Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Li'l Sumo 

Wrestling with a sushi craving? Victory is yours in Beachwood.

Don't head to Sumo, the new Japanese restaurant in Beachwood, looking for sake, Sapporo, or hibachi dining just yet. According to manager Ada Tsang, the restaurant's liquor license is still in limbo, and installation problems have put the kibosh on the hibachi tables for now.

So what exactly does this place offer? There's the well-stocked sushi bar, eager-to-please staffers, and a beautifully appointed space, complete with a traditional tatami room for private parties.

The menu is a winner too. Among starters, options range from edamame to tempura-fried calamari and from spicy sliced conch to coconut shrimp. For main events, Sumo's chefs serve up a dozen varieties of teriyaki (including tofu, salmon, and filet mignon), four tempuras, and a handful of noodle dishes, including a bountiful version of sukiyaki, chock-full of veggies, sliced beef, silken tofu, and bouncy cellophane noodles. Entrées include the usual house salad with ginger dressing and a sturdy rendition of miso soup, at prices ranging from $9.95 to $22.95. At lunch, a Bento Box Special, with gyoza (dumplings), a California roll, and a choice of teriyaki, goes for $9.95.

As for sushi, two pieces of plush maguro (tuna) may not have been as generously cut as some, but the price -- $4.50 -- wasn't as high either. And an amply sized Rock 'n' Roll, stuffed with spicy tuna, draped in avocado, and dusted with toasted sesame seeds, was yummy and fairly priced at $9.95.

Sumo (216-591-0888) is at 3365 Richmond Road, in a small office complex across from Moxie and Red. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday; dinner is 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cheers . . . Beginning in March, downtown lunchgoers can enjoy a little booze with their midday pasta, salad, or sandwich at Porcelli's Bistro (1852 East Sixth Street, 216-574-2270). Once the bar is properly stocked, chef-owner Sergio Porcelli plans to launch dinner service.

No missing links . . . The chain-restaurant invasion continues full force. In the past two weeks alone, we've gained Texas-based Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy (26100 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights), Outback Steakhouse's fish and seafood spot Bonefish Grill (6150 Rockside Place, Independence), and BBQ joint Smokey Bones (25785 Brookpark Road, North Olmsted, outside Great Northern Mall), owned and operated by Darden Restaurants Inc.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Vegan Monday @ The Winchester

    • Mondays

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation