The South Side doesn’t quite overload all the senses, but it stimulates them with exposed brick walls, a winding granite bar, local artwork that changes monthly, and four big plasma screens equipped with surround sound. After the kitchen closes, an upscale-casual crowd gather in the bar.
Wood paneling, pierogies and perch in Tremont’s oldest ethnic family owned restaurant (since 1923), serving boilermakers before Prohibition. Black Angus beef, grilled trout, and baby back ribs flavor rooms heavy with Browns memorabilia.
An unpretentious neighborhood bar on steroids, sprawling Stampers offers an extensive menu of craft and draft beers, a familiar but well-executed pub menu, and a roster of some of the area’s top blues and rock performers and singer-songwriters.
Nestled on the edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this lovingly built, family-owned and -operated winery, wine bar, and crafts gallery offers a small lineup of paninis and simple noshes to accompany the sweet Ohio wines. No one claims it's gourmet fare, but the rustic setting and pastoral views make it well worth a visit.
As cozy as a colonial tavern, this well-appointed dining room in the middle of secluded Gates Mills features an eclectic lineup of Italian standards, along with an assortment of sandwiches, burgers, chops, and a popular chicken pot pie. While not every dish is as magical as the setting, Saras makes a convenient, non-chain-linked alternative for suburban East Siders.
Is it a neighborhood hangout or a happenin hot spot? With its Brazilian bar menu and welcoming vibe, Saravá proves a restaurant can be both, in a space as friendly as it is good-looking.
Mediterranean and Asian flavors combine in lovely harmony at this sophisticated little bistro near Severance Hall, where fish and seafood are the specialty of the house, and artisanal cheeses add notes of grace.
Giant deck, tremendous view of the mouth of the Cuyahoga, and warm-weather weekend parties that run all day and all night.
Luxe flourishes turn up around every bend in this beautiful pub, from the hand-laid cobblestone parking lot to the hand-rubbed walnut woodwork. In contrast, the menu is as straightforward as it comes: Burgers, meatloaf, pasta and steak, served alongside the indoor bocce court. 21 and over only.
This good-looking cafe and bakery offers lots of noshing options, from coffee and a pastry to homemade soups, salads and creatively assembled sandwiches. Before you leave, be sure to stock up on the hearth-baked, artisanal breads.
Besides providing breads for some of Clevelands top restaurants, The Stone Oven sells a variety of European artisanal loaves for at-home enjoyment. If the sight of all those golden-crusted beauties leaves you famished, treat yourself to a fat sandwich (on your choice of fresh-baked bread, of course), a colorful salad, homemade soup, or a giant piece of fragrant Sicilian-style veggie pizza. Counter service, with plenty of tables.
Housed in a 160-year-old Pennsylvania Dutch barn, this steak house is anything but old-fashioned. Owner Ron Larson spiffed up the interior in ways that will pleasantly surprise diners expecting doilies and drapes. The two-story barn features a first-floor lounge with open kitchen and a spacious loft dining room. First-rate steaks and chops share the menu with less conventional steakhouse fare, like smoked chicken, pasta Bolognese and horseradish-crusted grouper.
Sushi and sashimi are the main hook for this hip little Warehouse District hideaway, although non-sushi items such as salmon-lobster bisque and filet mignon also merit attention. To drink, there's an interesting wine list, as well as sake, beer, and martinis.
Vibrant, youthful, and energetic, this dramatically designed club, sushi bar and restaurant brings a bit of Warehouse District buzz to the eastern suburbs. Sushi is a best bet, but lengthy lunch and dinner menus feature contemporary treatments of seafood, steaks, and chops, often with an Asian twist. Wine and martini lists; full bar.
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