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Players On Madison
Players On Madison

Players On Madison Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.playersonmadison.com
  • Phone: (216) 226-5200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Romano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties can be booked during non-public hours. Semi-private parties are available during normal business hours.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve (216) 226-5200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Belle Ave
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available in lot next to the restaurant. Street parking is also available in the area.
A word from Players On Madison
For over 20 years Players On Madison has been known as the premier restaurant for pizza & pasta. Now, chef Anthony Romano has expanded the menu to include contemporary cuisine in the bistro-style eatery. His creativity is dynamic & reflected in the ever-changing menu.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Food very good but noise level too high. Specifically, had one table that was very loud but noise level still would have been a bit high for our taste. Servers good. Lighting good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was our first time at Players on Madison. We had a great meal including the Cavatelli Rustica and a grilled salmon entree. The beet salad was excellent. Enjoyed a reasonably priced bottle of Pinot Noir too. My only complaint was that we were seated toward the back of the restaurant and my view was of the illuminated Exit sign above the door. My dining companion had the better view looking out toward the main restaurant. I will definitely go back again because the food was good, but will try to be seated in more of the main part of the restaurant. The consolation for sitting in the back was that about halfway through our meal Channel 3's Jim Donovan came in and I got to watch him instead of the Exit sign."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Every thing was great. From the Zucchini blossoms appetizer, the Grouper special and the meatballs. The wine list is also fairly priced and very good all around. The promotion for buying a bottle of wine was an expected surprise."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Excellent menu, unique and well considered offerings. Not a place for those who want to make substitutions as the menu requests diners not do this. That said, they accommodated food allergies happily and provided such a range of offerings that it was easy for each diner to find many great options. Service was tremendous, every person we encountered was friendly, in good humor, well informed and trained. Highly recommend for an anniversary or other special event."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We went for the Fixed Price menu of 3 courses, with 25% being donated to a non-profit. The overall service was very good, though our waitress was a little overloaded and therefore slow at times. The support staff were very solicitous and friendly as well. I ordered the Chicken Francais with risotto. My only complaint was that it was on the menu as sweet potato risotto and it came out as sweet pea risotto (it was a misprint) and I hate peas, so had to pick them out. The host was very apologetic. Overall delicious, and my dining partner loved the salmon. The salads were great and the brownies with black raspberry icecream was to die for. I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I along with 2 family members enjoyed a wonderful 3 course set menu this past Monday at Players. The selections were very diverse and delicious and the price was right at $30 per person. We heard about this offering from our church - Old Stone Church on Public Square. And 25% of the proceeds were going to a Christian outreach program. Being a resident of Lakewood it was wonderful to see the restaurant so busy, it has always offered quality food at a fair price. By the way the Happy Hour specials are great and they can pour a proper drink!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Nice neighborhood spot. They just started a new menu. My date had the chicken, which she wasn't excited about. I had a pizza custom made that was excellent."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent neighborhood restaurant with creative and well executed food. Nice atmosphere with a really good vibe from the wait staff."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Specials are so good, you really don't need to look at the regular menu. Once again, a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Players has become our favorite restaurant in the Cleveland area. Great menu along with your choice to make your own pizza and pasta. Friendly staff and worth the ride."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Took my dad here for Father's day and we both had great meals and good drinks. Nice size portions, nice patio, great service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Players has it all. Wonderful menu, well prepared creative dishes, outstanding waitstaff and front of the house, all packaged in modern elegant decor inside and a one of the city's most beautiful patios outside."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "this is a favorite of ours. For an entree I had one of the specials, a strip steak coated with ground pepper and espresso beans, incredible flavor, especially med rare, which is how I ordered it. a memorable dish"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We celebrated our 25 the anniversary back at this Lakewood gem where we used to go when it was a tiny little place. Our food was wonderful and the service was very attentive."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The chef has a true gift combing flavors in interesting and delicious ways. The beet salad is chilled with a vinaigrette, toasted pistachios and goat cheese. i cannot believe that I am excited about a beet salad. The smoked mozzarella wrapped in proschuto was served with a fruity chutney. Another excellent combo. My husband got the salmon which came with a ginger lemon grass sauce. Whole meal was delicious. Will go back again soon."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday, we had wonderful service and the food was fantastic. A few of our guests couldn't believe they have never heard of Players. But after tasting the food, they were so impressed they are planning on returning with friends. Great job Players"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a lovely farewell dinner Tuesday evening for my mother's visit who was leaving the next day for her home in the Midwest. Our dinners were excellent and the servers were attentive and prompt. We liked the quiet ambiance of early week dining compared to the much louder atmosphere we experience on the weekends. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I got the goat cheese rav with mushrooms it was ok not great but I never expected it to be $25 it was not a big portion it had no sides and nothing about it said $25 the other pasta dishes where normal prices I guess I should have asked!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Looking for a restaurant on a Sunday early evening we found this spot via the internet. View is of the busy street on Madison in Lakewood with a brick apartment building across the street. The food was fantastic excellent Pinot Noir from Monterey portions were generous which is unusual with the caliber of the food from the appetizer, entrée, to the dessert. Server was quite pleasant and discreet during the meal. Plan on going back before the end of June to celebrate wedding anniversary.. Only drawback tables are close in dining room so it is possible to hear your neighbors if they are in a loud conversation. Patio in back which we did not see but imagine would be nice on a summer night. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • " My husband got the short ribs which were delicious , and I have the pork chops with applesauce! Their strawberry creme brûlée was also amazing! Our waiter was attentive but not over bearing. I think they may have the best service and good town !!! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Always great food luckily we weren't in a time crunch because again food took for ever to arrive. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Players has been one of our favorites, but we were disappointed this time. We arrived at 7:00 pm and our entrees arrived at 9:00 pm. Calamarie was not warm nor were dinners. We'll try again but since we brought friends, it was very disappointing."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went on a date for dinner. Service was excellent. Waitress let us take our time ordering and eating. Food was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Matthew did an excellent job. Everything was great. Especially the smoked mozzarella appetizer. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We and our visiting friends from Florida all enjoyed are delicious dinners this past Monday, May 12th. Since it was a Monday night, we essentially had our dining room to ourselves, making for a quiet, enjoyable dinner (it can be quite noisy when filled on weekends). Our server was attentive and saw to our every need. The food was of high quality and presented nicely. This is one of our favorite restaurants for many good reasons!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "This is usually my favorite 'go to' place but it was not on par last Sunday. However, I will return as Players rarely disappoints."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Players never disappoints. All seven dinners were perfection. The lobster appetizer was outstanding and enough to share. The cream of asparagus soup was out of this world delicious. Desserts were divine. We can't begin to thank our server for taking such good care of our table. A great Mothers' Day celebration. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed our 62 wedding anniversary at Players. Excellent food and service. We will come again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had another wonderful experience at Players last night. The waiter was great, the perfect combination of highly knowledgeable, reserved sophistication and playfulness. The food was outstanding. I don't know why this chef doesn't get more press. He's right up there with the other top chefs in Cleveland. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Again, Players was outstanding. But, then it usually is. I had swordfish that positively melted in my mouth. My husband had the pork chop which was excellent, but he said that their beet salad is the best he's ever had."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Players was celebrating their 30yr anniversary the month of April so decided to celebrate a couple of birthdays by enjoying the special pricing & really enjoying the amazing dinner. Everything we had was extremely delicious! The service was outstanding & just had a really wonderful time. Will definitely go back soon!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We love dining at Players on Madison! Extraordinary food and always excellent service. We were not aware it would be a buffet for Easter. At first, we were disappointed, but, that soon changed for the menu was delicious in a gourmet venue. All entrees were extraordinary and presented well. Not your typical buffet by far! The desserts were plentiful and delicious. We had a later reservation and the great selection was impressive and fresh. Love Players, and, it certainly is a neighborhood gem! If you haven't dined at Players on Madison you are missing a great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Players served a wonderful brunch for Easter, appropriate for those wanting breakfast-type foods and those desiring a full meal. There were numerous meat/fish choices and several salads as well as dishes appropriate for vegetarians. Just the shrimp were amazing! Extra touches included special breads. Wonderful desserts of all kinds were offered. Service was pleasant and attentive. Highly recommended for any occasion or just a special meal. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "As this was a brunch, service was not a factor. I appeared to be the first person at the omelette table the chef prepared my omelette quickly and efficiently to my specification. He was very courteous. The omelette was excellent. The buffet was very good and had a lot of variety. The only meat we did not like was was the beef. The dessert table was outstanding. Our empty plates were promptly removed. Overall it was an enjoyable meal. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Staff was attentive but not overly. Patio was lovely and peaceful for a Sunday brunch. Buffet was beyond wonderful. Waiter presented dinner menu for future visit and we will return. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Good service; tasty pierogi special and shrimp/pasta in tomato cream sauce. The salmon, though, was mediocre at best, and was disappointing. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Food here is consistently good - unique specials. Wait staff is attentive and enjoyable. Highly recommend this restaurant for everyone - date night or family night !"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "At the bar area only. Great mussels and pizzettes. Nice wine selection. Ahi tuna nachos were a bit disappointing, too thick and chewy. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Players does a fine job whether you want creative cuisine or a pizza. (This is no chain pizza place!) My wife had a marvelous birthday dinner of beet salad (yum) and lamb loin. Susan was very accommodating to her dietary restrictions, replacing the sides with the beet salad. I have had such good meals at Players that I have passed on their pizza for too long. The chorizo, mushroom and spinach made for just the right combo, and their mista salad always is delicious."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Great way to relax with the 10.99 off your dinner during tax time, really enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 4/10/2014