Cowell & Hubbard

4.4
2890 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined 11 hours ago

Our waitress was lovely but the food was overly salty!

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5.0Dined 11 hours ago

Lovely dinner celebrating our 31st anniversary before the theatre. Jessica was very helpful and a wonderful server. You have to try the PBJ creme brulee. Loved the personal add on from the manager.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Our waiter was fantastic food was very good and got us in and out perfect timing for the show would highly reccomend if going to playhouse plays before or after dinner

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We were there on a Sun. It appeared the second string was running the restaurant. Waiter seemed newcat the job; pleasant but not very efficient. One meal of scallops and ramen was tasteless. Trout was excellent. Burger was ok.

I think Zach would be disappointed if he had sat down for this meal.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service, perfect location for Theater goers and the food was outstanding. Had a very nice wine list and great cocktail selection. We were seated quickly on a crowded weekend night and quickly ordered up a couple of nice bourbons. They had many different small plates or tapas to order from. There was everything from comfort food like wings to mussels and clams. They fried chicken livers were outstanding. Seriously ... give them a try. There was plenty of options on the Entree menu. They also offer a vegan and vegetarian options. Our orders came out quickly and they were delicious and extremely tasty. We split a couple more apps and a salad and topped off the dinner with some Meringue and salted caramel ice cream. The whole evening cost us under $100 with tip and we had a excellent time. I'd go back anytime. Please don't hesitate to stop in. I highly recommend making reservations as the place can get crowded quickly depending on the theater schedule.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

everything was good
good presented as good as it tasted
service with jacob was excellent

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was good but very little privacy. Very noisy with kitchen being out in the open

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Either sitting at the bar or table service, all the same great service. I have always found this restaurant to be consistently super and very much a value for higher end dinning options. Equally I like their square table configuration for groups of six. I find the menu to have diverse dinning options not found on many other menus.

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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Cowell & Hubbard is either resting (rather uncomfortably) on its laurels or else it's unable to meet the temporarily increased demand created by the musical "Hamilton", showing down the street. Our meal did not meet our expectations--we have dined at this restaurant several times before and enjoyed choices from the wine list while dipping our delicious bread into Bruell's great olive oil before moving on to interesting and innovative starters and entrees. However, this time, there was a plate for it, but no olive oil. Perhaps they have decided to stop this, we thought, but never mind, onward to the small plates... Then my butternut squash salad arrived. I hunted high and low for the butternut squash and eventually mentioned this to the server. He pointed at the zucchini slices and told me that was it. I asked him to check with the kitchen and he came back with a plate of raw butternut squash matchsticks. (Turns out there were two matchsticks already on my plate hiding under a lettuce leaf. Found them as soon as I knew what to look for.) My husband's mussels and fries were good. My goat cheese gnudi were tasty but their texture was like little rubber bullets. We ordered a second glass of wine. I reminded our server about it after 10 minutes and he delivered my husband's red. "Oh...did you want one too?" I was asked. Then they cleared my husband's plate while I was still eating. All in all, disappointingly unprofessional service and less-than-stellar food. Even so, C&W is still the best option for pre-theater food around Playhouse Square, as there's not a lot of choice.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good food, priced right. No problem getting out in time for our theater performance. In fact, food probably came out a little too fast. Convenient location for the Playhouse District.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The two chicken breast dinners wee excellent both with the green beans and with Swiss Chard. The flourless chocolate torte was prepared differently than in the past with some small pieces of fruit included in the torte. The server did a good job and his help was also attentive with bread and water. We got to the theater in plenty of time, as planned.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have yet to be disappointed. Again on this visit the food and service was excellent and timed perfectly to get us out and to the show on time.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was everything I hoped it would be. Close to the theater, great food, fun selections and creative combinations, had us done in time for the play, perfect pricing.And the best chocolate flourless cake I have ever had. I will definitely be returning.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We went here for dinner before seeing Hamilton. Service was great, friendly, timely, food was good, atmosphere was great!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We came for dinner before Hamilton and it was delicious! Service was fast and everyone was so kind. We loved our dinners. I definitely recommend the duck!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Recently had dinner for four prior to seeing Hamilton, which was our first visit to C&H. Turned out to be an exceptional dining experience, with food and service exceeding our expectations. I'm not sure I've ever experienced such attentive service - not intrusive, but perfectly timed for our theater deadline. The food was exceptional, from beginning to end. Loved the vibe of the restaurant and the overall ambience. Will be visiting again.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Excellent service, friendly server, good atmosphere. Unfortunately, food was not up to par. My beef bourgononne was over cooked to friable strings of meat, sitting in a watery broth. I encountered this phenomenon here before, in an over cooked lamb shank.....more texture and flavor, please!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

I am on a medically supervised diet and they were very accommodating. It was greatly appreciated!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Delicious, as always. Service, however, was somewhat disjointed. Seemed as though we had to find someone else for each service: water, bread, dipping oil, pepper, etc.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

A great place to go before catching a show in Playhouse Square. Easy walk to parking and theaters, the food and drinks are higher priced but everything was excellent!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

My food wasn’t good but those with me enjoyed their meals.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was below average and overpriced for what it was. We tried salads and several appetizers all of which were sub-standard compared to other Zack Burrell restaurants. This was like a cheap chain-like version of a Zack Burrell restaurant. Wine selection was good, but with the disappointing food it didn’t salvage the night.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We were the only table not going to see Hamilton, so the place cleared out and we had the restaurant to ourselves. The manager came over and chatted with us. Food was great.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent choice to eat before the shows at Playhouse Square but get there early because it fills up fast. We both had the special entrees for the evening - The Pasta Du Jour which consisted of Ramen noodles with mussels and fish, an excellent choice. My wife had the fish special which were delicious scallops, another smart choice. We split the Brussel Sprout Salad, which was plenty for both of us . Our excellent server was Jose - efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly with sense of humor. Definitely a keeper restaurant and will return for sure.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was just OK, not a place that I would say "I can't wait to go eat there again". After we ordered our entree and they brought us bread and oil, and as soon as they left the bread another group of waiters brought us our meals. Was too fast in my opinion. Did not even have a chance to have a slice of bread before hand. Felt rushed.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Food was very good, however, our server seemed a bit disorganized. He did not tell us the specials until after we placed our order. And our wine did not arrive until we were nearly finished with dinner so we refused it. Both the appetizer and the entrees were very good. Would definitely recommend to friends and likely to dine there again.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food. Great service. We stopped here before the theater and I would definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

From being greeted by the hostess to paying my bill, everything was outstanding. Service and food were the highest quality possible.

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3.0Dined on August 3, 2018

The service was not great. The server couldn't look us in the eye and was very wishy washy and would pop back over with another special. The best thing we had were the wagyu beef meatballs. The pizza and scallops were just ok. Felt we spent a lot of money and we were both unsatisfied.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great food. Great service. They took special care of us when they heard it was a 21st birthday celebration. And they got us out on time for the theater. Highly recommend!

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2.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Food and service average. Not up to Bruell’s other restaurants. Would not survive if not next to theaters.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

First time at Cowell & Hubbard, dining before seeing Hamilton at Playhouse Square. Servers were very attentive and pleasant, making sure we were served quickly so we made showtime. Food was very good. My friend and I split two dinners because they both sounded good. The special scallops & vegetables was underwhelming, while the quinoa crusted trout was out of this world wonderful! We chose to share a merangue and salted caramel ice cream dessert, which was so delicious I wanted to lick the plate afterward! The coffee was just right also.
A wonderful experience. We will definitely return as the new Playhouse season begins.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Ian is an outstanding waiter and we love our experience at Cowell & Hubbard for our pre theater dining! Your salmon entree is amazing!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Had dinner here before a play. A friend had recommended we try it since it was so close to the theater. For dinner we ordered the scallops, which were the special, and they were the best we’ve ever had. For dessert we had the flourless chocolate cake which was delicious.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

As with many others, we came before a show. The server was attentive to our time but didn't rush us. Everything we had was fabulous. Everyone in our party ordered differently -- one person just had an appetizer and salad, another only an entree, etc. Our orders came out as requested and all was hot and delicious. It was my first time there but I'll definitely return -- likely with out-of-town guests.

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We always have a very good meal at cowell and hubbard which is why we keep coming back frequently.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We ate here prior to seeing Hamilton. 6 of us had wonderful meals all around. Our service was expedient and very friendly. We did have a private room which made the noise level much better than the main dining room. But we would all definitely go back!

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We've dined here many times. This visit was not great, but also an outlier. The combination of beef and Canadian bacon in the one dish created a flavor conflict, and the port we had to end the meal was poured from the bottom of the bottle so it was full of sediment. To their credit, they didn't charge for the port. As I said, an outlier experience. Generally a reliably good restaurant, in a nice space and a great location for the theatre district.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Chose C&H because of location...just doors from Playhouse Square. Our server asked if we had theater tickets, which we appreciated. Must have been his (maybe) 3rd day. Seemed thrown by questions seeking details on particular dishes. Thankfully, overheard server from next table with her explanations and suggestions. Do not feel I made the best choices but would try them again.

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