great dining experience
Food, server,host, surroundings were wonderful. I would certainly recommend.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, good service
The secret was fresh ingredients, the food was very delicious and well prepared. The pineapple creme Brule was excellent
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The menu is varied, everything
The menu is varied, everything sounds delicious. In addition to the regular menu there are always specials that are even better. We've eaten here many times and it's always a great experience from food to service. Craig was our waiter on this visit and he was excellent--very attentive and able to describe the food with great detail!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server, Corey, was the
Our server, Corey, was the epitome of a good server, anticipating our needs but not hovering. Wonderful food. Beet salads were great, I was told. I had the speck salad, different and delicious. My husband had the steak - perfect. I had lobster nachos, slightly burnt but good. Another had the lobster pizza, fabulous, she said. Players is one of our favorite restaurants.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Players has all the makings of an excellent restaurant for all types of events and dining experiences. It's tastefully decorated, just noisy enough for privacy but quiet enough to hear yourself think, and aesthetically very comfortable. I'd call the good but not excellent - suggest more effort with the core and less about trimmings. For example, the pork loin has great flavor, a good portion, is nicely prepared - and completely covered with very thin french fries. I could barely the meat until I slipped it out from underneath, and completely missed the chutney-like dressing until after eating the pork and most of the fries. My suggestion: possibly more tender or flavorful pork, on a bed of the chutney, and supplemented with fries.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the secret garden feel of their patio. The service is consistently superior (attentive without hovering) and the food is always outstanding. The tempura feta stuffed strawberries were unusual and delicious. I had Lobster Ravioli and my husband had the salmon. both were delicious. We will become familiar faces there due to many repeat visits
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Father's Day Dinner
We had a great meal. We started with the lobster nachos - always tasty. The scallops were fantastic, with a lemon butter sauce, perfect sear on the outside, mushroom risotto and asparagus for sides. My wife got the mac and cheese with chicken and bacon which was everything you could dream of with plenty to take home. We got to dessert and split the brownie sandwich with salty caramel ice cream. By then we were so full I still took one brownie home. My only gripe is that I suggested to my wife that we could go there because of the 1/2 off for dad's entree on Father's Day deal. I didn't realize you had to print the coupon off, forgot to read the fine print at the bottom of the email, so she couldn't get the deal.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy Hour Happy Food
Our group took serious advantage of the drinks and appetizers offered during happy hour(s). The Brie and the Mussels got raves. Dinner entrée portions were sizable enough to have leftovers but the salad was way too drenched in dressing.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
The food is great and so is the service. We were able to sit on the patio, which was very nice as well.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
players is one of our favorite restaurants. great patio.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing But Excellent!
Players is by far one of my favorites in Cleveland. I have been going there for over 10 years, and can honestly say that I have never had a bad meal or service. The menu is very eclectic -- from moderan American (the pesto sirloin strip and crab cakes are amazing) to your traditional pizzas and pastas. The food is complemented by a creative drink menu, and their wine half-bottles are perfect for your main course after enjoying a cocktail with appetizers. Add a very knowledgeable and friendly wait staff to the list, and you have the perfect restaurant for any occasion!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience Again at Players
There was a good crowd for a Monday. We like the open layout and atmosphere of the place, but it does tend to be noisy. Our waiter, Corey, did an excellent job; he was attentive but not cloying. Everyone loved the olive-garlic tapenade that with the bread basket to start, and we appreciate that Players offers corkage so that we could bring some of our own wines with us. I had the rare, seared ahi tuna with seaweed salad, which was perfectly prepared and extremely fresh. Two others at the table has the pork tenderloin, which they said was the best they had ever tasted. Overall, it was a great experience, and we will certainly come again.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something for everyone
Players has a fabulous menu -- a wide range of choices from casual pasta to creative, delicious appetizers and entrees. You won't be disappointed!
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Players on Madison never disappoints. The menu is creative and the specials are numerous which makes it difficult to choose!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was great. Food outstanding
Service was great. Food outstanding, prices great. Very professional. No mistakes.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Players on Madison is a playah!
Players on Madison was a great find. Thanks to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's listing of the Lakewood neighborhood gem in their top 100 Cleveland restaurants, this east side gal trekked to the west side to check it out. The outstanding and creative menu was outdone only by the list of specials for the night. Our table wanted to order one of everything, but had to make some hard choices. All six of us at the table felt that the descriptions lived up to the delicious flavors of the food. Our waiter was knowledgeable, personable, and timely. Our only regret was that we couldn't physically eat more food. We will be back over the river to taste more offerings!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Players on Madison
Players is an outstanding choice for that special dinner out. The food is fantastic, the service outstanding, and the ambiance is perfect for a relaxing meal. Highly recommended.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Player's. The food and service are always outstanding.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service, Okay Food
The service was outstanding. The curb appeal of the place isn't great, and the inside--while nice--isn't what you would expect for the price. The food was good, but again, not what I was expecting for the price you pay. It seems like a restaurant that is going through an identity crisis--not sure whether it should be more casual or more upscale. I would go again because I love the area (Lakewood is fabulous!) and because the service and drinks are awesome! But as far as a meal, I'd go for lunch instead of dinner.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another solid dinner
I love the fact that Players rotates their menu. To often restaurants become complacent. They had a deep fried strawberry which was good not great but I give them kudos for trying. I enjoyed my asparagus Ohio city pasta with lobster. Everyone else in the party enjoyed their dinner also. We sat on the patio and had a wonderful evening catching up.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The figs were wonderful and
The figs were wonderful and banana cream pie was great
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
First visit in a long time.
First visit in a long time. Everything was great. Specials sounded really good, but the pasta choices won me over Will certainly go back.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place, great food
We both enjoyed our dinners very much: crab cakes and cavatelli. We didn't order salads or desert so cannot comment. Good drink and wine selections. Players has come a long way since it was a corner pizza shop! Only disappointment was seeing so many empty tables on a Saturday night.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Anniversary Special
Dined at Players and took part in their 30th anniversary special. Portions were not smaller than normal and they have a great selection of entrees. Happy Anniversary Players on Madison!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Where's the lobster?
My guest ordered the lobster pizza and was hard pressed
to find lobster pieces of any size.
We mentioned it to the waiter and it was taken off the tab. Thank you!
My dish...Ravioli, which was perfect.
A/C was set very cold...asked the waiter to turn it up since
we were freezing. The waiter agreed and it warmed up!
Very accommodating-will return!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We been dining at Players for decades now and never get tired of it! It's always a great experience - food is amazing, service impeccable, vibe welcoming. We've gotten take away from there almost as much as we have dined in. We'd had more special occasion dinners at Players than any other place. Wine list is fantastic. While we will often order the evening or menu specials, we love knowing that we can always order our personal favorite versions of pasta or pizza. Their seasonal butternut squash ravioli is my favorite. Beautiful decor and art work. Only issue we have is with noise level when I take my elderly parents; however, Players tries to accommodate us with a table away from the the crowd (hard to find in this always-busy place!).
8/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great excuse to eat in Lakewood!
This was our first visit to Players in over 15 years since we moved to another suburb farther west and I must be honest and say I think it's worth the trip to experience the food and service. We had eaten at Star at Playhouse Square for the past decade but for some reason never went to Gary's place in Lakewood. Must try the smoked mozzarella appetizer and any of their pizzas...all of them are to die for. Easy parking and very knowledgeable service personnel.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service
Consistently good food and service. Some items are pricy and management sometime tries to unreasonably get up charges, where they are not justified.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
a favorite spot
I had the gorgonzola crusted filet, fantastic. My husband had the beet salad. He loved it. We have always loved Players and this visit just confirmed our previous feelings. Wonderful. Definitely, a secret sell kept.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Patio dining delightful
Wait staff were all efficient and friendly, food was presented well and in good time. Nice vegetarian options. Very pleasant on the patio, which felt private and quiet, despite the parking lot on the other side of the fence and busy street nearby. Good use of vegetation and a bubbling fountain gives the patio a concealed, comfortable ambiance. Interesting dessert options were few, which was just as well, since the entree was very generous. Beet salad was delicious! 1/2 bottle of wine a nice option for sharing with a friend.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the most wonderful meals. Everything was prepared to perfection. We even added a take-out order and, it too, was perfection. We, also, enjoyed the wonderful ambiance at Players. We cannot say enough about our exceptional Server. She was courteous, pleasant, accommodating and efficient which added to our evening. The Chef is outstanding. Thank all of you for a great evening.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Players on Madison is consistent.
Players on Madison is consistent. Unique menu, great service, terrific venue. Wood floors, quaint and clean, great patio. The martinis and other drinks are excellent and not overpriced.
The food is beautifully presented, the menu different, delicious and consistently the same good sized portions with a great taste. One of my favorite restaurants for calm, groups and friends--you will love it!
Ps. young children were seated politely, quietly with their parents. It was a pleasure to see the three tables with children knowing how to behave in a restaurant. Oh and the pizza is unbelievable!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Pleasant Evening
We dined a little later so we were able to get seating outside on the patio. It was very nice and both the service and food was great. We had a very nice evening.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner at Players on Madison a couple of days ago for my husband's birthday. The food was absolutely delicious, our waiter knowledgable and pleasant, and the whole experience was just very relaxing and enjoyable. Even though it's a 45-minute drive for us, we will definitely be back for dinner again soon.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The charm the service best Martinis different menu-- get out of the Crocker park habit-- get to. Players!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner andf a show
We went for dinner before a show at the State Theater. The waitress told us she would make sure we were out in plenty of time for the show. She was very reassuring. However, after we got our entrees, we didn't see her again until we had to seek her out to get the check. Our experience has been that the wait staff is not as attentive to groups of 2 as they are to larger groups. I know their tip would be larger, though I consider myself a pretty good tipper. The food , however, is excellent!. And isn't that what it's all about?.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ok ,not sure I'll go again
Players has a wonderful drink menu and good service. The food was pretty good but all of it was very heavy in oil or oily, we had pizza and pasta. I'd go again if someone else suggested for a double date but my husband and I wont seek it out again on our own. The only reason we went is we had a gift certificate to use and I feel its over priced for the quality of the food.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Players rocks again!
Players is simply one of the best restaurants on the west side. Chef Romano's food is exquisite and the staff is wonderful!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Brie was to die for. I would at least go in for a drink and the Brie. I was too full to try a desert.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Well prepared food, big portions
Went for dinner on a Wednesday, the food was very well prepared. The portions were BIG! Definitely plan on taking leftovers home. The service was attentive, but a little slow...this may have been due the fact it seemed there was only 1 server working. Would definitely return, looked like they had a great happy hour menu too!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Butternut Squash Ravioli was a hit as was the Salmon -- beet salad was wonderful. Food is always great !! And server was attentive and friendly - great restaurant.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Food and Atmosphere!
Went here for Cleveland's three for $33 promotion and was blown away! The food reminded me of some of the dishes you see on Food Network's Iron Chef or Chopped. Absolutely loved the food. The presentation of every dish was impressive. Service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good but slow
Great food, though very rich. Service was great initially, but as peak dining hour hit we lost our waiter. We were not offered dessert.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely Fine Dining Experience
We went as part of Cleveland restaurant week and ordered from that menu. almond encrusted brie was different than I anticipated, almost like "cheese sticks," but was tasty with apple chutney. ceasar salad was nothing special, but was fine. Salmon was tasty, though a little dry, with yummy mashed potatoes and interesting red cabbage in a balsamic marinade. Bread was fresh and crusty the way I like it. Service was attentive and professional. We had not been to this restaurant right in our own neighborhood, so this was a great opportunity to check it out. We will go back and enjoy choosing from broader menu options.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The evening we went to Players seemed to be a night that they were a little short-staffed, so our waitress was a bit distracted. The food made up for the gaps in typically very attentive service. There is no question we will continue dining here for outstanding meals.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The evening specials are the
The evening specials are the reason to visit -- you can skip the printed menu and be assured of an outstanding meal.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A group of 6 had dinner for birthday celebrations. None of us had ever been to Players and we were all so very glad we decided to try it. The food was fantastic and generous servings (we all took some home). Desserts were delicious as well. The service was A plus and the decor was great for an enjoyable evening. Would highly recommend this restaurant! We will be back.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lakewood at it's best
Players is a great restaurant that has all the key elements - wonderful ambiance, great service, and amazing food. We had the special appetizer-lobster tacos, which were terrific with bits of lobster, a creamy sauce, and plenty of other spices & vegies that were perfect together. Our steaks were perfect, as were the potatoes. I would definitely recommend this restaurant, and will be back soon!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
not please with the food
Waited all year of the mac & cheese and was disappointed this year. It was my birthday and this is one of my favorite place to go, but the food was just not as good as it should have been.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place has been a favorite of mine for the past decade. I don't go too regularly, but always enjoy it when I do. This last visit was a bit disapointing. The service was extremely slow, especially at the beginning. And the restaurant was less than half full... so there really was no excuse for it. The girl server, though nice, was not up to par. Also, the ambiance/lighting/decor could use an update... just to keep up with all the competition. But, food was (as always) spot on! I guess thats what keeps people coming back? I know I will be! TJS
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM