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“Special Occasion Spot” 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 #4 of 1,782 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
“Special Occasion Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Orchids is almost a hidden gem in CIncinnati. It's the Hilton NEtherland Plaza restaurant, so there are some people who are unaware of just how excellent the restaurant is, thinking it's just another hotel restaurant. First, the art deco decor which was only uncovered in the 80s when the entire hote was undergoing a renovation, makes you feel like royalty. It's an astounding looking restaurant. The bar area is gorgeous and perfect for a drink before dinner. The dining experience is very high end. Service is above par, the food is always very delicately put together and delicious, and the presentation is incredibly artistic.
If you get the chance, go for Sunday brunch. It's perhaps the best brunch of my lifetime. Absolutely incredible. Reserve many weeks in advance for Easter and Mother's Day.

  • 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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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“If ever in Cincinnati, The Orchids at Palm Court is a must!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

While the food was 5-star all the way and can't be bragged on enough, what really did it for us was the service and atmosphere.
The staff was highly educated on their menu and attentive, but never intrusive. They really made you feel like you were their only customer.
The dining room was beautiful as it was grand. Tall ceilings and opulent decor without being gaudy, it was an experience in and of itself.
No matter the occasion you must find a reason to get to the Orchids at Palm Court!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Loveland, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

My second time in a month to visit the Orchids at Palm Court located in the Omni Netherland Hilton Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The ambiance of the restaurant takes you back to the 1930's or 40's especiallly with the live background music. Service is impeccable. The breads served with a roasted red pepper spread, olive oil with garlic and a seasoned creamy butter were melt in your mouth delicious. I had the baby beet salad, mmmm. The extras they sent from the kitchen, including a baby octopus and roasted brussel sprout salad were an added surprise and fun to try. We had the Chateaubriand for Two which they prepare tableside. A very nice dinner for a special occasion or any time you want to experience some of Cincinnati's best!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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166 reviews 166 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 63 cities Reviews in 63 cities
403 helpful votes 403 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
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 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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