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The Cleveland Restaurant

3.7
3.7
54 Reviews
$30 and under
American

A new 34 seat restaurant located at 25 Cleveland Place in Nolita with a 40 seat outdoor garden. Our cuisine is approachable New-American with a variety of influences by Head Chef Max Sussman (James Beard Rising Star Chef Nominee, Former Chef de Cuisine of Roberta's). We offer a selection of regional draft beers and natural/organic wines by the glass and bottle.

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3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.7Ambience

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82% of people would recommend it to a friend

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    Timmo

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Diverse menu with middle-eastern flair. Edgy and friendly at the same time. The chicken is superb.

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    CasaL

    New York Area

    405 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    405 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We received excellent service from the sommelière whom we knew. Both of the wines we tasted were excellent. Everything we had was good. We especially liked the brussels sprouts salad and the beat and melon salad. Most outstanding was the desert we chose. The apple cake was moist and flavorful and the crème fraîche ice cream very elegant. We did not appreciate the noise level. Perhaps to be heard over the music, the people at the tables on either side of us were often shouting.

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    molly

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience5

    Service was unbelievably slow and the waitress was hard to understand (she mumbled), but the food and ambience was very good. If you're looking for a cozy, low-key place to go and have plenty of time on your hands, this is a go. They also have a gorgeous backyard and a nice (but short) wine list, making a good spring - autumn date spot. If you're used to NY-speed service, however, you might get annoyed waiting for your food to arrive.

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    eastsidediner

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    We had a wonderful Saturday evening at The Cleveland. We arrived 30 minutes before our reservation, but since they do not have a bar, they sat us at our table while we waited for our friends to arrive, and brought us bread before we ordered. Our server was terrific; friendly & warm, gave great wine and food recommendations. The brussels sprout salad was delicious, as was the pork appetizer. We had to wait for little while between apps and entrees, but they were worth the wait; the steak was perfectly cooked and the eggplant was a great entree. The peach dessert was just right. Noise level went up and down throughout the night, but was never overwhelming. Unfortunately it was raining so we couldn't experience the garden.

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    lynn

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dinner at The Cleveland was extraordinary. From the welcome by the Host, through the excellent service and especially the flavor explosion from starter through dessert. The ubiquitous Burrata was truly unique, the roast half chicken amazing (What's in that coating?) and the peach-frozen creme fraich dessert provided a wonderful coda.

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    Estelle

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The restaurant was fun, but a bit noisy, and all of our food was pretty good! The desserts were certainly a highlight.

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    OTwist

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2014

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    This restaurant has a great ambiance, especially in the large outdoor garden in the back. The service is friendly and attentive. The food is good, but not great. I think the casual lunch menu is actually better than the dinner menu which lacks a bit in flavor and execution. I would definitely recommend it for lunch and perhaps I'll try it again for dinner in six months to see if they have improved their dinner menu. Great vibe and staff. Also the garden is quiet and you can have a conversation without shouting. It's difficult to find that these days in NYC unfortunately. It's appreciated.

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    omwolfert

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We had a fabulous Dinner last Saturday night. The food was delicious, the staff very attentive. The only improvement couldb e made to the exterior of the garden. it seemed to be work in progress. Oliver

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    Eel09

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    I had read that the Cleveland had a new chef, which is why I went back. I had NOT realized that in fact the restaurant had closed and reopened so the beautiful backward was Not permitted and not available for dining and that the restaurant had no liquor license. This was disappointing.

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    Travels2eat

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2014

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We selected the Cleveland for the chance to dine in the garden but unfrotunately it was closed but we went anyway and we were not sorry! Interesting dishes, with delicate flavors, and lovely service! The tables are cramped but the happy atmosphere made it so that didn't matter.

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    Besten74

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2014

    overall2food1service1ambience3

    For the money, this is the most disappointing meal I have had in a long time. The tastes are bland, the portions are small, and the presentation is exceptionally boring. The space itself is quite cool and solid outdoor seating in Nolita/Soho is great. Come for a drink out back on a nice day, but do not order food.

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    Orion

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    On Lafayette among several too hot spots the Cleveland serves up innovative and well prepared food in a less hyped atmosphere the menu is not wide but the pumpernickel with lentil pistachio spread was super. Brussels sprouts salad tasty but maybe a tad dry cod was perfect service: excellent not preening great knowledge of the wine list only disappointment was garden not open for dinner just drinks. One tip ale sure your table not under speaker

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    refinediner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2014

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    The Cleveland had some excellent dishes (like the Brussels sprout salad and the half roasted chicken) but the service was in the popular "williamsburg" vein of service: aloof and friendly and in absolutely no rush

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    uscreviewer

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2014

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    I asked if I could have the crispy duck pastry without cucumber, and that was nbot a problem and it was delicious. However I ordered the grilled eggplant with bulgur salad at the same time, and was surprised the waiter didn't mention that the bulgur salad was full of small cucumber bits so I couldn't eat it. When I mentioned it he did nothing.

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    Gallerygal

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We were very happy with the winter salad and calamari appetizers, the steak main, and with the wines by the glass we ordered. The tagliatelle/fish main dish was good but very salty. The atmosphere was nice, with the tables feeling private, but it was loud. Trendy, young crowd. The service was very nice but they were nearly neurotic about refilling our water glasses (maybe they knew about the salt overdose), and there was a small error on the check that was dealt with nicely but not quickly.

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    Despina

    Los Angeles

    71 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Went with great expectations but found it over priced and over spiced and not that amazing. The restaurant itself is beautiful though.

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    Dmac

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2014

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    We dined at The Cleveland for about our 10th visit. They have instituted a new menu and have removed some of their best dishes from the choices. They are eliminated the Moroccan style chicken , Arctic Char, the salmon and avocado, the mushroom tart, the dinner salad, the chopped salad, all of which were excellent. They have kept the brussel sprout salad but it is now made with a heavy, creamy dressing which does not work wells since the brussel sprouts are a bit heavy anyway. The new roasted chicken is not nearly as interesting on the palate. The new pasta dish is a tagliatelle but with fish. It is not as good as the pasta from their previous menu. Doubt we will return unless they bring back the old chef!

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    ioff13

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Cleveland's Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner represented everything that's wrong with prix fixe dining: too-high prices for too-little blah food. My wife and I are big fans of Cleveland -- we've had great meals there where they give you generous portions of flavorful dishes -- usually. But this prix fixe was the worst. Not because it cost $85 per person -- a steep price for a funky local like Cleveland -- but because the restaurant failed to deliver any value. The food was bland, the portions lame, and the service incredibly slow. The Cleveland took advantage of us on this "special occasion," seeing how they could get away with the least amount of food (and quality) for the most amount of money. We left not only hungry, but angry.

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    Melemelly

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The waiter was great and friendly but we waited a long time in between courses.

  20. TG

    TribecaGem

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    I loved The Cleveland because they have dishes that appeal to a variety of diets. On Saturday night I went for dinner, and the menu had a burger, chicken, fish, steak, and great vegetarian options that were easily flexed into vegan dishes (example - Brussels sprout salad with trout roe easily becomes vegan without the trout roe). Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and decor.

  21. D

    Dmac

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have eaten here several times and the food is consistently good as is the service. Very low key atmosphere.

  22. B

    Blake

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great if you are looking for a spot around Bdwy Lafayette area. We had a table for 4 in the window (2 members of our party were late but they sat jus two of us, which was nice since it was cold out!) and in the end 1 of the 4 never showed up. They were great about it -- and we ordered a lot to be fair. Service was solid, food was delicious, and it was a nice neighborhood spot. Would def recommend!

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    ioff13

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    No matter what the dish, from the sides to the entrees to the salads, one really can't go wrong at this place. This was my second time at The Cleveland, the first being for brunch, and both times, every plate delivered. Inside is a cozy environment, best for parties of no more than 4, in my opinion. This may be my new local favorite.

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    Leslie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Saw this just driving by in a cab one day. Said "That cute, lets go there sometime" As I went to high school in Cleveland so it was easy to remember the name. We went on our first date night as a married couple. It was perfect. Menu is great. Not your normal dishes. Have great pairings with each dish. Love that they use Kale. Food was excellent, every single bite. My husband and I are quite picky and thought this place was just the perfect little spot. We think it will be our new "Spot".

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    Carmen

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great food, casual atmosphere. My friends from out of town loved it. We had the brussel sprouts salad (never thought I would rave about a dish with brussel sprouts in it). It was delicious! We had several dishes which we shared. All of them delicious, including the french fries, amazingly delicious too. The chocolate soufflle was a bit overcooked but nevertheless tasted great. Loved the place and the service. I will definitely come back!

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    Leon

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Delicious, seasonal menu with Middle-Eastern flair; an excellent wine list, garden dining for clement weather - what could be better. The gracious staff round out an excellent experience.

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    Vito84

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Inviting and Comforting we were immediately sat at the table of our choice. A few minutes later William came to our table and asked if there was anything he could do for us. The offer was honest and sincere as the rest of our stay and meal was attended to with thought and care. The food was fresh and delicious and presented with artistry. Spencer O.

  28. Z

    Zinga

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2013

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    the menu needs more creativity - great appetizers but not good entrees ( artic char was too dry and too heavy side dishes w/ it - service is not very attentive - sloppy - great location - nice garden - altogether - it needs improvement -

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    expat8068

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Terrific place and fantastic garden to just chill and have a great meal. Food was properly seasoned and well prepared. Very much recommend it.

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    ZooeyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The outside location was novel and pleasant. The food was amongst the most delicious I've ever had. Every diner in our party rated their dish as succulent tasty and interesting. Highly recommended.

  31. PM

    PMNY

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2013

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Everything is right about this place except the food. We ordered mussels and lamb chop that night, and the mussels was too buttery to our dislike, and the lamb was only so-so.

  32. P

    Pickybutreasonable

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2013

    overall4food2service5ambience4

    It's rare the New Yorker gives a restaurant a good review so I went with high expectations. Maybe the restaurant was having a bad night or maybe I ordered the wrong things, but my food (kale salad and cod special) were disappointing. Both had more sweetness than I like in non-dessert items.

  33. EV

    EVFoodie

    New York Area

    314 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    314 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2013

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Well, in all our restaurant going, we've never encountered such uninvolved, "blah" service. The food (carpaccio of branzino, tomato salad, pasta with scallops) was actually delicious, and the garden setting is very pleasant, but it's hard to recommend going here based on this experience. Barely a smile on our server's face - in fact, almost no eye contact whatsoever. And when we asked for an explanation of a couple of menu items, the response was "what would you like to know"? We wanted to try a dessert, but after waiting 30 minutes from when our main course plates were cleared, we decided to leave. Overall, a very disappointing experience.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We ate outside in the garden area out in the back which was so pleasant on a warm summer evening. Our waiter was patient, helpful, and attentive, but not at all overbearing. We had the kale salad , delicious hummus, branzino, and orechiette with tiger shrimp. Dessert was the chocolate fondant cake, which comes with your choice of ice cream. I chose the almond. Also the grapefruit campari sorbet which was so refreshing. This meal was truly outstanding, and I look forward to returning.

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    neighbor

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2013

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Food as just ok. Nothing to write home about for the price.

  36. FD

    F00Dsn0b

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    I enjoyed a fantastic meal here with a friend - great ambiance, delicious wines, and albeit a tad expensive, totally worth it! It's not every day that you find such a charming outdoor patio in Manhattan.

  37. E

    pickyEater

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2013

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    very cute restaurant but the portions are on the small side. food is also very healthy. good ambiance and great back outside patio garden with lots of tables.

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    NYCFoodie

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Cleveland should be what it is, a good neighborhood restaurant. You get the feeling that they try too hard like the chef wants his own show on the Foot Chanel. Prices are very high for what it is and although the food is good it does not rise to the level of neighborhood restaurants like Public or Terisi's. What Cleveland offers is it's beautful garden where you can dine al fresco which at these prices is the only reason to dine there.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2013

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    The Cleveland was a huge disappointment. The ambience is lovely but the food is TERRIBLE. All 4 people in my party were disappointed with their meals. We got an appetizer, entree, and split a dessert. Unfortunately everything was sub-par. The outdoor garden is lovely and casual but I will definitely not be going back.

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    sls7865

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2013

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Went here on a recommendation of a friend who lives in the area. They have a nice wine list, but I felt the food choices were very limited and definitely not vegetarian friendly. Service was good and they were attentive, but felt the whole dining experience was rushed. We were in and out of there within thirty-five minutes!

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