A spot-on margarita can turn any regular meal into a fiesta. In a midwest city on the coast of Lake Erie, the festive celebration and its signature mixed drink may not be the first thought that comes to mind. But you’ll find a variety of Cleveland restaurants that serve up this tasty treat perfectly. CBS Cleveland discovered the five best margarita spots last year. Here are updated and expanded recommendations for some of the best margarita spots to gather with friends, eat good food and sip on some fabulous margaritas.
1835 Fulton Road
Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Tues to Sat 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sun 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for the traditional Mexican restaurant with classic flavors and recipes, don’t go to Momocho. But, if you’re looking for a restaurant to introduce your palate to a new realm of flavors, then head right over to this “Mod Mex” restaurant. Momocho will serve you fresh and exciting flavors with their variety of twists on a classic margarita. The cucumber margarita is a crowd favorite. Boasting a cool and refreshing taste with every sip, you’ll forget it’s a cocktail in your hand.
3129 Bridge Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Just a few blocks down from Momocho sits Johnny Mango, serving delectable Latin dishes and tasty margaritas that pack serious punch. Johnny Mango leans toward the traditional, serving food you could find in a Latin American restaurant or café. Its margarita menu follows suit, offering a perfectly done classic margarita. You can also experiment with options like Mango Lime, the Brazilian Blue and the El Diablo. This is a Cleveland attraction because they take the cake for perfect combinations. Rarely will you order a Johnny Mango margarita and complain about not being able to taste the tequila. Grab a few friends and share a pitcher of the Napoleon mix made from Cazadores Reposado, Grand Marnier and Cointreau.
Related: Best Wine Bars in Cleveland
Lopez on Lee
2196 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Hours: Mon to Sat 5:30 p.m. – 2 a.m., Sun 4:30 p.m. – close
On the east side of Cleveland, in the happening Cedar-Lee neighborhood, rests Lopez on Lee. With a variety of dishes inspired from the zesty flavors of Mexico and beyond, Lopez on Lee also offers margarita options that vary as widely as the menu. If you’re feeling crafty, choose the build-your-own margarita. Start by choosing a glass, large glass or pitcher. Then get creative by first picking your style between traditional, skinny or golden. Finally, add a flavor into the mix like white peach, jalapeño or hibiscus. Lick those lips because there are numerous options beyond the standard salt rim for how your glass can be dressed. Top it off with one of the many tequila options, some of which have been aging for over a year.
1313 W 117th St
Cleveland, OH 44107
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
On the west edge of Cleveland near the borders of Lakewood, is a traditional Mexican restaurant filled with bright colors, traditional food and big margaritas. The smallest drink arrives in a 17-ounce glass and pitchers start at just $17. So if you’re looking to share drinks, visit El Jalapeños with a group of friends. Its sour mix is the finest in town and adds the perfect squirm to every sip. Or, choose from fruity options like strawberry, banana strawberry, mango, peach, raspberry and many more.
11611 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
Hours: Sun to Wed 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Thurs 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m., Fri and Sat 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Mi Pueblo sits just off the street, to the east of University Hospital and before Euclid Avenue stretches beyond the borders of Cleveland proper. With a small cantina up front, large dining area and a private party room in the back, Mi Pueblo provides enough variety to satisfy any mood. If feeling glum, liven things up with a delicious margaritas. This is a perfect spot for a sweet tooth. The margaritas here don’t include typical sour mixes. however their sweetness can be leveled out with a salted rim. Head here on Wednesdays for half-price margarita pitchers if you’re looking to save a few bucks, and take in the house Mariachi band.
Related: Best Karaoke Bars In Cleveland
Danielle Andes has spent the past two decades documenting the world around her through photography and writing, paying particular attention to the world of music. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and still resides there today. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.