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Permanently Closed - John Palmer's Bistro 44

239 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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This restaurant is permanently closed. John Palmer's Bistro 44 offers contemporary American & Comfort Food cuisine featuring a "scratch kitchen" where all items are made in-house using the freshest products available. John Palmer's Bistro 44 features a cozy environment with a warm fireplace, private room & a comfortable couch lounge.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(440) 350-0793
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Sean St. Clair
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Private party facilities
John Palmer's Bistro 44 offers private space for 20 to 25 guests.
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Private party contact
Alison St. Clair: (440) 350-0793
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Personalized catering services available to accommodate any party size & event.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2017

its very Good and rate very nice and something more else

vip2shoes (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

Great food and love it when Kristine Jackson plays too. Everyone who works here are excellent.

Cher (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Introduced someone to John Palmer's (now Nou Veau) and she loved it. We all enjoyed our food, tho the guy felt the portions weren't enough. Two of us took home leftovers. Food, service, and ambience were great. The place was busy!

Jrk50 (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

Our reservation was exactly as requested, the food was excellent, and the service was great. We enjoyed the lobster nachos and a shrimp cocktail as appetizers. I had the scallops with apples and black quinoa while my companion enjoyed the pork chops. The scallops were perfectly prepared, firm but not overdone, and very tasty. The pork chops were also very good, well seasoned and moist. The service was quite good, knowledgeable and attentive, but never intrusive. We both enjoyed the evening and will definitely return.

Bruce (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 30, 2015

This is the first time we have returned to John Palmer Bistro 44 since the new owners took over last fall. We had been hearing good things from our friends and I am very happy we decided to give it a try. The service was friendly. Our waitress had good knowledge of the menu items and was able to answer our questions. The service timing was really good giving just enough time between courses. The food was really good with well matched sides. The cocktails and draft beer were a little pricey but went well with the food. I don't think i will wait a year before returning. We had a great meal in a very nice atmosphere.

vipsnips (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

This is our first visit since the new owners have made their mark and we were very impressed. The overall mood is more welcoming and the menu offerings diverse. We really enjoyed our dinners and recommend the Waldorf salads, Beef Short Ribs, and the Salmom. We shared a Peach-Blueberry Crisp for dessert to finish a wonderful meal. As we were leaving the owner's wife introduced herself, thanked us for coming, and pretty much ensured that we will return. Well done.

MrPipedream (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

Get the crackling for an appetizer, it is devine.

vipRayandJ (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

First time since new ownership. A few menu changes that were very nice. I highly recommend.

vipjdeng8 (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2015

My husband and I dined here with another couple. The server was friendly and did a great job. My husband ordered the special fish, I ordered the scallops, and our friends ordered the pork chop and ravioli. We all loved our dinners - delicious! The drinks were also extra good. Would definitely recommend John Palmer's for a wonderful evening out.

vipConcordFran (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

Connie was a wonderful server. Attentive and timed the courses perfectly. The food was absolutely amazing. Sean has really outdone himself by being the new owner/chef at John Palmer's Bistro 44. We will be returning for many months to come.

vipFAB15 (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

We celebrated our anniversary at John Palmer's Bistro 44 and had a most enjoyable dinner and evening. It was our first time at this wonderful restaurant. It's a great looking place and the service was really A+. Nothing about the evening was rushed and we throughly enjoyed our drinks followed by the most delicious lobster nachos served in a most unique presentation. We knew we were in for more visual treats along with treats for the palate. One of the nights specials was a watermelon salad presented in a scooped our half of a baby watermelon. I had the wonderful tender scallops with a rice cake.and vegetable garnish. My husband had the veal chop special . It had a wonderful slightly spice rub flavor and was cooked to perfection. The menu itself is so well thought out and has wonderful fish , meat , pasta and side dishes. We will be back again soon to try more great food.
Our only disappointment was that upon making the reservation, I mentioned the anniversary celebration as I know most restaurants honor the couple in some way. This was a small let down. Certainly not enough to keep us from another wonderful meal.

vip2shoes (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2015

Quality of fiood and menu is four star excellent. Everything was perfect and for those that aren't familiar with this restaurant - you leave knowing you could not have had a better meal anywhere. Keep up the great work Service was exceptional and the rear patio is so well done. And entertainment by Kristine Jackson was cherry and whipped cream on the sundae. Fabulous night.

dancin (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on June 20, 2015

What a wonderful dinner. I had the pork chop and my husband had the steak medallions. Both were outstanding!!! Calamari appetizer was the best we've ever had. Can't way to try more things on the menu.

hereonbusiness (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2015

Service a bit slow but the food was worth the wait. We asked for bread as we were sharing a bottle of wine and it was wonderful. Highly recommend for a special night out. Relax and enjoy.

lmlake (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

We recommend sitting at the Chef's Table as it is fun to watch the chefs at work . When they have a chance, they share what they do for certain dishes. The good was terrific as always and three thumbs up on the gumbo!

vipOpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on April 29, 2015

Food and service were top notch tonight.

KSmith (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

We received an Open Table gift certificate and chose to try John Palmer's. We had the butternut squash ravioli appetizer, which was good, but small. My husband ordered filet that was excellent. His rosemary sea salt frites came out very soggy, and we sent them back. The next batch was golden and wonderfully crispy. I had the lamb chops, which were very tender. My sautéed spinach was very garlicky and yummy. The dessert was definitely the best part. I had a chocolate terrine, described to me as a cross between mousse and fudge. It was decadent and sinful. The ice cream accompanying it was icy and fast melting. My husband has bananas foster crème brulee, which was also excellent. Our waiter was good, but not the best. He didn't seem to have the time to chat with us about the dishes and was always rushing away. I would probably try John Palmer's again, but I would definitely get steak next time.

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on March 28, 2015

All of us John DeJoy fans (the previous owner and chef) were concerned about the sale and new ownership. We have been there twice since the changeover and are extremely pleased. Several new dishes we had were excellent, especially the ahi tuna. Our server (Alicia?) was great, very efficient. I enjoy the ambiance of this restaurant in that the tables are not squeezed together. Nice wine list also.

vipsteaklover (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on March 6, 2015

My wife and I had a lovely dinner here. Great atmosphere, waitress was wonderful, and the food was excellent. I had the NY strip and my wife had the salmon. We'll be back for sure.

Knicks (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2015

The special for the evening was running low, so our waitress reserved a special for me since we still waiting on friends. Then when checking again was told the last order was being made for someone else, she took the extra effort to make sure that didn't happen since we had reserved it first. So ended up with the order and the scallops were delicious. The food and atmosphere of John Palmer's is great. I wouldn't have known they were under new management. Keep up the great work and we will be return customers.