The Best Restaurants in Cleveland, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Cleveland is one of the area’s most bustling culinary and arts hubs, and people around the world are discovering what a cool place it is to visit. The city features a revitalized downtown, a beautiful waterfront setting with beaches and sailing, and heaps of great attractions for all. The dining scene has come into its own over the last few years, and the restaurants here are finally getting the national attention they deserve. So where are the city’s most seasoned diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We delved into the dining delights in town to compile a list of the top spots among OpenTable’s most serious foodies. From Jewish delis to upscale eateries to ethnic culinary riches of all kinds, diners can find it all here. Book a table at one of these hot spots to see what the dining scene in Cleveland has to offer.

Restaurants:Shuhei, Giovannis, Parallax Restaurant & Lounge
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Italian, Global, International
Neighborhoods:Beachwood, Tremont

Shuhei

$$$$·Sushi·
Beachwood
520 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Shuhei is consistently touted as one of the best restaurants in Cleveland, both for its upscale, classy vibe and its authentically delicious Japanese cuisine. The waitstaff wear kiRead more
100% recommended
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Giovannis

$$$$·Italian·
Beachwood
1,255 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Giovanni’s is one of Cleveland’s most beloved restaurants and a recipient of top honors from local and national critics alike. Open since 1976, the chefs here know how to create trRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Parallax Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Global, International·
Tremont
1,764 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
For dinners on the hunt for Asian food with an innovative twist, Parallax Restaurant & Lounge is just the right place. It’s hard to narrow down what makes this one of the best restRead more
98% recommended
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Flour - Italian Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
Moreland Hills
2,408 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Flour, one of Chef Paul Minnillo’s new culinary ventures, brings simple, rustic Italian cuisine to the Moreland Hills neighborhood of Cleveland. The restaurant was an instant hit wRead more
96% recommended
Italian in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

SASA

$$$$·Sushi·
Shaker Heights
618 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
SASA is a Japanese izakaya and Asian bistro that many consider one of the best restaurants in Cleveland. The convivial atmosphere offers the perfect blend of a relaxing dinner out Read more
100% recommended

Dante Next Door

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Cleveland West
323 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Dante Next Door is a laid-back lunch and brunch destination in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. It is literally “next door” to DANTE, the signature restaurant by DanRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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GINKO

$$$$·Sushi·
Tremont
141 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Ginko is right at the top of the list of best restaurants in Cleveland, as one of the city’s high-end sushi spots. Diners enter into an intimate space with a colorful mosaic wall, Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Johnny's Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Cleveland West
619 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
This classic gem has been a longstanding favorite of local diners who love both the delicious Italian food and the casual elegant vibe. Located in the Cleveland West neighborhood, Read more
100% recommended
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Cru Uncorked

$$$$·French·
Moreland Hills
769 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Cru Uncorked is one of Cleveland’s more upscale restaurant and diners will get swept up in the enchanted energy of this enormous, French country-style manor in Moreland Hills. The Read more
96% recommended
Best Food in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

$$$$·Latin American·
Beachwood
2,485 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Looking for a little Latin American flair? Head to Paladar Latin Kitchen, a super fun restaurant in the Beachwood neighborhood inspired by Central and South American cooking as welRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Luca Italian Cuisine Cleveland

$$$$·Italian·
The Flats
1,852 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
If diners want to find one of the best restaurants in Cleveland that also offers a spectacular view, look no further than Luca Italian Cuisine in The Flats neighborhood. They have Read more
94% recommended
Scenic View in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

District

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
1,025 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Healthy
District, located in Downtown Cleveland near Playhouse Square, is a modern take on the American brasserie and serves contemporary American and European food. They offer an imaginatRead more
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Bar Cento

$$$$·Italian·
Ohio City
855 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Bar Cento is a sophisticated yet comfortable spot located in Ohio City, and many foodies consider it to be one of the best restaurants in Cleveland. It offers a creative European-iRead more
100% recommended
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Fahrenheit - Cleveland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tremont
2,576 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Fahrenheit is not only one of the best restaurants in Cleveland -- it’s also one of the coolest. Located in the trendy Tremont neighborhood, this restaurant has a sultry, elegant eRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Cleveland

L'Albatros

$$$$·French·
University Circle
5,930 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Diners in the mood for a chic brasserie with amazing food can head to L’Albatros in the University Circle Neighborhood. Chef Zack Bruell’s menu of classic French cuisine with a twiRead more
97% recommended
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DANTE

$$$$·American·
Tremont
2,597 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Dante, a gorgeous dining spot in the Tremont neighborhood, is chef Dante Boccuzzi’s signature restaurant. Serving up American and Italian food with a myriad of international influeRead more
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Cowell & Hubbard

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
3,554 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Located in the Theatre District at Playhouse Square, Cowell & Hubbard is the place to go for contemporary French cuisine with World Fusion influences. It’s a perfect spot to grab dRead more
97% recommended
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LockKeepers

$$$$·Italian·
Valley View
3,373 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
LockKeepers, located in the Valley View neighborhood outside of Cleveland, is one of the city’s most treasured restaurants. It opened in a historic building between the Erie Canal Read more
97% recommended
Best Service in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Alley Cat Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Cleveland
1,535 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Alley Cat Oyster Bar, located in the Flats East Bank entertainment district, is one of the best restaurants in Cleveland for amazing seafood. The waterfront location offers expansiRead more
95% recommended
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