Rent the Observatory

The Observatory is a lovely, unique, park like setting ideal for smaller, intimate wedding ceremonies, receptions, business meetings, dinners, cocktail parties, adult birthdays and reunions. To schedule an walk-through, check availability, or schedule an event, please contact Kelsey Stryffe at 513-321-5186, kelsey@cincinnatiobservatory.org or Submit an Online Request

Catered Buffet Dinner

Caterers

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
My Personal Gourmet Catering         
Elegant Fare
Funky’s Catering
Eat Well  
Jeff Thomas Catering 
Village Pantry Catering 
A Touch of Class Catering
Green Dog Cafe
Graeter's Ice Cream
Montgomery Inn 
Beth O'Leary Catering                 
Mt. Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
Dutch's Bar- Bottle Shop- Larder
Lother's Catering 
McHale's Catering
A la Carte 
Garnish Catering
B&B Riverboats / Current Catering
The Bonbonerie Fine Pastries
Vonderhaar's Catering, Inc
La Petite Pierre
Keystone Bar & Grill
Eli's BBQ
Pompillos Resturant
Oriental Wok

513-221-7020
513-722-2500     
513-552-1340
513-841-9999
859-291-9355
859-291-0286 
513-965-0511 
513-481-3663 
513-321-8777 
513-721-1403 
513-852-6733
513-271-5099
513-871-8626
513-871-1446
859-689-4030
859-442-7776
513-891-8688
513-791-2433
859-655-3850
513-321-3399
513-554-1969
513-527-4909
513-913-0348
513-533-1957
859-581-3065
513-871-6888

 

 

 

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         www.camargoevents.com

All Occasions Event Rental         513-563-0600         www.aorents.com  

The Alleen Company                  513-769-0393         www.alleencompany.com