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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
Good for a Date (39)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
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Quiet Conversation (31)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Cozy (24)
Business Meals (22)
Romantic (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Great for Lunch (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Authentic (11)
Casual (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Seasonal (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Waterfront (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a few issues with our meals, but the way they ha does it was above anything we could imagine! We will go back because of the excellent service.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 9, 2018

It has ben a while since I have dined at Don's and the time has not been good to them...tired overpriced menu...only slightly more positive portion of the evening was the service after they realized that we had been seated and waited for someone to acknowledge us...many wonderful new restaurants to choose from in Cleveland...probably won't return

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Really enjoyed the $2.50 mussels, an outstanding value sure to bring us in again. My dinner guests who had recently vacationed along the New England coast were disappointed with the lobster roll, "they don't match up". Drinks were great, as was our waitress.
See you soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Don's is a real asset to our city. Its kitchen is reliable and boasts a versatile and practical menu. The seafood especially varies with the season and is treated with respect. In addition, Don's offers great service, valet parking, pleasant décor, and affordable prices.
It's hard to beat.
We've met friends and relatives there for years and have never been disappointed.
Long may Don's reign!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Still my favorite. Always excellent. Partugese seafood stew was outstanding.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went to celebrate New Years Eve. Haven't been to Dons in several years. Had crab legs wife had lobster tail. Food was excellent. Expensive but considering the day not bad. Will be our special restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As always the food was yummy, our waitress (Terry) was terrific and a wonderful time was had by all.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Hadn't been to Don's Lighthouse in years. It was good to go back. We went for a post theater (matinee) dinner and had a very nice time. Great building, consistently good Don's restaurant food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent meal! From the spinach artichoke dip appetizer, to the French Onion soup, to the main course, everything was delicious! We sat at a booth near the bar & took advantage of happy hour appetizers/drinks, but also allowed us access to order off the full menu. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service was wonderful!! Food was great, steaks were a little undercooked but still delicious!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great time. Service was excellent.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

First time customers and we were very delighted with our experience for our anniversary dinner. Our server Terry was on top of everything. Food was delicious and came out timely.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service level does not match the price level. The food here is very good, but the service is lacking as well as the ambiance. We were seated in the backroom area which has a lower ceiling. This makes it very noisy in that area. Plus the tables are extremely close together which makes it difficult for the wait staff to get through without bumping into your chair. Some of the say excuse me, but others do not. When you make reservations ask for a booth.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had dinner there last Saturday before going to a performance at Playhouse Square. Our waitress was AWESOME.....food was great and wine superb. Always a pleasure to dine at Don's Lighthouse.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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·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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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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 (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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