The Most Fun Restaurants in Cleveland

The OpenTable Team

Cleveland has grown into a bustling culinary and arts hub, attracting visitors from all over the world. This northeastern Ohio city, located on the shores of Lake Erie, boasts a revitalized downtown, a beautiful lakefront park and a strong sense of Midwestern pride. Its 23,000 acres of parks and nature preserves provide a relaxing respite from the city noise and traffic, while the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Cleveland Museum of Art put it on the global cultural map. The dining scene has come into its own over the last few years, finally gaining the national attention it deserves. From Jewish delis to upscale eateries to ethnic culinary riches of all kinds, diners can find it all. Cleveland has plenty of top-notch, local chefs around town but if you’re looking for the most fun restaurants in Cleveland, check out our Tastemaker 20 List! We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Book a table at one of the fun restaurants in Cleveland tonight!

Restaurants:The Standard, Rusty Anchor at the Music Box, Felice Urban Cafe
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, American
Neighborhoods:Cleveland East, Downtown Cleveland, Shaker Square

The Standard

$$$$·French·
Cleveland East
237 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The Standard is a popular gastro-tavern in the 185th Street community and a great choice for those looking for a fun night out in Cleveland. It features a casually elegant vibe andRead more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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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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Felice Urban Cafe

$$$$·American·
Shaker Square
610 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Felice Urban Cafe, set in a charming yet laid-back turn-of-the-century home, is a lovely place to sit and dine in style without spending a fortune. The restaurant features locally-Read more
99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

$$$$·Italian·
Cleveland West
312 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 with a focus on friendly seRead more
95% recommended
Best Value 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 a fun night of drinking and dining in Cleveland. This restaurant offers a unique and exciting culinaryRead more
91% recommended
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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Orange Village

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Beachwood
2,587 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant offers modern, casual dining paired with award-winning wines. It’s a perfect choice for anyone looking for a fun night out filled with great fooRead more
94% recommended
Great for Lunch in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Pier W

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lakewood
7,304 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Pier W, located on Lake Avenue in Lakewood, is a famous Cleveland restaurant and bar. Open since 1965, it features critically-acclaimed seafood and contemporary American food as weRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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GINKO

$$$$·Sushi·
Tremont
141 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
If you’re looking for a fun restaurant in Cleveland, check out Ginko! It’s one of the city's high-end sushi spots and makes for a great date or gathering place for friends. The resRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Pickwick & Frolic

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
949 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Pickwick & Frolic Restaurant and Club, located in Downtown Cleveland on E. 4th Street, is the place many locals consider to be the most fun restaurant in Cleveland. It features a lRead more
94% recommended
Good for Groups in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

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, it’s one of Read more
100% recommended

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Cleveland

$$$$·American·
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
1,091 reviews
  • Fun
  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
If you are in the mood for delicious Southern-inspired cooking, head to the House of Blues Restaurant right in the heart of Downtown. The menu features a variety of made-from-scratRead more
93% recommended
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Cru Uncorked

$$$$·French·
Moreland Hills
767 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Cru Uncorked is one of Cleveland's more upscale restaurants and it guarantees a great night out. The enormous, French country-style manor in Moreland Hills has an enchanted energy Read more
96% recommended
Best Food in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Square 22

$$$$·American·
Strongsville
708 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Square 22 Restaurant and Bar, located on Pearl Road in Strongsville, is a fun place to go for casual food and drinks. Many locals consider it one of the most fun restaurants in CleRead more
92% recommended
American in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Taste

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cleveland Heights
436 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Taste is a casually elegant bar and restaurant and a super fun place for food, wine and celebration. Located on Lee Road’s growing restaurant row, it’s a short walk from the Cedar-Read more
82% recommended
Contemporary American in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Dante Next Door

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Cleveland West
322 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Dante Next Door is a laid-back dining destination in the historic Tremont neighborhood that many people consider the most fun restaurant in Cleveland. It is literally “next door” tRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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Sérénité Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Medina
497 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Serenite Restaurant sits in the midst of Medina’s Historic District. The restaurant’s philosophy highlights its tradition of care for the community. As part of the Recovery Center Read more
98% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Der Braumeister Restaurant

$$$$·German·
Cleveland West
92 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
For some of the best German food in Cleveland in an authentic Biergarten setting, head to Der Braumeister. This authentic German eatery offers diners the option to eat amazing GermRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Crosswinds Grille at the Lakehouse Inn Resort

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Geneva-on-the-Lake
488 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The Crosswinds Grille, located at the boutique Lakehouse Inn on the shores of Lake Erie, is definitely one of the most fun restaurants in Cleveland. Open, for breakfast, lunch and Read more
95% recommended
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sarita a restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lakewood
1,003 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For a really fun dining experience in the Lakewood neighborhood of Cleveland, head to Sarita on Madison Avenue. This restaurant serves New American cuisine, a style of food that’s Read more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Cleveland / Akron / Canton

Batuqui

$$$$·Brazilian·
Shaker Square
286 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
Batuqui is the place locals call “Brazil in Cleveland.” Sounds pretty fun, right? This restaurant emphasizes the cuisines of the Bahia and Minas Gerais areas of Brazil. It’s set inRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Cleveland / Akron / Canton
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