orchids-at-palm-court-pasta-bar-lunchOrchids at Palm Court at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherlands Plaza downtown has quite a reputation as being one of the premier restaurants in the city.  It seems like the sort of restaurant one would go to in order to celebrate a special occasion, have an intimate date night, or to meet the ladies for happy hour after a long day at work (or shopping).  The Orchids at Palm Court is a gorgeous restaurant in the middle of a hustling and bustling fancy hotel that makes one feel like they are dining in New York City in the 1920’s instead of Cincinnati in this day and age.  And while the menu at the Orchids is rather fancy and somewhat in the higher end of the price range for restaurants around town they do offer some great mid-day specials for those who lunch downtown.

orchids-at-palm-court-godmotherThe most talked about of their lunch time specials is the Palm Court Pasta Bar Lunch.  Imagine this….all you can eat pasta cooked just the way you want it.  You choose the meat, the sauce, the veggies and the spices and the chefs whip up the most amazing mouth-wateringly delicious dishes for you while you watch.  Watching the chefs prepare the pasta dishes as they are ordered is like watching a choreographed dance routine.  I don’t know how they work in such a small space with so many meals being created at once.  If I were to try my hand at this I would be wearing the sauce and not one person would end up with what they ordered.

We celebrated Ella’s thirteenth birthday with her Godmother at the Pasta Bar this past summer and it was a meal fit for a noodle loving princess.

Orchids at Palm Court Pasta Bar Lunch







The Pasta Bar Lunch is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.  The lines can get a little long at times, but your patience will be well worth the pasta you get to partake in for lunch.