Top Restaurants in Cleveland

Top 3 Restaurants You Have to Check Out In Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is one of the great American enclaves of exquisite dining.  Soul Food, BBQ, Steakhouses, Italian, Seafood, Asian, Indian, American, Pizza etc. Cleveland has premiere establishments in all genres that have won awards and are critically acclaimed locally, nationally and abroad.  There are many Top Ten lists for restaurants in town like the one that can be found at CLE Leader.  Some are based on type of food, neighborhood, price range, and a host of other factors.

At the end of the day, what the people in the C-Town value most is the overall quality of the food. Generating this list was not easy and upon completion, we knew that many people would be waiting outside our place of business ready for confrontation. We were not bribed with free meals for life(even though we may possibly be more apt to entertain your argument if offered) and none of us hold ownership in these places. The Best of The Best in Cleveland earned their spots because of years of dedication, outstanding service and impeccable food. While many may disagree that their favorite restaurants were not chosen, few would argue about the ones that were selected.

#1 – Siam Cafe

Siam has something for everyone. Their menu is one of the largest in the area and has almost every Asian dish you have heard of and plenty that you are not familiar with. After traveling through America, I can say with confidence that Siam is arguably the best Asian restaurant in the nation. The atmosphere is refined, yet warm and the service is wonderful. The Deep Fried Oysters, Deep Fried Flounder and the Pad Thai are local favorites. In addition, the Live Lobster and Sushi are to rave about.

3951 St. Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44114

#2 – Blue Point Grille

Consistently named Best Seafood Restaurant by Cleveland Magazine AND snagging Zagat’s coveted “Most Popular Restaurant in Cleveland” Award are some of many reasons why the Blue Pointe Grille made the cut. Even the wine list is award winning as it is the recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. That being said, the food is otherworldly. A small sampling of entrees that have helped fill Blue Point’s trophy case includes the Blue Point Oysters, the Grand Seafood Tower, Grilled Sowrdfish, My Blue Point Heaven, Dry Aged Ribeye, Cornmeal Crusted Catfish and the Gulf of Maine Salmon.

700 West St. Clair Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113

#3 – Giovanni’s Ristorante

One of the City of Cleveland’s crown jewels in fine dining, Giovanni’s Ristorante has been on the short list of celebrities from all over the world for years when they come in town in addition to the Who’s Who of C-Town. One of the most elegant restaurants in Ohio, the atmosphere is surpassed only by the food. Giovanni’s is a permanent fixture in being recognized as the best or one of the best in a town that is flush with high-quality Italian restaurants. Some of the entrees that have solidified Giovanni’s as one of the preeminent establishments anywhere are the Elysian Fields Lamb Loin Chops, Milk Fed Veal Parmiagano and the Cioppino.

25550 Chagrin Blvd Beachwood, OH 44122

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Peter is a digital nomad who largely writes from Asia, Europe, and South America. Always following the "vibe," he sets up shop in hostels and AirBNB's and continues to entertain us with wild stories from life abroad.

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