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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.

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

      Moxie Restaurant
      3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

      Dante
      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.

            http://www.lolabistro.com/

            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.