29 Hard-to-Get Restaurant Tables in Cleveland That Are Totally Worth the Wait
By Brett Zelman
Forget "peak hours," most of these Cleveland hot spots always have a wait, or are booked during traditional dinner hours, and it's understandable, they're all killer. From high-end formal dining, to comfort food and casual bites, here are a few of our favorite local haunts where you'll almost never eat alone. Remember, it doesn't hurt to call ahead!
Marble Room Steaks and Raw Bar is unbelievably fancy in a great downtown location. They do take reservations, and youre likely going to need to book in advance if you want to sweep someone off their feet at this romantic spot on a weekend.
3120 Bridge Ave., Cleveland Johnny Mango is incredibly popular, largely because they really have something for everyone. With flavors inspired by Mexico, Asia and the Caribbean and stuffed with meatless and vegan options, theyre set-up to cater to anyone in town. However, their space unfortunately doesnt accommodate all of Cleveland, so be prepared to plan ahead to nab a seat at the World Cafe.
12502 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland Felice is in a renovated house, so the atmosphere is cozy and the food is very much in the realm of comfort food. Unfortunately, that also means the space isnt exactly massive, so be sure to make a reservation.
This cool Tremont spot is in a converted house that includes a lava lounge. Their dinner options are fancy takes on classic comfort food, which matches their sleek atmosphere. Spots book up quickly, especially on weekends.
Edwins is an upscale restaurant with fancy French cuisine, so it's definitely a great way to spend a few hours, but the best part of Edwins is its mission. The employees are almost exclusively formerly incarcerated, and the restaurant now has a companion butcher shop with the same mission. Grab a reservation before you go, and know youre helping a great cause.
This incredibly popular Heights eatery takes advantage of a trend notably prominent in New England with a Creole twist. The experience is a pretty all-encompassing one. Sure, they offer classic Cajun delights like po boys and etouffee, but you should really order an experience, where boil-in-bag seafood is served by the pound and you get the joy of cracking open your meal along with the gorgeous flavors.
614 Frankfort Ave., Cleveland This hidden gem is operated by the owners of Johnnys Downtown restaurant, but with a different, much more low-key vibe. It's a small space, so it fills up quickly. The bar is known for its hamburgers, which are made from meat culled from cuts used at the restaurant and never include cheese.
Molto Bene has some great non-pizza Italian options, a rarity (yes, of course they also have pizza, and yes, of course it's delicious). The fabulous dishes and gorgeous space make this space worth calling ahead for, so be sure to check it out when youre feeling fancy.
Rising Grill opened to rave reviews recently, so theyre often packed, but Korean barbeque is a rarity locally and Rising Grill absolutely delivers. The premise, if youre not familiar, is grilling your own meat at your table, and customize your meal.