We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One of a kind award-winning restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orchids at Palm Court

Orchids at Palm Court
35 W 5th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-2801 (Central Business District)
513-421-9100
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Orchids at Palm Court is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #2 of 1,668 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Level Contributor
106 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“One of a kind award-winning restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Wonderful food and art deco decor. There are paintings and mural designs everywhere which apparently were found and restored during certain phases of renovation.

Visited September 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

337 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    249
    64
    19
    2
    3
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worth every penny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Orchids and were extremely pleased with the service, food and ambiance. What a culinary and architectural gem! This is the perfect place for a special occasion. Top notch!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cincinnati
Level Contributor
32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Best Service Ever / Very Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

My wife and I went to Orchids with another couple in February 2012. To be honest I wasn't very excited because in 2010 I went to Orchids and the service was horrible.

But this time we had the best dining experience of my life. The service was darn right magical....simply perfect. My wife and I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in SanFransico and Chicago and Orchids service was hands down the best. Much better than even Chicago's Les Nomades which starts at $115 per person. I hope Orchids can continue to offer this level of service. We actually saw the other couple that we dined with recently and they mentioned that Orchids is the best service they've ever had and they have been all over the world.

What made the service so special? Well, there were multiple servers who simultaneously unveiled each plate on large silver platters. The main server was efficient, didn't go on and on about specials, pleasant, chilled out...just made for a relaxing night. They started the meal off with a small FREE tasting and then there were several other FREE tastings in between meals....one was an egg that had a soup in it...tasted great...looked amazing. And we never felt rushed. There is plenty of space between the tables. The decor is incredible.

The food is very good....some dishes are perfect...some are very good...again, I'm comparing them to restaurants that cost twice as much so it isn't really fair. The bottom line is we can't wait to go back.

Cincinnati is very lucky to have a restaurant of this caliber.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ohio
Level Contributor
90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Wonderful food in an incredible setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

The Palm Court is an old art deco building that house one of the best restaurants in Cincinnati, Orchids. My husband and I recently had dinner there with friends for a 60th BD. The room is absolutely beautiful and sitting there looking around at all the history made we wonder why we don't come here more often. Service outstanding. Food out of this world! We all had something different and no one was disappointed. Even if you stop for drinks at the bar it will be a treat.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“This bar is amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

This bar is a great place to sit and soak up nostalgia of a by-gone time. Think Gotham or Great Gatsby. I did not have food, but their cocktails are made the old-fashioned way with fresh ingrediants and quality liqour. I highly recommend the Bourbon Blackberry or a Lemon-Drop Martini.

Visited August 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Orchids at Palm Court also viewed

 

Been to Orchids at Palm Court? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Orchids at Palm Court, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.