was the best crabcake I ever have tasted as well as a substantial portion. Husband's salad was beautifully plated and... More

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Paro, Bhutan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Summit has quickly become my favorite in Cincinnati since my wife surprised me with a wine pairing dinner there. Fantastic food cooked by the students, interesting menu and great special events. My favorite was a game wine pairing dinner. A true asset to Cincinnati turning out chefs that will make the rest of the city have better food :)

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Cincinnati, Ohio
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Summit is an integral part of the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State but the food & service are far from student cooking experiments. The Summit is one of the hidden jewels of Cincinnati dining. The menu is relatively short but full of fun with appetizers ranging from quail to poached pears. The special appetizer this time was lightly... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This maybe the big secret in Cincinnati. The Midwest Culinary School at Cincinnati State has a resturant open Thirsday thru Sunday. The food is awesome and service always first rate. Menu changes reguarly and they have all kinds of events every month. Try it and you will see the hidden jewel of dining pleasure.

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Carmel, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We recently dined at the Summit while visiting our daughter in Cincinnati. We had a wonderful evening with excellent food and service. We were fortunate to visit right after pastry finals so had access to several creative and delicious desserts! The decor was very nice. Our server was excellent - she paced the evening nicely and was very knowledgeable -... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

A fine modern dining room that is tucked away inside the campus of Cincinnati State is well worth finding and offers treats for the eyes and the palate. Part of the charm is that diners are participants in the educational experience of the students of the Culinary Institute, and students are on their best behavior while preparing and serving. We... More

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Liberty Twp, Ohio
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62 reviews 62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

For those who enjoy fine restaurants and fine dining, may I suggest the The Summit Restaurant located in a rather unlikely place inside of the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. THe restaurant was pleasantly decorated in modern decor. Comfortable and moderately quiet. The service was very good. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu items, specials and the... More

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