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The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge, Cleveland, OH

The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge

3.8
3.8
258 Reviews
$30 and under
American
At the heart of every dining experience is our dedicated staff, and you, our loyal guests. We are grateful for your continued loyalty and support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Ghost Light restaurant and lounge. We are pleased that we have been able to stay in contact with you through our social media channels. The time has come and we are excited to be opening our dining room to our loyal guests. We will reopen in accordance with state and local regulations. The health and safety of our community, our employees, and our guests remain are highest priority. Whenever you feel comfortable returning for a great meal, Ghost Light restaurant will be here for you. Thank you again for your continued loyalty. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

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 258 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KC

    KristenC

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Had dinner before a show and everything was perfect!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We waited 30 minutes after being seated before getting our drinks. We ordered a bottle of wine and we had to open it ourselves
  3. DK

    DanielaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was awesome and the service was outstanding! We sat at the bar and never had to ask for anything. Very attentive and amazing. I would definitely go back to this place anytime I visit Playhouse Square!

    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded 6 days agoThank you so much for the kind remarks regarding your experience with us!!! We would love to see you again very soon!!!

  4. S

    Steakhouseseeker

    Columbus

    226 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    226 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great location pre playhouse square event!

    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded 6 days agoWe always aim to exceed all guests expectations, love to hear we were able to accomplish this. Thanks for the feedback!!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice place, good location before a show at the playhouse. Food was average. I asked about happy hour, as there was a sign on their window, the manager told me there is no happy hour, it went away with Covid. She said people always ask… here’s an idea, take the sign down.

    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded 6 days agoWe sincerely apologize about being mislead with the happy hour, we are working with some decal teams to remove it without damaging the building and has taken longer than we expected, we greatly appreciate the feedback as we use it to create a better overall operation. Thanks again!! -Ghostlight Team

  6. LH

    LisaH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff and service were great. We were easily finished in time for our show. The food was good although the selections were not extensive. Fine for a hotel restaurant and within walking distance of Playhouse Square.

    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded 6 days agoThank you so much for the feedback and it is my pleasure to announce that we are currently undergoing a menu update that will reach the tables very soon!! We hope to see you again!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Wait staff was tremendous.
  8. MM

    MikevMentor

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Took the grandkids to Disney in ice and went after. That made the kids feel very special.

    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 20, 2023Thank you very much for the kind feedback!! We love hearing that we helped enhance your theater night. As we strive to give every guest the best experience possible!

  9. M

    Mary

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I had the chicken pot pie which was excellent. My husband had the walleye. Also very good. We weren't expecting much because it's a restaurant in a hotel lobby, but we both thought it was very good. We were going to a show at Playhouse Square so it was very convenient.

    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 20, 2023Thanks for the feedback! We truly strive each and everyday to exceed guest expectations and would love to have you back for another pre-show meal!! :)

  10. RJ

    RandallJ

    Cleveland

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    This was a pre-theater meal for us. Attentive service and the food was done well.
  11. j

    jeffs

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, good pricing for downtown. They forgot a meal so 3 of us had food while one didn’t, which is always uncomfortable. Wife got short rib which was delicious, I got a farmers stew special which was always fabulous. Both my kids got scrimp scampi, which was average. Overall, food was good and service was good enough for us to go back. In Crown Plaza so you can valet park for same price as parking to go to Playhouse Square and have dinner. Short walk to theatres. We would go back.
  12. CH

    CarolynH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Serve was good, had hamburgers, they where ok. Good place to go before the theater.
  13. A

    Amberly

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice location close to theaters. The food is very good but not particularly memorable.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Our waitress was very nice, extremely busy, and we understand that there are staffing issues. Our appetizer was good, but while we were eating our appetizer, not even halfway done, a server came and asked if we were ready for him to bring our meals, that they were ready. We didn’t want them to be cold, so we said yes. Everything very rushed. We both orders steaks, they were tough and not cooked medium rare, they were extremely rare. We ordered salads, they didn’t come out until we asked and the steaks were delivered without steak knives. The waitress was too busy to even notice. We were also never offered refills on drinks. Not impressed and will not be back.
  15. k

    kelly

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Everything was good except for the steak. I would go back and try something else.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice atmosphere, great service, food was good , not outstanding
  17. m

    mariaha

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable time and conveniently close to the theaters! Would go again!
  18. DE

    DottieE

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our meal was excellent. The service was outstanding.
  19. T

    Thatdragondave

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was top notch. Great suggestions about the menu & great service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    This is the second time I’ve been there and both times the service was so slow. Both times we came before a play at Playhouse Square and barely made the show. We had our hearts set on dessert this time and didn’t have time to order dessert even with arriving an hour and 45 min before we had to leave. They didn’t have a table for us despite the reservation. The food is good and priced fairly but I won’t go back again.
  21. A

    Ansley

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful service, awful food.
  22. R

    Rick

    Cleveland

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Nice restaurant, food was very good and came out hot. There was just a small confusion over my dish, but it was rectified immediately and All welt smoothly from there.
  23. KC

    KathleenC

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a lovely meal before the theater; the food was tasty (salmon), well prepared. Service was friendly. Very convenient location
  24. j

    jenny

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The food was very average. Probably wont go back.
  25. AA

    AmyA

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    The Ghost light has a lot of potential but the service was so terrible that it made our experience lacking. We waited 6 minutes to seated. (Before anyone came to take our info). The Maitres d'hotel was also a server for some. There were two bartenders who seemed to be serving all of the tables. At a couple of points they all disappeared. The food came out quickly after we ordered but we waited 15 minutes to order and 15 minutes to get our bill. It made the experience stressful as we had theatre tickets. The food was cooked well. My daughter and I had the salmon and my husband had the steak. The menu doesn’t have a ton and that is fine as sometimes choice is overwhelming. I might return but not if I have theatre tickets which with the name and proximity to playhouse square is probably a lot of their traffic.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wanted a place to eat at before seeing a show. It was within walking distance and it worked perfectly. Service and food was was quick. Meal was very good.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Bad food bad service!
  28. m

    mnfrr

    Cleveland

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The restaurant is, at best, a hotel restaurant for someone just looking for anything to eat after a travel day. They are severely short-staffed and didn't have enough menus. The food is basic. The walleye was good (albeit gigantic) but the chicken was thick and under seasoned. Mashed potatoes were heavy and under seasoned and asparagus was also thick and under seasoned. I don't think they know what kind of restaurant they want to be. Atmosphere seemed kind of cool, but food and service definitely are not.
  29. WS

    WayneS

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Our first time at Ghost Light. Service was a little wonky on our Saturday night visit. We had to flag down the host/server don't really know who was supposed to be our server to order drinks, the meal and request the check. The staff were quick to respond when we did ask for attention; but, they were otherwise spread too thin or understaffed. The food was tasty. My wife and I both had the walleye dinner.
  30. DM

    DaveM

    Cleveland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to grab a bite before going to a play. Good service, variety of items on menu and easy in and out.
  31. JO

    JacquelineO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose this restaurant to have dinner at prior to walking over to Playhouse Square for a show. The hummus was delicious as an appetizer; the walleye portion was quite large (too much for me); the chicken piccata was also nicely prepared. We had an early reservation (5:15). The restaurant was not crowded at this time, though by 6:15 it was crowded (good for the restaurant). I would return and recommend it to others.
  32. SM

    SamanthaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food’s fine. Not too many options, and not outstanding, but fine. It was a reasonably priced and quick dinner before a show downtown.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was our second visit to Ghost Light. And both times we were seated, given water, and then ignored for 20+ minutes. Tonight was meant to be a redemption from our previous experience. The first time, they were crowded, but tonight, there were less than 10 diners in the restaurant. There were only two servers working, with the manager. We left because no one came to take an order, and we will not be returning. If this restaurant was not in a hotel, it would not survive.
  34. KK

    KarK0201

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great restaurant I never knew it was there. They had 4 people taking care of everyone and worked as a team. They did a great job great job taking care of everyone. The food was very good I had the short ribs they were perfect. Great job by everyone working there I know it's tough right now but you made it work.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Dinner before a show. The only comment I would like to emphasize is that the menu that shows on the open table, is NOT the menu for the restaurant that we had dinner. Since viewing the menu ahead of time to see if it has something you’d like to try, it’s very disappointing to find out that it’s a totally different menu. I would have appreciated seeing the correct menu.
  36. CP

    CindyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    My granddaughter and I ordered our steaks medium well. They came out rare!!! Also had to spit out 3 pieces of steak because of the gristle!!! Never eat there again. My waiter was great. But he should of know the steaks were not cooked to order. U could see the blood on the plate. The restaurant only had 2 tables with customers and 3 people at the bar. Wasn't like they were busy!!!
  37. m

    mascanlan

    Cleveland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice place! View of Playhouse Square, family friendly, great bar. Service was fantastic and especially attentive to our kids. Food was good, not great, but hot and plentiful.
  38. PK

    PamK

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, wonderful staff and would recommend to everyone
  39. m

    movielover

    Cleveland

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Our food was good. But lots of glitches with the service, perhaps due to short or inexperienced staff. Appetizer arrived after main course, main course salad in a overflowing small bowl with added chicken balanced on top, impossible to dress and request for plate unanswered etc. But to their credit, the bill was adjusted satisfactorily.
  40. j

    joycem

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food is always great there, but we sat for 20 min before anyone even took our order. We ordered an appetizer which took another 30 min to arrive while we watched people who arrived after us being served their dinners already. Our dinner arrived less than 10 minutes later, so we weren't able to finish the appetizer. We had only 20 minutes to eat before we had to leave to see the show at Playhouse Square. The food is delicious and the waiters friendly, but we kept being overlooked while they paid lots of attention to the tables on either side of us and in other parts of the dining room. I would only recommend this restaurant to someone who planes to spend two hours eating dinner. The service was very slow both times we've eaten here. The previous time, dinner service was fine, but it took 20 minutes to get our check after our dishes had been cleared away.

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 3.8 stars by 258 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
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

  • 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

    Bernie Berhent

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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