812 Race St, Cincinnati, OH | Directions 4520239.105089 -84.515575
Neighborhoods: Central Business District
Wonderful place for a reception! – Not in the greatest part of town, but such a beautiful building. Building contains a marble staircase, tiffany stained glass windows, and gorgeous chandeliers. I used this as my reception site and I would never take that back. Still today people talk about how beautiful the place was and how great the food was. I have heard some say that the prices are high, but I think they are lower than some of the other sites and club houses I visited. Plus you get top of the line servers and food. The staff was great to work with and they did everything to make my wedding perfect. Before my wedding I went to the Phoenix over 10 times to show my family and friends the room, not once was the staff rude to me about this. Each time I called requesting to come look again they were so accomadating and even let me look in on weddings that were being set up so I could get ideas. I would recommend this place to anyone!
The best value in fine dining downtown can be found in this elegant restaurant on the first floor of the banquet and meeting facility. – In Short
A sumptuous setting features elegant wood paneled walls and refined service. This bistro offer a traditional three-course menu that includes an extensive range of gourmet dishes. Start with an open ravioli with veal and wild mushroom or prosciutto wrapped prawns with tomato salsa. Entrees include many steak offerings, a tender osso buco on a bed of cheesy risotto, a seared duck breast in a port cherry sauce, and an artichoke mushroom pie.
4-course prix fixe value – The Phoenix offers a 4-course prix fixe for $40. It's a good value for the quantity of food you get--a soup, salad, entree, and dessert. And, portions are large. Enough to take home leftovers.
Service is prompt and professional. The restaurant is quiet enough to have a conversation. Dress is business to business casual.
However, I was less impressed by the food. The soup was too salty, the salad was average, and the entree was a little overcooked. The best part was the creme brulee.
Mediocrity Defined – The best thing about the Phoenix is that there is really nothing terrible about it. The worst thing is that there is nothing really great about it. Maybe the historical building is great, but for me atmosphere is only 25% of the equation when I go to a restaurant like the Phoenix.
This is another restaurant that tries to get there but just quite cannot. Part of it is that the Cincinnati market (and most of the United States) will not support an anachronistic fine dining concept
Phoenix Reception – My wife and I held our wedding reception at the Phoenix, in the Grand Ballroom, and it was wonderful. While I am bias, it was the best reception I have ever been to (and I have been to a few of them). I am still getting compliments about the Fillet Minion to this day from our guests.
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