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Crave - Akron

4.3
622 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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About

Warm colors on the walls, comfortable booths and dim lighting create the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere at Crave, located in Akron, Ohio. Conveniently located near the convention center and the Akron Art museum, it is ideal for lunch, dinner or some cocktails before an art show or an event.

The bar at Crave offers a variety of craft beers both in bottle and on draft along with unique cocktails, such as apple cider sangria. Light fare, such as short rib empanadas or duck confit salad, is perfect for lunch. Dinner options at Crave range from the simple white pizza or a Black Angus burger to a full dinner of hangar steak or ahi tuna.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation


Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Hervey
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Catering
Crave offers off site catering with or without staff. Drop off parties where the host simply heats and serves, or on the flip side, we can staff and serve large events of approximately 300 persons.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
High St.
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Parking details
A full valet service is provided, there also is on street parking is available, and directly across the street is a public parking deck. The deck is free on the weekends.
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Public transit
Because of our location in the heart of downtown Akron, numerous public transit stops create convenient access .
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Special events & promotions
Please contact us with information regarding your event!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on October 18, 2016

First time diner. I invited my customers to lunch and was very satisfied with the lunch menu, service and the food. Well done! I would not hesitate to return for lunch or dinner in the future.

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Good selection of beers and drinks. Varied menu options. I had scallops that had almost no flavor. Service was attentive and helpful.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Had a wonderful dinner on Saturday, 10/16, and although it was Sweetest Day, the restaurant did not miss a beat. Food was terrific, cocktails outstanding, and I cannot give our server, Grace, enough compliments. She was the best.

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3.0Dined on October 11, 2016

This was my second time at Crave. My first time was a good experience, but this time it was terrible. Ordered a bottle of wine and a cheese board, wine comes out then a half hour later the cheese board come to the table. We have the cheese board at the table for 5 minutes before our entrees were delivered. So I had the waitress box up the cheese board and asked her to bring us another bottle of wine.

I cut into my steak which I ordered medium, it was as well as well could be. I looked around and couldn't find the waitress so I sucked it up and ate the steak. We finished our meals and had been out of wine for awhile at this point, and the waitress comes back to tell us that the wine we ordered was out of stock but they had another if we would like. So I told her there would be no point and to just bring the check. Mind you, this was on a Tuesday evening, not even a busy night and the service/food was terrible.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Crave is one of my favorite Akron restaurant. The atmosphere is inviting and the decor is modern, but reserved. The food is definitely worth eating, and I am never disappointed.

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2016

We could over look the noise level,but the server was clueless,useless, and usually not around. It's too bad, food is great.we have been there a few times, probably won't go back.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Great place for lunch.

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3.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Popular local establishment with local foods and creative menu. Congested dining area. Food was excellent but not if you are tired or looking for a dinner with conversation.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2016

Always a fun experience with excellent food. I'm kicking myself for not going there more often.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2016

Hubby chose Crave for his birthday dinner. We had a nice booth in the bar, it was very cozy and not so loud that we couldn't have private conversation but also not quiet enough to be overheard. Alex was very friendly, knowledgeable, and pronpt. Great menu options and delicious. Interesting and fun drink menu. Overall very good experience. We will definitely be visiting Crave again soon.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

We met friends at Crave to celebrate both of our wedding anniversaries. The decor and
Ambience are very modern, but very nice. We had a great half round booth with plenty of
Room for all of us. It was a bit noisy, but what restaurant isn't these days? It wasn't overwhelming. Our cocktails were very good. Each person raved about their entree choice. My husband had the ahi tuna and said it was delicious. I had the chicken and waffles and it was
The best version I've ever had. We had a wonderful evening and can't wait to go to crave again.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Great restaurant and atmosphere. Staff is always fun and friendly. Large gluten free selection for those with Celiac Disease

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Great experience! Delicious food with unique menu!

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

This was a first visit for four of the five people in our party and we will certainly return for another visit . The food was innovative and very good. Service was attentive and prompt. It was a Friday evening when we visited and the restaurant was full, but we were able to enjoy our conversation without too much noise. It is unfortunate that we live an hour away and won't be able to visit Crave on a regular basis.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2016

Great service. Ask for EJ. Food was good, but a little over priced for what it was. $130 with tip for 2 drinks, appetizer, salad and 2 entrees. If i am paying $30 for an entree with crab, I really wouldnt expect to be crunching on crab shells pieces.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2016

Discovered Crave on Yelp while in town for a conference. Excellent meal. Both of us loved the Tomato & Grilled Cheese Soup - awesome! I had the pierogies which were outstanding and a bit surprising. Dining partner had crab cakes, also very good, but the soup and pierogies were standouts. Highly recommend if in Downtown Akron.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Great food. Very interesting menu, and very well executed. I would definitely return!

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Crave delivered yet again for a dinner night with my wife.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Wonderful food, service, drinks and atmosphere! If I ever come back to Akron it will be my first stop!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Had gone years before and haven't been back in while. Was pleasantly surprised with how delicious the food was!! The portion sizes were also quite large and you definitely get your money’s worth. Try the daily specials whenever you get the chance. The staff was also great, very attentive and considerate. Will go again for sure.

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Having been to Crave several times before I thought it was the perfect place to take friends who had never been. We were all a little disappointed. My roasted chicken looked and tasted like it was made days before. I should have sent it back, but I didn't. I'm sure they would have gotten me another meal had I asked. All other food was just ok, might have been just on off night. Our server was great and attentive, but not overly.

We had to cut the evening short because our friend who has a medical condition could not use the Men's room because of unsanitary conditions. He's not a germaphobe either.

Will give it another try, hopefully it was just a bad night and not the norm.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2016

We had family visiting from lots of different locations and had tickets to Musica to see a band made up of friends from high school (like 40 years ago). We were seated promptly and got started with beverages right away. The table shared a large cheese board along with calamari with shishito peppers, kimchi and truffle aioli. Excellent! Our meals came from every corner of the menu. An amazing smoked trout salad (with extra trout so it could be an entree), Bahn Mi Vietnamese marinated flank steak (I was surprised it came as a po-boy sandwich with rosemary fries, cornflake crusted chicken with manchego and carmelized onions (ditto on the po-boy), angel hair pasta with a decadent creamy sauce, and patagonia salmon. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. A good time was had by all! Then we were off to try to reclaim our youth with a band whose first three numbers were from Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes and Jeff Beck. Smokin'! If you are interested in exploring some of the nightlife that is sprouting up in downtown Akron, Crave is an excellent place to begin your adventure!

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2.0Dined on August 26, 2016

It's really no wonder that this place is less and less busy every time we go. The service and attention to detail is just not there anymore. When you screw up a meal twice, making a customer wait for an extra 30 minutes for their dinner, to eat alone because everyone at the table has been done eating, you comp the meal; no questions asked. Perhaps if I had gotten an attitude, this may have happened, but that's not the person I am. I allowed Crave to address their error, but they choose not to. Crave messed up, didn't take responsibility for it, and we won't be back. Such a sham too, because it's always so easy to get a reservation.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2016

The food was delicious. A nice selection of food and drinks. Staff is friendly and professional.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2016

Always interesting menu. Lactose free option a real plus!!

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2016

I really enjoyed my meal at Crave. I ordered the hanger steak and it was cooked as I ordered it. The feel in the restaurant was good. I wished that the wait staff had come around more frequently to check on us as we had to flag the down a couple of times. Other than that it was a good meal.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2016

Crave provided outstanding service and excellent food.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2016

Have been coming to Crave for years and it seems to cycle through good and bad times. Thought we would try it again since it's been awhile. Unfortunately we were dissapointed in service and portion sizes vs price. Won't be going back for some time. There are plenty ofgreat restaurants to spend our money at for the quality.

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2.0Dined on August 20, 2016

the service was very slow despite being not busy. first set of drinks took 20 minutes second set of drinks took 20 minutes and waitress had to be reminded. asked or steak medium it came raw and i couldn't eat it. wifes drink had no vodka in it

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Great food and experience. Pierogis are amazing! But please include some soft surfaces in your decor - it was so crammed and echoing in there we were practically shouting at each other to be heard.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2016

We loved it- our favorite place in Akron

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Great sandwiches of unusual type . I had BLT-bacon,lobster and tomato. My wife had Vietnamese steak sandwich. If you want great meals this is the plaCE--NEVER DISAPPOINTS

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Great meal. Always sit in the bar, love the bartenders and service.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Crave is my favorite place to dine in the Akron area. The menu is constantly changing, but the solid favorites remain on the menu. The food is unmatched in the area. The drink selection always fits the season.

I have dined here for first dates, a five-year anniversary celebration, small holiday parties, and just to grab a drink or three. This place can accommodate any reason to celebrate.

The service is outstanding. All of the waiters are friendly and knowledgable about the menu.

Thank you, Crave, for always providing a fantastic dining experience!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2016

Over all a good experience food was good and service was a little slow but attentive. Waiter was knowledgeable about menu and was able to answer our questions very well.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2016

Our new favorite restaurant in Akron! (Although we don't get down that way much) Friendly, efficient service and terrific food. Would definitely recommend the BLT and scallops.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

This turned out to be a perfect choice to celebrate a birthday. The food, servie & atmosphere were excellent and the pricing made it a great value. The wine list was as affordable as anywhere I've been in NE Ohio. Will repeat & highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

As always, Crave did not disappoint. The food was outstanding and the service was great. We are always glad we choose Crave.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2016

My family of 5 were celebrating a birthday and my sons graduation. We told the waiter, ( I will not list his name) and he said ok. A good server should say Happy Birthday and congratulate the graduate. Not this one. Our dinner was good, but the follow up after our courses came to the table was miserable. My sons drink taken for a refill, never to show up again, waited forever for our plates to be cleared and a dessert menu. We decided to go elsewhere for dessert.

I have eaten around 15 times for lunch at Crave and have loved our service during the day. The build up I had for Crave to my family was a major let down.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2016

We came for lunch as a birthday celebration. We arrived before the place filled. Despite full house the service was good, and we didn't have to wait long for food. We used the valet parking for only $4.00, but were able to leave the car in the lot to go across the street to the art museum. We highly recommend both Crave and the museum.

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