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Crave - Akron
Crave - Akron

Crave - Akron Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatdrinkcrave.com/flash/index.htm
  • Email: aaron@eatdrinkcrave.com
  • 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 (330) 253-1234

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday at Crave. I reserved a table for 7. We arrived and were seated immediately at a large booth that was somewhat partitioned off. It was a great table for everyone to be involved in the conversation. Our waitress was really nice and responsive. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers and their meals (and we had a few picky eaters in the group, so this can be quite a feat). The menu has a great variety of options and there are a lot of interesting and creative food combinations. We will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great second visit. The lamb shank was great! Everyone enjoyed their time at crave"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Love it,great food, drink and atmosphere! 5 stars for our visit."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Had an event to attend and made reservation for an hour and a half before start time. Server was considerate of our time frame and keep us on track. Food was very good, two of us had the ahi tuna and one had the chicken snd waffles- all good. Cheese board appetizer was tasty and fun too. Had a great experience all around."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Crave was fabulous,the atmosphere, the service and the food was fantastic, my compliments to the chef. The menu is great not your run of the mill restaurant food, the pairings of the dishes are wonderful. I would not hesitate to recommend or go back again to everybody."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We could not have asked for a better dining experience. The staff was very polite, the food was amazing and the restaurant is beautiful and very relaxing."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was an evening with friends..Crave was chosen on recommendation. I was pleased with the service and product at the bar. When we transitioned to the dining area it was a different experience. It felt like the servers were understaffed by one or two. Making service spotty at best. The menu was interesting but all 5 of us walked away not completing our meals and feeling like the food was not prepared well."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The wine list and drink list was very poor. But it was our waitress who made the evening dismal. She took forever brining our drinks (including water....and the lemons for our water took her over the edge). She acted like she did not want to be there.She even took our plates before we were finished eating. Overall this was not a good night."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I dined at Crave on a Wednesday evening. Our server E.J. was enthusiastic and accommodating... he really added to our great experience. The ambience at Crave is perfect - dimly lit by blown glass pendants, abstract paintings, intimate seating - very romantic! The food was amazing! I had the Blackened Catfish Po' Boy with the rosemary fries. My guy had the pasta shells special with black beans and crawfish. We also had the crayfish balls with cajun goat cheese and peach mustard. Everything was delicious! We had Malbec and Grenache from the varied wine list. The menu is ecclectic and the food was prepared with such care; each dish looked like a piece of art. What a beautiful place to spend an evening!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was excellent, the service great. Noise level moderate. The fillet mignon was really, really tender and delicious. Menu offers a nice selection of options at different price ranges. Be sure to try the on draft Thirsty Dog beer. I am not usually a beer drinker but it was something I intend to order again. Nice change from wine, which I usually drink.."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "After several disappointing experiences at highly-recommended restaurants (including Lola in Cleveland) our party of four was delighted with an evening of exceptional food, service, drinks and ambiance at Crave. Everything from the martinis, appetizers, salads, main courses and dessert were spot-on and thoroughly enjoyed. Every member of the party agreed we couldn't wait to return and try other creations. Our only disappointment was not finding this restaurant earlier. But, if our first visit was any indication, we are destined for many more superlative dining."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Server was friendly, helpful, prompt, and paced the evening so that we didn't feel rushed nor were we kept waiting for an inappropriate amount of time for our food/drinks or the bill."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I have always enjoyed the food at Crave. Very good food at a fair price. I haven't been to Crave in 3-4 years and I now remember why. When I received the bill I was floored at the drink prices. 2 draft beers - Hoppin Frog - $26, 2- Chardonnays -$18 = $44 bar tab. I knew the price of the wine but no where did the menu list $13 per draft. For 2 people the bar tab exceeded the dinner cost. In all a $92 dollar bill for a lite dinner. We will NOT be going back. A real shame because the food is good and we like supporting the downtown restaurants ."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had the lobster BLT and tomato bisque....great lunch and friendly service!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Very well organized staff from the top down. Attention to detail as well as attentiveness was outstanding. The plating presentation was as impressive as the food itself. Excellent indeed! If you've not been to Crave....stop reading and make your reservation now :)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My wife and I had dinner at Crave before a concert at Musica. What a fabulous treat! The freshness of the ingredients and wonderful flavors were just delightful. The atmosphere was lively and fun - and the wait staff was attentive, but not bothersome. I had the veal special and my wife had the lamb shank - both meals were excellent. We started with the grouper cheeks appetizer - which melted in you mouth. We will definitely go to Crave again!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I had the BLT at Crave and it not only comes with some very crispy bacon (and quite a bit of it) but then they go and put fried yellow tomato slices and lobster on it! It was hands down the best BLT I have ever tasted! I substituted the sweet potato fries and I wasn't disappointed there either! The fries are made fresh and are thick cut. They come with a cinnamon sugar dipping sauce that will spoil you from eating any other dipping sauce with sweet potato fries ever again!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I like the feel of this place, it had a city loft feel with unique glass lighting fixtures and exposed brick. The food was also good, not something that picky eaters or children would eat though. Overall the restaurant provided a nice place to get together a small group for a casual birthday party."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Eclectic menu and very enjoyable. The Lobster, Bacon and tomato sandwich was a great twist on a BLT, and the chili with chorizo was delicious."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I have been to Crave numerous times and swas not dissappointed this last visit. It was a slow Monday night so the noise level was down, this isn't always the case, but never the less it is always a nice ambiance. I wish the menu would be redone, as it really hasn't changed in the past few years, but the food is always great!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I work in downtown Akron and we usually go to Crave for lunch for a special occasion. I took my girls for our first time after the ballet. It was great as usual. One of them was a little leary at first but she loved it too. Keep the great service and food coming. Thanks."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have been to Crave's many times for lunch and was never let down. Because of the typically wonderful food and desserts I planned a night out there with friends who drove up from North Canton. I was disappointed and embarrassed. The BBQ pork sandwiches and sweet potato fries were delivered almost black and way overdone; the usually wonderful Chicken pizza tasted like the chicken wasn't cooked, and my friend was unable to eat her bread pudding. I don't know what was going on in the kitchen that night, but it wasn't good. Sorry but honest."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I made a reservation for twelve and requested a table in a quieter area of the restaurant. I was thrilled to find out that they had set us up in the back room, and there was even a curtain that could be pulled across the doorway for privacy. The service was fantastic, and everyone was incredibly helpful. When their was a mix-up with part of my dinner order, they were quick to apologize and correct it. Above all else, the food was delicious, and everyone had a wonderful time. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone, including those looking to dine out with a large group."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "to have such a fine restaurant in Akron. Love going there!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to try this place for a night out without the kids. It didn't disappoint. The food was very good and since we were seated in an area off to the side, it was very intimate and romantic. There are other areas in the restaurant that seem like it would be a bit noisy and not as private that may take away from the overall experience but we had a fabulous time! The food was probably the best thing about it. We would definitely return to try something else off their eclectic menu."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "we were very pleased with our dinning , service & atmosphere ."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great food, service and atmosphere. Perfect for a little one-on-one bonding with my teen age daughter!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "KIM A was a fabulous server. Highly recommend the restaurant and the server can make or break the experience. She was upbeat, personable and fun!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A friend and I stopped in for dinner around 7 pm on a Thursday. Moderately busy, no wait. Staff was friendly and kind to my friend being late for our reservations (thanks!). I had the BLT (bacon, lobster, and fried green tomatoes), and it was AMAZING! My friend had the flank sandwich, which was great also. We ogled the lighting and e high ceilings while we ate dinner with a moderate buzz of others around us. Thanks for a lovely dinner!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Overall the food and service was very good. If you want a someone quieter environment, ask for a table towards the back of the restaurant and away from the main dining area. Overall, very good."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We have been going to Crave for years! The food and service are always great!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Fantastic atmosphere and the menu was so loaded with amazing dishes it makes me want to come back for more!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The good at crave is always amazing. Lunch that day was cold and not very tasteful. The hostess was rude and the server was very slow. I would recommend this establishment just not at a busy time."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went to Crave for Valentines dinner. I chose a special of scampi and fettuccine. There were only 3 scampi and the sauce was "soupy". I ordered a salad ala carte which was small for the price. My husband ordered a strip steak which was good. He wanted bread, so that had to be ordered ala carte and received 4 slices less than 1/2 inch thick. Will not be going there again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "From the calamari to dessert, everyone's food was excellent. The server new the menu in detail and was able to offer several recommendations. The whole evening was great. This was the best meal I have had out in a while."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant based on reviews, and menu selection. The restaurant delivered on both. I brought my boyfriend to meet my best friend, and parents for the first time. I wanted to chose a hip restuarant that was moderately priced, not too fancy, but had great 'foodie' food. The private booth was large, and it was easy to have a conversation considering the noise volume in the dining room. My parents, and best friend told me to keep the new guy...so, thanks! We might be visiting for anniversaries:)"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was great, service was alright. Seat location was cold!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I love this place and love their food, however, the service the past couple times i have been has been less than favorable. Multiple times had to wait for my water to be refilled and for my server to notice that my cocktail was completely empty. Was there on Valentine's Day, so i understand it was busy probably earlier on... but not later on when i had my reservation. The whole staff seemed distracted and in a rush to get ppl in and out. It was def not a favorable environment for people who where wanting to get some drinks and relax then casually order when ready. Will go to this place again, but probably not for a special or romantic evening as i used to before the past 2 times going here."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have been a vegetarian for seven years and it was definitely the best veggie burger I have ever had. Our server was Kim, she was super friendly and helpful. The only I guess "complaint" I would have was that we were seated in sort of a back room upstairs where the ambiance was nothing like the rest of the restaraunt, I don't know if this is a recent add on or what, but it felt empty, and nothing like the style of the rest of the restaraunt. Other than that, the food and service were exellent and I would recommend to friends and family. Prices were very fair as well!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Crave is a great restaurant but needs to print new menus. Most are tattered. Valentine's options were good and lobster bisque was delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014