Rusty Anchor at the Music Box

4.3
971 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
World-class restaurant and Cleveland’s #1 choice for live music. Offers casual fine dining and nightly concerts on the riverfront with spectacular cityscape views. Menu offers Cleveland comfort food, such as their delicious lobster perogies or fresh Lake Erie perch. Also featuring Happy Hours Wednesday-Sunday with food and drink specials.

**Please note: OpenTable reservations are only available for Rusty Anchor / Supper Club dining. Tickets are required for admission to our Supper Club or Concert Hall concerts.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Bar
Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am
Open for Concerts Only
Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner Service
Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(216) 242-1250 ext. 2
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dennis Devies
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Elm Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
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Parking details
Valet parking is available. In addition, there is plenty of parking surrounding the venue in lots near Nautica.
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Entertainment
The Music Box Supper Club hosts well-known national touring musicians and local Northeast Ohio artists from multiple genres, including blues, jazz, folk, bluegrass, rock and soul.
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Special events & promotions
The two-story Music Box Supper Club has a flexible layout that's easily configured for groups from 30 to 700 people. With gorgeous waterfront views, a spacious deck overlooking downtown Cleveland and customizable menus—along with on-site catering and full liquor service—we offer a first-class event planning and space.

The events department can be contacted at (216) 242-1253.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Dave Heffron will assist parties of 20-50. Brittany Reye, Event Manager, will assist parties of 50 or more. Shannon Brancifort, Wedding & Social Events Manager.

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What 971 People Are Saying
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BO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came for the Music and had a delightful brunch. The staff was VERY helpful, from help in booking arrangements to on-site service.

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SW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoy the Music Box very much. I love the acts that you have and the food is amazing. Prices are very reasonable, and your staff if fantastic.

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h
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had never been there,liked the live music,able to see band...not real fond of the "family style seating",especially if other tables were available...our waitress seemed a little abrupt at first,but loosened up and we enjoyed joking with her then...the other people at our table were nice..The perch we ordered was out,but burgers were good. We would come back again. Thank you for the opportunity to be there

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DH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress Caroline was outstanding. She was friendly, attentive, caring and efficient. She checked with us as to whether we needed anything, and attended to those needs immediately. Since it was only our second time experiencing the Music Box,she was patient and answered our all of our questions The food was also quite good - flavorable, served hot and reasonably priced.

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LJ
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We come to the Music Box very often for music performances, both in the concert hall and in the Rusty Anchor. We hold VIP status. Music Box is our favorite place for an evening out. We very much enjoy the various tribute bands. And servers are attentive and pleasant. A fantastic band that you may want to book in the future is CHANCE LIVE BAND. They are from the Cleveland area. We would love to see them at Music Box. Also Walt Sanders (Elvis tribute) is excellent.

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j
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Me and my friends and family love doing this for brunch.great food and great music.

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h
Cleveland
91 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Spotty, slow service even though it was not very crowded (we went on a Thursday evening at 6:30, th place was maybe half full). Cocktails took a while to arrive, then we waited even longer to order food (I finally had to catch our server and ask to order). We ordered 3 walleye dinners; the waitress came back to say they only had 2 lyonnaise potato orders left so would we want to sub one for mashed potatoes? Yes, no problem. But then 2 dinners came with the mashed and only 1 had the lyonnaise... a small problem, but it was one of several small problems that kind of added up. The food was quite good, but we had tickets to the upstairs concert and things slowed down even more when the singer started her set (she was excellent, no complaints there!), so we ended up having to eat our entrees rather fast in order to finish and get upstairs in time. We had mentioned to our server that we had tickets for the 8:00 concert upstairs but that didn’t seem to make any difference in the pace of things.

One other note - you need to know that you won’t be able to carry on any conversation once the musical act begins. It would be nice for the restaurant to post on Open Table (or send you an email in advance) what time the live music will begin so you can plan accordingly. We were dining with a friend who was in town for only one night and it was disappointing that we weren’t able to converse as much as we’d hoped before our show upstairs.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great time listening to Austin Carr at a perfect venue
Our waiter was very attentive
Food was good
Salmon was just right
Had a wonderful evening

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there many times and each meal has been delicious. Extensive menu for appetizers and entrees. You won't go wrong no matter what you order. Servers are friendly and attentive to your needs.

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to Rusty Anchor to eat dinner and to hear Austin Carr, as part of the Cleveland Storytellers Series. The food and service were good, the atmosphere was very relaxing, and the view was fantastic. It was a beautiful evening, so we sat near the opening to the deck and enjoyed watching the crew teams practicing on the river. We have already recommended the Rusty Anchor to friends.

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was timely and well organized. Sausage special was not the grilled kielbasa I expected and it gave me indigestion for 24 hours. Good peach dessert. Enjoy the venue and happy to discover the local history series.

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place for the live music, and great food. Only thing I didn't like was the 6 party table in front of our 2 person table, was talking so loud that they were actually disruptive to us enjoying music...the lady sitting next to us, asked them to quiet down. The couple next to me, ended up leaving due to the talking.

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K
Cleveland
45 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food has gotten better and better over the years. Nice variety of music. Polite servers.

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch gets better every time we come. The wait service is so accommodating.

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JD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at your Sunday Brunch! The good you delicious and we enjoyed the entertainment while dining. We will definitely be returning! I love this place!!

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DV
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended the clambake and Matt Corey Jazz Band show. This our second time for dinner and a show and we were not disappointed. The service was good; our server was very attentive. The clambake was delicious; chowder, clams, potatoes, corn and cornbread; plenty to fill up on. Liked that a glass of YlingYlang came with the meal. Matt Corey was an outstanding sax player and had a talented band as well. A very enjoyable evening!

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HK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Love that there are vegan options. Now just need to add a vegan appetizer and dessert.

Thanks!

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AT
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Perch dinner light and crispy...5 piecies! Was able to substitute vegetable for fries. Had waiter-in-training and service was attentive. Only disappointment...would not take coupon from Our Town and All Around. Reason...they had not given permission to company to print coupons. I am looking forward to more dinners at this venue.

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S
Cleveland
100 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner, great atmosphere and our server, Nick, took great care of pus. Can’t wait to go back.

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PL
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem on the waterfront in Cleveland. We love the story-telling Wednesday evening events
The pre-fix meals have always been really good. A CLE place you really have to experience. Kudos to the owners for the past few years. They are only getting better.

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AN
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

I truly enjoy the Music Box, on this evening the server seemed overwhelmed, we were never served after our initial cocktail, went to the bar for further service. I hope they fix this soon. I will be back.

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D
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Music Box is a great source for live music with an eclectic mix of local as well as nationally known performers with all being excellent at their craft. Food options have something for everyone - my favorite is the beef short rib but great choices for meat, fish and vegetarian. Looking forward to Jake Shimabukaro coming in from Hawaii - amazing musician!! Mahalo to Collen & staff for bring in so many wonderful performers! Dahmia

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CK
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great music and venue for fun evening downtown Cleveland

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b
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

During fall and winter, they offer a series of talks about Cleveland history and people of Cleveland. These are intimate and so much fun to hear and enjoy a night out. If you're looking for something to do on a Wednesday night in Cleveland, this is a good place to go!

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TL
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Prices for food & drinks a little more than average; food selections are limited. Burger & fries cooked perfectly. Short ribs delicious! Service good. Music & entertainment always good. Some of the tribute bands in concert hall are excellent although a overpriced at $15. Scenic views on the river are great.

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DD
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally enjoyed the Beatles brunch! Lots of fun with great live music by Sunrise Jones!

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KH
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Music Box has the best Beatles Brunch.The food is excellent and Sunrise Jones is an excellent band.

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p
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Terrible service, waited 25 minutes for a waitress after arrival to take drink orders. Very little attention during the show.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was our first time there and it wasn't made clear (on the Open Table App) that if you want to be seated inside the restaurant you have to buy tickets (pay a cover charge). Not a big deal though - the tickets weren't that expensive. My wife and I enjoyed the food, drinks, and band. I'm looking forward to going back. Hopefully the service will be quicker next time.

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CP
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We shared a few hearty appetizers and ordered meals as well. The crab cake appetizer and perch were delicious and the chicken topped caeser salad was also very tasty. Great beer menu and beautiful setting on the river.

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OT
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Music was great. Food okay but service wasn’t very attentive.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

I have been then quite a few times, 5 or more, at least. You have really stepped up the buffet. It was ABSOLUTELY wonderful this time.
Our table participated in the Bloody Mary bar. We got our goodies from the buffet and the went to garnish our drinks. We were not so pleased with the selection for our Bloody Mary's, as were some of the other patrons that were there. Not a piece of celery to be found, a staple in Bloody Marys. The bar was high and some of us could not see inside the cups where the accouterments were held. Other patrons were kind enough to assist us. I called the bartender over to ask about olives. He said "there in the cup". I asked if there were any regular olives, not the kind in olive oil that were there. He told me, not so nicely, that those were the kind that were always used. This is simply not true! He walked away for a moment and came back and said "I sent her downstairs and she's bringing up a case of olives, now how else can I make you happy". I was engaged in a coversation with another patron, and she said "I'm happy". He said he wasnt talking about her, he meant me. I told him I was happy, except for the olives. He kept on about my not looking happy. I went back to my table to eat and began talking with my friend when the bartender appeared with a bowl of olives. He said to me, " if you wouldve waited you could have had these", we both just looked at him. My friend started to tell him that the ones there this time were in a olive oil dressing and he interrupted her by saying, " you got your olives". I looked up at him to say something, and the mixture of the sunshine and the surgeries Ive had on my left eye, I guess made me squint, because as he was walking away he said "dont roll your eyes at me". Unbelieveable, that I was treated that way and spoke to in th hat manner. He was argumentative at the bar, and to speak to me like that at the table. I wont be back!

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LS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Have been coming for over a year every month to hear Rachel and beatnik Playboys love to come there for the brunch the food is always delicious the atmosphere is wonderful the music sound is fantastic I have followed Rachel for over 30 years since she was just a teenager and this is one of the best places I love to come to hear her play I always make reservations for my table for the Sammons and you always give me good seats thank you I really do appreciate that a couple of the waiters have got to know me and are so good to me they're always make sure they take good care of me I live in Wadsworth Ohio so it's a little over 4 5 minutes to get there but it is well worth the drive can't wait to come to the Linda Randstad show in October from the cold Icy days with ice on the lake to the warm beautiful summer days with the boat this is one beautiful place to come and bring friends THANK YOU

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DO
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

First time visit. The service was adequate but our waiter was very curt in his conversation; almost smug. The menu was limited and the food was so-so; nothing gourmet but adequate. Once the band started playing it was loud and could even have been acceptable if the band knew how to play together. The sax player was in a world of his own and the guitar player and the horn player strayed from melody line doing their frequent solos. I may try the Music Box one more time to give the a second chance only with a different venue.

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ER
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

My mother and aunt were in town and I picked this spot for my two friends, myself and my family to enjoy our first evening in Cleveland together. They wanted a spot by the water and I figured this was perfect. Boy was I wrong! Unfortunately, our entrees took two hours to come out, we didn’t get refilled drinks until an hour and a half in. Other tables were so sick of waiting that they just walked out and didn’t pay their tab. My mother is not like this so we went to ask for management and it took us thirty minutes to get our bill. I will never recommend this restaurant and will be telling everyone about the terrible service. What a disappointing beginning to our otherwise lovely weekend together!

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KP
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice evening:) Dinner and service delightful. Band was exceptional! Atmosphere great! The only thing that caused us to leave after the first set, was preference to customers immediately around band. We turned in our requests before some people even arrived and our requests were ignored. It was a special date night for my husband and I. I made all the arrangements and was disappointed when his request was not honored.

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a
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We attended to see a band, have a few drinks and eat some food. The music was great. The place was not full yet service was slow. We ordered 3 mushroom bacon cheeseburgers and when they arrived there was no bacon on any of them. (Bacon was brought out later on side plates) We ordered a bottle of wine and the wrong one was served to our table. We witnessed two servers walking around with food unsure of where to deliver it.
Since we were not in a hurry, this didn't significantly diminish our experience.
I will still recommend Music Box Super Club and attend for shows.

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SB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It is a good value to hear live music and eat. I highly recommend.

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SW
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoy your establishment very much. The staff is friendly and patient. The food is amazing and the entertainment is fun

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great night out with friends to see Commander Cody. Staff was great and the venue was fantastic.

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