23 Cleveland Bars for Pinball, Shuffleboard, Duckpin Bowling and Other Games

Darts, pool, air hockey, foosball, arcade games, pinball, bowling, bocce ball, skeeball, curling and board games are just a sample of the…

By Scene Staff

 Forest City Shuffleboard
4506 Lorain Ave., Cleveland 

 A bar/restaurant devoted solely to shuffleboard? Sounds awesome. That’s what you can find in Ohio City at Forest City Shuffleboard. Bring your friends, warm up your arms, and sling those discs.
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Rewind: Scene's Best of Cleveland Restaurant Winners From the Year 2000

How were we dining as a city in the year 2000? Twenty-two years is a long time. It's an even longer period…

By Douglas Trattner

Rewind: Scene's Best of Cleveland Restaurant Winners From the Year 2000
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The Best Bars and Clubs in Cleveland in 2022, According to Scene Readers

Once a year, we turn over the entire issue to you, the readers, to tell us what the very best things in…

By Scene Staff

 Best Neighborhood Bar: Merry Arts Pub and Grill and Best Bartender: Amanda Popikl
15607 Detroit Ave., Lakewood

 Since 1932, Merry Arts has served up food and drinks to the Lakewood community. It opened during the Great Depression, and if it could make it through that, well, we have a feeling it won’t be going anywhere any time soon, especially with how beloved Taco Tuesday’s are.
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The Best Restaurants, Food, and Drink in Cleveland in 2022, According to Scene Readers

Cleveland is a little obsessed with food, and rightly so. From burgers to barbecue, vegetarian to sushi and everything in between, everyone…

By Scene Staff

Best Pho: Superior Pho
 3030 Superior Ave., Cleveland 

 The Asia Town mainstay — an absolute favorite for quick lunches, group meals, and dates — also dishes up a great banh mi, bubble tea, and other Vietnamese appetizers and entrees. Try them, but do yourself a favor and get the pho first.
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Photos From the 2022 Cleveland Pickle Festival on Mall B

This year's Cleveland Pickle Festival went down Mall B and brought out thousands of enthusiastic pickle fans. The event featured music, various…

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the 2022 Cleveland Pickle Festival on Mall B
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Everything We Saw at the 2022 Crocker Park Wine Festival

The Crocker Park Wine Festival is an annual late summer festival that features hundreds of wines over the course of two days.…

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at the 2022 Crocker Park Wine Festival
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All the Restaurants Where You Can Score $7 Wing Deals During Cleveland Wing Week (Sept. 26 - Oct 2) and What They're Serving

Cleveland. Wing. Week. It's hard to find three better words. From Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, these restaurants are bringing you a…

By Scene Staff

 Rowley Inn 
1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland

 The Rowley Inn is offering six jumbo wings w/your choice of sauces: mild Buffalo jalapeño Buffalo, habañero Buffalo (+$.50), ghost pepper Buffalo (+$1), garlic Parmesan, peach bourbon BBQ and Korean BBQ.
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All The New Restaurants That Have Opened in Cleveland So Far This Year

Cleveland has said goodbye to plenty of restaurants during the pandemic years, but it's also said hello to a healthy batch of…

By Brett Zelman

 Gingham Market
17000 Madison Ave., Lakewood

 Ever since opening Gatherings Kitchen in Lakewood, Ruth Kostadinov has had her eye on the next-door space, which finally opened this July after 13 years of wanting to acquire the space. Shoppers will find a bright and inviting space filled with prepared foods, local pantry items, beer and wine, and more than a few surprises. Rounding out the offerings are more than 90 local products that range from hot sauces and mustards to fermented foods and small-batch cheeses. Cold beer, wine, cocktail mixers and cooking utensils also are in supply.
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25 of the Most Instagrammable Bars and Restaurants In Cleveland

Many of Cleveland's bars and restaurants are as pleasurable for the eyes as they are for the taste buds. No wonder we…

By Brett Zelman

 27 Club Coffee
1215 West 10th St., Cleveland 

 Owned by Cleveland native Machine Gun Kelly, this hip, modern coffee house in the Flats is perfect if you’re looking to find some coffee that you can put on the ‘gram. In addition to their coffee drinks, 27 Club serves cocktails.
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27 of the Best Spots for Lunch in Downtown Cleveland

As workers continue return to downtown Cleveland, they'll find a lunch landscape with many familiar spots, a host of newcomers that have…

By Brett Zelman

1150 Huron Rd., Cleveland 

 David Ina, the son of the owners of Al’s Deli, worked at his family restaurant to gain experience before opening his own place down the street. Zaytoon specializes in Lebanese food like fattoush and shwarma.
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The 25 Best Restaurants For Comfort Food In Cleveland, According To Yelp In 2022

We love comfort food in Cleveland. Every type of cuisine has their own specific type and in this city, we're fortunate enough…

By Brett Zelman

 Rowley Inn 
1104 Rowley Ave., Cleveland

 “Can't believe this was my first time coming here! What an awesome hidden gem in Tremont. Let's start with the best thing on the menu, their bacon wrapped tots. These things are gigantic and covered in strips of bacon before they are deep fried. The bacon soaks into the tots so it gives them amazing succulent flavor while still being crispy on the outside. Seriously whichever chef designed this menu item needs to win a James Beard award. The rest of their food was also great, the burger was cooked to perfection and their other breakfast items including the grilled cheese is also good,” James P. on Yelp
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Everything We Saw at A Taste of Black Cleveland 2022

After a break due to COVID, the annual A Taste of Black Cleveland showcase returned to Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse and featured the…

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at A Taste of Black Cleveland 2022
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25 Essential Cleveland Coffee Shops

Cleveland is a hot spot for locally brewed and roasted coffee. Whether iced or hot, guzzled on-the-go or sipped in a comfy…

By Brett Zelman

2366 West 11th St., Cleveland 

This Tremont coffee joint feels like a blast from the past. With a wood-paneled interior, dim-lighting and wooden furniture, the space gives you the feeling of being in an Enlightenment-era French salon. Along with fine coffees, it offers a large selection of bakery and food options, including chocolate and croissants.
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Everything We Saw at AleFest 2022 in Lincoln Park

After a two year hiatus, the longtime summer staple Alefest made its return to Tremont's Lincoln Park. Here's everything we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Everything We Saw at AleFest 2022 in Lincoln Park
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35 of the Best Things to Eat in Cleveland for Under $15

One of the good things about living in a more affordable big city is the plethora of good dining options for a…

By Brett Zelman

 Half Moon Bakery
3460 West 25th St., Cleveland

 After more than three years of pop-ups and catering, Half Moon Bakery finally unveiled its brick-and-mortar bakery in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, located across the street from MetroHealth. The carry-out empanada shop features the signature half-moon-shaped pastries, stuffed with flavor-packed combinations such as shredded chicken with garlic tomato sauce, tofu with seasoned veggies, and pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce and they’re all $3 and under.
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The 25 Best Brunch Spots In Cleveland, According To Yelp Reviewers

With a ton of great brunch options in town, it's hard to narrow them down. Luckily for us, Yelp reviewers did just…

By Brett Zelman

 Bourbon Street Barrel Room
2393 Professor Ave., Cleveland

 “I went for brunch and got the fried chicken and french toast.  So I can really speak to how well they are doing when it comes to the New Orleans cuisine.  What I can say is that the drinks are AMAZING.  We had Amira and Patrick at the bar.   Both were super accommodating and attentive.  Amira made this great mocktail for my friend that is expecting called a health tonic.  If she is there I recommend ordering it.  It is so refreshing.....and you can add gin or tequila,” Willainaa S. on Yelp
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All the Guy Fieri 'Triple D' Restaurants Within Driving Distance of Cleveland

Guy Fieri is well known for being a great guy, and also for his hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where he…

By Scene Staff

    1835 Fulton Rd., Cleveland 
    Season 8, Episode 9
     This hip, dimly lit cantina serves a variety of Mexican-inspired dishes. And while there, Fieri sampled their tuna tacos, blood orange marmalade and guacamole with house smoked trout, which are all a hit.
    Photo via via Food Network/YouTube
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The 25 Hottest Restaurants In Cleveland Right Now, According to Us

The Cleveland restaurant scene is booming right now. With new restaurant openings, menu and concept changes and expansions all over the city…

By Brett Zelman

1430 West 28th St., Cleveland

Walk into Amba and it's clear you have the makings of another one-of-a-kind experience from chef Doug Katz. The building is divided into two connected but distinct spaces, the main Amba dining room and the smaller Bar Amba. As at Zhug in Cleveland Heights, the aim is to foster an energetic, lively and informal atmosphere where diners can feel comfortable standing, talking and visiting with nearby tables. Also reminiscent of Zhug, the menu at Amba is loaded with small plates built for sharing. There are two dozen items that range from small, zesty condiments to composed meat and fish dishes. Many of these “Indian-inspired” street foods have a clear through line all the way back to the tandoor oven at Fire. There are options for vegans, gluten-free diners, seafood- and meat-eaters.
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17 of the Best All-You-Can-Eat Spots in Cleveland

If you prefer to eat all the food in one sitting, these are the perfect spots around town to do so. Whether…

By Scene Staff

 Kintaro Sushi & Hot Pot
Multiple Locations

 All you can eat sushi may make it sound like the quality isn’t great, but that’s not the case at Kintaro’s four locations (Akron, Fairview Park, Brooklyn and Medina), where for $14.99 for lunch and $25.99 for dinner, you can eat all of the sushi you want, but don’t take more than you eat, or you’ll be charged for it. In addition to unlimited sushi, the price also includes staples like miso soup, edamame, gyoza and tempura and even full teriyaki or hibachi meals.
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27 Specialty Food Shops and Markets in Cleveland You Should Have Visited By Now

Real ones know the restaurant scene in Cleveland for its multitude of diverse culinary options. You can get great Ethiopian and Guatemalan,…

By Scene Staff

 Ferrara's Imported Foods 
5750 Mayfield Rd., Mayfield Heights

 With a sizable population of Italian-Americans, it makes sense that Mayfield Heights would be home to one of the best Italian specialty markets in town. Their deli sandwiches are out of this world and their Italian import section highlights pastas, sauces, oils and much more straight from the old country.
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All the Restaurants Participating in Cleveland Burger Week (July 11-17) and What They're Serving for $6

$6 BURGERS FROM CLEVELAND'S MOST DELICIOUS RESTAURANTS FROM JULY 11-17, 2022 Presenting Cleveland Burger Week. From gourmet blends to off-menu specialties and…

By Scene Staff

 All Saints Public House 
1261 West 76th St., Cleveland 

 All Saints Public House will be offering a 1/3 lb. steak burger, topped with fontina cheese, tomato balsamic bacon jam and chipotle aioli. Served on a fresh toasted brioche bun and a bed of wild arugula. $10 Brew Kettle Special available.
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All the Cleveland Restaurants That Have Closed Since the Pandemic Began

Unfortunately, the last two-plus years has been a rough period for the restaurant industry. From social distancing and people not eating out…

By Brett Zelman

2058 East Fourth St., Cleveland

Lola was the restaurant that started East Fourth as a dining destination. Michael Symon’s flagship restaurant shut down in November of 2020 after 24 years in business. Symon famously relocated Lola from Tremont to E. Fourth Street in 2006, doing for that neighborhood what he and his wife Liz did for Tremont, which is to say transform it into the epicenter of Cleveland dining and entertainment.
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20 Essential Cleveland Hot Dog Joints

Hot dogs!  We've got your hot dogs here! There are plenty of great spots to get a dog around Northeast Ohio summer…

By Brett Zelman

 Scooter’s Dawg House

 9600 Blackbrook Rd., Mentor 

 Scooter’s World Famous Dawg House has fed hungry Lake County beachgoers for over two decades. The seasonal shop is only open from the middle of March to the middle of September, but they manage to squeeze a full year of business into half a year's time. The top-selling Chicago Dawg is dragged through the garden and topped with mustard, tomato, dill pickle, relish, onion and celery salt.
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The 25 Most Popular Restaurants in Cleveland Right Now, According To Yelp Rankings

According to Yelp, these are the 25 most popular restaurants in Cleveland right now. From Thai and fried chicken to sandwich shops…

By Brett Zelman

Bangkok Thai
5359 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst 

 “This is my favorite Thai place out of all the cities I've been to in the US. I have had some great Thai in California and other places on the West Coast, but this place could definitely throw its hat into the ring to compare to the competition. The traditional pad thai and pad paradise are amazing. Also recommend the tofu triangles. I wish they had a west side location as I have made the drive to mayfield from the west side just to get take out from here, which sometimes is about an hour for the full trip. It is definitely worth it though. Their food is amazing,” Charlotte G. on Yelp
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32 Cleveland Restaurants With Ridiculously Scenic Views

A room, or patio, with a view? Nothing beats it. Whether it's riverfront, lakefront, or boasting choice views of the downtown skyline,…

By Scene Staff

Lindey's Lake House (Flats East Bank location)
    1146 Old River Rd., Cleveland
     It’s only natural that a restaurant meant to replicate a cozy beachside escape should showcase its breezy riverside views. Feel free to take it all in with some tacos and a margarita.
    Photo via mandy.steve/Instagram
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Photos From the 2022 Taste of Lakewood Festival

The annual festival that showcases the restaurants in Lakewood once again took over Madison Park. Here's what we saw. 

By Emanuel Wallace

Photos From the 2022 Taste of Lakewood Festival
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41 Essential Suburban Cleveland Restaurants to Add to Your Dining Calendar

The city proper may have some the best restaurants overall but the suburbs aren't far behind. In fact, in the suburbs of…

By Brett Zelman

 Thyme X Table
 583 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village

 In Bay Village, Thyme Table, which opened in 2019, has quickly established itself as one of the best restaurants in the near Western suburbs. Chef-owner Michael Smith  captured the curiosity and support of the community with his spiffed-up tavern concept, where the menu is approachable at nearly every turn. Thyme Table is the opposite of a special-occasion restaurant, but that doesn't mean there is nothing special about the place.
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32 Essential Ice Cream Shops In Cleveland

We will put Cleveland's ice cream scene up against anywhere in the country. Seriously. From artisanal, modern concepts to old-school ice cream…

By Brett Zelman

Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company
3764 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland
Kamm’s Corners Ice Cream Company is dedicated to giving you a great family experience. Stop in, order some ice cream and play a game while you’re there.
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The Best Places to Eat and Drink Outdoors in Northeast Ohio Right Now

For those of us who love eating and drinking outdoors, there has never been a better time to live in Cleveland. And…

By Douglas Trattner

 The Fairmount
 2448 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights 

Some of the toughest outdoor tables to snag on a beautiful evening are located on Fairmount’s chic back patio. In peak summer, this cheery urban oasis can feel like the center of the world. It doesn’t hurt that the restaurant and outdoor bar are run with a kind of precision typically reserved for more upscale establishments. Little is overlooked: the beer list, wine list, craft cocktails, regular menu and daily features give locals and visitors countless reasons to return and linger.
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22 of the Hottest Restaurants In Cleveland Right Now

Having trouble finding a restaurant to go to this weekend? Wondering what you've missed this spring? We have you covered. These 22…

By Brett Zelman

 Immigrant Son Brewing
18210 Sloane Ave., Lakewood 

If you land in the camp of critics who believe, without much empirical evidence, that Cleveland has too many breweries, know this: Immigrant Son is not your typical brewery (nor is it in Cleveland). Equal attention has been paid to the four main elements of the operation – beer, food, service and setting – so that even if you don’t happen to fancy a frosty pint of crisp, clean, straw-colored Kölsch, you needn’t sit there and squawk. Lakewood’s super popular first and only brewery is a full-on brewery and brewpub, with equal emphasis placed on both the food and beer.
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