The 25 Most Popular Restaurants in Cleveland Right Now, According To Yelp Rankings

According to Yelp, these are the 25 most popular restaurants in Cleveland right now. From Thai and fried chicken to sandwich shops and Middle Eastern cuisine, this list shows the diversity of the Cleveland culinary scene. It also shows that there are great restaurants outside of the downtown/Ohio City/Tremont area and if you venture out, you'll be sure to find gems all over town.
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 Half Moon Bakery
3460 West 25th St., Cleveland
“I've never tried an empanada before until I came to half moon, and I will only ever eat them from Half Moon for here on out! As a vegetarian, I wasn't sure what my options I'd be getting but there were two wildly different ones on the menu that were absolutely AMAZING. You enter Half Moon, you are greeted so kindly, you order, and like 5 bakers pop out of nowhere and start absolutely slinging empanadas at lightning speed. Never seen a phenomenon like it, it was amazing. I waited maybe 10 minutes max for them to be completely made, and they are made from scratch! There are also baked goods, salad options, and coffee options as well. Half moon will now become a staple in my quick but local diet, and for that I'm thankful,” Hope S. on Yelp.
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Half Moon Bakery

3460 West 25th St., Cleveland

“I've never tried an empanada before until I came to half moon, and I will only ever eat them from Half Moon for here on out! As a vegetarian, I wasn't sure what my options I'd be getting but there were two wildly different ones on the menu that were absolutely AMAZING. You enter Half Moon, you are greeted so kindly, you order, and like 5 bakers pop out of nowhere and start absolutely slinging empanadas at lightning speed. Never seen a phenomenon like it, it was amazing. I waited maybe 10 minutes max for them to be completely made, and they are made from scratch! There are also baked goods, salad options, and coffee options as well. Half moon will now become a staple in my quick but local diet, and for that I'm thankful,” Hope S. on Yelp.
 Rowley Inn 
1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland
“Wow what a great find in Tremont area of Cleveland. We were looking for a place to enjoy some pierogi.  This bar showed up in our search and they had quite a unique menu. It's located in a neighborhood and not on the main drag so it is worth searching out.  They serve a variety of local beers on draft and in bottles. The menu had quite a variety to choose from. We had the kielbasa and pierogi plate which was filling and delicious. When you leave you can also visit the Christmas Story house that is located directly across the street,” Eric S. on Yelp
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Rowley Inn

1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland

“Wow what a great find in Tremont area of Cleveland. We were looking for a place to enjoy some pierogi. This bar showed up in our search and they had quite a unique menu. It's located in a neighborhood and not on the main drag so it is worth searching out. They serve a variety of local beers on draft and in bottles. The menu had quite a variety to choose from. We had the kielbasa and pierogi plate which was filling and delicious. When you leave you can also visit the Christmas Story house that is located directly across the street,” Eric S. on Yelp
 Mizu Japanese Sushi Restaurant
10219 Brookpark Rd., Parma 
“We are back at our favorite sushi place, Mizu Japanese Sushi, for some much-needed home favorites. We ordered the simple but delicious spicy tuna rolls, a Mexican roll and the incredible mustard rolls. We are never disappointed when we come here. The staff is attentive and very knowledgeable and will help point you in the right direction if you're new to sushi or want to try something new. Mizu proves that the restaurant doesn't have to be in a fancy location to be incredible! ,” Nathan B. on Yelp.
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Mizu Japanese Sushi Restaurant

10219 Brookpark Rd., Parma

“We are back at our favorite sushi place, Mizu Japanese Sushi, for some much-needed home favorites. We ordered the simple but delicious spicy tuna rolls, a Mexican roll and the incredible mustard rolls. We are never disappointed when we come here. The staff is attentive and very knowledgeable and will help point you in the right direction if you're new to sushi or want to try something new. Mizu proves that the restaurant doesn't have to be in a fancy location to be incredible! ,” Nathan B. on Yelp.
Gourmand’s Deli
5345 Canal Rd., Valley View 
“Service was absolutely amazing. If you get a chance to stop by, you should.  We had the Hawaii 5.0 and the not your regular baloney.  Talk about amazing.  The Hawaii gets a 4.5/5 but the baloney, talk about out of this world.  Made by an artisan nearby, the flavor was unbelievable. The flavor was natural and juicy with just the right amount of cheesiness.  To be honest this place is on point with Katz’s Deli in NY city.  Amazing, and tons of options to choose from.” Aleksander P. on Yelp
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Gourmand’s Deli

5345 Canal Rd., Valley View

“Service was absolutely amazing. If you get a chance to stop by, you should. We had the Hawaii 5.0 and the not your regular baloney. Talk about amazing. The Hawaii gets a 4.5/5 but the baloney, talk about out of this world. Made by an artisan nearby, the flavor was unbelievable. The flavor was natural and juicy with just the right amount of cheesiness. To be honest this place is on point with Katz’s Deli in NY city. Amazing, and tons of options to choose from.” Aleksander P. on Yelp
 Zhug
12413 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights
“My favorite restaurant in Cleveland, hands down!! Where do I even start? First, Chef Doug and his staff are unbelievably well trained and welcoming. Second, the food. Wow. Just wow. Delicious. Interesting (in the best way). Fresh. Presented like art. My favorite dishes are the Curry Fried Chicken, Smoked Octopus, Duck Fat Potato Tostones, and Harissa Peanut Hummus...but you can't go wrong with any of them. Trust me.Third, the ambiance is *chefs kiss*. It's exactly what this area needs - a hip, dimly lit, beautifully decorated hot spot. Well done, Zhug!!!” Samantha M. on Yelp
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Zhug

12413 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights

“My favorite restaurant in Cleveland, hands down!! Where do I even start? First, Chef Doug and his staff are unbelievably well trained and welcoming. Second, the food. Wow. Just wow. Delicious. Interesting (in the best way). Fresh. Presented like art. My favorite dishes are the Curry Fried Chicken, Smoked Octopus, Duck Fat Potato Tostones, and Harissa Peanut Hummus...but you can't go wrong with any of them. Trust me.Third, the ambiance is *chefs kiss*. It's exactly what this area needs - a hip, dimly lit, beautifully decorated hot spot. Well done, Zhug!!!” Samantha M. on Yelp
 Il Rione
1303 West 65th St., Cleveland 
“I have lived in Cleveland for about 25 years now and this is the best pizza I have found here. The crust is light and chewy and the ratio of topping to crust is perfect. It's really nice to finally find pizza this good on the West Side,” Jodi B. on Yelp
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Il Rione

1303 West 65th St., Cleveland

“I have lived in Cleveland for about 25 years now and this is the best pizza I have found here. The crust is light and chewy and the ratio of topping to crust is perfect. It's really nice to finally find pizza this good on the West Side,” Jodi B. on Yelp
 Slyman’s
3106 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland
“This is a 7 star experience…I can only compare this sandwich to Kaufman's New Jersey Bypass. This sandwich at Slyman's is taller, juicier and tastier. I loved every bite and they grill the rye bread over butter on the flat top - that's what makes you say, "Shut the front door!" You get a healthy amount of sauerkraut and a snappy pickle with it…The coleslaw was great too. I'll be back for the big Reuben, at 11:00 a.m.,one day!! Their sandwiches are the biggest, no doubt,” Gerry T. on Yelp
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Slyman’s

3106 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland

“This is a 7 star experience…I can only compare this sandwich to Kaufman's New Jersey Bypass. This sandwich at Slyman's is taller, juicier and tastier. I loved every bite and they grill the rye bread over butter on the flat top - that's what makes you say, "Shut the front door!" You get a healthy amount of sauerkraut and a snappy pickle with it…The coleslaw was great too. I'll be back for the big Reuben, at 11:00 a.m.,one day!! Their sandwiches are the biggest, no doubt,” Gerry T. on Yelp
 Corner 11
2391 West 11th St., Cleveland
“I love this place, I really thought that an authentic and fresh poke place would be hard to find in Cleveland, but this place really. hits the spot. The ingredients are so fresh that the poke bowls really pop at you as they should. So many options for toppings and variety to spice things up. At 12.50 for a medium bowl, it's all pretty affordable for quality poke and I was very full after finishing, a large might be good for two people to share. I'm a sucker for tuna and salmon, so that's what I ordered this time around, but will definitely come back to mix things up a little and try the rest of the menu!” Lloyd C. on Yelp
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Corner 11

2391 West 11th St., Cleveland

“I love this place, I really thought that an authentic and fresh poke place would be hard to find in Cleveland, but this place really. hits the spot. The ingredients are so fresh that the poke bowls really pop at you as they should. So many options for toppings and variety to spice things up. At 12.50 for a medium bowl, it's all pretty affordable for quality poke and I was very full after finishing, a large might be good for two people to share. I'm a sucker for tuna and salmon, so that's what I ordered this time around, but will definitely come back to mix things up a little and try the rest of the menu!” Lloyd C. on Yelp
 Ferris Shwarma
13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood
“Hands down the best shawarma I've ever had. My favorite is the chicken shawarma plate that comes with a sliced chicken shawarma wrap, fries, and garlic sauce, but it honestly looks like you can't go wrong here. They have a relatively simple menu, but shawarma doesn't need to be complicated. You get a lot of great tasting food for a super reasonable price. I haven't tried their hummus or desserts yet, but those are next on my list,” Maeve P. on Yelp
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Ferris Shwarma

13507 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood

“Hands down the best shawarma I've ever had. My favorite is the chicken shawarma plate that comes with a sliced chicken shawarma wrap, fries, and garlic sauce, but it honestly looks like you can't go wrong here. They have a relatively simple menu, but shawarma doesn't need to be complicated. You get a lot of great tasting food for a super reasonable price. I haven't tried their hummus or desserts yet, but those are next on my list,” Maeve P. on Yelp
 La Plaza Supermarket
13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood
“Today, I had the best Mexican food of my life at La Plaza Supermarket!  La Plaza Taqueria, located in the front of La Plaza Supermarket, is amazing!!!  The small restaurant was crowded with locals. The restaurant offers tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas; just to name a few items. While they have many protein choices, I chose carne asada which was absolute perfection!  I also had homemade chips and guacamole which was also amazing!  I definitely plan on making myself a regular here and coming back to introduce friends to the best Mexican food of my life!” Melanie N. on Yelp
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La Plaza Supermarket

13609 Lakewood Heights Blvd., Lakewood

“Today, I had the best Mexican food of my life at La Plaza Supermarket! La Plaza Taqueria, located in the front of La Plaza Supermarket, is amazing!!! The small restaurant was crowded with locals. The restaurant offers tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas; just to name a few items. While they have many protein choices, I chose carne asada which was absolute perfection! I also had homemade chips and guacamole which was also amazing! I definitely plan on making myself a regular here and coming back to introduce friends to the best Mexican food of my life!” Melanie N. on Yelp