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  2. Distance: 0.55mi
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About Don's Lighthouse Grille

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.

8905 Lake Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Clifton

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(216) 961-6700

Website:
http://www.donslighthouse.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Jason Reed

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Don's Lighthouse Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (41)
Good for a Date (37)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
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Good for Birthdays (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Cozy (23)
Business Meals (20)
Romantic (19)
Worth the Drive (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Casual (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Authentic (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Comfort Food (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Fun (6)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Don's Lighthouse never ceases to amaze me. We have never had a bad meal at this wonderful restaurant. I hope that Don's never changes. We love it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent experience- Service was outstanding!

Menu options were diverse and presentation was very nice

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

EXCELLENT AMBIANCE, FOOD AND SERVICE AS ALWAYS.
ONE OF OUR FAVORITE GO TO RESTAURANTS FOR FISH AND SEAFOOD.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Don's has excellent food and service. Our waiter, Patty, was great and both my wife and I had a great meal. We will definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great service, interesting & diverse menu. Nice wine list. Beautiful decor. Best Chocolate Mousse ever!
My only complaint....my request for a modification of a menu item was denied because "kitchen was too busy"

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great Food. The Portuguese Stew was excellent. Don's wine was smooth and tasty. Service was also great.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Unusually busy for a Sunday night. Server handled it well, as usual. Overall experience was fine, what we expected, and will certainly go back. Only disappointment was the steak medallions (with shrimp) which were cooked well done and we ordered medium rare.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We often stop at Don’s when we are in the CLE area. Tonight’s service was unusually slow, and we found out the chef thinks baked potatoes are “old school,” so they no longer serve. Instead, not-very-good fries. We will still frequent when we are close, though.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food is always delicious and well presented and service continues to be outstanding. I highly recommend Don 's Lighthouse.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our service was excellent and food was good from appetizer to our main meal

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always it is a great place to eat.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The manager or guy that seated us was pretty rude right off the start, however once we got seated our server was awesome and the food was amazing.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Don' s Lighthouse never disappoints.Great food,great service and great vibe.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a great place to dine. I've been going there for many years and never had a bad meal,
coupled with professional service, how can you go wrong. I highly recommend this restaurant .

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Ate here a couple of years ago and it was great. So I was back in town visiting family and we returned for an equally great meal.
We enjoyed callimari with swordfish and grilled tuna entrees and they were terrific.
Drink prices are very reasonable and they have a very good wine list which is also reasonably priced.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 14, 2017

One of our all-time favorite restaurants. We drive over from the east side quite often to enjoy the ambience, good service and excellent food. Restaurant week offered very good choices also. Extremely comfortable place that I have enjoyed for years and am glad it has not changed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Once our server realized we were ordering from the "independent restaurant week " menu he became diss engaged. Food was good and came out without delay, but server was uninterested in us. Really, I probably over tipped him.

Other than that, it was good, we'll be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Nice place to meet for a conversational dinner. Food was good. Service here is a slower-paced, and they were very busy. But that was perfect for us as we were catching up with friends. Enjoyed the slower pace of the evening. Thankful that the tv was in the bar area and there was no music blaring as we tried to converse. Thank you! We will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The best French Onion Soup!!!!!
Great service! Easy to make reservations online!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went for the Cleveland Independents Restaurant Week. The menu provided a good number of choices compared to some of the other participating restaurants. The food was good, but not outstanding. The dessert was the biggest disappointment. I ordered ice cream. It was partially melted in a white bowl (vanilla ice cream) with no garnish whatsoever. My companions ordered the chocolate mousse (I do not like chocolate) and it had a single strawberry slice as a garnish. When we arrived it was very crowded and as we left the noise level was down due to many people leaving. The service was OK, very slow, but it was very busy so the servers were working hard. If we we not with friends that we wanted to catch up with, we might have been upset with the wait time. I had Salmon and it was a bit over cooked, but still OK. So overall it was good, but not great. There are so many restaurants in Cleveland to try, so we will try others before going back to Don's Lighthouse.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 8, 2017

An excellent meal with great service. Time to talk with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner and took advantage of Cleveland restaurant week. Many of us had the 3 course meal an all cooked well. The teaks were done appropriately and were delicious. The crab cakes had just the right amount of spice. Loved the champagne sorbet.

Our waitress was very nice. There was a bit of a lag between courses but it leant itself to a very enjoyable evening.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Drove through tereible weather to get there and it was really worth it. I am not impressed with sirloin streak but ittasted like a filet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had not been to Don's Lighthouse for a few years. We went for Restaurant Week. The PreFix was delicious. The salad, crabcake,beans(done perfectly), and chocolate mousse dessert were all wonderful. The recommended wine was also very good. Service was very good and so was our cozy booth.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

First time I was ever disappointed with my meal. Got a filet and was very under-whelmed. Had this been my first visit, I would not go back.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Don's has a fantastic menu selection with everything from steaks to seafood and everything in between. The quality of the food was delicious. The server was very attentive and offered great suggestions. This was a romantic date for us and it lived up to the expectations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Not a bad place but the menu and decor could use some updating. The building itself is a historic beauty and the complementary valet was greatly appreciated!

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Don Lighthouse a great place for me to celebrate my birthday. The food and service was excellent. The atmosphere was very pleasant. I will come back again as well as recommend.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our server was great, the food was hot and we were able to have an enjoyable long time at the table.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We visited Don's Lighthouse for their clambake, the best anywhere - little neck clams, 1 1/4 pound lobster, potatoes and corn. Service is excellent, including cracking the lobster shell for us. Quality wine list and wonderful Manhattans. We will definitely continue dining there.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was great, as expected. Being a mid-week, the restaurant was relatively empty, and a very low noise level. Service was excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Thank you to Craig and the Staff. We were celebrating a Family Member and Don's Lighthouse is the best, by far, for such an occasion. The food was outstanding. Thank you.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

We have dined at Don's Lighthouse for 40 years!!!...Our latest tradition is the lobster bake. It
has been two years in a row, same family members, same table and same wonderful waitress. The food was incredible and we thank you for this ongoing quality dinners, drinks and great service.....Marilyn

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, romantic ambiance, friendly service, wonderful menu

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good but it took a good amount of time for our dinner to come from the kitchen. Our appetizer came out alright but approx 35 minutes later after we were done with our appetizer.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

OUR DINING EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT. FOOD WELL PREPARED
SERVICE OUTSTANDING

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Took 15 mins after we were seated until we were even acknowledged by the server - we almost left. Otherwise it was fine

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was amazing. I ended up taking my mom here for here belated birthday. I got clams and the surf and turf.
The clams were perfect, very tasty. The wine broth was excellent, great for dipping bread! Surf and turf was yummy, came with a demi glacé filet (not a huge fan of the demi, just would have prefered a different sauce) it was very yummy. The lobster was perfect! I could have eaten 3 of them, seasoning was amazing!
Only complaint was we got the creme brûlée for dessert to share. I’m a baker, and I work with a really great pastry chef for a living. The top of the creme brûlée was so over cooked, I couldn’t put my spoon through it at first. The waiter said that’s typically how they send it out, I just think creme brûlée is supposed to be cooked perfectly! Should be able to tap the top of it lightly with a spoon, so it cracks open. It was delicious though, it tasted fine.
Overall a 9.5/10 dining experience. Would go here again in a heartbeat!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It has been many years since we have dined at Don's Lighthouse. Unfortunately, I do not believe we will be returning. The service was slow and mediocre as was the food. Had the steak and lobster - I've had better in my own kitchen. Sorry - In a city with GREAT restaurants, Don's needs to step it up. Very disappointing to spend a special occasion with a less than stellar experience.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent as usual. Always consistent with wonderful food and service!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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