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Jul 29, 2007 08:08 AM

Any high-end restaurants in Cleveland?


I use to eat at the Century in the Ritz-Carlton when I visiting family in Cleveland, but it seems it went out of business last year. Are there any other high-end restaurants in Cleveland? From looking at the board it seems Cleveland only has small Asian places anymore.



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  1. Your last sentence made me giggle. I feel that the types of restaurants that one would associate with "coat and tie" have more or less dwindled. Classics at the InterContinental Hotel has been replaced with the contemporary Table 45.

    I take it Muse, in the Ritz-Carlton, was not to your liking...

    If you're talking just about restaurants where one can easily spend $75+ for a great meal, Cleveland has had a lot of them opening (and closing) up in the past 8 years.

    Ok, excluding all Asian restaurants...and restaurant chains (like Morton's).

    In the city of Cleveland:
    Blue Pointe Grill, near the Warehouse District (American seafood)
    Lago in Tremont (Italian)
    Lola (American)
    Lolita in Tremont - more contemporary sister of Lola (American, Mediterranean)
    Sans Souci at the Renaissance Hotel (Mediterranean)
    Vivo (Italian)

    Cleveland suburbs:
    Blake's (seafood) -- not extremely high end, but the service and food have always been spot on when I've gone
    Cabin Club Steakhouse (American)
    Three Birds (American)

    Baricelli Inn (Italian)
    fire in Shaker Square (American)
    Giovanni (Italian)
    Moxie (American, Mediterranean)

    Delmonico's Steakhouse (Italian)
    Lockkeepers (American)

    Not sure if these will count, since they are Pacific Rim or have a random mix of European and Asian in the menu:
    Fahrenheit in Tremont
    Parallax in Tremont
    Table 45 in the InterContinental Hotel

    Other places that are unusual (to me at least) but may not be what you're looking for:
    Brasa Grill (Brazilian)
    Mallorca (Spanish/Portuguese)

    I'm sure I've forgotten quite a few great places...and there are other places I've purposely left out, as well. :)

    Lots of links!

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

    2058 East 4th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115

    Moxie Restaurant
    3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

    Renaissance Cleveland Hotel: Sans Souci Restaurant
    24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Blue Pointe Grille
    700 St Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Muse at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland
    1515 West Third Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

    Vivo Restaurant & Bar
    347 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Blakes Seafood Restaurant: Westlake
    9 Main St, Westlake, OH 44145

    Three Birds
    18515 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

    Giovanni's Restaurant
    25550 Chagrin Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44122

    Baricelli Inn
    2203 Cornell Road, Cleveland, OH 44106

    8001 Rockside Road, Valley View, OH 44125

    2179 W. Eleventh St., Cleveland, OH 44113

    Inter Continental Cnfrnc Center
    9801 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

    900 Literary Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

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    1. re: Cassaendra

      I could have sworn I heard that Lago is closed. Or closing?

      What do you mean by high-end? Century was both formal and according to many very delicious. Where you referring mainly to the former, the latter or both? If the former, then you're probably out of luck. Century was replaced by Muse. Classics was replaced by Table 45. Lockkeeper's is, or will soon be, Dante. Baricelli's supposedly revamped for a more casual atmosphere and I think Giovanni's did so some time back. If you're positively determined to be amongst tie-wearers then I'm not sure what to recommend. Lockkeeper's/Dante, Baricelli's and Giovanni's may all still fit the bill but I don't know first hand. Sans Souci is also probably a good bet. The only other thing that I can think of would be a downtown steakhouse: Morton's, for instance.

      If, on the other hand, you're only looking for high quality food then I'll recommend the same two restaurants that I've recommended in many similar threads: fire food and drink and Moxie the Restaurant.

      I also had some good food at Velocity recently but I don't feel comfortable recommending a restaurant on the basis of only one visit. Finally, with any luck, I'll have some thoughts about Lockkeeper's/Dante early next week. I'll be eating there Tuesday for the first time since Chef Bocuzzi took over. I have very high expectations. So high, in fact, that I even hope to soon be able to recommend more than just two restaurants in these threads.

      If you end up at Moxie get the pineapple beignet. It's very sweet and a little heavy which may not appeal to some but if you like donuts and have a sweet tooth this may be your ultimate dessert. In fact, if you take a gamble on Velocity they also have a donut dessert that I would describe in almost the exact same way.

      If you try fire, get the pork chop.

      10427 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44102

      1. re: stuart

        My comment that Lago is closing was mistaken. They've had a chef change but are still in business as far as I know.

        Also, I can now report on my meal at Lockkeeper's. It's been months since Dante Bocuzzi has taken over the kitchen and I was looking forward to the meal as an indication of the quality of the food that we can expect when they fully change into Dante. The meal was excellent. The bread at the beginning was okay and the desserts at the end were good to very good. There were many... I suffered a little sensory overload with all the dessert at tonight's meal but I'm looking forward to desserts at Dante in less extravagant quantities. Even though this was my first meal at Lockkeeper's under Bocuzzi, I have sampled his pastry chef's desserts twice before and those desserts were definitely great.

        Everything between the bread and the dessert was nothing short of excellent. Great lamb prepared two ways came with an excellent potato pancake. A charcuterie plate came with four types house made dried sausage and cured meats and each was excellent. A wonderful cheese course, halibut with delicious bok choy and mushrooms and an amuse of melon soup completed the meal.

        Chef Bocuzzi has ambitious plans to serve a very wide array of food including pizza and sushi. I'm naturally wary of a restaurant that tries to do so many things but considering the quality of the meal that I had tonight I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. In the worst case scenario, I still think Dante will offer excellent contemporary American cuisine.

        8001 Rockside Road, Valley View, OH 44125

        1. re: stuart

          I'm glad that Lago is not going anywhere. There was a coworker of mine that was devastated when I told her the news, but to look into it further, since she adores that place.

          Oddly, even after 10 years I still haven't found time to eat at most of the restaurants that are in my many places to go to outside of Tremont. :)


          1. re: stuart

            I had another meal at Lockkeeper's tonight and it was fantastic. I think it was even better than my first meal which was fantastic already. Everything from the amuse to the dessert was excellent and mostly perfect. The rice ball amuse was fantastic. The coppa was very nice. The tuna was the best seared tuna I've ever had. The beef two ways was amazingly rich. The vegetables with the beef were fantastic as were the vegetables with the scallop and squid dish. The cheese course was very good. The balsamic sauce was terrific.

            I wish they'd pay a little more attention to the bread basket. It is after the very first impression that a diner gets. Even taking that into consideration, I feel confident saying that Dante/Lockkeeper's is firmly in the highest tier of Cleveland dining.

      2. I ate at Lola last weekend and it was wonderful. Read more about it here:

        On the same trip, I ate at Light Bistro, which was good, but not *great* like Lola is.

        I've also been to Chez Francois quite a few times, and it's always been consistently excellent as well. It's in Vermilion, on the lake 45 minutes west of downtown Cleveland.

        1. what a strange and funny post. i hope the op reports back.

          i'd think that among the many many places mentioned (lol!) for a wildcard the new TABLE 45 would be most worth a try.

          1. I posted a review of Lola a couple of days ago. I would deffinitely consider it "high end"

            Other places to consider are Baracelli Inn, and, in Beechwood, Giovanni's, and Moxie, all of which I have had great meals at on previous visits.

            But coming from SF, I can tell you Michael Symon (Lola) is known all over the country -- he is a celebrity chef, and with good reason. I don't know of any other Cleveland chefs you can say that about. So maybe Lola is the best 'destination' restaurant in town?

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            1. re: whiner

              Thanks for the recommendations everyone. It seems Lola may be the new top place to eat now. i will certainly give it a try. I don't think it existed last time I was in Cleveland 3 years ago. Also I am not sure why some posters thought my question was so amusing. I live asian food as much as the next guy, but you need some place a little nicer sometimes.

              1. re: csinc

                The question probably sounded amusing because it implied that there were no high-end restaurants in Cleveland, and that the only restaurants in Cleveland are small Asian places.

                1. re: csinc

                  Yes, there is more...MUCH the Cleveland dining scene than Asian food. Please don't limit yourself to Lola only; as others have mentioned Blue Pointe Grill, Light Bistro, Parallax, Three Birds are but a few of the really fantastic restaurants in Cleveland.

                  1. re: gourmanda

                    I believe Blake's (mentioned previously) is a chain, FYI. I've also heard it's not very good.

                    1. re: rockandroller1

                      Blake's is part of the company that owns Hyde Park, not sure how widespread that chain is. I've had 2 meals there which were mediocre; friends have been there repeatedly because they have had fabulous meals. Very hit or miss, obviously; I think someone can do much better for seafood in this area.

              2. Do yourself a favor and avoid Blake's and Blue Point - they are both just OK. People in this town LOVE Blue Point and I just don't get it - it's ok at best. A super nice Red Lobster. My pick for the best "high-end" places in the city are: Lola, Baricelli and Table 45. Lola has amazing decor, mod american food and a celebrity chef; Baricelli is ultra romantic, restored mansion, gorgeous patio and delicios food; Finally, table 45 - amazing decor, world cuisine and will go global in the near future b/c it's that good. Enjoy

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                1. re: michellev

                  for the almost 10yrs its been open the locals haved loved BLUE POINT because its an early gentrifier of the warehouse neighborhood and so they are loyal to it.

                  if there is one thing clevelanders are it's loyal (ie., the sports team woes).

                  truth be told i agree with you about the food, but some things are more important than just the food.