The Palace Restaurant

Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati inside the historic Cincinnatian Hotel (built in 1882), The Palace Restaurant features a seasonal menu of contemporary American cuisine that leans heavily on locally sourced ingredients, as well as seafood flown in daily that is crafted into simple but distinct dishes by Nathan Sheatzely.

Standards like seared foie gras, braised veal shank and house-made ice creams compete with more adventurous dishes like wheat berry salad, Indiana duck breast and PB&J — chocolate ganache, chocolate sorbet, sesame and Concord grape sauce.

On the third Thursday of the month (January through October), a fixed menu of two courses and a bottle of wine for $70 per couple sells out regularly, and each event focuses on a different country’s cuisine. This allows Sheatzely and his staff to spread their wings with new flavor combinations, the most popular of which make their way to the regular menus.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The eight-seat chef’s table at The Palace Restaurant is located in the kitchen where diners can watch chef Nathan Sheatzely and his team work their magic (reservations are recommended well in advance due to its popularity).

• The Palace Restaurant’s veteran staff prides itself on service that’s attentive without being intrusive, guided by John McLean, Maitre d', who boasts a career in fine dining that spans nearly 40 years, the last seven-plus at The Palace. He doubles as the unofficial sommelier.

• While a few tried-and-true entrees like Dover Sole stay year-round, the culinary team revamps the menu seasonally to suit the freshest ingredients available.
Things to Know
• Breakfast at The Palace Restaurant is served from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday and Sunday. You can grab a weekday lunch here as well between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

• Just be aware that the restaurant does not serve dinner on Sundays, but you can dine here in the evening from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

• The dress code at The Palace Restaurant can best be described as business casual. Your best bet is to wear a button down shirt and khakis for men and a nice blouse for women.

• Reservations at The Palace are not required but are encouraged, especially for the popular Tasting Thursdays and half-off wine nights (Fridays January through October). Call the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant directly at 513-381-3000, or reserve a table online. 
The Design
• The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended restaurant features three neat rows of tables decorated in a palette of browns and blacks under high ceilings.

• In and around the restaurant are paintings and sculptures by Cincinnati artists or artists from outside the region whose subject matter features Cincinnati landmarks or themes.

• Linen tablecloths and soft instrumental music round out the elegant atmosphere.
Getting There
601 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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