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Cleveland's 25 Best Restaurants Of 2019

Northeast Ohio's culinary scene has become a reputable region where chefs use locally grown ingredients to create simple, yet innovative dining experiences bursting with flavor. We've got your next dining excursion covered with these seriously great takes on steaks, stews and shareable plates.

Food + Drink

2019 Reader-Selected Silver Spoon Winners

These are Cleveland Magazine readers' favorite restaurants of the year.

Best Restaurants: Astoria Cafe & Market

Say "Opa!" and grab a glass of wine at this laid-back Gordon Square gem.

Best Restaurants: Balaton

This family-owned restaurant celebrates its Hungarian heritage. 

Best Restaurants: Cleveland Food Speaks For Itself

What this year's list of 25 best restaurants says about Cleveland's dining scene.

Best Restaurants: Crumb & Spigot

The Bainbridge eatery is like a family dinner with way, way better bites. 

Best Restaurants: Empress Taytu

This Ethiopian spot in St. Clair-Superior has an air of perfection.

Best Restaurants: Flying Fig

After 20 years, chef Karen Small has proved herself a culinary pioneer.

Best Restaurants: Ha Ahn

In an AsiaTown strip mall, this family-run Korean restaurant offers homestyle dishes and sushi.

Best Restaurants: Hook & Hoof

Meat and fish play the main role, but this downtown Willoughby spot isn't afraid to challenge you.

Best Restaurants: La Plaza Taqueria

Amidst a new expansion, the grocery store taco joint delivers the best tacos in town.

Best Restaurants: L'Albatros Brasserie & Bar

Zack Bruell's French masterpiece starts and ends with fine wine and cheese.

Best Restaurants: Larder Delicatessen and Bakery

The Hingetown spot serves classic Eastern European deli fare but with an experimental twist. 

Best Restaurants: LJ Shanghai

The Chinese restaurant won us over with its xiao li bao — or soup dumplings. But it's so much more than just that.

Best Restaurants: Lola

Michael Symon's East Fourth restaurant remains one of Cleveland's best.

Best Restaurants: Momocho

In a sea of taco joints, chef Eric Williams gives us creative Mexican cuisine.

Best Restaurants: Salt

James Beard-nominee Jill Vedaa gets Clevelanders to embrace small plates.

Best Restaurants: Smokin' Q's BBQ & Beer House

This Mayfield Village spot mixes our two favorites — barbecue and tacos — into a Tex-Mex delight.

Best Restaurants: Spice Kitchen & Bar

Chef and owner Ben Bebenroth is committed to using locally grown vegetables at his Gordon Square restaurant.

Best Restaurants: Thai Thai

You'll come here for the creative, fun takes on bubble tea, but you'll stay for the Thai street food. 

Best Restaurants: The Black Pig

The classic Ohio City restaurant hasn't missed a beat with its French inspired menu.

Best Restaurants: The Plum

Brett Sawyer and Vince Thomascik's ever-changing Ohio City menu is Cleveland's most innovative American kitchen.

Best Restaurants: The Pompadour

The Fairport Harbor small plates spot is one of the East Side's hottest seats.

Best Restaurants: Trio

This Tremont spot thrives by not "over-chefing" its inventive menu of small plates.

Best Restaurants: Urban Farmer

The meat and potatoes behind Downtown's best steakhouse.

Best Restaurants: Ushabu

This Tremont experience is a culinary exploration of Japan.

Best Restaurants: Vero Pizza Napoletana

The dough makes this Cleveland Heights pizza joint well worth your dough.

Best Restauraunts: Distill Table

This year's best new restaurant is as local as it gets.

Cinco De Mayo: An Authentic Celebration

Forget the tacos and margaritas. Honor the significance of the Mexican holiday with these traditional dishes and drinks.

CLE Restaurants Embrace The Keto Craze

TownHall, Rebol and Elite Eating offer delicious options.

Cleveland's 25 Best Restaurants Of 2019

Northeast Ohio's culinary scene has become a reputable region where chefs use locally grown ingredients to create simple, yet innovative dining experiences bursting with flavor. We've got your next dining excursion covered with these seriously great takes on steaks, stews and shareable plates.

Condiment We Love: Cleveland Ketchup Co.

With two versions, this is the ketchup to our Stadium Mustard.

Edible Flowers And Herbs In Your Northeast Ohio Garden

The executive chef liaison at the Culinary Vegetable Institute at The Chef's Garden shows us four flowers you can eat.

Gourmet Guy Cafe Features Manna Truck Favorites

The crew behind the popular food truck opens a brick-and-mortar in Rocky River.

Lindey's Lake House Floats Along With Seaside Comfort Food

The Beachwood restaurant boasts an easygoing coastal vibe and a strong seaside comfort food menu.

Terrestrial Brewing Co. Launches Animal-Inspired Brews

The Battery Park brewery partners with the Cleveland Zoological Society.

Wildscape Brings Fresh, Healthy Options To Your Microwave

The new Nestle line features nature-based recipes in clean, modern packaging that appeals to younger customers.

In the CLE

5 Best Cleveland Barbecues Right Now

Plus, we share our favorite dish at each.

Dave Chudowsky Joins WKYC's Morning Show

The former sports reporter quickly formed a bond with his co-anchors Maureen Kyle and Hollie Strano.

Does The Cleveland Flea Serve The St. Clair-Superior Neighborhood?

The market spurred a maker boom and draws ever-larger crowds. But is that helping its neighborhood?

East Side Market Feeds Its Community

Features such as a clinic and test kitchen are set to launch this month.

For The Love Of The Runner

One writer discovers that loving a runner is a long-distance race.

From The Heartland: A Michael Stanley Retrospective

As Michael Stanley celebrates 50 years of music and receives the Cleveland Arts Prize's Lifetime Achievement Award this month, we strum through his life and career.

Rock Hard Picks Are Made From Fighter Jet Materials

Jerry Mearini mashed-up his NASA background with his musical know-how to create a scientifically advanced plectrum.

Shaker Square Is Getting A Makeover

Here are the features we'd like to see make the final design.

Who Will Save The West Side Market?

The 107-year-old West Side Market faces a record number of vacancies and struggles to find its place in our modern landscape. Will Mayor Jackson turn over control to a nonprofit organization or make it a priority to save one of Cleveland's crown jewels?

Entertainment

A Fateful Day At Memphis' Sun Record Studios

Million Dollar Quartet tells the story this month at Hanna Theatre.

Akron Art Museum Exhibit Captures Rust Belt Relatives

Over the last 20 years, photographer Joe Vitone captured portraits of his loved ones living in Akron. 

Central Concern Is A Bouffon On Racist Real Estate

The Cleveland Public Theatre tackles historically racist real estate practices through an unusual genre.

Print Club Of Cleveland Turns 100

To celebrate, it's displaying a selection of its masterworks.

Rooms To Let: How To Make Art In Unlikely Places

The DIY art installation's sixth annual event is May 18 and 19 this year. 

Sad Planets' Rubber City Roots

John Petkovic and Patrick Carney team up for a truly Akron release. 

This Playlist Is A Flashback To The '90s

With New Kids On The Block and others hitting the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse May 4, we give you some deep cuts we love.

At Home

4 Tidy Tips From A Marie Kondo Consultant

Chris Beers, a trained KonMari consultant, gives us some tips on organizing your home.

5 Seats To Take This Spring

Everything is in full bloom and your backyard is perfectly tranquil. Now all you need is the right place to sit and soak it all in.

Reaching Peak Farmhouse Vibes In Chagrin Falls

Sara Taylor of Taylor Design Studio takes us inside the renovation project.

Style

3 Gifts Cleveland Moms Will Love

This Mother's Day gift guide has something for every mom.

Fetch & Co. Flatters All Women

The Lakewood boutique spreads a body-positive message with clothes and accessories that flatter women of all shapes and sizes.

Whatknot Bow Tie Co. Ties It For You

We feature three great bow ties you can find at the downtown shop.

Travel & Outdoors

"Los Capitanes Se Convierten Picantes De Lake County"

The Lake County Captains are embracing their Hispanic and Latinx heritage this season with a team takeover.

3 Memorial Day Events In Cleveland

From a rib cook-off to a fun run, there's something for everyone this Memorial Day weekend.

Double Dare Live: Marc Summers' Top 3 Challenges

The Nickelodeon show comes to the Akron Civic Theatre May 16.

Health

How Dogs Enrich Seniors' Lives

Seniors are finding dog ownership offers wellness benefits by lowering stress, creating structured days and keeping them moving.