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About Alley Cat Oyster Bar

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!

1056 Old River Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Come join us for our Weekend Brunch Buffet Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30-2:00, regular menu items will not be available during this time.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(216) 574-9999

Website:
http://www.alleycatoysterbar.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Available

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Alley Cat Oyster Bar can accommodate all your special event needs. The two-story restaurant is available for events and can accommodate 240 guests. We look forward to seeing you!

Private Party Contact:
Michaela Kehoe: (216) 296-6601

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Weekend Brunch Buffet

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Specials

Weekend Brunch Buffet

Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Details

Come join us for our Weekend Brunch Buffet!. Excludes Tax and Tip. Please note that regular menu items will not be offered during brunch hours. Special valid Oct 21, 2017 - Feb 17, 2018 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

Alley Cat Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (74)
Waterfront (74)
Good for a Date (44)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (39)
People Watching (32)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Casual (26)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Happy Hour (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Fun (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Bar Seating (22)
Romantic (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Business Meals (16)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Seasonal (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Healthy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great Beer (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Spicy (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Did not like this restaurant at all. Extremely noisy. A gang of drunks were roaring at each other (it was 5:30!) and annoying everyone else in the place but the management did nothing about it. Food was sloppy and very very over seasoned. Not spicy, just slopped over w unneccessary sauces by the ton. They didn’t trust the ingredients. Everything buried under layers of gloop. The place is really nicely designed and the views are gorgeous and the service was fine but, because the food was so bad, we’ll never go back.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food and service was very good it's just a little loud

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Alley Cat went 4 for 4 with our dinners - they were fantastic! Stuffed oysters are a great appetizer. Lobster roll was delicious as was the seared tuna. Menu has a nice array of entrée choices between meat and seafood and full meal vs. lighter choices. Nothing outrageous that needs waiter explanation - just a very appealing menu. Desserts were very good too! We will definitely come back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Quick Bite
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We went there for restaurant week. Everyone had something different and it was all outstanding. The wait staff was exceptional. We must have had 7 or 8 people taking care of us (party of 4). The views of the river were great. I was born in Cleveland and I have seen many deaths and rebirths of the Flats. I think someone finally got it right. If you have not been down to the Flats recently, then you need to go. And, put this on your list of places to eat.

Tags: Spicy, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server was extremely friendly, the food tasted great, and the cocktails were amazing. We’ll be coming back as soon as possible.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We arrived early in time for Happy Hour. Hostess staff and wait staff were very welcoming and attentive. The hamburger and French fries were delicious - especially with the "tomato jam". We also had oysters on the half shell served with cocktail sauce which were very good. I would recommend to a friend but I think it would be better in the Spring/Summer with the doors open.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Waterfront, Happy Hour
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food5
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went before going to a show at Playhouse Square. It was quiet, Service was attentive, food was great. The view of the water was nice.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had made reservations, but were offered what we believe was the worst table in the restaurant. Our next option was the bar. Then we were offered the middle table in the dining room by the bar. We accepted that table because we did not want to wait for another table that might not be any better. Being in the middle of the room, we had everyone walking around us. It was a little distracting, but we were able to have an enjoyable date night. The service was fabulous and the food was great.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was unpleasantly surprised by this trip to Alley Cat as I've been here once before and it was excellent. The food was the disappointing part during this visit as the service was great! I enjoyed the view as it's right on the water and it's romantic during the evening - even though we were seated right next to the women's room. I may return a third time for a tie breaker, but as of now I'd be torn to recommend it to anyone.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

good food, fantastic service and a beautiful view.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I went to dinner with five other ladies before a play. Servers did not know what the fish of the week was. There was a menu on the table with a special 3 course meal for restaurant week. The servers were not sure of the price and said they were not pushing that menu. The salads were good. Had to send one meal back because we received a rare, actually bloody, pork steak. They sent back the same piece of meat reheated and chard to a crisp. The manager stopped over to apologize and it felt very insincere. I actually noted him walking around looking lost earlier. Maybe he was just New. The views were great, good ambience, they do make a good martini and white sangrias. I would probably only return for the view, cocktails and light snacks or appetizers. I wouldn’t consider it a fine dining restaurant for foodies. Note: the manager did not charge for the pork steak dinner. However we did send it back and she didn’t have time to wait on another meal to be prepared as we were going to a play. He also did not charge for her two glasses of wine.

Tags: Scenic View, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Waterfront
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was delicious! Great selection for brunch which was reasonably priced for all you can eat crab, oysters, shrimp, etc. The view was wonderful and the service was good too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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food5
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Server was not knowledgeable on any of the menu. Did not take pride in her job. The view was great and food was excellent just the service needs improvements

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Nice location and atmosphere. Food was sub par for price. Nothing that made us say 'wow'. Service was ok, but servers looked sloppy and unkempt.

Tags: Scenic View
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food3
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Seafood was good (for Cleveland)! We went out on a super cold Monday night for a business meal -- 4 women. 3 Clevelanders and 1 D.C. gal. The D.C. gal is more in tune with seafood fare, but overall, the place is great -- and location spectacular. Obviously on Monday night -- not very hip or busy -- but I will return on warmer day (to take advantage of awesome patio views). Our service was fantastic -- and knowledgeable. If you are entertaining a client who is accustomed to impeccable seafood from the east or west coast...this place may NOT be the shining star. However, local Clevelanders will appreciate the location and get their seafood groove on! Might be a little pricey for younger patrons, but expected for this type of place! Wine and spirits selection is fantastic! EXCELLENT Bloody Mary's -- made to your taste and choice of ingredients!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant before and were surprised when the Sunday brunch was not good. The food on half of the bar was cold, the fish was fishy, the carved meat was dry and the options were limited. They did let me order from the menu for my son since there was nothing on the buffet that he would eat (not even pancakes or waffles for kids). What we ordered from the kitchen was excellent. I think they should stick with their customers ordering off of a menu...brunch is not their thing..nothing to be ashamed of when you just stick to what works. Our review is only for the Sunday brunch. Their dinner, lunch and Mother's Day menu items are excellent.

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Our server Joy did a fantastic job!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was very accommodating! pace of meal very enjoyable

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great service, view, and food. We enjoyed the charred broccoli salad, the ceviche, and the crab legs. We had a great night at Alley Cat.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Ate the brunch on Sunday. With nicely presented shrimp and blue point oysters as well you can't go wrong. Smaller selection of breakfast items, but a value if you love fresh seafood.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food at Alley Cat Oyster Bar is delicious. My husband and I enjoyed the energetic waterfront atmosphere. I can't believe it took us over a year to eat a dinner at this great restaurant, but glad that we made it happen. Highly recommended!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service, food, and atmosphere were all amazing! And the view over the river at sunset was breathtaking. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

They go out of their way to service your table with friendly wait staff. Portions are about right too.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Happy Hour, Casual, Cozy, Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Lovely river spot particularly at sun down. Food ok, but the view is the reason to go there. Didn't appreciate the blaring rock music which seems all too typical in Cleveland.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Our waitress forgot about our appetizer order, and apparently there was miscommunication in the back about it. The food was excellent though.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

we were celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary. we were seated at a great table with a wonderful view. Our server was great, very helpful about the menu and the wine list. She was very friendly but not over bearing, just the right amount of service! Each our our starters were fresh and great. Our main meals were outstanding. We had a great time and will come back on our next visit to Cleveland!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent meal and service from start to finish!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great location. Disappointed that tables are so close together and it is so loud that it is not a romantic destination. Service is slow, very slow. Food was good but not outstanding. Not the best value by any means. Not horrible though, just disappointed.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Waterfront, People Watching
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

The service was excellent and accommodating. Stephanie was very nice.
The only thing wrong was your citrus, they all were old.
Besides that, We would all come back. Maybe for birthdays you can do something special in the future.

Tags: Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 29, 2017

View was great. Food was mixed. Snap pea salad a joy and wonder. I’d go there again just for that. Fried calamari was greasy and baked stuffed oysters ok but could have been subtler.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We waited ten minutes before anyone acknowledged us sitting at the table. Overpriced and everyone was rude, it was my birthday and we were so disappointed with the treatment we received that we left and went to a different restaurant.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great seafood. Several different types of oysters. Outdoor seating

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Good for a Date, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This was our first time and it was ok.They forgot our appitizer but they made it up with a drank. I would give them a second chance!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The subtle flavor of the grouper cheeks was a bit overwhelmed by the slaw on which it was served.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was awful and the wait time was way too long. I don’t like to be rushed but that was ridiculous. Manager had to come over and take my boyfriends meal away because it wasn’t edible. I never heard him complain about food in 7 years. Manager was great but everything else was not enjoyable except the atmosphere outside dinning.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We may have ordered wrong but I would go back to Parallax any day of the week over this.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

It was mine and my husbands first time there. We were celebrating our birthdays. And I made sure to make reservations 3 days in advance but when we got there every table that I kept asking about that was outside they kept saying it was reserved so we got stuck eating in just partial shade, I was the one who took the hit and sat in the direct sun spot. But overal service was good (minus the water spill the hostess caused and the food runners constantly picking up plates that we were still picking off of without asking us... but the food and the atmosphere was spectacular.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Scenic View, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food and ambiance was amazing. Service was lacking. My wife and I waited over 20 min for our wine.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a reservation and were excited to celebrate a birthday here but ended up waiting 30 minutes before we got sat for our reservation. The service was good but the people around us were so loud we could barely hear each other. It just wasn't the romantic and relaxed atmosphere I had expected. Honestly food was just okay, nothing to go on about. Very expensive for what it was. I think there are many better places in Cleveland worth the money.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was very good. Waitress seemed very nice, but disinterested. Never got any bread, and still never got any after she noticed. Drink glasses sat empty multiple times for a while. Sat outside on the water and that was nice.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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