About Orchids at Palm Court
NEW! AAA Five-Diamond Award for 2016 - The only restaurant in Ohio and one of just 64 in North America to be awarded Five-Diamonds
Orchids at Palm Court is a fine dining restaurant located in the National Historic Landmark Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Dine in a breathtaking 1930s French Art Deco setting with two-story Romanesque murals, Brazilian rosewood, German silver-nickel sconces & an original Rookwood pottery fountain.
Orchids features modern American cuisine using French technique. The menu is based on availability of the highest quality ingredients using local and organic products including a rooftop beehives and an herb garden.
Additional Accolades include OpenTable's Top 100 Best Restaurant in USA (5 consecutive years including #7 in 2014), Forbes Four Stars (3 consecutive years), American Culinary Federation’s USA Chef of the Year, Top Cincinnati Restaurant (Zagat) and American Culinary Federation’s Award of Excellence.
Hours of Operation:
Nightly 5:30pm-10:00pm; Afternoon Tea (First Saturday of the month) 2:00pm-4:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Pianist & light jazz trio in The Bar at Palm Court on Friday & Saturday from 5:00pm-1:00am.
The hotel has three breathtaking ballrooms and 27 additional banquet rooms perfect for any event from 1-1000.
Complimentary valet parking. You may park with the bellman on Race Street or pull into the valet parking area, also on Race Street under the green arrow.
TANK bus stop across Race Street. Metro bus stop within one block.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For private parties in Orchids at Palm Court, please call for details.
The restaurant offers private dining, but the hotel also offers dining in our three ballrooms including the famed "Hall of Mirrors" and 27 additional break-out rooms. The hotel features one of the finest examples of 1930s French art deco.
Orchids at Palm Court Ratings and Reviews
Our only negative was the service was sl ...
Our only negative was the service was slow, There were five of us and we were there for 3 hours. That's a little too long, even for an upscale experience like this. Otherwise we love the place for special occasions. The space is spectacular, the food is outstanding and the staff is terrific.
By far, one of the best meals we have ev ...
By far, one of the best meals we have ever had! We checked out local restaurant reviews and decided to book dinner with friends for a weekend. We were blown away by the food, ambiance and wine list. Great compliment to the Sommelier (can't remember her name) and Michael, our server. They did a fantastic job!
My fiancé and I were at Orchids to celeb ...
My fiancé and I were at Orchids to celebrate her birthday. This was our first experience here and we will absolutely come back. The level of service was exceptional. I'm in the restaurant business and this was above and beyond. The food was thoughtfully prepared and well thought out, the wine list is exceptional. We ended up with quite a few courses and we were very happy with all of them. Thank you for making my fiancé feel incredibly special, this was exactly what I was going for.
Orchids is not just regular restaurant, ...
Orchids is not just regular restaurant, it is an experience beyond food. The service and the ambiance is outstanding. The service is on par against competitors. The only downside for this place is the time to experience the dining takes too long (almost 2 1/2 hours).
We had a wonderful evening starting with ...
We had a wonderful evening starting with drinks near the piano, then moving to the dining room. Celebration of parents birthdays (early 80's). They had a wonderful time. Food was amazing and service just as attentive as would want. A few "treats" from the kitchen throughout made the evening fun. Special plates with birthday wishes personalized in scripted chocolate to top everything off. Would highly recommend Orchids!!
This was a dissapointment. After years ...
This was a dissapointment. After years of sticking with old standbys like Jeff Ruby's and John Robert's, I was hoping for great things at this top-rated downtown classic. While the staff, bar drinks and ambiance were solid, the food was way too complex to the edge of being inedible. The heirloom tomato salad was a cold mass of semi-cooked tomatoes with an alien looking puffy air filled cheese balloon on top (absolutely weird). Nothing about it was reminiscent of a fresh tomato salad. My fish was cooked in between a wide pancake like crust with a heavy sauce around it. This was not how I would have spent those calories. Dessert was very good; in fact I would recommend either the bar before dinner or coming late for dessert just to see the amazing art deco dining room. It's a bummer the food was otherwise awful.
Perhaps the best restaurant in Cincinnat ...
Perhaps the best restaurant in Cincinnati. The menu is innovative and incredibly well executed. It also happens to be in the most gorgeous room in the city. Not to be missed. Starting with the squash blossoms, what an amazing surprise. Great flavor profile.
Orchids is perfect in all respects. Incr ...
Orchids is perfect in all respects. Incredible dining experience. Perfect for the most special of occasions. Every meal at Orchids' historic venue will be most memorable. Perfection in preparation, presentation, and service. Perfect in every detail.
Heard about Chef Todd Kelly so decided t ...
Heard about Chef Todd Kelly so decided to try this restaurant.
We were extremely pleased.
Party of six guest who all had the 10 course tasting menu with wine pairings.
It would not be an overstatement to say that this experience was one of the best ever.
Exceptional food, wine & service.
Chef came out as well as the general manger to make sure all was OK.
And boy was it ever!
The very finest Cincinnati has to offer. ...
The very finest Cincinnati has to offer. The preparation of the food is something you would expect in Paris or New York. The service is kind, respectful, and observant. Chris took care of us superbly, even when our 85 year old grandfather asked for a few strange off menu items. So happy to have this resteraunt in our home town
We came to celebrate our 12th Anniversar ...
We came to celebrate our 12th Anniversary and couldn't have chosen a better place. Sam, Lauren, Chris and Pere made it a great evening.
We had a superb experience at Orchids at Palm Court. Thank you to everyone that made our evening special. We'll be back.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary at Or ...
We celebrated our 25th anniversary at Orchids. They called the day before to confirm and asked if there was a special occasion. When we arrived our table included a very nice anniversary card and we were then served flute of excellent Prosecco. We chose the Stuffed Squash Blossoms as our first course. They were nice enough to divide one order into two plates (without being asked) and we both enjoyed the result! The wine list is not enormous but has excellent choices at reasonable (in context) prices. We ordered a Cote d'Rhone that was very enjoyable and went well with our main course choice of Chateaubriand for two which was based on Filiet Mingon finished to order at tableside. We were pleasantly surprised when they brought complementary palate teasers before both courses and a small chocolate at the end even though we did not order desert. Our total bill including wine was about $110. Overall this was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent and the service exceptional.
10 Year Anniversary - My wife and I had ...
10 Year Anniversary - My wife and I had never been there, decided to try it as it has a very high rating. For us, this would be a place for a special occasion. Food was excellent and had a good time.
Not cheap, but turned out to not be as much as we expected.
The ambiance is unbeatable. The attenti ...
The ambiance is unbeatable. The attention given to our special occasion was phenomenal. The palate cleansers and special tastings from the chief were an unexpected treat.
Two slips in the otherwise perfect service: no spoon served with the soup, and the entrees once revealed, were lukewarm..... but still delicious.
Exceptional cuisine, hands down best res ...
Exceptional cuisine, hands down best restaurant in town. Friendly, polite, unassuming but high experienced staff. A gastronomic experience with a value price. And it offers sufficient lighting so that you can actually see your food and your dining companions, a rare quality in today's usual dark dungeons that pass for high end dining.
Exceptional service not found in many es ...
Exceptional service not found in many establishments today. Exquisite food presented with flourish, each bite an experience to savor. The chef delights the diner with a unique approach to traditional favorites as well as introducing the diner to her own creations. Wonderful meal!
What an amazing meal! Orchids is in the ...
What an amazing meal! Orchids is in the lobby of the Hilton Netherland Plaza but it should not be considered "hotel food". The food selections, price, quality and service exceeded our expectaions. The staff was helpful and friendly without hovering. I would drive from STL to Cincinnati to dine there again tomorrow if i could get a reservation. Fantastic.
We come once a year for dinner and a co ...
We come once a year for dinner and a couple of times for lunch. In the past, we raved about the food and the whole experience. Not this visit.
This time we ordered the duck breast which was excellent, but there were too few accompaniments for the amount of meat. No, I wouldn't reduce the amount of meat, but add more vegetables. The vegetables that came with the order were decoration only. The brussels sprout leaves were few and tough. The leek was great, but again, only a decoration. The figs were very good. Yes, I did have the lobster salad earlier, which was wonderful, but with no vegetables in the salad, it made it more important to have some with my entrée.
We did not like the dessert selection. It was difficult to select something that we liked. I chose the coconut cake and my husband had the mascarpone mouse. We were both disappointed.
The highlight of the meal were the stuffed zuchinni blossoms and the wine steward. She had the same type of wine I ordered and could not use and of better quality, and offered it to me at the same price. It was an excellent wine.
Food and service are fantastic and the H ...
Food and service are fantastic and the Hilton Netherland Plaza provides an unparalleled setting for such a sofisticated and classy dining experience. The hotel, by itself, is stunningly beautiful. Every dining detail is covered and the service staff is top notch...no empty glasses or waiting for the next course.
For the best experience, book a room at the Hilton and have dinner, grab an after dinner drink at the bar and enjoy the Jazz on weekend evenings. It's well worth it at any price.
45th wedding anniversary. Chose Orchids ...
45th wedding anniversary. Chose Orchids for memorable experience, not disappointed. Service, explanation/description of each course when ordering and at presentation was more than expected. We were very pleased with the evening.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.