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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 (Seven 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.
35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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
This was our third dinner visit over a period of 2 1/2 years. Our first two visits were stellar in every way. My daughter and her wife were so impressed with their first visit last August they couldn't imagine anyplace they would rather come for dinner to celebrate her birthday this year. This involved them driving from Baltimore. First I would like to say the food was outstanding as usual. However, the service did not seem to be at same caliber we had experienced in the past and come to expect. It took an unusually long time to receive menus and we had to ask for bread. Service overall, seemed to be a bit slower in comparison to other visits. I realize that it is necessary to allow sufficient amount of time for the proper preparation of our dishes and the coordination for presentation in unison which is a unique feature I love at Orchids. I will continue to recommend this restaurant because the overall experience is unparalleled in my extensive fine dining experiences. I will also give the benefit of the doubt to the restaurant because there may have been extenuating circumstances that contributed to the change in service. But had this been our first visit, I may have had a less favorable attitude.
From the valet, John (valet is free for diners of Orchids) to the hostess's farewell/"thanks for dining with us", everything was top notch. Food was exquisite, cocktails wonderful, wine pairings were perfect, and the space is wonderful. Certainly a splurge for us but worth it.
We decided to treat ourselves to something special for our seventh wedding anniversary and to celebrate my wife beating breast cancer. We made the reservation online never thinking we would receive a call, but we did and it was sweet, professional, and set us at ease about being so far out of our element. We were even asked during the reservation confirmation of we were celebrating something special.
When we arrived for our reservation we're seating in our dream location. Our seating was done for our privacy and intimacy by the staff without ever being requested. A card congratulating us was on the table. My wife was surprised and eased.
Every course was detailed and every question answered. We were made to feel important and valued the entirety of our time there. As dessert came I saw my wife lose her breath at the plates came decorated with chocolate wishing us a happy seventh anniversary.
I couldn't have ask for a better experience and didn't have to ask for any of the extra detail and care we received. We hope to go back for every anniversary for the rest of our marriage.
Orchids is, by far, the most outstanding dining experience that the Greater Cincinnati area offers. Todd Kelly and his staff are top notch and competitive with any other five star or diamond restaurant that I have experienced in larger cities than Cincinnati.
By far the best restaurant my wife and have ever been to. Our server Michael was amazing, attentive, polite, well groomed, and went out of his way to explain every dish to my wife and I due to our dietary restrictions. I must say this is the best restaurant in town hands down.
Dinner was superb and beyond our expectations. The unexpected ingredient combinations made for taste sensations that piqued our palettes. The first course lobster was incredibly fresh and sweet. The shredded puff pastry was a delicious and an excellent pairing with crème fraiche, caviar cream, and poached egg. The scallops melted in my mouth. The combination of pork belly, pea, quail egg, carrot and mirin were a welcomed surprise. The Meyer Lemon pudding was disappointing only in that there was not enough of the lemon and too much of the other ingredients. The staff were impeccable: polite, personable, informative. I enjoyed being told what I was eating and, in some cases, how the item was made. The hotel makes for a beautiful atmosphere. At 3-1/2 hours, Orchids at Palm Court is not for the faint of heart, or those in a hurry. However, with wonderful company, delicious food, and friendly staff, the time went by quickly. The piano music was very pleasant. I am glad, however, that we were at the end of our meal when the band started because they would have been too loud while eating. This really was an experience, not just a meal. I highly recommend Orchids at Palm Court.
Exceeded expectations! Each dish was a work of art. Enjoyed the evening, for the ambiance, delish menu, presentation and superb attention to every detail. Staff was amazing also. Loved the piano music and jazz band. Thank you for a wonderful, memorable evening.
Great overall dining experience. We had the 7 course chef's menu, which gave us the opportunity to taste a greater variety of dishes. The duck was amazing, flavorful and tender, with perfectly crispy skin.
The one aspect that I did not care for, is the fact they added a 20% service charge. While we did receive very good service, I prefer the ability to determine the amount of gratuity; I would have provided greater than 20%, but this fee was a turn off, and a bad way to end a good dining experience.
First time we've been there for 20 years. It was a wonderful experience as we celebrated our 50th Wedding anniversary. Robert, Michael and the entire staff were most gracious and accommodating. The cuisine was exquisite. And, the ambience was most relaxing. We will return sooner than 20 years.
The restaurant is a beautifully restored, Art Deco style historic landmark. It was gorgeous to look at. The service was incredibly attentive and the staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. The food was simply exceptional- the chef prepares dishes in such a way that even a familiar staple seems new and improved. The decor is stunning, the staff is excellent, and the food is simply incredible. It was a wonderful experience dining there for the evening.
This was a celebration of my best friend of 30 years, 78th Birthday. From the warm jovial greeting at the bar and superior cocktails to the ambience and beauty of this impeccable historic French art deco building, words cannot describe the incredible celebration we experienced. Food was a creative mouth watering pleasure. Service with Sam's coordination was absolute orchestrated brilliance! Best restaurant in the country! Executive Chef Todd Kelly paired with Pastry Chef Megan Ketover makes for a once in a lifetime dining affair! As well, Maître D' Meredith Rake assures a seamless event!
My wife and I ate here since we were staying at the hotel, and since the restaurant was so well rated. It completely exceeded our expectations. I made an off-hand remark about wanting to see where they actually aged their 18-month-old ham, and it translated into a visit from the restaurant manager, and a tour of the kitchen by the executive chef. We were completely surprised and delighted.
The food was exquisite, the flavors wonderful, and we received two more courses than we actually ordered. The service was every bit as good as you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. I dinged the review one star on value since the price is quite high, and the quantities were small. The latter was actually a plus for my wife and me (we're trying to watch our weight), and if it's a special occasion, the price is well worth it.
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