Edwins Restaurant

4.7
1150 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Restaurant is steeped in tradition and care for the community. Restaurateur Brandon E. Chrostowski offers a unique experience with seasonal, classic French cuisine in the midst of Cleveland's Shaker Square.

The restaurant has a unique mission; to eat well and do good. Founded in 2007, the mission of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute is to instill leadership skills in formerly incarcerated men and women through an education in the culinary arts.

Our aim is to change the face of re-entry through food and hospitality.

A bientot!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm. Closed Sunday.
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Phone number
(216) 921-3333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Terry
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Private party facilities
Please contact Jordan for more details. jordan@edwinsrestaurant.org
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Private party contact
Jordan Levine: (216) 921-3333
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Shaker Blvd.
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Parking details
Complementary Valet is available every night of the week
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Special events & promotions
Cheese and Wine Tastings, Cigar and Spirit tastings and others, check our website for more details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1150 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. They attended to my serious food allergies. Brandon stopped by. Very pleasant experience!

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n
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a perfect french bistro experience. menu, sevice, cocktails.

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HA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edwin's did not disappoint! It was everything that I had heard and more. I both love delicious food and proud, service-oriented staff. I will be back!!!!

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DG
Cleveland
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I were there during Cleveland restaurant week. We started off with the escargot. He had the new guinea hen and I had the salmon and everything was delicious. Desserts were the chocolate pyramid and their doughnuts also delicious. Service is always excellent as this is a training ground

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OT
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as usual. A true gem

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TF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so amazing! My husband had the Restaurant Week special with butternut squash soup, Guinea hen, and the triple chocolate pyramid. I had the burgundy snails, braised rabbit leg, and bananas foster. Everything was absolutely delicious!! The meat was so tender and the flavors just exploded in your mouth. The quiet atmosphere and beautifully decorated space made it so intimate. We will definitely be coming back for major holidays and our anniversary!

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had.a wonderful evening. Excellent service, food and atmosphere. Very friendly. True French Cuisine. Great program!

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KG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and fantastic ambience!!! Never disappoints !!! Owner very personable and checks on tables !!! Love this touch !!! Top restaurant in Cleveland!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time at Edwins. Our server was amazing and did a great job of explaining her back story and how much she has learned at Edwins.

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EZ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved everything. Our server was outstanding. Just two issues. The heating vent below our table roasted us! It blew hot air on all 6 of our legs all evening. We managed to close the vent but it was still too hot. The creme broulet was not carmelized on top. Want that crispy tap when you hit the top with the spoon.

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. They were busy during restaurant week, yet service was great. My well-traveled, foodie friend rated the escargot as the best she ever had! Our entrees, salmon and guinea hen, were scrumptious and appealing. Would definitely go back and will recommend to others.

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EM
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little dark but very upbeat vibe. Servers were genuine and caring. Food was delish. Always great to be welcomed by Brandon.

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thrilled at my first visit to this amazing establishment. Will go back for sure! Also proud to support such a great endeavor.

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R
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Met up with great friends, food was excellent, service a little spotty. i.e. our waitress removed our silverware after our appetizers as if she had already served the main course. Service was disjointed.

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Amazing concept, love the social benefit. Wiling to pay more because of who they are employing if the food was good.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

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t
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good French food outside of France. Better than its closest competitor in Cleveland (Albatross) because of the sauces. Edwin's sauces are delicate and nuanced not heavy handed as is the case with too many so-called French restaurants in Ohio. My wife had the prix fixe menu with wine parings and the wine parings were right on target. I had the rabbit and it was delicious. The only negative was the service which was almost smothering and the pace of the meal was far too fast even after we asked them to slow it down. I refer to it as good French food at a McDonalds pace. Others may well prefer that type of service, but not us (but it is better that the opposite end of the service spectrum). Nevertheless, we will go again and we definitely recommend it.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had long leisurely dinner with excellent French food and service. Joe took great care of us, patiently, knowledgeably answering our questions with a smile. Butternut squash soup was light, creamy, delicious. Salmon was perfectly seasoned and cooked with crisp tasty bottom layer. Potato encrusted grouper was perfectly cooked (flaky, tender, not fishy). Chocolate pyramid was rich, smooth and satisfying. We were well cared for all evening. Music was a little loud at first but at some point it was put at a level more conducive to conversation. Snug, cozy space - my one wish for Edwin’s is that they can eventually have more space for easier movement thru dining area.

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FP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very classy place with a lot if character. The food us unbelievable good. Very exciting menu.

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A
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I mentioned it was a birthday, nothing special was done.

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j
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding - my new favorite restaurant!

Best frog legs I've ever had!!!

Can't wait to return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can’t wait to go back! First impression was a beautiful restaurant. The host greeted us as if we were regulars. Once seated we our every need was met. The food was spectacular. Just hands down delicious! I ordered the burger that was made table-side. The gentleman was full of information about what he was doing. It was so fun and super delicious. My husband had the rabbit and said it also was delicious! Everything about this place was fantastic! We can’t wait to go back. Going to be hard to try new places! We were having so much fun it didn’t occur to us to take photos!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was exceptional. So glad to experience such a worthy community endeavor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and although it's 40 minutes from my house I plan to be a regular. The food is amazing, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect!

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k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My bday! Prix fixe meal was great

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RG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you haven't been to Edwin's yet, you're in for a treat! Fabulous food, great service and worth every nickel! Brandon and his crew have done a fantastic job for the last five years. Edwin's is always a homerun!

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VK
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The space, the service, the food and beverage selections we of superior quality. Every associate I encountered took pride in her/his craft and it showed!

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TB
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff that was extremely attentive. Great menu and were very accomodating to our Vegan requests.
Owner came out and talked to every table and formed a personal connection; more than just asking how your food was!
It was our anniversary and they surpised us with a desert and special decorated plate. Absolutely reccomended.

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p
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a very good restaurant, on pretty much all levels. What distinguishes it is its mission: to bring ex-prisoners into the mainstream by educating them in all aspects of the restaurant business. The folks who work there all seem very happy to be a part of it.

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SB
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I love Edwins- been many times.
However, this time we waited such a long time for our food abd when it arrived it was just warm. We were brought endless bread and water which kept us going but it was far too much.
It was extremely busy but it was a little disappointing.
We were seated in a window setting and we were very cramped together. There were 8 of us and I had been telling our friends how fabulous Edwins is - unfortunately I think they will not be rushing back.

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d
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place good food very enjoyable only thing I would change is the music. way too loud . never noticed music before when I dined there. Where we sat by kitchen & bathrooms hard to hear people at the table.

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RM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Edwins. Visit as often as feasible. Great cause.

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OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Service was great, tables are too packed in and the noise level was uncomfortably high. Food was overpriced and mediocre in taste.The concept is, of course, is outstanding and I hope conditions improve quickly.

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MS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent! It is a bit noisy.

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S
Cleveland
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at Edwin's was exceptional - outstanding food/ preparation; wonderful service. I had the portobello dinner - delicious vegetarian option & quite filling. My husband had venison which he loved. Our friends' dinners were also good. It was my husband's birthday & they gave him a complimentary sorbet.

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EA
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

More than anything, I love the concept behind this restaurant— giving extra-cons a chance at a new life. Our waiter was the definition of earnest— we had personal attention from all the of staff there. The food is excellent. The creme brûlée is the best I’ve had anywhere! The noise level was a bit daunting and be prepared to spend $.

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KD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food presentation was awesome! The rabbit and the venison was prepared with excellence! The creme brule melted in my mouth. Portions were very generous and filling.
Customer service was on point. Staff was friendly. They met all our needs with class and efficiency. The restaurant was nice and clean. Pristine white table cloths. This is the epitome of fine dining.
It was great to also support a worthy cause to give offenders a second chance in a great work environment.
We will be back!

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TD
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was great. Edwins is a good place for an anniversary or another special event.

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g
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I think EDWINS is a good nonprofit cause. I consider the $100+ meal we purchased a donation to that cause. The food was very mediocre for all four in our party. Out server, while friendly and polite, made many errors / omissions. She always apologized, but there were just too many mistakes, the restaurant is a “fine cuisine” French restaurant- with table side preparation and the like. It presents itself as a “special occasion restaurant where one would pay for a fine dinner and evening of quiet conversation with friends. Instead it is noisy, which was exacerbated by rap and 70s disco music, which was very at odds with the ambience and the overall “theme” of the restaurant, the manager was not responsive to concerns about the music other than to slightly turn the volume down. We enjoyed being with our friends but it was not a value for food/service/noise/price. I wish them well in the cause, but we won’t be returning.

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SI
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

edwins is 5-star worthy in all caregories. great service, and ambience and the food is perfectly prepared and presented.

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