CLEAVER

4.7
74 Reviews
$30 and under
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 74 people are saying
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JenniferB
1 review
Dined a day ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipKimberlyM
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RobertS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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vipCarolV
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great atmosphere!

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vipBJWM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding flavorful creations by the chef. Severs were friendly and helpful. Excellent knowledge of gluten-free foods for celiac.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was very good. Menu doesn’t have a ton of variety and sadly, most everything we ordered (meatballs, burgers, fries) was mediocre. The cauliflower was by far our favorite thing - strange for a place called Cleaver - but I suppose it did have chorizo on it! The sauce on the cauliflower was excellent. My burger was dry, the bacon was like pork belly, which I don’t personally enjoy, and just not what I’d expect for a $16 burger. I paid an additional $5 for fries as everything on the menu is ‘a la carte’ and they were fine...kind of like fair fries. I would have liked a mixed drink but they were all $14-16 and I didn’t want to spend that much. Disappointing and expensive overall and we won’t be back.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks so much for this review - sorry you won't be back. We will miss you. So first, our bacon is made with pork belly - actually, all bacon is, we just cut ours really thicc cause we've found that most people love the bacon thicc and The Butcher & Grocer bacon is BOMB! Take good care - Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner and servers were super nice!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks so much, we have an AWESOME team. Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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JulieS
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience. The owner greeted us and told us about the concept and menu. He also checked on us a few times. We ordered numerous items for the table to share and everything was very good. Cocktails are great too!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thank you so much and so glad you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again soon. Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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vipRandy
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at the Cleaver and maybe a touch hard to peg, but really did enjoy our evening there. (and yes - will be back!)

If I could rate 4.5 stars, probably would but since cannot - did 4. Main reason is that menu is a touch limited to mainly meats - though there is one salmon dish on the menu. No Chicken at all, which is unusual but did see one mentioned in online menu, so might have it other times. Everything is locally sourced which is nice as well!

Our meals though were really quite good. A couple of us had the Cubano sandwich and would say it was really (really) good and if lived a bit closer, would make that an ongoing take out item! Our friend had the beef sandwich and he said it was really good as well. My wife also had the Braised Green salad and totally enjoyed that. We all had fries - which were great though the house made ketchup, while good, was not great.

Service was spot on and very friendly. As it was a beautiful evening - sat outside which was a plus. All in all and as said at top - will be back!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks for the review Randy. We are a meatcentric restaurant. As far as chicken, I'm so glad you mentioned it. Our chicken (unlike any restaurant you will eat at in Central Ohio) is 100% pastured and moved on pasture every 12 hours. The Butcher & Grocer (where we get our chicken from) orders about 7,000 chickens that are raised from May - October. The bad news is you missed our 1/2 chicken - the good news, when you come back it will also be back! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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rome
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were outstanding! Never knew this was even there! A new favorite

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

THANK YOU SO MUCH ROME!!!! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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vipBarbH
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We had good expectations going in, but none of us were wowed by our drinks or food. The menu was very limited, and only 2 steak options!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks for coming Barb and sorry we fell flat on your palate. Even though I own The Butcher & Grocer as well...we are for sure not a steak house - thus the 2 steak options! Did you see our three pork dishes though - they are quite amazing. Our menu is limited by design as we like to have nightly specials to keep it fresh. Hope to see you again. Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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vipHeatherS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger and fries I’ve had in a long time. Great service

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thank you!!! The burger is one of my favorites as well! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such welcoming staff; their enthusiasm was infectious. The libation and food menus are unique, sophisticated and voluptuous. There was pride in presentation and preparation. Felt like home. Can we bring cake? No problem. No charge. Locavore galore and much from their own gardens. World shaking food with no attitude. Glorious.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thank you!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself. Can't wait to see you again. Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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vipJuanM
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service. And I mean outstanding. The ambiance is nice. The only thing is that they have mostly high tables and that’s not ideal for a big guy like me. Otherwise, great experience! Will definitely come back

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thank you!!! As a fellow big guy, I don't like the high tops either. Most of our tables are regular height, next time you reserve, just write in the notes a regular table and we will make it happen! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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vipAmyB
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great vibe. Very fancy drinks and stellar meat. One of our diner’s said it was one of his top burgers ever.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thank you!!! So glad the burger rocked your fellow diner's world. Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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Salesguy
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Interesting menu but they just try to do too much when keeping it simple works. Cocktail menu has some out of the box options but again, some are just a little much. As a well known locally sourced butcher, you can do a lot of great options because of your meat without having to add all kinds of “fancy” things. They make their own ketchup which isn’t good. It’s like A1 with sugar added. Hard to enjoy the burger or their fries without good ketchup. Service was awesome. They are close to having something special if they pare down their menu and keep it simple. Let the meat shine through.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks for the review. We are sorry our style didn't match up to your palate. The A1 comment stings as we share exactly zero ingredients with that nasty stuff. Anyway, thanks for recognizing our incredible staff - they are working their butts off----including the chefs in the back.

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vipPacker
Columbus
112 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Cleaver. Service was excellent throughout, from seating to exit. We appreciated Tony's visit. The smoked old fashioned was excellent. Burger and Pasta were also very good. We will return!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks so much Packer! Come back!!! Thank you!!! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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TheresaC
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside was beautiful and relaxing. The food and cocktails were delicious. Would definitely recommend, and come back again.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Theresa: Thanks for the kind words. The front porch is getting so nice with our new plants filling in. So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you, Thank you!!! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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KateC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service! Shout-out to our server Em who did a great job explaining the menu and particular ingredients of note, keeping our drinks filled without us needing to say & word, & being fun & engaging! I got the steak salad & it was really fresh & peppery with the arugula yet mellowed out with the whipped feta that was unexpectedly smooth. Very satisfying as a meal. No dessert for me this time but I hear the house-made ice-cream is killer so I’ll most certainly be back!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Emma is amazing. We have a great group I get to work with every day. So glad you enjoyed everything and we can't wait to see you again. Thank you!!! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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TheGriff
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything is amazing! The portions are perfect, not huge, if you want tons of food this is not the place, but what you get here is plenty! The staff is just amazing, really special place. We will be going again and again.

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vipLeslie
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger!

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SharonK
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my visit to Cleaver and can't wait to go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience! The Cuban sandwich, smoked old fashioned, and fries were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service as well! A true gem of a restaurant.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 22, 2021

Thanks so much. Come back!!! Tony Tanner - Co-Owner

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vipYFrank
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

5 stars for service. The manager (I think her name is Sarah)?) was amazing. She visited all of the tables while we were there to make sure everything was going well. We sat outside but it ended up pouring. After we rushed inside, she quickly rounded up her staff and created seats for all of us. Our server and our buzzer were also very kind. Definitely recommend and will be coming back soon.

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vipLuvglass
Columbus
50 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Cleaver. We all enjoyed our meals: steak salad, Cubano, collard greens with ham, and 5-step fries. Our server was very enthusiastic and told us about the business concept, quality ingredients, relationship between the restaurant and the Grocer and Butcher, etc. I wish I could remember her name to give her the credit she deserves. She was a great ambassador for Cleaver. I am sure we will go back.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thanks so much for your review and kind words. We can't wait to see you again. - Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cleaver has become my goto place when folks are in from out of town!! The food and service are always amazing!!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thanks so much. We love meeting your out of town people!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I love this place but you need to change your hours! On the door, Google maps, and this app they are not accurate.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
44 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cleaver is an all around very good restaurant. The food is excellent, as are the drinks. The wine list was short but well chosen. The staff is very friendly and attentive. It was our first time here and we found it to be very enjoyable.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you so much for the positive words and spotless rating. Can't wait to see you again., Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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PamS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio and excellent food and service!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thanks Pam!! Come back, we can't wait to see you. - Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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vipMandy
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The best roast beef sandwich I ever had! Piled high tender beef with just the right amount of cheese sauce, I will return for more.
Scotch egg was perfectly cooked with a soft center and a nice crunchy coating, delicious.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

So glad you loved the food. We can't wait to see you again. - Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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MattE
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

THANKS - Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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vipJessicaJ
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I liked how the menu is rotating but as soon as we sat down we were informed they were out of several things for the evening and it was only 615.
The food was pretty good! I would go back and try something else though! Fries were my favorite!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Sorry we were out of several things. I'm so happy though that we informed you right as soon as you sat down, we go through that during our trainings as our menu does rotate & we do our very best to not throw food away. Hopefully the pretty good food was enough to bring you back. I'd suggest a Wednesday or a Thursday as all of our produce from the farmers we use will be in the restaurant by then. DEFINETELY don't come on a Sunday. That is our Must-Go's Menu and we run out of that every week.

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Buckeye1
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a gift certificate to Cleaver and were very excited to try it. No problem getting a reservation on Father's Day which was perfect. I went with my son and husband and we all enjoyed our meals. My husband ordered the special which was a $75 porterhouse offered to us immediately upon being seated. It was good but I am not sure it was worth that price as he commented that he could have eaten two! My son got the burger and wouldn't share a bite because it was THAT good. I had pasta and it was very fresh tasting. We would go back but maybe not jump on the most expensive cut of meat.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thanks so much. This is Tony and I stopped by your table several times and suggested the steak to your husband. Sorry that 30 ounces of meat didn't satisfy your husband. I wish I would have known that when we were talking. If he was still hungry, I would have loved to see him polish off another one - I probably would have paid to see that much meat go into one human!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day at Cleaver. Sounds a cool and manly as it actually was. Everyone enjoyed their feast and I loved that they have vhino verde. Pretty uncommon wine to make available but it’s one of my favorites. Great experience and it didn’t break the bank.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

So glad you enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you again. - Tony Tanner, Co-Owner

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NoWay
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! The owner has been to our table every time we have been there and is friendly and informative. Our server was outstanding and knowledgeable and the food is creative and delicious!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you so much, we can't wait to see you again!! Sincerely, Tony

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CCinCBUS
Columbus
40 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table on the patio, so it was very quiet. Inside was a bit more noisy, but not outrageous. Our server was very helpful and never made us feel rushed. The food was spot on for flavor and the serving sizes were satisfying.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for the kind words and awesome rating. Can't wait to see you again. -- Tony Tanner

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Megan
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and food were both fantastic but what took it to the next level for us was meeting the owner. It was Sunday and the owner sat us, came over several times to check on us, and gave us a firm handshake when we left. The pride that goes into the food and the business is so apparent. We will absolutely return as soon as we can.

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

Megan, thank you so much for recognizing how much we all love the restaurant, our guests and working together. We really have the best group of people. I look forward to seeing you again. Than you, Tony Tanner, Co-Owner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch customer service and great food!

CLEAVER
Responded on July 2, 2021

THANKS!

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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 74 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.