30 of the Most Romantic Eating places In Cleveland

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Chez Francois

555 Main St., Vermilion

Nestled on the banks of the Vermilion River, this quaint French restaurant reminds us of why we might never need to visit France. While it’s a bit of a hike out to Vermilion, this is dining and views at its finest and well worth the trip.

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Chez Francois

555 Main St., Vermilion

Nestled on the banks of the Vermilion River, this quaint French restaurant reminds us of why we might never need to visit France. While it’s a bit of a hike out to Vermilion, this is dining and views at its finest and well worth the trip.

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1056 Old River Rd., Cleveland

Alley Cat Oyster Bar in the Flats offers up the freshest seafood and equally delectable views of Lake Erie. Take in the scenery and kick back some oysters while planning out your summer getaway.

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Alley Cat Oyster Bar

1056 Old River Rd., Cleveland

Alley Cat Oyster Bar in the Flats offers up the freshest seafood and equally delectable views of Lake Erie. Take in the scenery and kick back some oysters while planning out your summer getaway.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Multiple Locations

What started off in 1988 as a standalone steakhouse on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights has turned into 5 different restaurant concepts and 13 Hyde Park’s – including three around Cleveland and one in Akron. And while sometimes chains mean lower quality, this franchise has kept up the quality of their delicious steaks and fancy dining rooms, which are seasoned with their special steak butter.

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Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Multiple Locations

What started off in 1988 as a standalone steakhouse on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights has turned into 5 different restaurant concepts and 13 Hyde Park’s – including three around Cleveland and one in Akron. And while sometimes chains mean lower quality, this franchise has kept up the quality of their delicious steaks and fancy dining rooms, which are seasoned with their special steak butter.

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34105 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills

With Hyde Park being around so long, it’s almost an afterthought in the Cleveland steakhouse scene, but that shouldn’t be the case with ML Tavern from the Hyde Park Restaurant Group. While not a traditional steakhouse, the thick cut steaks, and especially the rib eye, are totally on point at this beautifully decorated Moreland Hills joint that will make you feel like you’re sitting in a Ralph Lauren advertisement and are dining after you’ve finished riding your horse.

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ML Tavern

34105 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills

With Hyde Park being around so long, it’s almost an afterthought in the Cleveland steakhouse scene, but that shouldn’t be the case with ML Tavern from the Hyde Park Restaurant Group. While not a traditional steakhouse, the thick cut steaks, and especially the rib eye, are totally on point at this beautifully decorated Moreland Hills joint that will make you feel like you’re sitting in a Ralph Lauren advertisement and are dining after you’ve finished riding your horse.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Pier W

12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood

This Lakewood seafood restaurant has won Scene’s best of ‘most romantic restaurant’ multiple times, and for good reason. Since 1965, these views of Lake Erie and the city are unmatched, the atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant and the seafood is delicious.

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Pier W

12700 Lake Ave., Lakewood

This Lakewood seafood restaurant has won Scene’s best of ‘most romantic restaurant’ multiple times, and for good reason. Since 1965, these views of Lake Erie and the city are unmatched, the atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant and the seafood is delicious.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Osteria Di Valerio & Al

408 West St. Clair Ave., Cleveland

The anonymous phrasemaker who said “Good things come in small packages” surely didn’t have this tiny Italian restaurant in mind, but he could have. While the restaurant moved from the Warehouse District spot it was in for 20 years, it didn’t lose any of its charm.

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Osteria Di Valerio & Al

408 West St. Clair Ave., Cleveland

The anonymous phrasemaker who said ::Good things come in small packages:: surely didn’t have this tiny Italian restaurant in mind, but he could have. While the restaurant moved from the Warehouse District spot it was in for 20 years, it didn’t lose any of its charm.

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2644 West 41st St., Cleveland

Stepping into this cozy neighborhood ristorante – with its wooden bar, linoleum floors, and menu of pizza, pasta, and assorted parmigianas, cacciatores, and marsalas – is like traveling back in time to the days when Italian restaurateurs baked their own breads, made their own pastas, and served it all in charming, intimate spaces. Almost everything on the “full-meal deal” menu is delish. But when it comes to fried calamari and baked lasagna, Bruno’s scores among the very best.

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Bruno’s Ristorante

2644 West 41st St., Cleveland

Stepping into this cozy neighborhood ristorante – with its wooden bar, linoleum floors, and menu of pizza, pasta, and assorted parmigianas, cacciatores, and marsalas – is like traveling back in time to the days when Italian restaurateurs baked their own breads, made their own pastas, and served it all in charming, intimate spaces. Almost everything on the ::full-meal deal:: menu is delish. But when it comes to fried calamari and baked lasagna, Bruno’s scores among the very best.

Photo via Bruno’s Ristorante/Facebook ” itemprop=”image” /> 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.

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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.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Luca

2100 Superior Viaduct., Cleveland

One of the best Italian restaurants in town also contains one of the best views of the city. The sacchetti, which contains white truffles over ricotta stuffed pasta shells, may sound heavy for the summer but you have to get it while sitting on the patio at this Superior Viaduct located spot.

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Luca

2100 Superior Viaduct., Cleveland

One of the best Italian restaurants in town also contains one of the best views of the city. The sacchetti, which contains white truffles over ricotta stuffed pasta shells, may sound heavy for the summer but you have to get it while sitting on the patio at this Superior Viaduct located spot.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Lockkeepers

8001 Rockside Rd., Valley View

This Italian joint in Valley View is often one of the most overlooked restaurants in town, but make no mistake, everyone who goes there raves about it. With a view of the Erie Canal, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a summer evening eating really good food and drinking wine.

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Lockkeepers

8001 Rockside Rd., Valley View

This Italian joint in Valley View is often one of the most overlooked restaurants in town, but make no mistake, everyone who goes there raves about it. With a view of the Erie Canal, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a summer evening eating really good food and drinking wine.

Photo via Lockkeepers/Facebook” itemprop=”image” /> Delmonico’s Steakhouse

6001 Quarry Ln., Independence

Head out to Independence to visit this Italian-accented steakhouse, owned and operated by the local Hospitality Restaurants group. For a little something extra, try the Christopher Style steak, topped gulf shrimp, asparagus and béarnaise sauce. In addition to their tasty slabs of beef, extensive wine list and professional service are additional reasons to visit.

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Delmonico’s Steakhouse

6001 Quarry Ln., Independence

Head out to Independence to visit this Italian-accented steakhouse, owned and operated by the local Hospitality Restaurants group. For a little something extra, try the Christopher Style steak, topped gulf shrimp, asparagus and béarnaise sauce. In addition to their tasty slabs of beef, extensive wine list and professional service are additional reasons to visit.

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30651 Detroit Rd., Westlake

Big, juicy steaks, an annotated wine list, and friendly waitresses make this the place for expense-account types to unwind after work or to entertain on the weekends. Excellent choices include the Cabin Club strip steak, the center-cut rib-eye, a behemoth porterhouse, and a buttery filet mignon. A few seafood and poultry items are also available.

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Cabin Club

30651 Detroit Rd., Westlake

Big, juicy steaks, an annotated wine list, and friendly waitresses make this the place for expense-account types to unwind after work or to entertain on the weekends. Excellent choices include the Cabin Club strip steak, the center-cut rib-eye, a behemoth porterhouse, and a buttery filet mignon. A few seafood and poultry items are also available.

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12309 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland

Established in 1918, Guarino’s in Little Italy is Cleveland’s oldest restaurants and is still a family operation. The old world decor tends toward Victoriana and the kitchen’s pasta, veal and seafood dishes are all Italian.

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Guarino’s

12309 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland

Established in 1918, Guarino’s in Little Italy is Cleveland’s oldest restaurants and is still a family operation. The old world decor tends toward Victoriana and the kitchen’s pasta, veal and seafood dishes are all Italian.

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Multiple Locations

Luscious slabs of beef and creative, indulgent salads, sides and desserts make this modern American steakhouse a prime location for well-heeled meat-eaters. A well-organized wine list, gracious service and contemporary rustic decor with a Napa-like sophistication complete one of the best steakhouses in the midwest.

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Red, the Steakhouse

Multiple Locations

Luscious slabs of beef and creative, indulgent salads, sides and desserts make this modern American steakhouse a prime location for well-heeled meat-eaters. A well-organized wine list, gracious service and contemporary rustic decor with a Napa-like sophistication complete one of the best steakhouses in the midwest.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Cru Uncorked

34300 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills

Maybe the fanciest joint in town, this Moreland Hills French fine dining restaurant is truly one of a kind in the region. If it wasn’t for the table settings, it would be easy to forget that you were touring a public restaurant and not the private home of the wealthiest family on the street — a street that also happened to be located in the ritziest zip code in town. The actual building looks like it was plucked from the Normandy countryside.

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Cru Uncorked

34300 Chagrin Blvd., Moreland Hills

Maybe the fanciest joint in town, this Moreland Hills French fine dining restaurant is truly one of a kind in the region. If it wasn’t for the table settings, it would be easy to forget that you were touring a public restaurant and not the private home of the wealthiest family on the street — a street that also happened to be located in the ritziest zip code in town. The actual building looks like it was plucked from the Normandy countryside.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Don’s Pomeroy House

13664 Pearl Rd., Strongsville

This restored mid-19th century mansion, which overlooks the town square of Strongsville, creates a dining experience that can’t be replicated. Featuring a traditional menu of steaks, seafood and chops, Don’s is pretty traditional menu-wise, but everything is done right. What’s really cool about this place is all of the different rooms of the mansion you can sit in – the study, the parlor, the library, the pub, or the patio when the weather’s right.

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Don’s Pomeroy House

13664 Pearl Rd., Strongsville

This restored mid-19th century mansion, which overlooks the town square of Strongsville, creates a dining experience that can’t be replicated. Featuring a traditional menu of steaks, seafood and chops, Don’s is pretty traditional menu-wise, but everything is done right. What’s really cool about this place is all of the different rooms of the mansion you can sit in – the study, the parlor, the library, the pub, or the patio when the weather’s right.

Photo via Don’s Pomeroy House/Facebook” itemprop=”image” /> Sunset Harbor

625 Prospect St., Fairport Harbor

Located on Lake Erie, this hidden gem sits on the dock of a fishing pier in Fairport Harbor, out east by Mentor. Enjoying some fish tacos and a cold beer is our idea of summer, while watching the sun set over the 90-year-old Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse.

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Sunset Harbor

625 Prospect St., Fairport Harbor

Located on Lake Erie, this hidden gem sits on the dock of a fishing pier in Fairport Harbor, out east by Mentor. Enjoying some fish tacos and a cold beer is our idea of summer, while watching the sun set over the 90-year-old Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Le Petit Triangle

1881 Fulton Ave., Cleveland

A little cramped, occasionally noisy, and quite possibly the city’s smallest restaurant, this tiny French bistro still manages to provide a romantic atmosphere while turning out superlative crepes, earthy pâtés, and one of the best Croque Monsieur sandwiches this side of the Seine. You’ll be transported to Paris for a couple hours here.

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Le Petit Triangle

1881 Fulton Ave., Cleveland

A little cramped, occasionally noisy, and quite possibly the city’s smallest restaurant, this tiny French bistro still manages to provide a romantic atmosphere while turning out superlative crepes, earthy pâtés, and one of the best Croque Monsieur sandwiches this side of the Seine. You’ll be transported to Paris for a couple hours here.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Blue Canyon

8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg

Perched on a hill overlooking the Ohio countryside, this rambling lodge offers a lovely backdrop for their hearty American fare. While entrées like short ribs and mac ‘n’ cheese may sound homey, count on the restaurant to update them with luxury ingredients and season them with culinary magic.

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Blue Canyon

8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg

Perched on a hill overlooking the Ohio countryside, this rambling lodge offers a lovely backdrop for their hearty American fare. While entrées like short ribs and mac ‘n’ cheese may sound homey, count on the restaurant to update them with luxury ingredients and season them with culinary magic.

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16 North Main St., Chagrin Falls

Chef-owner James Balchak spent nearly six months converting the North Main Diner, formerly Dink’s, from a dowdy luncheonette to a smart little supper club. Energy from the buzzy bar scene boosts the mood and spirit of the entire space, ensuring that the atmosphere never dips to melancholy. This farm-to-table restaurant has recently found its footing after testing some things out and figuring out what worked and what didn’t.

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Aurelia

16 North Main St., Chagrin Falls

Chef-owner James Balchak spent nearly six months converting the North Main Diner, formerly Dink’s, from a dowdy luncheonette to a smart little supper club. Energy from the buzzy bar scene boosts the mood and spirit of the entire space, ensuring that the atmosphere never dips to melancholy. This farm-to-table restaurant has recently found its footing after testing some things out and figuring out what worked and what didn’t.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Il Venetian

100 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland

From the team behind Marble Room, and the fabulous Lockkeepers in Valley View, Il Venetian opened to rave reviews in 2018. While the city in general is full of Italian restaurants, downtown doesn’t have a ton of them. Now, there’s a new option, and it’s up there for the best Italian in town, with a creative menu and beautiful decor.

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Il Venetian

100 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland

From the team behind Marble Room, and the fabulous Lockkeepers in Valley View, Il Venetian opened to rave reviews in 2018. While the city in general is full of Italian restaurants, downtown doesn’t have a ton of them. Now, there’s a new option, and it’s up there for the best Italian in town, with a creative menu and beautiful decor.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Strip Steakhouse

36840 Detroit Rd., Avon

Housed in a 160-year-old Pennsylvania Dutch barn, this steak house is anything but old-fashioned. Owner Ron Larson spiffed up the interior in ways that will pleasantly surprise diners expecting doilies and drapes. The two-story barn features a first-floor lounge with open kitchen and a spacious loft dining room. First-rate steaks and chops share the menu with less conventional steakhouse fare, like smoked chicken, pasta Bolognese and horseradish-crusted grouper.

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Strip Steakhouse

36840 Detroit Rd., Avon

Housed in a 160-year-old Pennsylvania Dutch barn, this steak house is anything but old-fashioned. Owner Ron Larson spiffed up the interior in ways that will pleasantly surprise diners expecting doilies and drapes. The two-story barn features a first-floor lounge with open kitchen and a spacious loft dining room. First-rate steaks and chops share the menu with less conventional steakhouse fare, like smoked chicken, pasta Bolognese and horseradish-crusted grouper.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Blu, the Restaurant

3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood

Svelte and sophisticated, Blu, formerly Moxie, is where you take your significant other to impress them with your good taste. The heavily seafood menu is artfully presented by professional servers. Finish your meal with the baked hot chocolate and you are guaranteed to leave happy.

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Blu, the Restaurant

3355 Richmond Rd., Beachwood

Svelte and sophisticated, Blu, formerly Moxie, is where you take your significant other to impress them with your good taste. The heavily seafood menu is artfully presented by professional servers. Finish your meal with the baked hot chocolate and you are guaranteed to leave happy.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Nighttown

12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights

The preeminent jazz and blues club in town also serves up some of the best high end pub fare in town in a romantic atmosphere, and that’s been the case since 1965. What can be better than a Dublin Lawyer while listening to some soothing live jazz??

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Nighttown

12387 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights

The preeminent jazz and blues club in town also serves up some of the best high end pub fare in town in a romantic atmosphere, and that’s been the case since 1965. What can be better than a Dublin Lawyer while listening to some soothing live jazz??

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” itemprop=”image” /> Paris Room

7 North Franklin St., Chagrin Falls

If you’re a tiny French brasserie in Chagrin Falls, you almost have to be romantic, no? That’s certainly the case with this gem of a spot, located in the heart of downtown CF.

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Paris Room

7 North Franklin St., Chagrin Falls

If you’re a tiny French brasserie in Chagrin Falls, you almost have to be romantic, no? That’s certainly the case with this gem of a spot, located in the heart of downtown CF.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Marotta’s

2289 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

This upscale, quiet, traditional Italian joint has some of our favorite pizza in town. Large slices resembling New York-style pizza and delicious pastas are just some of the wonderful options in this intimate setting. Enjoy your meal with their extensive Italian wine list.

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Marotta’s

2289 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

This upscale, quiet, traditional Italian joint has some of our favorite pizza in town. Large slices resembling New York-style pizza and delicious pastas are just some of the wonderful options in this intimate setting. Enjoy your meal with their extensive Italian wine list.

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” itemprop=”image” /> Gigi’s on Fairmount

3477 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

This chic and funky wine bar is one of the cooler decorated joints in town. Three always changing entrees are offered in addition to a wide array of their signature bruschetta bars, paninis, salads and small plates. We love their brunch as well.

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Gigi’s on Fairmount

3477 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights

This chic and funky wine bar is one of the cooler decorated joints in town. Three always changing entrees are offered in addition to a wide array of their signature bruschetta bars, paninis, salads and small plates. We love their brunch as well.

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2181 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland

This charming Little Italy restaurant will transport you to the streets of Florence for a night. With a seasonal menu and local and organic ingredients, this is the perfect spot for a romantic, quiet evening with your loved one.

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Nora

2181 Murray Hill Rd., Cleveland

This charming Little Italy restaurant will transport you to the streets of Florence for a night. With a seasonal menu and local and organic ingredients, this is the perfect spot for a romantic, quiet evening with your loved one.

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” itemprop=”image” /> L’Albatros

11401 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland

L’Albatros seduces diners with a roster of classic brasserie gems like escargot, roasted cod, and an outstanding selection of cheeses. But since this is a Zack Bruell restaurant, guests can count on more than a few contemporary menu twists, all served up in a series of intimate dining spaces and, in season, one of the region’s loveliest secluded patios.

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L’Albatros

11401 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland

L’Albatros seduces diners with a roster of classic brasserie gems like escargot, roasted cod, and an outstanding selection of cheeses. But since this is a Zack Bruell restaurant, guests can count on more than a few contemporary menu twists, all served up in a series of intimate dining spaces and, in season, one of the region’s loveliest secluded patios.

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1365 West 65th., Cleveland

Gordon Square’s Toast is one of the most fun and unique dining experiences in town. Farmhouse themed, with a highly curated wine list from owner Jillian Davis, an ever changing menu based on what’s fresh at the local farms, and a choice of one of three dining areas, this place is definitely worth checking out. It’s also the perfect spot if you like to try a bunch of different items.

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Toast

1365 West 65th., Cleveland

Gordon Square’s Toast is one of the most fun and unique dining experiences in town. Farmhouse themed, with a highly curated wine list from owner Jillian Davis, an ever changing menu based on what’s fresh at the local farms, and a choice of one of three dining areas, this place is definitely worth checking out. It’s also the perfect spot if you like to try a bunch of different items.

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