The Best Restaurants in Cleveland

More and more outsiders are taking a good, hard look at Cleveland, and what they’re noticing is a steadily rising chef-driven restaurant scene that has been developing for the past 20 years. These days, Clevelanders cannot turn a corner without bumping into a craft brewery or taproom, sushi bar, or seafood restaurant, all of which are flourishing alongside decades-old Cleveland classics. The restaurant renaissance in Cleveland has suddenly turned the city into a dining destination, thanks to the serious pool of talented chefs that call Cleveland home. Pioneer chefs like Michael Symon, Doug Katz, and Dante Boccuzzi got the ball rolling two decades ago, and they begat other chefs who did the same for the next generation, bringing serious talent into this Rust Belt city, and now Clevelanders are heartily reaping the benefits of this foodie farm system. Additionally, the city has seen an inflow of immigrants sharing a taste of their homelands, and now the city overflows with Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Polish, German, Turkish, Lebanese, and Columbian restaurants, with most of the best spots in Cleveland being in Tremont and Downtown.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Cloak & Dagger, GINKO, Astoria Cafe & Market
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Sushi, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Tremont, Ohio
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Cloak & Dagger

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Tremont
379 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Vegan
  • Neighborhood Gem

Cloak and Dagger is a cocktail lounge nestled in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Tremont. It is a cocktail lounge with a focus on hospitality and one of the best places to unwind in the warm...

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Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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GINKO

$$$$·Sushi·
Tremont
221 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Romantic

Some of the best sushi and traditional Japanese cuisine in Cleveland is served at GINKO, a New York Times-acclaimed subterranean sushi bar in Tremont. GINKO is the work of former Nobu chef Dante Boccu...

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Best Food in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Astoria Cafe & Market

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Ohio
226 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

Astoria Cafe & Market is an equal parts bar, restaurant, and marketplace. An invaluable asset to the Gordon Square neighborhood, the part market part bar and restaurant establishment has provided a br...

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The Palazzo

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Cleveland West
164 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

The Palazzo is an Italian fine dining restaurant that opened its doors to diners in 2019. It is nestled in the West Side Cleveland neighborhood and is one of the best restaurants serving traditional I...

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Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Goma

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown Cleveland
145 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

Goma is a new Japanese fusion restaurant that swung its doors open in Downtown Cleveland in 2021. The restaurant has a clean Japanese feel, complete with aquatic-themed murals, sculptures, lighting, a...

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Hot Spot in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Edwins Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Shaker Square
2,002 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Edwins is an upscale restaurant in Cleveland’s Shaker Square neighborhood that has been offering French fare to diners since 2013. Equal parts food and purpose make it stand out from other culinary sp...

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Fit for Foodies in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Batuqui - Larchmere

$$$$·Brazilian·
Shaker Square
473 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Opened in 2015, Batuqui is a Brazilian restaurant offering authentic Brazilian dishes prepared by the owner-chefs Carla Batista and Gustavo Nogueira. Batuqui is located in Larchmere District, and the ...

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Best Food in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Valerio's Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Little Italy
561 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Cozy

Valerio’s Ristorante has been open since 1995 along Mayfield Road in Cleveland’s own Little Italy. Valerio’s Ristorante is owned and run by chef Valerio Iorio and his wife Stella, and the restaurant s...

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Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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The Standard

$$$$·French·
Cleveland East
430 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

The Standard is a brick-lined bistro, bar, and restaurant that opened its doors to diners in Collinwood back in 2014. The menu can best be described as continental, with offerings from Slovenian, Moro...

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Fit for Foodies in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Der Braumeister Restaurant

$$$$·German·
Cleveland West
168 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

Opened in 1983 in West Side Cleveland, Der Braumeister is a bar and restaurant with folksy décor, offering German fare. The restaurant offers traditional German food with modern twists alongside seaso...

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Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Literary Tavern

$$$$·American·
Tremont
102 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

The Literary Tavern has been open since 2019 in one of the oldest buildings in the historic Tremont neighborhood. It is a bar and restaurant offering an intimate atmosphere, a variety of wines and bee...

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Hot Spot in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Pier W

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lakewood
7,989 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

With an impressive menu and breathtaking views, Pier W in Lakewood has been a dining destination since 1965. The stunning views of Lake Erie and the downtown skyline have won this seafood restaurant s...

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Best Ambiance in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Edwin's Too

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Cleveland East
121 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

Edwins Too is the other French restaurant opened by chef-owner Brandon Chrostowski in Shaker Square. Edwins Too opened its doors in 2020, and the concept is different this time. Edwins Too will be exc...

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Great for Brunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Blue Point Grille

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Cleveland
4,931 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Since opening its doors in 1998, Blue Point Grille has been serving upscale seafood in its elegant, multilevel restaurant with skyline views. The restaurant has received several awards, including the ...

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Dante Next Door

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Cleveland West
399 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

Dante Next Door opened its doors to diners back in 2014 in Tremont. Dante Next Door is a casual brunch trattoria-style restaurant located next to the Michelin Starred proprietor chef Dante Boccuzzi’s ...

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Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Platform Beer Co. - Cleveland Taproom

$$$$·Brewery·
Cleveland West
14 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual

Platform is a microbrewery that opened in 2014 with tasting rooms in Ohio City, Cleveland. The Cleveland Taproom provides indoor and patio seating, and their menu includes 20+ house beers and pub fare...

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Red, the Steakhouse Cleveland

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Cleveland
2,184 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

Red first opened its doors in Downtown Cleveland in 2014. It is a sleek, modern steakhouse and restaurant offering upscale dining, delectable cuisine, and impeccable service. The restaurant specialize...

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