CLEAVER

4.7
111 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Ohio meat-centric restaurant in Grandview Heights, Ohio. We are open for dine-in and takeout.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 111 people are saying
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vipMichaelG
Columbus
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and enjoyed the experience. Kitchen closes at 8p on weeknights which is a bit earlier than we'd hoped.

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OxfordTownie
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Cleaver and it will become part of our regular dining out rotation.

The service was very timely which is uncommon given the restaurant worker shortages. Although our first server seemed new, the two problems with our order were fixed very quickly. A second server took over our table halfway through dinner and he was great. The very nice owner also spent time at our table and seemed to check on all of the other guests.

We eat out frequently at restaurants with patios and Cleaver has one of the most best patios at this price point. The seating area was very pleasant and the neighborhood is very quiet. They also had heaters which will be useful when the weather gets colder.

Our family was generally very happy with our food. The kids particularly enjoyed the mortadella and aged cheddar on the charcuterie board. I ordered the tartare which was superb. My son thought his beef and cheddar was much better than Arby’s which is high praise from a boy whose favorite fast food is Arby’s beef n cheddar. My wife and I had the Cubano and pork collar entree which were both tasty (although we will probably order something different next time). The only complaint was from my daughter who did not not like her meatballs. I tasted them and although I thought that they were good, there seemed to be spices in them not typical of Italian meatballs.

The selection of wines by the glass was small, but we were very happy with our glasses which were very good and reasonably priced. There was also a wide whiskey selection that was priced below most restaurants. I’ll come back sometime just to have drinks.

Overall, this patio dining experience was a solid “A” and as good as you can expect during this crazy time we are living in. We will definitely be back.

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vipOpal
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, great cocktails, wonderful ambience, super good service = a favorite restaurant!

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KeithB
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal
Wife and I shared the featured Steak Special with the leaf salad and Shagbark Hush Puppies.
Steak was absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared.
Salad was simple and delicious.Hush Puppies were good but not really Southern Style
Wife had the Salted Peanut Butter ice cream from Jenie’s
She thought it was divine. Not a big peanut butter fan so I will defer to her.
We will be back

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Meredith
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and server (who provided me with excellent recommendations) were amazing. Will definitely return. Hopefully will get the same server :)

CLEAVER
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to having you back in. Thank you so much. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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vipSueR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service great . Foot great . Loved the store next dooe

CLEAVER
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you so much. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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PB0909
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Very slow service on a Wednesday night with only 1/4 tables full.

CLEAVER
Responded on October 4, 2021

I apologize for the slow service, we are still dealing with not being fully staffed. I checked your seating time and it appears we were able to get you in and out of the restaurant in 56 minutes....we are definitely not a fast food type of place. Thanks.

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MichaelO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal was fantastic. Perfect blend of heat and sweetness and acidity on everything. The smoked cauliflower was particularly good.

The owner waited on me and was friendly and helpful. A terrific experience.

CLEAVER
Responded on October 4, 2021

I appreciate the kind words and your taking the time to write this review. I hope to see you again soon. Thank you so much. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service

CLEAVER
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you so much. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience! Food was great along with the service. Interesting cocktails mostly whiskey based. Vibe was very chill. We sat inside but the patio looked lovely. We will definitely go again.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you for coming in and for the very kind words. I hope to see you soon. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Expected a higher level of food.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks for coming in. Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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Bogdanovich
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great fresh food, deliciously prepared. Good cocktails too.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank for the review and for coming in. I hope to you make it back soon. Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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JennyB
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anna served the 12 of us and was outstanding! Talk about hospitality…she made sure we had everything and when we asked for items, she did it with a genuine smile. My out of state (TEXAS) friends absolutely loved the food! Explosive flavors and the drinks…well you’ll have to see for yourself. :)

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you so much for the review. Anna does an amazing job, I'm glad the Texans enjoyed everything. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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ConnorW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. On the expensive side but we’ll worth the price.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

I'm glad everything was to your liking. Come back again soon. Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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LindseyN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large family dinner on the outside patio of CLEAVER & had the BEST experience. The hummus appetizer was the best hummus I have ever had. I tried a bite of the pork jowl and it was my favorite thing I tried on the menu but also loved the steak, pork chop & burger. Everything was soooo good. The fries were also a yummy side to add on. I wish I took more photos to share. The patio was quiet and relaxing with hanging lights over head for the perfect ambience.

My family traveled in from all over (OH, TX, GA, CO & FL) and all agreed it was one of the best meals and by far the best customer service we have ever had. From the start, I called to change the number of people due to flight delays multiple times. The host and hostess were always so accommodating and helpful. They never seemed annoyed (when they should have been) with my many changes!! Then @ the restaurant, the owner came out and introduced himself. He told us where each of their meats and produce come from. It is all locally sourced. He was so personable & you could tell he cared about each of his customers. Lastly, some of our other family wanted to join us late (restaurant was about to close). The owner went to tell the kitchen to stay open for us - that is unheard of!!!! The owner, servers & hosts went above and beyond to make our experience enjoyable and I cannot rave about how much we loved everything about this restaurant.

CLEAVER
Responded on October 4, 2021

Lindsey: Thanks for the kind words and for the appreciation for what we do. I hope the wedding went great. Please come back Thank you so much. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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ThomasH
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A unique, whimsical place with the best food drawn from their own butcher shop a couple doors down. The atmosphere is relaxed, the people are knowledgable and friendly, and the cocktails are especially good.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks so much Thomas. I hope you make it in again very soon and, please, stop in and say hi at The Butcher & Grocer. - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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betsy11
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sat outside and speaker was right over our heads, but hostess kindly turned it off. Corbin was fab as were everyone’s meals.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thanks for coming in. Corban does and amazing job. Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation and we’re seated inside however it was very nice outside so the staff was able to seat us on the patio. Our waiter was extremely quick and attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. The food and drinks were delicious and it was overall a great experience.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 9, 2021

I'm so pleased you enjoyed everything and we were able to provide a great experience for you. Thanks for coming in! See you soon!! -Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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Marie
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food! It was so impressive how knowledgeable our server was about the menu and bar drinks. Everything was timed perfectly and we never waited for anything. The food was fantastic!! Try the burger and the beef sandwich! I will be back for a steak next time!

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Such a wonderful review. I truly appreciate you coming in and I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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vipMikeS
Columbus
73 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The appetizers were better than the meal.
Loved the
Mussels were fantastic and we all loved the panzanella. But wished it as bigger.
Drinks were a bit underwhelming and overpriced.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thanks for coning in and I hope you will try us again sometime. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Good food, good service, good atmosphere

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I'm so happy you enjoyed yourself. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun dinner! Great food - owner came to talk to diners. Great service.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I'm glad I got to meet you. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in on a Saturday night. The atmosphere and ambiance is very welcoming. The staff was very friendly and helpful, but the food and meat quality is what you should come for. Amazing, fresh, flavorful meat, everything we had was spectacular!

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I appreciate you taking the time to make the review and that you could taste the difference. I hope to see you gain soon. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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vipLeslie
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The burger is one of my favorites but I tried the cubano sandwich and it was equally great!

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed both sandwiches. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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vipEric
Columbus
61 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! Our ribeye steak was wonderful -- one of the best we've ever had! We also had some black sesame ice cream, something we've never before heard of, and it was amazingly good. The sesame flavor was both interesting and incredibly good. We'll definitely be back.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thanks Eric. It was great seeing you and I can't wait for you two to come back. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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AlanaG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After passing CLEAVER several times, I finally decided that it was time to give it a try. I am so glad I did. The food and service exceeded my expectations. The owner and staff create a wonderfully relaxing environment that is great for socializing with friends. I plan on visiting regularly.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I'm glad we were able to get you in after passing by. It was great meeting you and I look forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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REDmeat
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

PLEASEdo not overcook your hamburgers! You make a big deal out of how good your beef is, then overcook it. I think it has potential, but brown meat tastes like brown cardboard. I want some pink. I was never asked how I wanted my burger cooked. I could not detect any flavor from the cheese. I love a good, sharp cheddar.
Kielbasa was too peppery for me, though I am a wimp.
Service was on the slow side, but not too bad.
Maybe it was a bit loud, but it wasn’t bad.
I would like to give it another try

CLEAVER
Responded on August 14, 2021

Thanks for the five stars! I'm sorry your burger wasn't prepared to your standard. We typically shoot for mid-rare, but if we ever miss the mark, we are more than happy to re-make it. Again, sorry for not hitting the mark for you. Thanks so much. -Tony Tanner, Co-Owner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

took my reservation on Opentable for brunch with family and friends, showed up and the restaurant was closed.

CLEAVER
Responded on August 14, 2021

What day was your reservation. Since you made this review anonymously, I can't tell what day you were supposed to come in. We are open everyday but Monday. Our opening hours are different depending on the day so I want to make sure OpenTable didn't make a mistake. Can you please contact me: To y Tanner, 614-296-1283

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vipVanessaA
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceed my expectation, everything was amazing!! Can’t wait to go back

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The food is incredible and the service was great. It’s a true family atmosphere with the staff. The owners were on site, present and personable throughout the evening. I’ll definitely be back.

CLEAVER
Responded on August 14, 2021

Thank you so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself. We can't wait to see you again. Thanks! -Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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Angiej
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The burger and roast beef sandwich were really good (the cheese sauce makes it!!) I didn’t care for the scotch egg, but I’m not a huge fan of them anyways. The fries were good, although not outstanding. I want to try the steak salad next time-it sounded unique and tasty!

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed your sandwiches. Can't wait to see you again. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

incredible food, drinks, and staff. my new favorite restaurant in grandview.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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EricT614
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of amazing!!!!! Pretty much the best restaurant in columbus! And hands down the best burger on earth - not even In and Out burger comes close

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Your kind words are so kind. I'm glad you enjoyed the burger. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Staff was great. Quality of food was fine but the overall taste wasn’t very universally liked. We ordered several dishes and I felt like I was eating cigarettes with the smoked taste. I do like Smokey flavors but I wasn’t enjoying their style. The music was too loud for the time of day and the water glasses had a fishy smell from their dishwasher. No children’s menu made it impossible to order for the children. Overall it was a decent experience but we wouldn’t likely go back.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to write this. I'm not sure what you ordered, but the only item with smoked meat is our Cubano - not sure about the smell of the water - that is a first for us and we do have two items for kids - a burger with fries and a grilled cheese with fries. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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BrookeS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff and the BEST food! One of few places that really supports local farms.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I'm so happy you brought up our Ohio farmers - they are the ones who don't get nearly the credit they deserve. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing place to have a meal. Inside or out, the staff and food are AMAZING!!!

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viptyke8922
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

first time there i will go back. food is good service is very good

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I can't wait to have you back in the restaurant. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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vipKimberlyM
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here and it was amazing!
Our waitress was amazing and the food delicious!

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

We have a great group of people working here. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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RobertS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very meat centric place. Only pined for a few more vegetables to ride shotgun with some of those choices (say the steak), but highly recommended. Cannot wait to go back.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

Look forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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vipPatrickE
Las Vegas
43 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and fresh! We are always recommending this place to friends.

CLEAVER
Responded on September 2, 2021

I appreciate the kind words and your future recommendations to friends. Thank you so much - Tony Tanner, Managing Partner

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from CLEAVER using the Order Online button. CLEAVER also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 914-8057.

CLEAVER is rated 4.7 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.