November 02, 2018

The Top 20 Cleveland Restaurants of 2018, According to Yelp

Yelp users, surprisingly, sometimes get things right. Many of the places on the site's Top 20 Best Restaurants in Cleveland list should be there. But the algorithm that contributes to the list's selection is clearly far from perfect. Nonetheless, here's the full rundown, paired with choice Yelp review quotes.

Yelp users, surprisingly, sometimes get things right. Many of the places on the site's Top 20 Best Restaurants in Cleveland list should be there. But the algorithm that contributes to the list's selection is clearly far from perfect. Nonetheless, here's the full rundown, paired with choice Yelp review quotes.

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 1. Trio
2661 W. 14th St., (216) 952-7035
Choice quote: "We stopped here on way home on road trip. Great selection of craft brews (Saucy yaaaas). We all had small plates. We got mussels and they have a special for happy hour there were probably a dozen for $7 and they were fantastic! Great quick service and would highly recommend!" - Kari C. 
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1. Trio

2661 W. 14th St., (216) 952-7035
Choice quote: "We stopped here on way home on road trip. Great selection of craft brews (Saucy yaaaas). We all had small plates. We got mussels and they have a special for happy hour there were probably a dozen for $7 and they were fantastic! Great quick service and would highly recommend!" - Kari C.

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 2. Butcher and the Brewer
2043 E 4th St., (216) 331-0805
Choice quote: “OMG. Straight up decadent. Not a steal, but my god, if you want good food and have the calories and money to spare, come here. I would rather live like an ascetic monk the rest of the year than not experience some of the amazing, fatty, salty, cheesy delicacies served at Butcher and Brewer.” - Katie L.
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2. Butcher and the Brewer

2043 E 4th St., (216) 331-0805
Choice quote: “OMG. Straight up decadent. Not a steal, but my god, if you want good food and have the calories and money to spare, come here. I would rather live like an ascetic monk the rest of the year than not experience some of the amazing, fatty, salty, cheesy delicacies served at Butcher and Brewer.” - Katie L.

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 3. Urban Farmer 
1325 E. 6th St., (216) 771-7707
Choice quote: Just when we gave up hope of Cleveland having any decent restaurants we had our last dinner in town here and it was amazing. You can give Michael Symon's place a big old skip and come here instead if you want impressive service and even more impressive food.” - Amanda K. 
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3. Urban Farmer

1325 E. 6th St., (216) 771-7707
Choice quote: Just when we gave up hope of Cleveland having any decent restaurants we had our last dinner in town here and it was amazing. You can give Michael Symon's place a big old skip and come here instead if you want impressive service and even more impressive food.” - Amanda K.

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 4. The Bourbon Street Barrel Room
2393 Professor Ave, (216) 298-4400
Choice quote: “I saw the pretty photos posted and wanted to experience the atmosphere.  Unfortunately, we were not there on a weekend and the upstairs was closed.  We were seated on the patio and our server was terrific.  My salmon dish was quite good, and my husband enjoyed his jambalaya. The Tremont area looked cool and trendy, but we didn't spend any time after dinner.” - Anna H.
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4. The Bourbon Street Barrel Room

2393 Professor Ave, (216) 298-4400
Choice quote: “I saw the pretty photos posted and wanted to experience the atmosphere. Unfortunately, we were not there on a weekend and the upstairs was closed. We were seated on the patio and our server was terrific. My salmon dish was quite good, and my husband enjoyed his jambalaya. The Tremont area looked cool and trendy, but we didn't spend any time after dinner.” - Anna H.

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 5. Slyman’s Restaurant
3106 Saint Clair Ave. NE, (216) 621-3760
Choice quote: “Slyman's. Dear, Slyman's. How the hell do you do it? You've managed to take a simple piece of meat, all but devoid of character, lackluster in its common nature, and you've transformed it into a work of art. If Michelangelo had chosen brisket instead of marble, this would have been David. If Shakespeare had found inspiration in ethnic deli foods, this his Romeo and Juliet.” - Bob L.
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5. Slyman’s Restaurant

3106 Saint Clair Ave. NE, (216) 621-3760
Choice quote: “Slyman's. Dear, Slyman's. How the hell do you do it? You've managed to take a simple piece of meat, all but devoid of character, lackluster in its common nature, and you've transformed it into a work of art. If Michelangelo had chosen brisket instead of marble, this would have been David. If Shakespeare had found inspiration in ethnic deli foods, this his Romeo and Juliet.” - Bob L.

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 7. Mia Bella Restaurant
12200 Mayfield Rd., (216) 795-2355
Choice quote: “Okay, so be prepared. The portions are huge. And the portions are tasty. So you're probably going to be rolled out of here. It's helpful that the RTA station is downhill!” - Bruce K.
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7. Mia Bella Restaurant

12200 Mayfield Rd., (216) 795-2355
Choice quote: “Okay, so be prepared. The portions are huge. And the portions are tasty. So you're probably going to be rolled out of here. It's helpful that the RTA station is downhill!” - Bruce K.

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 8. Fat Cats
2061 W. 10th St., (216) 579-0200
Choice quote: “Located a little off the Tremont beaten path is probably the best restaurant the district has to offer. Fat Cats, to me, has the most interesting menu in Tremont and the best prices. What it may lack in that 'je ne sais quoi' that some of the other restaurants in Tremont may have, it more than makes up for in charm, menu and price. ” - Gregg T.
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8. Fat Cats

2061 W. 10th St., (216) 579-0200
Choice quote: “Located a little off the Tremont beaten path is probably the best restaurant the district has to offer. Fat Cats, to me, has the most interesting menu in Tremont and the best prices. What it may lack in that 'je ne sais quoi' that some of the other restaurants in Tremont may have, it more than makes up for in charm, menu and price. ” - Gregg T.
Photo by Emanuel Wallace
 9. Sokolowski’s University Inn
1201 University Rd., (216) 771-9236
Choice quote: “Well what can you really say.  I'm sitting here, listening to beautiful piano being played 15 feet from me.  As I round 3rd base and lop up the rest of this very large meal, I can only assume I will be sitting here for a while to digest both my food and the wonderful ambience..” - Gary R.
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9. Sokolowski’s University Inn

1201 University Rd., (216) 771-9236
Choice quote: “Well what can you really say. I'm sitting here, listening to beautiful piano being played 15 feet from me. As I round 3rd base and lop up the rest of this very large meal, I can only assume I will be sitting here for a while to digest both my food and the wonderful ambience..” - Gary R.
Photo via briankeithdiaz/Instagram
 11. Soho Chicken + Whiskey
1889 W. 25th St., (216) 298-9090
Choice quote: “Wow, this chicken was bomb! I have had fried chicken from many different places and this place by far is the best! We heard that this place was good but were not expecting it to be this good!” - Libni L.
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11. Soho Chicken + Whiskey

1889 W. 25th St., (216) 298-9090
Choice quote: “Wow, this chicken was bomb! I have had fried chicken from many different places and this place by far is the best! We heard that this place was good but were not expecting it to be this good!” - Libni L.

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 12. The Plum
4133 Lorain Ave., (216) 938-8711
Choice quote: “Probably one of the hippest places in Cleveland. Like literally dripping with cool and filled with hipsters cool ... Now the food is what really sets this place apart. They have some really unique menu items and everything I tried was absolutely delicious. I started with the spicy charred bak choy and it was so delicious I almost thought about becoming a vegetarian.” - Alex R.
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12. The Plum

4133 Lorain Ave., (216) 938-8711
Choice quote: “Probably one of the hippest places in Cleveland. Like literally dripping with cool and filled with hipsters cool ... Now the food is what really sets this place apart. They have some really unique menu items and everything I tried was absolutely delicious. I started with the spicy charred bak choy and it was so delicious I almost thought about becoming a vegetarian.” - Alex R.

Photo by Emanuel Wallace