Cowell & Hubbard

4.5
3013 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Contemporary French cuisine with World Fusion influences.Located in the Theatre District at Playhouse Square. Enjoy dinner before the shows! The Broadway Show Rent is on stage now at the Connor Palace till March 25th!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Asian, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Monday-Closed
Tuesday- Thursday 4pm-9pm
Friday & Saturday 4pm- 11pm
Sunday- Closed (Temporarily)

Hours vary since they are based on Theatre, so please feel free to call if you have any concerns about our hours of operation
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Phone number
(216) 479-0555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Zack Bruell
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Cross street
13th and Euclid
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Parking details
There is valet parking available as well as street and lot parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3013 People Are Saying
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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Family Christmas Dinner

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MC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Food and service excellent. Love wine and cocktail menu.

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AM
Cleveland
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We had not been here for a couple of years based on past experience, but had a gift certificate we could only use at this restaurant. Next time we will pitch the certificate rather than going here. The food is atrocious for the price. We have eaten at all the Zack Bruell restaurants and they have been going DOWN HILL FAST. It appears the kitchen tries to take inferior cuts of meat and turn them into something edible, and it is not working. We asked our server to give us 15 minutes to enjoy a glass of wine before we ordered; he was back in 6 minutes. We asked for him to bring us a glass of ice since we like to chill our white wine by putting a little ice in it; he said yes and never brought it, even though he mentioned he would on the second visit after we had asked for it. My wife asked for HOT coffee; he brought her luke warm coffee that she had to return. If this place was anywhere except Playhouse Square, no one would eat there.

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PS
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time dining at Cowell & Hubbard, when we walked in there was a bit of a backup at the hostess stand, but we were greeted by a friendly face & seated fairly quickly even though we were late for our reservation. The table was VERY small, but our amazing waitress provided such excellent service the table was only a passing thought. Nice wine selection, varied menu items, and specials. The vegan pizza was the high point of the food we ordered, so delicious! My grilled Mahi entree was excellent, but the burger my friend ordered was under-cooked and when she sent it back it appeared they had just put the entire plate in a microwave, the burger was returned VERY dry and the french fries were now soggy and overcooked. We did not have time for dessert because we were attending a show at Playhouse Square, but will definitely be returning to try more of the food.

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F
Cleveland
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Sensitive to theatre times but you don't feel rushed.
Had rutabaga with gouda soup, sounds awful but it wasn't, creamy and cheesy with no bitterness of the vegetable. Tried the spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, also very nice. My table mates had beef shoulder and pizza, all good.

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MJ
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shout out to Jose - our awesome server. Super enthusiastic, friendly, helpful with food choices, and mindful of our show time.

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D
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

High energy on a Saturday evening, great menu selections and very good specials. We will go back in the future.
Staff was very accommodating and attentive to our needs.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience & the service was wonderful & the food was fabulous!!
Will most certainly be back.

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DS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal and service.

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IV
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but not excellent, The service and ambiance was very good.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable dinner prior to the show in Playhouse Square!

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TC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Cowell and Hubbard was a great restaurant to go to before our show at Playhouse Square. They were mindful of the time so we were able to leave before our show and get there in plenty of time, and the food, which was brought out promptly, was delicious. I highly recommend the pizzas that they have to offer. This was overall a great experience and a great restaurant to start off a date night, concluding with a show at Playhouse Square.

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great pre-theater restaurant. Offered nice and chef level menu. Will go again.

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

The tomato soup is Delicious! So close to the theater, very convenient. My daughter loved her pizza and her friend loved her burger

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A
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Good service but very loud.

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

Service was attentive but not overwhelming. Food appeared with lightning speed and tasted delicious. Would definitely come again to try more menu options.

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

Quality ingredients, nice presentation. Got the blackened salmon, rather bland. Wish I ordered a different dish. My taste buds wanted more.

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

I was a little disappointed, it was my girlfriend's birthday, I put that in the reservation but they do not do anything as a surprise for that, I would say that would be my only disappointment.

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K
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here several times, and they always find ways to surprise us. This time they started us off with complimentary prosecco - what a treat! We loved every minute of our dining experience and will obviously be back!

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BN
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was very good and its very convenient before seeing something at Playhouse. But the feel is a little odd and leaves something to be desired. You are right on top of other peoples/tables and the space you have is a bit tight.

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DW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never had a bad meal at a Zack Bruell restaurant, and my first visit here was no exception. We were dining before the theater and on a tight time schedule. The server was tuned to our needs, and the food was great. We ordered some small plates to share including the Pork Stack and Crispy Chicken Livers which were both delicious.

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E
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On line we were'nt very excited about the menu. After we finally made reservations, we now know that was a mistake. The food was really good and the service by Duncan was greatly appreciated, especially his suggestion to try one of the House specialty drinks. Both of our fish dinners were excellent. It's also quite convenient to the theaters at Playhouse Square. Valet parking is available and you don't need to fight the crowds to get your car back after the show. We enjoy the other Chef Bruells places and we will make sure we stop back to C&H.

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J
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and wine were tasty and very well made, but there is a high location mark up on the food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meal and service were great. Great location next to the theaters. Was a little noisy where we were seated. Food was fantastic.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Front of desk receptionist needs to be more efficient. Also, the server assistant needs some training...she shouldn’t have handed a fist full of forks for us to grab out of her hands after dessert came out.

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OT
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post-Theatre dining. Great food, great service.

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TL
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit, but certainly not my last. The food, the service and the staff were great! It was very busy because we went before a concert @ Playhouse,but everything was timely. From our starting drinks to receiving our check. Kudos

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DN
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

When I review restaurants I look at it as a value proposition. If I were to compare this restaurants to other higher end restaurants in its class, I would say it was not up to par and there are many others that I would choose over this one. This one is close to playhouse, which has a huge inherent convenience factor, but other than that not sure I would return. One dinner (beef shoulder) was good, but the other (strip steak) was really bad. I served at a steakhouse for ~4 years so have an in depth understanding of the different characteristics and cuts of meat; thus, understand that this should not be as tender as a filet. This steak was like chewing on a tire, or at least that's what I would imagine what it would be like to chew on a tire. We didn't have time for a dessert so opted for Irish coffee instead; we basically received coffee with a shot of whiskey. Nothing wrong with that and I was okay with it, but we could have went to the Irish pub next door and paid half the price for it. It's all relative to the standards you're trying to uphold and the class of restaurant that you want to be in. If I was to compare this to a lower or mid-tier restaurant, then it would probably be considered very good....I would never compare the Patriots to the Browns to determine how good they are, so probably doesn't make sense to compare C&W to Applebees.

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J
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wine selection. They know how to get you ina don out based on the theatre schedule. First time there - it won’t be the last.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty entrees, speedy polite service and geographically ideal to the theatre!

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g
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servers have been excellent - knowledgeable, friendly, efficient. Food is excellent and comes to the table at the right temperature and quicker than most restaurants. Great location for pre/post theatre.

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JV
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

One of my dining companions ordered a medium-well steak and it came medium rare, the chicken livers were overcooked (but the taste of the salad was excellent), and we had too wait for an extremely long time to get the check. The wine, marrtini, and the Braised Lamb Shoulder was as good as it gets.

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H
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is good enough but if you are going before the theater, you need to give yourself plenty of time. We arrived at 5:30, informed our waiter of our theater tickets and were racing out the door at 7:10 for our 7:30 show. We were waiting for our check for a long time and when we thought the waiter was finally coming with our check, she had dessert menus instead!

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Everything was great as

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MM
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The winter menu is fantastic and I loved the selection of cocktails. Make sure you save room for dessert as the PB&J crème brulee is to die for. Can't wait to return!

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C
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was outstanding and made the evening fun!

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d
Detroit
35 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We scheduled an early dinner before a show downtown. The staff was prompt and courteous, and specifically addressed the need to be finished with our meal in time for the play. Our waiter was pleasant but seemed a bit unprepared to discuss the dishes in any detail. The food was good but not outstanding. Specifically, the duck was served in a large bowl with vegetables and thai sauce underneath. The presentation was a bit jumbled, and the flavors didn't meld that well. Overall we enjoyed our visit but probably will try someplace else next time.

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F
Cleveland
50 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tried something different tonight. Chicken tamale. It was OK, tasted like a tamale, nothing special, presentation was very nice. Tomato bisque with slivers of parmesan cheese was delicious. Glad to see beef shoulder back, is always delicious.

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NM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinners were delicious. How server, Karen, was terrific. The kitchen split a dish for us which was thoughtful. There was a little mix up with the splitting the bill but the manager fixed the problem quickly. We made it to the theater in time!

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TB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my second time at this restaurant; both times, the service was wonderful. Our server made suggestions on what to order and everything was served quickly. The pasta special was really good; it had a little too much butter sauce for my liking, and I mentioned that to our server, who took the information to the chef. We noticed the table next to us ordered the same thing and were pleased to see that their order was not swimming in butter - which meant to me that the chef took our comments seriously. Overall, the food and service was great; looking forward to going back the next time I'm downtown to see a performance at Playhouse Square.

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