Don's Lighthouse Grille

4.5
1437 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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vipExcellent
Cleveland
63 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Both had the Portuguese Seafood Stew. Great service.

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Terry
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we come here all the time, food, price and comfort outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choices on the Easter menu and accommodating to changes.

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vipGJBMD
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Friendly staff and a great place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Seafood

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I would never ever eat here again! First of all the place looks and smells old; serious remodel is needed. We started to leave after reviewing the menu but had already ordered drinks; should’ve left anyway. I had the pomeroy salad with added grilled shrimp. The menu stated greens but I received some dry iceberg lettuce, old strawberries, with mandarin oranges, and dried out red onions. I sent the salad back and ate the grilled shrimp, which actually tasted good. We had calamari that had a good flavor but was super tough and overcooked. My husband had the beer battered shrimp and cod meal which was the worst fried shrimp and fish I have ever had. First of all, there was way too much dough for the size of the shrimp, meaning that you could not tell that there were shrimp in there and both the fish and shrimp were served burnt. My husband rarely complains but even he could not finish the shrimp and fish and dared not eat the coleslaw, which looked disgusting. Furthermore, the waitress was nice but had a very flat affect and her perfume smelled loud and made my stomach hurt every time she came to our table. Worst lunch date ever. I would never eat here again! There are too many places in Cleveland with good eats to be disappointed. Sorry, not sorry.

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Joce
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was delicious. And the steak with lobster special was a great price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was great.

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LoriM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Since we were visiting from NC, we made reservations at the restaurant but were seated in a booth in the corner. The space was very tight and my husband was uncomfortable. The waiter Norman was a bit aloof and not friendly until the end of our dinner.
We had Soy glazed chicken which was absolutely outstanding. The meatloaf was a bit dry and lacking flavor. The Farrow Island Salmon was delicious but 3 ounce serving at best and I think it was $27; that was just wrong.
Mixed feelings on this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Definitely one of the best seafood in town. Put it together with their filet mignon and man......delicious

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Crystal
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening out with my husband. Perfect environment, amazing food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

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Krazy8
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The appetizers & dessert were extremely good as usual. However, our entrees weren't good at all. In the past she raved about the meatloaf, but the taste was bland, the carrots were burnt. My cod and vegetables had no seasoning at all

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were sat at a table that put one of us just 2 feet away from the next tables occupant and because of the angle of the seats there wasn’t a barrier either and there were lots of open tables being unused. Please consider this in the future but we still loved our meal,the service was excellent and so was everything else, without that one thing this was 5 stars across the board , it is hard these days and we all understood that, we appreciate you staying open and employing people too

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CaylaT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

I requested a reservation I was seated and was asked of what our drinks would be and waited 15 minutes and didn’t receive our drinks or put an order in for our food, while I watched a table get waited on and served as we waited 15 for our drinks.

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Bloomdog
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not as Good As I Remember, Pre-COVID !
Don's Bar Area Happy Hour has always been my go-to spot for a special event celebrations at a reasonable cost.
Food was uneven with the seafood chowder rating an excellent rating while stuffed mushrooms were cold and doughy. Herb unsalted butter for their excellent Ciabatta, was without herbs. (Server forgot our steamed Mussels order.)
Drinks were the same, Absolute Seabreeze was spot-on, while Long Island Iced Tea was served in a tiny glass, full of ice, that barely held 4-shots of spirits with no rom for mixer or splash of cola, leaving a bitter aftertaste from bottom-shelf liquors.
Staff-packed leftovers, but left out a couple of anticipated selections for next-day's lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This place used to be the hot place to be. The food were used to be good. But instead of focusing on great dining, they focused on their bar. There’s a bunch of loud people always at this bar. It must be their biggest moneymaker, it doesn’t fit a nice restaurant.

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vipRandellM
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Don's Lighthouse is one of the most consistent restaurants in our city. Consistently good food and good service.

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cfoodlover
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don's has very good seafood and steaks. the quality of the food and how it is prepared are essential to a great meal. Don's always serves great food.

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KristiP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food up until dessert. Warm apple pie was not warm and had way too much caramel sauce on it and the chocolate tort was dry. Service was good except for keeping the water refilled and it was very cold inside restaurant.

DB
DarrenB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service. The inside is a bit dated but it perfect for the area.

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Bert
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

THE HOSTESS WAS VERY FRIENDLY . OUR SERVER HOWEVER WAS NOT VERY PERSONABLE. SHE WAS EFFICIENT AND PLEASANT BUT SEEMED QUITE OFF HANDISH. THE FOOD PORTIONS VERY GOOD. I GOT THE STEAK AND LOBSTER SPECIAL. STEAK WAS GOOD BUT THE LOBSTER WAS REALLY MUSHY. IT IS USUALLY A BIT CRUSTY ON THE TOP. THE FLAVOR WAS MORE FISHY THAN NORMAL. HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED OUR MEALS THERE SO WE WILL RETURN. THIS WAS A SUNDAY LATE AFTERNOON AND NOT VERY BUSY.

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winemakers
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in Cleveland! Great seafood. Excellent wine list. Attentive and knowledgeable servers.

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ToniT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! It was my boyfriend's 55th birthday and we enjoyed a quiet dinner together - great service and food. Will recommend to everyone!

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TamaraB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great as well as the service! The food was amazing! We will definitely be going back there again!

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phia
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere. My meal experience was outstanding. Compliant with Covid safety standards.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner experience. I loved the COVID-19 precautions that were taken. The food tasted delicious and our server was polite, knowledgeable, and prompt.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great.
The host was a bit rude, and we were put at a two top table against a wall. Felt like we were constantly in someone’s way.
Overall, will return, will just request a different seat.

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TLCH2731
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Stumbled upon happy hour and was very happy with the happy hour menu! My husband and I had shrimp cocktail, mussels, and crab cakes and thought it all delicious. Our server was wonderful, attentive and friendly. Looking forward to returning again soon!!

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Della
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again this place never fails me, me and my husband loves this restaurant our favorite is the calimari the bessssssssst.❤

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WilliamA
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

7 Valentine’s Days in a row. Don’s does not disappoint!

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ChiraB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Everything was amazing. I really appreciate the host and staff

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JimS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner & Service were great. Enjoyable evening!!!

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Kristy
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around! The martinis were particularly amazing!

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OwenK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I’s experience at Don’s Lighthouse Grille could not have been more wonderful. Great staff, we loved our service from Norman. Amazing food, we had the calamari, steak and lobster which was incredible. We were also surprised with a dessert for our anniversary. We recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants great service, amazing food, and a romantic atmosphere for a nice dinner

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ChrisS
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife here for Valentines Day. It was an awesome experience, the food and service was amazing.

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TatianaW
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and experience

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Our food was amazing. Perfect Valentine’s Day Restaurant. We were thoroughly pleased with our experience at Don’s Lighthouse Grille.

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MargaretG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 👏 experience all around . The staff outstanding the food incredibly and our entire evening awesome. Thank you so much and we will be back. 🥰

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vipSarahI
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was amazing, as always. We will definitely go back again.

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Don's Lighthouse Grille is rated 4.5 stars by 1437 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.