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May 10, 2007 12:39 PM

Best Restaurant in Cleveland -- Money No Object

I am going to be in Cleveland on business and will be taking clients to dinner. If money were not an object, where would you eat?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. If money were no object, I would take them to the Baricelli Inn. Johnny's downtown is also a popular business choice, but in my opinion they're overated. Flying Fig in Ohio City is great, but may be a bit too noisy.

    1. My first two choices would be fire and Moxie. Moxie is in the suburbs about 10 miles from the center of Cleveland. fire is in the city but at the Eastern edge about 5 miles from the center of Cleveland. They're both a little noisier than Baricelli's but I can't imagine it would be a problem. I think a fair number of business dinners and lunches take place at Moxie.

      fire is in a beautiful building in a charming, historic neighborhood. The chef is continually increasing his devotion to local ingredients. I think it's a pretty ingredient driven style. They have a new chef de cuisine who is adding a lot of fresh ideas particularly in the charcuterie area. The food has always been excellent and I think it's only been getting better. The pork chop entree is their signature but I usually get fish. It's excellent. I love the chicken liver appetizer. The pork belly salad is fantastic. Th chocolate cake and the lemon meringue tart are great.

      Moxie always has some of the best desserts in the area. They're also one of very few local restaurants that has bread worth eating. I also usually order fish or seafood here too. In fact, it's been so long since I ordered anything else here that I don't think I can recommend anything else but there are always several fish dishes and they're always great. And no matter what it actually turns out to be, I feel confident recommending their soup of the day.

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      1. re: stuart

        I'm going to tie several of my comments to the relevant entries in the new places database. Sorry for the bump but it's better than referencing of my old comments in each new thread were they're relevant. I'll try to be selective and do it all at once so that it's as painless as possible.

        Fire Food & Drink
        13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120

        Moxie Restaurant
        3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

      2. whaddaya know even as an infrequent visitor these days i have been to all the recs you got and i agree they are all good choices.

        i would just add JOHNNY'S ON FULTON in ohio city to the mix because it's got character, great food and more of a clubby vibe than the downtown version.

        i haven't been in ages, but i believe GIOVANNI'S is stil the go-to top end italian. business friendly for sure.

        LOCHKEEPERS or whatever its called now may be open and would be another choice. not sure about that one, but it could be a wildcard worth investigating.

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        1. re: mrnyc

          Sans Souci is excellent if your client is female.Very romantic and food as good as Bericelli's

        2. i just realized something to add here, if TABLE 45 is open it would be worth a try. it takes the place of the old CLASSICS at the intercontinetal hotel in university circle:

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          1. re: mrnyc

            Mr. NYC - have you eaten there yet? We were there right after it opened and it had great promise, though it was still working some opening kinks out. I'd love to know if the kinks are out!

            1. re: NancyH

              no, but i would like to give it a try. maybe they have worked out the kinks by now?

              they might be reaching with the pan-world/california-ized menu, but some of those entrees look very tasty. i found the website and the menu, do you notice if it is the same as when you were there or did they tweak it?


              1. re: mrnyc

                The menu has major changes - and they look wonderful! Every plate has Zach Bruell's name printed on it, so you can bet a lot of work and care has gone into the food.

                Gosh, I hope they've got their ducks in a row, because I need to try this menu!

          2. I have always had good meals at Blue Point. I'm an east-coaster and I've always been really impressed with the seafood there. It's also downtown which could be convenient depending on where your clients are located.

            I had a disappointed experience last time as at Baricelli Inn, the food solid, but I really hate the decor (purple chairs?) and the service was mush.

            Johnny's on Fulton is also really good, but I have to say that my favorite restaurant in Cleveland after trying pretty much everywhere is the Flying Fig. I've never had a bad meal there, the service is always good, and the decor is stylish without trying too hard. My only qualm is the wine list could use some more international, adventurous selections. It's a little commercial.