Alley Cat Oyster Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Welcome to Alley Cat Oyster Bar. Alley Cat, a waterfront Oyster bar in the Flats East Bank entertainment district, features open spaces, expansive views of the Cuyahoga River and seasonal open-air dining. Alley Cat, features the cuisine of a traditional shore restaurant with mainstays like oysters, mussels, clams, lobster and fresh fish alongside, chicken, steak, chowders, soups and salads. The two-story restaurant is available for events and can accommodate 240 guests. We look forward to seeing you! Our Patio is first come first serve
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Naples
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Very limited menu. On line shows much more

MK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as always. We went on NYE and they had a live jazz band. The atmosphere was great and fun. Our server was very attentive and was knowledgeable about the menu and oysters. He was able to answer every question and his recommendations were great. I can’t wait to go again!

MA
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy we chose Alley Cat for our NYE dinner. The combination of the twinkling river and bridges view, the amazing jazz trio and delicious food and drink were the perfect combo! Happy service, too! Look forward to more of the same and more in 2020...

MJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the Salmon - it was excellent. Our server was attentive and the service was superb. Really well run for NYE dinner. The band was good, too.

OT
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food wasn’t great on NYE. The small portion of potatoes that I received were dried out, burned and lacked flavor. My friend and I both ordered Mahi-Mahi and it didn’t taste very fresh. The service was extremely slow, which is to be expected on a holiday.

SR
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

New Year's Eve. Food was great. Madison our server was great. Seating for our party of two was very cramped. Made us eat quick and leave.

E
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us really enjoyed our experience here. We had a table at the windows looking out over the river. Beautiful night view - and a huge freighter came by; with hundreds of swirling gulls it was like being in a movie. The service was excellent. Our server spent plenty of time going over the menu (special menu for NY eve). Soup, scallop appetizer, salad, pasta entree, two fish entrees, dessert, all delicious. We will be back. Only down side was the walk from the parking lot down the street - fierce, cold wind. No valet parking. But that’s winter in Cleveland!

d
Cleveland
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always great food and service. The best lobster roll I've ever had. They have one of the best spots on the river. The seasonal cocktails keep me coming back

MO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My salmon was cooked to a medium rare perfection! Not many places even the more expensive ones can cook a salmon without making it dry or undercooked. All 4 of us enjoyed our meals.

OT
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lobster roll fair
Mussels amazing
Oysters perfect

d
Cleveland
48 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our anniversary. Server brought complimentary Prosecco. Food was delicious and chef accommodated food allergies. Service was great!

OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love having an oyster restaurant in the heart of cleveland and we love the view of the river. Food is excellent for the price and portions.

N
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb, lobster Mac and cheese and chili braised beef couldn't be better. Service was better than ever, and drinks were outstanding. Can't wait to come back!

BB
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food. Very nice waiter. Totally empty restaurant effected the ambiance, however, it was early on a Monday. We’ll definitely go back!

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic oysters followed by one of the best lobster rolls I’ve ever had in my life. That and a couple Lemonatrix and I was a happy camper! Great place with an even better atmosphere!

MS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Expensive. Sent back cool fries. If crowded will be noisy. Probably better in warm weather when the patio doors are open. Great location.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome the baked oysters were divine

O
Columbus
44 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is the 2nd time we have been and it was only because we could not get a reservation anywhere else.
The place was dead! Food was ok but not great. My green beans were not cooked which means that no one bothered to check after they steamed them. You have to do better than ok with many great places close by.

FO
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My first time back in 4 years & won’t go again.
Oysters were mediocre.
Fish options are at least half farm raised.
Server was nice & helpful.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! Service was good. Drinks were good.

H
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I came for restaurant week, but I decided to try the regular menu. The food was great. I had a nice cocktail, a very good cup of clam chowder, peel and eat shrimp, and a delicious lobster and shrimp mac n cheese (with cavatelli pasta). The food was great. The restaurant was sparse for a Wednesday night, but it made for a nice quiet dinner. We sat by a table facing the Cuyahoga River, so it was a nice view. The lighting is a bit dim, but good enough for conversation and to see your food. Great service and great meal.

g
Charleston
75 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Clam chowder n clams all potato and carrots steamed clams too much old bay lobster rolls bun cold terrible margaritas

N
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch, starting with the bloody Mary bar and some clam chowder. The lobster roll is absolutely delicious and unbeatable. Others had the swordfish and trout which were reportedly delicious. Service was friendly and quick, and the view of the River was very nice.

LK
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional service including several check ins from a manager. Food was out of this world. Oysters fresh and reasonably priced. Just overall very awesome. Ambiance just a touch shy of romantic. But still excellent.

LM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant in the flats. Excellent service, amazing Ambiance whether it's winter or summer, right on the river, and really amazing food. Really helpful staff, especially one of the times I brought my mom, who's in a wheelchair. Amazing patio. I particularly love the brunch. If you're showing off Cleveland, this is a great place to go - my out of town guests always think this is an amazing place. Went just this week and someone who has been living on the Chesapeake couldn't get over how great their oysters were...but be aware they have much more than oysters.

T
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Amazing food. Best crab legs in Cleveland. Would definitely eat here again.

K
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food are amazing and Alley cat has the best views along the river. The sunsets are beautiful to watch from the restaurant. A very romantic spot to dine.

PN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tommy checked on our table not once but 3x! Great White oysters were the best we have had in a long long time. Our waiter was very much in tune with recommendations and caring about our experience. Would recommend highly.

JF
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Would be nice to provide some type of shade at sunset. My 4th visit in 2 months.

c
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Would definitely recommend and return!Review hints

JW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aside from the food being amazing and the oyster choice being amazing. Service was also amazing there. Everyone was so helpful and I’ll always suggest this place for anyone looking for a great place with an amazing view.

OT
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very hip dining experience in an even more hip area of town right on the rivers edge in the East End Flats section. The restaurant itself had a great ambiance with an amazing wait staff that did not give us a chance to be disappointed. The multiple people that check on us or served us was refreshing and really gave us the impression they valued the customer experience. The food was equally impressive with each dish we ordered worth ordering again in the future. Once my wife and I were finished we thought we were ready to leave but got sidetracked in conversation with the 2 male bartenders. They were such a pleasure to chat with we sat down and spent another hour or so having drinks and inquire about the area and sharing some of our travel stories. Aka in all this was a great evening with nothing to complain about what so ever. We truly look forward to doing it again on our next trip to the city.

B
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great setting on the Cuyahoga River! Highly recommend

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my grandfathers birthday and the food was outstanding! Very pleased with the menu selection service and food.

SM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location on the river. Service excellent. Tuna and beef really good. Not a fan of the potato tots. Steak tasty & tender but overcooked.

OT
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a Birthday Dinner celebration. We got the calamari to begin which was fantastic. Then I got the Seafood Quesadilla for dinner and my fiancé got the Ahi Tuna dish. She said hers was cold which we didn’t know if it came like that, but she said it was still very good! My quesadilla was a little difficult to eat, but overall really tasteful! We ate right on the waterfront which has a great view of the water and surrounding restaurants/bridges of the Flats of Cleveland.

GM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for dining on the water. Extensive wine list.

DD
Omaha
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

My wife and daughter both had the trout and were very dissatisfied. The trout certainly was not fresh and had a slight smell to it. This was expressed to the waiter and he made no effort toward a service recovery. My salmon was excellent but the sides were cool to cold. Overall a poor dining experience

DP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the ambiance lively - we loved how the 'team' kept the table clear of used plates and glasses (sweeping in and out without interfering with our conversations) well done!