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In Cleveland, we’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego. And for that, you’re welcome.
World-class experiences without the world-class ego.
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We’ve all got our favorite Cleveland restaurants. The reliable standbys we revisit again and again, favorite orders memorized. In a culinary landscape studded with glittering dining experiences, it can be easy to miss the hidden gems that will blow you away with their creativity and craft. Here are just a few such highlights of The Land’s lineup, and a few more that could be new favorites in the making.
Hang at Bar Oni, a Japanese sports bar (or izakaya) serving small plates imagined by innovative and provocative chef Matt Spinner. Root for the home team while chomping on yakitori, dumplings, sashimi and wings. Drink offerings are intentionally different—think DIY hi-balls and Japanese whisky cocktails. But whatever you do, don’t ask for yum yum sauce. (Just trust us.)
Fun to say; even more fun to eat! Zhug was named one of Esquire’s best new restaurants in 2020. (No big deal.) Chef Douglas Katz artfully embellishes the area’s Middle Eastern food offerings. Specialties like labneh, lutenitsa, muhamara and moussaka roll off the tongue and also make for a memorable, satisfying dining experience.
Sophisticated small plates are the hallmark of Salt+, an intimate neighborhood spot in Lakewood. Chef Jill Vedaa’s thoughtfully composed small plates are wildly grand in flavor and texture, while Jessica Parkison’s cocktail menu is playful and ever-evolving. Seasonality and local flavors are respected, and these hands-on owners support small farms and producers. Now that’s cool+!
Chef/owner Athan Zarnas melds the bright, versatile flavors of the Mediterranean region over a blazing fire at ALEA, his intimate 33-seat restaurant in Hingetown. It’s a suave, sexy little spot with a killer wine list, making it perfect for spirited group gatherings or cozy nights for two. Try a five- or eight-course tasting menu for three hours of pure bliss.
Smoky aromas waft from Proof, a subterranean enclave with meat-centric dishes, local brews and craft cocktails. Start with some chicharrones, and keep the party going with honey cornbread or mac-and-cheese. And you bet your sweet you-know-what they’ve got burnt ends—slather ‘em with one of six housemade sauces. Pro-tip: Just don’t wear your white T-shirt.
Find homestyle Salvadoran food at Pupuseria y Antojitos Guanaquitas in La Villa Hispana, an emerging enclave of Latinx businesses and culture in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood. The specialties of the house are freshly made pupusas; thick, griddled corn flour cakes filled with a variety of tasty ingredients (think of it like a flattened, Salvadoran pierogi).
The owners of Luca Cleveland and Luca West have opened Acqua di Luca, a modern Mediterranean/Italian seafood restaurant in the former XO Steakhouse space. Seafood dishes like Stuffed Sole and Salmone con Ravioli are certainly the stars, but land and sea still meet on plates like the Filet Mignon & Lobster Gnocchi.
Located on lively East 4th Street, Goma is chef Dante Boccuzzi’s latest culinary incarnation— serving up impeccably prepared sushi with a style and flair that is uniquely Dante.
Not far away in The Old Arcade, Puerto Rican specialties made from homestyle recipes rotate weekdays at The Blessed Café by Chef Denise Santiago.
Craving sushi? Head for City Pop Sushi with its cozy neon dining room decked out in 80s Japanese city pop art. This bold new spot caters to the downtown lunchtime crowd with quick service from a streamlined menu of sushi, grilled selections and housemade dipping sauces.
DJ-turned-restaurateur Kyler Smith forecasts warming up the Warehouse District with Filter and Lightroom—bringing Miami vibes and LA luxury to The Land.
What started as chef Doug Katz’s ghost kitchen concept—the Indian-influenced Amba—will be a brick-and-mortar in Hingetown.
Dante Boccuzzi—Cleveland’s only Michelin-starred chef and already on this list— will debut Bartleby, a modern-day supper club worthy of its breathtaking venue in the historic United Bank Building facing the iconic West Side Market.
Zdenko Zovkic (formerly of XO Prime Steaks) is cooking up Jade, a tri-level Asian fusion experience overlooking the Cuyahoga riverfront from the Flats East Bank.
On East 4th Street, the aptly named Indie will provide the perfect bookend to the Rock Hall as a music-inspired venue.
Salt, a Lakewood restaurant specializing in composed small plates, killer cocktails and unique wine by Chef Jill Vedaa and Jessica Parkison of Cleveland, Ohio.
A new dining concept by chef Douglas Katz that offers Middle Eastern Mezze in a casual, high energy urban space.
Here at Pupuseria y Antojitos Guanaquitas, we serve authentic Salvadoran food to our beloved community in Cleveland, OH.
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Bar Oni was born of fire. The menu includes yakitori (skewered and grilled chicken), as well as izakaya (Japanese pub specialties) and sushi.
Located in the heart of Ohio City, ALEA is an intimate 33-seat modern Mediterranean inspired restaurant featuring clean architectural design built around a hardwood burning grill.
Our modern menu both honors and plays with tradition, incorporating a variety of house-made sauces into traditional and vegetarian BBQ selections.
Carefully curated local brews, approachable craft...
Luca and Lola Sema have added a third star to their collection of restaurants.
Based on his childhood near the Adriatic sea, Chef Luca Sema has created his dream menu of fresh Mediterranean seafood...
AUTHENTIC SUSHI, NIGIRI and MAKI
Transcendental sushi from the culinary genius of Dante Boccuzzi. Maki, nigiri, otsukuri and other classics are prepared to traditional standards of fine Japanese...
Enjoy homestyle Puerto Rican Fare in the Old Arcade by Chef Denise Santiago.
We offer Cleveland inspired sushi and bubble tea.