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D.B.A.

4.5
4.5
1562 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 20 times today

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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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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Good for special occasions

  • Akron

    Good for business meals

  • Akron

    Innovative

  • Akron

    Good for special occasions

  • Akron

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The calamari tasted like it was frozen and thrown in a deep fryer. My husband’s sea scallops were unfortunately way too salty, and he actually prefers salty foods and found it inedible. But he enjoyed the risotto that came with it. My seafood dish was very good, and our daughter enjoyed her filet.
  2. MD

    MichaelD

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were extremely impressed with our experience at DBA.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Some food items served were not hot. Difficult to eat the short ribs, cabbage wrap was very tough.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time !!! Our waiter made the evening. Great knowledge of the menu and did a great job recommending stuff to try. Our first time but definitely not our last. Forgot our servers name but he did an excellent job.
  5. G

    Gregg007

    Cleveland

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Birthday dinner for my wife. Been here many times. Tonight the food was not cooked to what was requested. I ordered the burger medium and it came out with absolutely NO pink. Well overcooked from what was ordered. My wife ordered the filet at medium rare, came out minimal pink, was closer to a medium well, as the outer edges were definitely a well done status. Service was fantastic, drinks were great. Chef(s) need to watch their grill temps closer.
  6. F

    Felise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at DBA was exceptional! Food, delicious. Ambiance, perfect. Service, exceptional! Our waiter was so patient and helpful….one of our friends was very unhappy with her order and our waiter ( I can’t remember his name) whisked it away and in no time replaced it with something else. Brilliant! We love ❤️
  7. A

    Amber

    Cleveland

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been to DBA for NYE 3 times. This was by far the best meal & service. The Sea Bass was delicious, filet cooked perfectly and the soup, salad and dessert were so good as well.
  8. CB

    ChristinaB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Akron, by far! Always the best food & service
  9. ML

    MLDF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've gone many times and they never disappoint! We actually dined there last week with some friends that are both chefs and they absolutely gushed how well the menu was done and we all were obsessed with the tuna appetizers as well as the short rib and burrata. The dry aged ribeye was phenomenal as well as the scallops. My husband and I split both because we couldn't decide which sounded better. The broccoli casserole side was so good I'd go back just for that! Lol.. Last Night was New Years and yet again service was perfect if not even better than the week prior. They had such a great set menu and it didn't leave us wanting anything else. The menu was executed perfectly! 😀 This has quickly become one of our favorite places to dine at.
  10. CS

    CharlesS

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Very positive experience! My wife and I enjoyed our NYEve visit!
  11. G

    Gary

    Cleveland

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great night at DBA. Great food and service on NYE. We had shrimp cocktails, wedge salads, pasta bolognese and steaks. All were delicious. Thanks to our Server Ben and to Chef Jacob. If you’ve never been give it a try. You won’t be disappointed Happy New Year
  12. L

    Lindsey

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My filet was perfectly prepared (medium rare) and delicious. The peppercorn sauce that came with it was outstanding. I ordered the fingerling potatoes and my husband ordered the truffle fries - the fries were better. I ordered a patron silver margarita on the rocks - it was very good. The calamari was not the best I've had, I wouldn't order it again. Service was friendly and efficient. One of the best things was the music. It was 90s alternative rock. Not something I would expect, but a very nice change from most fine dining restaurants. Overall, great experience. We would go back.
  13. DD

    DaveD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Service was very slow on a not very busy night. Prices were high for the quality of food that we received.
  14. CJ

    CandiceJ

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely delicious, the steak was a little more done to my boyfriends liking but still enjoyed it. I had the green spaghetti, which was absolutely delicious. Good portion size, good price. Always a great experience.
  15. OH

    OHEng

    Cleveland

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious calamari/shrimp appetizer, great salads (Iceberg Wedge, 7 Veg, Ceasar) and outstanding pastas (Green, Carbonara, Mushroom Risotto). Limited wine list with pricint, but there are some reasonable priced wines available.
  16. LT

    LauraT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent on the menu. Great attentive service. Not too noisy- easy to talk across the table even though the room was full. It helps that the room is small and their are noise canceling fabric on ceiling. Very cool menu which was in a real vinyl album cover with the record. Loved the place.
  17. JD

    JohnD

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made reservations for a party of four on December 22nd Upon arrival,the hostess greeted us and took us to a delightful table. The restaurant was warm and inviting with the dark colors with red accents. We started off with drinks. My wife had her traditional Cosmopolitan. I had the house Old Fashioned. Both were delicious. We ordered a stuffed pepper appetizer along with a flatbread. Both were large enough to share. For our main course,everyone except my wife ordered the filet, she had the scallops The beautiful presentation of the meals was wonderful accompaniment to the tasty deliciousness of the entrees. Each of us commented that the dinner was one of the best we’ve had. If you want a truly delightful dining experience for any occasion, I would highly recommend DBA
  18. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went in and did the chefs tasting menu, which is a surprise. 5 courses. I've never had a meal as good as I did last night at any restaurant. It was fantastic. The server was awesome, the food was amazing.
  19. a

    adamk

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food, ambience, drinks were good. I had the pork chops which were excellent. The only drawback was the service. The young lady was very cordial and friendly but was late in coming around several times in the beginning of the meal but came around as things progressed.
  20. AA

    AlexandraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every single dish was absolutely fantastic! We got the charcuterie board, crab cakes (to DIE for) and the 8oz filets!! The steak was very flavorful and cooked to perfection! Our sever was very attentive and knowledgeable!! 10/10 recommend!
  21. PS

    PaulS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was very good as usual. Ben N was great! We will definitely be back
  22. SR

    ShiriahR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the “porterhouse for two” & it was absolutely DELICIOUS. Loved the sauces & sides that came as well . Will be coming again .
  23. MM

    MichaelM

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was terrific. The service was a tad slow but very nice. The pasta was superb and so was the filet.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    We were seated within five minutes of our reservation time, but waited 25 minutes before anyone would speak to us about drinks or appetizers. It was another 15 minutes before we were told that the bar could not make a cocktail order and 20 more minutes before our appetizer order arrived to be followed within two minutes by our salad orders. Apps and salads were only so-so. Dinner arrived 90minutes+ after we were seated. Tasted fine but two plus hours for a $240 dinner for 3 seems excessive. Won’t be back anytime soon. Told it was because they got swamped. We had a reservation. Being busy should not be my problem as a diner.
  25. JD

    JackD

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Went to DBA before attending a performance at EJ Thomas Hall. I recommend allowing two hours if you are going to the Civic or EJ Thomas and dining at DBA. We had a nice bottle of Terramata Barbera D’Alba with our meal. We shared their Stuffed banana peppers (2) as an appetizer. The banana peppers were very good and quite spicy. Then we shared their Porterhouse for two. This comes with your choice of three sauces and three sides. The steak was excellent and we recommend this entree. The sides were also good and the sauces interesting but really not needed. The restaurant is quite dark and that seems to be intentional as it helps to disguise a spartan setting. We had a table right beside the kitchen entrance/exit and I would not recommend that location. The tables are small and quite close together. There are no table clothes. The cutlery did not match. I say this only to point out that while we enjoyed the meal and the service the restaurant is not a fancy place.
  26. NM

    NancyM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    My husband and I had a very nice dinner at DBA. He had the pork chop which was a complete and well thought out meal. I had the duck breast with a cranberry sauce which was perfectly cooked and delicious. We did not order appetizers, drinks or desserts as we were headed to a jazz club afterwards. The service was attentive without being fussy. We will return soon
  27. MT

    MichaelT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    My first time back at DBA post-pandemic, the menu felt a lot smaller than I remember. (A lot of restaurants DID pair down quite a bit.) My friends and I actually had somewhat of a challenge figuring out what to eat. Wow, despite some great interior space design sense, they really don't understand how to build ambience. There's something to be said for subdued mood lighting in restaurants, but overall vibe was more "power outage" -- we were seated in a front window area and most of our light was what was coming in through the windows from the street lights. The dim haziness of the space was dreary and depressing and we all joked about how badly misguided it was. Considering the price of the food (on the higher side but not outrageous) and the limited menu options and awful ambience, I doubt we'll be back.
  28. KS

    KelseyS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Porterhouse for two was absolutely wonderful!
  29. MC

    MCParent

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service! Excellent!
  30. C

    Chuck

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I was disappointed. I did not feel welcome there and no one really seemed interested in how everything was. My daughters steak was very good but the rest of the dining experience was average. Expected way more based on reviews. Last, the restrooms need a thorough cleaning.
  31. B

    Babyboomer

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there before a show at EJ Thomas. Service was efficient and fast. The food is always very delicious.
  32. CL

    CLCDD

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It was a lovely evening. Food was good but not great. My husband wanted’no sauce’ on his burger and it came with sauce. The mushroom risotto was more like garlic risotto. Otherwise, though, it was a decent, pleasant night. Bar experience was quite good.
  33. BB

    BrentB

    Cleveland

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We’ve always enjoyed DBA’s food and service, and this visit was no exception. Their menu has changed since last time, and some of the price increases were startling.
  34. JS

    JanetS

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s our 5th time at your restaurant. Every time we come, we bring new friends. We’ve never been disappointed. Very pleased !!
  35. H

    Highlander

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Miranda was our server and she was excellent! The food was fantastic! Highly recommend the brussel sprouts and the pasta bolognese. Wow. Absolutely delicious
  36. FS

    FShah

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was great. The food was ok and they were out of things on the menu. The apps were not very tasty. Entrees were better. Pretty pricey for overall experience
  37. C

    Charai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful experience, the ambiance was nice and very inviting I had the prime filet and it was very tender . It melted like butter when I cut into it , cooked perfectly medium as I requested. And the lemon butter sauce was delicious. I will be going back!!
  38. K

    Kris143

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I'll start by saying our waiter was amazing. He helped us too navigate the menu, and have some great recommendations on food choices. The appetizers were phenomenal. We ordered the duck (done 3 ways) and green spaghetti, and both exceeded our expectations. For the entrees, my husband ordered the Duck, and I ordered the pork chop. His meal was fabulous. Mine, on the other hand, was almost completely raw. The outside crust, along with the seasoning, was really good. Unfortunately, that was all I was able to eat. I cut up the entire chop, then are the pieces I could find that were semi cooked through. I love pork when it's slightly pink, but this was like a rare steak. I had them box it up, because I figured I could reheat when I was ready for more of it. Was very hard to tell just how raw it was though, until we got back to the hotel and there was better lighting. I'm truly glad I didn't continue to eat it, because I probably would have gotten sick. As it was, my stomach was upset for the next two days. We ordered creme brulee for dessert, and that was also amazing. For the most part, it was a great experience, other than my 44 dollar entree. Please double check before serving pork dishes in the future.
  39. b

    bebe

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Food was about 90% perfect. And we are very particular. Wish the wine list wasn't quite so pricey.
  40. DA

    DouglasA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Ambience was ok. Starters were not good: braised beef short ribs were dry and bland while the charcuterie board looked like it came from Giant Eagle. Saying it was unimpressive would be a gross understatement - there were 4 slices each of mortadella, capicola, and salami with 3 small pieces of cheese, 4 olives, a pickled piece of cauliflower with a few pieces green peppers, some pieces of crustino and 2 cherries for $14. Oh and there was a small piece of pumpkin-brittle included which was good, but nit enough to carry the dish. Bottom line is this - don't order it. The pasta (pappardelle bolognese) was the highlight of the night and was fantastic! I could have eaten 4 bowls it was so good. The wine selection was solid but I found it odd there were no Chianti options especially since this place has an Italian vibe to it. Should you go here then order the pasta and try different starters than what we did.

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 4.5 stars by 1562 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 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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