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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 1,725 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 6:30 am - 1:30 pm
Mon - Sat 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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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
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
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is excellent in all aspects - food, service, decor,... you name it. A former employee of the restaurant recommended it, and he was 100% correct. The presentations were choreographed to a tee, but that was a nice touch. My wife's comment was they made food she doesn't like to eat (mushrooms) taste delicious, so that is really saying... More

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Southfield, Michigan
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301 reviews 301 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This restaurant is an incredible wow! The staging, the performance of excellence in a dining experience is something we have yet to experience in our travels. We are impressed. The wines in an Art Deco 1938 space with performance and knowledge imparted by Paul, Emily, Kyle and Eric push this rich culinary experience to an exceptional level unknown where we... More

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This is located in the Hilton Hotel and is absolutely wonderful. Make sure to get your reservation in for Sunday brunch the night before. The atmosphere takes you back to the old days of service and piano music and an up class style of enjoying a meal. The food is vast and outstanding. From a made while you wait omelet... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

This is our number one go-to special event restaurant. We've been quite a few times and have loved every dish we have ever had! Definitely worth it!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food and service is the best in the city, My wife's favorite Restaurant for Chateaubriand, best we ever had this is why this restaurant is 5 Star. Service outstanding and because of my wife's birthday there was no singing(thank you) but special treats from the pastry chef!!!

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Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Possibly one of Cincinnati's most beautiful historic venues could only get better with The Orchid's lovely Sunday brunch. Equally delightful is a weekend evening there for great music by a fantastic Jim Hart Trio with drinks and delicious appetizers. You can't help but feel special at this gorgeous place and knowing the food and service will be top notch adds... More

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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

one of Open Table's top ten in US. Great ambiance and wonderful food with great service. What an oasis in downtown.

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Evanston, Il
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83 reviews 83 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This dinner definitely ranked in the top five meals we have had in recent years. My wife and I had the six course tasting menu, to which Orchids added a couple of complimentary additional tastes. The first course of sweetbreads and the second course of lamb tenderloin were particularly notable. Very well prepared, just-right-sized portions. The dessert was a sampler... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

WOW....have never had service like this before, almost choreographed, that it was so lovely. It is all about the dining experience and journey to get you there. As one finishes, silverware is replaced, crumbs swept away, water glasses never less than half full,....just amazing! The menu was a bit daunting, but after getting busted googling some of the words, the... More

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Houston, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I'm in Cincy for a business conference and ate here for dinner tonight… had to jump on TA because I was so impressed! I'd read about all of the accolades and had expected the food to be good… but was still a bit skeptical since it's in a hotel and I'm from Houston and eat good food often, etc. The... More

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