ADDRESS: 601 Vine St., downtown.

HOURS: Breakfast daily, lunch weekdays, dinner Monday through Saturday.

CUISINE: Contemporary European.

PRICE RANGE: $33 to $58.

CREDIT CARDS: Most cards accepted.

RESERVATIONS: Highly recommended.

CONTACT: 513/381-3000,  800/942-9000  or


Any number of tourism books and travel magazines have repeatedly called The Palace restaurant the most elegant culinary experience in Cincinnati.

"With all due apologies to The Maisonette, The Palace is the finest restaurant in Cincinnati," says one reference in the Insider's Guide to Cincinnati (written before The Maisonette closed). "Even Maisonette owner Nat Comisar has publicly conceded the two restaurants run neck-in-neck for the honor."

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