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About sarita a restaurant

Our focus at Sarita is new American cuisine. A style of food that's not pigeonholed into one country or one style. But a representation of all of us. A blend of the best if you will. My background is very Pacific Rim Californian, so you can expect lighter dishes with natural reductions, a lot of vinaigrettes, less cream, less butter -- but unbelievable flavors. We're going to continually evolve and have fun with the menu. You will always experience something new when you come in.

14523 Madison Ave
Lakewood, OH 44107
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Belle

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(216) 226-5200

Website:
http://www.sarita-restaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Public Parking next to restaurant. Street Parking. Citizens Bank across the street (no overnight parking or you will be towed from their lot)

Executive Chef:
Anthony Romano

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

sarita a restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
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Special Occasion (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (24)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Worth the Drive (18)
Fun (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Bar Seating (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Casual (13)
Business Meals (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Authentic (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Cozy (9)
Healthy (9)
Romantic (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Vegan (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Cleveland)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a follow up from my 4 star review on October 20. We weren't overly impressed with the service or food then but said we'd give it another shot. We did last night. I made an 8:30 reservation (8:15 was also available). We came in a few minutes early and said we were ok with sitting at the first available table but preferred the main dining room. The hostess informed us that a table in the dining room would be open shortly. When a table opened up and was cleaned nobody approached us to show us to it. Our guest from Chicago finally asked if we could be seated. The hostess said she was seating someone there already and asked us if we wanted a high top (the time was now 8:45), this high top was available from the time we walked in the restaurant. We said no because we could have just sat there had it been offered when we came in. We stood around for a few more minutes, we had not been approached once at this point since we checked in. We left and will not be going back. This restaurant is aiming at upscale but does not seem to be sustaining it. This was extremely disappointing as we had an out of town guest and we live about 35 minutes away.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and drinks were exceptional. Calamari was crispy, lobster nachos were delightful, and all of the entrees were beautifully plated and delicious.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined 7 days ago

We’ve visited this restaurant regularly for at least 20 years, going back to when it was Player’s on Madison. The food and service have been consistently first-rate. It’s one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Second visit did not disappoint. Same outstanding menu and tasty food as last time.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Perfection is a good word to describe our meals. Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Our server was great and the food was fantastic. Will definitely come back!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We loved the creative menu and the contemporary, but comfortable, decor. We ordered the Hot Chicken and the stuffed butternut squash - both were outstanding! We also appreciated the hand-crafted cocktails and the local beer offerings. A great find!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Healthy, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent as usual. Consistent and great service. Truly a wonderful dining experience always.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were there for a birthday. We all enjoyed our food and the birthday boy received a free dessert. Our waiter was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The menu was great and the specials were even better!! We’ll be back!!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

While my wife and I like Sarita, we still miss Players. The food, service and atmosphere at Sarita are all good and for the price, a reasonable value. However, in the several times we have dined here, nothing stands out as being truly distinctive or special that alone would make the restaurant a destination choice. Good but not great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 15, 2017

There is such a great variety on the menu at Sarita. We've tried half the meals and have never been disappointed. We'd be there every night if it wasn't a half hour from our house. The crab cakes, pork chop and brussel sprouts were all delicious. I would highly recommend trying this place.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I never give local neighborhood restaurants five star reviews. Having said that, this restaurant is an exception to that. Outstanding service, terrific menu and thoughtful wine selection. I can’t read this restaurant highly enough in it segment. If you haven’t tried it, do yourself a favor and give it a shot. You will love it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was good and the service was great. Our server was very attentive. The seating was pretty cramped, and the lighting was terrible. The track lighting had spotlights on specific tables, and one was right on top of my table making us anxious and hot - felling like we were on display. I would rec sitting at the high top bar area.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This place is amazing! The food, drinks and service was outstanding!

Wonderful experience! Will definitely come back!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is just incredible! The specials are always top notch!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Saturday night, many specials - enjoyed the pork tenderloin, beef short ribs, scallops dishes. Kitchen VERY busy, had a couple order mishaps, but they removed those from our bill without any fuss. The ambiance was very welcoming, nice crowd, but not overly noisy. We plan to come back soon!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

I ordered the grouper which was a special and the waiter did not offer the price, which was $36 which I would not have ordered if I had known. I should have asked. The grouper had good flavors but was slightly over done and dry. The potatoes were cold and I believe were likely plated well before the fish. Over all disappointing. The lobster spring rolls were just ok but the Brie was amazing!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Unique, eclectic, trendy. Just a few words to described this restaurant. Excellent flavors, truly unique menu. Great food and service at a fair price point.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was amazing. I went in with not too high of an opinion but the restaurant was discreetly upscale. Very High class recipes that taste as good as they looked.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Carl was the server and he is friendly, knowledgeable, professional and attentive to our needs. I had my parents from out of town and my mother and I have celiac disease. We were happy with the choices, although she wanted the fish and it was already prepared with the wheat coating. In the future could they possible put a few aside for not only wheat allergies but paleo diet as well.
Great food and ambience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

So glad we came tonight! Chef/owner Anthony Romano was gracious and welcoming and his menu was amazing and creative. All four of us were delighted with our food- appetizer of phyllo wrapped Brie with Pear Chutney was delicious, Sarita salads fresh and nicely dressed, special appetizers and entrees wonderful and all served hot and in a timely manner by our server, Cory. The dessert of coffee gelato and doughnuts was the best dessert I've enjoyed in years. So appropriate to share. After many mediocre dining experiences over the past year or two, this was a dinner to remember and to bring us back soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

As much as I enjoyed the evening - there wasn't anything that would make me keep coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Carl was an outstanding, patient server. We were taking our time drinking wine & talking before we ever got around to order. Food was excellent!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of the best restaurants in CLE.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Presently surprised. Good food, nice atmosphere, good food, priced right, and will be back sooner than later.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always delicious food, friendly bartenders and servers.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This was our first time since the restaurant change. The restaurant still has an upscale appeal but our server was a little slow and inattentive. The menu is very impressive and there were many dishes I wanted to try. I ordered the special, swordfish with mushroom risotto. The swordsish was exellent but the risotto was cold and with no flavor, you couldn't even taste the mushrooms. My husbands risotto was also cold and unflavorful but his steak was excellent. One person in our party was not drinking alcohol and their drink was never refilled unless they asked. Not overly impressed but we'd give it another chance.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always great food, and it’s consistent. Always enjoy our server, Jerry. He is friendly and has great recommendations.
It’s a good “go to” place and never disappoints.
Great happy hour too!

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fun, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

One if the best meals I have had anywhere. Simply a great, creative restaurant. The shrimp tempura was excellent, the fillet cooked to perfection, and the chocolate dessert was simply delicious.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went there for my birthday. I ordered the scallops and while it was very tasty, it was lukewarm. Our server was not very attentive. Even though he glanced at our table twice, I had to flag him down to get his attention. I have had better service here before and I am sure I will again.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dinner was an absolute treat . Everything from the service to the food and presentation was just top-notch. The dishes were creative and absolutely mouthwatering . We would not have known about this place if it was not for OpenTable . It was a 45 minute drive but worth every ounce of gas . The only thing that would be better is if I would have room for dessert because we really wanted to try the fried banana split and the coffee and donuts dessert .

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We have been here one time before and it was good. Came back Friday night and were seated at a table with no silverware or napkins. We sat there for over 10 minutes before anyone came to take our drink order. The water glasses had room temperature water with no ice. After we received our drinks, the waiter then came over every 5 minutes to see if we were ready to order. So much for a relaxing dinner. Ordered the "white Tuscan bean soup" for an appetizer which came out and looked like a bowl of baked beans. Overall we were not all impressed with Sarita. Probably will never go back.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Last minute find on the Open Table app as we were driving home from downtown and looking for a dinner spot. Would definitely make the drive to Lakewood to dine here again. Everything was delicious!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went for my birthday--we ordered many different kinds of food, all were delicious. And the fried banana split came with a birthday candle and NO singing, which I appreciated!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Consistently good food, creative menu, lots of great specials, fabulous patio, cozy bar, excellent happy hour, wonderful attentive service. Really well-done food just down the street from home in Lakewood. I will say, though, that I liked the decor of the restaurant much better with the natural wood that was the motif when it was Players. But the Sarita remodel absolutely improved the patio, which is now fabulous.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our server (Gerald) was wonderful and made our experience so great. The food was delicious and he made great recommendations. We're coming back soon to try all the things on the menu we couldn't fit in this time!

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurant. The menu is creative and the food delicious

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on September 29, 2017

You can go back to all my previous reviews of Sarita to see that it never fails to please with great ambiance, outstanding servers (Jerry's recitation of the specials of the day is like poetry), and creative menu offerings. This time we brought friends from Delaware who were very impressed. They have dined all over the world, and said that often Cleveland "fine dining" is good, but does not live up to the hype they've read. In the case of Sarita, our recommendation and reviews matched what was delivered. These friends are oenophiles, and their only criticism was the price point of the wine list. They knew exactly what each bottle would be retail, so they felt the prices were not in proportion to the price of the food.Thanks again, Sarita, for a wonderful evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We met with long time friends and had a very very nice time just sitting and discussing recent trips. While there, we were able to have a nice open conversation without having to be concerned about being overheard!! There were plenty of conversations going on all around us but not close enough to be able to hear what we were saying, nor from our collective opinion caring to. We also had a great waiter named Carl who did a very very nice job of serving us and following up on any and all of our requests.

The food was extremely good and the six of us were to a person pleased with the entire experience. We will be coming back again to enjoy ourselves

Tags: Authentic
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