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Don's Lighthouse Grille

4.6
4.6
1727 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Don"s Lighthouse is located along Cleveland's scenic lakefront seven minutes from downtown's sports, theater and concert districts. Situated in a landmark building, Don's offers the freshest seafood, steaks,and chops and is a premier dining spot in Northeast Ohio.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (216) 961-6700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luis Lolon Cora

  • Private party facilities

    The captains room holds up to 50 people for full service dining in a formal atmosphere.

  • Private party contact

    Kraig Sternquist: (216) 961-6700

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Cross street

    Clifton

  • Parking details

    Private lot with complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday for lunch and Friday-Saturday evenings

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,727 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cleveland / Akron / Canton

    Contemporary American

  • Cleveland

    Contemporary American

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  1. SK

    SteveK

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    As always the food and drink were top notch. Our server was just right attentive wise, all aspects of the service were excellent. We sometimes enjoy the bar area but may opt for the dining room next time. When the bar is at or near capacity it has a good vibe and you can feel the right kind of isolation, but when it has light attendance and you can hear every conversation and very boisterous bartender it can be obnoxious but again this was our choice today.
  2. W

    Williamsburgfan

    Cleveland

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice to get together with friends we haven’t seen in 20 years. Service was a bit edgy tho
  3. SC

    SteveC

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent and a great value! Our server showed the exact amount of attentiveness. She was helpful with beer samples and wine knowledge. I would recommend Don's to anyone!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very great experience
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic experience from start to finish. Service was topnotch, food was delicious. We loved it and would go back!
  6. B

    Barb

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was very accommodating. We will be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was our 43rd Anniversary and I had noted that in the reservation. However it was not recognized by hostess or waitress! Had a crab cake appetizer which was great, and dinners of cod and walleye. Both prepared perfectly. Service was very good although I was drinking water and it wasn’t refilled as often as needed!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I was celebrating my son’s birthday. The appetizer were really good , crab cake and cauliflower wings. The waiter gave complimentary piece of strawberry cheesecake for my son’s birthday. It was delicious!!!!!
  9. R

    Robert

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I try to dine at Don's Lighthouse at least once a month. We are NEVER disappointed! Don's is definitely "old school" but that's exactly how we like it!!
  10. T

    Teach

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We always liked Don’s, but this time we noticed a really big increase in prices…in turn that reduces the value of an otherwise very fine dinner. My filet came out medium well when I specifically asked for medium. However, the waiter whisked it away as I spoke and replaced it with a perfectly done filet. Regarding prices, we checked their online menu before arriving, only to be surprised that all entree prices rose by over 10% on the restaurant menu! Argh! Overall, we still like Don’s….just more careful.
  11. DP

    DianeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I have been going to Don’s Lighthouse for years and have throughly enjoyed our seafood dinners. We have also enjoyed the wine selections, too. It’s almost like going “home” for dinner with family.
  12. L

    Laura

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    Food, drink and service was just okay… nothing to rave about. Prices were similar to other restaurants we’ve tried, but lacked in portions, flavor, and general appeal.
  13. MD

    MsDebs

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server Catherine was excellent. Food, especially shrimp cocktail, was delicious. Three other people in party also pleased with their orders. Would come back again.
  14. DG

    DeniseG

    Cleveland

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Just out for Saturday night dinner. My husband had the scallops and I had the swordfish. Both were excellent. Leave room for dessert, the apple walnut bread pudding was delicious.
  15. W

    Williams

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an outstanding Anniversary Dinner, waitress was awesome. We will certainly be returning in the future.
  16. AC

    AnjanetteC

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 1st time. We enjoyed the food. Our server was great. The chocolate mousse was delicious.
  17. CB

    CarolynB

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service was terrific. The salmon was fabulous.
  18. MA

    23rdannivMnA

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and atmosphere was amazing! Another satisfying visit. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants. We highly recommend. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, food and service fabulous!!
  20. DG

    DebbieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and terrific service really enjoyed the whole dining experience
  21. D

    Dnttlt

    Las Vegas

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect experience from beginning service right through the entire meal. Every time we come to Cleveland we ALWAYS stop at Don’s. The reason is because it’s ALWAYS a great experience with great food and service.
  22. T

    Tasha

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I came here for my birthday dinner, the food wasn’t the greatest, very bland. The chocolate cake was very dry
  23. L

    Lizlake

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite place to celebrate my birthday! i had a wonderful salmon dinner and Don's gave me a piece of cheesecake. A very nice dinner.
  24. SB

    SherylB

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend and I had an excellent meal at Don's last evening. We both selected the special, wolf fish (similar to monkfish in texture and taste) served with mushroom risotto, grilled asparagus spears and basil pesto. The combination was delightful and exquisitely fresh tasting. Service was professional and unobtrusive but observant. Our visit was a relaxing end to a busy day and we will be back soon for a reprise.
  25. J

    Jamie

    Cleveland

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Had not visited this place in many years - a bit of a throw-back as Cleveland goes and I mean that in a good way. The chains seem to have decimated these type places. The don't even charge for bread! I would provide a higher rate but thought for the price the service was a little slow. Used plates not taken away in a timely manner and the overall pace was a bit sluggish. Menu (fish selection) a bit limited. One of the house specialties, a fish stew was very tasty and the portion quite filling.
  26. MS

    MichelleS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Lobster bisque tasted like canned tomato soup. Hollandaise sauce tasted like pure lemon juice. Caesar salad could have come from a bag From Aldis. Total disappointment. Bummer!
  27. l

    lightning

    Cleveland

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good, well prepared food! Nice seafood choices and delighted that they have a vegan option for an entree! The service is outstanding! Always enjoy dinner there and will be back soon!
  28. CA

    ColleenA

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Don's. Our reservation was for 1:30, so it was quieter than usual. The cod was a treat and the sides delicious as always. Almost always I pick Don's for a special lunch or dinner.
  29. KB

    KenB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had the Steak and Lobster and I have to admit it was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. The steak was cooked perfect and the lobster was amazing. Our waitress, Terry was very attentive. I highly recommend Don's Lighthouse for a special evening out.
  30. E

    Elegant

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely seat by the window. Excellent food. Good waiter
  31. JN

    JaneN

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good and service, too. However I was here probably 20 years ago and the decor looks identical. Could use an updating/refresh to brighten it up.
  32. C

    Cheryl

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice place to celebrate a special occasion. Drinks were very light on alcohol content. Desserts were amazing!
  33. b

    bill

    Cleveland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love dining at Don's. The atmosphere is warm, appealing, pleasant. The food is excellent. The service is outstanding, thanks to my favorite servers, Laurie and Patty.
  34. f

    frankeh

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our food was excellent!! Those Brussel sprouts were the best!! Beef medallions superb!! Our table of 4 was very satisfied with all of their choices!! Our server was top notch! Kept the bread coming and filled our water! She was very helpful with our food choices!! We are from out of town but will Definitely recommend this restaurant to any Cleveland goers!
  35. BR

    BRIANM

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was spectacular and food was pretty good. Will definitely go back.
  36. JD

    JerryD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Another long standing restaurant that has not kept it's quality up.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was seasoned well and the service was great. The French onion soup was amazing
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Mothers Day took over 1hr and 20 min for food
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    They forgot multiple parts of our order. They did not bring my daughter’s crab cakes nor my husband’s Cesar salad. They informed us later that they ran out of crab cakes. Our sides came out cold! Very disappointed!
  40. JD

    JohnnyD

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We went on Mother's Day, so take that into account. The food we had was excellent, particularly the calamari and lobster tail, but the entrees were both our second choices because they had run of several items at 5:00. Service was slow and a bit abrupt.

FAQs

Don's Lighthouse Grille is rated 4.6 stars by 1727 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 13 times today
Google Map for Don's Lighthouse Grille

8905 Lake Ave., Cleveland, OH 44102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Clifton

  • Neighborhood

    Cleveland West

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private lot with complimentary valet parking Monday-Friday for lunch and Friday-Saturday evenings

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luis Lolon Cora

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (216) 961-6700

  • Private party facilities

    The captains room holds up to 50 people for full service dining in a formal atmosphere.

  • Private party contact

    Kraig Sternquist: (216) 961-6700

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