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Don's Lighthouse Grille
Don's Lighthouse Grille

Don's Lighthouse Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.donslighthouse.com
  • Email: erics@donslighthouse.com
  • Phone: (216) 961-6700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jason Reed
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: The captains room holds up to 50 people for full service dining in a formal atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Kraig Sternquist (216) 961-6700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clifton
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lot with complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday for lunch and Friday-Saturday evenings
A word from Don's Lighthouse Grille
Don"s Lighthouse is located along Cleveland's scenic lakefront seven minutes from downtown's sports, theater and concert districts. Situated in a landmark building, Don's offers the freshest seafood, steaks,and chops and is a premier dining spot in Northeast Ohio.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We have been here twice now, had the same waiter both times and he's fantastic!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We ate at Don's after the matinee at the Playhouse so it was still early. The restaurant was busy and had a nice vibe going. Drinks were served promptly and as requested. The specials were explained adequately and the entire meal was enjoyable. We'd return again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "That's just what we did. We live on the Far East side and our friends on the west side. Don's Lighthouse is right in the middle. I had the salmon which was very good. My husband the haddock special which was also delicious. Our friends had steak. The filet was tasty but looked to be somewhat fatty. But no real complaints. We would certainly go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Birthday dinner should always include lobster - they have an outstanding lobster tail and steak dinner!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Hadn't been to Don's Lighthouse Grille in quite some time. Thought it would be the perfect place to dine before attending the Billy Joel concert (on a Tuesday night) in downtown Cleveland later that evening. The bar and restaurant were packed, and we had to wait 15 minutes for our reserved table. It then took another 10 minutes before our waiter acknowledged my wife and me. Knowing we were already behind schedule, we ordered our cocktails and food at the same time. Told our waiter we were going to the concert, and asked if he would expedite our orders. Seemed like the wait staff on the restaurant side of things was short-handed that evening. Our food was excellent! Will try Don's again on a night when we're not pressed for time."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Delicious dinner with an impressive wine list and great ambiance. Portion size is not the biggest, but quality of food makes up for it. Look for daily specials!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Everyone was exceptional, our waitress, Patty, was very personable and accommodated our needs. The chef even made a dinner by request that was nit on the menu for my 95 year old uncle. Food was tasty, and prepared perfectly. Wine list was vast and fairly priced. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "My wife and I went for our anniversary this weekend had a reservation and all, just in case it was busy, we were greeted and taken to our table, there was one other table sat in the entire restaurant and 20 minutes later NO ONE came to our table. Another table came in and was sat right besides ours and within minutes the server brought water and discussed the menu. STILL NO ONE CAME TO OUR TABLE, not even for water. We grabbed our coats and walked out while everyone in the service alley looked at us, no one stopped us. HORRIBLE waste of a day and well Happy Anniversary! Thanks Don's"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "don's never disappoints! best seafood ever! Scallops were done to perfection!'"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My husband and I always look to Don's restaurants for consistently good food and service. We dined at Don's Lighthouse recently before heading downtown to the theater and were not disappointed. With a 5:30 reservation, we had a relaxing meal and still got downtown by 7:00."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was high quality, the service was excellent and there was not an open table in the place. However, the ambient noise level was very high, it seems if one goes out to dine with friends, one should not have to shout."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a great time at don's and one in our group is gluten free. The only problem was they did not offer bread or rolls for her. The food was great and service perfect."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food was good but overpriced. Staff was very accommodating and nice, probably wount go back it wasn't very convenient to get to for us. But it's worth a try if you haven't been"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Always a great meal...have been going there for over 30 years!!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Met a couple of friends for dinner, all of us having been here before but not in a long while. Still gets the after-work happy hour crowd. Dinners were good - 1 Mahi special, 1 prix fixe (great dinner value) sirloin, 1 steak off the menu. Steaks were great, mahi a little too well done and bland for a special. Salads seemed pre-assembled, not as fresh as Don's Pomeroy. Chocolate mousse had a cherry and ? canned whip cream. The lemon blueberry bread pudding was tasty, fresh. Service was good, efficient, perfunctory. There are too many great restaurants in the same price range where we can try something newer and fresher, but this place is reliably "good.""
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "WE have been here before and know how good things can be. This time the food was not good at all. My husband asked for his steak Medium, and it took the chef 3 times to get it right. The manager did come and talk with us and did not charge us for it, but we didn't even eat our meals at the same time. Not a very nice evening out."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "The wait staff was a bit slow but the food was fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Good and serive was awsome, I came in a big group and it worked great!"
    Dined on 5/23/2013
  • "Took my wife there for Valentines Day. Meal was great. Seafood stew was the best. Not rushed which was a welcome change."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have hosted three or four times here in the last year for business lunches and Don's seems to be good staple. A throw back to the three martini lunch days. It hasn't changed much over the years and I've always thought, why change a good thing ? I was disappointed yesterday upon ordering the Tuna Nicose. (18.95). This dish cant decide if its a salad or an entree it seems.. part cold ..eggs, grape tomatoes and kalmatas, part warm Tuna (terribly over cooked) I order rare, it came out white as chicken and green beans. Honestly I can think of a good tuna nicose and this was an embarrassment.. Had I not been hosting four other business people I would have sent back A for Decor A for the Menu D for Presentation and F for for over all taste."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food was very good. I can't say there was anything outstanding about it. The dining area was pretty dark and it was hard to read menu. Ceiling was low or something. Again, food was good and server was great. I would recommend this to someone because it is such a great neighborhood gem. I just wouldn't rate it as something outstanding."
    Dined on 3/9/2013
  • "We had a great dinner! The food and atmosphere was exceptional!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great food, service and ambiance. What we come to expect from Don's."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We used to frequent the Don's restaurants quite often. The side salad was included with the meal. We quickly found out at this visit that this is no longer true. The waiter indicated that the 1st 5 salads were available as side salads. We ordered two. Much to our surprise the side salads were $7.75 each. In my opinion this is quite pricey for a side salad. Next time we'll go without."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Took our friends to dinner for their birthdays, great food, great service, great time, Highly recommend."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "First time visit with no disappointments. The food and service was very good and the price was reasonable. If I have a complaint it would be that it was pretty warm in the dining area - bar area was more comfortable."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "As the flourishing foodie scene in CLE has drawn me to other venues, I'd forgotten about the Lighthouse, which has been around for decades. This visit reminded me WHY they are still around after decades. A dish of Don's Seafood Chowder reminded me how truly excellent the food here has always been. Thru my Foodie lens I appreciated the numerous upscale and inventive dishes on the menu. This place is going back on my regular rotation, for on top of the fabulous food there is great atmosphere and top notch, white tablecloth service."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The ambiance was lovely. We introduced a friend there for the first time. She has special dietary needs and the server had no trouble knowing menu ingredients and accommodating her."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Reservations at 5, but went early to have drinks in the bar. Never being here before it would have been nice to be greeted in a professional manner. The bartender had an attitude of not wanting to be bothered. After about 15 minutes she finally asked us how our cocktails were & explained there was "specials" & gave us a menu.we now were done with our drinks & definitely would have ordered an appetizer . That was the extent of our interaction with her. Our waitress in the restaurant made up for the lack of personality at the bar ! Our food was delicious with the exception of my husbands dinner being sent back because it was not hot. To many other fine restaurants to go to !! Would not recommend or return ."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "With a party of 8 everyone had an excellent dinner! Great holiday celebration choice."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Don's Lighthouse Grille has been known for years for its seafood and they continue to deserve their reputation. Recently I tried their Portuguese Seafood Stew and was delighted. The scallops, shrimp and mussels were perfect, the broth succulent and the chorizo added just the right "bite" to the dish. My guest had the beer-battered fish and shrimp combination, which was wonderful: light breading, crisp, non-greasy outside and tender, fresh cod and shrimp inside. She also said the accompanying cole slaw was excellent. Service is always attentive without being intrusive. The selections are varied - some excellent meal salads, and a killer salmon BLT. Try it - you will like it if seafood is on your radar. ."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Took my two daughters out for a pre Christmas diner and had a great time with them. The food was wonderful and the service terrific. Love Don's !"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Went there 12/20/13. The delmonico steak was excellent!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I took my wife, mother and daughter there for dinner before a concert at the Q. The service is good so is the food, nice selection of meat, fish and pasta. The location is great if you need to get someplace downtown quickly. Don't miss the chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for dessert."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Very ordinary menu and food. Seems to be resting on its laurels. For the $$$$ many others options. Disappointed"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Dinner food and dessert were great. Coffee was good and hot."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "After almost 30 years of coming here I find the food, service and environment still enjoyable. If anything is not right they will correct it. Still one of my favorite places even though it is out of the way for me. We had a variety of food for the four of us and everyone was quite satisfied with quality and presentation."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We sent to Don's Lighthouse for dinner before the Theater, so we were on a time restriction The service was excellent and we arrived downtown in plenty of time for the show. The fish was fresh and very well prepared. We all enjoyed our dinners."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Everything was fantastic! Terri was our server and was just perfect!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Lovely evening. However, my reservation made through OpenTable did NOT show up. The maître d' quickly found us a table, so only a minor inconvenience."
    Dined on 11/23/2013