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“Overly fussy” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Orchids at Palm Court

Orchids at Palm Court
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Ranked #1 of 1,902 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Grimes, Iowa
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211 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Overly fussy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“You must stop in for drinks”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent by any standard”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Skabu
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71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Splendid dining in breathtaking surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Cincy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

So far, my favorite place to eat in Cincinnati. Have been here on many occasions for brunch and dinner. Both excellent. Atmosphere is great for a couple's night out or dinner with the family. Service is always great and accommodations can be made for delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes.

  • Visited August 2012
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