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Primavista

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810 Matson Pl, Ste 1, Cincinnati, OH 45204-1457 (W. 8th & Price)
513-251-6467
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Award-winning Primavista is named after it's breath- taking view of the...
Award-winning Primavista is named after it's breath- taking view of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline. Located just 5 Minutes west of downtown,it's a great place to dine Italian while relaxing with a date,friends,or family.Owners Joan and Frank Lenkerd have been working together with Chef Chris Prince for over 20 years and have received many various awards including : Best Food with a view,Most Romantic,and Best Italian.party rooms,carry out and free parking are also available.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Magnificent view, average food, nice people

I have mixed feelings about this place. It aspires to be first class, but falls short. The view is lovely, of course. The people are warm and friendly and try to be accommodating, but the actual service is spotty. At a dinner for 4 adults, we were offered drinks fairly quickly, but then waited 25... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
GoodTravelers
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Cincinnati, OH
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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136 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cincinnati, OH
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I have mixed feelings about this place. It aspires to be first class, but falls short. The view is lovely, of course. The people are warm and friendly and try to be accommodating, but the actual service is spotty. At a dinner for 4 adults, we were offered drinks fairly quickly, but then waited 25 more minutes before anyone came... More 

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Cincinati
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had out of town guests and this restaurant sits on a wonderful hill overlooking the entire city. However, no matter how good the view it cannot make up for a indifferent staff and a very outdated restaurant. The food was acceptable, but the service was painfully slow. The hostess was surly. We called ahead for a window seat and... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is one of those restaurants that can combine delicious food and a location that is impossible to replicate and create a destination dining experience. My wife and I had dinner there on Valentine's Day and the food the service and of course the stunning views of the city made for a wonderful experience.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

If you want an excellent view, great food, and personal service then Prima Vista is for you. From the pastas, to the stuffed chicken, to the deliciously prepared seafood, each time I visit Prima Vista the authentic Mediterranean food always leaves me wanting more. Though the restaurant isn't cheap it is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a memorable... More 

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Mason, Ohio
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Primavista is a good place for a special date night purely because of the amazing view. The food is good but not great. The service is decent but not superb. For the price I think there are better alternatives in Cincy. The Lobster Pasta they had but stopped making was delicious but once they stopped making that it was not... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

My company put on a formal business dinner for around 60 guests earlier this month, and we chose Primavista as our venue. Everything exceeded our expectations. We offered two entrée choices to our guests, the filet and the salmon, and both were excellent. We received a lot of complements regarding the quality of the meal. The staff was very attentive,... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The restaurant is out of the way, sort of, but has tons to offer. First, the view. Unreal view from Price Hill of the western downtown of Cincinnati. Second, the food is very, very good. Had Coho Salmon, wife had crab topped Mahi and daughter had Shrimp Scampi. All were top rate and delicious. Finally, the value. For this view... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

My husband surprised me with a special birthday dinner at primavista! We went with our daughter. What can I say but perfection from the view to the drinks food and desserts were 5 plus stars all around and the kicker was it is affordable! This will be are special occasion place to go. Love love love(:

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New Albany, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My first visit to Primavista left my date and I very satisfied customers. Everything exceeded expectations, and I have very high expectations. Crab cake appetizer was superb. Fresh blue crab with no breading. My entree of risotto was perhaps my best risotto experience. The side order of Italian sausage was the perfect accompaniment. My date had the shrimp scampi and... More 

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Weston, MA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Although the food was good, the decor seems "tired." Waitstaff disheveled in appearance and not too enthusiastic, given the pricey menu. Received awards back in the 1990's and these plaques are prominently displayed as you enter a rather run-down building. Would NOT recommend this dining experience unless you crave the skyline view.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 810 Matson Pl, Ste 1, Cincinnati, OH 45204-1457
    (W. 8th & Price)
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: 513-251-6467

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

Award-winning Primavista is named after it's breath- taking view of the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline. Located just 5 Minutes west of downtown,it's a great place to dine Italian while relaxing with a date,friends,or family.Owners Joan and Frank Lenkerd have been working together with Chef Chris Prince for over 20 years and have received many various awards including : Best Food with a view,Most Romantic,and Best Italian.party rooms,carry out and free parking are also available.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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