Warm (and eat) Up
Cleveland Restaurants and Wine bars Perfect for Snuggle Season
As the temperatures begin to drop, there’s no better time to snuggle close to a warm fire, pour a glass of wine and fill up on your favorite comfort foods with family and friends. Cleveland serves up a hearty helping of delicious dining establishments sure to warm your spirit.
Cibreo Italian Kitchen
The Cibreo Italian Kitchen is one of the shining stars within the Playhouse Square Theater District’s exciting culinary scene. The favorite among restaurateur Scott Kuhn’s many eateries features true Tuscan fare and authentic Italian ambiance.
Prosperity Social Club
Don't let the name fool you--this "social club" is open to all, with an unpretentious, retro vibe. Get a taste of quirk alongside a menu of stick-to-your-ribs comfort food at this funky Tremont staple. Then head into the game room for old-fashioned bowling and vintage board games.
Market Ave. Wine Bar
This cozy Ohio City hotspot is the place for body-warming vino. You're surrounded by brick, golden low-light chandeliers, comfy seats and (often) live music as you choose from their incredibly varied wine list.
The Great Lakes Brewing Company
We're not sure if it's the taproom's dark Tiger Mahogany bar or the brick walls in the basement beer cellar that make us think The Great Lakes Brewing Company should be solely lit by torchlight (it's not--apparently that's a fire hazard). But either way, Cleveland's granddaddy of the brewery scene in Ohio City serves food and drink to warm you to your toes. Add on a brewery tour to get up close and personal with the beer-making process.
Scott Bromberg, operator of the Melting Pot restaurants in Lyndhurst and Rocky River, brought a modern and trendy American Brasserie to the heart of Playhouse Square. The perfect place for a bite before catching a show, District’s menu features contemporary American dishes with Mediterranean and European influences.
Humble Wine Bar
Located just down the street from its older sibling restaurant, the ever-popular gastropub Deagan’s, Humble Wine Bar is Lakewood’s first official wine bar. Featuring a small appetizer and pizza menu along with dozens of bottle options--not to mention a giant brick oven radiating warmth--the laid-back Humble Wine Bar offers a relaxed atmosphere.
Lago Restaurant & Wine Bar
While Lago Restaurant and Wine Bar isn't exactly new to Cleveland (it was once a Tremont hotspot), Fabio Salerno's relocated restaurant has brought a warm Italian-style feel to the East Bank of the Flats--all with a sophisticated flair.
LockKeepers is the dining equivalent of that cashmere scarf that elegantly takes the edge off of the winter. Head south to this spacious Valley View eatery for a glass of vino and a piping-hot bowl of pasta while you watch the snow gracefully coat the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Return to the glamorous days of socializing at Society Lounge when an evening of drinks was a major event. Enjoy the fine touches of speakeasy décor and an extensive cocktail selection focused on little details and precision. From the Moscow Mules served in copper cups to the ice cubes in the Old Fashions that would make Don Draper jealous, Society Lounge treats patrons to a glamorous night on the town.
Toast Wine Bar
The menu at Toast Wine Bar is designed around regular deliveries from local farms such as spring pickles, chicken crepinette with cauliflower puree and sweet corn gnocchi. The seasonal theme at this Detroit Shoreway restaurant extends to the drink selections with daily features such as Tom Collins with fresh blueberries as well as an impressive, affordable 50 plus-bottle wine list.
Wine Bar Rocky River
Pair a bold, bright red with some rib-sticking pork chops and gourmet mac' and cheese as you cozy up to one of the two fireplaces inside this quaint West Side establishment. Share a bottle, snuggle up to a glass or snag a tasting from their state-of-the-art wine preservation and serving system.