Caterers and Other Rental Services

Catered Buffet Dinner
Catered Buffet Dinner


You are welcome to use your choice of caterers or self-cater your event. Because of the uniqueness of the Observatory we have a list of preferred caterers below who have successfully hosted events at the Observatory.

No alcohol sales are permitted. You may provide your own refreshments or hire a caterer to provide alcoholic beverages.

Caterers are responsible for clean up of prep areas, service areas, and trash removal.

NOTICE: As a National Historic Landmark the Observatory is a steward to significant artifact and library collections.

For that reason, and prevailing fire prevention rules, we have instituted a “no cooking” policy within either building. (No pan frying, broiling, grilling, paella or the like is allowed indoors.)

Chafing dishes/trays, hot boxes and convection ovens (no more than 2) may be used upstairs in the main Observatory. There is caterer prep space downstairs for non-cooking use (i.e. salad, plate prep, storage, etc.).

To ensure a successful event, we recommend all caterers schedule a walk-through prior to booking an event.

Preferred Caterers

Venice on Vine Catering 513-221-7020
My Personal Gourmet Catering 513-722-2500
Elegant Fare 513-552-1340
Funky’s Catering 513-841-9999
Eat Well 859-291-9355
Jeff Thomas Catering 859-291-0286
Village Pantry Catering 513-965-0511
A Touch of Class Catering 513-481-3663
Montgomery Inn 513-852-6733
Beth O'Leary Catering 513-271-5099
Mt. Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters 513-871-8626
Lother's Catering 859-689-4030
McHale's Catering 859-442-7776
A la Carte 513-891-8688
Garnish Catering 513-791-2433
B&B Riverboats / Current Catering 859-655-3850
The Bonbonerie Fine Pastries 513-321-3399
Vonderhaar's Catering, Inc 513-554-1969
Keystone Bar & Grill 513-913-0348
Eli's BBQ 513-533-1957
Pompillos Restaurant 859-581-3065
Oriental Wok 513-871-6888
Delish Dish 859-250-0881


Rental 5 Foot Rounds
Rental 5 Foot Rounds

Tents & Other Event Rentals

If you should wish to use Observatory grounds for a larger event, a tent is recommended. The Cincinnati Observatory permits you to use the vendor of your choice. Those listed below are not endorsements, only a partial listing of companies that have successfully hosted events at the Observatory and are comfortable working with our unique facility.

Set up and tear down of tables, chairs, etc. is the responsibility of the renter’s. Please consult with your vendor for additional costs. The Observatory has a limited amount of outdoor electrical units, for larger power needs such as tent lighting a power distribution box can be rented from any of the below-mentioned companies. We reserve the right to make the final decision on the use of tents or other items. 

Camargo Rental                        513-271-6510

All Occasions Event Rental       513-563-0600

The Alleen Company                513-769-0393