All The New Restaurants That Have Opened in Cleveland So Far This Year

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

By Brett Zelman

House of Creole
668 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Jeffrey Miskiri, owner of a Washington D.C.-based restaurant group with multiple concepts with names like Po Boy Jim, Creole on 14th, Suga & Spice and Miss Toya's Creole House, recently opened House of Creole in the former Sixth City Sailor’s Club and Hodge’s space downtown. Since opening, House of Creole has been dishing up Big Easy-style starters like fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and deviled eggs with shrimp. For the main event there will be fried fish po' boys, seafood etouffee, Cajun shrimp and grits and jambalaya loaded with shrimp, chicken, sausage and rice.
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All the Cleveland Restaurants That Have Closed Since the Pandemic Began

Unfortunately, the last two-plus years has been a rough period for the restaurant industry. From social distancing and people not eating out…

By Brett Zelman

2058 East Fourth St., Cleveland

Lola was the restaurant that started East Fourth as a dining destination. Michael Symon’s flagship restaurant shut down in November of 2020 after 24 years in business. Symon famously relocated Lola from Tremont to E. Fourth Street in 2006, doing for that neighborhood what he and his wife Liz did for Tremont, which is to say transform it into the epicenter of Cleveland dining and entertainment.
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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
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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
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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!
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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

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.
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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.
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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
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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’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’s review.
    Photo via Zanzibar Soul Fusion/Facebook
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The 25 Most Popular Cleveland Restaurants 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 Scene Staff

 Noble Beast
    1470 Lakeside Ave. East, Cleveland
     “Let me tell you, Noble Beast Brewing was excellent. Moderately priced and high quality. Corn Dog is one of their most recommended menu items, I love it, and I think you have to try it as well. The staff is very courteous. I really valued that. Noble Beast Brewing - I'll be back,” Abbi P. on Yelp
    Photo via Noble Beast Brewing Co./Facebook
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23 Cleveland Restaurants, Bars and Coffee Shops With Indoor Fireplaces To Help You Warm Up This Winter

We get it, the long winters suck. But we live in Cleveland so we should be used to it at least. And…

By Scene Staff

 Prosperity Social Club
     1109 Starkweather Ave., Cleveland  
    Cozy and retro, this former workingman’s watering hole in Tremont serves up food, booze, and a bowling machine along with live music. While you might feel like you’re in a different era here, the up-to date food and bar menu brings this place into the 21st century. 
    Photo via Prosperity Social Club/Facebook
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20+ Of the Most Anticipated New Cleveland Restaurants Opening in 2022

After a disastrous 2020, the Cleveland restaurant scene bounced back in a big way this past year. Local diners (and drinkers) were…

By Scene Staff

Smokey’s BBQ and Saloon
    1502 Old River Rd., Cleveland
    Any day now, Smokey’s BBQ and Saloon will bring the intoxicating scent of slow-smoked meats to the Flats East Bank. Chef James Baker, son of Al “Bubba” Baker, will be leaning on his years of experience when firing up the Southern Pride to make brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and sausage. The meats will be joined by sides like mac and cheese, greens and baked beans.
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All the New Restaurants That Opened In Cleveland In 2021

2021 has certainly seen its fair share of restaurant closings, brought about by the pandemic and other factors in the changing industry.…

By Scene Staff

    13 Bell St., Chagrin Falls
     The transformation from blacksmith’s shop to spa to farmhouse-chic pizzeria is complete. Months of construction have netted an open, airy and attractive space with exposed brick walls, cathedral ceiling, original beams and new windows that look out onto the upper Chagrin Falls. Filling the kitchen in a 6,000-pound imported Italian wood-burning oven that bakes pizzas in around a minute and a half. Pizzas can be ordered unsliced, sliced or folded “wallet-style” for mobile enjoyment from a paper pouch.
    Photo by Douglas Trattner
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All The Cleveland Restaurants That Closed In 2021

While 2021 wasn't as devastating as 2020 for restaurant closings, we still lost our fair share of beloved restaurants and bars this…

By Scene Staff

 Sweet Moses
    6800 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
     Sweet Moses Gordon Square closed its doors in October after 10 years. Owner Jeff Moreau, who owned both the business and the building, had been in negotiations to transition the beloved business to a new operator, but those plans fell through at the last minute, he says, forcing the old school ice cream shop to close.
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27 Of The Best Things Wrapped In Dough To Eat In Cleveland

Wrapping any food in dough almost always improves that food exponentially. And almost every culture has their own take on dough-wrapped food.…

By Scene Staff

 Xiao Long Bao at LJ Shanghai
    3142 Superior Ave., Cleveland 
     LJ Shanghai made a splash in Asia Town in 2017 when they opened as the first true dumpling restaurant in Cleveland.  Poke a hole in their dumplings, or Xao Long Bao, let a little soup drip out onto your soup spoon, and then take the dumplings down in one bite. Thank us later.
    Photo via Scene Archives
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32 Essential Delis and Diners In Cleveland

If you're looking for Americana in restaurant form, its the diner or deli you're looking for. Places that are so entrenched in…

By Scene Staff

 Big Al’s Diner
     12600 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland 
     If you miss Mom's cooking, this is the place to get your fix. Big Al's has all the comforting favorites, like thick, steaming soups, homemade mashed potatoes with gravy, open-faced roast beef sandwiches and chocolate cake for dessert. Breakfast is served until the diner's late-afternoon closing time. But the corned beef hash is the star of the show - it was featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate by Michael Symon.
    Photo via @JamesBXXL/Instagram
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30 Essential Comfort Food Restaurants In Cleveland

A broad range of dishes and restaurants can be considered comfort food. How did we think of it? We thought of what…

By Scene Staff

    13133 Shaker Square, Cleveland 
     Talk about underappreciated. When Balaton opened a half-century ago on Buckeye Road, the primary language spoken in the dining room was Hungarian. But word of the modest restaurant's remarkable goulash, Wiener schnitzel, and paprikash wriggled out, at first to the immediate neighborhood, and later to the city and region as a whole. Come to the lovely restaurant at Shaker Square, where Balaton has now resided for 20 years, and you won't be awash in Old World shtick.
    Photo via Scene Archives
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The 25 Most Popular Restaurants in Cleveland Right Now, According to Yelp

Cleveland really does have a very diverse food scene. Looking at the best restaurants in town, according to Yelp rankings, certainly confirms…

By Scene Staff

 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
    Photo by Emanuel Wallace
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The 20 Best Steakhouses In Cleveland, According To Yelp Rankings

Mmmmm, steak. While dining trends have changed and developed throughout the years, there are some traditions that will never leave the dining…

By Scene Staff

 Delmonico’s Steakhouse
    6001 Quarry Ln., Independence 
     “The service here was great. Lobster bisque is the best I've ever had. I frequent high end steak houses and the food is as good as any and the dollar value compared to others is more than reasonable! If you are in the Cleveland area I highly recommend this this restaurant,” George L. on Yelp
    Photo via Delmonico’s Steakhouse/Facebook
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31 Essential Seafood Restaurants In Cleveland

Seafood and fish may not come initially come to mind when thinking of the Cleveland food scene. We do however have plenty…

By Scene Staff

 Sushi 86
    509 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland 
     One of the only sushi spots downtown, Sushi 86 has a very low key atmosphere that is typical for some of the best sushi joints around. 2020 was its 20th year in business and any restaurant that makes it that long must be doing something right.
    Photo via @Sushi86_Cle
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Cleveland's Most Over-the-Top Restaurants Everyone Should Visit at Least Once

Whether you are looking for a lavish night out in the city, live music, or a unique setting experience, the joints on…

By Scene Staff

Marble Room 
     623 Euclid Ave.
     You'd be forgiven for thinking you just walked into a castle when you enter the Marble Room, which is situated in an old bank. The setting of the restaurant is one thing, but the prices also add to its over-the-top nature. A prix fixe lunch menu can cost up to $58 a person, and the prix fixe dinner menu can be up to $115 a person. 
    Photo via TRG Reality
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41 Essential Suburban Cleveland Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

The 'burbs. Yeah, the suburbs are more than just cookie cutter shopping developments with Cheesecake Factories and Paneras. In fact, the Cleveland…

By Scene Staff

 Tartine Bistro
    19110 Detroit Rd., Rocky River 
     Tartine Bistro boasts a masterful arrangement of setting, mood, food and drink to recreate the unfeigned quintessence of a charming french bistro. Plus, there's really good pizza! A small kitchen puts out not only small plates, but also sandwiches (tartines), right-sized entrées, and classic desserts.
    Photo via Tartine Bistro/Facebook
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30 Classic Cleveland Restaurants And Bars That Have Been Around More Than 40 Years

They say some things get better with age. Case and point, these 30 greater Cleveland restaurants that have been dishing out everything…

By Scene Staff

 Mama Santa’s
    12301 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland 
     Mama Santa’s has been serving up pies at the same Little Italy location since 1961. With its retro vibe, cheap wine, and stunningly inexpensive Italian eats, there’s no need to change much. Thin, greaseless, crisp-crusted pizza is the specialty of the casa; when you and the gang can score a 15-incher for less than 10 bucks, who cares if there's a wait for a table?
    Photo via Mama Santa’s Pizzeria/Facebook
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The 23 Hottest Restaurants In Cleveland

With the pandemic slowing down, more and more people want to spend a night out on the town. Luckily, between new restaurants,…

By Scene Staff

 Ohio Pie Co.
    1315 ½ Pearl Rd., Brunswick
     In a very crowded market, Ohio Pie Co. has made its presence known since opening two years ago. Pizza lovers routinely make pilgrimages to a colorful storefront in Brunswick to claim one, two, or more thick, square-cut pies. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the shop to run out of dough long before it runs out of daylight. Still, many in Northeast Ohio have yet to try it because 30 minutes is a long way to travel for pizza, regardless how delicious it might be. For those people, Ohio Pie Co. just teased out a bit of good news. A social media post hinted at a new location – its second – in what looks to be the former Pizza Hut in Rocky River, located in the plaza with Whole Foods Market. 
    Photo via Scene Archives
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The 25 Best Restaurants In Cleveland Right Now, According To Yelp Users

Yelp reviewers can occasionally be pains in the ass, criticizing minuscule details that only they themselves care about. But they're not all…

By Scene Staff

 Express Deli
    5185 Smith Rd., Cleveland
     “One of the best customer experiences I've ever had. And when I say experience, I'm not joking. They make you feel so welcome here, and obviously take so much pride in everything they do. I love the first time customer sample platter. What an awesome touch. The corned beef Mac and cheese and Reuben wrap were to die for. I'd come out if my way to eat here, even though it's just a little convenience store deli,” Adam R. on Yelp
    Photo by Douglas Trattner
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20 New Patios in Cleveland You Should Enjoy This Year

Thanks to the pandemic, you've probably missed a lot of newcomers on the Cleveland dining scene since the winter of 2019-2020, especially…

By Scene Staff

All Saints Public House, 1261 W.76th St., 216-999-7074
    For decades – going all the way back to Snicker’s and continuing with Reddstone and Graffiti – this property has always been known for its spectacular and rambling patio. That patio also has received some much-needed attention in the form of new furniture, fixtures, lighting and landscaping. 
    Photo via Douglas Trattner
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33 Cleveland Restaurants Every Newbie Must Try

Let's be honest, we lost some good ones in the last year or so. Between Greenhouse Tavern, Sokolowski's and Lola, iconic Cleveland…

By Scene Staff

 LJ Shanghai
    3142 Superior Ave., Cleveland 
     LJ Shanghai, a relative newcomer in Cleveland's Asiatown neighborhood, has been absolutely besieged by diners who recognize quality xiao long bao—or soup dumplings—when they see and taste them. We've been making habitual pit stops for those amazing dumplings, but also the growing roster of satisfying soup, noodle, and meat dishes. Tops in our book is the plump shrimp wonton soup, spicy beef noodle soup, Shanghai-style scallion noodles, and soy-braised duck.
    Photo via Scene Archives
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30 of the Most Romantic Restaurants In Cleveland

When this pandemic is finally over, we're all going to be fighting for the best reservations in town. And we're definitely gonna…

By Scene Staff

 The Marble Room
     623 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 
     Located in the old National City Bank building, it’d be hard to find a more beautiful restaurant in town then the swanky Marble Room. The name says it all - the beautiful marble columns and intricately designed molding is absolutely stunning. And the steak is up there for the best in town. Get the ribeye and thank us later.
    Photo via Scene Archives
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The 32 Restaurants Where You Can Score $5 Wings During Cleveland Wing Week (Jan. 25-31)

From January 25th though the 31st, Cleveland's inaugural Wing Week will be taking place. We're bringing you six wings for $5 from…

By Scene Staff

 Rowley Inn 
    1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland
     The Rowley Inn is offering wings w/your choice of sauces: garlic parmesan, peach-bourbon BBQ, Korean BBQ, cajun dry rub, ranch dry rub, or Buffalo wing sauces (mild, jalapeño, habanero +$.50, ghost pepper +$1). Ranch or bleu cheese is $.50 extra.
    Photo Provided by Restaurant
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Eating Out This Weekend? 25 Local Restaurants To Support With Takeout

It's the new year, we're finally past 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic is raging across the state and country like never before and…

By Scene Staff

 Luxe Kitchen & Lounge
    6605 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
     Before there was Toast, Brewnuts, Spice, Astoria, XYZ Tavern and sweet, Sweet Moses there was Luxe Kitchen, an early speculator in the then up-and-coming neighborhood of Detroit Shoreway. When it opened a little over a decade ago, the oh-so-haute bistro joined area mainstays like Rincon Criollo, Happy Dog, Latitude 41 and Gypsy Beans, which perhaps was the first piece on the chessboard of this so-called urban renaissance. Since opening day there have been ups and downs, chefs shifts and menu re-dos – even ownership tweaks – but throughout it all, the restaurant has managed to remain an anchor in this dynamic arts-fueled district. Now they added a bunch of things to the patio like fire pits and blankets for the colder weather.
    Photo by Emanuel Wallace
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