Dining in Greater Cleveland is always enjoyable. There are all sorts of delectable restaurants to entertain your taste buds, particularly when it comes to Midwestern comfort food and cultural cuisine. There are also some unusual restaurants where the surrounding milieu is just as much of a treat as your meal, and Clevelanders and visitors alike are hooked to these neat destinations. Are you ready to treat your taste buds?
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1. Moosehead Hoof & Ladder (7989 Columbia Rd., Olmsted Falls)
Olmsted Falls is a scenic community that's overflowing with history. You'll be immersed in it as you stroll through its charming streets, but you'll also encounter it in the welcoming atmosphere of Hoof & Ladder. This eatery is located in what was once the community firehouse. Built of quarried stone from David Fortier River Park, this building traces its existence back to a plethora of New Deal projects in Ohio following the Great Depression. With rustic Americana decor and a menu of familiar eats with a touch of flair, you'll fall in love with this lovely little restaurant.
2. Strip Steakhouse (36840 Detroit Rd., Avon)
Surrounded by rich woods of Central Ohio, it's difficult not to find yourself mesmerized by this dreamy ambiance. Strip Steakhouse is located inside an old German Dutch-style barn built around 1851. It was here that military horses that served during the Civil War were raised, and here that one local family conducted their daily chores with no idea as to what this site would become. Now that it is a delicious restaurant, Midwestern comfort foods adorn their menu. Familiar eats celebrate the understated aspects of dining in such a rustic setting, but the extra-delicious meals and intriguing atmosphere will create an experience unlike any other you've ever had.
3. Marble Room Steaks & Raw Bar (623 Euclid Ave., Cleveland)
The rich and beautiful Garfield Building opened to Clevelanders in 1898, constructed by the children of President James A. Garfield to celebrate his legacy. As the Roaring Twenties rolled around, National City Bank moved in and added to its extravagance. Though Marble Room Steaks & Raw Bar is no longer a bank, a trip to this pretty place can make you feel like a million bucks. Old vaults, executive offices, and a variety of stone and soft fabrics create a chic dining experience that's truly unique. The food is as lovely as the spacious environment, and you'll discover creative dishes here that you won't find anywhere else.
4. Olde Jaol Steakhouse and Tavern (215 N Walnut St., Wooster)
Wooster is, in actuality, a bit of a trip from Cleveland, but there's a lot to do in the area. With fairgrounds, the Wayne Center for the Arts, the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, and some stunning parks, there's no shortage of fun stuff to do in Wooster. If you ever make a day trip to this enchanting community (and you certainly should), you’ll want to swing by the former Wayne County Jail. Built in 1865 and touted as the finest law enforcement facility of its kind, it's full of history—and delicious aromas. This steakhouse and historic destination will delight visitors from all ages, and Clevelanders find themselves returning time and time again.
5. Vault (2017 E 9th St., Cleveland)
The Cleveland Trust Company Building's Rotunda is one of the most recognizable architectural elements in the 216. It was constructed in 1907, and its magnificent history is preserved in the features of the building's current occupants. Vault, a cocktail lounge and restaurant, is hidden in a corridor of what was once the vault used by the Cleveland Trust Co. With all sorts of filling small plates and unique cocktails that celebrate Cleveland's history, it's no wonder this destination is such a hit.
6. Melt Bar and Grilled (Greater Cleveland)
This local restaurant chain has started to spread beyond the boundaries of Greater Cleveland, and it certainly should. The menu is simple, consisting of familiar foods like French fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, and wings. The twist? These supersized entrees are more of a grownup take on childhood classics, and they pair perfectly with a variety of beers. From pierogi-topped grilled cheeses to meat-free wings (which are truly to die for if you've never tried them), the food in this flashy restaurant is the star of the show.
7. The Treehouse (820 College Ave., Cleveland)
People have been watering their roots at this cozy tavern for more than 20 years, but many locals still have yet to uncover this enchanting eatery. Though its exterior appears mundane, its interior is adorned with a tree straight out of a fairytale. You'll find traditional Midwestern treats and pub foods like burgers and wings on their menu, and the ambiance and aromas will simultaneously carry you far from your worldly worries.
8. McDonald's (6201 Brecksville Rd., Independence)
You've probably been to a McDonald's before, but you've never been to one quite like this... and you probably never will find one anywhere else. This building consists of two stories adorned with chandeliers, and visitors even enjoy a self-playing piano. Such an ambiance delights visitors, though they say the food is no fancier than that served at any other McDonald's.
9. White Oaks Restaurant (777 Cahoon Rd., Cleveland)
Are you ready to immerse yourself in nature from the comfort of a dining room? This intriguing restaurant is, as you can see, is a nature-centric getaway. This restaurant dates back to the Prohibition era, and their menu still consists of classics like steaks and pasta. With six incredible fireplaces, this is one of the coziest restaurant near Cleveland.
10. The Corner Alley (402 Euclid Ave., Cleveland)
If a bowling alley, sports bar, and restaurant rolled up into one fascinating destination sounds a bit like heaven to you, then you'd be absolutely right. This eccentric destination features a menu inspired by all-American eats, and the atmosphere certainly plays that up. You may stop by for a quick bite, but the ambiance will convince you to stay for a while.
Dining can make you feel like the hustle and bustle of life is a million miles away, particularly when you’re at one of these ten epic eateries. Which are you most excited to visit?