We were going to the Cleveland Playhouse Theatre later with friends and decided to try District. I think it is a odd name for a restaurant, but we had heard good things about it. I had the Cleveland Onion Soup, Seared Ahi Tuna with the Spinach Risotto. The soup was very good, as well as the preparation on the Ahi Tuna. The Spinach Risotto was flavorful, but a bit too mushy.
Food and service is first rate. Staff always very welcoming and attentive. Frequent The District regularly before shows - Brae remembers us and always has our drinks waiting and checks with the kitchen before getting to the table if our favorite items are available that night. One of our favorite spots.
Food was overpriced Applebee's. Got the herbed white fish, pretty blah. Not worth the money, at all!
The server was nice. But, our table was so close to the table next to us that her backside was in our space throughout the meal. No fault of hers, just too cramped.
Too many other good choices downtown, we won't return.
Was a great dinner before the show. Great location, wonderful staff.
My friend and I went to District prior to a Playhouse Square event. The Server was very good and efficient. The drinks and food were wonderful . There were many options for my vegetarian friend. My only complaint was that they should replenish the delicious hot rolls and butter and not just bring one per person. District has great ambiance and is a wonderful addition to Playhouse Square! I will definitely be back!
We went before a play at Playhouse Square. Our food was excellent but our waitress had quite an attitude and really was bordering on just plain rude. If it weren't for our experience with her I would've given it five stars
District is a very good restaurant in a great location for pre- or post-theater meals or cocktails when seeing a show at Playhouse Square. The menu is creative with reasonably priced specials and vegan or vegetarian options. The decor is a bit stark with relatively bare walls and no table clothes. But it is an overall worthwhile and enjoyable dining experience.
We were late for our reservation but the host and servers were still friendly and accommodating. Server provided an excellent description of entrees and special availability wine. Didn't feel rushed...food was excellent. Will return.
The District was great! Went there before a show and loved the food and service!
Excellent food, great service staff. Owner very friendly and makes sure everything meets your expectations.
FANTASTIC!! Two years ago, I brought my relative who has food restrictions. When I called to return, the restaurant still knew his needs!! When I came in, the waitress was quick to let me know she knew of Joey's needs. The owner also confirmed that the restaurant selections were all within our needs. How comforting and how special we were made to feel. The food was exceptional and memorable. The restaurant is loud before theatre and may be difficult to hear conversation for some. Overall, I highly recommend this outstanding restaurant.
We all ordered one of the Restaurant Week specials. Filet, chicken option and salmon -- all were exceptionally good. Special included soup or salad plus dessert. We even asked if we could substitute another potato and a vegetable -- "no problem." The desserts were exceptional as well. It was a full house -- and after dessert, we walked over to Playhouse Square to enjoy "The King and I." If you haven't tried District, you must.
Nice atmosphere and friendly service
Atmosphere and service were great. Were out of the menu options I wanted and the substitution was just alright.
Long story short- District reminded me of an upscale Applebee's. Our server was wonderful, but the food was not good. It was 100 % not worth the over-$100 meal for 2 people. The ambiance also looked as though they ran out of money half way through construction. No pictures (anything) on the walls, the Valet's crap (stool, umbrella, broom/dustpan, etc) was all thrown into the entry way- we thought we were walking in through a back entrance. Nope, that was in fact the front door.
My boyfriend got the onion seasonal soup, this was tasty. For dinner he got the NY Strip steak, it was just a terrible cut of meat. For the price of what they are charging, we could have gone to any other upscale steak restaurant and gotten a really excellent cut of meat. This also came with a "baked potato." Somehow it managed to encompass being overcooked but still tasting undercooked at the same time, kudos to whoever managed to achieve this.
I got the pear salad for an appetite, this was good. Almonds were over-toastedbut overall quite good. For dinner I got the lamb, this was pretty good, much better than my boyfriend's meal. I, however, was a bit confused because it came with "Israeli couscous," this was just rice with diced carrots in it. While it was not bad, it was definitely NOT couscous.
Then came time for dessert. My boyfriend got the Fire and Ice, he said it was good but a dime a dozen, nothing special about it. I got the creme brûlée. Just don't. It was literally frozen in the middle and they clearly used previously frozen blueberries in the sauce as each had that really weird skin texture to them (you know what I'm talking about if you've ever eaten one of these).