Rusty Anchor at the Music Box

4.3
1085 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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DM
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Drag Queen Bingo was fantastic! We had big laughs some adult fun education and memories for a lifetime.

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LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 5

You sent an email saying i did not show up but i was at the show. Not sure what happened. The show was great!

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JM
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Portion size of the perch fish n chips is generous. Half at a lower price would have been fine. The Pablo crusted fish has no flavor and begs good tarter sauce and lemon juice to give it taste. The fries were crisp and warm; ideally they should be served hot.
Wait staff is excellent though and the Drag Bingo entertaining. I do not come to the Usis Box for the good or beverages frankly. This particular evening was to see what the entertaining Drag Bingo would be like. I’ll stick to the excellent music entertainment moving forward.

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SB
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the Cleveland stories dinner parties. Our friends have not attended before and really enjoyed the night. The food was great and we certainly enjoyed the ambiance. Our server was prompt and attentive. Can't wait for our next chance for a Stories Dinner Party.

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JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My wife and I have been here a couple of times, first for the 2018 NFL Draft preview, then for a talk by Bill Liningston. Both times we ate, drank and enjoyed ourselves. Our drive in is about an hour, so it is worth the trip.

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CS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about the Rusty Anchor except seating,,,,it's hard to get out in a walkway to go to the bathroom, everyone is crammed in like sardines. Very uncomfortable especially for larger folks around.

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F
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Always great entertainment and service, however the Sunday brunch was a bit disappointing. Food from the scrambled eggs to the sausage, home fries and sausage gravey were extremely salty and could have been hotter. Salads, fruit and pastries were great. Good crowd and entertainment evened things out .

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f
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

table ready on time,great service, good food ,pleased

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I think it was a very nice place. The prices for drinks over the top expensive. My husband had the perch which was excellent. But for the price should have had a salad. I had the salad it was good just nothing to brag about on a small square salad dish basic bland white. The shrimp appetizer was the best thing they had. Friends had the salmon with something with rice or curry powder what was that? They had me try it is was terrible. Going back to the drinks a double vodka in soda water very small glass was 17 bucks. You would think if you want that much for a drink you would serve it in a stunning glass with some presentation. Not a small jelly jar what was that? The view was beautiful and I am sure in summer this would be the place to be. Our band was jMiller he was okay not what I would expect for this price tag. He was excited to be there and I was surprised he was the pick for Saturday night. When you are rolling out 400 bucks with the tickets and such. You want more. I would have expected to see this at your local neighborhood bar. I think this type of entertainment was not the best choice and for 15 bucks a ticket come on step it up a level. Valet service was prompt and kind. Our server was excellent thank you Brittany. But I have to give the experience a c-. Would I recommend it to others probably not. This is a place to stop by for a happy hour if they offer it.

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GT
Cleveland
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered the walleye which was excellent.
The special looked really good but we love walleye when we can get.

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LV
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great location and view, good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Had a reservation for four but would only seat three.

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OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always food and service were great, we had a good time.

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music Box is a fun place to hear great music, from cover bands to local blues bands. The food and wine are good as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Supper Club presentations are fantastic. Best of all, it's free. Just make a reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We were cramped on top of each other. Waiter kept bumping into me. Service was awful. Waiter never brought back my change, guess he assumed it was his tip. I never told him it was. $20 for a small breakfast buffet is way to expensive. The music was great, but couldn’t enjoy it bc of situation described. Not sure if I like music for brunch, others at table said same thing. Might work better if scheduled after 2pm. Being earlier runs into church time.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Brunch selections!! The band was awesome! Would highly recommend!

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JS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Been here many times and always enjoy the food and entertainment. The service took a slight dive as an entire tray of wine glasses was broken which brought the bar to a standstill. Service was slow. Always new faces waiting tables and behind the bar. But one of the best places to see and hear live music in Cleveland!

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RP
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a sold out house with amazing music- yet the servers were attentive and friendly. Special requests were accommodated. This venue guarantees a fun and memorable evening for couples or large groups.

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RV
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server attended to us right away, which helped us keep on schedule for the musical performance upstairs. Food was delicious, as usual!

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E
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall, we had a great experience. The only things that keep me from giving a full five stars is that the hostess had an attitude problem any time that we interacted with her. Also, there were a couple meals that weren't brought out and a salad with a mistake, though I will give the benefit of the doubt on those, since we were there for a sold out show, so it was loud and very busy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner before a concert. Food was fantastic! Great experience’

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MS
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

There for a show

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VM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service. First time but will be back.

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D
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so happy Rusty Anchor offers excellent music with a good variety of dining options. We understand with the number of people enjoying the live music good service may be hard to provide but both Friday at Rusty Anchor - Dave provided excellent service all evening. On Saturday night at the Moody Blues tribute in the concert hall Matt provided our entire table with excellent service. Just wanted to acknowledge the terrific job they both did. Also the food was great as well - Friday we got the salmon & lobster Mac/Cheese and I got the Apple Crisp with Cinnamon ice cream. Sat we both got the beef rib and we both got the Apple Crisp with Cinnamon ice cream. We raved about the dessert that at least one other at our table also got the Apple Crisp and another got the cheesecake which she said was great as well.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great time at New Years Eve party with The FM Project. Unfortunately slow service, especially after our meal marred what would have been a 5 Star evening. I am taking into account how busy you were for the New Years Celebration, that I will give a pass.

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SB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We had an outstanding time on new years eve. Nightbridge was Awesome. Best Music I've heard in a long time. Service wasn't great. We waited a long time to get our wrist bands to go eat. Then for the server to return to order drinks.
Overall, a great time. Can be wait to go back.

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KK
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We attended the Noon New Year's Eve event in the Supper Club and opted for the brunch, which we've enjoyed a number of times in the past. I'm happy (and relieved) to say that both the food and service returned to their usual quality as compared to a disappointing experience on both counts one week before. There was a fine variety of brunch offerings, including the usual and some less-typical, very appealing offerings, e.g., a tasty roasted vegetable and tofu stir fry. The food could have been warmer, but everything was replenished regularly, and the servers manning the buffet were personable and responsive. Our table server, Nick, was especially good - efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable. With a terrific, high-energy, hard-working band (Nitebridge) and a friendly, responsive audience, everything made for a fun and memorable day. The Music Box is one of our favorite venues.

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LC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love the live music entertainment. I took my three children to watch Thornetta Davis for my birthday and it was an awesome night full of memories. I have recommended the Music Box to many friends.

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

Apple crisp was underwhelming—topping was mushy, not many apples and the ice cream was vanilla, not the cinnamon ice cream that was listed on the menu. In spite of that, our waiter was really great and so was the music!

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SM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and we loved the restaurant and Thornetta Davis and her band. The view was stunning! We will most certainly be back!

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K
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went Friday night for dinner and live blues. Had a great time! Varied menu, seasonal drinks, solid service, and an awesome performance. This place brings great acts, and has a great little dance floor too.

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very pricey for what you get. My husband had the 15.00 burger and I had the 14.00 fish tacos. Only 2 tacos per serving and the burger did come with fries but VERY overpriced. By the way, the old menu was still posted on social media with a link when you make your reservation with old food options as well as lower prices!

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E
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My perch was greasy and my fries were cold. The apple crisp was soggy. More attention needs to be given in the kitchen. It is very convenient to eat there but I was disappointed with the food. The service was good.

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CE
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Waitress was awesome and accommodating. Always made sure we had what we needed.

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KK
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We've eaten at the Rusty Anchor many times and have usually been satisfied with the food. Occasionally it's been very good, and at least satisfactory other times. Unfortunately, on December 23 the food and service were very disappointing. What was described as roasted vegetable stir fry (with kale, broccoli, scallions, mushrooms, and carrots) on brown rice in actuality was steamed broccoli florets, two tiny, thin slices of what seemed to be canned mushrooms, and a few quarter-inch slivers of carrot. The server took my bowl back to the kitchen "to have more vegetables added," then returned with the bowl as it was with the report that "the kitchen is low on vegetables." If the kitchen lacks the ingredients needed for a dish, shouldn't that item be taken off the menu? The server said we would not be charged for the item, but when the bill came we WERE charged; i had to flag her down and point out the problem. My husband's "brie lobster mac and cheese" was devoid of both lobster and any flavor - totally bland with little creaminess. My water glass was not refilled for 90 minutes, and my husband was offered no refills for his coffee. The couple seated next to us had very poor service as well. We wonder if this was an isolated incident, or if the Rusty Anchor's food and service has deteriorated alarmingly.

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D
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We like to sit close to the band so unless you have four people in your party you will share the table with others but no one stays a stranger because we're all there to celebrate the excellent music! Music Box does a great job of getting the best local talent as well as name performers from other states. Many are (or should be) members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I seldom drink adult beverage as the designated driver but make up for it in my thank you to the servers. Highly recommend!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Knowing it would be a busy weekend during the Holiday weekend they did not have enough staff. Service was poor, and the food was mediocre. The live music was great.

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YB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch was fantastic! You literally can have your breakfast and lunch all at one sitting. The food was great and in abundance. Listening to Cats on Holiday was wonderful, they are a fun loving group !

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JD
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for music and fun. Always enjoy our time there. Love that they bring national acts and support local music. Looking forward to our next visit.

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