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CLEVELAND special occasion dinner

agnesagnes Jul 19, 2006 01:19 AM

I'm taking my sister, and maybe a couple other ladies, out a couple days before her wedding and I'm looking for something sophisticated with great food, but a nice place to linger over wine. I love Parkers but he's catering the wedding so that won't do. What else falls into that category of excellence and comfort? I don't want stuffy, but I do not want to compromise on the food.

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    agnesagnes Aug 5, 2006 11:09 PM

    thanks, everyone. My sister has now announced that she wants to go to Ken Stewart's Grill in Akron. But since I'm moving to Cleveland at the end of August, I'll take advantage of your great suggestions!!!

    1. NancyH Jul 31, 2006 03:13 PM

      We just had a fabulous tasting menu at the Leopard in Aurora Saturday night. The wines were paired perfectly with the food, and the young chef is talented and eager to please!

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        krueger Jul 25, 2006 04:44 PM

        You can't go wrong with Sans Souci in the Renaissance. I chose it recently for a party of eight over Flying Fig because it is more intimate and quiet.

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          ClevelandRandy Jul 30, 2006 08:58 PM

          Glad to hear that Sans Souci is still good. They've had some personnel changes, and I wasn't sure if it was still good. It is one of the most beautiful restaurants in town.

        2. wleatherette Jul 20, 2006 11:35 PM

          it's been well over 10 yrs since i was at classics so my memory is a bit hazy, but i swear there was a guy hovering during the meal whose sole purpose was to pull your chair out when you got up for any reason. the other thing that i recall most vividly is the ice sculpture (a swan) that came with the caviar. it was quite an experience. definitely stuffy, but not unfriendly.

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            agnesagnes Jul 20, 2006 08:38 PM

            Thank you, everyone, for such thoughtful suggestions. I love chowhound!!! Has anyone been to Classics? I know it's expensive and the atmosphere may be stuffy. My sister eats out a lot and frequents many of the places that have been recommended. I'm seeking something that will be a surprise, even if it's pretty indulgent. East side would be good, or downtown. I've switched gears a bit! Any thoughts would be most appreciated!

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            1. re: agnesagnes
              rockandroller1 Jul 20, 2006 08:45 PM

              Classics is definitely stuffy IMO. If you want indulgent, I would go with Baricelli.

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                ClevelandRandy Jul 20, 2006 09:10 PM

                I totally agree about Classics -- probably one of the stuffier places in NE Ohio.

            2. wleatherette Jul 20, 2006 06:52 PM

              moxie and fire are owned by different people. the moxie people own lopez as well.

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                ClevelandRandy Jul 20, 2006 09:09 PM

                Thanks for the correction!

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                  chitta chef Aug 1, 2006 12:27 PM

                  The owner of Fire was the opening chef at Moxie.

                  The owners of Lopez and Moxie are separate but used to be partners.

                  The owners of Moxie also own Red.

                  This being said, you can get a great meal at all of these places, although I have not eaten at Lopez in a while. The former chef fom Lopez has now opened Momocho in Ohio City.

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                    ClevelandRandy Aug 1, 2006 03:14 PM

                    Momocho is WONDERFUL. I've eaten there twice and have been very impressed. Thanks for the clarification of the musical chairs of Cleveland's restaurant scene!

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                  LizR Jul 20, 2006 05:15 PM

                  I'd vote Flying Fig or Moxie. I wasn't as thrilled with Lolita as I expected to be; my one meal at Baricelli was overrated; and I hear mixed reviews of Blue Canyon. Another option: Fire at Shaker Square. If you are looking for a good patio, Lopez on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights is casusal (it's Mexican, sort of), but the drinks are excellent and food is good. Nice patio.

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                    ClevelandRandy Jul 20, 2006 06:12 PM

                    Flying Fig does actually have a small patio, but there are other surrounding places with patios, giving it a lively feel. The patio at Fire is also nice (as is the food). If I'm not mistaken, Fire and Moxie are under common ownership, and I think the ambiance at Fire is nicer (perhaps my urban prejudice against Moxie's suburban setting). Both Moxie and Fire are somewhat loud.

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                    ClevelandRandy Jul 19, 2006 08:56 PM

                    I think the Flying Fig is Cleveland's #1 restaurant. It is across from the West Side Market. I am also quite fond of Sage, in Tremont. I think both are sophisticated, comfortable and have great food.

                    1. NancyH Jul 19, 2006 02:34 PM

                      Blue Canyon in Twinsburg, Downtown 140 in Hudson. Lolita gets noisy on the weekend but is a wonderful choice during the week. If you want to sit outside, Parallax would be a lovely choice. I also second Baricelli Inn.

                      1. wleatherette Jul 19, 2006 01:48 PM

                        i'd recommend moxie, especially if you're not going on a weekend night. while the food is always excellent, it gets a bit too crowded and noisy on friday and saturday nights for a relaxing dinner.

                        1. rockandroller1 Jul 19, 2006 12:09 PM

                          What about Lolita? Fat Cats? Baricelli?

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