Cowell & Hubbard
Cowell & Hubbard

Cowell & Hubbard

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://cowellhubbard.com/
  • Phone: 2164790555x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Closed
    Tuesday- Wednesday 11am- 10pm
    Thursday- Friday 11am- 11pm
    Saturday 4pm- 11pm
    Sunday 4pm- 8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Zack Bruell
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Sean McNeil 2164790555x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th and Huron
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is valet parking available as well as street and lot parking.
A word from Cowell & Hubbard
Contemporary French cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences.
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Cowell & Hubbard reviews from OpenTable diners
168 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (96)special occasion (88)notable wine list (48)neighborhood gem (46)romantic (43)good for groups (34)hot spot (26)great for lunch (19)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (17)scenic view (8)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Service very good, food not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time at Cowell and Hubbard. My date and I were not seeing a show, but the with the speed of the food and manner in which it was assembled, was clearly made for a quick turnaround for people needing to make a play. We had both our appetizer and salad in 20 minutes. The drinks were very weak, my dirty martini was mostly brine. We had seafood dumplings, which were good, they split the appetizer up front. However, my entree (boar tenderloin with rice) was ice cold. My dates dinner was very good, piping hot, she had braised rabbit with gnocchi. If you want a quick and not too expensive meal before a show, this place is good. However, if you want a moderately-paced nice night out, there are other options in Cleveland.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not what I expected
    MsDMM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Dinner here was a complete letdown for me. It is noisy, understated to the point of looking cheap and the food is mediocre and more trendy than good quality. Even my romaine salad was drowning in bread crumbs and an oily vinagraitte. Two people returned their entrees. A major disappointment I would not repeat.
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  • fabulous unique food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my daughter here before the theater hoping to impress her and the food definitely did. The crispy pork stack is phenomenal and the rabbit gnocchi special was just outstanding. The menu was very diverse and unique. We had a great meal. The decor is a little dated and the tables are right on top of each other. That combined with a quirky waiter were my only complaints. The food.....awesome!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet dining at it's best!
    MomofMaynard
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Although they were very busy on a Friday night, the staff was wonderful and timely allowing me to get to my show on time. The escargot appetizer was phenomenal and the blackened calamari was to die for. I didn't have room for dessert, but no worries. It was the best meal that I had all week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Outstanding service and a menu that offers variety!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Excellent Food and Service
    ClevelandDiner
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great destination in the Playhouse Theater District. The stuffed cabbage is phenomenal!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dark but enjoyable
    d123w
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Yelp categorizes as French but having no ice in your water seemed like the only connection. Very Good service and excellent food. Highly recommend salad with fennel anchovy dressing which has no anchovy taste. Low lighting that didn't seem to brighten as darkness approached. Expect only one side with your Entree.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unremarkable, slow & disappointing
    2MANYQ
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was a special occasion, the restaurant was only half filled and they seated us next to the font door -- which was noisy and distracting. Our Waiter was inept and untrained and disappeared for twenty minutes at a time, more than once. The service was ridiculously slow, so one of the managers sent over a free dessert, but by that time, we were nearly late for the theater -- at 10:00PM ! Overall, the food was good but not remarkable and the advice was a joke.
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  • C&H for supper
    Cre8tive
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our first meal at C & H. Food was a bit hit or miss - the house cocktails were great, the heirloom tomato salad was drenched in dressing and the single tomato wasn't as flavorful as the heirlooms out of my garden, the hanger steak & fries were good, but nothing spectacular, the scallop entree was excellent; of the deserts the truffles were fair, but the baked apple was great. The two glasses of wine were a splurge, but the markup prevented us from having another glass (or getting a bottle). Our waitress was excellent, but the young man that brought the bread and filled the water glasses could use some additional schooling in service.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyeating out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was delicious, service was top notch, all in all was a very pleasurable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad food did not match service
    TeriTravels
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The wait staff was attentive to our every need from the beginning to the end of the meal. Some of the best service we have received of late. However, we ordered the Atlantic cod and Braised beef upon recommendation from the waiter and both entrees were a total disappointment. The fish had the extremely fishy taste of a very cheap piece of frozen seafood. The beef dish (including the broccollini and starch) was swimming in a brown water like liquid that made most of the meal inedible. Our appetizer (pork stack) was great and we enjoyed the cocktails. Would not waste our money on entrees here again.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great Dining Experience
    2ForEats
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went there prior to the show at the State Theatre. The food and service was excellent. The staff was very attentive to our needs. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique but Heavy
    lizayvizay
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I really enjoyed all of the food here and the dishes definitely had a unique twist that differed from other restaurants but was consistent throughout Cowell & Hubbard's menu. The dishes were delicious but definitely on the heavy side. If you were looking for a light meal perhaps share courses?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting menu, Good Food
    EMSinCLE
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    An interesting variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees, and a unique house drink menu. Good service, and a good spot for a nice lunch in the heart of the theatre district.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Urban vibe
    Cams
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Impressive knowledgable server, great food, love this place. Chef Jeff Thomas knocks it out of the park!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent meal/service
    Sherrie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at Cowell & Hubbard. Our drinks, meals & service were excellent. We enjoyed sitting at the window & observing the activity on Euclid Ave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, tasty experience
    James
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great service - quick and efficient. The waitress was very friendly. Food tasted good and was presented nicely. I would probably return for a special occasion.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful!
    Muska
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Food was stellar as well as service. We had an absolutely amazing time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Among the Best
    BReedOSU
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Being foodie wannabees, my wife rated Sunday's Pasta Du Jour as one of her top three meals ever...and I concur. Overall fantastic experience for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vegan and more
    chilibean
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Love that they had specific vegan entrees. I did also try the mushroom ravioli in pea broth with poached egg. Simply the best ever!(not vegan). My husband had the escargot and proclaimed them the best he's ever had. We had amazing service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    WandarerVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I picked this restaurant because it was part of a group owned by a James Beard nominated chef. Nothing was horrible, but it was in no way anywhere close to what a Jamed Beard experience should be. The beef dish was drowning in olive oil and the gazpacho was inedible. Once my father-in-law told our server that his pasta was too salty, the service became almost non-existent.
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  • Excellent Dining Experience!
    Theresa
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were interested in dining close to the Ohio theater last weekend. On my sister's recommendation, we tried Cowell & Hubbard. Everything from the greeting we received, to the staff's attention, to the food and drinks, was fabulous! I am looking forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient- not good
    ljpent
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food not cooked, tables squashed, drink orders missed. Not terribly expensive, but not terribly good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Awesome meal and service was superb. Will definitely return.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • KPLNeighborVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Appetizer of mushroom pirogi rocked ... Hangar steak salad was so - so... Ordered steak medium; it was rare ... Waitress saw the blue/rare meat I left on the plate ( greens we're nice) and clearly chose to ignore. She immediately brought my bill w/o asking if I'd like coffee or dessert ( I would have liked dessert) ... For a slow lunchtime crowd service was incredibly subpar - and this sort of place should know the difference between rare and medium...
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  • Pretheater
    Hausfrau
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had a great pretheater dinner here on 7/24. Both loved the seafood dumpling appetizer, the lobster sauce was wonderful. The meal was consistently excellent through all 3 courses, which seems to be rare these days. Service was very attentive, but the place was pretty quiet on a Thursday evening. I suspect it could be noisy/hectic on the weekend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • james
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    One of Cleveland's best chefs and one of Cleveland's best restaurants
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous dining experience
    jschrickel
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I went here for the first time for dinner to celebrate his birthday on Saturday. We had the pork stack for an app, I had the Cod and he had the bison tenderloin. All were exceptional! We finished dinner with the blonde from the dessert menu and that was delicious. as always His resturants are too notch.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food - Phenominal/Service - So-So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a wonderful time at C&H! The food was so delicious!! We did get our salad before our wine got to the table. Not sure why it took so long to get the wine, but we eventually got it. Good place to go after a Playhouse Square event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TreadwellVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We love Cowell but they were not prepared for the after dinner rush for Seinfeld. I had to go get our drinks after they hadn't arrived for over 20 mins. Even after this, the service continued to be terrible all night. Very unusual but disappointing as we had brought friends who hadn't been before.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual dinner or pre-theater fix
    ptpaterson
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been to Cowell and Hubbard several times now for several occasions. Whether it was with a large group before a show at Playhouse Square or for casual dinner with just my Wife, the food and service was great. Price is good for the quality. Their one fault is the bread that's served ahead of the meal. It's a nice hearty crusty bread, but by the time they serve it has become soft and chewy. I still eat a bunch of it though!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient Pre-Theater Dining
    Curley888VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Decent menu, not a huge variety, but enough. Expected a few more specials, but really only one for each category. Acceptable portions, creative menu, food very well prepared and arrive on time and piping hot. They have gluten free bread available and were very flexible in adapting the menu and changing side items to make the meal gluten free. The only complaint was the slow arrival of our drinks, waiting 10-15 minutes for each drink was a bit too much. Not entirely sure if it was our server or the bar's responsibility, as drinks arrived from both. My husband commented that with the mark up on alcohol, they are missing an opportunity. His second beer arrived just before dessert. Valet, walk to theater a few buildings away.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time at Cowell & Hubbard
    Delicious
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner selection, North Atlantic Cod. After reading many reviews on the restaurant, this particular choice kept getting recommended. I figured it had to be good and it was. Beautiful presentation, tasty grains/asparagus and cod/with sauce. Adequate portion. I accompanied it with a salad that was "okay". My husband had difficulty selecting a dinner choice because he likes more traditional dinner choices and the chef is very creative and selects unusual ingredients.
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  • Fantastic!
    Scottswoops
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had dinner following a show at The Playhouse. The service was wonderful, the food was spectacular!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Zack Bruell Restaurant!
    FormerClevelander
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We live in AZ, but used to live in Cleveland and know Zack Bruell's reputation for excellence. His newest restaurant did not disappoint us. From the greeting - prompt and friendly, to the wait staff - she was was friendly, courteous, helpful (suggested a fine wine for my wife), to the food everything was first class. We shared a mushroom-stuffed raviolis with Parmesan in chicken broth appetizer which was wonderful. My wife's scallops were done just right - not too tough, not undercooked. My hanger steak was prepared as ordered, and my pommes frites were perfect. We shared a moulton chocolate dessert with vanilla ice cream and wish we had room for a second. We're looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never on Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were the only guests. Menu was not inspired, food was warmed over in microwave. Not at all like our past experiences with this (usually) excellent restaurant. Will give it another chance, but not on a Sunday.
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    notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    JJD2001
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had dined at this restaurant in 2013 and had a much better experience so I'm sorry to say that we were very disappointed in our lackluster experience. Apparently if you want to not have a 3 hour meal, you need to let your server know. We were not headed to a broadway show afterwards but did have plans and were hoping to be in and out within an hour and a half or so. We were interested in a cheese selection but ended up cancelling after waiting for too long. The appetizers were great - but that's about it. The entrees were very bland. Our server was really friendly but it seemed like she was swamped (even though she had someone shadowing her). I had previously thought all of Zack's restaurants were excellent (except for Table 45).
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Wonderful before the theater
    4ForTheRoad
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a lovely meal in a peaceful, sophisticated environment. The servers were attentive but not obtrusive and the staff is all aware that you might need to be heading out to the theater so they help you plan accordingly. The food was excellent, portions appropriate and specials were interesting. Well done.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    CandH
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I was so looking forward to dinner at Cowell and Hubbard. The food was disappointing. I had the pasta of the day, recommended by our server. It was mushy. I had the seafood dumplings, which I thought (mistakenly?) was a special of the house. They were just bad- taste and texture. Our server, though there were only 5 tables occupied (it is a large space) on Friday night at 7, was not particularly attentive. The energy in the room was non existent!
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  • So Very Disappointing
    sweebez
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I had the opportunity to try Cowell & Hubbard a few days ago, and it was an inadequately surreal experience. The restaurant lacked any sense of a cohesive theme, in menu or décor, and the food was simple, dull, and uninspired. You would expect better quality and execution from the person who owns L'Albatross, but unfortunately Zack Bruell seems to have more restaurants than time. The one upside was the staff, who were always professional and polite, if not a bit aloof. There are so many better reasons to dine downtown – don’t make this one of them. I wouldn’t dine again.
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