Restaurants & Dining
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
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
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
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
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
Deli & bakery offering soups, sandwiches & baked goods, plus take-out prepared foods & a wine shop.
3245 Warrensville Center Rd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Globally infused American chow served in a historic bungalow with a hopping patio bar.
12502 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
Local, Regional, and Independent Restaurants
20680 John Carroll Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44118
2194 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
16600 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH
16822 Chagrin Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
13208 Shaker Square, Cleveland, OH 44120
Chains that Deliver
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!
An old-timey, checkered-tablecloth, family-run eatery relied on for classic Italian dishes.
12301 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
Italian dishes & drinks are served in a humble vintage setting with some sidewalk tables.
12112 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
Old-school Italian fare, like veal piccata & lasagna, in converted family home with Victorian decor.
12309 Mayfield Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106