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Apr 3, 2009 10:20 AM

Great seafood in Cleveland

I will be celebrating my 30th birthday cleveland style and recommend any great restaurants with delicious seafood. It may be fancy or just a regular dive...I am open to an suggestions by food lovers such as myself!

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  1. Moxie gets their seafood flown in fresh daily.

    I haven't eaten often at most of the area's seafood restaurants. I've found that the area's best contemporary American restaurants are really the best place for good, fresh fish. At some of these same restaurants, I'm not as confident ordering beef, pork, chicken or lamb as I am when I order fish. I like all of those foods but it seems like even the best restaurants around here are slightly less consistent with their non-fish dishes. Consequently, I almost treat them like they are seafood restaurants.

    Moxie always has five-ish seafood entrees on their menu plus they always have specials which are frequently another seafood dish. fire food and drink has almost as many seafood entrees. Besides delicious fish, you can count on these restaurants to serve a complete meal - soups, salads, sides...

    I recently had a delicious sea bass dish at The Flying Fig and another excellent walleye dish at Boulevard Blue. I really like both of these restaurants but on any given day they'll probably have only one or two seafood options. Boulevard Blue's walleye dish was called "Cleveland Chowda" so if you really want a local angle in your celebration then you might want to consider them anyway. I guess walleye is supposed to be a Cleveland fish.

    When is your celebration? Sapore's menu offers only two choices for each of three or four courses. That's a small menu and it changes frequently so some weeks Sapore is a seafood restaurant and others it's not. This week, you could have scallops for your first, mussels for you second and salmon for your main course. That menu may be around for one or two more weeks. They're only open on Fridays and Saturdays.

    The pictures are
    Boulevard Blue's Cleveland Chowda
    Sea bass with basmati rice, curry broth at Flying Fig
    Halibut with morels at fire
    fish with linguine at Moxie

    The halibut is no longer on fire's menu. The sea bass at the Fig was also a special but it may still be around. The Cleveland Chowda is a regular menu item. All of these dishes were wonderful. I don't specifically remember that dish from Moxie but they are my go to place for great fish in Cleveland so I'm sure it was delicious.

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

    Moxie Restaurant
    3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122

    Flying Fig
    2523 Market Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

    cleveland, OH, cleveland, OH

    Boulevard Blue
    12718 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120

    4 Replies
    1. re: stuart

      Thanks for your great suggestions! It certainly is apparent that you know great food since I also frequent these restaurants as well. :)

      However, I have yet to try Moxie so may look into that as an option. I am hoping to celebrate mid-April so if you know of any specials around that time please let me know!

      I also heard Pier W is a good place for seafood with great views too. Have you ever been? If so, any thoughts?

      Hm, perhaps I should just rethink my birthday celebration in Cleveland and go to Alaska for some outstanding wild salmon! Oh how I wish... :)

      1. re: loveforfood

        Stuart knows what he is talking about. But I have two more suggestions for you:

        Parallax in Tremont and L'Albatross in the old "That Place" on Bellflower. Both are owned by Zach Bruell and both feature beautiful fish and seafood dishes. Parallax has very tasty and reliable sushi in addition to the cooked items.

        For seafood with an Asian slant - Siam Cafe has a beautiful live fish and seafood tank, and Wonton Gourmet has terrific fish and seafood dishes - the Oyster with Black Bean Sauce is fabulous, and they also have live lobster and a live fish of the day (which, of course, they cook for you).

        Happy Birthday and report back!

        1. re: loveforfood

          The view was very nice but I wasn't really impressed with my meal. Moxie's one drawback is its setting but I think the food more than makes up for it. I'm not planning to go back to Pier W but I was already thinking of Moxie for dinner tonight.

          1. re: loveforfood

            Pier W has great views. That's about all I'll say though.

        2. I have to agree with the Parallax option. Always fantastic, fresh and imaginative. With the other bars there you could make it a nice evening celebration.
          Pier W indeed has beautiful views; I've always thought the food to be mediocre to good, never "wow". Happy Birthday!

          1. If you are looking for a divish place, you may want to consider Brennans in Grand River. Food is good and it will not be a budget breaker.