The Best Cheap Eats in Cleveland

The OpenTable Team

If you love music, sports, friendly folks, and great food, Cleveland, Ohio should definitely be on your radar. As the second-largest city in Ohio, it is both modern and rustic, urban and full of nature and always full of down-home Midwestern charm. The city has a strong cultural side, with theaters, museums, and a big nightlife. Take a stroll along Cleveland’s popular Historic Warehouse District, check out some of the major sports complexes in the Historic Gateway District or visit the famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And be sure to check out the city’s hot restaurant scene, too. They have plenty of top-notch, local chefs around town but if you’re looking for the best cheap eats Cleveland has to offer, check out our Tastemaker List!

Restaurants:Betts - Cleveland, Zocalo Cleveland, Lindey's Lake House
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Downtown Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street, Beachwood

Betts - Cleveland

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland
15 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Brunch
Parker’s occupies a beautiful spot Downtown in the Kimpton Schofield Hotel on 9th Street. The interior features an expansive layout and strong architectural lines along with the urRead more
94% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Zocalo Cleveland

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
713 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Zocalo is the Mexican Restaurant of your dreams. Located right in the heart of downtown Cleveland, it’s a casual spot that sweeps you up into the festive atmosphere and friendly seRead more
81% recommended
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Lindey's Lake House

$$$$·American·
Beachwood
581 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Lindey’s Lake House is a full brand and one that Cleveland residents absolutely love. Started by Rick Doody and Co., they also have a spot in beechwood and Lakewood. This spot tookRead more
93% recommended
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Hecks Of Ohio City

$$$$·American·
Ohio City
731 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Established over 40 years ago in the heart of Ohio City, Heck’s fits right into the ethnically diverse and culturally rich neighborhood. It’s a casual spot for well-priced AmericanRead more
99% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Michelson and Morley

$$$$·American·
University Circle
414 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
Michelson and Morley is a tasty American-style bistro created by Chef Tony Smoody. Located on Case’s Campus, the name refers to the Michelson-Morley experiment done at Case School Read more
100% recommended
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The Standard

$$$$·French·
Cleveland East
237 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The Standard is a popular anchor in the 185th Street community and a great choice for those looking for some of the best cheap eats Cleveland has to offer. It features a casually eRead more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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SASA

$$$$·Sushi·
Shaker Heights
618 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
SASA is a Japanese style Tapas restaurant featuring low prices on yummy sushi and a range of other Asian food options. Located right next door to Shaker Square Cinema, SASA makes fRead more
100% recommended

Felice Urban Cafe

$$$$·American·
Shaker Square
611 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
You don’t have to eat at a food stand to enjoy delicious, cheap food in Cleveland. Felice Urban Cafe, set in a quaint yet chic turn-of-the-century home, is a lovely place to sit anRead more
99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Hecks Of Avon

$$$$·American·
Avon / Avon Lake
325 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in the quickly growing city of Avon, this restaurant is the outpost of the original Heck’s in Ohio City. It’s a great place to dine, lounge and hang out with friends in a bRead more
97% recommended
Great for Lunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Cleveland

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
1,091 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
If you’re hankering for Southern-inspired cooking, head to the House of Blues Restaurant right int he heart of Downtown. They offer made-from-scratch favorites, including dishes liRead more
93% recommended
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Rusty Anchor at the Music Box

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland
1,752 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
The Rusty Anchor, located on the first floor of the Music Box venue in downtown, is one of the most popular spots for cheap eats in Cleveland. They have a full menu of Americana faRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Cleveland West
313 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Jo Jo Carloni’s is a warm and casual neighborhood favorite located on Bagley Road in Cleveland West. It’s a friendly, family-owned-and-operated business serving only the highest-quRead more
96% recommended
Best Value in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Orange Village

$$$$·American·
Beachwood
1,158 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is one of Cleveland locals’ favorite steakhouses. In addition to the warm atmosphere and friendly service, they also feature high-quality meat at prices Read more
81% recommended
Most Booked in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

bd's Mongolian Grill - Cleveland

$$$$·Asian·
Cleveland West
206 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Head to Bd’s Mongolian Grill, located on Coventry Road in Cleveland West, for an affordable meal you won’t soon forget. This restaurant offers a unique and exciting dining experienRead more
91% recommended
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BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Woodmere - Eton

$$$$·Italian·
Woodmere
792 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
BRAVO Cucina Italiana is a cozy Italian restaurant located in Woodmere. They strive to create an authentic Italian experience that highlights the spirit of Italy. The menu featuresRead more
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Taza - A Lebanese Grill (Downtown Cleveland)

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Downtown Cleveland
420 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
If you’re looking for a bite of Middle Eastern food but don’t want to splurge on an expensive meal, check out Taza! This restaurant pegs itself as a Lebanese Grill and always drawsRead more
92% recommended

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Orange Village

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beachwood
2,597 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is the place to go for modern, casual dining paired with award-winning wines - all at prices that won’t make you gasp when the bill arrives! TheRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland

$$$$·American·
Shaker Heights
266 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Located on Tuttle Road in Shaker Heights, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink is a vibrant neighborhood bistro with a James Beard award-winning chef at the helm. The restaurant takes Read more
92% recommended
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