The Diverse Nature of Prime Cincinnati

Photography by Catie Viox

Cincinnati offers a vast array of dining choices. Cuisines from distant cultures appear with increased frequency along with new versions of familiar classics. Restaurants strive to reflect the charm, sophistication and spirit of their locations, identifying with the Banks, Over-the-Rhine, Downtown, Mount Adams, the Kentucky Coast or the many in-close and suburban communities that are Greater Cincinnati.

A standout among these choices, located in the heart of the arts and business center of the city, is privately owned and independent Prime Cincinnati.

Nelson Castillo, managing partner, says, “Prime reflects, in its décor and varied menus, the diverse nature of its locale and desires of its guests.” Sharing the intersection of Walnut and Sixth streets with the Contemporary Arts Center, the Aronoff Center for the Arts and a Cincinnati Bell Connector stop, Prime is the foremost place for a casual lunch, pre-theatre dining, light matinee fare or dinner in time for the evening curtain.

Business men and women from the many nearby financial and legal firms and other downtown enterprises will find Prime to be the place for lunch to celebrate a deal, enjoy a light meal away from the office or show the team appreciation for a successful project.

Prime’s staff takes pride in being one-of-a-kind by diversifying its offerings. At Prime, you will find far more than steaks, chops and creamed spinach. Alongside finely prepared cuts of beef, there is pristine fish and shellfish flown in from Hawaii. Fresh produce reflects the season and is at the heart of refreshing and satisfying salads, soups and side dishes. Executive Chef Shawn Heine and his staff pay careful attention to each menu item.

Beverages at Prime showcase signature cocktails, beers, including many of Cincinnati’s craft brews, and a thoughtfully selected wine list highlighted by those grown and produced in Spain from transplanted California varietals.

Prime’s menus are designed to satisfy by providing top-end quality and value at different price points. A separate menu for the lounge, bar and patio offers a wide range of choices. The pre-theatre Prime seating menu, available from 4-6 p.m., is a three-course offering for $35. In addition, Prime sports two patios that are perfect for lunch, dinner, drinks and light dining with cigar smoking permitted on the western patio.

Prime is perhaps at its most active, thriving and satisfying when catering to your special occasions. Whether business focused for large or small groups (10 to 200) or celebrating a birthday or anniversary, Prime has the perfect space for your party. For that special dinner, your personalized menu will commemorate your experience. Prime is also a superb choice for weddings and rehearsal dinners. Elise Lemen, Prime’s manager and event coordinator, will work with you to make your event special.

When dining in Cincinnati, make Prime your first choice for an experience to remember.

Prime Cincinnati is located at 580 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, call 513.579.0720 or visit