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Orchids at Palm Court

35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2801 (Central Business District)
513-421-9100
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Ranked #4 of 1,700 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Cross street: Race Street
Transit: TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
Description: Orchids at Palm Court is an award-winning fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Executive Chef Todd Kelly is the American Culinary Federation's 2011-2012 USA Chef of the Year, the highest honor given by the 50,000+ chef organization. “Top Cincinnati Restaurant” by Zagat (2011, 2012, 2013) and named "One of the Top 100 Restaurants in USA" and "One of the Top 100 for Best Service in USA" by OpenTable, 2011, 2012 & 2013; AAA 4 Diamond (2006-2012). Orchids offers a contemporary American menu that is seasonally updated with local ingredients. With breathtaking French Art Deco including two-story Romanesque murals, rare Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel wall sconces & an original Rookwood fountain featuring two large seahorses all restored to the 1930s grandeur. Complimentary valet parking.
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English first
Dublin, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Start with the setting - This Art Deco style Gem of a hotel opened in 1931 and is a registered National Historic landmark. It has been meticulously maintained and is simply remarkable. One would truly not be surprised if Bing Crosby were to stroll across the lobby. Peek into the Pavilion ballroom and you can certainly imagine Doris Day up... More

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Gahanna, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The food was 4- Star. (nothing to dislike) We had froie gras for our appetizer and split a beet salad. My husband had the duck breast and I had scallops. Desserts were out of this world also. Service was impeccable. Will certainly return again when in Cincinnati, OH

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Rockford, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

My wife and I recently decided to detour a couple hundred miles out of our way to stay at The Netherland Plaza and celebrate our anniversary at Orchids. A good decision, confirmed by USA Todays' subsequent ranking of Orchids as a Top 10 American restaurant! The ambiance, food and staff were all excellent. I suggest arriving at least 45 minutes... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is my all time favorite restaurant, having eaten in New York, San Francisco,New Orleans, Chicago and Shanghai. The room, the former lobby of the Netherlands Hotel, is a superb example of Art Deco. The service is personal and not the slightest pretentious. This is one of the few outstanding restaurants where I have enjoyed all of the courses, and... More

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Dominican Republic
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The food was excellent. The wait staff was extremely knowledgeable and had great advice on what to get. I love that the chef put bees on the roof so they could get the honey to use in the food. The ambiance is fabulous as well. I enjoyed this dinner immensely. Expensive but worth it.

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Oxford, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We had a three course dinner at the Orchids for my boyfriend's birthday. I had no trouble getting a reservation (I called about a week ahead), and when we arrived they seated us immediately. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere -- fancy but without feeling pretentious -- and the food was just wonderful. It's expensive, yes, but I felt that had... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We go to Orchids with some frequency because we love the place, the food is always good and the service impeccable.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Orchids is expensive but worth it. The food, the service and the decor are excellent. Chef Todd Kelley is one of the best. This is a dinner you will remember for a long time. It is great for special occasions.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I've been to lunch here several times. Each was wonderful-- classy, good food, great service. This is very much a "woman's restaurant". It's just the kind of place a group of ladies enjoy.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you are ready to celebrate a special occasion and want to do it in surroundings that are lush, beautiful and historic, make a reservation at Orchids. The menu changes by seasons, but the Chateaubriand is a classic and you can't make a better choice, if you want something elegant and filling. Portions are more than adequate, desserts are decadent,... More

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