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D.B.A.

4.8
4.8
1460 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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Booked 14 times today

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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Menu

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What 1,460 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Notable Wine List

  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    American

  • Akron

    Best Overall

  • Akron

    Best Food

  • Akron

    Best Service

  • Akron

    Best Ambiance

  • Akron

    Best Value

  • Akron

    Fit for Foodies

  • Akron

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Akron

    Notable Wine List

  • Akron

    Romantic

  • Akron

    Special Occasion

  • Akron

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SB

    SherylB

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    35th Anniversary!! Our waiter, Chuck, was awesome.

  2. MS

    MelindaS

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Always memorable dining experiences kept us eagerly returning. Unfortunately, this was our first non 5-star visit, and for a celebratory occasion. The birthday girl was not disappointed with her favorite meal of salmon and whipped potatoes. Cocktails were great. Tuna tartare was perfection. But the medium-rare burger arrived medium-well, plain to see, and should not have been delivered. The scallops were a little off, though accompanying vegetables were good. Service was friendly yet spotty timing-wise. When a huge fly dove into the risotto and got stuck there, the server rightfully ordered a replacement serving. Hope it’s a one off.

  3. CT

    CTEatsOut

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The sea scallops dinner was outstanding! Perfectly cooked and with cauliflower risotto and pea purée. Absolutely delicious! Great place for a special dinner. Will definitely return.

  4. GP

    GerhardP

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Italian food. Loved the fact you can multiple pasta tastings. Very good wine selection. Nice neighbor with views.

  5. RJ

    RachelJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my second visit, and it was just as delicious as the first. We had tuna tartare and mushroom risotto and bone marrow and steak and mashed potatoes and champagne. All amazing! Plus the service is stellar. They don't miss a beat. Will go back again...and again.

  6. DM

    DavidM

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    College commencement

  7. S

    Steve

    Cleveland

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I had a fantastic dinner with on the patio last night. Food and cocktails were fantastic, and Matt provided excellent service.

  8. WS

    WesS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The staff was very good. All of them! The service was helpful and full of hints and information (Matt) and a very relaxing atmosphere. I have already recommended D.B.A. to my friends and relatives.

  9. HF

    HilaryF

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food! Wonderful service!

  10. CA

    CathyA

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was my first visit to DBA. Will definitely return. Food was delicious and hot! I’m very particular on the temperature of my food when it arrives at my table. Service was great! Thanks Ben! Accommodated us to get us fed and out the door to keep us on time for our broadway show!

  11. QD

    QuentinDF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was amazing, never waited for anything. Food was by far one of the best meals I have had.

  12. CH

    CharlesH

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an early reservation. Waitress friendly. Food and wine arrived quickly. Food quality was very good. We were not rushed. Overall very nice. Seemed early reservation a better experience than later

  13. DS

    DaynaS

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, wonderful atmosphere and the service was outstanding. My friends and I are looking forward to going back!

  14. GG

    GaryG

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Interesting menu, very good service. The location is very convenient.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing from start to finish! We loved the vibe of the red and black, would make good for a date night! Amazing drinks. Definitely worth the price tag. Will most definitely be back!

  16. L

    Lynn

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On the expensive side but location dictates this - quality very good

  17. TB

    TylerB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was incredible, very nice calm laid back atmosphere. Great for just unwinding or a special occasion. Will be back!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was my third time eating at DBA. The food continues to impress me. Literally the best scallops I’ve ever had anywhere. Crab cakes are fantastic. Steaks are flavorful. The angus burger was absolutely amazing and every side I’ve had was excellent. Not to mention, the service has been on point every time. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants.

  19. KD

    KeyDavis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Took my husband for his birthday. The food is delicious! The flavor is amazing. I had the Salmon and my husband the Ribeye (and boy was it big). We enjoyed. Great job D.B.A!

  20. JO

    JOMo

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very gf iOS apps and steak!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food was amazing! Everything from the appetizers through dessert was top notch. The restaurant itself could use a facelift though. When it got dark you could no longer see the worn down floors and flaking paint on the walls so it was a nicer ambiance. Matt was terrific with his service. Will definitely go back for the food.

  22. JS

    JudyS

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have been to D.B.A a few times. Food and service have been great. Waiters offer suggestions, and know the menu.

  23. R

    Rosemary

    Cleveland

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great and delicious food. Friendly and outstanding service. Good cocktails. An excellent overall experience!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My nephew’s 21st birthday celebration. He LOVED it! I’m so glad to have a nephew who’d a foodie!

  25. JB

    JennaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    Finally decided to try this local restaurant because the chef owner has a Michelin star. The interior is looking a little tired and a little like a student project. It can’t decide if it wants to goth, rock and roll, or industrial. The dining room is separated from the bar by only a partial wall, which made it a little noisy at times (there was a game on the TV), but the food was delicious. Our waitress was a little thrown at my need for a gluten free dinner (I have Celiac Disease). She didn't seem to understand that the chef could make substitutions; she mostly just pointed out what I couldn't eat, but to her credit, she kept checking with the kitchen and discovered the variety of substitutions that could be made. I had the Hong Kong mussels, and they may be the best mussels I've ever had! I also ordered the swordfish, but they didn't have it, so they substituted halibut. Since the composed dish featured couscous, the chef substituted a risotto. The fish was perhaps overcooked by one or two minutes, but the risotto was divine. I also got the extremely tasty Sage Advice drink (I think that's what it was called), and it was perfect! We didn't have dessert because there were no gluten free options (something they should rectify). All in all, the food was very good (A), the service was okay (C+), and the atmosphere could use some freshening (D).

  26. l

    lovesgoodfood

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Steak was great. Flatbread pizza was not--very bready. Nice staff.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great! Definitely recommend

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dual birthday celebration.

  29. PM

    PattyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best place we've dined in Akron, hands down. Good food, good wine, and great atmostphere.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server, Matt, was fantastic - the perfect balance of professional and friendly. Our cocktails and wine were expertly made/ served. And our meals were delicious from appetizer through dessert. We shared crab cakes which were meaty and moist with a perfect crust and served with a sweet chili glaze and fresh micro greens and thinly sliced shishitos for texture. Our salads were the perfect size for the half portions we ordered, full of fresh, crisp veggies and well-balanced dressings. The entrees were two of the most properly cooked proteins either of us have enjoyed - a stunningly correct medium-rare filet mignon and a delectable halibut. The accompanying sides were again were spot on for providing complimentary flavors and textures. We finished with a just tart enough/just sweet enough lemon custard topped with a perfectly light meringue. Absolutely splendid meal!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Took my bf for his birthday and we loved it! A bit pricy, but worth a splurge.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible first experience. I ordered the scallops and they were over Cooked … I ordered a half salad afterwards and was charged for it . Horrible experience

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service with excellent food.

  34. EJ

    EJulia

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Restaurant was so accommodating as our group grew a bit before our dinner. The service was excellent and the food delicious. Highly recommend.

  35. BH

    BradH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant, great food. Enjoyed every second. Best place to eat in Akron.

  36. EM

    ElizabethM

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can not say enough good things! The food was fabulous but I was also super impressed with the staff and service! I understand that being in the restaurant business during a pandemic isn’t easy but the entire staff seemed happy to be there and enthusiastic to help in any way possible! Thank you DBA staff for a great date night!

  37. B

    Brbrtnbrn

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Haven't been to Dba for some time. Party of 2 on a Friday night. Good crowd at the bar. Good crowd in the dining room. Started with a cocktail. It was excellent. Our server was excellent throughout the whole meal. Clam Chowder, Ceasar Salad, Shrimp Cocktail, Lenten special of Fried Perch, Green Spaghetti, were all excellent. Will be back soon!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Overall great experience. Nice ambiance. Entrees took longer then I prefer but overall good time

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My wife and I took a friend out for her birthday. The experience at DBA was outstanding. The ambiance, food, and service (Miranda was our server) were all magnificent.

  40. J

    Jacob

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    great atmosphere and service, food was delicious, view was nice

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 4.8 stars by 1460 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

May 2022
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Booked 14 times today
Google Map for D.B.A.

21 Furnace Street Akron, OH 44308

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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