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About D.B.A.

D.B.A. is a modern restaurant, in a modern setting, right on the edge of downtown Akron. The restaurant showcases an elegant dining space, private dining room, great cocktails, a late night bar and a spacious, comfortable patio. Chef Josh Kielman kitchen is guaranteed to dazzle.

21 Furnace Street
Akron, OH 44308
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00-close

Cross Street:
Main St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(330) 375-5050

Website:
http://www.danteakron.com/

Catering:
DBA restaurant can provide food and beverages for any occasion and party size.

Executive Chef:
Dante Boccuzzi

Private Party Facilities:
D.B.A is a premier private dining 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 80 people inside and 45 outside on our beautiful patio. Featuring innovative seasonal cuisine, a superb wine selection, impeccable service, flawless planning and execution, our sophisticated dining experience draws clients from around the world. Book a private dining room or the entire restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
Dave Sharp: (330) 375-5050

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly wine dinners and special events. Please call 330.375.5050 for more information.

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D.B.A. Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
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Special Occasion (17)
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Bar Seating (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Romantic (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Scenic View (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Business Meals (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Casual (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Seasonal (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Authentic (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Cozy (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 3 days ago

Side dishes were cold

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is exceptional. The décor and theme of the restaurant is awesome! We enjoy sitting at the bar, but sitting at the tables is very cozy also.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

For years this was one of my favorite spots in Akron. The 21 vegetable salad is one of the most interesting starters you could come across anywhere. Overall, however, this is a place that has certainly lost its luster. There haven’t been any significant menu changes in years, the tables have a gummy residue, and the cocktail and wine list is uninspiring. Even the bathroom is looking a bit beat up. It seems as though they are at an inflection point where the question is, Do we spend the money and revamp the physical plant, update the menu and reinvigorate the staff or do we just let this slowly die on the vine and say we had a good run as a cosmopolitan restaurant in a small city? I hope it’s the former, but I’m not sure.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Celebrated my birthday with friends at D.B.A. Food and service were amazing! Highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Vegan, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fantastic!
Great atmosphere. Great food.
Others our first time there and we really enjoyed it. Some friends recommended it so we tried it out for a "date night" without the kids. We will be back soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We loved everything about our evening at DBA. The ambiance, the drinks, the service, and the food were all amazing! The pumpkin cavitelli was excellent, and my salmon was prepared perfectly. Chef is very talented!

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful place... this was about my 5th time there and I had a great time as usual.... if you are a foodie and you appreciate amazing chefs and a great ambiance this place is for you. Of course it's pricey but when was this level of service and food not pricey? My favorite meal? The filet mignon or salmon with foie gras is to die for!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I enjoyed D B A and would go again. The wine selection was adequate but not large, just enough of every type, I had a very good Malbec. The starters were just ok but the sauces for the starters were excellent. The calamari was a bit to dry and we also got a shellfish mixed plate, shrimp, oysters and lobster were good but the split crab claws were very dry. We both had a steak, I had the filet which was delicious and the toppings, I had blue cheese and my friend had something crusted. The entrees were excellent. The server was very attentive but not annoying so just about perfect.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Extraordinary meal and great service. Just wonderful. What a surprise!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent food. Superior service. Great night.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great atmosphere- delicious food- service was on point!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I had been there 4 or 5 years ago and loved it, for some reason I never thought about going back. I was there last week and realized I had been making a huge mistake, this will definitely become a regular dinner spot! We went before a show during the week, I had the strip and she had the salmon. She had the "millions of peaches" martini and I had a great bourbon. Everything was fantastic!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always excellent at D.B.A.! Our server Nate was wonderful, food and drinks delicious and overall a nice evening. We were entertaining friends from Canada and they thoroughly enjoyed everything as well.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Some of the best pasta in Cleveland and Akron. Carbonara is awesome!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good was excellent. The service was very good and the wine and drink menus not overpriced as they are in some higher end restaurants. I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Consistently great food and good (strong) drinks. Highly recommend the Smokin' Hot Daisy.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service; fantastic food- a must eat location in Akron

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Green spaghetti very bland and shrimp too small with no flavor waitress and host both recommended dish?
21 vegetable salad fabulous

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Wonderful as always! Everything was delicious and our server, Ally, was excellent. DBA is one of my favorite restaurants and they continue to excel in food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend!

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our waitress, Paige, was phenomenal! We haven't laughed that much in a long time. She new the menu inside and out, gave us great recommendations, and knew a lot about wine. She was my spirit animal! When we go back, we are hoping we can request her.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My wife and I love this place. Food and service are always top rate and it's a great experience. Always a super place for our dates!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Ordered the surf and turf and portion was incredibly small. One of the pieces of meat was nearly all fat too. They also mark up their wine by approximately 150%. Most restaurants only markup 100% on the high end. I left hungry and feeling like a paid a premium price for food that was nothing special. Won't be going back. Restaurant is in a nice location. A few simple fixes and some quality control would go a long way.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was our first time at DBA, although we had been to Dante Tremont a few times. Also, we had visited the Akron location several times when it was Chrissie Hynde's VegiTerranean.

Our goal was to have a light dinner prior to a concert. The two of us shared everything except the wine. We ordered two glasses of chardonnay, two different salads, the seafood cocktail, and the tuna tartare, followed by a bourbon flight, a chocolate/pistachio dessert, and coffee.

We started outside, but it started to rain, so our server quickly got us set up again inside.

Everything about this dining experience was outstanding! The salads, which were quite large, were created from the freshest ingredients. One was an asparagus salad, and the other was a "21 vegetable" salad. Both were excellent. The two seafood dishes, quite different from each other but both delicious, were beautifully prepared and served. The dessert was one of the best either of us has ever tasted.

We chose our specific chardonnay based on the very helpful descriptions our server provided. The by-the-glass wine list is very good. The scotch and bourbon selections are excellent. For our three-pour bourbon flight, we selected from about 10 choices.

Our server, Nate, was excellent in all aspects. He was helpful with our numerous questions, and when he wasn't sure about one of our specific questions, he didn't hesitate to ask someone else for their input. He never "hovered" and was always unobtrusive, but somehow he always appeared right when we needed him for something. This is a special talent! Also, he struck the right balance between pleasant conversation and giving us our time for a special "date."

Ambience is also excellent - still a bit of the old industrial look from before, but now warmer feeling, with a nice balance of "cool" and cozy.

This is now one of our favorite restaurants in the entire Akron/Cleveland area. We will be back whenever we can!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

A combination of factors contributed to make this only a so-so experience.
1. New wait staff
2. Error in beverage order
3. Not even a bread basket for 40 minutes
4. I ordered two main courses, requesting the vegetarian dish as an appetizer. They were served simultaneously...not good.
5. Since my beer was particularly tart, I couldn't enjoy the eggplant dish (my bad for forgetting to consider this).
6. My bolognese sauce was tasty...pasta was tough.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We had slow service but overall we had a good dining experience. The food was very good and a fair amount of choices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Overall the restaurant is nice, great staff and good food. My filet was over cooked the first time. Kitchen fixed it and manager compensated for the wait. Our twice baked potatoes were not fully cooked. Just minor details, but at this price point everything should be spot on. This was casual dining, where I though it was fine dining. We've been to Dante's in Tremont and that I guess is his fine dining restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great meal as always!

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Sadly has devolved since its opening. Creativity of its owner has been replaced by the mundane. No longer comes close to its Tremont parent. Even the dependable green spaghetti was a watery concotion almost inedible. Will drive to Cleveland.

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

Our server Ally was awesome! Took special care of us, paying close attention as it was our 31st wedding anniversary! Great food and wine recommendations!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great, no complaints

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Fabulous service and over the top flavors.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Thank you DBA for seating us promptly at 5 and listening when we stated 1 in our party had a 6pm class. Not only was his dinner at the table, but all 6 meals were served! We did not feel rushed, the server did a phenomenal job. The food was outstanding (the Tuna Tartare was sooo yummy, as was the goat cheese cavatelli!). Thank you for a wonderful 1st experience to your restaurant. We will return (soon....I am craving the pasta!).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best charcuterie board I've had. Great selection of meats and cheeses. The chicken liver mousse was outstanding. Dinner for her was the Cobia - very good. Dinner for me was the burger - interesting, well-prepared, but more of a "haute" burger (with brie cheese) than upscale bar food. Had our dessert later at the Speakeasy bar.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent ...all around we had the 7 course paired with wine with every course .. fantastic!! Chefs table is in the kitchen. We watched all the plating of our food really cool experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Our out-of-town guests are always impressed with the service and quality of the meals at D.B.A. We've hosted several business dinners here, because the atmosphere is sophisticated and different than anywhere else in Akron, and there is something on the menu for everyone's tastes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Beautiful view, food, service and weather!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Allie was a superb waitress. Food was excellent. Noise level was just right.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Redemption for DBA. A little over a month I wrote a pretty harsh review after a dinner out with friends at DBA. With that out there, I think it's only fair to write one when the experience is top notch...a total 180° . Our waiter, JR, was on point all night and so was his team and so was the food. Now, we just need to convince our friends to come back with us.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Absolutely pleased with every part of the meal; service, food, wine selection, and atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We decided late to have dinner! We arrived 10 minutes prior to the kitchen closing....you'd never know it! Great service, and cuisine! Thank you so much! Can't wait to return!! Very soon!

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