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D.B.A.

4.5
845 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:00-close
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Phone number
(330) 375-5050
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Dante Boccuzzi
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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.
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Private party contact
Dave Sharp: (330) 375-5050
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Catering
DBA restaurant can provide food and beverages for any occasion and party size.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St
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Special events & promotions
Monthly wine dinners and special events. Please call 330.375.5050 for more information.
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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
What 845 People Are Saying
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MarkN 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Visiting from DC- An incredibly lucky find for dinner in Akron!

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EdwardV 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

I had scheduled reservation but got their earlier, they were able to seat us right away with window seat . Ambiance is very romantic and quiet. The staff was very friendly and our waiter did an amazing job, very professional and exactly what you would think walking in. The courses came out a little slower than we'd like but the food was absolutely delicious! Worth the wait, and a bottle of wine helps as they have a very good selection.

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MichaelH (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great appetizer, my date loved her food, my steak was absolutely amazing, MINUS I ordered it medium rare and it was cooked on all levels of the temp scale, the center was way over done. Didn't ruin my experience was something to pay attention to.

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ErinDA (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We came to D.B.A. for Valentine’s Day and it was wonderful and worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service!

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DGL38 (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Went out for Valentine's Day and had a wonderful experience. Service was fantastic, bar drinks were great , and our meal was amazing. Will be back

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

great menu, great service and very reasonable price for the quality it is a bit noisy for conversation

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vipScotBohaychyk (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This place never disappoints! Great service, amazing food, outstanding atmosphere !

I highly recommend it for anything from a intimate date night to a group gathering.

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Amber (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Another excellent meal. We took friends that have never been to DBA and they loved it. Looking forward to going back. The food is great and the service perfect. Summer is a great time to visit due to the fun outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We went here for a date. The service was impeccable and the host was very professional and courteous. The food was absolutely outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
1.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

Service was very poor. For a party of three, it took 40 minutes for our drink order to come out and around an hour and 30 minutes for our food to come out. In total, our dining stay was over 2 hours for three people with one drink and dinner. We have been to Dante’s other restaurants and the service and food have typically been fantastic. Overall, very poor dining experience at this location.

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Neil (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

We ordered the Salmon and the scallops both were too sweet! The risotto didn’t have any flavor. We paid $30 for each meal.

We liked the waitress. I can’t remember her name. I know she was new.

Probably will not return

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I had dined here before so thought we would go for New Years. We looked on the website and didn’t see anything saying there would be a special menu. When we got there it was a very limited menu and $110.00 per couple. The portion sizes were small which for this type of restaurant seems to be the norm but it wasn’t worth $55.00. We would go back but not for New Years.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Very nice leisurely dinner with friends , server was great very attentive. Food was great , good drink selection also . A lot of private little nooks . Was a large gas fire just outside the window by our table !

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

The night was perfect. Really enjoyed the drinks, meal and dessert. The four of us shared everything and raved about each meal. We will be definitely bringing more friends here.

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vipGailygirlTexas (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful as always! DBA continues to be my favorite restaurant in Akron. We brought another couple from out of town and they loved it as well. Our server was Ally (we have had her before) and she was excellent!! From the great service to the delicious food, you know that DBA is doing something right. Fresh bread and hummus are complimentary and very good. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and our glasses were never empty. Highly recommend and a big thank you to Ally for her awesome service!!

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

The food and service were fine, though the food needed a bit of seasoning. However, the table we sat at was very small and near the door so that everytime the door opened for a guest or the valet, freezing air (literally) washed over us and our food. Also, the table next to us was seperated only by a few inches and a thin white curtain. We were practically dining together, which was not ideal for a date.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food and service. Really appreciated the ambiance too.

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
2.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

DBA has become MUCH TOO NOISY FOR MY TASTE. We were at a beautiful table for two at the front window, but the noise from adjoining tables and especially the bar area was unbearable . Our waiter could barely hear us to ask questions. It is a shame that the young professionals that frequent nice restaurants don't know what "professional" means. It does NOT include lack of consideration for everyone else in the establishment. I was sorry we went to DBA.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was delicious and our service was excellent. Looking forward to dining here again soon.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2017

Great menu with staples and seasonal changes. Great service!

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

Side dishes were cold

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vipTheHillsFromOhio (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 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.

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vipWordMan (Cleveland)
2.0  Dined on November 11, 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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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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ohiofamily (Cleveland)
4.0  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.

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RDGB (Cleveland)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 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!

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vipJohnnyL (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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Theo (Indiana)
4.0  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.

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