Don's Lighthouse Grille

4.6
1540 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Don"s Lighthouse is located along Cleveland's scenic lakefront seven minutes from downtown's sports, theater and concert districts. Situated in a landmark building, Don's offers the freshest seafood, steaks,and chops and is a premier dining spot in Northeast Ohio.
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDnttlt
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don's is our GO TO when we're in Cleveland. They NEVER fail or even stumble. Mary was EXCELLENT and the food was prepared as ordered and delivered HOT.
Kudos yet again.

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RonS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Our server was phenomenal. Will definitely go back

CM
CarolM
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The pretzel crusted walleye was superb. Arrived at the table piping hot! Generous portion.

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Nene1227
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Nice place and quiet. The waitress was very nice I believe her name was Heather.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. Crab cake, zucchini fried and bruschetta were so flavorful and the swordfish was cooked to perfection

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JohnD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and we will definitely be back. The seafood was outstanding along with our server. The Portuguese Seafood Stew was delicious and quite filling. Their bread was amazing for dipping it in the sauce.

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KPell
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Took my mom here and had a wonderful time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon over couscous with tomato sauce and fresh spinach was fabulous. They honored my request to reduce garlic. Servers were wonderful.

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shorty
Cleveland
67 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Met a friend there for our birthday lunch and had great food and a wonderful time. We did not feel rushed at all.

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Tap3241
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food just over priced in the dinning room. Eat during happy hour at the bar and save money.

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ericaw
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

My date was given food that he didn’t order so his food had to go back and we weren’t able to eat together. We weren’t ordered any condiments for our steak and my spinach was very salty as well as my mashed potatoes.

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LOISG
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Not impressed with our seating. I felt like I was sitting in a back room (maybe I was?) but the food and the service was outstanding. Will definitely come back again.

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife chose Don's as the destination for her birthday dinner this year. I had dined there before, but she had not. We had reservations for 6 PM on a Friday evening. There was no wait, our table was immediately available, and our waitress introduced herself the moment we were seated. My wife started with the French Onion soup, and I had the mussels. Both appetizers were very good, and the butter sauce in which the mussels were served was a great 'dip' for the crusty bread provided. We both had the Delmonico steak, hers was medium well, mine medium. Both were cooked exactly to order, tender, and with just the right amount of marbling and char to add the perfect grill flavor. Sides were fingerling potatoes with bacon bits and onion (delicious) and green beans. My wife commented that this was one of the only times she'd ever had green beans cooked as perfectly as these were. All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and we will be visiting again!

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favs., not there often but never disappointed.

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Rebel
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food at a good value. Have very good Happy Hour.

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LatishaL
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Our waitress was great! Could have asked for a better experience. Bring your coins, but it’s worth it!

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AnthonyM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner experience. Great ambiance…
Our waitress was extremely attentive and very familiar with the menu.
We were also surprised with a cake for our anniversary.
Great food…
Great service…
Worth every penny

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DorAH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to dine with very good seafood selections.

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CassandraH
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

To start our waiter Norman was amazing! He made the entire night feel like a breeze and made sure we felt welcomed while at Dons.

We decided to come here to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and we were very pleased with our service. The food came out very fast, and was excellently prepared. We got the calamari appetizer, the pretzel crusted walleye, and the steak and lobster meal. All things we would recommend to anyone. We didn’t plan on ordering dessert but Norman surprised us with a light and delicious slice of chocolate mouse cake and it even had a little candle on it!

Overall, I would recommend everyone to go to Dons at least once and try the amazing food, drinks and service!

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MarisaK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience and will return! First time and will not be my last!

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vipMichaelaF
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing. Always good food and drinks.

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catnip420
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A great place in desperate need of an update. Food was good and service was great, but i really wanted to call jon tafferr for some help for them.

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although the lounge noise was moderate, we were in the quiet dining room which still has tables socially distanced. Our meal was delicious - walleye and scallops plus the long-time favorite fish market salad, large enough to share. A birthday dessert topped off the meal!

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LoveFood
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice. Out of a lot of wines and beers. Limited bar selections.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food, fine atmosphere.

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Prospecter
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our waitress was friendly and gave us good service. If your someone who wants to dress casual and enjoy a good birthday I prefer somewhere else, it was not wasn’t really fancy, i was very disappointed I wanted my 30th birthday to be great next time I should check reviews better.

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my Birthday and they made me feel special. The food and service was great as usual.

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Abigail figured out it was our anniversary and bought us desert. Really cool!!

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RobertG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived a little early but were seated immediatly. We were a party of four, we ordered a variety of items, fish, seafood and steak. Each of us enjoyed our meal. The bill was a reasonable amount.

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AmyH
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Older restaurant. Good food. A bit noisy in the dining room.

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SherylB
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don's Lighthouse Grille is a classic: white tablecloths, professional, polished servers, a quiet atmosphere so you can talk with each other, and food worthy of the surroundings. Seafood is a specialty and is impeccably presented but there are several non-seafood choices as well. Salads are standouts but I've never had a meal there I did not thoroughly enjoy. There are tables and booths to choose from and the bar area is physically separated from the restaurant so noise from there does not spill over. They are also a rarity at the moment because they are open for lunch. Never disappoints!

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vipAzndrgn76
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Not sure what was going but this was a dinner date.. mussels were ordered as appetizer.. took an exorbitantly amount of time.. the entree also took a long time.. what should have been an hour dinner turned out almost two hrs.. the service was excellent as well as the ambiance.. the food was good when we eventually got it.. but we will not be back

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vipKathyS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. The food and drinks were wonderful. The meal was well timed, the waitress was attentive and accommodating to requests.

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ChristyS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing heather was her name I believe she made great recommendations and was very attentive and helpful

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JOYCEW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent situation to meet the East and the West. Don's has it all: easy access location, ample parking, very good food, reasonable prices, great professional staff. Lunch or dinner very enjoyable.

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LeeG
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Leaving there many times for our anniversary this year we are celebrating our 51st my biggest issue was the amount of salt on food we made a special request from the chef to minimize the amount of salt but it didn't work.. we are very happy with our server Patricia she tried very hard

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Jazzy
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very pleasant experience! Sending thanks to our waiter Patty. Our food was delicious, absolutely loved the Seafood stew!

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Italia2929
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Our server Patty was excellent, most of the food was not so great.
My sister ordered a bloody mary, asking for no horseradish and salted rim, it had horseradish and no salt lol. Not that big of a deal though, just sent it back.
Soups were over seasoned, especially the onion soup (had way too much salt), wedge salad was drowned in dressing and wasn't even edible, risotto was just cooked farro, and not even prepared like a risotto, scallops weren't seasoned, etc. Also, the heath cake was comparable to a cake from the freezer section at the grocery store.

However, here are the positives...again, our server was wonderful and the service was great. Calamari was good, the butter they make for the bread was outstanding, the moody blues was very good and the steak was cooked perfectly for it. Also, the crab cake was delicious, too.

I wouldn't say I do not recommend this place, as it wasn't terrible. We were just expecting fine dining/high end courses, and it was nothing like that. It was busy, and everyone else seemed happy with their meals. We just had higher expectations, especially for high end restaurant prices.

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vipCalin7Gogonea
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Main course was not very good, especially for the price.

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tmbagnell
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Longtime winner of a restaurant just keeps on doing things right!

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Don's Lighthouse Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.