Crave - Akron
Crave - Akron

Crave - Akron

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatdrinkcrave.com/flash/index.htm
  • Phone: (330) 253-1234
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Hervey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Crave offers off site catering with or without staff. Drop off parties where the host simply heats and serves, or on the flip side, we can staff and serve large events of approximately 300 persons.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our back room can be the perfect private dining area for you. Plush curtains and on a raised elevation separate it from the bar area. There is access to an outside patio for seasonal parties. Special menu"s can be created, or simply off our base menu. Buffet's can be arranged.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Hamad 3302531234

Getting there

  • Cross Street: High St.
  • Public Transit: Because of our location in the heart of downtown Akron, numerous public transit stops create convenient access .
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: A full valet service is provided, there also is on street parking is available, and directly across the street is a public parking deck. The deck is free on the weekends.
A word from Crave - Akron
Crave is Akron's premier restaurant, offering creative cuisine at modest prices , in a contemporary yet non pretentious atmosphere. Comfort food, Creative eclectic dishes, and twists on old classics all work harmoniously . As with the food, the bar is stocked to accommodate a large variety of beverage options at all price ranges. Private parties can be accommodated in our back room. A variety of seating options exist, from plush, comfortable semi-private booth's, to our communal table. There also is a Chef table in the kitchen, patio seating, couch soft seating, and twenty seats at the bar.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Crave - Akron reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)special occasion (42)hot spot (39)good for groups (37)romantic (29)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (20)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (9)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Crave is fantastic! If you haven't been you need to go! Food is amazing and they change up the menu every season so you get a new variety of food items all the time. Great space visually and the staff is top notch! I've yet to have a bad service and I doubt I ever will! Do yourself a favor and get a table at Crave tonight!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Excellent meal. Food was fresh and flavorful. diverse menu with a southern feel to many dishes. Good selection of entrees from sandwiches to fancy dishes. Will definitely return for another dinner. Well priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    What a great menu. I need to go back more to try everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food, disappointing dessert
    occasionaldiner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was amazing! Presentation beautiful! Need a Moscato on the wine list. Dessert was a disaster! Ice cream and sorbet were frozen solid, no way to get spoon through it. Brownie in Peanut butter chocolate dessert was so dry it was inedible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in the middle of Akron!
    PhilnDeen
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    A dining delight from beginning to end. What a gem in the middle of Akron! The service, food and atmosphere were similar to the establishments one would find in Tremont/Ohio City. We can't wait to go back. The scallops were fantastic and the steak was one of the best I have ever enjoyed. We want to experience the entire menu. A must go for foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe third times a charm??
    rzrbks1976
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I've been here a few times, and they have both been okay. Was hoping that the third visit would give me a reason to call Crave my favorite dining place... although the food was okay, it lacked soul... depth, and experience... that is what I am searching to find not only in myself, but in my own cooking, and the places to which I dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top-notch experience
    awdsgn
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Classy atmosphere, interesting menu, good food. Our server was very good, letting us enjoy a leisurely dinner but being there when we needed him. Dine at Crave before or after visiting the Akron Museum of Art for a real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    loraybreyan
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I brought a small group of people with me to eat dinner. I ordered the Mac and Gouda. They were able to make it vegetarian for me, which I appreciated, and knocked a little off the price. I also ordered a side salad, which came with a very sweet salad dressing on the side (I liked the dressing, but it probably isn't for everyone). I also ordered the chocolate peanut butter brownie for dessert, which was incredibly rich. I wish there were a slightly wider selection of wines by the glass, but I was happy with the zinfandel that I ordered. This is definitely a place that I enjoy bringing visitors from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Winner, winner, pre-concert dinner!
    ckcdiner
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The 4 of us were going to a concert at a bar right around the corner. Had their signature mac and cheese, a Thai lobster salad, pork tenderloin, chicken and waffles, pork belly, duck confit tacos, fried green tomatoes and cocktails..Purple Storms and Cucumber Smashes. The food is way above average with only minor complaints. The duck tacos had no identity, at least one that had anything to do with duck. The goat cheese overwhelmed everything else in the taco. Chicken and waffles were amazing. Everyone's favorite. My second Cucumber Smash was a totally different tasting drink than the first. I am very sure it was made with different ingredients each time. Bottom line, we went around the corner full of good food and happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meleficent
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We had dinner before seeing a show at the Akron Civic Theater. Attentive, but not intrusive, server. Lovely cocktails, wonderful appetizer and entrées, and a generous decadent dessert. The atmosphere was vibrant, but I had no problem conversing with my companion. This was my first time at Crave, but am already planning my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was great, little expensive for what it was. The cocktails were dreadful. Every drink we had (group of 4) was not good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    KarenS
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner. The food was very good & not over priced. The waiter was friendly and the service was timely. (We were there early; 5pm) They had a decent wine list, an excellent beer list and interesting menu. I had the grilled cheese and tomato soup & BLT (Bacon, Lobster, Fried Green Tomato) . My husband had the smoked salmon and bacon soup & Reuben, (Corned Beef, Pepper Jack, Onions, Sauerkraut, Bacon, House 1000, Marble Rye). Can you tell we like bacon?.... We also shared an order of sweet potato fries. Everything was delicious! We had no complaints, what so ever, and would go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back soon
    Writerjeff
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We hit Crave after the grand opening of a new jazz club next door - Blu Jazz. This was our first time, but it won't be the last. Since it was later, we kept the choices simple. Some outstanding calamari as an app, then a pulled pork sandwich and a grilled chicken pizza were excellent. The only reason I'm not giving Crave 5 stars is we really didn't explore their inventive, intriguing menu to the extent we normally would have. The restaurant itself has an open, trendy but warm vibe to it. Our server was engaging, informative, helpful. This area of downtown Akron is starting to come to life!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Terrible waiter. Terrible margarita. The food was overall fair.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great eats and atmosphere
    LUV2DIN
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wonderful place to dine. Great trendy atmosphere. lots of delectible dishes to tempt your cravings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food, mediocre service
    steveohVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was excellent and everything that multiple reviewers has mentioned. The rabbit special was especially tasty, far better that some French restaurants I have been to. The only spoiler was the service. It was slow and the kitchen runner was rude at best. My plate was set down as he announced "the pasta" and I asked as he walked away if it was the rabbit, he said without turning back, "yes its the special". Callous remarks like that have no place in a fine dining establishment. Reception was friendly as were other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was a terrible dining experience. The food was timed fine but quality was very bad for the price that we paid. We got the most expensive items on the menu and were utterly disappointed. Never will we go there again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time at Crave
    Hard2please
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was our first experience eating at Crave, but definitely won't be the last! The food was amazing and the service was great! Our server, Kim, was very helpful in answering all of our questions, and she was very pleasant. The restaurant was nicely decorated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    TakiVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    What I like is that they are always changing the menu around. Not the same all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Grwat atmosphere and creative menu
    MikeB
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great spot for downtown Akron reservation with an eclectic menu and drink list. love the atmosphere and never dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Craved!
    Traveler
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good food, quality service, one of the best meals I've had in Akron yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ESP74
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    FOOD WAS GOOD. SERVICE GREAT. BUT....MY CREDIT CARD GOT OVERBILLED! SPOKE TO MGR. SAID THEY WERE WORKING ON IT. ??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Menu!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Crave has a wonderfully eclectic menu and all of food I've ever had to very good. The service is timely and the wait staff is well trained and very customer service friendly. I always enjoy my visits to Crave and have recommended them to many people. I do wish the Valet cost wasn't so expensive since all they do is pull your car into a parking space. $4 valet for lunch is expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't wait to go back
    foodlover
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    this was our first time at Crave and everything was delicious. we started out with the goat cheese appetizer. it was perfect. I had the sea scallops and my boyfriend had the morroccan lamb. both of us loved our meals, and each other's. there were many other interesting dishes on the menu that we can't wait to try. there was a nice selection of mixed drinks and beer offerings, my favorite was the angel food cake martini. it was a bit loud and we sat very close to the couple next to us, but it was an enjoyable evening. loved the light fixtures and the wine rack at the bar. looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Good Service
    AkronRick
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food was excellent and fairly priced for the level of quality. Service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Date Night
    JayWalker
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was unique and delicious. Had the ahi tuna and loved the flavors of the sriracha sauce with the risotto. The tuna was just perfectly seared on the outside and the peanut crust was excellent. No pressure to eat and leave, either. We were there for hours. Felt like our table was a little to close to the booth on the one side. A little noisy, but was perfect once it was later and not so crowded. The baked goat cheese appetizer was delicious, but it should have been hotter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced for the food
    SS2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our first visit to Crave and most likely our last. The service was good and the drinks list was extensive but the food was mediocre. We order the Tuna Tacos for an appetizer and that was the highlight of the meal. The combination of flavors worked well together and it had just the right amount of spice. I ordered the angle hair pasta and it was completely tastless. I never salt my food but I had to several times just to give it some flavor. Since I am a vegetarian this was my only choice on the menu and it was not a good one. My financee ordered a pork dish that he said was ok, but not for the price. The interior design was beautiful I just will the menu was as good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good Dining Experience
    Music
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined at Crave for the first time on Saturday before the Symphony. When I booked the reservation I asked for a table away from other diners as we don't enjoy those long banks of tables set close together. We were treated to a table tucked into an alcove and very private. The chef sent us an appetizer to split to welcome us. Food was excellent. I loved my sea bass and BF was very happy with the rib steak. The wine list was reasonable and we enjoyed an excellent bottle of wine. Our waitress was very attentive without being bothersome and very pleasant and helpful. I had a hard time deciding between the many entrees so I look forward to returning to try the others. Would request same table - think it could be noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Reservations were 5:30 on a saturday. It wasnt crowded but people were steadily arriving. Food was good with nice presentation. Waiter was knowledgable,friendly and attentive. Enjoyed our meal and will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    RPAAMIVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Heard good things about this restaurant. Was visiting Akron for the first time and decided to check it out. For a restaurant that is trying to be upscale, I thought their choice of tables was poor. Looked like diner tables. At least put a tablecloth on it or something. Second, and more importantly, the food was just fair. Was restaurant week and tried the empanadas which I thought were more reminiscent of hot pockets than a real empanada. The cheese totally dominated and I couldn't taste the other filing. The crab cakes were decent, nothing special. I did like the pear salad which I thought had well balanced ingredients. The hangar steak was mediocre - chewy and undercooked. Did like our server, who tried very hard to please us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hooray for Restaurant Week
    pjh1444
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    That event introduced us to this restaurant which to our surprise has been in Akron 9 years. We had a great meal and a very reasonable price for the meal during Akron's Restaurant Week. We will definitely be back. We loved the unique flavors of the grilled apple salad, hangar steak, and toasted cheese tomato soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Changes
    phjr
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our 5th or 6th time at Crave. Every time we have been, the menu is different. The constantly changing menu is one of the things that we look forward to the most at Crave. The only disappointing thing about it is, That fantastic appetizer that you had a few months back... It probably won't be on the menu this time, but something just as good will. Great place to go to. We always look forward to Crave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing time and great food!
    proxzerk
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Stopped in Crave on Saturday for a Birthday party and was very pleased! Everything was fantastic from the Tomato Grilled Cheese soup to the Sea Bass entree. Also had a few notable beers from Rust Belt Brewing which I had not seen anywhere else locally. To round out everything we had terrific service from our server, Annie, whom was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive! Once again an amazing time at Crave.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were in downtown Akron for a concert at the Civic Center. As we were walking from where we parked to Crave I noticed that not much was happening and a lot of empty building. When we got to Crave the place was full of people. This says to me, it's a destination spot! They sure not neighborhood people. They have a nice wine list and at a reasonable price (not much higher than retail). My wife had the fish special and I have the steak special. The food was outstanding. Our waiter was very pleasant. This is our second time and will not be our last.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The "casual" setting didnt work for me considering the menu. Maybe some white table clothes for the tables when dinner is served. Wait staff to have alittle more engagement and excitement about the menu. Had to ask for a few lemons slices in the water 3 times before completed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    What a great place! Crave is a real treat, a restaurant with a varied and extensive menu, great atmosphere and a hip vibe. The service was outstanding, with a very knowledgeable, personable, experienced server. The food was wonderfully presented, well-prepared, and the serving sizes seemed just right. The decor is eclectic and lovely, and there is a surprising amount of daylight that filters in during the early evening. Highly recommend Crave!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food in Akron
    djsfav
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Wonderful food. Meeting with management, a little loud. Everyone enjoyed their food and I was with picky eaters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great again
    Bina
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined Saturday for dinner and had wonderful meals. I have been there quite a few times, but the sea bass with puréed cauliflower was probably the best meal ever! My dining companion had the pulled pork on a pretzel bun- consistently good. Extensive drink menu and attentive service means I'll return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Service
    lrkmazwilkins
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have been to Crave a handful of times, and have always enjoyed the unique menu items, the food and the atmosphere. This time the service was so disappointing that I am fairly certain we will never choose to return. The food was good, but not good enough to risk having another extremely poor service experience. It was a lovely evening, and we were seated outside, which was delightful. However, we waited too long for a server to take our drink order, then we waited WAY too long to get our drinks. Unfortunately, this slow, inattentive service was an appropriate way to set the stage for the disappointing service throughout the rest of our meal. Too slow, very inattentive, and did I mention too slow?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a great meal
    Grapenape
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Love this place!!! Always delicious. Looking forward to the next time we dine with them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate