Alley Cat Oyster Bar

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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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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful time here!

LB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great position on the river amongst the vibrant Flats area. Cocktails well made and good wine list. Starters of oysters and shrimp cocktail as fresh and delicious as expected. Mains of halibut and tuna were good but a bit over embellished. The sea bass our preference had run out earlier on this Sunday night. They made up for this by offering a free dessert. The baked Alaska was excellent. Service was a bit patchy but overall a very pleasant evening with a fabulous sunset to round it off.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall excellent ambiance and meal

OT
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a celebration over a house closing. Everything we ordered was incredible.

KK
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service made for a great night. !

m
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view of the river. Delicious food served artfully arranged. Wonderful selection of oysters. Various options for both appetizers and meals to both share and enjoy. Definitely a must for the flats dining experience!

LW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alley Cat Oyster Bar is always a fun, casual - or dressy casual - place for a great meal and superb drinks. My husband and I have been many times for appetizers and drinks at the bar, but also for nice sit-down dinners. The service is spot-on: not too fast or too slow. The food is fresh, creative in a casual way, and absolutely delicious. On this visit, my husband and I started with lightly battered and barely fried calamari; it was tender, light, and had great accompaniments. Next four oysters - a drop of red wine vinegar and chives perfectly accompanied these fresh yummies. As to entrees - I can not even tell you how much better ACOB's lobster roll is than anything I've ever eaten in Massachusetts or Maine. Soft, buttered roll with an obscene amount of butter-poached lobster meat, light dressing with an interesting fennel bulb and celery slaw on top - and Old Bay fries! (OK, to be honest, I hate fennel and didn't eat it - which in no way diminished my enjoyment of this fantastic dish) My husband had the seafood quesadilla and pronounced it "Amazing". Our table was next to the open doors overlooking the now clean Cuyahoga River - boats, kayaks, and jet skis going by. Top-notch food and fun; keep up the good work, Alley Cat!

TP
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The hostess who answered the phone the night before was extremely sweet and took the time to explain the brunch menu and offered to reserve for us the next day. When I arrived not sure if it was the same young lady but the in person hostess was equally impressive, very welcoming and polite. I enjoyed the view of the water from the patio. The food wasn't bad. Sometimes the service is more important and in this case I have no complaints about that. :-)

h
Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection good drinks great view crab claws great salmon and oysters all good

OT
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our third time there and the best food we've had!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great service was as well but very noisy. Some of my party could not be a part of the conversation due to the noise.

MD
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Really loved alley cat. The food was good but nothing I’d rave about. We got the lobster Mac and cheese and the lobster roll. Again, both were good but I don’t come here for the food, I come for the beautiful seating by the river. We went on a perfect night. The oysters I got were delicious (so I guess they definitely excel in their specialty). The service was really great too. 4 stars overall!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The food is great as is the atmosphere. Sitting outside along the water with great views, can't be beat in Cleveland. The service on the otherhand is very poor. It took a long time for a waiter to even come to our table then he never even offered to get us more drinks. He was slow an inattentive. It's become the norm at Alley Cat- Great food. Great views. Terrible service.

HR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience at alley cat! We got oysters, mussels, and split a lobster roll and it was more then enough food. Our waiter was attentive and the atmosphere was very enjoyable! I will be back!

JT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Food was divine. Our server was adorable. We sat outside with a view of the river. Everything was wonderful. Would go again.

AS
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The lobster roll was terrific and the key lime pie to die for. Lovely ambiance with great view of the river, and many boaters. Beware of sitting in the outside patio when a train goes by. Can't hear a thing over the roaring of the train-cars.

p
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought former Clevelanders with us. Each was very impressed with the location, the food and the service

PL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Yes, because I love to the food and atmosphere, but what a bummer our service turned out to be. It was my birthday and we called ahead for our reservation and to have a few apps on the table when we got there. We didn't sit down until about a half hour after our reservation and no apps. Drinks took forever to come out, food orders were wrong, it was just a little bit of a nightmare. But food was really good and it's fun to be by the water- just wish you could count on the service- especially for special occasions!

LW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, awesome ambiance, awesome view! Thanks for a great experience!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere and food, okay service.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, service was good. Nice outdoor seating area.

TG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot - especially in the summer. Patio was crowded and views can't be beat in Cleveland. Food was superb as well.

KM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lobster roll I ever had!! Thanks!! I’m from NJ and wish I lived close enough to have it again!!

4
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We were greeted by a friendly hostess who asked whose anniversary we were celebrating. I took this
as a good sign, sadly she had us seated at a table next to the bar which was so loud there would have been no way to have a conversation. We asked to have our table changed and a better table was found. Why did we have to ask? Our server was good, food was good. We did not order dessert but no acknowledgment of a celebratory token dessert on behalf of the restaurant was delivered...disappointing. Zack B. your team almost got it, but could have done better.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food was delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and we tried a few appetizers and entrees, along with a dessert. Everything was wonderful.

F
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The saving grace was the oysters and the clams were good. The trout was terrible (almost sent it back) and the lobster in the lobster roll was over cooked and had way too many herbs on it. I believe tarragon was in both dishes and is a strong herb that needs to be handled lightly, not thrown over the entire dish.
Service was good.

BR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Our food was very average and I felt rushed to finish it. The waitress came by many times asking if we were finished and at one point grabbed my plate and I still wasn't done. I won't be back.

OT
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks. The setting is beautiful!! Our waiter Djamial was awesome!!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was ok. Nothing great-the service was very unprofessional and the foos was just ok. I wanted to try it but probably wouldn’t go back. There are many better places to eat in Cleveland.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Alley Cat was unimpressive for the food compared to the cost. You are really paying for the location.

C
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Poor value for food, very average cuisine but great atmosphere and wine list

R
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent, but the service needs much improvement. Also, my husband visited the restroom and he said he was dirty. Not good for a restaurant.

CR
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Sitting outside on a sunny afternoon by the water sipping the house Pinot Grigio was very relaxing. Prices are better at lunch, but our dinners were perfect. The shrimp appetizer was amazing as was my lobster roll for dinner. We look forward to coming back to try some other items on the menu. Our waiter was nice but distracted. We had to call him back after he took our order so we could order our drinks. Then again, when he brought back the credit card because there was no place slip to sign. He hadn't run it through at all.

L
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been in love with this place since my first visit. Food selection for everybody and service is great. Even learned some history from our waiter! Your opening up the roof for use of the porch was a key idea! We took our business upstairs and didn't leave for another hour! Great place!

BB
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a nice meal but the wait was INTERMINABLE!! We arrived at 7 and were served entrees at 8:45!!! Also the week before my friend had a birthday there. They were given a lovely complimentary dessert
We were NOT. it was a BIG birthday celebration
Disappointed

O
Cleveland
29 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, lively atmosphere. Multigenerational spot. Good for a date or a family dinner, We have been here for a summer, week night dinner and for New Year’s Eve. Love it.

JN
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We took our out of town friends to have a nice meal on the water. The location and view from our table were fantastic. Two of us ordered a dozen very pricy oysters to share for an appetizer. What a disappointment, when some of the scrawniest oysters I have ever seen appeared on the plate. On the other hand, the deviled eggs were very tasty, but who serves 5 halves to two people (one of my pet peeves - who serves three to four people, five to six, four to three, etc.)?

Then we realized how little our waiter knew about the menu - he could not recommend a favorite, explain the subtleties of one dish versus another, or suggest a wine to go with our fish entrees. In fact, after I ordered a bottle, the waiter returned to confirm our order, bringing a wine list that we had not been presented with previously. Dinner was served shortly thereafter, and the manager arrived almost immediately to ask how our meals were (how would I know, without having taken a bite?). When I mentioned that we were waiting for our wine, he disappeared, never to be seen again. The fish entrees were good (Walleye quite tasty, salmon pretty good, tuna just ok), so thank goodness for the fabulous sunset and river view.

Fo a high end Zach Bruell restaurant, Alley Cat was disappointing.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a fantastic birthday dinner.

HH
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun to be along the river!

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