Dining » Cleveland, OH

Dining in Cleveland, OH

With an Iron Chef, James Beard Foundation Award winners and countless positive accolades by some foodie-world big wigs, Cleveland is quickly becoming a jewel of the Midwest culinary scene.
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AMP 150

AMP 150, the hip, new restaurant located in the recently renovated Cleveland Airport Marriott, is the newest destination restaurant by celebrity chef Dean James Max. The farm-to-plate movement comes to life through a menu consisting of local artisan products and hand-crafted cuisine much to the liking of critics and locals alike.  Chef Ellis Cooley, the on-site executive chef, works tirelessly to create a locally-produced and affordable menu from his recently created quarter-acre garden located behind the restaurant. But really what makes this restaurant so unique is its unexpected location in an airport hotel. It’s a delightful respite for weary travelers.

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Flying Fig

Owned by local Chef Karen Smalls, the Flying Fig prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients with a creative flare. From the excellent presentation of the food to the sleek and hip restaurant décor, this delicious classic cuisine is in good company. Pair your meal with one of their martini concoctions, a glass of wine or chose from their extensive list of domestic and imported beers. Perfectly situated in the ever-buzzing neighborhood of Ohio City, Smalls’ creations suit the environment and neighborhood exquisitely.

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Great Lakes Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing Company, which is comprised of a brewery and brewpub, was the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio and today remains the state’s most award-winning brewer of lagers and ales. Owned and operated by a team of two brothers, the brewery has strong ties to the local community and showcases this commitment by naming each of its beers after local historical events, people and places. The totally eco-friendly brewery upholds it’s zero-waste initiative and even operates its own urban farm, just a few blocks from the restaurant. While there, visitors should head to the Brewpub where guests of all ages can enjoy a memorable dining experience from start to finish, including their famous brats and pierogi.

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Johnny’s Downtown

If you’re looking for luxury, look no further than Johnny’s Downtown. Located in the bustling Historic Warehouse District, visitors love visiting for cozy, private dining in the wintertime and al fresco dining on the street-side patio during the summer. This white-table-clothed eatery, a refurbished 1860’s warehouse, features a scrumptious menu of northern Italian dishes and desserts. While you’re dining, enjoy listening to the nightly piano music in the bar or just people watch from your seat on the patio.

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Find out exactly why Clevelander Michael Symon won the distinction as one of the Food Network’s “Iron Chefs” by enjoying the cuisine at his upscale, signature restaurant, Lola. Nationally recognized and appropriately awarded, the super sexy Lola serves up Symon’s unique American cuisine with Midwestern twists and turns.  Located in downtown Cleveland’s East Fourth Street Entertainment District, this beloved Cleveland establishment uses locally grown and raised organic meats and produce.

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