For eons, Pier W has enjoyed a reputation for having one of the best vistas going, with miles of watery lake views capped off by a condensed Cleveland skyline five miles in the distance. Recent renovations have left the interior in the best shape of its life, from the glassy open bar to the theatrical tiered dining room with wall-to-wall windows. But Pier W is so much more than just a pretty face. Whether it's plucked from Lake Erie, the Atlantic or Pacific oceans, the seafood served here is flawless. What's more romantic than sharing oysters, shrimp and lobster with your lover? Nothing, that's what. Pier W's famous bouillabaisse — flush with fresh seafood bathed in a saffron-kissed broth — is one of the best dishes on any menu in the city. You needn't wait for Valentine's Day to impress your date; just make a ressie at Lakewood's lakeside retreat.
12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-2250, selectrestaurants.com.
Staff Pick (Seafood): Lolita
Staff Pick (Romantic): Pier W
Ethereal, sublime, glorious.
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