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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 WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "One of our favorite restaurants - fabulous beet salad. wonderful service. always excellent food"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great way to relax with the 10.99 off your dinner during tax time, really enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We often choose Player's to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and have never been disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our dinners were great as always. One of my favorite places!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Players was highly recommended to us and we enjoyed our time there."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Stayed on schedule. Well paced service. Everyone (4 people) liked their meal."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants. I had mussels; my husband had the beet salad. Both excellent. My husband's tenderloin was outstanding. I ordered one of the night's specials, bass that was supposed to encrusted in herbs. I don't know what happened but the "crust" was really hard, difficult to get to the bass. I was very disappointed. However, our server, who also thought it looked unusual, arranged for a gift certificate for the amount of the bass dish. One "unusual" dish will not prevent us from returning since this is a rarity."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Our party of five all had tasty appetizers, delicious meals, excellent wine & wonderful desserts! Our server was outstanding! Players on Madison remains one of our favorite restaurants. The Chef also offers wonderful specials in addition to a great menu. We just love the ambience & decor."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Players always provides an outstanding dining experience. Our favorite server is Jeff, but all the staff is attentive and friendly. The food is consistently great. Reservations on the weekend are a must, but it is worth it!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "What a great wine tasting the food pairings the friends and the staff made for a great evening."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "I was a little surprised how quiet, small, and not busy this restaurant was. It must be a hidden gem, I don't know why every seat wasn't full that night. Great service and great value."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Food and definitely service are not on par with what it use to be. Food temps on entrees vary causing at least one meal to go back every time. Pasta and pizza are your best bet. Service by new staff indicates a need for retraining to learn the finer things about an eating experience. Turn and burn is not the name of the game and yet the rushed experience we had suggests otherwise."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I took my fiance here for Valentine's Day, it was both our first time. It looks like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside but don't let that fool you. It was pretty modern and my fiance found it to be romantic as well. We were attended to right away for our drinks. Our waiter wasn't the best but he still received a good tip. We ordered a prosciutto wrapped around fresh mozzarella with tomato bacon jam and was awesome! My fiance, she ordered the Stuffed Banana Pepper Pasta and that was really good. I ordered braised pork chops & different vegetables and I really enjoyed that. We also had bread delivered to us, the aioli that came with it made that. One thing I didn't like was the lack of beer options, but overall it was a great experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The menu is definitely amazing, but they have a list of specials off menu that are fantastic as well. Cocktails are classy and there is quite the selection of wines. This was a Valentines day treat, but this will be a destination for future date nights as well. I am looking forward to trying the simple items on the menu like the pizzettes or the build your own pasta."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Love this place. I have never had a bad meal! The staff is wonderful. The cocktails are amazing!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "After 20 years of being open they are doing something right! Great selection of food as well as price point. Can't wait to go back in the summer to dine on the patio."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First visit to Players on Valentines. Always have to expect some delays, but service was pretty good. Food took sometime, but looked good when it came out. The wife had a shrimp cream pasta and I had a beef tenderloin dinner, both were pretty good. I wasn't impressed with the value and size of these meals, but what was there was pretty good. Overall it was a okay experience, value being more of an issue. Thanks, Derrick and Megan"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our second time at Players. It was a nice experience, my only complaint is the noise level in the main dinning room. I'm not sure what they could do to fix it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Love the atmosphere and ambience. The use of the space is wonderful. The food is always great ."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Once again I was disappointed with Players for a holiday dinner. Players has been a mainstay for decades. Consistently decent food and usually exceptional service. However, on holidays they seem to fall apart. Whether New Years Eve or Valentine's Day. The pacing was excruciatingly slow. Fifteen minutes to be offered a drink? Another ten to actually get one? The salad was way overdressed and too heavy with cheese. The fish entree was a nice size but only warm after no doubt sitting in the kitchen and cooling off while we cooled our heels at the table, waiting. I've finally learned my lesson. From now on I'll spend my holidays at an establishment that can ramp up to meet the holiday demand. Disappointing $150.00 expenditure."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Been frequenting this place for 22 years...One night, order wasn't $$$, server changed his attitude, messed up our order, was not that friendly...This is NOT the norm...We will always go there for specialty pizza and salads, because that is what we enjoy...One server won't ruin the place, just he one visit we had...Please go, you won't regret it..."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been dining here for years and we have never had a bad experience. Everything was perfect again this time!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a lovely Valentine's Day dinner at Players. The food was excellent and nicely presented and the service also was great. Players is one of our favorite restaurants in the Cleveland area."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Go to Players and you will return. The martinis are tasty, chilled and yum. The appetizers delish--the brushetta is beyond any with a deep rich balsamic vinegar and not soggy. Loved the appetizers with martinis--all reasonably priced, consistently perfect. I have taken friends and they return with friends. Yum. Service is outstanding!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We made a last minute Open Table reservation on a Saturday night & had a perfect evening! Butternut Squash & Mushroom Truffle Oil Penne were our picks & they were delicious! A must for any westsider!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We've been to Players several times. It is one of our favorites. The food is always good, innovative and fresh. The service is spot on."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "As always the food is great. One of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Players on Madison is a favorite restaurant of ours. Fine food, extraordinary service & great ambiance. We enjoy taking guests to Players. It's always fine dining & pleasant decor."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I took my wife to Players on Madison for her birthday. I can't say enough good things about our experience. From appetizers thru dessert, the food was wonderful and so was the service. My wife and I both had a great time. We will definitely come back again. I would recommend to a friend."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Menu, quality, service, vibe...Players has been our favorite spot for a date night dinner for two decades!!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "This is a treasure Consistent great food n all a dining experience should be!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Have not been to Players in a couple of years. Still one of our favorites. Prices are fair and food is wonderful. Love the make your own pasta/pizza combinations."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Whenever we return to Players, we wonder why it has taken so long. We love their slightly different take on what could be standard dishes. My corn-encrusted grouper was outstanding, and my wife's salmon was done just right, with wonderful accompaniments. The salads at Players are some of the freshest and tastiest around. They have come a LONG way from the original pizza shop (very long ago), although their pizzas are still incredibly good too."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Relaxed feel, comfortable, great staff, quality food, great service, overall - everything was great! Will return and have been there numerous times with friends."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "As always, the food was outstanding. The service was awful. The server acted like we were inconveniencing him. It's a shame because the food is so good. We will return hoping to have better service."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Went there because we had a GC to use. I know this is a 'gem' in Lakewood and that has been around for quite some time. It definitely isn't worth the 10$ drinks and overpriced apps. I won't mention what we got, but, my wife and I ordered to apps and we didn't stay for dinner. No Bueno. With all the other great spots to eat at in Lakewood, I consider this place a TRAP. Don't get sucked in by the whispers of..."oh i think i've heard of this place... I think its supposed to be good." Negative mi amigo. Avoid this place like the plague."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I have always liked Players. The food is very good and the atmosphere is great. Only problem I have consistently had is service. I understand the restaurant is busy, but it seems they have a reoccuring problem of seating people and forgetting about them. This happened to us on Saturday and has happened frequently in the past. After about ten minutes of servers passing us by, I told the hostess who apologized and sent a server right over. The server was good and service after that was fine, but this seems to happen almost every time we go to Players and is disappointing given that it is a higher end restaurant."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This was my second visit. The food was AMAZING the first time and exactly the same the second time. My Mom was in town for her 70th Birthday and I noted that it was her birthday on Open Table. When my mom waked in, the hostess said “Happy Birthday” my Mom loved the attention to detail! The food was amazing, The Beat Salad is so fresh with simple flavors, the Penne Vodka Cream Sauce with Shrimp was superb and the Steak was better than ones I have EVER had. The Chef even made a special Crab Cake appetizer at our request to make the night even more special! The end of the evening with the Coffee Gelato with the Fresh Fried Donuts was the perfect end to a great special evening for my mom! Thank you for a great evening!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "I had heard of Players for a few years but do not live close by. I had an occasion to meet a friend for dinner and Players was at the top of my list as i had always wanted to try it. I will return and can highly recommend Players. The service was just right, our waiter was prompt yet did not hurry us and responded to any request we had. The menu selection was interesting and the features of the night were very imaginative, I could have easily been very happy with most anything on the menu and will return just to try a few of them."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My date suggested this place, I've always wanted to go here. It was a little more upscale than I had imagined it to be. I had the chicken, she had the noodles, I think, first date so I was a bit anxious and don't remember. She had wine, I had a nice heffe weisse beer. Service was fine, the place was hopping, glad we did the online reservation thing. Later we drank and rang in the New Year and made out like high school kids, it was Awesome! She's a really good kisser. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/31/2013