August 22, 2022

The 25 Best Restaurants For Comfort Food In Cleveland, According To Yelp In 2022

We love comfort food in Cleveland. Every type of cuisine has their own specific type and in this city, we're fortunate enough to have a multitude of choices, whether it's southern, diner fare, burgers or European. According to Yelp users, these are the 25 best restaurants to get some of that comfort food, whatever it means to you, in Cleveland.
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 Rowley Inn 
1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland
“Can't believe this was my first time coming here! What an awesome hidden gem in Tremont. Let's start with the best thing on the menu, their bacon wrapped tots. These things are gigantic and covered in strips of bacon before they are deep fried. The bacon soaks into the tots so it gives them amazing succulent flavor while still being crispy on the outside. Seriously whichever chef designed this menu item needs to win a James Beard award. The rest of their food was also great, the burger was cooked to perfection and their other breakfast items including the grilled cheese is also good,” James P. on Yelp
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Rowley Inn

1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland

“Can't believe this was my first time coming here! What an awesome hidden gem in Tremont. Let's start with the best thing on the menu, their bacon wrapped tots. These things are gigantic and covered in strips of bacon before they are deep fried. The bacon soaks into the tots so it gives them amazing succulent flavor while still being crispy on the outside. Seriously whichever chef designed this menu item needs to win a James Beard award. The rest of their food was also great, the burger was cooked to perfection and their other breakfast items including the grilled cheese is also good,” James P. on Yelp
 Zanzibar Soul Fusion
627 Prospect Ave., and 13225 Shaker Square, Cleveland 
“Hands down, this may be the best tasting soul food that I've had in a restaurant in my life.  From the beginning with the appetizer of catfish fingers through my ultimate feast dinner where I selected the blackened catfish, turkey chops, Mac n cheese, corn w/ okra and corn bread. I had the nerve to top it off with peach cobbler, not because my stomach had any space, but rather because everything else tasted so good that I wanted to see how my favorite dessert would taste. Zanzibar did not disappoint. Wow!” Nyota W. on Yelp
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Zanzibar Soul Fusion

627 Prospect Ave., and 13225 Shaker Square, Cleveland

“Hands down, this may be the best tasting soul food that I've had in a restaurant in my life. From the beginning with the appetizer of catfish fingers through my ultimate feast dinner where I selected the blackened catfish, turkey chops, Mac n cheese, corn w/ okra and corn bread. I had the nerve to top it off with peach cobbler, not because my stomach had any space, but rather because everything else tasted so good that I wanted to see how my favorite dessert would taste. Zanzibar did not disappoint. Wow!” Nyota W. on Yelp
 Lucky’s Cafe
777 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland
“You have to go here! Travel if you must, it’s a destination eatery! Seriously great fare!!!! I'm a foodie and I know great food! This place has homemade gourmet style food that is top notch. Lobster mac and cheese is like no other you've ever eaten! Please try this place out. The owner is serious about the quality and uses local foods and grows her own herbs and most veg. Don't miss this place! We travel over 2 hrs to get there and its worth it!,” Kathleen F. on Yelp
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Lucky’s Cafe

777 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland

“You have to go here! Travel if you must, it’s a destination eatery! Seriously great fare!!!! I'm a foodie and I know great food! This place has homemade gourmet style food that is top notch. Lobster mac and cheese is like no other you've ever eaten! Please try this place out. The owner is serious about the quality and uses local foods and grows her own herbs and most veg. Don't miss this place! We travel over 2 hrs to get there and its worth it!,” Kathleen F. on Yelp
 Kim’s Wings
Multiple Locations 
“Passing thru on my way to Chicago and the front desk person recommended Kim's. I was not disappointed. We got a couple of wing dinners with no sauce and peach cobbler. Everything was superb including the fries and coleslaw.  Next time I will get double dipped wings as recommended by one of the regulars.  Maybe we will stop by on the way back home. St Clair Ave. is the joint,” Bernard G. on Yelp

Kim’s Wings

Multiple Locations

“Passing thru on my way to Chicago and the front desk person recommended Kim's. I was not disappointed. We got a couple of wing dinners with no sauce and peach cobbler. Everything was superb including the fries and coleslaw. Next time I will get double dipped wings as recommended by one of the regulars. Maybe we will stop by on the way back home. St Clair Ave. is the joint,” Bernard G. on Yelp
49th Street Tavern
4129 East 49th St., Newburgh Heights 
“One of my new favorite places for lunch! Stopped by for a quick bite to eat between meetings and found the place busy with what appeared to be a crowd of regulars enjoying their mid day break from work. The place is clean, and the food is practically all made in house, and the service was friendly and fast. I got the house burger with cheddar, house cut fries, and a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Everything was lights out good and the bill was under $10. And get the house cut fries!” Matt N. on Yelp
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49th Street Tavern

4129 East 49th St., Newburgh Heights

“One of my new favorite places for lunch! Stopped by for a quick bite to eat between meetings and found the place busy with what appeared to be a crowd of regulars enjoying their mid day break from work. The place is clean, and the food is practically all made in house, and the service was friendly and fast. I got the house burger with cheddar, house cut fries, and a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Everything was lights out good and the bill was under $10. And get the house cut fries!” Matt N. on Yelp
 Black Box Fix
25359 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst 
“I don't usually rate a place after only 1 visit, but this place earned it. The "Famous" OMG Philly (Seasoned grilled chicken w/ sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic & melted swiss cheese, topped w/ Creole jumbo grilled shrimp. Served on a toasted hoagie w/ yum mayo) was so, so, so good.  Outstanding, actually.  You could taste how fresh every item in the sandwich was, including the bread.  Plus the sandwich was LOADED with meat. All sandwiches come with a side of fries.  You can choose from plain, garlic Parmesan, lemon pepper, cajun, or creole butter, which was my choice.  Fantastic flavor on still-crispy fries! All this, and it's locally owned and operated by one of the nicest couples I've ever met.  I made sure to express to them how great the food was before I left.  If I didn't live an hour away from this place, I'd be grubbin' there ALL the time,” Michael G. on Yelp
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Black Box Fix

25359 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst

“I don't usually rate a place after only 1 visit, but this place earned it. The "Famous" OMG Philly (Seasoned grilled chicken w/ sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, garlic & melted swiss cheese, topped w/ Creole jumbo grilled shrimp. Served on a toasted hoagie w/ yum mayo) was so, so, so good. Outstanding, actually. You could taste how fresh every item in the sandwich was, including the bread. Plus the sandwich was LOADED with meat. All sandwiches come with a side of fries. You can choose from plain, garlic Parmesan, lemon pepper, cajun, or creole butter, which was my choice. Fantastic flavor on still-crispy fries! All this, and it's locally owned and operated by one of the nicest couples I've ever met. I made sure to express to them how great the food was before I left. If I didn't live an hour away from this place, I'd be grubbin' there ALL the time,” Michael G. on Yelp
 Good Company
1200 West 76th St., Cleveland
“Hands down the best burger I've eaten. The wings were excellent as well!  Great service in a friendly environment. She had the steak supper and loved it. She especially loved the fries. This place is just bursting with flavor. They have a unique spin on everything. Every new restaurant should take notes on what they do. Overall experience is a step above excellent,” Shawn P. on Yelp
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Good Company

1200 West 76th St., Cleveland

“Hands down the best burger I've eaten. The wings were excellent as well! Great service in a friendly environment. She had the steak supper and loved it. She especially loved the fries. This place is just bursting with flavor. They have a unique spin on everything. Every new restaurant should take notes on what they do. Overall experience is a step above excellent,” Shawn P. on Yelp
 Fahrenheit
2417 Professor Ave., Cleveland
“This is our go to when we go to Cleveland. This Rocco Whalen joint is nestled into the trendy Tremont neighborhood. I've had about 5 birthday dinners here and it is fantastic. I was actually shocked that I haven't reviewed this place yet. Most recently we went for the brunch and that too was impressive. This time we tried the Cap N Crunch Pancakes which is a must even if it is just to share (which is what we did). Then I ordered the Fried Chicken and Potato Waffles with the Chorizo gravy. My wife had the shrimp and lobster eggs benedict, all very amazing. Oh and be sure to check out their create-your-own Bloody Marys!” Anthony P. on Yelp

Fahrenheit

2417 Professor Ave., Cleveland

“This is our go to when we go to Cleveland. This Rocco Whalen joint is nestled into the trendy Tremont neighborhood. I've had about 5 birthday dinners here and it is fantastic. I was actually shocked that I haven't reviewed this place yet. Most recently we went for the brunch and that too was impressive. This time we tried the Cap N Crunch Pancakes which is a must even if it is just to share (which is what we did). Then I ordered the Fried Chicken and Potato Waffles with the Chorizo gravy. My wife had the shrimp and lobster eggs benedict, all very amazing. Oh and be sure to check out their create-your-own Bloody Marys!” Anthony P. on Yelp
 Wonton Gourmet & BBQ
3211 Payne Ave., Cleveland 
“This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Cleveland. I have been on a long hunt for good Asian food places in Cleveland the past few months and am happy to place Wonton Gourmet at the top for Chinese picks! If you are looking to satisfy an authentic Chinese food craving, I recommend this place!” Ashley C. on Yelp

Wonton Gourmet & BBQ

3211 Payne Ave., Cleveland

“This is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Cleveland. I have been on a long hunt for good Asian food places in Cleveland the past few months and am happy to place Wonton Gourmet at the top for Chinese picks! If you are looking to satisfy an authentic Chinese food craving, I recommend this place!” Ashley C. on Yelp
 Hatfields Goode Grub
16700 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
“I lived in Charleston, SC for 5yrs & was absolutely spoiled by the food there & I quickly fell in love with grits but... Hatfield's takes the cake! Best grits, best sausage gravy AND we're in Cleveland!? I never would've imagined I'd find such good Southern food so far north but here it is! Banana pudding is incredible too!! Better than my great aunt’s homemade!” Ashley W. on Yelp
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Hatfields Goode Grub

16700 Lorain Ave., Cleveland

“I lived in Charleston, SC for 5yrs & was absolutely spoiled by the food there & I quickly fell in love with grits but... Hatfield's takes the cake! Best grits, best sausage gravy AND we're in Cleveland!? I never would've imagined I'd find such good Southern food so far north but here it is! Banana pudding is incredible too!! Better than my great aunt’s homemade!” Ashley W. on Yelp