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Orchids at Palm Court

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35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2801 (Race Street)
TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
513-421-9100
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Orchids at Palm Court is an award-winning fine dining restaurant located...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 203
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Superlative Service If No Large Group Present

Food outstanding as always. Service drops the ball here if there is a group in an adjoining room. That is my only complaint for the "occasion" grande dame.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Joseph M
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Cincinnati, OH
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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276 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Cincinnati, OH
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Food outstanding as always. Service drops the ball here if there is a group in an adjoining room. That is my only complaint for the "occasion" grande dame.

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Columbus
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Recommend: Literally anything This legitimately deserves its excellent 5 star ranking. Rivals meals I've had in Chicago, New York, Paris, and LA. This isn't a restaurant many will frequent, but it should be your go-to restaurant where you splurge. My girlfriend and I both got different dishes and split everything to get a taste of as much as possible. I... More 

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Cleves, Ohio
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We have been to Orchids a few times now, normally once a year, and we have always been very happy with the food and the service. I was also impressed that they called the day before to confirm our reservations and ask about food allergies and then Kyle, our waiter, already had that information and was great about telling me... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We went there for breakfast. Though we were too early for the brunch, they still had a buffet. There was a huge asst on the buffet. I got an omelet with a side of bacon off the menu. Some had the buffet. Everyone loved their meal and left stuffed. The service was outstanding. The restaurant was beautiful. We plan on... More 

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Cincinati
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Went for lunch. Had a salad and burger with friend. This is one of the most beautiful art deco rooms I have ever visited. It is a must for just that reason. And, the restaurant has a high rating for dinner in Cincinnati. I found the lunch menu to be weak and settled on a burger. I like to have... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I decided to return to celebrate my birthday. I loved my first visit, but this experience was even better. They exceeded my expectations in every way. They acknowledged my birthday, provided excellent service, and prepared delicious food. We enjoyed the scallops and the dessert the most. The restaurant itself is beautiful, but the meal was a special event.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Having enjoyed a Thanksgiving brunch, we returned to Orchids for dinner to celebrate a birthday. Service and setting were excellent, but the food did not justify the expense. On the strength of brussels sprouts accompaniment, I order the duck breast. For $30+ I expected more than 3 brussels sprouts LEAVES. I expected food rather than decorations.

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Richmond, Indiana
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Loved the whole experience for the Sunday Brunch here. Waitress was very helpful, and the food was fantastic. Loved the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict.

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Leawood, KS
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Orchid's would have merited five stars, but the service was a little slow the night we were there to celebrate our mother's 91st birthday. The ambience and food definitely rates five stars even though some dishes arrived cold or luke warm. In fairness to the wait staff, it was a very busy Sunday night and we were a party of... More 

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Akron, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My husband and I dined at Orchids for my 30th birthday. It was amazing- one of the most "high class" restaurant experiences I've had in Cincinnati. Definitely THE most high class restaurant experience I've had in Cincinnati that wasn't at a Jeff Ruby restaurant. My husband told them we'd be celebrating my birthday and there was a personalized card waiting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2801
    (Race Street)
  • Public Transportation: TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 513-421-9100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?