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Don's Lighthouse Grille

4.6
4.6
1712 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (216) 961-6700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luis Lolon Cora

  • Private party facilities

    The captains room holds up to 50 people for full service dining in a formal atmosphere.

  • Private party contact

    Kraig Sternquist: (216) 961-6700

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Cross street

    Clifton

  • Parking details

    Private lot with complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday for lunch and Friday-Saturday evenings

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,712 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cleveland

    Contemporary American

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  1. MA

    23rdannivMnA

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and atmosphere was amazing! Another satisfying visit. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants. We highly recommend. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, food and service fabulous!!
  3. DG

    DebbieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and terrific service really enjoyed the whole dining experience
  4. D

    Dnttlt

    Las Vegas

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect experience from beginning service right through the entire meal. Every time we come to Cleveland we ALWAYS stop at Don’s. The reason is because it’s ALWAYS a great experience with great food and service.
  5. T

    Tasha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I came here for my birthday dinner, the food wasn’t the greatest, very bland. The chocolate cake was very dry
  6. L

    Lizlake

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite place to celebrate my birthday! i had a wonderful salmon dinner and Don's gave me a piece of cheesecake. A very nice dinner.
  7. SB

    SherylB

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend and I had an excellent meal at Don's last evening. We both selected the special, wolf fish (similar to monkfish in texture and taste) served with mushroom risotto, grilled asparagus spears and basil pesto. The combination was delightful and exquisitely fresh tasting. Service was professional and unobtrusive but observant. Our visit was a relaxing end to a busy day and we will be back soon for a reprise.
  8. J

    Jamie

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Had not visited this place in many years - a bit of a throw-back as Cleveland goes and I mean that in a good way. The chains seem to have decimated these type places. The don't even charge for bread! I would provide a higher rate but thought for the price the service was a little slow. Used plates not taken away in a timely manner and the overall pace was a bit sluggish. Menu (fish selection) a bit limited. One of the house specialties, a fish stew was very tasty and the portion quite filling.
  9. MS

    MichelleS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Lobster bisque tasted like canned tomato soup. Hollandaise sauce tasted like pure lemon juice. Caesar salad could have come from a bag From Aldis. Total disappointment. Bummer!
  10. l

    lightning

    Cleveland

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good, well prepared food! Nice seafood choices and delighted that they have a vegan option for an entree! The service is outstanding! Always enjoy dinner there and will be back soon!
  11. CA

    ColleenA

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Don's. Our reservation was for 1:30, so it was quieter than usual. The cod was a treat and the sides delicious as always. Almost always I pick Don's for a special lunch or dinner.
  12. KB

    KenB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Steak and Lobster and I have to admit it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. The steak was cooked perfect and the lobster was amazing. Our waitress, Terry was very attentive. I highly recommend Don's Lighthouse for a special evening out.
  13. E

    Elegant

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely seat by the window. Excellent food. Good waiter
  14. JN

    JaneN

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good and service, too. However I was here probably 20 years ago and the decor looks identical. Could use an updating/refresh to brighten it up.
  15. C

    Cheryl

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice place to celebrate a special occasion. Drinks were very light on alcohol content. Desserts were amazing!
  16. b

    bill

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love dining at Don's. The atmosphere is warm, appealing, pleasant. The food is excellent. The service is outstanding, thanks to my favorite servers, Laurie and Patty.
  17. f

    frankeh

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our food was excellent!! Those Brussel sprouts were the best!! Beef medallions superb!! Our table of 4 was very satisfied with all of their choices!! Our server was top notch! Kept the bread coming and filled our water! She was very helpful with our food choices!! We are from out of town but will Definitely recommend this restaurant to any Cleveland goers!
  18. BR

    BRIANM

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was spectacular and food was pretty good. Will definitely go back.
  19. JD

    JerryD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Another long standing restaurant that has not kept it's quality up.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was seasoned well and the service was great. The French onion soup was amazing
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Mothers Day took over 1hr and 20 min for food
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    They forgot multiple parts of our order. They did not bring my daughter’s crab cakes nor my husband’s Cesar salad. They informed us later that they ran out of crab cakes. Our sides came out cold! Very disappointed!
  23. JD

    JohnnyD

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We went on Mother's Day, so take that into account. The food we had was excellent, particularly the calamari and lobster tail, but the entrees were both our second choices because they had run of several items at 5:00. Service was slow and a bit abrupt.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  25. D

    Doug

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has been a consistently outstanding destination for years, particularly for exquisite seafood dishes.
  26. JL

    JeffreyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    website says overlooks the lake and park, which it doesn't. The steak was tender but no flavor.
  27. DM

    DebraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice atmosphere, good service. The place was very busy due to Mother’s Day.
  28. RS

    ReggieS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place to dine out. Took my mom there for mother's day and she enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. I'd highly recommend this place to those looking for nice fine dinning or a good evening out or even a nice special occasion.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food was absolutely heavenly! We had less attentive service than we expected, but overall it was an incredible atmosphere and the perfect celebratory date night! The filet and scampi was heavenly!!!
  30. AB

    AshleyB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food and staff. Great menu that will satisfy the appetite of anyone.
  31. WZ

    WalterZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing! The salmon was hot, moist and very delicious. The lobster mash as well. I had a taste of my wife’s walleye. It was light, crispy and delicious.
  32. TD

    TerryD

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our first visit here in 20 years. A friend recommended we try it. We took advantage of Happy Hour before we sat down for dinner. Very nice happy hour with solid app specials. The stuffed mushrooms and Mussels were excellent. There was over 2 dozen Mussells for$7.50 in an a tasty garlic sauce. Our entries were halibut and risotto and salmon. Both were excellent, perfectly prepared and a solid value for seafood in a restaurant these days. Great service from the wait staff made the night even better. We will be back soon.
  33. BB

    BrittanyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, food and service. Can’t go wrong!
  34. SB

    SherylB

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An elderly friend and I dined at Don's Lighthouse last evening in the dining room, partially partitioned from the bar/lounge area which makes conversation easy and pleasant. Tables are covered with white tablecloths, increasingly a rarity today. Service was fast, proficient, observant and friendly without being chummy. The menu, although not huge, offers a fairly wide range of selections with seafood being prominent and always excellent. I had the Faroe Island salmon with excellent lobster mashed potatoes and fresh spinach - delightful! Lots of lobster in the potatoes! My guest had a filet. He excused himself to use the restroom just as our waitress was approaching with the entrees. When he did not return immediately, she quietly told me she had asked the chef to prepare another filet for him as his would be overdone under the heat lamps where she had placed it. I thought that was extremely thoughtful of her. When he returned she told him his steak would be out very shortly, cooked as he had ordered and it was. We had a delightful evening, good conversation despite his being somewhat hard of hearing, and delicious dinners well worth the price.
  35. h

    helenzt

    Cleveland

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So nice to come back to Don’s Lighthouse - we hadn’t been for a while, and it was lovely to return. The food was every bit as good as we remembered (cracker crusted cod was amazing!) and our server was terrific. A nice bonus was our bottle of wine was half off (on Tuesdays)! Great value for the quality of food and service, in a lovely setting without too much noise to ruin our quiet conversation.
  36. KF

    KristiF

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was delicious! Service was inconsistent, but server apologetic and tried to make things right( comped dessert when it took a long time to arrive). Will definitely go back.
  37. RM

    RebeccaM

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had scallops and they were cooked to perfection. I loved the lobster sauce with them. So, so good. The wedge salad was also wonderful. The cod was also very good.
  38. KP

    KimP

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, we were there for a birthday and the birthday boy got complementary cheesecake.
  39. DG

    DenineG

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The food is good. It is never hot, always lukewarm. French Onion soup was superb has the perfect flavor
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fiancés birthday

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Don's Lighthouse Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1712 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 8 times today
Google Map for Don's Lighthouse Grille

8905 Lake Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clifton

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private lot with complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday for lunch and Friday-Saturday evenings

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luis Lolon Cora

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (216) 961-6700

  • Private party facilities

    The captains room holds up to 50 people for full service dining in a formal atmosphere.

  • Private party contact

    Kraig Sternquist: (216) 961-6700

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