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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Cleveland

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Cleveland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Elle Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (205)
$30 and under
American
Solon
About the restaurant
Elle was created with the intention to pay homage to all that is maternal, womanly and goddess-like in each of our lives, past present and future. Elle is a universal interchangeable word that simply means "her". We created this space to acknowledge that through food and great company. Our Chef has created our menu with this in mind, as well as selecting and using only the freshest and brightest ingredients for his dishes. Everything is from scratch, and more importantly, made with love. We are thrilled to have you experience Elle. There is always room for one more at our table!
Top review
HazelB
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and atmosphere! good service for a busy Saturday night!
A photo of Taza Lebanese Grill- Rocky River restaurant
4.8
4.8 (12)
$30 and under
Lebanese
Rocky River
About the restaurant
We take pride in offering the freshest ingredients to guarantee you an exotic, unforgettable experience. Our pita bread is made fresh in-house, and guests are welcome to watch as it slowly bakes in our Lebanese stone oven. Each basket of pita is served with za'atar & oil, hinting at the delicious meal to follow. With our award winning food, we're committed to delivering excellence in every dish. We're happy to serve you and make your dining experience truly special.
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CarlPvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
We have dined at Taza Lebanese Grill- Rocky River and the other sister restaurants. The food was very good. The service was excellent. We had reservations. Our table was ready immediately.
A photo of La Dolce Vita - Cleveland restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1667)
$30 and under
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Welcome to La Dolce Vita Bistro - “The Sweet Life,” a restaurant and bistro created to recapture the bell-époque charm of “The Italian Drug,” opened here by Dr. Anthony Caruso in 1914. In the tradition of the great European bistros, La Dolce Vita is devoted to providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for everything from eight course dinners to coffee and Calvino. We strive to prepare the perfect meal, or the perfect cappuccino, and let you enjoy it at your leisure. Our pasta is cooked fresh to order, our sauces and dressing are painstakingly prepared using only the finest ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, the freshest vegetables, imported whole tomatoes, fresh basil and Italian parsley... and your table is reserved for the evening.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
For a busy opera night and serving a six course meal I was beyond impressed with quality of food, temperature of food, taste and uniqueness of food and the delightful folks who served us! This restaurant and staff well exceeded my expectations and a special thanks to the genuine courtesy expressed by Laura. What bc a welcome feeling we had and we were thanked and appreciated by the owner, amazing experience!!
A photo of Heck's Of Ohio City restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1447)
$30 and under
American
Ohio City
About the restaurant
Heck’s Cafe ... Established more than 40 years ago in the heart of Ohio City, one of Cleveland's oldest areas and perhaps its most ethnically diverse and culturally rich neighborhood. Just across the Cuyahoga River from Downtown, Heck's Cafe is housed in a Charming 18th-century brick townhouse. Come enjoy our full bar and varied selection of beers and wines. Heck's Cafe has been winning awards for the best specialty hamburgers in Cleveland for many years. A popular spot for Sunday brunch, when the entrees include an indulgent eggs Benedict, stuffed french toast and a brie offering. Be sure to try our house-blended coffee.
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CaitlinD
Dined 4 days ago
Food was great as always but really good service in a time where this isn't a common experience in a lot of restaurants anymore. Server was prompt and very friendly. Would 10/10 recommend.
A photo of Wine Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (12)
$30 and under
Wine Bar
Rocky River
About the restaurant
You are invited to experience everything that is Wine Bar Rocky River, from our award winning wine list to our tantalizing menu preparations, as well as our epic patio (weather permitting of course). And while we feature great wine, we are pleased to offer a wide selection of bottled and canned beers as well as finely crafted cocktails. So make plans now to head to Wine Bar Rocky River — THE place on Cleveland's west side to meet some old friends or make some new ones, and sit back, relax and enjoy!
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EveinCleve
Dined 6 days ago
Wonderful experience, as we always have here! The singer from the bar next door was over amplified, otherwise noise level would have been perfect, can’t blame RRWB for that. Delicious food, phenomenal service, a delightful summer night on patio, can’t beat it!
A photo of 1811 Bar Room & Specialty restaurant
4.7
4.7 (41)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Brecksville
About the restaurant
1811 Shop & Bar Room is a unique combined concept establishment that houses a specialty home goods shop and a culinary-forward cocktail bar. Located in the heart of Brecksville, OH in the Brecksville Town Center, just steps away from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 1811 offers a unique experience to help our patrons escape the dreary, transactional environments found in most places these days. The Bar Room at 1811 is a place where you can relax with your favorite people and enjoy the highest quality cocktails and small bites made with passion and served with care. As we are a small, intimate space, reservations are made in 90 minute increments to help us better serve all of our guests. Thank you!
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Mar 15, 2024
This is a really cool place for cocktails. Food is only cheese tray so not a dinner spot but wonderful cocktail menu with some cool history too. If you’re local to the area it’s nice to enjoy and not need to head downtown. We enjoyed our time out and will be back soon !!!
A photo of Taste restaurant
4.6
4.6 (791)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Cleveland Heights
About the restaurant
A place for food, wine, fun

Contemporary cuisine, extensive wine list, full bar in a sleek, yet casual atmosphere.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Taste's reputation is about perfecting a good number of popular dishes, like two of my favorites (paparadelle and the blackened scallops) and knowing everything on the menu has wide appeal, and will be consistently excellent. I do wish you had onion soup more often. It's also one of your best appetizers, and I've seldom had better anywhere.
A photo of Veranda Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (435)
$30 and under
American
Avon / Avon Lake
About the restaurant
Enjoy exquisite cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Drink and dine outdoors on our beautiful veranda or in one of our several dining rooms.

******** PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT PATIO SEATING IS NOT GUARENTEED. PATIO REQUESTS ARE HONORED IN THE ORDER THEY ARE RECIEVED********

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DarkoGvip
Dined 7 days ago
As always, the staff never ceases to amaze me with their top notch customer service.
A photo of Piccolo Italian restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (463)
$30 and under
Italian
Mayfield Village
About the restaurant
We're all about that authentic Italian cuisine at Piccolo! Owner and Executive Chef, Christopher Licht, brings his own traditions and family recipes to your table. Open for dinner Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sunday evenings from 4-9pm, and Fri & Sat evenings from 4-10pm. Happy Hour Tues-Sun 4-6pm. Lunch from 11am to 2:30pm.
This quaint local dining room is perfect for any occasion. Piccolo hosts Private Events, and caters off-site at any venue of your choice, seven days a week! Contact our Catering Coordinator for more details. 440.646.1383

Top review
MarkD
Dined 6 days ago
We eat here periodically and always have a great experience. The staff is amazing. I don’t think we’ve ever had the same waitress when we go, but they are all amazing!!!
A photo of Austin's Smokin' Steakhouse restaurant
4.3
4.3 (702)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Mayfield Village
About the restaurant
At Austin's, we've been cooking the old fashioned way since 1994. We start with the freshest ingredients we can find, delivered to our kitchen each day of the week. We make everything on our menu from scratch, every day. We grill over hardwood, not gas, the way that it was a long time ago. It may not be the fastest or least expensive way to do business, but for us, it is the only way. We want each meal you enjoy with us to be a memorable and delicious one; so we work hard preparing each dish to order, smoking ribs and brisket, filleting fresh fish, hand cutting steaks, preparing homemade soups daily and baking our fresh breads and desserts. Its a difference you can taste and one we hope you will keep coming back for. At Austin's, everything we do, we do because our customers deserve it. We will always insist on a level of service and quality that helps us deserve you.
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TomSvip
Dined 5 days ago
First time at this restaurant great selection of food out meals were delicious and our server was wonderful. Definitely will go back.
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