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Literary Tavern, Cleveland, OH

Literary Tavern

4.8
4.8
123 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Come visit our newly updated location at 1031 Literary Road, in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. With a brand new kitchen, we are serving entrees, appetizers and sandwiches 6 days a week. We are open for lunch Monday through Friday and Happy Hour is from 3 - 6 pm.

A favorite of area locals for many years, we are located in one of the oldest buildings in Tremont. We have worked hard to preserve the character of the historic location and offer an intimate atmosphere, inventive cocktails and a variety of wine and beers, chef made entrees and appetizers.

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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Italian, Gastro Pub

  • Phone number

    (216) 862-1916

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rob Broka

  • Neighborhood

    Tremont

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

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

Popular dishes

Menu

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  • Calamari Frite$10.00

    Red peppers, garlic, greens, charred tomato salsa

    • Calamari Frite$12.00

      P.E.I mussels, sour beer, garlic, celery, herbs

      • Veal Meatballs$10.00

        Stuffed with fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce, béchamel, pesto

        • Tavern Fries$6.00

          Black garlic aioli, herbs, sea salt

          Salads + Vegetables

          • Caesar Salad$8.00

            Artisanal romaine, house made kalamata Caesar dressing, croutons, piave vecchio

            • Heirloom Tomato Salad$11.00

              Mozzarella di bufala campana, EVOO, fig balsamic, fresh basil

              • Bittersweet Salad$10.00

                Frisee, radicchio, walnuts, goat cheese, granny smith apples, raspberry vinaigrette

                • Elote$6.00

                  Mexican street corn, crema, chilies, herbs, cotija cheese

                  • Roasted Mushrooms$9.00

                    Cremini, shiitake and oyster mushrooms, goat cheese, chili oil, crostini

                    • Fried Brussels Sprouts$7.00

                      Roasted garlic, lemon zest, sea salt

                      • Grilled Asparagus$7.00

                        Garlic oil, sea salt, lemon aioli

                        Sandwiches

                        • Lit Burger$10.00

                          Two 4 oz. smash patties, sharp American cheese, dijonnaise, pickles

                          • Hipster Burger$8.00

                            House made vegetable burger, red pepper mayo, havarti cheese, fresh greens, brioche bun

                            • Grilled Cheese$8.00

                              Pugliese bread, bufala mozzarella, taleggio, heirloom tomatoes, fresh greens

                              • Muffuletta$8.00

                                Olive bread, mortadella, soppressata, porchetta, olive tapenade, provolone, pesto

                                Pasta + Risotto

                                • Farfalle and Meatballs$14.00

                                  House made farfalle pasta, veal meatballs, San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, piave vecchio

                                  • Braised Lamb Lasagna$15.00

                                    House made pasta, herb ricotta, fennel, braised lamb, mozzarella

                                    • Charred Corn Carbonara$12.00

                                      Charred corn, leeks, crispy ham, pecorino romano, leek ash, house made linguine

                                      • Risotto Nero$12.00

                                        Squid ink risotto, calamari stuffed with caramelized fennel, parmesan, squid, bread crumbs and spinach, extra virgin olive oil

                                        Mains

                                        • Bone in Ribeye$34.00

                                          24 ounce bone in ribeye, herb demi glaze, garlic mashed potatoes

                                          • Airline Chicken Breast$14.00

                                            Chianti reduction, farro risotto

                                            • Seafood Hot Pot$23.00

                                              Shrimp, P.E.I mussels, crab meat, celery, fennel, saffron tomato broth, grilled bread

                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                              What 123 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                              4.8
                                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.8Food
                                              • 4.8Service
                                              • 4.7Ambience
                                              • 4.8Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

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                                              • Cleveland

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                                                DonaldG

                                                Chicago

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                great food.....fun atmosphere....hidden gem in the bustling Tremont neighborhood. Great restaurant to "graze" on the menu. Start with a few apps, a few drinks and then see where it goes from there....

                                              2. DD

                                                DougD

                                                Cleveland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Service was right on point. Quality and preparation of the food was excellent. Very tasty at very reasonable prices. Atmosphere is very laid back and comfortable. While the service was fast we never felt rushed. Definitely will be back often.

                                              3. CS

                                                CaryS

                                                Cleveland

                                                2 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always a great experience! Food and service is great!

                                              4. t

                                                thomas

                                                Cleveland

                                                22 reviews

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                22 reviews

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall2food5service5ambience4

                                                This is my favorite place in Tremont. However, my experience yesterday was just ok. There was a very loud and belligerent patron who was talking nonsense as loud as he could to anyone who would listen. The manager should have removed the patron from the bar and let everyone else enjoy their time.

                                              5. j

                                                jdm111

                                                Cleveland

                                                5 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food - Service outstanding - patio on a warm Saturday night was perfect.

                                              6. G

                                                Goodeats

                                                Cleveland

                                                5 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                We first got a table near the kitchen and then they were kind enough to change It to another in the main room . The food was excellent as were the prices . The drinks were good . Food took some time coming. We will definitely go back but probably on a weekday as the noise level was very high. I loved it that the meatballs were veal.

                                              7. M

                                                Mike

                                                Cleveland

                                                12 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                Hip place with small but well executed menu. Nice wine selection

                                              8. KW

                                                KathyW

                                                Cleveland

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                Our first time at Literary Tavern but certainly not our last! We had a table for 2 in the front near the bar and it was quite loud but to be expected for a bar setting. We could hear each other fine. Our drinks were very good and served very cold and to the brim. We had a charcuterie plate for appetizer and it was the perfect size for 2. Dug jam was especially good. Entrees were also terrific and reasonably priced. I had the short ribs with polenta and it was wonderful! Hubby had the lasagna and it was a substantial portion. It was also delish and better the next day as leftovers! Overall, a fantastic dining experience. Will definitely be back!!

                                              9. DG

                                                DaveG

                                                Cleveland

                                                13 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                This is our second visit. It's still a comfortable, fun place to hang out.

                                              10. j

                                                jpbincle

                                                Cleveland

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Thank You !!!

                                              11. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Cleveland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Birthday celebration

                                              12. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Cincinnati

                                                4 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on March 24, 2022

                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                At CSU for robotics competition - swarma, pork belly sandwich, and chicken was all good and like by us.

                                              13. t

                                                thomas

                                                Cleveland

                                                23 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                My favorite place in Tremont. I live in the neighborhood and am here often. Outstanding food and atmosphere. Looking forward to time on the patio this summer.

                                              14. l

                                                lindam

                                                Cleveland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                drinks were wonderful, food very good. great presentation tasted amazing

                                              15. KT

                                                KonnieT

                                                Cleveland

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                It was my birthday. I always look for the best places to go not just for that but always. I love to try new places!! This place was 5 stars all the way!!!!!! Outstanding atmosphere-very trendy ! Loved the seating by the window. Our servers were excellent. Prompt, professional and friendly. Got a veggie burger and the cauliflower dip. Wonderful! Would definite go back! Great trendy area !

                                              16. BB

                                                BBBB

                                                Pittsburgh

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                our server was amazing despite being newer to the restaurant! first time here and we’ll definitely be back

                                              17. SW

                                                ScottW

                                                Columbus

                                                3 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Great food and service. Cozy nature of building and hard surfaces do make it a little noisy during peak hours though.

                                              18. KM

                                                KelliM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Quaint bar and restaurant with excellent food and service. The short ribs were fire.👌🏽

                                              19. ME

                                                MisterE

                                                Cleveland

                                                36 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                36 reviews

                                                Dined on February 1, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Cass and the team were amazing, super friendly and accommodating. A great experience. The short ribs, meatballs, “gnocki” all excellent

                                              20. S

                                                Swisschick

                                                Cincinnati

                                                32 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                32 reviews

                                                Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Always love the Tavern - food is fresh and full of flavors. Unique items always on the menu. Love the bar vibe and the separate dining area.

                                              21. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 28, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The lit is our go to bar in tremont. 10/10 great food and service

                                              22. DS

                                                DougS

                                                Los Angeles

                                                4 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on January 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Staff was very friendly and quick. Food was amazing!

                                              23. DG

                                                DaveG

                                                Cleveland

                                                13 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                13 reviews

                                                Dined on January 22, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had so much fun at Literary Tavern. All the staff people were very nice. We even got a complimentary dessert for the birthday girl in our party. The drinks were excellent and the atmosphere was lively.

                                              24. MK

                                                Mary KateO

                                                Detroit

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Awesome place to take my friend to show her Cleveland! Great drinks and the food was exquisite

                                              25. HM

                                                HeatherM

                                                Cleveland

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                It was a great night! We enjoyed ordering multiple courses and drinks and spending time together. Thank you!

                                              26. MK

                                                MaryK

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 14, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                One of my favorite restaurants in Tremont. Great craft cocktails, foot spot on. great service, friendly atmosphere

                                              27. NH

                                                NicoleH

                                                Cleveland

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our server and the food was spectacular. It was a phenomenal evening we very much enjoyed our self we would go again and completely recommend

                                              28. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Cleveland

                                                15 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                15 reviews

                                                Dined on January 4, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                First time there, craft cocktail Manhattan was awesome, burger and veggie burger was well prepared and bartender serving us was extremely attentive and friendly!

                                              29. c

                                                cheffromage

                                                Cleveland

                                                23 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined on December 17, 2021

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Casual, comfortable, and intimate. This place has a nicely varied menu and the food is pretty tasty. Efficient and friendly staff. We will go again.

                                              30. GC

                                                GCas

                                                Cleveland

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on December 15, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                If you want to get away to a place with great wait staff ,phenomenal drinks and great food this is the place to try. Not to mention it is a great part of town with great character.

                                              31. SM

                                                SMMedic

                                                Philadelphia

                                                26 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                26 reviews

                                                Dined on December 9, 2021

                                                overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                The food wasn’t as awesome as always but the service was great and the atmosphere is what brings us back.

                                              32. D

                                                Dwrite

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on December 6, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Cozy atmosphere with great service. Food was delicious and hearty.

                                              33. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Cleveland

                                                11 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                11 reviews

                                                Dined on December 3, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Max was our sever and he was absolutely lovely! Took amazing care of us!!! Food was top notch! We got the mussels, zucchini fritters and Chicken schwarma wrap. Christmas specials for dessert! We will be back !

                                              34. SO

                                                SOS2016

                                                Cleveland

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on November 24, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Good always amazing! Love the atmosphere and staff.

                                              35. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Cleveland

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on November 23, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent atmosphere, food and drinks!

                                              36. A

                                                Anonymous95

                                                Cleveland

                                                8 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on November 21, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The lasagna and short ribs were delicious. Drinks were great too!

                                              37. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on November 16, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Amazing food and cute dinner place. Tavern atmosphere with a little bit of a fine dining feeling.

                                              38. SO

                                                SOS2016

                                                Cleveland

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                The food and service is always outstanding! Love Lit!

                                              39. n

                                                notimpressed

                                                Cleveland

                                                47 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                47 reviews

                                                Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                First time visit this past weekend. the food and drinks were amazing and the service top rate. simply outstanding

                                              40. PR

                                                PhilR

                                                Cleveland

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great staff everyone is so nice and the chef is amazing the food is delish.

                                              FAQs

                                              Literary Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (216) 862-1916.

                                              Literary Tavern is rated 4.8 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                              Booked 1 time today
                                              Google Map for Literary Tavern

                                              1031 Literary Rd Cleveland, OH 44113

                                              Additional information

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                Tremont

                                              • Cuisines

                                                American, Italian, Gastro Pub

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Dining

                                              • Dress code

                                                Casual Dress

                                              • Parking details

                                                Street Parking

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive chef

                                                Rob Broka

                                              • Additional

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

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