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The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge, Cleveland, OH

The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge

4.1
4.1
402 Reviews
$30 and under
American

One of Cleveland’s most beloved restaurants, Ghost Light Restaurant and Lounge welcomes guests to enjoy its contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service in the city of Cleveland. Conveniently located in Playhouse Square’s elegant theater district, Ghost Light features a variety of delectable dishes, crafty cocktails, and a wonderful wine selection. Whether you are looking for a pre-show meal or date night in the town, at the heart of every dining experience is our dedicated staff, and you, our loyal guests.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
  • Cross street
    12th street
  • Parking details
    $15+tax valet parking when dining in our restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 402 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

402 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The host was phenomenal and so was our server! The food was incredible, we will definitely be back!

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  2. xandc

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On Final Four weekend, this could have been completely nuts. Instead it was delightful. Service was extraordinary and extraordinarily friendly. And our food - gnocchi chicken and everything bagel salmon (without the bagel) - were creatively seasoned and delicious.

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  3. CatherineS

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and a nice place to eat while also visiting Playhouse Square. We ate every bite of our short-ribs dinner. There is a great staff at this restaurant. Every single person we spoke with was fantastic!

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  4. DebbieB

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding staff and incredibly delicious food! Chef is truly passionate about the food he prepares and serves and it shows in the dishes.

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  5. MelissaH

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the location to playhouse square, it’s on floor level. Waitress was great. Food- it was fine but what I actually ordered they did not have. Glass of wine was good. Only negatives for me: it smelled like marijuana and the food took a while to cook. The smell could have been a patron, but who knows… overall it was fine.

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  6. MarciaA

    Cleveland

    47 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Took over 45 minutes to get food served and it was cold. They knew we had a show to get to. Comped our meals but would not return.

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  7. JaneS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service during a busy pre-show time. No problem having enough time to enjoy our meal and still get to the theater in plenty of time.

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  8. Lindy

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a pre show reservation, our first time trying this restaurant. The hostess had no personality, but our server (Charie) was very nice. The salad was excellent, French dip was fine - not a fan of the crabcake sandwich. Our dirty plates sat in front of us too long (just a pet peeve of mine) but our server was very busy so not her fault.

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  9. TAB32

    Cleveland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Great server- Kato! Highly recommend.

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  10. Christopher

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is Cleveland‘s best kept secret when it comes to restaurants. The service and attentiveness was excellent. The food that was prepared was right on time and delicious. Since I was going to a show at Playhouse Square, I wanted something nearby, but with a touch of elegance. I will definitely be making a visit back the sample, the Bananas Foster.

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  11. AgathaChristie

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was decent but really the nicest things about this place were the ambience and service. Our server Teshona was very efficient and personable.

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  12. Tuco

    Cleveland

    84 reviews

    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We ate dinner at Ghost Light (our first visit) after an afternoon show at the Hanna. The location is very convenient to Playhouse Square and multiple parking garages. Teshona was a great server; helpful, friendly, and attentive. Our food was very good, from the apps to entrees to dessert. The menu is varied with many choices. Cocktails made to order. Good wine list. I would only suggest that a small side salad should be include with the main entrees.

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  13. TereseS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect spot to grab a bite before a show, good food and walking distance yo the Playhouse

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, food and atmosphere! Recommend before a show 🥂

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  15. DanZ

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The calamari appetizer was a little over cooked. But the baby kale salad was excellent, my gnocchi was very good, and the flourless chocolate cake was delicious. Our server was friendly and helpful. This was my first time at Ghost Light, but I will return.

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  16. SLY1

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service! A wonderful experience every time we go for a meal before a play we attend at Cleveland Playhouse!

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  17. diner

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined there before a show and found the space welcoming and the noise level quiet. The service was good overall, even with occasional delays due to only 2 people having to manage the restaurant and the bar. We found the calamari to be overall disappointing. It was a bowl full of fried pieces of mainly the breading. We did eat due to being hungry. The dish was removed from our bill, which was appreciated. I found the crab cake to be mushy, which leads me to believe it was frozen and warmed up. The salads were as expected and the butternut squash soup was tasty.

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  18. Lizby

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    server was nice but slow and seemed distracted. food was very average for the price

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  19. HeatherR

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited this restaurant for the first time on Valentine’s Day for a birthday. Service was great, food was good and all the staff were extremely friendly.

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  20. JamesR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last minute decision to stop in Playhouse Square to have dinner. Upon our arrival, we were greeted promptly, and our server was very helpful and kind. I Ordered the steak, and it was delicious!! My partner had a simple salad, and it was perfect! Quiet night, so we took our time and had some wine as well. Nice view of Playhouse Square and walking distance to everything that we needed to do. Very happy with the quality of food and service. The cook (Alexis I think) even came out to make sure we were happy. Nice touch at the end. We will be back.

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  21. bosena

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated immediately and once we ordered, food arrived promptly and hot. Husband had French Onion soup that he thought needed more salt and weak taste. Our waitress Star was helpful and attentive as well as the other staff

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to dine, typically go for drinks or dinner before a Playhouse show. It gets very busy and service gets bombarded so be patient and give yourself enough time. The staff hustles and are very nice and pleasant.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food and convenient location

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  24. TSCle

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Won't be returning Don't waste your time and money. We are frequent patrons of events at Playhouse Square, so we were enticed by the close location. The 2 stars were for the friendly server and the warm dinner rolls - even though they came after our meals had been delivered. Two of us ordered the crab cake sandwich - fishy and more filler than crab. Two others ordered entree salads with steak. Both salads came with no dressing - had to ask for it. Although the lettuce was fresh, there wasn't much of it. The only other ingredients in the salad were large chunks of strong red onions and a couple of grape tomatoes. The steak was cooked to order, but it was cold and contained quite a bit of gristle.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’d definitely go again because it is a great location near the Playhouse Theater. The food was delicious.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food, lovely ambiance, definitely recommend

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  27. Noname

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely new restaurant for our group and chef accommodates all dietary needs. Star is an excellent server! A great addition to playhouse Square.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We had the French dip sandwich, the meat lack substance and flavor. Any local bar will serve a better sandwich. The au jus was not hot, lukewarm at best. I will say the fries were awesome.

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  29. Blabs

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Grate location to dine before or after attending a Playhouse Square Theatre presentation!

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  30. annodboo

    Cleveland

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a nice dinner before theater show Food very good but still feel Resturant is running on thread if workers who do a remarkable job for how much they have to cover 2 waitresses who run bar and restaurant combined the greeter was again a Buser and pouring water at tables. Eat here when we stay at hotel for convenience to theater across street . Have varied their menu recently and that is a nice change of pace

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  31. Steakhouseseeker

    Columbus

    262 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    262 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is always awesome. Servers are extremely friendly. Food is incredible. Excellent selection of food choices. Awesome location prior to Playhouse Square events

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  32. OliverH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great overall. The only thing I would recommend is a dress code for all guests.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for sharing! We will share your feedback with the entire team.

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  33. Marcia

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been here many times. This was our worst experience. The kitchen was so slow we had to hurry to the theater after telling our waitress we had tickets. Soup was lukewarm but it was removed from the bill. The burger shrunk significantly. Very disappointing.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    I sincerely apologize for your poor experience. We take all feedback very seriously. I would love if you took the time to give me a call at (216) 615-3322 and we can discuss amending that poor experience that took place.

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  34. DavidG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to eat before going to the Playhouse. The French Onion soup is amazing and the salads are huge.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for sharing about your experience! We hope to see you again, some time soon!

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  35. RobinW

    Naples

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really liked our food, drinks, and the service was excellent. Very enjoyable dining experience.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for the kind feedback! We share all reviews with the team to seek to understand our successes and areas of opportunity. We appreciate you choosing to dine with us, and look forward to your return!

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  36. JeffW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a cool hidden treasure. Great food, amazing appetizers and the staff were very attentive, nice and super positive about making a great experience. Breakfast and dinner. Can’t wait to go back.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for sharing about your experience! We strive to deliver unreasonable hospitality to each every one of our guests. We look forward to seeing you again!

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  37. TeresaH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Teshana was a wonderful waitress. We had a question about how the lasagna was prepared and the executive chef came out to greet us and explain. He even asked for feedback which was cool. We had a great dinner and wonderful service and I’d highly recommend ghost light restaurant Prior to any show at Playhouse Square.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you very much for your kind feedback! We look forward to your timely return!!

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  38. BillyK

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here before show at Playhouse. Service was top notch, food was fantastic and atmosphere was perfect.

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  39. MichaelR

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped for dinner before theatre, excellent food and service!
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with the public! We look forward to your return!

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  40. AshleyB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Customer service was on point. But I did not like having 5 fruit flies in my wine.

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FAQs

The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (216) 615-7500.

The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.1 stars by 402 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge

1260 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115-1837

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    $15+tax valet parking when dining in our restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Landon Barnes
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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