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“Nicer & more expensive than Cincinnati standards” 4 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
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Ranked #4 of 1,725 restaurants in Cincinnati
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.
Padua, Italy
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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Nicer & more expensive than Cincinnati standards”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Very nice location in the liberty-style atrium of one of the "oldest" skyscrapers in town. The food is ok, i.e. above Concinnati average, and quite sophisticated. The price is high vs Cincinnati standards: $70 for a relatively light meal with two cups of wine and dessert.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bloomington, Indiana
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119 reviews 119 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Chefs tasting menu worth a try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We tried this restaurant during a stay at the Hilton hotel in the same building. We decided to order the five course tasting menu with lobster salad, scallops with carameled cauliflower, pork duet and lamb tenderloin. Excellent mouth watering preparations in reasonably sized portions. I could not have the Chocolate Pavé with Cherries and Fromage Blanc with Rosemary Pineapple for dessert as I am gluten sensitive, but my husband said it was very good. Instead they offered me a trio of house prepared sorbets. My favorite was the coconut. I chose the wine pairing option. Although two were sweeter wines (never my own choice) they worked excellently with each dish. Taught me to keep a more open mind about wines and let the experts help with food pairings.
Staff was extraordinarily courteous and helpful. Superior service on a Thursday evening.Wait staff was sensitive to my dietary needs, making sure to omit and/or modify any ingredient that contained gluten.
Be sure to get hotel guide available at the restaurant and take a quick walking tour of the hotel. The decor is a stunningly beautiful example of art deco extravagance and craftsmanship. How fortunate that this hotel and restaurant was restored to its former glory.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“My favorite birthday lunch spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I love the choices, the art filled atmosphere, the courteous wait staff, the fresh pasta grill. Eating is an experience that I have gladly shared with friends and family several times. The prices are very good for such a lovely place.

Visited October 2011
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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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91 reviews 91 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
52 helpful votes 52 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
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
15 helpful votes 15 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
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