Crave - Akron
Crave - Akron

Crave - Akron

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatdrinkcrave.com/flash/index.htm
  • Phone: 3302531234
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Crave - Akron reviews from OpenTable diners
97 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (60)special occasion (41)good for groups (36)neighborhood gem (35)hot spot (31)great for lunch (27)romantic (24)vibrant bar scene (17)notable wine list (13)late-night find (8)scenic view (4)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Overpriced for the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    RPAAMI
    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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crave
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was very good but a little pricey. The only things we weren't too fond of were the grilled radicchio (very bitter) and the marrow bone. Everything else was excellent. After reviewing the menu online we expected the restaurant to "look" a little more upscale. More comfortable chairs, more booths would have been nice and we were seated right next to the door so it got pretty noisy with people waiting for a table. The service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fabulous food at moderate prices. Brought an out of town guest from Europe and she was amazed at the quality and affordability.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Best mushroom soup in the world. Rest of the meal and service = excellent!! Birthday sparkler at the end was fun and unique. We will be back many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crave
    YummysVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Oh my gee! I love this restaurant I been here 7 or 8 times oh my gee! It is the absolute best CHICKEN N WAFFLES
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Big Fans!
    JamJamieJamJamie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We always come to crave! I brought my friends here from Canton and they loved it. We always recommend it to our friends, and it is always a good time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    Milerecordholder
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great food, perfect for business lunch. Can't wait to try dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for work lunches with clients
    DiningCritic
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We've attended many lunches at Crave and invited out of town work partners. Easy to find, close to many businesses in downtown Akron and valet parking is a plus-adds a special touch! Seating is conducive to lunch/meetings! Food is delicious, unique and there's something for everyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinner
    HungryInSolon
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We attended Crave for a birthday dinner. The steak skewers appetizer was excellent and so was the Apple Pie Tini. We had no complaints. Our reservation was at 5 p.m. on a Saturday, but clearly not needed; the restaurant still had available seating when we left shortly before 7. It may be a little over-priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for a Business Lunch
    AmyC51
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Crave has a great meal selection. I have taken many business contacts to Crave for great lunch. Ambiance is great and servers keep things moving at lunchtime without rushing you through a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Crave is definitely a great place to go to eat on a weekend evening with a special someone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crave is OK
    stenfoodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I've been to Crave twice. The menu is so interesting and creative. The chef seems to like creating unusual flavors. The Thai Lobster Salad was a bit too sweet -- vanilla dressing -- and didn't really taste like any other Thai food I've had. More lobster would have been nice. My companion had the BLT (with Lobster). The lobster took a back seat to the bacon. The sweet potato fries were ok -- and came with a sweet dipping dressing. They seem to go for sweet flavors here. I might go back, but not my favorite place. The hostess and server were very friendly and attentive. On another visit I had the Chicken Manchego Sandwich-- very tasty. The side salad was forgettable. Overall, disappointing given all the great things I had heard about Crave.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    ddresh
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Impressive menu with something for everyone. Nice appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entree made it difficult to decide. Had the flank steak and goat cheese wipped sweet potatoes - very good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Show stop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Crave is a great Akron go to spot. It is very noisy. A limited menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch spot! Excellent food.
    ILoveAntiqueJDTractors
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    First time experience at Crave. Would go back in a heartbeat! Had lunch with 3 beautiful women (one was my wife, 2 were work colleagues, one of whom had just gotten a new job). Nice ambience. Food and service were both great and exceeded all expectations. The BLT sandwich was teriffic (the "L" stands for both lettuce and lobster). Loved their overall menu selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bill
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Crave was a wonderful find near the Akron Civic Theater ( a great venue for music.) It's an easy walk. The service and the food was wonderful. We plan to go back again and again to try all the unique menu choices. the drinks were ample as was the food, a nd the spice level was perfect on each dish we tried.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ohiovisitor
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Hadn't been to Crave in quite sometime and forgot about the extensive menu and quality of the food. We sat in the bar and the service was excellent. There was no rush between courses we were able to enjoy a relaxing Saturday evening. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bounceback
    Cilantro
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    After a disappointing experience two months ago (appetizers at the bar), this was a good bounce back night. Drinks were good, sandwiches (burger, crusted chicken, steak wrap) very good, and both the chicken empanada and crab cake appetizers were solid. Calamari needs work - they have been changing the recipe/presentation, but haven't found it yet. They were "out" of two beer taps per the waitress - can't afford that in the craft beer era (especially saying they were out of Great Lakes for "a few weeks" - really?) Had a Bells Two Hearted bottle (solid) at a GREAT price. An Akron favorite and go to for us for MANY years, was really glad to have a good experience after a real downer the last time. Completely worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming an Akron Classic
    JayMink
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Hard to believe that it's been almost nine years since chefs DeAnna Akers and Aaron Hervey, who had been creating dishes at a blues & brews bar, opened their establishment Crave in downtown Akron. The restaurant was one of the first to make a footprint in the little section of town on the corner of High & East Market streets that is now beginning to thrive with a music club, wine bar, indie movie theatre, shops, and a couple of other restaurants found on Open Table. From apps to salads, sandwiches to full dinners, you cant' go wrong with the selections and quality of the food. The bar, located up a half flight of stairs from the main dining area, is it's own unique space with tables and booths. Support local and experience Crave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crave Menu
    Roger
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Very interesting menu with lots of creative options. We hit the Crave before a show at Musica.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noise level
    finediner212
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner but we were seated in the bar and there was a very noisy patron that was a little annoying.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing, my favorite place to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We always have a fantastic experience at crave. The food is out of this world. The modern feel really sets the tone. We will continue to come vack.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    food was very good. we sat in the bar area and our server was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • finedining
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Our experience was enjoyable. Server was very knowledgeable and helped with wine selections. Menu offered wide variety of selections. Definitely a do over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great lunch spot for museum-goers
    ItsJustMe
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Crave is just a cross-walk from the Akron Arts Museum, and is perfect for a lunch break after enjoying an event or exhibition at the Museum. Not my favorite place for evening dining.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Crave OK
    Terry
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Crave's menu on first glance was exciting and eclectic. The food was pretty good although the process did not favorably reflect the portions. The portions were ok-fairly moderate actually. But the prices were a bit inflated for the quality. Do not get me wrong, it was not bad. It was good. But not more than good. The prices indicated beyond good-which it was not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The worst restaurant experience....
    Theron
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    WHOA! My steak was ice cold, not even lukewarm. My friends chicken was hot when delivered. I'm sure the kitchen let my steak die in the window. My steak was taken on a side plate from the table, nuked in the kitchen and brought back out to me on a side plate. The manager told me he they were "tweaking" the menu. I ended up taking one more bite and then having the waitress take it away. still charge for something I didn't eat! The smirked at me and said and "sorry"!!! The manager came to the table, pointing out the over cook steak and asked if there was anything he could do?!?! why would you ask that question and put your customers on the spot like that! As a restaurant manager, never would I recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall