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“Outstanding Dining Experience” 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
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Ranked #2 of 1,657 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
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“Outstanding Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Orchids is in a stunning setting in the Netherland Plaza Hotel. It is the most spectacular dining setting in Cincinnati hands down. And if that weren't enough reason to go, the food is equal to the magnificence of the room. The flavors and combinations are always interesting, especially in the first and second course options. The service is excellent, but not always quite up to the standards of the room and food. I yearn a bit for the "old days" of tuxedo-clad waiters, which the whole experience deserves, but alas I guess those days are gone.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grimes, Iowa
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139 reviews 139 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Overly fussy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had wanted to try this restaurant. The restaurant has an old decor. I had the Blue Cheese Beignets (great) and the Roasted Duck Breast (okay). My wife had the Tasting Menu (5 courses) which included Maine Lobster Salad, Makarel, Sqab, Lamb and Dessert Duet all of which were just okay. The wait staff were very attentive and probably too formal. Overall, not really impressed.

Visited November 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“You must stop in for drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Disclaimer up front - we did not have dinner here. Having heard about the great art deco architecture of the Nederland Hotel, we made a point of having a drink in the bar at the Palm Court. The hotel has a printed brochure that provides you with a self-guided walking tour of the hotel. It is definitely worth doing. You must also have a drink in the bar and take in the fabulous atmosphere.

Visited October 2012
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Kingston, Canada
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“Excellent by any standard”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

I didn't get a chance to have dinner here but had lunch. The scallops were excellent by any standard. The composition was innovative and simply wonderful. The prices are well below New York for the quality. I regret that I have to leave town (going. Home) before having a chance at their full tasting menu.

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“Splendid dining in breathtaking surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

New York prices, but worth every penny. They are proud of their chef, and rightly so. Service is friendly and efficient. Only the sauces could be even better. And the room is, well, breathtaking.

Visited October 2012
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