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D.B.A.

4.4
4.4
1608 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
D.B.A. is a Fine Dining Steakhouse on the edge of downtown Akron, in the swanky Northside District. The restaurant showcases an elegant dining space, private rooms, modern bar and spacious open-air patio. Private Chefs Tables may be reserved, or treat yourself to the dazzling dinner menu, all created in partnership by Michelin Star Chef Dante Boccuzzi and Chef de Cuisine Jacob Carothers. Join us soon for an evening to remember!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (330) 375-5050

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Dante Boccuzzi

  • Catering

    DBA restaurant can provide on-site food and beverages for any occasion and party size. Our professional staff is also available for off-site catering. Carry out and delivery also available.

  • Private party facilities

    D.B.A is a premier event destination in downtown Akron. Whether celebrating with family and friends, or hosting a corporate event, our private dining spaces are are intimate and inviting. We can accommodate up to 65 people inside and 45 outside on our open-air patio. Featuring innovative seasonal cuisine, a superb wine selection, and impeccable planning and service, our sophisticated private dining experiences draws clients from around the world. Book a private dining room or the entire restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Dave Sharp: (330) 375-5050

  • Neighborhood

    Akron

  • Cross street

    Main St

  • Parking details

    Valet has been temporarily discontinued during COVID.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,608 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Hot spot

  • Akron

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  • Akron

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Restaurant has a good reputation, which led us to choose it to celebrate a special event. The restaurant is located near luxury apartments/townhomes, but there were several people loitering outside of the restaurant smoking. Inside the restaurant, the staff is friendly. The restaurant features a musical theme complete with vinyl record covers for the menu, guitar pick souvenirs, and rock and roll music playing at a moderate level continuously. The wine menu is very limited and the options available are of fairly poor quality. Our appetizers of bone marrow and shrimp tempura took ~45 minutes to an hour to come to the table. The food was okay, but not great. The iceberg salads were made incorrectly, including the unrequested addition of blue cheese, which was not included in the description on the menu. Additionally, the lettuce appeared old/brown. The entrees of seabass and steak filet were fairly middle of the road in regards to quality. Summary: you can find better for the money.
  2. DR525

    Cleveland

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    They lost a top notch server and now the service is ok. The main dining room was also too warm. Needed to turn up the A/C
  3. SamanthaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, excellent service, and the drinks were on point!
  4. Akronite

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was underwhelming, especially for the price point. The NY Strip was not well prepared and very chewy. The number of tiny fruit flies was surprisingly annoying for all at the table throughout the evening. Having only dined here once before, I was disappointed, especially since it was a client dinner I was hosting. I would have raised these issues had that not been the case. On the bright side, the service was very good and attentive.
  5. Roger

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We made reservations through OpenTable and selected special occasion "Anniversary". No one mentioned anything to us nor was there an offer of one dessert to share for the two of us. Also, the Caesar salad was not fresh, wilted greens, some had brown edges and was served with very little salad dressing. We had to request additional dressing. The amount of money spent on the evening dinner, you would have a better dinner for about the same amount of money at Flemmings or Hyde Park restaurants.
  6. ashleyk

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing every single time. We were here for a birthday celebration. The waiter was nice the food was delicious and the drinks were perfect
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar for dinner and had a great time - food and drinks were delicious. Will definitely visit again.
  8. OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was absolute perfection, starting with the kind greeting from the hostess, to our phenomenal server Greg. It simply could not have gone better. We enjoyed some of the best curated cocktails and we love everything from the shrimp tempura, to the pasta flight, to my duck breast, and we finished off our evening with a Nutella cheesecake. We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and we felt truly special. Thank you for making our evening memorable!
  9. TonyaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Dinner at DBA was everything we hoped for. We got the Porterhouse for Two, and the sides we chose (carrots, potatoes and broccoli casserole), and the sauces (peppercorn, fig demi glace and au jus) were absolutely amazing. They treated us with dessert on the house for our anniversary, and that was delicious too. Things we noted were how the view out the windows was nice and unexpected, and once it was dark, the lighting level was perfect.
  10. GMACDDS

    Cleveland

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Greg was outstanding! Personable, professional, humorous and did a great job helping us around the menu. Highly recommend DBA. Dave Sharp has done a phenomenal job making this a top notch restaurant in north east Ohio that everyone should experience!
  11. DennisG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    First time dining here. We were celebrations our anniversary. The service was great and the food was fantastic. We will return for sure.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st but definitely not the last time we will visit… everything was on point!
  13. pas2

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Always have liked DBA. Last night was disappointing. Server really tried to hurry us into ordering. Tables were available, so not trying seat more people. Food was mediocre at best. Risotto was cold, nothing was done. Did replace an order of mashed potatoes after complaining about cold first dish, but those were cold as well. Server did nothing to try to compensate or apologize. Maybe just an off night, but for price, will not hurry back.
  14. ScotBohaychyk

    Cleveland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic foo and wonderful waiter that very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed
  15. DanC

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    Booking a chef table for a 25yr anniversary carries some expectations. We requested a private room an a wine pairing 5 course discovery menu. To be fair we did enjoy the meat course especially as it was paired with a well balanced Rutherford Ranch Cabernet. Prior to that we had the scallops and mussels which was fine and the mushroom risotto which had good flavors despite the unimaginative presentation. I guess we were 1st very disappointed with the setting having a table facing the reservation desk and windows facing the customers coming to the restaurant. Not private at all nor romantic for the event. Actually the restaurant was very loud. Over the years we have experienced many discovery chef menus around the globe and have always enjoyed the chefs creativity and been surprised in a good way with the wine pairings. Here at DBA our 1st course was an iceberg lettuce wedge paired with a low quality Italian sweet bubbly. To the exception of the red wine sample 3 of the wines pairing were wines that had an overwhelming unnatural sugar content unbecoming of this dinner. The biggest disappointment was the oversweet unfavored desert paired with an oversweet Italian wine. Honestly we do not take well to see plates pictured on the website that are not even close to what we received at the restaurant. But this was our anniversary so I opted not to engage with my discontent.
  16. Amanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and even better food. Our waters were never empty and everything came out timely. Not to mention the kind staff and great music.
  17. Allens

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Don't be put off by the flaws in the dining area, they in no way affect the quality of the food. These folks know how to cook food perfectly and the excellent taste of basically everything will bring you back for more.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been wanting to try and was not disappointed. Food was delicious, drinks were great and our Server John was attentive and very knowledgeable. Will be going again for sure.
  19. Amanda

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and service exceeded our expeditions and we had a wonderful time
  20. CandiceJ

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    I got the scallops with mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, and lemon butter sauce. The mashed potatoes were good, the portion size of the sprouts were disappointing. My scallops were a little over cooked and needed more flavor. The calamari and shrimp appetizer portion was disappointing but tasty. My boyfriend had the strip and it was absolutely delicious and flavorful.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Salmon excellent! Service excellent!
  22. Amber

    Cleveland

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always delicious. I had the green spaghetti. It was very rich. The shrimp in it was fantastic.
  23. LisaK

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The minute you walk in, the smell of the food, people enjoying their meals, laughing and having a great time is what I noticed here. The food is amazing and the best service around. Love this restaurant ❤️
  24. AkronEats

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    We had a reservation for a party of 6. Food Review: Of the 6 of us, 3 ordered steaks. All were noticably overcooked. 2 did not mention it to the waitress, but did point it out to the rest of us at the table. 1 of us (who cooked steaks for a living for a decade) immediately gave his plate back to the waitress after cutting into it, politely asked for a new steak, prepared medium-rare as originally requested. We originally planned to all wait until his plate was back to eat (we were actually there celebrating his birthday), however all of dinners were getting cold... It took nearly 25 minutes for the waitress to come back with a new steak, which of course should have been the cook's priority, and ready in 10 minutes or less. By the time his plate arrived, everyone else was done eating. It was cooked correctly the second time. My dinner was the monkfish, which was a little tough. My plate was very hot when it was served so I assume it sat under a heating lamp after it was cooked. Ambiance: Possibly because we reserved for a party of 6 (3 couples), there may have been limited seating options to accommodate us? However, I chose the restaurant for what I hoped would be both high food quality and a unique ambiance. Instead, were seated near the door, surrounded on two sides by windows, at a table completely separate from the rest of the restaurant. I suppose it was nice to not be overheard in conversation by diners nearby, however there was really no ambiance or character. There was no way of adjusting the light coming through the window and one guest at the table had direct sunlight in their face throughout the evening. Service: The waitress was pleasant and attentive, no issue there. I was in good company which made for a great evening regardless but I would be reluctant to return to DBA due to the lackluster atmosphere and disappointing food preparation. We spent approx $600 on food & drinks that would have been better prepared at home or at a chain steakhouse.
  25. JoeM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always a favorite of ours. Great environment and the food is unbelievable, something for everybody and for whatever mood you’re in. All the staff we’ve encountered are excellent…timely and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. DBA rocks!
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband started with the shrimp cocktail. He proclaims it as the best he has ever had. The cocktail sauce was incredible. I shared the charcuterie and burrata with our friends. Both were very good. The luxardo cherries in the board were a welcome sight. So delicious. The burrata with Brussels was one of the best appetizers I’ve ever had. For dinner, our friends had the 44oz steak. I stole a bit of their bone marrow. It tasted just like the organic, farm-raised beef my local farmer provides us back home (which is a huge compliment). I had the linguini carbonara with the poached egg. Also delectable. We were hoping to slide over to the speakeasy but it was slammed. The bartender fetched us drinks from there as we sat at DBA’s bar and sampled the tiramisu and Nutella pie. While the food was beyond measure, it was Ben our waiter who made our evening perfect. So kind, so personable, so helpful. The bar staff was also wonderful. When I come to town again, I hope to return to this restaurant. It really was one of the best dining experiences I have had in many years. Thank you, Ben. You really made for a wonderful experience.
  27. Alesha

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I visited from out of town and had an amazing experience! The valet was cheap and even came to our table in the restaurant after we paid the bill to return our keys. Our waitress (Sarah Mercedes) was AMAZING- request her if you go. She was knowledgeable and attentive and made our dining experience unforgettable. The food was amazing-we had the mussels for an appetizer, a delmonico ribeye and duck breast for entrees, truffle fries and duck fat fingerling potatoes for side-dishes, and the mousse and oreo nutella pie for dessert. Our alcoholic drinks were well balanced. It was more than affordable for the quality of food. The menus and atmosphere was beyond unique where fine dining meets rock and roll. The menus are actual vinyls and there are music quotes on the walls. The seating is comfortable and the view is great! We will definitely return in the future!
  28. Gary

    Cleveland

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great evening at DBA. Food and service was great. Ben, our server, was perfect. Ended the evening with cigars and Lagavulin by the fire pit. Thanks DBA !
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Would visit more often if the prices were more reasonable
  30. Monica312

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a special occasion! We celebrated my birthday there, and nearly everyone around us was also celebrating a birthday. It was a lovely night out.
  31. MichelleD

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The entrees and specials were AWESOME. We were not impressed with our salads, ordered a Caesar and the beet salad (which was mesclun with 4 slices of beets).
  32. jlwjeb

    New Orleans

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    You go to a restaurant, first, for food; and the quality of the food at dba was absolutely top of the line. I had perhaps the best mussel appetizer I have ever had - the sauce was superb. The main course of Icelandic cod was also superior. Service was also excellent. I cannot wait to go back.
  33. bobt

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Our servers name was Ben, he did a great job!! The monk fish was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. The pork belly appetizer was out of this world.
  34. NikkiC

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was, hands down, the best NYStrip I have ever had.
  35. TomB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks & service were great! Sarah, our waitress was amazing! We will definitely be back. Thanks!
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful steak scallops and pork chop
  37. EricP

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Every dish was near perfect. Service was impeccable.
  38. Gogoe

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Service was very nice and the food was wonderful. Had to wait a while for the food but it was extremely busy so to be understood. The noise was a little louder than usual but again probably because of how busy it was. Overall a great time.
  39. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Just an overall terrible experience the food was awful bad service
  40. HeatherW

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food always great and service excellent. John, our waiter is always perfect and enjoying talking to him.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from D.B.A. using the Order Online button. D.B.A. also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (330) 375-5050.

D.B.A. is rated 4.4 stars by 1608 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for D.B.A.

21 Furnace Street, Akron, OH 44308

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main St

  • Neighborhood

    Akron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet has been temporarily discontinued during COVID.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dante Boccuzzi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (330) 375-5050

  • Catering

    DBA restaurant can provide on-site food and beverages for any occasion and party size. Our professional staff is also available for off-site catering. Carry out and delivery also available.

  • Private party facilities

    D.B.A is a premier event destination in downtown Akron. Whether celebrating with family and friends, or hosting a corporate event, our private dining spaces are are intimate and inviting. We can accommodate up to 65 people inside and 45 outside on our open-air patio. Featuring innovative seasonal cuisine, a superb wine selection, and impeccable planning and service, our sophisticated private dining experiences draws clients from around the world. Book a private dining room or the entire restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Dave Sharp: (330) 375-5050

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