January 19, 2018

25 Cuyahoga County Restaurants Worth Leaving The City For

While we often focus on Cleveland's thriving restaurant scene, that focus is often on the cool spots in downtown, Tremont, Ohio City and other neighborhoods near the epicenter of the city. But our suburbs boast some of the best restaurants around. Here are 25 restaurants located in Cuyahoga County that don't have a Cleveland address that are more than worth your while. Note: We omitted Lakewood as we recently covered their essential restaurants here. Also, Shaker Square wasn't considered because most restaurants their list a Cleveland address.

While we often focus on Cleveland's thriving restaurant scene, that focus is often on the cool spots in downtown, Tremont, Ohio City and other neighborhoods near the epicenter of the city. But our suburbs boast some of the best restaurants around. Here are 25 restaurants located in Cuyahoga County that don't have a Cleveland address that are more than worth your while.

Note: We omitted Lakewood as we recently covered their essential restaurants here. Also, Shaker Square wasn't considered because most restaurants there list a Cleveland address.

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 Tartine Bistro
19110 Detroit Rd., Rocky River
Tartine Bistro boasts a masterful arrangement of setting, mood, food and drink to recreate the unfeigned quintessence of a charming french bistro. Plus, there's really good pizza. A small kitchen puts out not only small plates, but also sandwiches (tartines), right-sized entrées and classic desserts.
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Tartine Bistro

19110 Detroit Rd., Rocky River

Tartine Bistro boasts a masterful arrangement of setting, mood, food and drink to recreate the unfeigned quintessence of a charming french bistro. Plus, there's really good pizza. A small kitchen puts out not only small plates, but also sandwiches (tartines), right-sized entrées and classic desserts.

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 Geraci’s Restaurant
2266 Warrensville Center Rd., University Heights
The thick-cut pepperoni (we recommend ordering double-pepperoni) on their pizzas are the stars of the show at this mom and pop Italian restaurant that’s been a family business for over 60 years. Don’t let that stop you from exploring the rest of the traditional Italian menu, with other staples like spaghetti and homemade meat sauce and eggplant parmesan.
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Geraci’s Restaurant

2266 Warrensville Center Rd., University Heights

The thick-cut pepperoni (we recommend ordering double-pepperoni) on their pizzas are the stars of the show at this mom and pop Italian restaurant that’s been a family business for over 60 years. Don’t let that stop you from exploring the rest of the traditional Italian menu, with other staples like spaghetti and homemade meat sauce and eggplant parmesan.

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 Tommy’s
1824 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights
Hippie or hipster, young or old, meathead or vegan, Clevelanders have been flocking to this culinary landmark since 1972, hungry for the big assortment of creative and unusual sandwiches, soups and salads and some of the best french fries in town. After a healthy hummus-stuffed ripe tomato or a grilled-cheese sandwich with veggies, sunflower seeds and sesame sauce, be sure to splurge on a creamy, old-fashioned malt or milkshake.
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Tommy’s

1824 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights

Hippie or hipster, young or old, meathead or vegan, Clevelanders have been flocking to this culinary landmark since 1972, hungry for the big assortment of creative and unusual sandwiches, soups and salads and some of the best french fries in town. After a healthy hummus-stuffed ripe tomato or a grilled-cheese sandwich with veggies, sunflower seeds and sesame sauce, be sure to splurge on a creamy, old-fashioned malt or milkshake.

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 Wild Mango
362 Great Northern Mall, Olmsted Falls
Mall restaurants can sometimes be suspect, but that isn’t the case with Wild Mango, located in Great Northern Mall. Jia Wei, chef and owner of the restaurant, was born in Beijing and blends his flavors that he grew up with with cuisine from his current home to create the perfect blend of Chinese and American cuisine.
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Wild Mango

362 Great Northern Mall, Olmsted Falls

Mall restaurants can sometimes be suspect, but that isn’t the case with Wild Mango, located in Great Northern Mall. Jia Wei, chef and owner of the restaurant, was born in Beijing and blends his flavors that he grew up with with cuisine from his current home to create the perfect blend of Chinese and American cuisine.

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 D.C. Pasta Company
12214 Pearl Rd., Strongsville
Chef Dante Boccuzzi’s third Cleveland restaurant, D.C. makes high-quality, house-made pastas fun and affordable. Sold by portion size — taste, appetizer, or main — the various combinations can be mixed and matched to create a wide-ranging feast. The rest of the menu is equally accessible, with sections for cured meats, Italian cheeses, marinated veggies, meatballs, entrées — even olives. 
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D.C. Pasta Company

12214 Pearl Rd., Strongsville

Chef Dante Boccuzzi’s third Cleveland restaurant, D.C. makes high-quality, house-made pastas fun and affordable. Sold by portion size — taste, appetizer, or main — the various combinations can be mixed and matched to create a wide-ranging feast. The rest of the menu is equally accessible, with sections for cured meats, Italian cheeses, marinated veggies, meatballs, entrées — even olives.

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 Giovanni’s Ristorante
25550 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood
One of the last remaining grande dames of the region’s formal dining scene, this elegant Italian restaurant offers impeccable appointments, attentive service and a luxurious menu of steaks, veal chops, seafood and pasta. Yes, it is expensive. But the chance to put on a suit and feel like a grown-up and have pasta prepared table-side? Priceless. The bolognese is a must have.
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Giovanni’s Ristorante

25550 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood

One of the last remaining grande dames of the region’s formal dining scene, this elegant Italian restaurant offers impeccable appointments, attentive service and a luxurious menu of steaks, veal chops, seafood and pasta. Yes, it is expensive. But the chance to put on a suit and feel like a grown-up and have pasta prepared table-side? Priceless. The bolognese is a must have.

Photo via Giovanni’s Ristorante/Facebook
 Paladar Latin Kitchen
23240 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere
Like a pan-Latin tour for the tastebuds, the expansive menu at this Nuevo Latino restaurant promises a grand adventure, with stops along the way for ceviche, sofrito-basted scallops, and slow-roasted pork. To drink, the bustling bar stocks scores of rums and tequilas
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Paladar Latin Kitchen

23240 Chagrin Blvd., Woodmere

Like a pan-Latin tour for the tastebuds, the expansive menu at this Nuevo Latino restaurant promises a grand adventure, with stops along the way for ceviche, sofrito-basted scallops, and slow-roasted pork. To drink, the bustling bar stocks scores of rums and tequilas

Photo via Paladar Cleveland/Facebook
 Flour Restaurant
34205 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills
After 25 years in Little Italy, Paul Minnillo has moved to the suburbs with this contemporary restaurant serving modern regional Italian cuisine. The far-ranging menu includes small-plate-style antipasti and creative greens, as well as silken pastas and hearty entrées. A wood-fired pizza oven turns out killer Neapolitan-style pies. A deep Italian wine list and a patio round out this east side gem.
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Flour Restaurant

34205 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills

After 25 years in Little Italy, Paul Minnillo has moved to the suburbs with this contemporary restaurant serving modern regional Italian cuisine. The far-ranging menu includes small-plate-style antipasti and creative greens, as well as silken pastas and hearty entrées. A wood-fired pizza oven turns out killer Neapolitan-style pies. A deep Italian wine list and a patio round out this east side gem.

Photo via Scene Archives
 Crumb and Spigot
16783 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls
This tavern located basically out in the cut in an unassuming strip mall is worth the trip out to far Chagrin Falls. Crumb and Spigot does a great job of seeming like any old tavern but it’s far from that. Highlights of the eccentric menu include a beer board featuring house-made jerky, their take on a sloppy joe and their wood-fired pizzas.
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Crumb and Spigot

16783 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls

This tavern located basically out in the cut in an unassuming strip mall is worth the trip out to far Chagrin Falls. Crumb and Spigot does a great job of seeming like any old tavern but it’s far from that. Highlights of the eccentric menu include a beer board featuring house-made jerky, their take on a sloppy joe and their wood-fired pizzas.

Photo via @Crumb&Spigot/IInstagram
 Red, the Steakhouse
3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
Luscious slabs of beef and creative, indulgent salads, sides and desserts make this modern American steakhouse a prime location for well-heeled meat-eaters. A well-organized wine list, gracious service and contemporary rustic decor with a Napa-like sophistication complete the region’s best steakhouse.
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Red, the Steakhouse

3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood

Luscious slabs of beef and creative, indulgent salads, sides and desserts make this modern American steakhouse a prime location for well-heeled meat-eaters. A well-organized wine list, gracious service and contemporary rustic decor with a Napa-like sophistication complete the region’s best steakhouse.

Photo via @RedSteakhouse/Instagram