Cleveland Independents Restaurant Week only comes twice a year, and the first installment for 2022 is taking place March 14-25. This week features over 30 Cleveland restaurants providing three-course meals, with some locations providing takeout options.
“March is a very slow month for restaurants,” says executive director Myra Orenstein. “Independent restaurants have held on through the entire pandemic, and so the importance of support for March Cleveland Restaurant Week this year is especially something that I want to stress.”
Prepare your appetite for these mouthwatering meals by checking out these five Cleveland dining spots we can’t wait to visit during restaurant week.
What better time to revisit this Tremont staple than Restaurant Week? The renowned new American restaurant presents a three-course meal that kicks off with your choice of Thai chili calamari, green kale salad, pork belly steam buns or smoked salmon bruschetta. If that decision wasn’t tough, it’s even harder to choose between a main course of Kobe beef short ribs, grilled pork tenderloin, blackened shrimp Alfredo or Kung Pao cauliflower. But as always, dessert steals the show with chocolate lava cake or seasonal sorbet. 2417 Professor Ave., Cleveland, 216-781-8858, chefroccowhalen.com/fahrenheit-cleveland
If you’re looking for an at-home date night dinner, Hyde Park is your place. With locations in Westlake and Beachwood, this steakhouse is providing guests the option to carry out their three-course meal for two ($70). You’ll receive two wedge salads with freshly baked bread and a main course of two to three entrees, including a six-ounce petite twin filet mignon, salmon filet or the chicken Milanese. Dessert wraps the meal up with two flourless chocolate torts. 21 Main St., Westlake, 440-892-4933; 26300 Chagrin Blvd., Beachwood, 216-464-0688, hydeparkrestaurants.com
If you’re looking for a downtown option, Mallorca provides a unique Spanish experience, which focuses on the Iberian peninsula, that has kept diners coming back for 25 years. For restaurant week, the first course is a mixed greens salad with tarta de chocolate for dessert. For your appetizer, choose between Spanish chorizo and shrimp covered in garlic sauce. For a main course, you can’t go wrong with either paella Madrid-saffron rice or chicken in a homemade lemon and Albarino sauce. Add a pitcher of Sangria to your meal for just $25. $36, 1390 West Ninth St., Cleveland, 216-687-9494, mallorcacle.com
Paladar Latin Kitchen
This Latin Kitchen and rum bar kicks off a three-course experience with a bowl of guacamole and chips for the table. This leads into a first-course options of chipotle black bean soup, Brazilian cheesy bread or ensalada mixta. The second course offers a selection of meat and vegetarian-friendly dishes, but we have our eye on the Caribbean grilled chicken served with pineapple salsa, cilantro rice and black beans. Dessert ends the night with either coconut flan or rum butterscotch bread pudding. $36, 28601 Chagrin Blvd. No. 900, Woodmere, 216-896-9020, paladarlatinkitchen.com
This East Side wine bar’s extensive menu has something for everyone. The first course starts off with appetizers such as mussels and stuffed Cubanelle peppers. Next, the main course offers nine options ranging from chorizo mac and cheese to crab-stuffed salmon. The dessert menu totes homemade ice cream, vanilla and chocolate cheesecake and creme brulee — oh my! $36, 2317 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-9100, tastefoodwine.com