Yes, it's a Special occasion place and a Special restaurant. Expensive, but not oppressively so, dressy, for this day and age, I even wore a coat, but noticed one or two men with out them, and decorous. Four of us went last evening and with drinks, dinner, liberal tips' all around, including Valet Parking it ran about $75 a head.
The Palace is located on the main floor of the Cincinnatian Hotel at 6th and Vine. Phone # 513-381-3000. It is on a par with the other 4 and 5 Star restaurants in the city.
Their menu is constructed so that you can have whole or half portions and they are very happy to oblige in any way they can. The Chef greeted us and with my questioning suggested the lamb or beef, which most of us bypassed. We settled on fresh Dover sole, one of the few, or only, places it is available in the city.
Marilyn and I had two half orders of the Heirloom Tomato Salads, the server recommend this as it was more tomatoes than splitting one whole order, and also split the Dover sole, which gave us each two fillets. The sole comes with excellent wax beans and two small potato cakes. A butter, fresh herb, sauce is offered for the fish. Fearing I might be hungry I also ordered the Salmon Tartar, in a half portion which was about the size of two checker pieces stacked. It was fresh and very tasty but not enough for this gourmand.
The other couple had a full order of the Dover Sole and a half order of lamb. They both started with beautifully prepared scallops, which I was lucky enough to taste. Three of the four had coffee and the restaurant provides small "dolces" as a compliment.
The service was excellent and the room lively although not noisy. All in all a very satisfying evening.