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

D.B.A.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.danteakron.com/
  • Phone: 3303755050x
  • 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 2162741200x
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
D.B.A. reviews from OpenTable diners
87 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)special occasion (52)romantic (44)notable wine list (38)hot spot (36)great for outdoor dining (32)scenic view (31)vibrant bar scene (29)good for groups (24)neighborhood gem (24)late-night find (18)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A definite yes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambiance was beautiful although a little dim for older eyes. The waiter was Great and the food very good. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT QUITE SO GOOD
    arnieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    WE HAVE ALWAYS LOVED D B A BUT IN THE LAST SEVERAL TIMES, IT HAS SEEMED TO CHANGED. GONE ARE THE VERY PERSONAL AND SOLICITOUS WAIT STAFF REPLACED BY SERVERS WHO SEEM GENERIC AND COOL. THE FOOD, WHICH WAS CUTTING EDGE, NOW SEEMS PREDICTABLE ALTHOUGH GOOD. THE LAST FEW TIMES WE WENT TO D B A, IT WAS NOT FULL ON SAT. NIGHTS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The dining room was lovely and was not noisy where we were seated. The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable but not obtrusive. The appetizers were outstanding, as were the entrees, especially the scallops. It did take about 4 minutes for the appetizers to arrive. We were not in a hurry; just hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • matt
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    good, not great. certain items were very good, others were average. some creative dishes fell flat. for the price, I would be hard pressed to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent First Date Choice
    SP125
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Tremendous menu, especially the small plate choices. Great opportunity for sharing different items, all served as courses. Fantastic and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ImMikeHyde
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    the food and the server were outstanding! We had an early reservation and the place was pretty empty, but was almost full by the time we finished.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always...
    jas169
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    ...again a great evening at DBA...we have yet to have had anything less than awesome service, food and experience...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great combination
    martinitime
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    quite thoroughly enjoyed the service, savory food options, and the ambiance of DBA. our server was fantastic, coming over cautiously when we caught his eye. the courses all came out in the right timing and he asked us if it wasn't obvious. the lighting and interior design was very conducive to to a public but private sort of evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money !!
    LocalDinning77
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was terrible and tooooo salty. I ordered the scallops which sat on potato hash brown stacks, the potatoes tasted like they were fried in old oil.My friend order just an appetizer which was popcorn shrimp. Literally, it was POPCORN sitting in lots of butter and a few small shrimps. YUK !! Popcorn for $8.00. Very disappointed and my stomach was upset all the next day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night at DBA
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I dined at the Chef's Table in the kitchen. It was fun to watch Chef Ernie and team do their thing and of course the food was great as always. We brought our own wine but DBA has a great wine list as well. Coming back in 2 weeks with 2 other couples to do it all over again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing!
    Foodie5
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I tried to get reservations for 2 mnths on opentable and finally got one. We walked in to an empty restaurant at 8pm on a Saturday night. I now question the reservation system at opentable. We do not eat at chain restaurants, we seek out local great food restaurants. Ordered 3 appetizers-spare ribs, calamari, and spring rolls. All of them were very underwhelming. Our entrees were the bolognese and scallops. Bolognese was nothing but a pound of noodles with a scoop of bolognese. The scallops were just ok. We ate at the outdoor bar with bartender Joe. He was very arrogant. A total jerk, in fact. We were so disappointed and do not understand these positive reviews. There are better restaurants out there. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overhyped
    Priklypete
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were excited to try this newer restaurant for our anniversary dinner. Upon making a reservation there was only one time available very late in the evening. This seemed to indicate that the place was always packed; a great sign! Once we arrived, we noticed that this was not the case as the restaurant was about 80% empty. Even though the place was far from slammed, it took our server about 20 minutes to realize we were there. Once the mistake was realized the staff were attentive. For our entrées we ordered the duck and the roast chicken. Both would has been impressive, however both weren't seasoned well and both were cold. The lemon fingerling potatoes, however, were quite good. Avoid the s'mores dessert. It's more concept than food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not as good this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Last time we ate here, our meals were very good and left a good impression. This time we felt totally different. We both ordered pasta (2 different ones) and both were extremely salty and just fair.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    4 of us went for a birthday dinner. I ordered the "popcorn shrimp" appetizer which the restaurant takes literally. 4 small pieces of shrimp (not a whole shrimp in the bunch) buried under a pile of actual popcorn. I had the steak which was covered in mushrooms. The menu says nothing about the mushrooms and I'm sensitive to them. The meat was cooked well and tender. It was good but not great. I doubt I'll return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding as always
    Sherrie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed our experience at DBA. Our meals were excellent. I had scallops which were cooked perfectly. All of our salads were delicious. Great, knowledgeable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BDinNCTVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was our first time at DBA and the experience was okay. It was a little loud for trying to carry on a conversation and the wine by the glass selection was underwhelming. The food, however, was very good as was the service. We'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost
    patentz
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Went to DBA because I had heard good things about the food. While the chocolate cheese cake was great, the Asian Muscles as a starter needed more "heat" and only one of the two pasta dishes we shared was good. The Cavetelli was dry and needed more of the garlic mentioned on the menu. But my biggest problem was the markup on the wine list. $83 for a bottle of Prisoner that I can buy at retail for $35 ... DBA doesn't buy their wine at retail so their markup on wine is outrageous.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unpleasantly Surprised
    OHEngVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    DBA is one of our favorite restaurants, but this visit was disappointing. Curried mussels ($8) were tiny and tasteless, calamari app ($12) was missing the rock shrimp it used to have and the chicken and pork spring rolls ($12) were good, but really small. Green pasta was excellent as usual, but the cavatelli was just average. The biggest surprise was the $65 for a bottle of Barbera that cost $17 in the wine store. Very proud of the wine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Menu
    Dazednconfuzed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We really enjoyed the ambiance! Need more vege choices and explicit salad with meals!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raplh
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed the outdoor setting and the food was as expected- great, all four were pleased. Definitely will return. It is pricey due to ala carte menu, so most likely special eveninmgs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at DBA in Akron was a treat
    Mickandminney
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was looking for a special night out for my wife and I to have a "date night." I had seen an article in a magazine at the dentist and thought this was the ticket. I WAS NOT WRONG! My wife and I had a romantic dinner from the moment we were seated. Our waiter, Thomas W. I believe, was so helpful and patient. But so were every runner and bus person. They made a excellent dinner an experience. My wife an I had the 5 course dinner and every course was delicious! So glad Akron has an upscale restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Quite as Good...
    Mike
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Always a solid 4 stars for me, I was disappointed to see signs of a decline. No more oysters on the menu, and the Asian mussels were overcooked as was my pork tenderloin. The green spaghetti was great as always. The ac couldn't keep up with the open air bar, and the dining area was uncomfortably warm. The heavy vinyl covers on the menus are tacky - literally.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner42
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was the second time my wife and I went to DBA for a date night. We were very pleased with service and food durng both visits. We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Not so hidden treasure
    bubbles21
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Quality of food preparation and presentation is first class. Dining there is an adventure with interesting foods and beverages yet reasonable expense. No big surprises with the cost of an exceptional cocktail or beautifully prepared dish. Definitely plan on coming back A.S.A.P.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ...Above all expectations!!
    jas169
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I won't waste your time with a long dissertation of what my pros and cons are. This place "Rocks!". Cynthia was absolutely tremendous...she took time to show us what makes this place "The Place To Be". Our server was the best I have experienced anywhere in a long time. Food was fabulous. Menu is great, and the prices are more than fair! Thanks again for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Room with a view!
    JulWC
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Lovely ambiance, lush Ohio scenery and modern interior delight. The food is prepared well and will not disappoint. the asparagus salad is lightly dressed and so tasty, while the flatbread offerings offer a delicious option for vegetarians. The staff and chef are also willing to customize the flatbread to taste. The service is charming and friendly. Lovely outdoor seating. I so enjoyed seeing the picturesque train station from our table and the beauty of Ohio's landscape. We will definitely return. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night a DBA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The green spaghetti was very good. Mushroom soup and Bolenese was very tasty but too much salt on both dishes..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first timer
    divasdinning
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Loved the food, atmosphere, wine and the decor!! I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, atmosphere, service
    jkfjd
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Went to DBA for my birthday dinner. We have eaten here several times before but this time was the best. The menu changes seasonally and the current menu has a lot of great things on it. I got the short rib appetizer and green spaghetti. My husband got the Amish chicken. All were phenomenal. The sage advice martini was to die for as was the peanut butter and banana dessert. The service was great too. It was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great downtown restaurant
    MikeB
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Love the atmosphere and the outdoor patio is amazing. Great spot to eat if you are looking for quality food in downtown Akron. Service was excellent and very passionate towards their restaurant. Can't wait to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Xoxo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food. Slow service but nice, polite waiter. Thought decor was kind of cheesy- the black and red has been done before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday July 18 - Akron Reunion
    mazeandblue77
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was wonderful - the presentation flavor - selections. The patio dining was wonderful! Enjoyed the company of a high school friend who was happy to see such a wonderful restaurant here in the old home town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good food at DBA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have eaten at DBA at least half a dozen times in the past year or so. The service was adequate. The food was not up to par compared with my previous visits. The appetizer was nothing special (short ribs) and somewhat overcooked/dry. The pasta (pappardelle) was clumpy and short on sauce. My friend's filet mignon was ordered medium rare and came well done. Her fries were oily. Very disappointed. I have always had exceptional food here, and I am not sure if they changed chefs, but given the price, I am going to think twice about returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were going to volunteer training for the GG9 games at the John S. Knight Center. We made dinner reservations at D.B.A. before our event. This is not our first time at this restaurant and have been to the flagship location in Cleveland. The food was outstanding. My wife had the fish special and I had a steak. Both were done to perfection. We split a salad but it looked more like two full salads and not 1/2. I have a knack of being able to pick wines that they are out of and it happened again. But they do have a large list to pick from so the second choice was still outstanding. We will be back when in the Akron area. I hope Akron will support this gem.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Previous visits were better
    Amyd
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glad we tried it
    krissieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    we were in Akron and wanted to try anther of Dante's restaurants. the service was excellent and the food was good as expected. it has a nice patio. It is a great addition to the Akron area. it has a very fun specialty cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious !
    baconizluv
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sophisticated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 445 reviews are from the D.B.A. reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    RJAONEVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Dining Experience
    Bert
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Fabulous restaurant with exceptional food and wonderful service. A must go place to add to your Akron experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.