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…

By Brett Zelman

Bangkok Thai
5359 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst 

 “This is my favorite Thai place out of all the cities I've been to in the US. I have had some great Thai in California and other places on the West Coast, but this place could definitely throw its hat into the ring to compare to the competition. The traditional pad thai and pad paradise are amazing. Also recommend the tofu triangles. I wish they had a west side location as I have made the drive to mayfield from the west side just to get take out from here, which sometimes is about an hour for the full trip. It is definitely worth it though. Their food is amazing,” Charlotte G. on Yelp
25 slides

32 Cleveland Restaurants With Ridiculously Scenic Views

A room, or patio, with a view? Nothing beats it. Whether it's riverfront, lakefront, or boasting choice views of the downtown skyline,…

By Scene Staff

Lindey's Lake House (Flats East Bank location)
    1146 Old River Rd., Cleveland
    
     It’s only natural that a restaurant meant to replicate a cozy beachside escape should showcase its breezy riverside views. Feel free to take it all in with some tacos and a margarita.
    
    Photo via mandy.steve/Instagram
32 slides

Photos From the 2022 Taste of Lakewood Festival

The annual festival that showcases the restaurants in Lakewood once again took over Madison Park. Here's what we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the 2022 Taste of Lakewood Festival
34 slides

41 Essential Suburban Cleveland Restaurants to Add to Your Dining Calendar

The city proper may have some the best restaurants overall but the suburbs aren't far behind. In fact, in the suburbs of…

By Brett Zelman

 Thyme X Table
 583 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village

 In Bay Village, Thyme Table, which opened in 2019, has quickly established itself as one of the best restaurants in the near Western suburbs. Chef-owner Michael Smith  captured the curiosity and support of the community with his spiffed-up tavern concept, where the menu is approachable at nearly every turn. Thyme Table is the opposite of a special-occasion restaurant, but that doesn't mean there is nothing special about the place.
41 slides

32 Essential Ice Cream Shops In Cleveland

We will put Cleveland's ice cream scene up against anywhere in the country. Seriously. From artisanal, modern concepts to old-school ice cream…

By Brett Zelman

Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company
3764 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland
Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company is dedicated to giving you a great family experience. Stop in, order some ice cream and play a game while you’re there.
31 slides

The Best Places to Eat and Drink Outdoors in Northeast Ohio Right Now

For those of us who love eating and drinking outdoors, there has never been a better time to live in Cleveland. And…

By Douglas Trattner

 The Fairmount
 2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights 

Some of the toughest outdoor tables to snag on a beautiful evening are located on Fairmount’s chic back patio. In peak summer, this cheery urban oasis can feel like the center of the world. It doesn’t hurt that the restaurant and outdoor bar are run with a kind of precision typically reserved for more upscale establishments. Little is overlooked: the beer list, wine list, craft cocktails, regular menu and daily features give locals and visitors countless reasons to return and linger.
59 slides

Newsletters

Join Cleveland Scene Newsletters

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

22 of the Hottest Restaurants In Cleveland Right Now

Having trouble finding a restaurant to go to this weekend? Wondering what you've missed this spring? We have you covered. These 22…

By Brett Zelman

 Immigrant Son Brewing
18210 Sloane Ave., Lakewood 

If you land in the camp of critics who believe, without much empirical evidence, that Cleveland has too many breweries, know this: Immigrant Son is not your typical brewery (nor is it in Cleveland). Equal attention has been paid to the four main elements of the operation – beer, food, service and setting – so that even if you don’t happen to fancy a frosty pint of crisp, clean, straw-colored Kölsch, you needn’t sit there and squawk. Lakewood’s super popular first and only brewery is a full-on brewery and brewpub, with equal emphasis placed on both the food and beer.
22 slides

All the Best Free and Super Cheap Things to Do in Cleveland This Summer

While the official start of summer won’t clock in until June, everyone knows true Cleveland summer starts when the shorts come out…

By Scene Staff

Swim at a Public Pool



 For those of us not lucky enough to have a friend with a pool, the region’s public swimming offerings are the next best thing. There are, of course, Cleveland’s public pools, but with erratic openings based on temperatures and staffing, they are hardly worth counting on. Luckily, you can snag a guest day pass in many suburbs where the water is warm and the beach chairs bountiful: Dragga Pool in Mayfield Heights will run you $10 as a non-resident, Walter’s Grove in Parma will cost you just $6, Parma Heights’ primo pool awaits for $8, Foster and Becks Pools in Lakewood will let you in for $5.50, and Beachwood’s absolutely stunning outdoor aquatic center will refresh and entertain you for $10.
32 slides

The 40 Essential Lakewood Restaurants in 2022

Lakewood has steadily become one of the best food neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio. Here are some of the places that you definitely…

By Brett Zelman

 Mahall’s 20 Lanes
1114 Center St., Lakewood

 Coming up on their 100th anniversary in a few years, this bowling alley, music venue, bar and restaurant was established by the Mahall family in 1924. It’s still one of the more happening spots in town.
40 slides

Photos From DonutFest 2022 at Red Space

After a year off due to COVID, DonutFest made its return to Red Space. The event features donuts (and coffee) from various…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From DonutFest 2022 at Red Space
46 slides

50 Cleveland Bars, Breweries and Restaurants Perfect for Day Drinking

If you want to grab a drink during the day, who are we to stop you? Around Cleveland, there are a ton…

By Brett Zelman

Beerhead Bar
1156 West 11th St., Cleveland

Beerhead has “beer, food and fun” in the form of, well, beer, food and various activities including live music and trivia nights. Most importantly, they open at 11 a.m., so you can slide up to the bar before noon.
50 slides

20 Fast Food Chains Not in Cleveland That Should Be

Cleveland finally got a Raising Cane's a few years back and there's actually now nine locations in Northeast Ohio. And now, with…

By Scene Staff

In-N-Out Burger - In 1948, the first In-N-Out Burger was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder in Baldwin Park, California. There are currently 358.
20 slides

36 Essential Cleveland Brunch Spots Sure to Make Your Weekend Better

In the last decade or so, weekend brunch has become almost as much of a culinary outing as a nice dinner. There…

By Brett Zelman

El Carnicero
    16918 Detroit Ave., Lakewood 
    
    Desayuno, as they in Mexico, is the most important meal of the day. As one might expect, the folks at El C give brunch a Latin flair, which is the most delicious flair of all if you ask us. Taking its name from the cryptozoological wonder that is the "goat sucker," the Chupacabra cocktail is a blood-red lid lifter made with bacon-infused vodka, spicy tomato juice and a rim dusting of chile-lime salt. You can't go wrong with the huevos rancheros, but consider taking the blue corn breakfast enchiladas for a spin. Inside the blue corn tortillas is tender ancho chile-braised beef brisket, scrambled eggs, black beans and Chihuahua cheese. Savory, corny griddle cakes are paired with Mexican Coke-glazed bacon, while Las Gachas is a comforting porridge of cheesy grits topped with shredded mole-braised lamb and sunny-side-up eggs. Don't forget the churros!
36 slides

This 3-Story Loft in an Historic Asiatown Building is For Sale for $850,000

In the heart of the city, this artist's loft just hit the market for $850,000. Located just minutes from downtown (1668 East…

By Brett Zelman

This 3-Story Loft in an Historic Asiatown Building is For Sale for $850,000
35 slides

All the Restaurants Participating in Cleveland Taco Week (May 9th-15th) and What They're Serving for $2

Because Taco Tuesday isn't enough! With Cleveland Taco Week (May 9th-15th), we're bringing you $2 Tacos from some of Cleveland's most popular…

By Brett Zelman

Bomba Taco + Bar
2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood and 19880 Detroit Rd., Rocky River

At two locations (2101 Richmond Rd., Beachwood and 19880 Detroit Rd.,Rocky River), Bomba is offering three different tacos. The Smoked Piggy comes with BBQ pulled pork, crispy onions and Salvadorian slaw. The Yard Bird comes with chipotle marinated roasted chicken, pickled red onions and guacamole. The kale and corn taco comes with garlic kale, tomato, corn, cotija cheese, hot sauce and crispy potato strings.
20 slides

The Best Chicken Wings In Cleveland, According To Reddit

Reddit is a treasure trove of useful opinions and information, especially when it comes to recommendations around town. Recently, Reddit user PM_NICESTUFFTOME…

By Brett Zelman

 The Foundry
 11729 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 

 “I'll say The Foundry in Lakewood for best Bleu cheese sauce. They've got a handful of very hot sauces, but I dunno what'd qualify as the hottest,” GariisonC
25 slides

29 Hard-to-Get Restaurant Tables in Cleveland That Are Totally Worth the Wait

Forget "peak hours," most of these Cleveland hot spots always have a wait, or are booked during traditional dinner hours, and it's…

By Brett Zelman

 Batuqui
12706 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland and 17 East Orange St., Chagrin Falls

 Following more than a year of construction, Carla Batista and Gustavo Nogueira recently opened the second location of their popular Brazilian eatery. Like the original, which opened on Larchmere in 2015, “Batuqui on the Falls” has repurposed an elegant residential building — in this case, a stately brick Victorian a short stroll from Main Street. Batuqui Chagrin features the same popular dinner menu starring authentic Brazilian dishes like Feijoada and Moqueca Baiana and an ongoing selection of specials and cocktails. Both are tough reservations to get, especially on the weekends, so plan accordingly.
29 slides

All The New Cleveland Restaurants (And an Arcade Bar) That Have Opened So Far In 2022

Cleveland has said goodbye to plenty of restaurants during the pandemic years, but it's also said hello to a healthy batch of…

By Scene Staff

Indie
2038 East 4th St., Cleveland

 Owners Gabriel Zeller and Julie Mesenburg have reshaped the former Greenhouse Tavern space on East 4th into a shrine to independent music thanks to 100s of framed concert and tour posters. Diners can look forward to Southern-styled foods, many shareable, along with music-themed brunches.
18 slides

All the Restaurants Participating In Cleveland Mac 'N' Cheese Week (April 11-17) and What They're Serving

We’re bringing you $5 Mac 'n' Cheese from some of Cleveland's most popular restaurants! Cleveland Mac 'n' Cheese Week, which runs from…

By Brett Zelman

 49th Street Tavern 
4129 East 49th St., Cuyahoga Falls 

 The 49th Street Tavern will be offering a gouda mac n’ cheese for Mac ‘n’ Cheese Week. It’ll be served with house made gouda cheese, chicken and broccoli and topped with bacon.
22 slides

35 Dog-Friendly Patios in Cleveland to Enjoy With Your Pup This Year

Clevelanders like to take their dogs everywhere. 10/10 favorite thing to do. So we've compiled a great list of patios that allow…

By Scene Staff

Platform Beer Co.
    4125 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
    
     Stop at this amazing brewery to enjoy some suds with your four-legged friend. Grab a bite, some fresh water for Fodo and let the day fade away.  
    
     Photo from Scene archives <a
35 slides

These Before And After Photos Show How Cleveland's Bar and Restaurant Scene Has Changed In The Last 15 Years

It's one thing to know the food business is notorious for high turnover, and yet another to see it in action. Cleveland's no…

By Scene Staff

Mason's Creamery Then
     
     Bridge Ave. and West 44th St.
84 slides

Everything We Saw at the 2022 Cleveland Beerfest

The annual Cleveland Beerfest made its return to the Convention Center. Here's everything we saw inside.03/12/2022 Photos by Emanuel Wallace http://emanuelwallace.com

By Scene Staff

Everything We Saw at the 2022 Cleveland Beerfest
73 slides

Everything We Saw at the 2022 Winter Warmer

The 15th Annual Winter Warmer Fest was a celebration of Ohio craft beer, featuring breweries from all parts of the state. Here's…

By Scene Staff

Everything We Saw at the 2022 Winter Warmer
66 slides

30 Essential Women-Owned Cleveland Eateries

Ranging from music venues with delicious brunch to French pastry shops with picturesque desserts, these 19 Cleveland area eateries run through the…

By Scene Staff

 Toast
     1365 W. 65th., Cleveland
    
     Gordon Square&#146;s Toast is one of the most fun and unique dining experiences in town. 
    
    Photo via @Toast_Cle/Instagram
30 slides

23 Cleveland Bakeries To Get Paczkis From This Fat Tuesday

In New Orleans, Fat Tuesday means Mardi Gras and drinking, beads and an all out party before Lent begins. In Cleveland, and…

By Scene Staff

 Kiedrowski&#146;s Bakery
    2267 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst
    
     Polish bakeries really are popular in Cleveland. And that&#146;s the case with Amherst&#146;s Kiedrowski&#146;s Bakery, another place to get great paczkis.  
    
    Photo via @KiedrowskisBakery/Instagram
23 slides

The 25 Best Sandwich Shops In Cleveland, According To Yelp Rankings

From delis and Italian markets to sub shops and Caribbean joints, great sandwiches can be found anywhere. It doesn't really matter where…

By Scene Staff

 Express Deli
    5185 Smith Rd., Cleveland
    
     &#147;This deli is a true gem! If you are trying for the first time, ask for the tasting platter. Ours came with a Turkey, pastrami and a Ruben sample. ALL of them are good. I would have been happy with any of these choices. They add a sauce on each one that gives it a flavoring that you will now notice to be missing from other deli sandwiches. Ended up going with the Ruben- it was so good! I do not even like sauerkraut, but how they cook theirs I could eat it once a week,&#148; Charlotte G. on Yelp
    
    Photo by Douglas Trattner
23 slides

The 26 Restaurants Dishing Up Goodness During Cleveland Pierogi Week, Feb. 28 - March 6

From February 28th to March 6th, Cleveland Pierogi Week is seven days of paying homage to everyone's favorite Polish dumplings. Each participating…

By Scene Staff

Schnitz Ale Brewery
    5728 Pearl Rd., Parma
    
     At this recently opened Parma brewery, they&#146;re serving their Schnitz Ale rogi, a made from scratch smoked sausage and kraut pierogi. Vegetarian option available.
    
    Photo Provided by Restaurant
25 slides

Downtown Cleveland's Essential Restaurants and Bars

While downtown has certainly took its fair share of hits to the restaurant and bar industry in the last couple years, there…

By Scene Staff

 Butcher and the Brewer
    2043 East Fourth St., Cleveland 
    
     This East Fourth spot brews their own beer, has a lively atmosphere, and a butcher shop where delicious sandwiches are made to order. Their meats, which are aged and cured in-house are fantastic and their house smoked corn dogs coated in buttermilk batter were featured on the program. So was their Stop-Hop-Kaboom IPA. 
    
    Photo via Scene Archives
28 slides

Everything We Saw at Brewsology Beer Fest at Great Lakes Science Center

The Brewsology Beer Fest made its way to the Great Lakes Science Center. Here's what we saw.02/05/2022 Photos by Emanuel Wallace http://emanuelwallace.com

By Scene Staff

Everything We Saw at Brewsology Beer Fest at Great Lakes Science Center
53 slides

80 Black-Owned Cleveland Restaurants, Cafes and Bakeries You Should Support

Any examination of our restaurant scene isn't complete without recognizing our rich history and tradition of black owned bars and restaurants in…

By Scene Staff

 Zanzibar Soul Fusion
    Multiple Locations 
    
     This Shaker Square eatery, which expanded to downtown in 2018, owned by the same restaurateurs that started Angie&#146;s Soul Food Cafe, is a must-visit soul food spot. This place does their own take on southern comfort and the catfish po'boys and fried chicken are staples on the menu.
     Check out Scene&#146;s review.
    
    Photo via Zanzibar Soul Fusion/Facebook
80 slides