Caterers and Other Rental Services
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.
|Venice on Vine Catering||513-221-7020|
|My Personal Gourmet Catering||513-722-2500|
|Jeff Thomas Catering||859-291-0286|
|Village Pantry Catering||513-965-0511|
|A Touch of Class Catering||513-481-3663|
|Beth O'Leary Catering||513-271-5099|
|Mt. Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters||513-871-8626|
|A la Carte||513-891-8688|
|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|
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