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Edwins Restaurant
Edwins Restaurant

Edwins Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://edwinsrestaurant.org
  • Email: info@edwinsrestaurant.org
  • Phone: (216) 921-3333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm. Closed Sunday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Gilbert Brenot
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: Brandon Chrostowski (216) 921-3333

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shaker Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Edwins Restaurant
EDWINS Restaurant is steeped in tradition and care for the community. Restaurateur Brandon Chrostowski offers a unique experience with Chef Gilbert Brenot's seasonal, classic French cuisine in the midst of Cleveland's Shaker Square. The restaurant has a unique mission; to do good and eat well, offering formerly incarcerated men and women with a second chance through hospitality and culinary arts.

The charming bar and lounge are a welcoming spot for before and after dinner drinks.

A bientot!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Music too loud Wine skimpy Over priced for what you get"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Everything was great. Decor is beautiful, the food is fantastic and the service is great. Sitting by the fireplace in he back is one of the most romantic spots in Cleveland. The vegan options were great. Try the artichokes and you won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The meal was delicious, the service most attentive, and we had a lovely evening. Congratulations to a new addition to Shaker Square."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Our first visit, a month after they opened, was outstanding. A server noted that my wife had torn the soft part out of the bread and just ate the crust, so, without being asked, came back with a bowl of crusty end pieces. The only complaint then was our main courses appeared to have been held too long under the heat lamps. This time everything was very good, but not outstanding. It seemed that this group of servers weren't as well trained and didn't have the sense of ownership that the initial group possessed. The food dropped a notch, also. Sweet breads lacked that slight crust, and the cream sauce was bland. The salmon was a little overcooked, and the braised rabbit a little too dry. Like I said, very good, down from outstanding."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Edwin's is unusual. The food (classic French) was well executed and presented. It was a surprise to have very traditional French dishes. My husband had ris de veau and salmon with spinach and cucumber sauce. I had escargots and dover sole which was pricey but excellent. The servers were very attentive (but not intrusive) and some of the dishes merited table side service from the Executive Chef. What we figured out during the meal is that Edwins is part of a cooking school and the servers are in training for a culinary career. That's why there were so many people checking on each other. I'd recommend it for a special occasion. Yummy."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The quality of the food was much better than I expected - it was a true culinary treat. The staff was professional and polite. The maître d' went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and shows us around the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Our party enjoyed very well-prepared French food in a lovely setting. The service was quite attentive, and we certainly admire the owner's commitment to providing second chance opportunities to persons who have been incarcerated. We found the staff to be friendly and very well trained. A special dessert souffle was amazing! We would definitely recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wrote this the last time. Still everything was excellent!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Edwins is a brilliant concept. They manage to couple some of the best food in the city, with a truly noble mission. Edwins is a non profit restaurant. They help people coming out of prison learn to work in a fine dining environment, and give them a second chance. Even if you put that aside, Edwins is one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The rabbit pie was outstanding! It was both flavorful and unique. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the preparation was fresh and different than anywhere I've tried. We ordered the soufflé in advance and that was an excellent choice! Light, fluffy, pillowy! Eat here!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Loved our night out at Erwin's celebrating a family birthday! Symbol of all that is wonderful about our region--great menu, courteous and hard working wait staff, a benefit to our region and an exquisite idea to demonstrate how through social entrepreneurship, we can help people get back on their feet and find fulfillment and advanced skills through work experience. Bravo all! Cheering for everyone!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "After an initial review in the PD that suggested the food was uneven,we were a little hesitant. my wife and I had a terrific dinning experience, from the wait staff to the food."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I really wish there was a 4 1/2 star rating, because while Edwin's is definitely "Very Good" it only missed "Outstanding" by a hair! The service is fantastic - my only quibbles here are that it took the bar too long to make our drinks and the waiter was gone for awhile after his initial greeting. However, that may have been our fault as we first sent him away because we could not decide what to order off of great menu! Other than that, very attentive wait staff. The food is excellent. The artichoke appetizer was very light and tasty - even with a butter-based sauce. The cornish hen was also very well done - although it could have used a bit of salt. Great cocktail list - the Spring in Champagne was light, fruity and delicious!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Wow! What a surprise! We heard about the origins of this restaurant/ i.e., giving previously incarcerated individuals a second chance through acquisition and practice of the culinary arts. We didn't know what to expect. We found everything to be top flight/ service, food, ambience, wine list, incredible cheese cart, menu, personality, you name it. I had a pasta with a cream sauce and delicate pieces of cripsy, exceptionally tender sweetbreads. My husband had halibut wrapped in a crispy potato slice with green beans and a marvelous vinaigrette. We were too full for dessert, but next time we will order the Grand Marnier soufflé at the beginning (needs 25 min. prep). I can't wait to go for just wine and cheese!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "What a wonderful concept - amazing food and creating capacity by using formerly incarcerated individuals as your staff. I've never had such attentive service in my life. All this and the food is amazing - I had the duck confit - beyond the best comfort food ever. My companion had a vegan portabella mushroom with sauce and other veggies - vibrant and lovely. We had salads first and deserts - an amazing creme brulee with the nice, hard crust and a very unusual and not very sweet (which I like) fruit and sorbet desert. Five stars even without the extra bonus of doing good in our community! My companion was a first time Cleveland visitor who is bi-costal (New England and San Francisco) and the restaurant was impressive to her. Good job!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Loved the experience, with the exception of the music, which we found too loud and energetic in comparison to the visual atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our dinner at Edwin's was a birthday celebration, and what luck that we chose Edwin's. The decor is upscale and inviting, and the food was masterful. The service was responsive but not hovering...which we loved. We will not wait for another birthday to come around to go back...we are returning next week... what a great addition to Cleveland's food scene."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I felt really good eating at Edwins. They are doing something terrific by helping people get back on their feet. The Halibut was awesome!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I absolutely love this restaurant! It was nice to feel "special", as every staff member made me feel that way. The food was excellent as well."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "as soon as I walked in the door and saw all the rich old ladies I knew it was going to be an experience, they do like to be seen and catered to, bartender really knew his craft and the menu as well, had fun, would go back, $ 40 for a steak and some fries is a bit steep thou."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "One dish served in a small bowl instead of a plate. Noisy placement."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "While I like the premise of Edwins, there was too much service attention, people checking on people. My food was fine, but my friend's risotto was not cooked enough. At $8 a plate, the salad lacked imagination--mixed greens and a dressing. I would give the restaurant another chance."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Edwins is a wonderful restaurant. Outstanding French cooking and wine. Beautiful room. Scenic spot on historic Shaker Square. Go!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I went here because L'Albatros was booked. The food and cocktails were excellent, the service was incredibly attentive but never overbearing. We don't get out much because we have 2 little kids but this warrants a return trip. Also, their mission, training and support described on their website and that you can see in action is refreshing and inspiring."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our experience matched those of other reviewers - great food, pleasant atmosphere, attentive service. Impressed with the success of the mission they are undertaking. We will encourage others to dine here and plan to come back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Whatever the occasion it is a perfect spot. Check out their website, very cool."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Our dinner at Edwin's was delicious. Best coq au vin I ever had anywhere, including France. And the wine list was varied, unusual and very reasonable. I truly loved it there. Importantly, Edwin's (which is short for Education Wins) is not the usual fancy spot. It doubles as a both nice place to eat and a viable community asset, providing employment and training for disadvantaged young people. So, you should go in understanding that your server will look and sound different than the usual servers bringing you high end food. The service is just fine, btw, just different. We had a great dinner, in very nice space (it has a rustic, wine cave feel). I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We love Edwins. Delicious food, unbelievable cheese, and wonderful service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Sat at the bar. As I hoped, it gives you a chance to interact with the team a little more and turn the experience into a conversation. Fish of the day was excellent and James made choosing that night's meal. . .as well as my next one, a good natured talk. Planning to be back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food was much better than expected. But thats not the reason to go there. Please read their mission statement and you will understand why this is the most important restaurant opening in the area in quite some time. Had the Rabbit pie - more of a tart but well seasoned and left me wanting more. My wife had some excellent duck confit. Just wish the risotto was a bit creamier. I had the scallops. They were perfectly cooked Medium Rare gems. They could have had a bit more acid to offset their candy sweetness. Also a hint more salt would have really pushed this dish over the top. Creme Brûlée was a tad over cooked but caramelized wonderfully and had great flavor. Service was so warm and personable. They even topped off our wine at dinner."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I decided to try this restaurant when I saw it come up on Open Table. Just getting back from France I wanted to continue the experience and was not disappointed. I had the scallops with duck and they were amazing my friend had the Duck Confit which was recommended highly and it was delicious. We split an order of Beef Tartare and was surprised and delighted at the flavorful, and still large portion we received. The lobster bisque was to die for. The room was warm and cozy with a blazing fire in the fireplace on a very cold winter night. The service was very attentive but overly so. They have a varied menu and I can't wait to go back and try something else."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My friend and I had dinner at Edwin's on a cold and blustery Monday evening at 7:30. We were happy to see that they were quite busy. The service was superb -- attentive but not intrusive and everyone was welcoming. The food was excellent -- perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. I will definitely come here again not only for the excellent food and service, but also because of their philosophy and mission. Worth noting: they offer both vegan and vegetarian items and they sounded very, very good."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Love the concept of this place. Enjoyed the wait staff, ambiance, etc. Food was great though the steak wad only ok. Everything else was perfect. I will go again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was terrific. The ambience was perfect for a romantic dinner. I am excited to go back soon."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Have been to Edwins quite a few times now and have had a wonderful experience every time. Coq au vin was delicious as was the pate. There have been comments from others about the inexperienced staff. It is well to remember that this is a training environment and you will not always have the "polished" server who has had years of experience. However I have always found, that for the limited experience the servers have, they are very accomodating, pleasant and very ready to please. So we need to "overlook" some mistakes and remember what "Edwins" stand for. I have had some of the nicest experiences dining here and will continue to support this great cause. It's great to see staff really trying hard to do the best they can!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent, and the server brought out a birthday candle with dessert as requested. Although the staff was charming and friendly, there were a few too many people hovering over us and checking to see how we were doing. We had a leisurely dinner--a little over two hours---and didn't feel pressured to leave, even though the restaurant was packed by the time we left at 7:45. We would definitely come back, but not often, as the dinner was very expensive."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I savored each bite. And I am not usually one to savor; I eat too quickly. I had one of the cheeses as an appetizer. The cheese cart arrived and each option that I asked about was knowledgeably described. My selection was beautifully presented with slices of fruit and a slice of quince "jell" that provided a palette cleansing. Every bite of each green in my salad was flavorful . My salmon spread on top with a grounded blend of cucumber & horseradish--yum. The side vegetable was a first for me--steamed cucumber. And I had some of the best decaf I can remember; a wonderful dark roast. Service was attentive and well timed. I would have given the ambiance 5 stars if we hadn't been at the entrance."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Given the laudable back story on this restaurant (providing ex-convicts training that will lead to employment) one hates to be critical. The classical French menu is ambitious and for the most part, well executed. The portions are generous. However, Edwins' pricey menu puts it in the "fine dining" category where one expects polished service as part of the experience. While the wait staff was personable and clearly trying hard, the servers do seem unsure of themselves and a bit amateur."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Brandon K is well known on the East Side restaurant scene. This restaurant with a mission didn't immediately reach the top of my "must try" list, which means unless there were some bugs to work out, I unnecessarily deprived myself (and others) of a fantastic dining experience. Good on many fronts, the only complaint I could dream up is perhaps the wait staff was a bit TOO attentive. But, hey, I'd rather deal with that problem than it's opposite. Food was excellent, wine was, as usual, a price performance, excellent wines at reasonable prices. And ambiance, etc., all combined for an outstanding experience. The good cause thing, yes of course, but even without that, you owe it to yourself to try Edwins."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The food and drinks were fantastic. My friend and I each had a Parisienne Mule - very tasty. Appetizers (entrees) and main courses (plats principaux) sampled were the lobster bisque, seafood terrine, scallops, and duck terrine. All were excellent. I look forward to going to Edwins again."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "You are immediately enveloped in the spirit of Edwins and though we were there on a VERY cold, snowy night, we were warmed by the fire, the food and the delightful staff. Brandon, the chef and all the "students" were attentive and fun. Do enjoy this wonderful place"
    Dined on 2/4/2014