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Orchids at Palm Court

35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2801 (Central Business District)
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Ranked #2 of 1,721 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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91% Recommend
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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I stay at the Hilton when Im in Cincinnati, so, this is the restaurant as part of my hotel. In the lift lobby, there is a big picture advertising Orchids with a huge looking fillet steak. Unfortunately, and to my complete disappointment, this is not on the menu! The menu at Orchids is very limited, though you can order from... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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100 reviews 100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The wife and I were staying in the Hilton Netherlands overnight after a Reds ballgame, we decided to stop in here for a nightcap and a bite before retiring to our room. The atmosphere is very grand and the surroundings very beautiful a must see. We ordered a couple of drinks and enjoy the entertainment for the evening,I believe it... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We always start out in the bar of the palm court in the Netherlands Hotel. The bar almost too beautiful to believe. The drinks are always perfect. Moving from the bar to the dining room you find an equally beautiful space with marble, mahogany and art deco masterpieces all around you. The food will not disappoint you. I had a... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Unbelieveable unexpected surprise. Amazing place. We were there for the weekend for a getaway not planning to have dinner here. Didn't even know about the place but it was downstairs so we decided to give it a try for dinner. Food, ambiance, service all unsurpassed. Every course was seasoned perfectly with complex layers and textures. Sunday brunch the next morning... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Seasonal delicacies such as Copper River salmon and Soft Shell crabs were enhanced by the Chef's touch but with the natural flavor shining through. As always, the service was impeccable. This is the finest restaurant in Cincinnati, without a doubt.

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Greenwood, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We did a quick getaway to Cincinnati for our anniversary and chose Orchids at Palm Court for dinner. The entire experience was memorable, from the time we walked into the spectacular Art Deco hotel til we made our way back to the valet parking (which is free if you eat at the restaurant). I cannot say enough positive things about... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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100 reviews 100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

What a pleasure it is to find old world service and world-class food in a perfect setting. I can't think of a single thing that I would want to change with this restaurant. I have a broad menu filled with wonderful choices, and the service is impeccable. Having said that the prices are totally in line with upscale but not... More

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Varna, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Was seated close to closing time, but staff did not hurry along to get rid of us. The staff was very cordial and polite and the food was excellent even though I am not a sophisticated diner and did not know what all the items were exactly. That makes it a unique, fun experience. I thought the prices were fair... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I picked this restaurant for our two year wedding anniversary. All I can say is WOW!! I don't even know where to start. Valet parking made it easy to get in and out, a plus as sometimes parking downtown can be a pain. We had reservations, and were promptly seated upon arrival. I suggest dressing at least business casual. This... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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125 reviews 125 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We ate breakfast one morning while staying at the Netherlands Plaza Hilton. Many selections! Very relaxing atmosphere! Their cheese grits were awsome ....I'm from GA, I know my grits ... these are good!!! Nice experience.

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