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The Flying Fig

4.3
969 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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Our mission at the Flying Fig is simple, to offer professional, courteous service, in a casual, relaxed setting. We provide wine-oriented cuisine utilizing the finest ingredients available, sourced locally whenever possible.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 - 2:30 Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00 - 11:00 pm, Sunday: 5:00- 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(216) 241-4243
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Karen Small
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
One Block North of West 25th and Lorain
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Parking details
Street Parking is free after 6pm weekdays and free on weekends. There is a paid parking lot on the corner of W.26th and Market Ave. Ample free parking is available one block East behind the West Side Market.
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Public transit
Steps from the West 25th Street RTA station.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.5
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 22, 2015

The kitchen was slammed so I didn't get what I ordered originally which isn't the end of the world. The huevos rancheros (sorry for spelling) was terrific and the server asked if I wanted my original order. Overall great food, great drinks, great restaurant that I have been to multiple times and continue to go. Online reviews can be helpful if you need to read about a place before you go but I would recommend getting off of your phone and actually going and trying the place for yourself!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2015

What a lovely meal! The food was delicious and the service was truly exceptional.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2015

There were certainly culinary highlights, including the cocktails (Aviation, Rob Roy), a nicely seasoned, charred hanger steak, and a unique oatmeal crisp for dessert. But the calamari appetizer and lamb chops special were unremarkable in their flavor, presentation. In all, I get the value proposition of serving locally grown food. Great. But at these prices, I expect more consistent artistic interpretation of culinary offerings.

BTW, how can a restaurant run out of scallops and rib eye? I would have ordered the former. Also, the valet (contracted to a third party) was awful; after 10 pm one has to walk a city block to find the valet attendant - not convenient, especially with 6" of snow at 5 degrees F. :(

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

I'm an out-of-towner, and was pleasantly surprised to find such a great food scene in Cleveland. But Flying Fig surpassed even my raised expectations. For starters, their cocktail list was well-curated and expertly poured. Our server was extremely knowledgeable about the cocktails, wine list, and the provenance of the food. And the food was terrific; we were so happy with the small plates that we never even made it to the entrees - we just kept ordering more small plates for sharing. (All of them were good, but best bets are bacon-wrapped dates and carpaccio.) One more thing: leaving room for dessert was a good idea.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

When you take your grandchild out on a "Date Night" and you have a great meal with good service despite the low bar tab, must be a recommendable site. Got to the theater on time, besides. Recommend the bacon wrapped date appetizer with pepper-infused tomato base

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2015

Had a reservation for 2 pm on a Saturday, and had missed the fact that it was only the brunch menu to select from, so we were a bit disappointed since we were there for their ordinary menu. However the food was very well made and flavourfull so we did leave content and happy after all. The taleggio polenta side was excellent, and the mixed winter salad was top notch. Our entrees (pork belly tostada and beef brisket hash) were good as well, quite spicy!

All in all a good neighborhood place, but nothing exceptional.

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2015

Lots of great choices. Which means we need to return. Hostess Haley was very welcoming. Gina our server was very helpful. Thank you for the nice day.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2015

We went out for a farewell dinner and had a spectacular time. The ambiance was cozy, despite a cold winter night and the food was fantastic. Definitely one of the best in Cleveland!

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2015

The food was wonderful. The menu was interesting and had something for all tastes. Service was very good.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2014

I haven't been to the flying fig in a very long time so I thought I would take a very good friend for a Christmas treat! We were not disappointed. Just reading the menu was pleasurable. Their ability to combine flavors is spectacular! From our appetizers to our entrees, spot-on with robust flavors with no need to add additional salt or pepper! The duck was simply amazing and the walleye superb. The cocktails were also made to perfection and the wine list was perfect - reasonably priced and many available by the glass! Portion size is perfect; you won't go away hungry!!! Although very full, I had to try the homemade fig ice cream.......YUMMY!!!! I will return to the Flying Fig again and again - even to just sit at the bar with a cocktail....or a glass of wine and their flatbread...or a full yummy yum yum dinner! You won't be disappointed!!!

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2014

My husband wrote this restaurant off his list 10+ years ago but when I asked him why when I wanted to go back he couldn't remember why. Needless to say, it won him over and he's been telling everybody about our meal since we left. And has also told me what he's going to order when we come back. We had the duck, gnocchi, carpaccio and bruschetta of the day. Plenty of food. All paired well. It was noisier than I remember but that'd be my only complaint. Our server also didn't realize we were his but his food knowledge and sincerity made up for the extended wait to take our order. We had our wine from the bar with us so all was well. I'm
Not a meal rusher so truly didn't bother us one bit.

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2014

Don't know why we had such slow service. Seemed like there were plenty of wait staff, reservations had been made for our table of 7. The food made up for the wait, but still
would have liked an explanation for the long wait time between receiving menu's, ordering a beverage, getting the beverage, etc.

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2.0Dined on December 16, 2014

Server needs to study the daily specials and get a personality. She was very slow in returning to our table, especially at the end of the meal. Other than the appetizer, the food was disappointing and the drinks were fair...

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2014

Brunch at Flying Fig is always great! Imaginative food done well.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2014

All 4 of us loved our (different) entrees. Our server was attentive, efficient and charming.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2014

We brought our foodie son visiting from San Francisco. We all loved the food, the service (Haley was friendly and attentive) and everything about the Fig. Great presentation. Delicious food. We'd recommend to anyone.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2014

I'm glad I ate here! The food was very, very pricey but quite good. The brussel sprouts side dish was particularly delicious, although I found my stuffed pepper to be slightly underseasoned. I would recommend this restaurant to a friend, provided they aren't starving and they have sufficient disposable income.

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4.0Dined on November 16, 2014

Even though I had the reservations they were not expecting us! They offered us a table next to the door too big (we were only 3) and too cold that obviously nobody wants. We had to wait 15 minutes for the next table which was not that great either... If it wasn't for the food which we liked I wouldn't be returning or recommending it!!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

First time eating here and we will definitely be back!! Delicious gluten-free options and allergy friendly. Our meals were packed with rich flavors and the service was great.

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3.0Dined on November 14, 2014

I had been wanting to go to the Flying Fig for years but I was not overly impressed with the food. It was just ok. The portions were surprising smaller then I expected. Thought it was just ok for the price.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Amy, our server, was superb. Wonderful personality and just the right amount of touching in with our party vs giving us space to chat.
Upon entering, the greeting from the hostess was a tad lackluster...as in, barely a hello. I felt that some of the prices were on the high side. Appetizers seemed a little pricey compared to entrees. The martinis we tried were fabulous, but $12 is a tad high. The food was great! Flying Fig is a good choice for a special night out.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Four of us had brunch at The Fig on Saturday; each person had something different, and everyone loved the food. I had the eggplant sandwich, which is one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. It is a bit noisy, so for those of us who were older, hearing was somewhat difficult. The service was great, so our dining experience was complete.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2014

Limited menu, small quantity, good quality ambrosial dishes.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2014

We have been there in the past, seems that the quality has declined. The food was fair-good but not great like it has been in the past.

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4.0Dined on November 1, 2014

Enjoyed a wonderful meal last weekend with my wife. We sat in the back room. It was intimate, but very stark and sterile.

The service was excellent. We had the pork flatbread with fried egg (highlight of the meal for me), walleye and snapper. All were tasty.

One caution is that they listed a dish with faro as gluten free (faro is a grain that DOES contain gluten). We pointed it out the the server and the kitchen staff was receptive to the input and told us they would change the easy-to-make mistake. All in all, the Fig delivers.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed our recent dinner that included the bruschetta as an appetizer, salads, and we split the locally raised ribeye. Everything was delicious. Our server helped us make our selections without being too pushy. We also had a Malbec that was on tap - a newer trend for wine. Overall, it was a wonderful dinner and we'll go back again because there's a lot of other menu selections we'd like to try.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2014

I was there for a friends birthday. The food was delicious, service excellent and attention to details was perfect! Thank you Flying Fig!!!

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2014

We had an out of town guest and needed a good spot for Sunday night. The restaurant was quiet but the food was creative and wonderful, particularly the vegetarian options.

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2014

We visited Flying Fig for a Saturday lunch after shopping at the West Side Market. The food was very good, but the service was only adequate and the hostess were neither friendly or welcoming. In a restaurant rich area like Ohio City you would think that having good service and a welcoming hostess would be a no brainer. Not sure if we will go back anytime soon.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2014

Been there before with good results but this time food was only average and the food service was so slow it became a joke. Waitress was good though. Won't go back. Maybe do happy hour at the bar only - that was good in the past.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2014

Every item we ordered was just as described and tastefully delicious.
Service was cherry and fun.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

The food was very good. I had a mixed green salad to start. It was a little larger than I expected, but that isn't really a complaint. I had the house made gnocchi for a main course, but it wasn't the one on the website. I loved the consistency and texture of the gnocchi. It was so good I felt guilty for eating it so quickly. They have a nice cocktail list as well as a good wine selection. The place can be a bit noisy, but it was a Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2014

This is the most creative and delicious vegetarian meal we have had in Cleveland for some time! Highly recommended!

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2.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Requested a special table for a special night (anniversary). Received a tiny table in the middle of a crowded dining room. Service was extremely slow and lacked any personality. We sat and waiting nearly 30 minutes following our appetizers for our entrees. Not once was the anniversary mentioned. The food was actually quite good, but the service led to a disappointing 1st visit.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Great food and drinks. Great atmosphere. Wish we would have sampled some of the appetizers. They looked amazing. The mahi mahi was awesome.

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2014

Far exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be returning very soon. The chorizo corn cakes are truly amazing.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2014

Best brunch place in Cleveland! Can't wait to return! Loved the apple pancakes! Can't wait to return!

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2.0Dined on October 5, 2014

Server was all over the place. She put my 2 friends orders in, but completely forgot mine! How do you forget someone's order when there's only 3 people and we had very simple orders? I had to wait almost 15 minutes for my food while they ate (which I told them to go ahead and eat) and then she did nothing to remedy the situation. I'm pregnant and had to watch everyone else eat while I was sitting there hungry. I was so disappointed with the service. I've frequented this place over the years, but this experience ruined it for me. I will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2014

We go to the Fig for brunch and dinner frequently and were nervous when we first learned there was a new brunch menu--did they take our favorites off the menu?! I'm glad to report that they did not! The Warm Egg Salad Sandwich is still there (under Soft Scrambled Eggs) and so is the Biscuits and Gravy, in addition to the huevos rancheros and croque madame. They've now made it possible to get a side of the tallegio polenta (mmmm!) and added some yummy pastries in addition to a beef brisket hash, kitchen sink skillet, meat balls, chorizo chicken chilaquiles (which I had and they are awesome), and a pork belly & bean tostada--what?! We have to go back to try more of the new stuff. Love this place!

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2.0Dined on October 3, 2014

My family and I have dined at the Flying Fig on twenty-one occasions over the past nine months. On our last occasion there, however, we were left with a strong feeling that we never wanted to return. After receiving the fig ice cream we regularly order for dessert, we made a polite comment to the waitress that this was the first time we were served only one scoop. We received a stern lecture about how the chef was no longer going to be giving away the ice cream, and from now on we would only receive the "correct" portion. When we voiced our shock and displeasure at her tone, the response from the restaurant was to send another waiter over to unceremoniously place two large bowls on our table, without apology or comment of any kind.

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