Restaurants & Dining

Local Favorites

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

High-end French restaurant that exclusively hires people recently released from incarceration for a variety of crimes with the goal of rehabilitating them into society via the culinary industry. The restaurant is pricey, but the food is top-notch, the service is stellar, and the tips are tax-deductible donations to the non-profit company that runs the restaurant. Waste no time trying this one, but if you’re bringing young children, go on the early side (meaning before 6).
13101 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120
216-921-3333

 

Yours Truly Shaker Square

Relaxed local chain serving breakfast, fire-grilled burgers, American comfort food & cocktails.  A favorite brunch spot with a Brio train table in the back to keep young children occupied while food is being prepared!
13228 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120
216-321-7355

 

Fire Food and Drink

Hip haunt with simple decor & an open kitchen serving upscale, locally sourced New American fare. Fabulous brunch spot too!  Not kid-friendly but kid-tolerant.  If you’re going for dinner and bringing young children, go before 6.
13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120
216-921-3473

 

Anatolia Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine

A local favorite. Comfy booths, soaring ceilings & an open kitchen are the backdrop for a long menu of Turkish dishes.
2270 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
216-321-4400

 

Taste

Upscale American bistro offering a set-price option, a large wine list & occasional vino dinners.  This place is small and not recommended for young children.
2317 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
216-932-9100

 

J Pistone Market

Deli & bakery offering soups, sandwiches & baked goods, plus take-out prepared foods & a wine shop.
3245 Warrensville Center Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
216-283-3663

 

Felice Urban Cafe

Globally infused American chow served in a historic bungalow with a hopping patio bar.
12502 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
216-791-0918

Pizza

Local, Regional, and Independent Restaurants

 

Pizzazz on the Circle

20680 John Carroll Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44118
216-321-7272

 

Dewey’s Pizza

2194 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
216-321-7355

 

Georgio’s Oven-Fresh Pizza

16600 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH
216-752-3500

 

A Touch of Italy

16822 Chagrin Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
216-991-8282

 

Captain Tony’s Pizza

13208 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120
216-561-8669

 

Chains that Deliver

 

Donatos

Rascal House

Marco’s Pizza

Papa John’s

Dominos

Pizza Hut

Chinese

Hunan Coventry

The best Chinese restaurant in this region, hands down.
1800 Coventry Rd, Cleveland, OH 44118
216-371-0777

Pearl Asian Kitchen

Shaker Heights staple restaurant
20060 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
216-751-8181

Italian

Anyone looking for true Italian food on the Cleveland East Side should head to Little Italy – located on Mayfield Rd just as Cleveland Heights turns into Cleveland. Most of Little Italy is kid-friendly, but degree of dining varies – some restaurants are fancier and pricier than others.  Here are a couple of the classics, but there are so many more! 

 

Mama Santa’s

An old-timey, checkered-tablecloth, family-run eatery relied on for classic Italian dishes.
12301 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
216-421-2159

 

La Dolce Vita

Italian dishes & drinks are served in a humble vintage setting with some sidewalk tables.
12112 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
216-721-8155

Guarino’s Restaurant

Old-school Italian fare, like veal piccata & lasagna, in converted family home with Victorian decor.
12309 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
216-231-3100

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