On the Waterfront
Restaurants with great river views and bistros with hefty slices of lakeside
By Nicole Delamotte
The show-stopping, cliff-side views at Pier W have been stealing the spotlight for half a century. Sleek and sophisticated, this Lakewood seafood lover’s paradise has long led the way for fresh, sustainable catches. For simple elegance, grab a bar seat for one of the best happy hours in town.
A river runs through it
Urban explorers, get ready for a run to the wharf. Rent a bike at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op, take a car or pilot a seaworthy vessel — Merwin’s Wharf accepts most modes of transport. The Cleveland Metroparks eatery in the Flats also offers crystal clear views of the Cuyahoga River.
The Rusty Anchor’smix of rock ‘n roll, seafood, and cityscape/waterside panoramas is no secret recipe. Step into the first floor of the Flats West Bank concert venue Music Box Supper Club, which not only has a killer view, but the taste and sound to match.
What’s new pussycat?
Get your slurp on at Alley Cat Oyster Bar, restaurateur Zack Bruell’s newest addition to the East Bank of the Flats. Stroll through the boardwalk then take a seat indoors or on the breezy patio, where you’ll look out over the industrialized chic of the remade Cuyahoga River valley.
You've Guac to Be Kidding Me
Nestled in Cleveland's North Coast Harbor is the new casual upscale Mexican restaurant, Nuevo. Recently opened in July, this hot-spot has amazing views of the lakefront. Modern, sleek, and lively, this place has got it going on, all summer long.