Cleveland Plus offers a multitude of steakhouses from which to choose, many of which also carry fresh seafood. Now your only problem is deciding amongst all these incredible restaurants!
Benihana Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse
23611 Chagrin Blvd, Cleveland, 216.464.7575
This is not your ordinary steakhouse by any stretch. Benihana offers delectable steak and chicken prepared right before your eyes on a traditional Japanese hibachi grill. But many are surprised to learn that they also hand-rolled sushi, sashimi and other Japanese favorites. It’s most fun to experience Benihana with a group.
Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse
1300 West 9th Street, Cleveland, 216.575.0699
Start your dinner off the Brasa way – with a trip to their salad bar (which is more like a buffet with pasta, fish, cocktail shrimp and mussels). Then, Brazilian Gauchos come right to your table and slice cuts of meat right in front of you. Not much of meat fan? Check out Brasa’s full sushi menu.
Six various locations throughout Cleveland Plus, 440.826.4500
Bucci’s is a name that’s been in Northeast Ohio for what feels like forever. And, they continue to offer consistently good food. Their extensive menus are filled with seafood, steaks, chops, veal, chicken, pizzas and pasta. You’ll have a fabulous time whether you’re looking to dine with the family, with the boss or just your sweetheart.
Quail Hollow Resort, 11080 Concord-Hambden Road, Painesville, 440.497.1100
While dining in this rustic, lodge-themed restaurant, guests can choose from any of their mouth-watering filet mignon, bone-in ribeye and strip steaks. When you’re finished, enjoy a romantic overnight stay in Quail Hollow Resort, which houses the restaurant.
Cleveland ChopHouse + Brewery
824 West Saint Clair, Cleveland, 216.623.0909
Enjoy the casual elegance of the 1940s at the Cleveland ChopHouse + Brewery, which specializes in delicious steaks, chops, burgers and veal. Don’t leave without trying their hand-crafted beer and white cheddar mashed potatoes!
Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, 216.696.9200
Renowned by locals, visitors shouldn’t pass up the fresh seafood, chops and Black Angus steaks at David’s Restaurant located inside the Marriott at Key Center downtown. Large group? No problem – they can accommodate groups up to thirty people in a semi-private atmosphere.
6001 Quarry Lane, Independence, 216.573.1991
Conveniently located in Independence, this retro-styled steakhouse features prime steaks, fresh seafood and great Italian classics. But what makes this place so special is that all the servers are trained wine stewards who can help you pair the perfect wine with your dish.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
28869 Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere, 216.896.9000
4000 Medina Road, Akron, 330.670.5200
Flemings, which has a winning reputation across the country, knows the way to a perfect steak. And, with 100 wines by the glass, this is a must-visit restaurant for the avid wine connoisseur. Make sure to try their “5 For $6 ’Til 7” bar menu, featuring five tempting appetizers, premium cocktails and unique wines by the glass – each priced at $6 and served nightly until 7pm. Two locations in Cleveland Plus.
Hyde Park Steakhouse
123 W. Prospect Avenue, Downtown, 216.344.2444
26300 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, 216.464.0688
21 Main Street, Westlake, 440.892.HYDE
4073 Medina Road, Akron, 330.670.6303
A trip to one of Hyde Park Steakhouses is an experience all its own. This upscale, white-gloved restaurant was rate rated among the best steakhouses in America by the Zagat Guide and is known for going above and beyond the traditional steakhouse offerings. For all the wine connoisseurs, you’ll want to check out their extensive wine list.
John Q’s Steakhouse
55 Public Square, Cleveland, 216.861.0900
Warm lighting, cozy booths and a menu featuring the finest in steaks, lamb, pork and seafood create an exquisite setting to enjoy food comfortably. The menu features only Certified Angus Beef including its porterhouse, strip steak, bone-in filet and rib eyes.
8001 Rockside Road, Valley View, 216.524.9404
Located right on the cusp of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this upscale restaurant has a quaint and quiet ambiance that is relaxing after a long day. You know you’re in for a treat as soon as you bite into their warm bread and peruse their Italian-based menu featuring pastas, steaks and seafood.
Holiday Inn Cleveland Airport, 4181 West 150th Street, Cleveland, 216.252.7700
Head to the Holiday Inn Airport to check out this relaxed bistro bar that knows delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated. They offer American-Italian fare, ranging from their “chubby” sandwiches to their traditional Italian pasta and wonderfully prepared steaks.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Tower City, 1600 W. 2nd Street, Cleveland; 216.621.6200
Nationally recognized, Morton’s is a name you can trust. This upscale steakhouse specializes in amazing cuts of beef, family-style sides and mouthwatering desserts. But don’t forget to check out their bar, which is known for serving scrumptious “bar bites” like mini cheeseburger sliders, mini crab cake BLTs and iceberg wedge bites. Perfect spot to hit before a sporting event or a romantic night out on the town.
Porter’s Seafood & Steakhouse
Hilton Hotel, 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood, 216.464.5950
Whether you are looking for steak or seafood, you will find what you’re looking for here, where the classic American steakhouse meets the traditional seafood restaurant.
Red, The Steakhouse
3355 Richmond Road, Beachwood, 216.831.2252
Recognized by Playboy, Esquire and Gourmet Magazine, Red, The Steakhouse provides a steakhouse experience guests are not likely to find anywhere else. Exceptional food (everything fresh, everything from scratch) is served in a sleek, yet intimate setting. Enjoy a trendy night out in Beachwood at this renowned spot.
13225 Shaker Square, Cleveland, 216.295.1200
Sergio’s, one of Cleveland’s most notable chefs, never ceases to amaze his guests with a Brazilian cross-cultural menu featuring main entrees and an array of small plates that encourage diners to discover new taste sensations in a relaxing, fun environment.
But that’s not all. Check out these other locations serving up a perfect steak in Cleveland Plus.
- Austin’s Smokin’ Steakhouse (Mayfield Village)
- Big City Chophouse (Canton and Warren)
- Cabin Club (Westlake)
- Ferris Steak House (Detroit-Shoreway Neighborhood)
- Ken Stewart (Akron)
- Market (Rocky River)
- Shula’s 2 (Independence)
- Strip (Avon)
- XO Prime Steaks (downtown)
– Submitted by E.H.
Frank and Charles Menches from Akron, Ohio are credited with inventing the hamburger when they ran out of pork for sausage patties they were selling at the 1885 Erie County Fair and decided to spice up some beef (with coffee, brown sugar and other ingredients) and hawk them as “hamburgers,” so named for Hamburg, NY, where the fair was held. Later, they went on to open Menches Bros. Restaurant, which is still family owned and operated in Akron, where their legendary burgers are served.
So, as the birthplace of the hamburger, it should come as no surprise that Cleveland Plus offers up an inspired array of burgers.
In addition to the location in Avon, another Chef Symon location opened in Woodmere on the east side of town. The restaurant features Symon’s famous burgers, brats, bologna, craft beers and the renowned “Fat Doug” burger (beef patty topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese and coleslaw on a brioche bun) winner of the 2010 South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash.
Wood booths and an old-fashioned neighborhood appeal await you at Brennan’s Colony. Once you’ve quit playing the Ms. Pacman arcade game, refuel with one of the bar-inspired burgers Brennan’s offers. Try the juicy “All World Burger” for one of the best burgers in town.
Buckeye Beer Engine
This place really celebrates beer by specializing in hard-to-find quality drafts with nearly 30 exceptional local and microbrews on tap. And, the burger list is off the charts. Try the West Side burger, equipped with caramelized onions, sour cream, and a cheddar potato pierogi or take a stab at the Fatty Melt, with a patty placed between two grilled cheese sandwiches, topped with bacon and tomato. If beef isn’t your preference, you can also substitute a multitude of different patty options, including a Portobello mushroom cap or chicken breast.
Cleveland ChopHouse & Brewery
Casual elegance of the ‘40s-inspired specializing in delicious steaks, chops, BURGERS, white cheddar mashed potatoes and handcrafted beers.
Fire Food & Drink
This eatery, tucked away in historic Shaker Square, offers a sophisticated menu with an interesting burger surprise. The Miller Farm grass fed beef cheeseburger uses naturally raised beef to create a more organic burger experience. This burger is supplied by the nearby Miller Farm and is garnished with cheddar, tomato relish, mustard aioli and garlic fries.
Johnny’s Little Bar
Considered a true hidden gem, Johnny’s Little Bar offers what many rate as the best burgers in the city and a plentiful beer list. Located behind the ultra-upscale Johnny’s Downtown, Little Bar offers up a cool, casual atmosphere in a (you guessed it) very little bar.
Metro Bar + Kitchen
The recently opened Metro Bar + Kitchen is a dynamic, hip, energetic restaurant featuring a mouthwatering menu chocked full of American classics and a bar serving more than 15 craft and microbrews. Entering the emerging “burger bar” scene, Metro brings its own version of this American pastime to the forefront.
Owned by legendary NFL coach Don Shula, Shula’s 2 is part sports bar and part casual dining. The menu features steaks and burgers with a focus on “The Shula Cut” and premium black angus beef. A great place to enjoy televised sports.
Wesley T. “Pop” Swenson opened the first original Swenson’s restaurant in 1934. This quintessential American drive-in restaurant features burgers with a secret sauce that’s been in the family since its inception. (Veg-heads, there’s a veggie burger on the menu too!)
Grab an interesting veggie burger or a juicy Curtburger at a Cleveland landmark, Tommy’s. This veggie-focused eatery offers a wide variety of healthy dishes as well as ones catered to the carnivorous. The winner of numerous “best casual meal” awards, Tommy’s is a restaurant worth trying.
Check out these other great burger restaurant suggestions submitted by Twitter users following @PositivelyCleve:
Academy Tavern: 216.229.1171
The Greenhouse Tavern: 216.443.0511, www.thegreenhousetavern.com
Cedar Lee Pub and Grill: 216.371.1713
56 West: 216.226.0056, www.fiftysixwest.com
Heck’s Café: 216.861.5464, www.heckscafe.com
Parkview Nite Club: 216.961.1341, www.parkviewniteclub.com
Rocky River Brewing Co: 440.895.2739, www.rockyriverbrewco.com
–Submitted by ML, CA and SF.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a favorite Northeast Ohio burger not listed here, please comment below so we can add it to the list.