25 of the Most Instagrammable Bars and Restaurants In Cleveland
Many of Cleveland's bars and restaurants are as pleasurable for the eyes as they are for the taste buds. No wonder we see so many people snapping and sharing photos not just of their food and cocktails but of the restaurants themselves.
These 25 gorgeous Cleveland eateries offer aesthetic details such as gorgeous fabrics, dramatic lighting and one-of-a-kind wallpaper — details primed to take your dining selfies to the next level.
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6501 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
Yeah, Brewnuts makes some awesome, unique donuts. But their neon sign that reads ‘Donut Mess With Cleveland’ is what’ll get you all the likes.
900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Not only is it great that we finally have a grocery store downtown, but it's even better that it’s one that makes for great photos. The rotunda is especially perfect for getting that great shot.
14319 Madison Ave., Lakewood
Lakewood’s lesser known pizza joint should not be slept on. The 12-inch Neapolitan pies come in just five choices - Marinara, Margherita, Bianca, Salami and Leonardo, but they perfect every offering and so nothing else is needed. Their counter and modern/hip decor make for great shots that’ll get all the likes.
740 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland
Since opening his first Sauce Boiling Seafood Express restaurant in 2019, Kyler Smith has gone on to open four more locations in Ohio, with more on the way. In February, Smith opened Filter in the former Take 5 Rhythm and Jazz space in the Perry–Payne Building and the changes are dramatic, to say the least. Sporting a lounge-like atmosphere, with shimmering fabric panels, a DJ booth and lengthy bar, the 120-seat restaurant and bar is already attracting a ton of attention.
The menu is under the control of chef Jarrett Mines, whose client roster as a private chef includes top players from the Cleveland Browns. Diners can look forward to American fare like pasta, fish, lamb chops and steak.
555 Main St., Vermilion
If you're looking for a romantic destination restaurant for a special occasion, bring your date to Chez Francois in Vermillion. Upscale cuisine, like Filet de Boeuf Wellington à la Périgourdine is served at this French Restaurant with a great waterfront view. They're also known for their excellent selection of fine wines.
1215 West 10th St., Cleveland
Owned by Cleveland native Machine Gun Kelly, this hip, modern coffee house in the Flats is perfect if you’re looking to find some coffee that you can put on the ‘gram. In addition to their coffee drinks, 27 Club serves cocktails.
3900 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
Chef Karen Small’s bustling cafe serves breakfast-all-day and lunch items until the early afternoon. Small, who is also in the process of a new concept at the recently closed Flying Fig (2523 Market Ave.,) in the same neighborhood was motivated to grab the space because of what she believes is a gap in the marketplace. Juneberry features an all-day breakfast and lunch menu largely inspired by the chef’s decade spent living outside of Athens, Ohio. Juneberry also features a mural from artist Charity D'Amato
2912 Church Ave., Cleveland
For a demonstration on the transformative powers of real-fire cooking, reserve a table at tiny Alea in Ohio City. In place of the typical back bar of booze bottles sits a wood-burning cooking suite that fills the room with the irresistible charm of a backwoods chalet. Alea is not the first Cleveland restaurant to employ a wood-burning cooking suite, but it is the only one to position that apparatus in the middle of the dining room. It's gorgeous decor makes for awesome pics too.
1430 West 28th St., Cleveland
Walk into Amba and it's clear you have the makings of another one-of-a-kind experience from chef Doug Katz. As at Zhug in Cleveland Heights, the aim is to foster an energetic, lively and informal atmosphere where diners can feel comfortable standing, talking and visiting with nearby tables. Also reminiscent of Zhug, the menu at Amba is loaded with small plates built for sharing. Many of these tasty “Indian-inspired” street foods have a clear through line all the way back to the tandoor oven at Fire.
1167 Front St., Cleveland, OH
Forward Hospitality Group opened this 1970s-themed nightclub in the Flats this past summer after two years of planning. According to co-owner Bobby Rutter “It looks like your grandparents’ crazy basement, with wood paneling all over the place, shag carpet, linoleum floors and some crazy wallpaper that I can’t believe exists in the world,” Rutter says. “It’s awesome. It’s everything that’s beautiful about the '70s. We’re way out there on the spectrum of cool design.” Rutter, who proudly claims to be “high on disco,” says that the whole '70s craze is one of the hottest things going right now.