Alley Cat Oyster Bar

4.6
1198 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We will be offering wine and cuisine specials in addition to our a la carte menu selections.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 1198 People Are Saying
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LM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and place to enjoy dinner with friends or date night. The clam chowder was the best I’ve had in a while. The menu has a good variety if you do not like seafood and they were great at accommodating our wants and needs.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our food was just ok for the price. The oil for the bread is not very good either, could suggest mixing balsamic with it. Very bland.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good seafood. Servers were attentive to details.

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c
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was done perfectly. Great view. Easy parking close by. My only complaint was concerning the door. Arrived early, about 4:30 for a 5pm reservation on a Sun and thought the door was locked as it did not open. Went across the street for a cocktail and returned closer to 5. There was plenty of activity within. Found out they had been having trouble with the door. So while this is a minor inconvenience, I would not let this deter me from returning. A sign on the door would have been nice.

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CD
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice first visit to this location and enjoyed it much. The oysters were great and the Key Lime Pie presentation was uniquely light and wonderful. Had the Rib Chili which was good. The wait staff was great and the owner did visit and was very pleasant and attentive.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the service was excellent. Water front view is one that I will always remember.

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CH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived early and our table was already set up for us. The blue point oysters were one of the best my fiancé and I have ever eaten! We also split some appetizers - the ceviche was out of this world! The stuffed peppers were tasty but a little too spicy for me. The bloody Mary’s were delicious, too! We will definitely be coming back!

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience sitting at the bar with my wife for a casual dinner before a Cavs game. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great food. Awesome spot in the revitalized Flats section of Cleveland.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply AWESOME!!

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DS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had NYE dinner at Alley Cat at it was delicious. They didn't jack up prices for NYE and even had a few specials specifically for the night that sounded great. A live band started playing around 7pm, which was nice because the music they were playing through the speakers beforehand was drowning out conversations we were trying to have across the table. Overall, a nice night.

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CJ
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Alley Cat. I especially loved the salad greens and the salmon!

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RP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 3ambience 5

My third visit and I was still disappointed in the food.
Oysters are the only good option.

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SA
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

New Year's Eve dinner. Well paced, attentive and thoughtful service. Was our first time there and would like to go back in summer for happy hour. Truly enjoyed the sea bass.

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MJ
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a table of 4 on New Year’s Eve; everything was delicious. Everyone was very nice and we had a great time!

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PW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great view of the river. We were fortunate to watch a freighter going out to the lake. Staff very friendly. Nice starter choices.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alley Cat accommodated all of my requests for a first date. The food and service was great. The vibe was great. The date went great.

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M
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were a bit disappointed with the food and surprised the bread was served cold with olive oil. Burger was more like meatloaf than a burger. The cobia had bones, not great. The calamari was good as was the clam chowder. We sampled the hot peppers, clam chowder, steamed middle neck clams, pork steak, the raw oyster platter (chefs choice), sweet and sour coleslaw. It was good enough to go back for lunch or happy hour but not sure we would go back for a special event. Also we tried to order red wine and they were out of quite a few.

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JG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great service and great food when we stopped for a quick bite before a concert. Manager was especially attentive. We got out in good time as requested. All around just right.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seafood and beautiful views of the river. Everything was cooked to perfection.

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TB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place I’ve been to in a long time. Service and food was EXCELLENT. My new SPOT!!

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S
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were attending a concert at Quicken Loans

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S
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took the daughter and her boyfriend out for post thanksgiving eats. Oyster appetizers are the best in Cleveland. All the entrees were very good. I had the mac 'n cheese and it exceeded my expectations. Our waiter was great and really helpful with our choices.

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MM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went on a Saturday evening. Great service, great food, great views. Best birthday dinner thus far. Staff was great explaining food and drink. Very courteous and food was wonderful.

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b
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent seafood and more restaurant. Wish the crew would have seated us next to the window as they were open when we arrived on time for our reservation. Also they need to put overhead lights over each table as we could not read the menu without iPhone light. So improve the lighting. Other than that we loved it.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dale was the best! Bar tender/server. He made an iced late not on menu for us. Delicious!

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H
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing. We never felt rushed and had an enjoyable date

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LT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding and different. We always enjoy Zack's culinary creations and this was definitely one of our top meals. We will be back someday soon!

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KB
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great as was the service. We went there early before going to a concert. It was easy to get to and we weren’t rushed.

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KK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time. We had a group of 6 and our server Chelsea was awesome. Will definitely be back.

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TM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

The Cobia dish I had ordered tasted too fishy, un pleasant, probably should have sent it back

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TF
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks in a fun location. Oysters were awesome!

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T
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

We went to try the clambake and was very disappointed. The clams were underdone and some not fully opened. The sweet potatoes were all raw for the majority of the guests. The best part of the meal was the flavor of the chicken served with the clams. We also had some sides off the regular menu and were not impressed. Oysters were the best part of the entire meal. Besides the food disappointments, service was phenomenal. Server, Chris was fantastic along with Scott who helped out. Tommy, the manager, was hands on and approachable. He reconciled the issue with the clams being underdone by providing a new dozen to the table.

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A
Cleveland
25 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place on the water in The Land , food was awesome, and service was too

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FH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food I had the octopus which was absolutely fabulous! I highly recommend alley cat!

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NY
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Alley Cat is a dependably great experience. I had the season Mahi Mahi dish with a pumpkin puree and it was to die for!

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CA
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Alley cat is my go to restaurant for great food and service! Unfortunately, there was a rude table setting behind us and made inappropriate and rude comments to my friend. When brought up to waitress, she just shrugged it off. Other than that, enjoyed out wine and food.

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KB
Toledo
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic place for a date night or get together with friends. The oysters were incredible but the lobster roll stole the show.

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GA
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I'm a regular, so there's that. The menu has gone through a few changes recently, and ... I like it!

This wasn't a usual Summer evening at water's edge. But then again, it's not Summer any more. With all the roll-up doors to the patios open, it was quite chilly inside, and this did take away from the enjoyment. But, I knew that going in, and moved beyond.

Service was, as usual ... excellent. The waiter was attentive, able to quickly answer questions, and was always around if needed. Now, that may have been because it wasn't busy, but hey ... don't look a gift-horse in the mouth.

Like I mentioned, the menu's been updated. I went for the French Onion Soup, a cup that was piping hot and just enough to start things off; a wedge salad, with a tasty dressing and a serving for at least two; and a nice selection of oysters.

The restaurant is located in a high-visibility entertainment area. Some of the neighbors aren't as concerned about service; that's why I like it here. Some are way too noisy for a conversation; again, a reason to go here. Some go into outer-space on the menu; that's another point for this place.

Dine at Alley Cat's. It's one in a small chain of locally owned/operated places. You won't go wrong.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out with some friends for my birthday. Great food, great service, and you can’t beat the view.

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RB
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fantastic service and great view. Our server was outstanding.

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