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Chinato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chinatocleveland.com
  • Phone: (216) 298-9080
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 11:00am - 10:00pm Thursday-Friday 11:00am-12:00am, Saturday 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Zach Bruell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Chinato has a beautiful, lower level dining space that can accommodate groups of all sizes and has a variety of seating options depending on style and needs of your particular group. This room has a beautiful private bar, as well as AV equipment. This space can be used for business meetings (AM or PM), rehearsal dinners, weddings, holiday parties, baby showers, intimate family gatherings or even a small cocktail party. We tailor your event to fit your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Shannon Bizga (216) 298-9080
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour @ the bar and in the lounge Monday - Saturday 4:30pm-6:30pm & 9:00pm-close

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Chinato
Chinato is a multi regional Italian restaurant focused on traditional, fresh Italian cuisine. Casual friendly and affordable, Chinato is a place where people can enjoy great food, wine, and spirits and experience superior service, all in a comfortable, and inviting atmosphere. Chinato is located on East 4th, in the heart of Cleveland’s premier dining and entertainment district!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The dinner was excellent - food was excellent and creative. Service was also excellent. The bread person was right on top of it - keeping our bread plates filled. The person handling water kept our glasses filled. The waitress checked on us several times. Service was truly excellent. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Loved Chinato! The staff is always pleasant and the food was just amazing."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Inspired by classic Italian dishes, but you won't find standard pasta and pizza. Lots of interesting selections."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had the BEST pasta dishes we have had in LONG time! Just delicious and wine great also. Perfect amount of food as well. we had the Burrata Cheese to start, then the arugula squid salad and the carrot olive salad and each had a 1/2 portion of two pastas Mine was a baked one with bechamel, tomato sauce and veal sausage which was the best!! Both which were fabulous."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food is always good at Chinatos. Servers very friendly although my entree initially came out wrong. It was noted & corrected. I love the restaurant's atmosphere as well as E. 4th at. I was happy."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Best risotto ever, one pizza was ordered two more got ordered as everyone at table loved it. There was this outrageous pasta with fresh basil and splashes of Italian sausage it really was excellent , deserts to finish off great late lunch."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "wonderful service from beginning to end. Amazing food, wine list and ambiance. A must try."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Say what you want about downtown Cleveland, but a restaurant like Chinato is worth the drive. The menu is a great blend of upscale Italian but nothing like traditional Americanized Italian. I had the beef tongue and it was excellent. A truly unique dining experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "One of many fine choices in Downtown Cleveland's growing restaurant menu. Excellent service: drink order immediately taken; bread served; appetizer ordered and served; entrees followed. Good pacing and attentive water refills, etc. Non-traditional antipasti should be described on menu, but delicious combo. Seafood cannelloni of in house shells and homemade ricotta plus seafood exceptional. Spaghetti fra diavolo with squid, calamari, and octopus unusual and delicious. Tiramisu a fine ending to meal. Window table nice, but might have preferred interior, quieter table."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was good EXCEPT for the plastic wrap in our beef crudo! We brought this to the attention of our server who simply said that sometimes that sneaks in there. There was no offer to replace the dish and no reduction to our check. (We contacted Chinato regarding this on the "contact" section of their web site, but have not received a response.) The service was quite slow and not well-timed. It took way too long for our beverage order and it seemed like forever between when our dessert was served and the coffee finally made it to the table. We had much higher expectations based on Mr. Bruell's reputation."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had dinner at Chinato before a concert last Saturday evening. I have enjoyed their Happy Hour with friends, so my husband and I wanted to try it for dinner. You will NOT be disappointed. The staff are very pleasant, warm and well-trained, making service excellent. Our meals were very good. Our split Arugula Salad was fresh and peppy, my Blackened Cod was cooked perfectly and extremely well-flavored with the Roasted Tomato "Jam". My husband's burger was fantastic as well. Everything was very well-excecuted, from service to wine through the meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Zach Bruell hits another HR - knowledgeable service that's not fussy or demanding, ambience for all occasions, and, not least of all, an interesting and well-presented assortment of entrees. The wine list is price, but we found a D'Abruzzi ($28) that fit the bill."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Was fortunate to eat at Chinato the night they premiered their new menu. We started with the polenta with mushrooms and balsamic glaze - delicious. We then split the octopus salad which was also really good. Both entrees were terrific - I had the tongue with beans in broth, my friend the sea scallops. Service, as usual, was top notch. Will be back soon to try some of the other new items."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed our experience very much. Although it started out a little shaky. We had a reservation & arrived 5 mins. prior and the staff acted as if they did not have a table for us in spite of there appearing to be many empty tables. We were seated about 10 mins. later. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding. I had the scallops which were cooked to perfection and my wife had the veal ravioli which we thought was a very unique dish. She says it was fantastic. The staff was very friendly and extremely helpful and cheerfully answered any and all questions & made great suggestions. We will definitely be back"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went on a Thursday before a Cavs game and the staff was very helpful getting us in and out in a timely matter after we told them we were going to the game. The service was fine but not stellar - things like offering me another glass of wine before I was completely out and had to ask for another one would have helped. The food was fine but not overly flavorful (or at least not my particular dish, the gnocci). However, the ambiance was fantastic and for a group of four it's a great location to meet before walking over to the Q."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This restaurant was great. There was total cohesion, from the food to the decor to the wine list. I would put Chinato on par with L'Albatros, Zach Bruell's other restaurant. The only thing I felt didn't go with the overall theme was the music. It was a little fast paced for the atmosphere the restaurant was trying to achieve. But this wasn't a huge deal - I was enjoying the food and company so much I barely noticed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was very good and our server was great with telling us how various dishes were prepared. Only down side is that restaurant appears to want to be fine dining but the seats we were in and those around us were torn and well worn."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I went in with high expectations having heard great reviews and was disappointed in the food. May have just been what I ordered but my friend felt the same way. Didn't think the food was as good as heard. The restaurant was nice though and good staff and service. Worth a shot it you haven't been."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "From the hostess at the door to our server Luke to the conversations with the chef working the expo window, everyone was knowledgeable and friendly as well as seemingly passionate about their role in this organization. As a restaurant owner from south Florida as well as a businessman in other industries who recognizes and appreciates the 'details', Chinato met the mark. The food was creative, wonderfully flavored and plated in a way that was 'pleasing to the eyes'. The wine list offers something for everyone! When in town on business this restaurant is one of my true favorites. (Was there twice in 3 days this week) Hats of the Zack and your team! Job well done!!!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "OVerall a very nice experience considering all aspects. Watch your entree choices if you prefer dishes that are not too rich in sauces, etc, for some feature dishes have abundant rich sauces, but there is something for everyone if you ask your waiter to describe the dishes that interest you. Ambiance is better closer to the windows facing E. 4th Street and not quite as good on the other side of the barrier towards the kitchen. Italian wine selection to match the theme is quite good."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Chinato's does a great job, and they even have many Gluten free options... including BREAD!! I'll return often. Great service as well."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I frequent here for both lunch and dinner. The gnocchi is wonderful and the Brick Flattened Chicken Breast with panzanella salad with preserved lemon is AMAZING."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Let's start by saying that the staff were very pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. So many wonderfully original items on the menu to order! The wine list was extensive with many choices by the glass and especially by the bottle. Our waitress helped me find items on the menu that were gluten-free or could be made that way - which were many - and they even had gluten-free bread! The pastas were offered in a choice of two sizes. I got the appetizer/smaller size pasta and it was more than enough. Our meals came out quickly, were served hot and tasted wonderful. Unfortunately, there was no room for dessert, but I will be returning since they have a few that are gluten-free and not your typical dessert options."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This is the second time here and I'm not sure I will return. The first time, the service was excellent but the food was seasoned so heavily that I was constantly drinking water. Most recently, the food was much better but the hostess was impolite. My main complaint, however, is the seating. I don't think the tables could be smaller or closer together. I felt as though I was dining with strangers..."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I was in from New York solo overnight on business, looking for a good Italian meal before the theater. A foodie friend recommended Chinato, and it proved an excellent choice with an extremely appealing menu. Antipasti -- I was torn between fried baby artichokes and suppli (araninci) -- were tasty, as were perfectly cooked and sauced pasta options. The manager learned via my OpenTable res that I was in town for only one night and had chosen to dine here; he went the extra mile and generously offered me a complimentary cheese tasting -- part of a new program. I can't say how hospitable a gesture like this is -- how well it speaks for restaurateur Zack Bruell and his sense of what a dining-out experience should be, but rarely is. I'll be back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The wine menu and cheese board were both very good, as was the crudo. The main pasta courses, however, were only marginally better than typical Olive Garden fare. The place simply holds too many people. Very loud and chaotic. The service was actually quite good, all things considered, but the food quality can't keep up, and it shows. You could spend the same amount of money at Lola and get a much more relaxing atmosphere, and much better food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Chinatown is a lovely restaurant. The food is pricey and average. Our server was extremely efficient and very pleasant but our entrees came literally two minutes after we ordered and we felt rushed all evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Of course the Bar is full service, but as we have come to expect John was brilliant and flawless behind the bar. Timely service meant our delicious Mushroom salad and Scallops were delivered promptly, leaving us ample time to make tip-off at the Q."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I thought the menu was nice and offered many different options that I would have tried. The server on the other hand, did not seem to know the menu very well and when we asked her questions about some of the options- we did not get very much feedback and very little help...she was also not good on drink refills. Those that ordered wine or beer at our table received drink refills relatively quickly. The individuals that were drink soda did not get refills and had to ask each time they needed one. The food that we did have was excellent. I would have liked the portion sizes to be larger...because the food was delish!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "From beginning to end our experience was excellent. We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation but we're seated right away. I said my first name at the front desk and immediately was referred to by my last name. It felt like 5 star service. They had one person refilling water while another refilled bread. The server made an excellent recommendation for a chicken dinner. The house wine was also very good and not over priced at all."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Fantastic food. Lots of good choices. Very accommodating staff."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Lisa was our server and she was extremely knowledgable and friendly. They have a unique support serving staff that was very friendly attentive and eager to make your dining experience wonderful. We never had to wait for anything there was always someone right there to help us. The food was second to none. There was a great deal of skill and pride that went into each dish and I will definitely be back. Well worth every penny. Thank you for making my son'a birthday dinner so wonderful!!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had enjoyed an earlier visit and were looking forward to a great meal on a weekend getaway. It started with the mussels that tasted awfull. The chef apologized and said they weren't seasoned properly. Next round still didn't taste right. The overall meal was so so and didn't come up to our first . The atmosphere and location is ideal if you stay downstown. We would maybe go back sometime but would not be in any rush to do so."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Chinato did not hold our reservation because we were delayed due to traffic. The only table we were offered was in the basement. We were seated in a corner next to a service door. The ambient light went dead five minutes after we were seated. The noise in the room was intolerable and we had to shout at ourselves all evening. The food was bland and tasteless."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a great meal, as always. My wife had the Porchetta and I had the Bollito Misto. Both were truly superb. Finished off with a selection from their cheese board made the meal heaven. We had an excellent wine, recommended by our waiter, which was a home run. The only slight mishap was that they originally misheard my wife's order. We had questions about a lot of the entrees, so the confusion was understandable. More importantly, once it was pointed out, they apologized profusely, made the correction in record time, and even made it up to us a bit on the bill. I loved the way they handled this, it made us feel very taken care of and didn't subtract from the evening at all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We both left hungry & actually split an appetizer at another restaurant before our concert. One really shouldn't spent higher dollars and leave hungry. Great "looking" restaurant with good food, but would not be a frequent choice."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was the best. Had to send cold food bback but they made it rifht."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our first time to Chinato's and it was very good. The food was tasty and the portions were great. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. We will return again!!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The hostess made us feel very rushed when we arrived and after we sat down.The food was OK, not what we expected for the price. Pasta course was the best out of the four courses. Need some refinement work in both the back and front of the house. Desserts were disappointing.The restaurant has a lot of potential but not a good value for the price, service and food."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I went here for the first time with family to celebrate my birthday. We ordered salads, entrees, and dessert - the food was excellent! Our server was friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Our meals came out a the perfect time. Would definitely go back and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 2/6/2014