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“Great Christmas Dinner”

Cincinnati Dinner Train
Ranked #130 of 1,979 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Price range: $84 - $84
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The Cincinnati Dinner Train features dining on three finely restored 1950's era dining cars. Also featured, the Queen City Tavern car, which is equipped with a full service bar with music and two open side doors for viewing as we travel through Cincinnati. The public dinner train operates every Saturday throughout the year, with the exception of January and February. Tickets are sold in advance and will be held at check-in the day of the excursion. Tickets are available in the dining cars and the coach car.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“Great Christmas Dinner”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

My husband and I do a dress up dinner every year around Christmas time. We chose the Cincinnati Dinner train this year and were quite pleased!

You have to book WAY early since reservations fill up quickly.

It was just the two of us and we got lucky because we got an end-table where they only sat the two of us. Please note that if there are only two of you, unless you get one of the two end tables or you pay for the other two seats, you will be sat with another couple, since all the rest of the tables are 4 tops.

The ride was 3 hours, start to finish. The food was spaced nicely and very tasty. We would have liked some Christmas music, but they played music from WGRR oldies - to their credit, it WAS oldies night, as stated on the website, but it was one of the only nights availible for us.

The service was great. Be aware that soft drinks are not included and you cannot make food substitutions. The menu will be what you pre-select before the ride. The cost is $74.50 a person for the ride and dinner. A bit pricey, but you are paying for the experience of the whole thing.

Ladies, bring a sweater if you go in the winter months. It was a bit chilly. And the train does rock quite a bit. Walking to the restroom was interesting!

It was dark out for the whole ride, so there was not much to see, but when we passed something of note, they told us over the PA system. Neat history!

We had a nice time, just us two, but it also would have been a fun thing to do with another couple.

  • Visited December 2011
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“good food”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

the food was good was on the way thru on a trip and enjoyed the food and service

  • Visited January 2012
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2 Thank PerihanW
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Edgewood
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wow, a terrffic New Years dinner ride.”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

We dressed for the occasion, women in 40's hats, men in suits and ties. The servers took care of all needs and drink orders promptly. We enjoyed our companions, the sights and historical announcements. It was the best New Year's eve of our lives.

  • Visited December 2011
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2 Thank KentuckyRuthK
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Milford, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a wonderful time”
Reviewed December 8, 2011

My wife and I went on 12/3 and sat in the Silver Sword dining car to celebrate her birthday. The prime rib was outstanding and her salmon was delicious. The on board staff was friendly and the passenger conductor was very knowledgeable about the sights along the route. We had a wonderful time. Thank you. We will be back again and will bring friends!

  • Visited December 2011
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2 Thank Leonard M
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Westland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Very nice ride - great service and good food”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

If you love trains - this is a must. A 3 hour train ride starting in Northern Cincinnati going to down town and returning. The train travels at a leisurely 10 mph so scenery is easy to watch.
The wait staff is very attentive. The food is prepared prior to departure and is good considering the amount of time from cooking to serving. Appetiser, salad, entree (prime rib, chicken or fish) and desert.
A photographer takes pictures ($10 each) and the conductor shares a few interesting pieces of history along the way.
We will return and enjoy dinner again on our next visit to Cincinnati.
Note: The train only runs on Saturday evenings (leaving at 6pm and returning at 9pm)

  • Visited July 2011
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