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Review of Orchids at Palm Court

Orchids at Palm Court
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Ranked #1 of 1,913 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, 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.
Florence, KY
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best brunch around!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

If you are looking for a place to have a quiet cup of tea or an amazing brunch, this is the place. There is a wide array of choices to meet the most discerning tastes and it's an elegant setting.

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West Central Illinois
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent Food/Service a Little Slow”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We came in during happy hour. Appetizers were half price which was reasonable. The humus and fries were excellent. There was a drink special but service was slow. (Too few wait staff.) Drinks were stiff and reasonably priced during happy hour. (Too high the rest of the time.)

Happy hour is 4-7pm.

Visited November 2012
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103 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Outstanding Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Grimes, Iowa
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211 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 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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