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Cleveland Special Occassion

Looking for recommendations for dinner for seven people for a special occassion. Moxie has been suggested, but I've been there a couple times. Preferably not a chain (no Ruth's Chris, etc.). We've got two really picky eaters in the bunch, so unfortunately I think ethnic restaurants are probably not a good option for us. Suggestions?

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  1. That's funny. I've been to Moxie a couple times this week. So far. I don't typically visit nearly this often but I'm a regular and it's worthy of repeat visits. If it makes a difference they have a lot of new fish dishes on the menu that looked really great to me. And they should have some other new dishes as of yesterday. A pork chop and I don't know what else.

    Dante would be a great choice for a special occasion because you could have the personalized chef tasting. Chef Boccuzzi would come to your table and discuss your preferences and he would design a five course (plus at least a couple extra bites) menu. I've done this several times and it's always been fantastic. The restaurant requests that all diners at a table share the tasting but they're concerned with pacing the meal. They'll make accommodations for your picky eaters.

    fire is the third restaurant that I would consider for special occasion dining. These three restaurants are the best in the area for contemporary American cuisine. If you go to to fire, I recommend the pork chop.

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

    Moxie Restaurant
    3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

    8111 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH

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    1. re: stuart

      stuart, how much does the chef tasting run per person (if you don't mind me asking)?

      1. re: wleatherette

        $75? I'm sure I've had it at several different prices but I don't think it's meant to be variable. I think they've just been trying to find the right price. I think $75 was the price on my last last couple visits so hopefully it's stabilized.

    2. I take it you're looking for East side? Or doesn't location matter.

      What about Red the steakhouse? Or Fire, as was already suggested?

      1. Having lived in Cleveland with a very picky eater...
        we found that Farenheit had a menu that we both enjoyed. But depending on the occasion - it's very loud in there. Baricelli has the ultimate special occasion feel. I did like Moxie but can understand wanting to go somewhere new. Fire is lovely. And has a nice mix of plain and interesting food. I loved the original Lola but moved before all the switches.

        1. Lola!

          Deffinitely my favorite restaurant in the city.


          And, after tonight, it looks like Michael Symon is on his way to being the next Iron Chef :-


          Lolita is great, too, for a louder, more casual type meal.

          1. My favorite special occasion restaurant has been One Walnut for the last 3-4 years. Some have complained that the dress code is a problem, but business casual is acceptable and the prices are very reasonable for the level; of food and service.

            That Place On Bellflower used to be very good, but I haven't been there in 5+ years.

            The Baricelli Inn Inn is always excellent, as is Johnny's on Fulton.

              1. Johnny's Downtown should be a good choice. Good food but many traditional menu items (shrimp cocktail and a giant steak well done if you need it). The round tables in front look out over the street and Terminal Tower. Lola is very good but it is much more modern. However if they watch the Food Network they might like it.