Nice Italian suprise
We were traveling through Cleveland and decided to stop for dinner.
A basket ball game had just started so the restaurant had just emptied.
We were served by the owner and he made great recommendations and brought us extra appetizer to try.
Interesting interior, would be a fun place with a large group.
2/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to La Strada for a
We went to La Strada for a special night out on vacation and loved it! The food was fresh, service was perfect. My only negative would be how dark it was at our table
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was a little too dark,
It was a little too dark, but otherwise a nice place. Expected more Mediterreanean (spelling) food and was disappointed.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overall, we had a very good
Overall, we had a very good experience. The food was very good, although my rack of lamb which was ordered rare was more like medium. My wife's chicken Marsala was the best we have ever tasted. We had a terrific server named Zan, who was attentive to the perfect degree and very personable. We were seated on the upper level overlooking the kitchen, and unfortunately, it was very noisy with lots of clanging and banging of pots and pans. We plan to return, but next time we will request a table somewhere further away from the kitchen.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious Fare, Unique Atmosphere
We made a last-minute reservation at La Strada before heading to Playhouse Square for a show, and our waiter was fantastic at moving us along at a perfect pace. He made an excellent wine suggestion for my meal, and we were both very happy with our dishes. My fiance ordered the pan-seared halibut special and I had the wedding soup, which was slightly peppery and delicious, and half order of the basil-pesto pasta dish, which was excellent. I love the Mediterranean atmosphere with the low lighting, colorful lamps and streams of lights and old world feel. We were on the second floor balcony overlooking the rest of the restaurant, so it was a very romantic and intimate dinner for two.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had been to La Strada before
I had been to La Strada before and jumped at the chance to go back. This time, we received amazing service! Our waiter was friendly, quick and never left us hanging. Before we realized we needed more bread or another beer, he was already delivering it. Considering we were seating on the second level, he was running up and down the stairs and made it all look effortless.
My food was good, but not something I would "write home about". The half rack of lamb only yeilded a few small bites of meat and the plate was piled high with quinoa to make up for it. The price didn't justify the food I was given, but I can't say anything bad about the taste or preparation.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a very good dinner.
We had a very good dinner. Our waiter was wonderfully attentive without being over bearing. I had the Halibut - it was perfect. I have already recommended this restaurant to my friends. Nice dining experience. Think our waiter was Daniel.
4/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Drinks were very good. The
Drinks were very good. The chicken Marsala was not what I expected...it was better. Not a pounded thin filet, but a thick piece of incredibly tasting chicken in a tiny bit of broth keeping the wonderful risotto moist. The sautéed spinach was very fresh but could benefit from a bit more garlic. My table mates regretted ordering the small portion of lamb as they would have loved more. The restaurant is noisy and bustling, but I would definitely return. Enjoyed the evening tremendously.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met my friend for dinner last Saturday. We chose this restaurant because it is on E 4th and Cleveland Independents had a gift card special. We were so pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food - delicious, and the price. 2 entrees, 4 glasses of house wine, and 1 salad was only $90. Great prices for a good dinner; especially considering this is just 2 doors down from Lola's. Only negative was the noise level. Did not deter us, but it was a bit loud.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time here. Interesting
First time here. Interesting menu, very Italian based. Didn't see much
of the Morrocan, Greek, etc-inspired dishes. We ordered pasta dishes,
and both were excellent. Tiramisu was terrific. Very reasonable
and you can order 1/2 orders of pasta dishes. Didn't really like sitting
up in the "balcony." Found it a little cramped and lacking any atmosphere.
Will sit downstairs next time. Waiter was very knowledgable, attentive
and very funny. Felt like an old friend. Definitley will go back.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service
My wife and I live an hour away and make a special trip to dine here often. Food is excellent and steak melts in your mouth. Experience is what I assume would be like in Italy. Can't wait to return. Service is excellent. Highly recommend .
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service and food were amazing!!! Great date night restaurant, but also great for an outing with friends. Prices were very reasonable and the decor and setting was very intimate. LOVE that they offer half portions of their pasta dishes as a discounted price.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Service & Good Food
We tried out La Strada with a party of 6. We chose it near the theaters, parking was easy and very affordable (valet, and only $7!). We were on a tight schedule for getting to the theater on time and they were wonderful at accommodating this. The food itself was good - we tried several different salads on the menu and all were delicious and fresh. The pastas also come in 1/2 portions, allowing for more flexibility in portion size. The main dishes were also delicious. I definitely recommend the calamari from the appetizer list - although it comes fried you can request for it to be grilled instead and it was tender and very flavorful.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I came in late
My wife and I came in late on a Monday night when, like most restaurants, they were not busy. It was a very nice romantic dinner. The house red wine was better than most and very drinkable. The lamb and seafood stew specials we ordered were outstanding. Service was friendly and attentive. We've been here before and this visit reminded us why we will gladly return.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent place on East 4th.
Excellent place on East 4th. Never been before but loved the bar set up and the Mediterranean feel to it...definitely will be back.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Strada outdoor dining
Enjoyed a dinner for four at La Strada. First visit for all of us. Love the atmosphere of the East 4th St. scene. Outdoor dining is quite enjoyable. Nice selection of Italian and Mediterranean food, which was quite tasty and good. Would recommend La Strada for an enjoyable summer evening, especially if one is going to an after-dinner show at Hilarities.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
CAB sirloin is to die for!
I had the special pan seared salmon with vegetables and the salmon was well seasoned and cooked on the outside but towards the middle it was poorly flavored and undercooked. However, the sirloin was phenomenal! Well seasoned and didn't need steak sauce to enhance it. The entire dish was so fulfilling and paired well with ale. The caprese salad was also well prepared and the mozzarella was delicious and fresh. Service was above satisfactory and outside dinning is a must if the weather calls for it. All in all, this was a very good meal and prefect for a romantic date.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
very patient staff
We had reservations for 10 people on a saturday night and of course half of our party was late to show up. We also had 7:30 theatre tickets and needed to rush once our whole party was there. The staff was VERY patient with us, brought us lots of bread to hold us over, etc. Food was very good. Only complaint is there was no AC and it was VERY hot.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were
The food and service were very good. We originally were going to eat inside because it was a very hot outside but arriving at the restaurant found that it was hotter in the restaurant than it was outside. I don't know if it is always this way but if so they really need to think about getting a/c. I would definitely go back but will check to see if their a/c is working if it's hot out.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impromptu opera singing
When an opera singer breaks out from the balcony without a moment's notice you know you're in for a unique dining experience.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st Time Diners
My husband & I came to La Strada as a last minute find after the Indians game. I had the salmon special, which was wonderful. It was to be served with vegetable & creamed corn. The chef & waiter came out & said the same. Unfortunately, it was only served with vegetables. But fortunately, because of this error, the house gave us a free dessert!! The wine was wonderful & reasonably priced. Overall a good meal & great time
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a great place to
This was a great place to find. It is on a happening street and had outdoor dining. The food was well prepared and reasonably priced as were the bar drinks. I would definitely go back when I visit again.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent find in Cleveland
My husband and I found this restaurant using Open Table. We needed a restaurant before the Old Crow Medicine Show at Playhouse Square. What a great find!
We sat outside, listened to the music, enjoyed a cocktail and great appetizer of humus and pita. Fresh salad with just enough salad dressing. The pasta dishes were great. And, of course, who can resist fresh tiramisu?
Very enjoyable. Nice wait staff-=Judy.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely night out
We ate outside and the food and service were great. We weren't rushed through our meal, which I really appreciate.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Air conditioning was down
Air conditioning was down so we sat outside despite recent rain. It was a nice evening to be outside in this vibrant downtown neighborhood. All parts of meal were very good. I have never been disapointed here.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
La Strada is one of our favorite places to eat. We like to head down to E. 4th street for a relaxing Saturday evening and La Strada is always our number 1 pick!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent night out
We enjoyed a "double date" at La Strada and had a wonderful time. Food was excellent, it was paired with a great bottle of wine, and the restaurant had an overall fun and exciting ambience. Would not hesitate to return.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and fast
Selected this restaurant for a dinner our prior to a show at Playhouse Square. Had pasta bolognese while my lovely wife ordered the fish of the day which happened to be be grilled swordfish in a cream sauce. Both dishes were very good. Had an early reservation (4:30) so restaurant was very quiet and we also were served in about 10 minutes from ordering, but I believe this had something to do with being there with only about 2 other tables occupied at the time. It began to fill up nicely by the time we left at around 5. My wife had the hazelnut gelatto for dessert which she said was excellent. Overall a nice dinner in a location with some nice ambience.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have dined here several
I have dined here several times and will continue to come back. Always great food and service! A great place to dine before a show or a special event.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing, the
The food was amazing, the prices, however, do not fit for the amount of food that you get. It could probably be because it's a downtown restaurant, but who knows.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great night out
My three girlfriends and I met up. We wanted to go somewhere downtown so I heard good things about La Strada. I am so glad we went there. Everyone was pleased. Excellent food and atmosphere. It was very cozy and inviting.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM