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D.B.A. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.danteakron.com
  • Email: phil@danteboccuzzi.com
  • Phone: (330) 375-5050
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
    Sunday Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Dante Boccuzzi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: DBA restaurant can provide food and beverages for any occasion and party size.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private party room seats comfortably 20 people. In warmer months the outside garden patio can be utilized in conjunction with the private room.
  • Private Party Contact: Monica Ferrari (216) 274-1200
  • Special Events & Promotions: Monthly wine dinners and special events. Please call 330.375.5050 for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St
  • Parking: Valet
A word from D.B.A.
D.B.A. is a modern restaurant, in a modern setting, right on the edge of downtown Akron. The restaurant showcases an elegant dining space, private dining room, great cocktails at a late night bar and a spacious, comfortable patio. Our flagship restaurant, Dante in the historic Tremont area of Cleveland, is rated by Zagat dining guide as Extraordinary to Perfection. The dining experience here at D.B.A. only promises to mirror these standards. Enjoy a new kind of menu. A new kind of cuisine. And a new dining experience.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We went out just for a night out and it was good. If you have the option sit on the patio."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Delicious green spaghetti for an appetizer followed by unbelievable salmon prepared perfectly and your every need attended to by Johnathan- what more could you want for a dining experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food did not reflect the prices. My husband and I didn't really like most of what we ordered. Our daughter liked hers. The sweet potato soup was fantastic. We were quite surprised at the small portions served, especially the ice cream. It was less than one bite ! Really ? We were seated next to a window overlooking the valet guy, looking bored and the parking lot in a small room by ourselves. The menu really threw my husband and me. It was a mystery as to how to read the thing. Very confusing. All in all, it was an experience I'm glad we had, but will not want to spend over $160.00 on again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "What is there to say? This restaurant speaks for itself- the service, the drinks, and the food..EXCELLENT! If you haven't been to any of Dante's restaurants, go immediately! Thank you DBA for always exceeding my expectations!!!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Excellent wine list, great food, and the waiter was great. Truly an enjoyable evening with my wife."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food and service is exceptional. Worth a return trip"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is a wonderful place to dine in Akron. The menu is diverse and the food is great! Service both at the table and behind the bar is wonderful. It's one of our favorite spots!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My wife and I were visiting from Charleston,SC and decided to try DBA. We were treated like royalty by Lindzee who served us and by the hostess, Cynthia. Food was amazing from the delicious mussels (the best we have ever had- a must-try), to the elegantly prepared tenderloin of beef.The surprise of the night was the green spaghetti, which was different, delightful and delicious with a unique buttery and nutty flavor. Our only criticism, given that we do not expect to be in Akron in the near future, is that DBA needs to open a restaurant in Charleston! I am sure that among the many excellent restaurants in Charleston, DBA would still stand out as superb fine dining."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Appetizers were delicious. We each had the half order of green spaghetti which is amazing. the sweet potatoe soup is a must have too. Johnathan took great care of our needs. Love dba!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I have delayed trying Dante's new Akron restaurant as I have been disappointed at his Tremont location. My wife likes his food there so I finally gave in to trying DBA. The appetizers and salads were better than expected. The salad was a decent portion (although paying $10.00 for a salad always seems unreasonable) and was tasty and nicely presented. The calamari was also nicely done, had a great flavor and was not your standard deep fried squid with nothing but breading. I'd recommend both the hearts of palm salad and the calamari. My wife's special salad (crab) was also very nice. She liked her scallop entree a lot and the taste I had I thought was great. My entree, the spaghetti with clams was pretty much tasteless."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Dante's resturants are superb and we enjoy each one we've been to. Love DBA menu is different and food is excellent"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ordered the 5 course meal with wine pairing. The food was good and wine pairing excellent. The atmosphere wonderful. I travel and have eaten in restaurants all around the world. Our waiter was one of the best I've had. He made the meal an event."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had eaten at DBA twice soon after it opened and were very happy. We have also eaten at Dante's in Cleveland and had several excellent meals. So we were disappointed after our dinner. My wife and I did enjoy the smoked meat appetizer but things went downhill from there. My wife is gluten free (not by choice) and they did try to help with her selections. She ordered beef short rib with polenta. It was dull and dry. The polenta was good but how can short rib be dry? I ordered calamari. Mediocre and served with a boring mayo based sauce. I ordered the small portion of clams and linguini. I expected the clams to be fresh, in the shell. Wrong. They were overcooked and tasteless. The dessert was good, though and the cocktail and wine too."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Dinner was a celebration for my friend's birthday and I knew she would love DBA. Green spaghetti was delicious (as always), pumpkin soup to die for, and the salmon was superb. Service was also exceptional. DBA's is one of my favorite places in downtown Akron and now with Jillian's open just across the street, it is an all night experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Service at this restaurant was slow. The food was mediocre and by the time it arrived, I had lost enthusiasm. Too much effort in being cute about the musical interests of the owner and not enough ephasis on actually cooking."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to dinner with 2 friends on Friday night and we each ordered 3 small plates. Everything was delicious. The server was excellent and had a very good sense of humor. I really liked the music themed decor. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The Hong Kong mussels were amazing, but all the food was delicious. Our waiter was perfect. He kept our glasses full but didn't hover or crowd us. It was a good atmosphere, a little noisy but not bad."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The 5-course tasting was delightful. The green spaghetti with shrimp, as well as the top sirloin, were highlights. The waiter altered the wine pairings to better suit my preferences and also gave my friend samplings even though he didn't order the tasting! Looking forward to experiencing the chef's table in the kitchen."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Nice place for quality and creative food! Enjoyable restaurant experience"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Have been here four times before. The first time, fabulous. Second time almost as good. Third time was great (but it was for oysters and wine only). Most recent was so bad, we won't be going back unless we have to as guests on someone else's tab. My pork chop was as thin as the ones in a discount store's family pack...and overcooked to boot. Green pasta sauce was so dry, it took two utensils to separate it. The four sea scallops were just a bit larger than bay scallops. Noise level was beyond ridiculous; service was roller-skate type. Didn't enjoy feeling the brunt of whatever was going on there. Whether it's a busy night, mangmt change or other restaurant operational transition, diners shouldn't feel the side effects. Unfortunate."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great for a date night. Simple and elegant and cool. Best Manhattan I have ever tasted"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The only thing keeping it from a 5 star is the toddler sized dessert portions. Other than that I was very happy!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "the only thing better than the food, was our server. excellent!!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great food and great service. Always enjoy it here. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We've eaten here many times and taken friends as well. It's always been great - the food and the service. I'm not sure what happened this time but the service was bad - long lulls of nobody and definitely not a second drink. The food was good but not as great as usual; the entree selection was okay but again, not great. They were out of several things. We were there the day before valentines day - it was pretty quiet. The cushioning on the chairs were so flat and nonexistent, it was like we were sitting on the floor. It was just not an ideal night - I hope they aren't slipping. The whole experience was less than mediocre. Sadly, it's moved down on my list of restaurants."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I am very sensitive to salt. I ordered a dish that I found to be VERY salty. I mentioned it to the waiter and he immediately offered me another entree and to the first dish away. I appreciated that very much."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Our waiter, Roberto, was very nice and attentive to our family and friends."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife, ten year old daughter, and I enjoyed our experience. The food was and service were excellent."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been dining at DBA for 2 yrs. We always have great food, excellent service, and a fabulous time!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Planned a trip to DBA to celebrate my partner's birthday. Having been to most of the other locations in Dante's realm, it only made sense to give this place a shot. Immediately underwhelmed with the chairs (broken down seats making it feel as though you were seated on a toilet seat), our server Greg offered to swap out our chairs for some of the newer replacement chairs. With the location of our table & the adjacent diners, it was too much fuss & hassle. Greg assured us the chairs were all being replaced. Starters of mushroom soup & pear salad fell very flat. Beef tenderloin entree saved the night for both of us. Enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. Greg's service was attentive at first but went downhill as he was seated multiple times."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Came to dinner with friends while waiting for a major snow storm to begin. Food was very nicely done and interesting flavors together. The service was outstanding and the whole evening was lovely. The only drawback…..we were seated by the window. Nice view, terrible draft."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Our Server was a gem! Fun and very knowledgable about the restaurant and food."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I dined their last Saturday, we had been to another one of Dante's restaurants a few years ago and liked it very much as well. Everything we ordered was exceptional, we each had a different salad and both were outstanding, our entrees were very good and we ordered the risotto to go with it and it was very good too. The only thing we didn't like was the noise level, it was very hard to hear the server. They boxed up our leftovers without asking us which I thought was very nice however when we got home and went to give the dog the left overs, we found that they had given us someone else's leftovers."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "D.B.A has taken over the space formerly occupied by Chrissy Hynde's "Vegeterranean" but you could hardly recognize the space--now urban chic with a rock n roll motif. Same owner as "Dante" in Cleveland. Inspired menu with Asin twist to many dishes. Sea food and pastas dominate. Inspired wine list at reasonable restaurant prices. Service was professional. Looks like the bar area would be a hip late night spot. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "With a number of great choices on the menu, the chef's tasting menu with wine pairings is a great option. We enjoyed each of the selections and are looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We were definitely disappointed with our meal this weekend, and will probably not be returning to DBA. This was our second visit to the restuarant, and although we like the atmosphere and close Akron location, both times we have gone, our food has just been okay. There are just too many good restuarants in Northeast Ohio to waste time on one that is mediocre."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great dining experience. Excellent food. Decent wine list."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Love the menu! Accurate size portions that are full of flavor, yet simple and spot on. The staff was superb! Attentive, informed and in tune with the customer."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Tables were too close together. Everything else was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We stoped in for a quick supper before catching a play at E.J. Thomas in Akron. The entire staff was welcoming, responsive, helpful and yet never intrusive. My husband's beef tenderloin was the best dish of our night. All our choices were tasty, however, the chef seemed very heavy-handed with the salt shaker, both on the lobster tempura appetizer and the clam linguine dish. We will certainly dine at DBA again ..."
    Dined on 1/9/2014