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D.B.A.
D.B.A.

D.B.A. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.danteakron.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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We've been to DBA several times. We liked the revamped menu. More choices that appealed to us. Our waiter was crazed. Seemed that he had way too much to do and we had to keep flagging him down. My friend's drink order was wrong but was remade after we managed to slow down the waiter to let him know. He assured us the drink was not wrong but the second drink tasted like the mojito ordered. Food was delicious as always."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant for a 5 course tasting with my sister in town from Miami. The cocktails were refreshing and the food was delicious. My favorite was the pork belly appetizer and the duck. Her favorite was the green spaghetti. The service was great and the atmosphere was fun. Would definitely go back. Will take my husband next time."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Dba has a very cool vibe while being sophisticated. We sat near the window facing the valley and loved it. The food was excellent-ribeye, scallops, braised short rib and strawberry Napoleon!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Have been to DBA in the past and really enjoyed ourselves. This trip, not so much. The first glass of wine had clearly been poured from a bottle that had been opened for a while. Ack. Should have never reached the table. I selected another, which was OK. The waitress was awesome -- she offered a taste of one of her fave blends. Great service. Wasn't horribly hungry, so ordered the chicken salad (yummy) and the short rib small plate. It was three pieces of gristly shoe leather on a plate. Was surprised the dish made it out of the kitchen. it was clearly overcooked. It was a Tuesday night, and no too crowded. It felt like the B team was in the kitchen. Will we be back? Not anytime soon. Wasn't billed 4 small plate."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and the view but had less than perfect service. Server was distracted, things came out slowly, and there was a disconnect between kitchen and staff. After all ordering the special, about 15 minutes passed and server came back to say the special was gone. Seems like the kitchen would have said they were down to a few of this entree so staff could be prepared to check. Wine that was ordered to complement the appetizer and a different for the meal came after the food was nearly gone. Too good of a kitchen for this to happen."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fabulous restaurant with exceptional food and wonderful service. A must go place to add to your Akron experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The menu was limited but the food was very tasty and well-presented. A disappointment in service occurred when our waiter said he could not leave the salt and pepper on the table because there was no room. There were three of us at a table for four, so there was plenty of room for the small salt shaker. When we arrived shortly after our guest, she told us of the rude treatment she received from the valet. She is handicapped and when she asked the valet where she could park, he rudely told her that he had no idea and he was only the valet and didn't know the area."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Took my son and his girlfriend out for dinner and we were all impressed. Food was wonderful as always and the service was great (Rachel is always on her game). Thanks for another wonderful night!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "A first class restaurant in Akron. A new gem on our list of favorites. Food was outstanding, and service exceptional!!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Highlight is the level of service efficient yet not imposing. Rib eye was the highest quality I have had in some time. Only disappointment was the toughness of the short ribs although the Asian style had excellent flavor."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "There is nothing bad to say about D.B.A. My husband and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary earlier this week. We were greeted at our table with complimentary sparkling wine! I felt so special! We ordered the 5-course, wine-paired meal and Tom (our server) was extremely knowledgable about the wine and the food. I tried some new wines, and found a new favorite. Thank you for a very memorable evening!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "What a great dining experience! The decor is wonderful and the bar is the nicest in all of Akron. The patio is perfect for late night drinks."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Joesph was wonderful! He paired our wines perfectly! He was knowledgable and eloquent! Impeccable service and amazing innovative dishes!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We loved everything about Dante. Our first time here to celebrate my partner's birthday and it was what we have looking for in the Akron area dining scene. The sage and cucumber martini was a pleasantly astonishing combination and a must try. The cavatelli was right on and the sauce was beautifully done. Although we were not impressed with the flat bread, we enjoyed our night with a good view of the valley. The ambiance was pretty and the decor berlinsque. The service was great, making sure we had a comfortable dining experience. Will return to try few other dishes pretty soon or atleast just for the drinks."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This was my third visit to DBA and again it was a mixed bag again I want to like this restaurant but left me flat again. The Server was competent and polite in service delivery but had no personality and did not engage us at all, never asking us if we had questions, never talking about the menu, etc...just went through the motions. The cocktails were fantastic. The food mixed...of the 6 appetizers/entrees...I would say a few were very good, most just ok, and couple fair at best. The napoleon dessert not enjoyed and the ice cream two of us ordered was laughable. The portion is ridiculously small.....the spoon is twice the size of the portion. I get premium products in small portions but this is silly. Everyone at the table agreed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "DBA is by far the nicest restaurant in Akron. Finally a hip fine dining loctation that you do not have to drive to Cleveland to enjoy. Outstanding food, service and atmosphere. Close your browser and make a b-line for DBA!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Excellent food -- very well done and different than the standard American fare. Good service, great wine list, fantastic spot for a nice meal out."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Chose DBA to celebrate my 50th with family including children, 16, 13 and 10. What a fantastic evening! Food, wine, service and atmosphere were outstanding. Great table with nice valley view added to the experience. Thanks to the DBA team for making my children feel like welcomed young adults. We'll done. DBA is Akron's hidden gem."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Excellent looking place in the trendy Furnace St. neighborhood in Akron. Free parking or if all spots are filled, valet is only $4. Great spot with a great view, ask for one of the high tops by the window in the back. Several small private dining areas. Awesome small plate menu with the opportunity to basically create your own tasting menu. Fantastic wine list with many wines by the glass."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "DBA is my "to go" place in Akron. Whether eating at the bar, inside at a table, or on the patio, the whole experience is wonderful. The green spaghetti is to die for."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We loved it!!!! Can't wait to come back. The food was awesome. The service was great. It was a great dinning experience. I have already recommended it to friends!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This place has great food, a great staff, and artists behind the bar. The 5 course tasting was perfect!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Fine dining IS in Akron with a contemporary ambience and OUTSTANDING food and service. If you have kids, hire a babysitter and head out on a date night to Dante's in Akron. Dante's second passion is playing guitar and you'll enjoy the clever, tasteful, & artistic guitar images in the restaurant. Your menu is on the back of an LP. There is a very cool, red glass guitar on a wall. There are privacy doors with guitar etchings. Plus, your bill even comes with a guitar pick. But, this is not a poor musician's restaurant. This is truly fine dining because Dante's first passion is exceptional cuisine! I highly recommend the scallops!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This restaurant is exactly what my wife and I were looking for; a stylish restaurant with exceptional food that as a bonus is moderately priced."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed dining at D.B.A. and that held true Friday night. The service was great and the food was divine! Two of use shared the special Soft Shelled Crab appetizer, the Short Rib appetizer and two appetizer portions of Pasta. We had plenty to eat and again...it was delicious."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I went to DBA on a recommendation. I had dinner with my girlfriend where we got the muscles (very good) Miso Pork (good but not great). We each got drinks. I got a dirty Bombay martini which I like very much and thought was excellent. My girlfriend got one of the drinks off of the cocktail menu which has a separate garnish. her drink was OK, but did not come with the garnish. We were told that the restaurant had run out of all of the garnishes the night before. We were disappointed that we were not told that before we got the drink. After dinner we went to the outdoor area to have a drink. We ordered two bombay martinis, but beafeaters was used and the bartender lied about it, but charged for bombay sapphire. He lied even when called out."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food greatest service. Good menu. Good verifying. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Service was outstanding.....great atmosphere! The food was creative and some of the best we've had!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My wife and I are fine dining nuts! We literally have had to drive to Cleveland, and then only satisfied with a few places, to get the experience of great food and service. D.B.A. was all that and more. Now we only have a short drive from our home in Kent, OH."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "First time at this location. Exceeded expectations. Ambiance and food a well worth the value. Dante rocks!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We felt the food was of great quality, delicious, and presentation was wonderful. It is a nicer restaurant, but we felt that the prices were fair for the quality of food you receive. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Attended the release of the new menu... great new cocktails, the chicken dish was wonderful, thrilled my favorite (the green spagetti) is still on the menu, and had a delicious dessert tasting. Our server Rachel was great (as always) even considering the new menu and super busy night. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Took my wife there for a special evening together before the theater. As the evening went on the crowd began to build. The bar tender was terrific, our waiter not so much. He was over the top insincere, not to mention he forgot us. In spite of him, we had a very good meal in a very nice setting. The open air effect of the restaurant extending to their patio is very well done. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "An evening of outstanding food with great service. A menu with many choices. Dessert was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We went to D.B.A. for dinner Saturday evening, which happened to be the Kentucky Derby time. I believe the noise level was higher than usual. The interior was nice and the view was great. The wife and I both had the '5 course tasting' offering. I had the vegan while she had the omnivore. Excellent visual presentation, paired with some very complex and subtle flavors. Really excellent food, she claimed it was the best steak ever - while I was able to try a few new items."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "DBA is a must-go, the service was outstanding - Roberto was extremely helpful and patient with us, the wait staff (especially Colin) was extraordinary, and our hostess Allie was very friendly and hospitable. It was my wife's birthday, we had a small group, and Allie accommodated our extra people with one of the best tables on short notice. The GM was very visible and conversational, making sure our visit was excellent. And the food - wonderfully prepared and plated, excellent all the way around. We had a couple of very discriminating people with us, and they can't wait to return. Highly recommend DBA for any occasion."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Best service we've had in a very long time - professional and down to earth - not snooty - knew the food, wine, and was attentive without being overbearing. Polite - knows to say "you're welcome" not the dreaded "no problem". "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Stephen was our server for the second time in two weeks. He's knowledgeable, assertive with suggestions, remembered the wine I had (!), and very patient. You've got a gem in him! Alita Rogers"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The Mussels were the best I have ever had. We really liked this place. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We ventured down to Akron where DBA is situated in a rebuilding area in North Akron. We encountered the same excellent dining experience to which we've become accustomed in all of Dante's restaurants. The service was efficient and professional. Our server described the wine by glass options with a high degree of knowledge. We followed some appetizers with a course of green spaghetti with shrimp---fantastic and worth a visit for that alone! Our entrées of beef tenderloin, chicken and salmon were very well presented and creatively tasty. Scallops were also ordered by our table and were the only disappointment in that they were served accompanied with a rather bland broth-like sauce. Dante's restaurants are rocking in Northeast Ohio "
    Dined on 4/25/2014