Literary Tavern

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$30 and under
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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bobr
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The menu online was not was offered at the restaurant, and we wanted something that wasn't available. That was disappointing. The cesaer salad was not very good - seemed like the lettuce was not fresh and basically just some croutons added. The other food was good, and service was very attentive. I know in these 'covid times' things are a bit different - but it was just an ok experience, considering - and it was a special occasion for us, so that kind of added to the just ok experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely delicious! Nice find for our first time in Cleveland

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vipBeefInjection
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great tasting food. A little off the beaten path, but that makes it nice as well. Road construction makes outdoor seating a bit dusty.

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vipSenSoph
Cleveland
35 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Limited menu right now. Food was good. We liked the quiet room in the back. The bar up front is a fun, neighborhood spot.

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vipSwisschick
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Literary and loved it! We highly recommend. Food inventive and fun. Bartender Billy is knowledgeable and fun to talk to and he knows his stuff. The menu is a bit limited due to Covid re-entry process but it is so good! Wine list needs some help but Billy is working on it. If you prefer mixed drinks - you will be very happy with the options. We will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good Service. Good Drinks. Good Food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and atmosphere. Cool little place. Would totally recommend this to others, and would go again.

JM
JeffM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great drinks. All around awesome experience. Will definitely be going back.

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JeffF
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Michael
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

It was so so, my past was soooo heavy with garlic and I am a garlic lover :(

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BetseyK
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there on aa early (6:30)Wednesday evening when snow was predicted. We were alone in the back dining room so noise level was nonexistent! We had all the apps plus fries and Brussels sprouts. All were very good. It’s a very cool little spot!

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PaulM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A return visit did not disappoint. Prompt and friendly service as every time we've been there, the appetizers (especially the corn elote) and entrees (especially the charred corn carbonara) were excellent, and the prices reasonable. This is a great addition to the Tremont bistro scene. Two suggestions: expand the menu a bit, not a wide range of entree choices; and add some more reasonably priced wines by the glass. Still rates 5 stars.

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JohnC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Literary Tavern is a hidden gem. Highly recommend. Will be back for sure.

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Oreospeedwagon
Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at the Literary Cafe and it lived up to its reputation. The front half is the bar and is noisy but the back half is quieter and a little romantic. I had the burger with fries and it was fabulous. Enough for 2 meals. My husband order the pasta and it was generous too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great drinks and service along with delicious burgers made for a great dinner with friend.

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vipDayB11
Cleveland
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The atmosphere is perfect for a date night. We loved the dim lighting and lovely crowd. Food is good enough especially since I consider this more of a place for cocktails. Drinks were great. We had an awesome time and will be back!

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Denise
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little spot. The food was excellent. Nice draft beer selection. Billy makes the best ever cocktails! We will be going back.

JM
JenMahoo
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Great place to have dinner on NYE!

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Captain
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to many places where the bartender cannot make a good manhattan. This manhattan was perfect!

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vipSueB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing service. Highly recommend the seasonal Coquito drink special!!!

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DeborahS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy and charming. Good food and service. But does it really have to have music, nice music, that LOUD?? I had to shout to my friends across the table. But we'll come back and ask for the back room to be a little bit quieter. Please??!!

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CityDwellers
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve recently moved to Tremont and love The Lit. The food has been great every time we’ve been there- and at an excellent value. The noise level out front in the bar area is higher than in the back room but we like the bar atmosphere anyway. Service started out a little slow and hesitant but has consistently gotten better and is quite good recently. Bartenders are great!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I ordered a seafood pot that was supposed to have shrimp. crab and mussels for $23.00. There was no crab, 5 shrimp and 5mussels. I inquired where the crab was and the waitress said they changed the dish. It was a very small portion and I mentioned that but she didn’t seem to care. I will not be back.

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AMP71
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood bar and restaurant, with fabulous concoctions and creative menu. We devoured the burger, possibly one of the best we ever had! Also enjoyed a terrific squid ink risotto, a fresh crispy and well balanced Fall salad. Amazing cocktails!!! Definitely our new go-to in the Tremont neighborhood!

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JamieG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Will definitely come back again!

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Nope
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food was fantastic and the people were lovely. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edward was our bartender and he was phenomenal. Took time to talk to us about cocktails, appetizersb sides and main courses. He also made some really good margaritas. His service and his personality made a difference thank you for the experience.

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ChristopherM
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent, but the wait staff seemed to be finding their feet still. Our table had a great view of the dishwashing station, so that should be fixed. The noise level was really high... might need to get some stuff on the walls to absorb.

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vipMacglicious
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and the atmosphere was really fun and energetic.

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vipPamJackson
Columbus
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

I would but with the caveat that it is very noisy. We (3 people over the age of 60) were definitely the oldest there, but in Tremont it doesn't surprise me. I am sure that, because we are older than the "usual" customers, the noise level bothered us more than it might bother younger clients but for the life of me I don't understand how they are happy with shouting over the noise in order to have a dinner conversation. All that said, the food was awesome! The charcuterie board was perfect!!! Caesar salad excellent! Airline Chicken was a beautiful presentation and I was told it was amazing. The lamb lasagna was very very tasty and the seafood hot pot was a total treat. Will likely order carry out next time---LOVED the food!!!

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vipAndyG
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Cocktails were also excellent. Nice ambiance but the back room can get very loud if it is full - maybe some sound panels would help.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cozy atmosphere in one of Tremont’s oldest buildings. Customer service was stellar. Bone in ribeye was perfectly cooked and the seafood pot was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great except for my wife’s entree the airline chicken which was very dry barely edible, she couldn’t finish it. Otherwise a nice experience and we would revisit

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vipjeanj
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Personal, generous service and food filled with love and attention. Outstanding

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MichaelH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Great food
Great vibe
Will be back soon!!

FAQs

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

Literary Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 35 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.