Cleveland Dining

Cleveland is host to a wide variety of restaurants and is culinarily much more diverse than an outsider might suspect in the Midwest drawing on large enclaves of ethnic neighborhoods and immigration (Ohio City, Slavic Village, Parma, Hough, Little Italy, Chinatown and others). Certainly, Eastern European food and Soul food are big in a city where Hungarians, Slavs, Poles, Czechs, Bohemians and Southern African Americans were drawn to the steel and automotive industries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; however, recent emigres have spiced up the mix, adding many more influences including Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Puerto Rican and Central American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.

Some of the best food experiences are to be found in one of the following places:

Johnny's Downtown
1406 W 6th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
+1 216 623 0055
Located in the city's renovated Warehouse District, this establishment serves Continental and Northern Italian cuisine in an elegant setting. The decor is enhanced with lace, velvet and gold leaf. Patrons are expected to dress accordingly, because this is the place to get classic appetizers such as frog legs and escargot. The kitchen prepares pasta, fish, steak, chicken and veal in appetizing ways. Meals are available at the bar. Live music entertains the crowd. Private rooms accommodate 10-100 people.

Blue Point Grille
700 W St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113
+1 216 875 7827
If you are seeking seafood, this restaurant in the city's Warehouse District will appease your appetite. Located in a building dated to 1875, this eatery opened in 1998 and serves fresh oysters daily. The decor, an interesting mix of brass lights, white columns and red brick walls, features a large wooden bar near the entrance. Guests can choose from an assortment of fine wines. This elegant dining room demands equally formal attire. The menu focuses on fish, but steak also is available.

Trattoria Roman Gardens
12207 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106
+1 216 421 2700
This Little Italy eatery has a varied Italian menu and a casual setting. Pasta, of course and seafood highlight the menu. Gourmet pizza comes with a variety of toppings. Soups are a specialty, being "homemade" at the restaurant. Portions are large. The various rooms have a total capacity of 200 persons. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar before dining. Entertainment, in the form of live music, is heard on Saturdays.

Century at the Ritz Carlton
1515 W 3rd St, Cleveland, OH 44113
+1 216 623 1300
Art-deco design, booths and curved walls echo the look of vintage railroad cars. Within the same building where passengers once caught a train, photos of old trains catch the eye of guests dining on seafood. The focus is fish and other inhabitants of the sea with Tempura lobster, halibut, seared scallop salad and sauteed shrimp highlighting the menu.

1390 W 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44113
+1 216 687 9494
Spanish is spoken here and reflects in the chef's menu. In the bar guests can taste tapas (appetizers). A touch of formality in the dining room shows with its white linen tablecloths, suited waiters and subdued lighting, although guests are not restricted to formal attire.