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“WHAT MICHELIN HAD IN MIND” 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 #5 of 1,781 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
Cincinnati, Ohio
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156 reviews 156 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
401 helpful votes 401 helpful votes
“WHAT MICHELIN HAD IN MIND”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a dining experience not to be missed in Cincinnati. While there is a superciluous formality to both the cooking and the presentation, let your taste buds be the critic as delectable morsels keep emerging from the kitchen. This is what gourmet dining is all about and certainly what Michelin had in mind when they first began awarding stars. Orchards may be expensive for Cincinnati, but it would be a bargain almost any other place in the world. Bravo!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Troy, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Worth the trip to Cincinnati for this amazing foodie dinner. We enjoyed everything. My husband had his favorite dish ever there, the tilapia. It was the perfect combination of sweet, salt, texture. The tilapia was wrapped in phyllo dough, which was crispy and amazing. The sauce was apple matchbook cut pieces, sweet and savory. And, it was topped with a tzatziki sauce. Such a different dish that worked amazingly together. We also loved the gnocchi with pork belly & the appetizer tuna dish was my favorite of the evening, it was pure loveliness!

Visited February 2013
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great Happy Hour at the Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

I was in town on business and decided to eat light at the bar. I was greeted warmly by the staff and asked if they had any drink specials. They did and I enjoyed their house made Negroni along with a fantastic brussel sprout shrimp dish that had amazing flavor.

The room makes you feel like you are in a movie - old time luxury. Great piano player and terrific atmosphere. Highly recommend.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
“High ceilings, art deco style.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Great for a business dinner. Aside from what the reviews say, not be very best food in Cincinnati -- I was expecting better. I found the food a bit heavy/creamy for my taste. The service was outstanding. The room is impressive. Really excellent for a hotel.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Geneva, Switzerland
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Gourmet food with stunning scene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Fantastic food, fine cuisine and delicious ingredients, for a very good price. This is the best restaurant in Cincinatti, according to critics. I can definitely rate to that. Tasting menu is a must and very affordable, even with accompanying wines. Service is very friendly and effective. Worth trying and going back without any doubt !

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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