Recommended by 98%
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Elizabeth · Married on 06/21/2019
I cannot say enough good things about The Phoenix. The venue itself is stunning. The beautiful, historic building as well as the surrounding area of Cincinnati provided some excellent pictures for us. Our reception was in the Grand Ballroom which was so beautiful. We loved how spacious it was while still feeling like we could fill it. It’s a beautiful area that will no doubt wow your guests AND still be a perfect place for everyone to have fun! Abby worked with us for the months before the wedding and she was SO SWEET and helpful. She was so accommodating, insightful, and good at what she does! She was never annoyed with my endless emails and questions and she fulfilled all my requests like they were nothing! She made the planning process run so smoothly by helping me keep an appropriate timeline. She was there the night of the wedding and helped with the timing of the evening with things such as bouquet toss, cake cutting, etc. (she even bustled my dress a couple times) She was so thoughtful to make sure we had a couple boxed meals to take with us at the end of the night too, which was SO nice. Now, the food. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. You know how wedding food is often rubbery chicken and the same “typical bulk batch” sides? I get it; making meals for 180+ people and serving them in a timely manner can only mean the food is so good, right? That is so not the case here. We had the hardest time at the tasting deciding on choices. The salads were 20 steps above the usual out-of-the-bag with the go-to ranch you see at weddings. They alone showed there was a chef with a culinary mind behind every detail. They have so many classy options that are safe for your guests without being “typical” and “expected.” They have safe options for sides like creamed potatoes and green beans, which were excellent. BUT, we wanted to stick with the “better than the rest” theme that we had seen in everything else at The Phoenix so we went with gnocchi topped with spinach and pea fondue (how fancy) with the choice of chicken or beef. It was sooo good. I have had several people since make it a point to tell me the food was no doubt the best food they have ever had at a wedding. (I won’t lie, the food being good was one of my biggest concerns.) Now, what’s the cost of providing a GOOD dinner for 180 guests? In all honesty, I still am coming to terms with how much was spent on this wedding. I am so practical and the numbers were unfathomable. BUT, when comparing the prices at The Phoenix with other venue and catering options, it is no doubt comparable and WORTH IT. I realized you’re going to pay no matter where you go, but what you get out of it is so beyond expectations at The Phoenix, it really was worth it. I absolutely recommend The Phoenix to anyone looking for a location that is classy without being stuffy, accommodating staff, food so good you won’t worry about guests (and you!) not enjoying it, and a smooth planning process all the way through the night of the wedding! We loved every bit of our experience!Sent on 07/22/2019
The Phoenix- Cincinnati, Ohio's reply:Elizabeth, it was such a pleasure to help you plan your special day! We are thrilled to hear that we exceeded expectations! We're all wishing you the best!
Tish · Getting married on 11/16/2019
The Phoenix truly made my daughter's event a storybook wedding. Special shout out to Laura Freking, she is the ultimate pro!Sent on 08/21/2019
From our first meeting with The Phoenix, Laura and her team were thoughtful, attentive to our needs, communicated clearly and timely and gave us great confidence this was the right venue.
Throughout the weeks leading up to the reception, this high level of professionalism continued. However, the day of the wedding really exceeded all my expectations. From the moment I walked into the room, I was amazed. The room looked beautiful, every detail was attended to prior to my arrival. The staff working the reception were fabulous as well; personable, efficient and so helpful. The food was great and the bartenders, spot on!
The bones of this building are beautiful. Many of our guests raved about how lovely the venue was.
I can't say enough about how pleased we were. My only regret is that we cannot use The Phoenix again for my next daughter's wedding (Cleveland-based). Thank you Laura and the entire team at The Phoenix for a magical day!
The Phoenix- Cincinnati, Ohio's reply:Tish, thank you for your kind feedback! We loved working closely with you and your daughter and wish we could do it all over again!
Carla Green · Married on 08/24/2019
The Phoenix delivered a wonderful experience for our daughter’s wedding. Abby was professional and kind. She responded to every question and email with promptness and made us feel welcome and important. Once we had our tasting, we knew we had no worries and let Abby take care of everything. The staff was also professional and so friendly. It all turned out perfect, exactly what we had hoped!Sent on 08/27/2019
The Phoenix- Cincinnati, Ohio's reply:Carla, we are so happy to hear that your daughter's wedding was everything you could have hoped for! We loved getting to meet and work with your family!
Lindsay Crutchfield · Married on 08/10/2019
Great barbeque and flexibility
We loved working with The Phoenix for our wedding. Lilly was so helpful from the beginning, listened to what we wanted, and made great suggestions. They communicated promptly, answered all of our questions, and were transparent about pricing. The tasting was a great way to try out the food ahead of the wedding and confirm what we wanted (it was delicious!), and some of their suggested menus were a great starting point but easily tweaked. Day-of, we didn't have to worry about a thing. Their staff took care of our larger room flip, set the tables/folded napkins beautifully, and made cleanup quick. Overall we're so glad that we picked them - they had great customer service and options for every budget.Sent on 08/21/2019
The Phoenix- Cincinnati, Ohio's reply:Lindsay, it was such a pleasure to help you plan your wedding! It was so fun working with you! We're all wishing you the best!
Kiara · Married on 02/23/2019
HIRE THEM! They were such a pleasure to work with! From easily scheduling the tasting up until the wedding night they were great! The tasting itself was probably the best date I've ever had, sitting in their Venue just my now husband and I, with some Frank Sinatra playing in the background eating some delicious food. My husband and are very different in general, but specially when it comes to food, I was toying around with the idea of a "his" and "hers" wedding, while at the tasting they actually had the great idea of doing food stations with his favorites and mine. We did it tapas style and it was PERFECT. Leading up to the wedding they were very responsive and helpful but most importantly accommodating, my 2 year old nephew has an egg allergy so I had asked some items on the menu to not have egg in them, but to not sacrifice the flavor of our food they just set up a dish just for him, I could've kissed them! I highly recommend the ceviche, my guests were raving about it. The staff was WONDERFUL, I swear, the bartender could just be my best friend, I loved him. Thank you Laura and Madison for helping me have my dream wedding!Sent on 03/20/2019
The Phoenix- Cincinnati, Ohio's reply:Kiara, thank you so much for entrusting us in helping you plan you and your husband's special day! It is our pleasure to take the stress out of wedding planning, and more importantly, make the whole process a fun, memorable experience! We wish you and your husband the best!!!
Katy · Married on 05/05/2018
When we walked into the Phoenix, we were instantly in awe. The enormity and elegance of this venue just takes you by surprise( not to mention the mimosas and treats they greet you with!) Abby was there for us every step of the way, giving us vendor recommendations, helping us pick out the menu, she even set up our décor for us on the wedding day. The girls got ready at the Phoenix and it was the best decision ever! Abby and the rest of the staff would check in on us and also give us our privacy at the same time. You get it all at the Phoenix. Abby was there for everything, even helping bustle my dress before she headed out for the night! The serving staff was so much fun and amazing! All of our guests couldn’t stop complimenting about the food and staff. We would recommend the Phoenix 10/10 for anyone. They give you so many options and help you stay within your budget. They made our vision come to life and truly gave us the dream wedding!Sent on 06/20/2018
Whitlee · Married on 04/21/2018
The Phoenix is absolutely AMAZING! Our coordinator, Lauren Melloan, was attentive to our questions and emails and always had our happiness and wedding vision top of mind. The week of the wedding she handled last minute changes and contacted all of our outside vendors which was a HUGE help. Our guests said the food was the best they've ever had at a wedding and the Grand Ballroom itself is GORGEOUS. Our pictures on the staircase turned out beautifully and you can walk to Piatt Park for some fun outdoor pictures. Also, doing your bouquet toss off the balcony is such a fun twist! Working with Lauren and The Phoenix was THE best decision we made throughout the entire wedding planning process. Thank you to Lauren and The Phoenix for making our wedding a dream come true!Sent on 05/07/2018
mary · Married on 12/09/2017
The event coordinator and staff at The Phoenix were excellent. No request was too much and the attention to detail was great. The day of execution was flawless.Sent on 12/19/2017
Anne · Married on 12/09/2017
I can't say enough about this venue and its staff. Lauren Melloan in particular single-handedly made our wedding day with her attention to detail and grace under pressure.Sent on 01/07/2018
We had so many compliments from our guests on the food, the beauty of the venue and the attentiveness of the staff. Working with Lauren and The Phoenix was one of the best decisions we made throughout the entire wedding planning process.
Becky · Married on 10/20/2017
Every bride looking for a reception venue needs to check out The Phoenix! Lauren went out of her way to ensure my reception was everything I wanted and then some.Sent on 11/10/2017
Karen · Married on 09/09/2017
We had a wonderful Wedding Saturday, 9/9 for the new Mr. and Mrs. Inman!! Our Phoenix Coordinator, Lauren Melloan was exceptional! She nailed every detail, answered our many, many questions leading up to the wedding almost always within minutes! During the preparation for the day of the event and during the event she handled every detail perfectly! We had exceptional support from the beginning contract stage and all of the details for the wedding. The staff during the Wedding did an exceptional job. They also helped us pack all of our event items and get them quickly out to our cars.Sent on 09/14/2017
In addition, one of the most important things is all night we heard how beautiful the venue was and several comments that it was the best wedding they had attended! We also had many comments about how great the food was. That means a lot to us as we tried to plan a dream wedding! Thanks to The Phoenix! We highly recommend you!
Kathy · Married on 07/23/2016
I hope whoever plans a wedding in Cincinnati Ohio gives great consideration to ThrPhoenix! I cannot tell you enough..... from the planning help, the video team, the food, The photographer, the music, the special bar and late night food set up, it was all perfect. My thanks to every person at the Phoenix who made a special day so memorable and perfect!Sent on 08/30/2016
Kelsey · Married on 07/08/2016
We went with the Phoenix because the food was seriously some of the best food that we have ever had. It was so good that it was worth paying more for, no doubt. Usually, we go with the cheaper options, but this was one splurge that we went for and it was such a great decision - it was not even that much more expensive than our other options.Sent on 07/29/2016
We loved that the meal was plated too, because that saved us time at the wedding because we did not have buffet lines to worry about. We had salad, bread, and either a roasted chicken dish or vegetarian eggplant lasagna or a chicken finger kid's meal option that were all so good! We also had a cheese board spread during the cocktail hour. On the wedding day, we (the wedding party) were even brought a cheese platter to munch on before the ceremony began - it was so nice! Then, during the wedding night, the staff were great about serving me and my husband first (and they made sure we ate and had plenty of drinks too) and they also served us our pieces of cake first too. Laura Frecking, who helped us get booked with the Phoenix, was especially so nice and helpful - we highly recommend her!
We used this caterer as they were 1 of 4 options that we had to choose from at our venue (Newport Aquarium). Like I said, they were not the cheapest (they were also not the most expensive), but they had the best tasting food. We had 160 guests and we chose a cheaper menu option and it cost us around $6,700 for the food, linens, plates/glasses, and service.
Elizabeth · Married on 06/05/2016
We used the Phoenix for off-site catering for our Sunday brunch wedding at Rhinegeist Brewery. We got in touch with them about six weeks before our wedding, after we had to fire our previous caterer. Needless to say, we were stressed about finding someone new in such a short time-frame — especially since we don’t live in Cincinnati — but Linda at the Phoenix was responsive, professional, and helped us put together a perfect brunch-meets-pub-food stations menu within our price range and on our very short timeline!Sent on 07/07/2016
The day-of, everything was wonderful: the buffet stations were set up beautifully, the staff were professional and courteous, and the food was a big hit. What could have been the biggest disaster of our wedding turned out to be one of the best parts, thanks to the incredible professionalism of the Phoenix’s catering!
rhonda · Married on 05/21/2016
The fact that I am reviewing our caterer nine months after the wedding can mean only one thing...they were so AMAZING that I was committed and compelled to write this for the Phoenix!!Sent on 02/13/2017
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Laura Freking, Director, and Joey Hahn, Executive Chef, were chosen to cater our daughter's wedding (May 2016) ONLY after we had interviewed (with the help of our wedding planner, Michelle Kinne of Blue Dahlia) and attended six other tastings with some of the finest wedding caterers throughout the city.
Our daughter and her (now) husband live in Manhattan (wedding was held at her childhood home in Oxford). Because they have enjoyed many fine dining experiences in New York, they were very focused on the food and wanted to find a caterer that would deliver a memorable menu. Laura and Joey worked with us to develop the perfect menu--one that fit the outdoor woodland-setting.
On the day of the wedding, it rained all morning. Laura, Joey and their entire team of servers and crew arrived early. Laura had new uniforms for the wait staff. When they saw how wet the site was, they ran out to purchase rain boots for their crew! They pitched in to spread hay under their working tents--it was over and beyond what anyone would expect of a catering team and, honestly, they did it with a smile!
The food was gorgeous and the presentation was special. Servers had guests chasing after them for the "lobster on a stick," and the "grilled cheese with truffle honey." Dinner was served homestyle--a juicy roast chicken with grilled lemons presented on a wooden platter--the potatoes were something special! At midnight, Joey rolled out a "whole roasted pig" for our guests.
People were raving about the food long after the wedding was over--a sign of a great caterer! Thank you, Phoenix, for an amazing experience!
Erin · Married on 11/28/2015
I had both my ceremony and reception at The Phoenix and there is no way I can relay in a review how amazing everything was. From the time we started planning everything was seamless. The event planner there really know their stuff and do a great job in making sure that your day is perfect and you don't have to worry about a thing.Sent on 12/09/2015
The food at our cocktail hour and dinner was delicious and people raved about it (particularly the chicken and waffles appetizer). We definitely could have spent less money on our venue but there is nowhere else that could have given us a night so flawless. Worth every penny.
User4025291 · 2+ years ago
The Phoenix was absolutely amazing. I am simply speechless! When we were searching for the perfect venue for both our ceremony and reception, we knew the Phoenix would be it from the moment we stepped inside! It was just so stunning! A large part of our decision in picking a venue also had to do with the type of people working there. When we came for our tour, we were introduced to Laura, who helped me throughout the entire wedding planning process. Her professionalism shined through, and she was just wonderful to work with. I had millions of questions as I was planning my wedding, and she answered every single one promptly. She truly put my mind at ease. The whole time, I felt like the Phoenix had everything under control. They worked very well with all of my vendors, and Laura let us meet with her several times just to make sure everything would be set up just right. She also helped me greatly with my timeline for the whole day. It was awesome having both our ceremony and reception at the Phoenix because my bridesmaids and I got to stay in the building all day long, get completely ready there, and watch as each of the vendors arrived and transformed the place into my vision! Our guests loved that everything was all at one place as well! Additionally, our guests raved about the beauty of the Phoenix and how INCREDIBLE the food was! All in all, it was the most perfect place to be married, and Laura was absolutely great!Sent on 07/18/2015
Maggie · Married on 05/30/2015
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Phoenix. We had a very small wedding (20 people) This was by far the best decision of the entire wedding. Everything was perfect from the food, to the staff, to the price, and to the room. We went with a 6 course wine dinner with wine parings. We crafted the menu with the chef and it was AMAZING! Not to mention surprisingly reasonably priced. The bartender paired the wines and created a signature cocktail which was phenomenal. Our wedding coordinator, Carolina, was the best. She was with us every step of the way from the initial planning to setting up to room and helping serve. We did lunch and also got ready at the venue which was so convenient. Everything went smoothly and the removed all of the stress from the day. I cannot say enough good things about this place. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about a wedding. Big or small they really make it amazing.Sent on 06/30/2015
Lauren · Married on 09/20/2014
The Phoenix was such a wonderful place to hold our ceremony and reception. The staff was unbelievably attentive on the night of our wedding, and both myself, my groom and my entire family were impressed. The space was beautiful and easy for our guests (ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were all there). Food was great and we couldn't be happier with our decision to get married at The Phoenix. You pay a premium, but you get what you pay for!Sent on 10/06/2014
Dana · Married on 09/06/2014
I have absolutely nothing but positive things to say about the Phoenix! They were so accommodating not only to myself and guests but to my vendors as well. Laura was my main contact and it was such a blessing having her in my corner. She essentially served as the DOC contacting all vendors and ensuring things ran smoothly. The entire staff was incredible to work with including the servers and bartenders. I would say the amazing hospitality and quality received was only surpassed by the beauty of the venue itself. Absolutely stunning. I did a lot of searching and the Phoenix was by far the best value for the quality wedding I wanted. I can't thank them enough!Sent on 09/22/2014
User4262950 · 2+ years ago
The Phoenix is a class act!!! Besides being a beautiful venue for a wedding reception, the food was fabulous and they were great to work with. We worked with Laura for my daughter's reception and she was professional and made sure everything was taken care of. If my daughter had questions she was always quick getting back to her.Sent on 07/20/2014
We were lucky to get the bar/restaurant area for our cocktail hour and it was perfect. Appetizers and service was great. It was nice that there was an elevator from street level and plenty of space to lounge if people wanted to talk away from the noise of the band. We were happy with every aspect of this venue!
Katie · Married on 07/04/2014
We loved our wedding, the food, the venue, how easy going and helpful everyone there was! It was absolutely perfect!!!Sent on 08/08/2014
Catie · Married on 05/10/2014
The Phoenix in Downtown Cincinnati is a beautiful building from top-to-bottom, which is originally why we picked it as our wedding venue. But The Phoenix turned out to be so much more. Their staff was professional and accommodating, the food was incredible (!), and there was no detail left unattended. We could not have asked for a better wedding, and we owe so much of it to The Phoenix and its staff!Sent on 05/13/2014
User2560750 · 2+ years ago
So amazing! Laura and everyone at the Phoenix were so easy to work with and super responsive. The whole night was smooth and seamless. I had nothing to worry about! So many of my guests commented on how amazing the food was! Gorgeous venue! We just loved it!Sent on 07/09/2013
User3278070 · 2+ years ago
The Phoenix was absolutely amazing. If you are looking for a unique place to get married in Cincinnati I highly recommend this venue.Sent on 05/24/2013
The food was delicious and the service to my 300+ wedding guests was exceptional. Laura was SO helpful throughout the process and made everything less stressful. Leading up to the wedding she was so through and it was a so nice they take care of coordinating all my vendors. The entire Phoenix staff the night of was so attentive.
I could not have asked for a more amazing experience. The venue speaks for it self and the service is nothing but 5 stars.