Book Your Wedding with The Phoenix


About Us

The Phoenix is a premier events venue and fine dining establishment located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. It was originally built in 1893 and later restored to its original grandeur in the 1980s. The stunning white marble staircase is an excellent location for first-look photographs. In fact, many couples pay a fee just to have a one-hour photo session on this exquisite stairway.

The Phoenix has enough room for hosting both wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. The building is separated into seven different event space locations, with a fine dining restaurant on the ground floor.

The Grand Ballroom is the largest event space offered by The Phoenix and it can accommodate up to 400 guests for a reception. The stained glass features, picturesque balconies, stunning chandeliers and large dance floor provide the perfect ambience for any wedding celebration.

The Archway Ballroom is commonly used for hosting wedding ceremonies, but it is also a great space for elegant wedding receptions. The Tiffany stained-glass windows are truly one of a kind. The room also has stunning chandeliers and a large dance floor and it can accommodate up to 250 guests.

The Presidents Room is a slightly smaller room. It can accommodate up to 100 guests for a wedding ceremony, 80 guests for a wedding reception and up to 150 guests for a cocktail hour. This stately room includes a beautiful handcrafted bar, a gorgeous fireplace and unique lighting features.

The Maisonette Room is ideal for smaller, more intimate weddings and has a maximum capacity of 60 guests. Depending on your specific package, this room may be included at no additional fee.

The Cincinnati Room is located directly adjacent to the Archway Ballroom. It can be used to host a wedding reception, cocktail hour or as a lounge area. It has a maximum capacity of 150 guests.

The Tea Room is a quaint venue location that is adorned with Victorian-style decor. The space has a maximum capacity of 70 guests and is best used for smaller weddings and bridal showers.

This unique rooms gives guests a bird's eye view of the house chef preparing the dinner. The room is elegantly decorated and it can accommodate up to 50 guests.


What You Should Know

When hosting your wedding ceremony or wedding reception at The Phoenix, you will work directly with an on-site events coordinator. Your coordinator will provide you with a list of preferred vendors. However, you are free to use any outside vendor of your choice, except for the caterer. All catering must be done in house, but couples can choose from a variety of different menu packages. Both buffet and plated service meals are available.

Audio and visual services are outsourced to Prestige Audio, a local, preferred vendor. Customized LED lighting effects are available. You can bring your own wine and champagne into the venue, but you may be charged an addition corkage fee. The venue does not have on-site parking available, but a public parking garage is located adjacent to the building and valet parking can be arranged.


Extra Perks

In addition to wedding day celebrations, The Phoenix is also ideal for hosting bridal showers, bachelor parties and rehearsal dinners. Couples will receive a variety of extra perks when renting this venue.

  • Linens, china and glassware
  • Bridal suite
  • Free photo session in grand stairway
  • Reception can last until midnight
  • One day advance access to reception area

From the Vendor

The Phoenix | Downtown Cincinnati

Come check us out! The Phoenix is a Cincinnati Historic Landmark and THE place to host your dream wedding ceremony and reception. Our talented team will help you every step of the way and make sure your entire wedding experience is flawless. Come find out why we love doing what we do!

Amenities + Details

  • Bridal Suite

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • Indoor

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Ceremony Types

Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

Venue Capacity



Ballroom, Historic Venue, Religious Setting, Restaurant

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Shuttle Service, Transportation


Contact Info

812 Race St, Cincinnati, OH (513) 721-8901

Stunning venue - great service and food!!!

Reviewed on 7/02/2014 Phoebe S

Our experience was absolutely wonderful with the Phoenix!! We worked with Laura Freking who could not have been more helpful or accommodating! She worked with us to plan our dream wedding within our budget, and she worked so hard the day of to keep everything rolling on... Read More schedule. She also made me feel very calm and comfortable the day of. I was so confident throughout the day that everything would run smoothly with the Phoenix staff and Laura in charge. I have gotten so many compliments from the wedding guests about the venue and how beautiful it is and also how delicious the food is! DELICIOUS FOOD!!! I have had many say it was the best wedding food they'd ever had! We had the Caesar salad and roasted chicken with Swiss chard with some sort of lemon sauce. The reception was in the grand ballroom - very grand with gorgeous balconies, stain glass windows and chic bathroom for women. We had our cocktail hour in the archway ballroom which was beautiful as well and right by the stunning marble staircase. Laura set up an incredible display of cheese and veggies on a table in the center of the room for cocktail hour and there were delicious passed appetizers as well. The service was impeccable. The bartenders were fun and worked quickly - they had a lot of personality! The servers were great and everyone was very helpful throughout the night. I got ready at the Phoenix with the bridal party the morning of the wedding. Laura was in and out that morning as well and had coffee and water waiting for us. If you want a classy, elegant wedding go with this venue!! I was told by many that our wedding had the feel of a blacktie event. Not a complaint!! Like I said, they helped make my dream wedding perfect!

Reviewed on 6/30/2016 Megan B

I recently got married on May 7th 2016. I worked with both Laura and Lydia at The Phoenix. They were both fantastic to work with! Laura & Lydia are hardworking, reliable, dedicated, professional and extremely kind. I always felt I was made a priority anytime I had questions,... Read More especially as the big day got closer. Laura and Lydia were an enormous help the week of the wedding. They were so accommodating and any changes last minute were adjusted with ease. Both my mom, sister and I were able to completely enjoy the big day as The Phoenix staff set everything up for us. Lydia ran around all day making sure everything was perfect and just how I had envisioned. You should of seen the grand ballroom when it was finished being decorated--- absolutely AMAZING! Both of our parents still talk today about how sharp and breathtaking that room looked. During the reception Lydia checked on Clint and I to make sure we didn’t need anything and everything was running smoothly and how we wanted. My husband and I have received COUNTLESS number of compliments regarding our reception. Numerous people have said it was the nicest wedding that they have ever been too. The Phoenix is BEAUTIFUL! Majority of our pictures were taken before our wedding inside The Phoenix and they are amazing. They also have a bridal suite at The Phoenix which worked out perfect—everyone was able to get ready and eat lunch in a large and spacious room. We are 100% thrilled we choose The Phoenix to have our reception. It was absolutely perfect and everything I have always dreamed about!

Reviewed on 7/18/2017 trisha p

The Phoenix executed the wedding of my dreams! The entire planning process was so easy, thanks to their team of experts! The actual day of the wedding was absolutely perfect, and I had no worries, because Lauren (the lead coordinator) knew exactly how I wanted everything to be... Read More and had my complete trust. In fact, it was even better than I imagined. My husband and I felt like royalty, as did our families and bridal party. The guests said the dinner was so delicious, it was like they were at a restaurant. Absolutely the best day ever and I am so thankful for Lauren and the staff at the Phoenix.

Reviewed on 7/09/2017 Neal M

What a memorable event orchestrated by the very professional staff at the Phoenix on Saturday, July 8th for my daughter Devin's reception. Laura Freking and her assistants were on top of things from beginning to end and attended to every detail. We could not have asked for... Read More more. The venue was absolutely beautiful and the food was incredible to say the least. We had nearly 350 guests and not a negative comment from anyone. I would highly recommend it as a venue for anyone planning a wedding in downtown Cincinnati. Kudos to the entire Phoenix team. You helped create a memory that will last a lifetime. Thank you!

Reviewed on 6/22/2017 Christine R

Everything about this place is absolutely amazing! I had originally been working with Carolina but about 6 months before the wedding she had left-I was a bit nervous because of this but Lydia took care of me from there and she was amazing!! We originally picked The Phoenix for... Read More the beautiful aspects (marble staircase-stained glass windows etc.) The price was super reasonable as well for the Archway Ballroom-which was a perfect size for our 100 guest wedding. The price was comparable to any random country club with no special details. The food was so good as well! Which is hard to find in my opinion. Lydia really took care of everything on our night and made sure everything ran so smoothly! I would recommend checking this place out to anyone!

Reviewed on 6/22/2017 Samantha H

I cannot express how much I loved the Phoenix, it was so beautiful and the entire staff worked so hard to make sure every little detail of my wedding was taken care of. It was so stress free on the day of it was like a dream. I would recommend Lydia, Lauren and the whole staff... Read More at the Phoenix a million times over!!!!

Reviewed on 6/20/2017 Leslie S

My coordinator Lydia was awesome. Very detail oriented and great attutide!. Perfect response time!

Reviewed on 6/14/2017 Melodie T

My daughter got married last weekend and had her reception at The Phoenix in Cincinnati. We were very pleased not only with the food and the service, but the special care that the employees showed. Lydia was great to work with in the months of planning and Abby did a great job... Read More of setting everything up and making sure things ran smoothly the night of the reception. We received several compliments on the food. The chef is amazing. The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous. I would highly recommend The Phoenix for your special events.

Reviewed on 3/08/2017 Kate A

I cannot say enough good things about our experience with the Phoenix!! The Phoenix is a GORGEOUS venue with delicious catering and wonderful event coordinators to work with! We worked very closely with Lydia, who was always ready to help us with whatever we needed throughout... Read More the process of planning our wedding reception. She took care of absolutely everything for us so everything turned out exactly like we wanted on our wedding day, and we did not have to lift a finger on the wedding day. The catering was also absolutely perfect-the food turned out wonderfully. Our reception was in the Grand Ballroom, which looked absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend the Phoenix!!

Reviewed on 1/02/2017 Brooke P

Absolutely amazing venue! Not only is every inch stunningly beautiful, but the staff are incredibly professional, kind, and organized. The food is fantastic- our guests said it was the best they have ever had at a wedding. Our on-site coordinator had a family emergency the day... Read More before our wedding, and someone else stepped in without missing one single detail of what we had planned and needed. By booking The Phoenix, you are getting so much more than just a location which will make your day perfect.

Reviewed on 12/20/2016 Kelsey F

The food and service the night of the reception was great, we had excellent servers. There were some ups and downs with the planning, but they did their best to make things right at the end.

Reviewed on 11/10/2016 Jennifer A

Completely accommodating of EVERYTHING! The staff was attentive and quick to respond. They also provided unique and creative suggestions that simply perfected my day. They truly made my wedding day, a day I (and many others) will never forget!! Cannot thank them enough and I... Read More genuinely recommend them to anyone and everyone!! The venue is perfect, beautiful, intimate and overall stunning.

Reviewed on 11/04/2016 Francie D

The staff at The Phoenix took care of everything. Specifically, Carolina Curran made my wedding plans seem like a walk in the park! She was more than flexible when I asked if my bridesmaids and I could get ready in the "Tea Room" the day of. Carolina came prepared with mimosas,... Read More light sandwiches and snacks. My husband and I could not have asked for a better experience. Not to mention the beauty of the venue! It is truly one of a kind. I would definitely recommend The Phoenix to anyone who inquires!

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Jeffrey A

My fiancé and I can't wait to have our wedding reception at The Phoenix! Laura Freking has been great with helping us to plan and organize everything for our big day.

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Kelsey B

Our experience at The Phoenix was outstanding!! The customer service and follow-up from Laura Freking and her team was amazing. They made a stressful planning season go incredibly smooth, and were always there to help us with any questions or recommendations. Our guests... Read More constantly complimented the food selection throughout the night, the bartenders were so quick to attend the guests, and the set-up looked flawless! Choosing the Phoenix was the best decision we made! I highly recommend to friends and family!

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Christina M

The Phoenix was absolutely amazing. Laura and Lydia took the time to execute every detail to perfection , making our night completely stress free and exactly what we planned. They make you feel like you are their only client and consistently give you undivided attention. I... Read More recommend The Phoenix to every bride I meet!

Reviewed on 10/28/2016 Heather Z

I was a a bride from out of town, which I was afraid was going to be very stressful. However, Laura took the time to email me every answer to any questions I had to put my mind at ease while we planned the wedding. The day of the wedding she was also extremely helpful in... Read More coordinating everything and making sure the day went as smooth as possible.

Reviewed on 10/09/2016 Nicole B

Best venue we could have possibly picked. Truly a gorgeous venue and the staff was AMAZING!!! Everything ran very smoothly and if there was an issue I was completely unaware! Lydia Whitman made me feel so comfortable and put my mind at ease about every last detail - I don't know... Read More what I would have done without her! We received so many compliments from all our friends and family about how elegant the venue was and how happy they were with the food, drinks & service :)

Reviewed on 8/21/2016 Kelsey W

We had our reception at The Phoenix in The Grand Ballroom and worked closely with both Laura and Lydia over the prior year and a half. Laura and Lydia were awesome! They were quick to respond to any question we had. As hectic as the month before can be, they were always... Read More willing to help us out and make any changes we needed. During the reception, Lydia and Becky continually checked on us to make sure we were taken care of. The entire staff was professional and efficient all night. We received multiple compliments from guests about the great food and beautiful Ballroom. We would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a fabulous downtown Cincinnati reception.

Reviewed on 7/07/2016 Liz A

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... Read More 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! 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!

Reviewed on 3/17/2016 Becca K

We had our ceremony and reception at The Phoenix and were so happy we chose them! They made every step simple for us and went out of their way at every stage to make sure we were happy. We worked with Laura and Lydia, and they were both wonderful! We had a smallish group (50... Read More guests) and the Archway Ballroom was perfect for our reception. The room is beautiful! I highly suggest The Phoenix if you're looking for a beautiful location, great food and a staff that is there to help make your wedding exactly what you want.

Reviewed on 3/17/2016 Hannah G

The staff at the Phoenix was amazing! The food was the best food we have ever eaten! We received many compliments on both from our guests and a few asked for my contact for future events they want to hold there. We could have not asked for a more perfect day! Highly... Read More recommended!

Parent of the Groom

Reviewed on 10/13/2015

Wonderful service, terrific food, outstanding staff. Laura Freking helped us from our first contact with her. We cannot say enough about how accommodating and exceptional the staff truly has been. Every need was met with a smile. I would recommend The Phoenix to anyone... Read More looking for an extraordinary wedding experience.

The Phoenix is Amazing!

Reviewed on 10/12/2015 Ari M

We were recently married at the Phoenix. They were beyond amazing! They listened to our every request and didn't miss a detail. Laura Frecking is fantastic and I highly recommend requesting her.The food was delicious and the presentation was perfect. The venue looked gorgeous... Read More and Laura knew where to place every flower and candle. They are truly amazing and made our wedding dream come true!

Outstanding! Fantastic! I would do it all the same.

Reviewed on 9/29/2015 Kelli P

My wedding something I dreamed about my entire life. However, it was not what I imagined it would was 1000% more wonderful than I could have ever imagined!! I cannot say enough good things about The Phoenix and the staff. I worked directly with Carolina Curran who was a... Read More rockstar and completely made the process seamless and a dream. My husband feels the same and even reached out to her personally to thank her and The Phoenix for a wonderful day. You have to check this place out! It fit our budget, our taste, the food is still being complimented, and the venue is perfect for both wedding ceremony and reception. I could literally go on forever, but 5 stars and a rave review is not enough. Go see for yourself! You will not be disappointed and will have nothing but wonderful and fond memories of your big day at The Phoenix. Cheers!!