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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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
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Shuhei

$$$$·Sushi·
Beachwood
475 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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
86% recommended

Giovannis

$$$$·Italian·
Beachwood
1,058 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Parallax Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Global, International·
Tremont
1,645 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
93% recommended
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Flour - Italian Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
Moreland Hills
2,153 reviews
  • Casual
  • 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
97% recommended
Most Booked in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

SASA

$$$$·Sushi·
Shaker Heights
586 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Healthy
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
Best Food in Cleveland

Dante Next Door

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Cleveland West
275 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Creative Cuisine
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
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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GINKO

$$$$·Sushi·
Tremont
74 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Johnny's Bar

$$$$·Italian·
Cleveland West
556 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Cru Uncorked

$$$$·French·
Moreland Hills
515 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation
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
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

$$$$·Latin American·
Beachwood
2,360 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Creative Cuisine
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

Luca Italian Cuisine Cleveland

$$$$·Italian·
The Flats
1,498 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
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
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

District

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
995 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Cozy
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

Bar Cento

$$$$·Italian·
Ohio City
823 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Great Beer
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
Fit for Foodies in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Fahrenheit - Cleveland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Tremont
2,408 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
Contemporary American in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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L'Albatros

$$$$·French·
University Circle
5,572 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

DANTE

$$$$·American·
Tremont
2,381 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
3,379 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
92% recommended

LockKeepers

$$$$·Italian·
Valley View
3,087 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
Best Service in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Alley Cat Oyster Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Cleveland
1,415 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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
90% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Moxie the Restaurant - Cleveland - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beachwood
1,462 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Anniversaries
Moxie is without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Cleveland and Esquire even named it one of the best new restaurants around! Located on Cleveland’s east side, the atmosphereRead more
91% recommended
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