The word kosher literally means “fitting, acceptable.” Foods are deemed kosher (or not) according to Jewish dietary law that dates back to biblical times. In order for a food to be certified kosher, it must contain specified ingredients, be prepared with equipment that is certified kosher (cleaned and maintained according to specific standards and never having been used with non-kosher food prep), and prepared in specific ways without the co-mingling of dairy and meat products. There are some animals that are intrinsically non-kosher, including shell fish, cloven hoofed animals and ham, sausage or pork.

Whether you just want to grab a nosh or sit down for a meal fit for Queen Esther herself, Cleveland has some amazing kosher kitchens that invite you in and make you feel like mama herself cooked all day and night, just for you. As Rabbi Naphtali Burnstein of Young Israel diplomatically sums up the kosher restaurant scene in Cleveland, “there’s always room for more.

The following local Cleveland stores and eateries are certified Kosher, under rabbinical supervision.


Chocolate Emporium
14486 Cedar Road at Green
University Heights, OH 44121
(216) 382-0140

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Why save the best for last? Let’s start with dessert. More than a candy store, Chocolate Emporium is the be all and end all of kosher goodness. But don’t let the name fool you; the restaurant also caters to people with various allergies. Chocolate Emporium specializes in Parve specialty chocolates and other kosher confections, and also create in-house, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and kid-friendly candy, ice cream and confections.

Jerusalem Grill
14421 Cedar Rd.
South Euclid, OH 44121
(216) 291-9191

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fri – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat – Closed

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Known for its casual dining and family-friendly atmosphere, Jerusalem Grill, owned by Oren Gahanian, features Mediterranean-style foods. Find several “baraka” appetizers, or puff pastry filled with either mushrooms or potatoes, humus, babaganoush, tahina and stuffed grape leaves. There’s also authentic Israeli dishes, burgers and classic dogs, Chinese foods and sandwiches – a little something for everyone, always.

Issi’s Place
14431 Cedar Road
South Euclid, Ohio
(216) 291-9600
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat – 1 hour after Sabbath to close, Sun – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Thinking about visiting Issi’s Place? Good choice. It’s a milchig (dairy) pizza kitchen that makes its own dough and sauce. There are two styles: original with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, and white pizza with a tasty herb sauce, cheese and fresh tomatoes. Try Issi’s signature pizza with sesame rim. Not really in the mood for pizza? Order the soup du jour, chili cheese fries or any specialty salad.

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Sababa Cuisine
14417 Cedar Road
South Euclid, OH
(216) 381-7222

Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sat to Sun – Closed
Hours may vary around Jewish holidays

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Opened by the same owners as Issi’s, Sababa is a fleshig (meat) restaurant a few doors away from Jerusalem Grill. Sababa Cuisine is white tablecloth restaurant with an elegant, upscale atmosphere that features steaks, lamb and chicken dishes, served by neatly dressed waiters. The restaurant has an expanded dinner and lunch menu with moderately priced entrees and a nice selection of beers and wines.

Bakeries and Markets

Lax and Mandel Kosher Bakery
14439 Cedar at Green
South Euclid, OH 44121
(216) 382-8877

Hours: Sun – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mon to Wed – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thurs – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat – Closed

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Lax and Mandel is always cooking up all sorts of kosher sweet and savory breads, cakes and cookies, strudels, rolls and even pizza dough. Find breads in rye, Italian, pumpernickel, French, and yes, sweet, delicious Challah – with and without raisins. You want it, Lax and Mandel have got it kosher.

Boris Glatt Kosher Meats
14406 Cedar Road
University Heights, OH 44121
(216) 382-5330

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Boris Kosher Meats is a bustling, happy mom and pop meat grocer where the owners are always “glatt” to meet and greet you. In addition to fresh meat and fish, the market features a comprehensive line of kosher deli goods and groceries as well as prepared foods. From blintzes, knishes and kishka to chopped liver, farfel or kugel, this place has got it all. All meats are made on the premises using Boris’ original recipes. Don’t forget to check out Boris’s new kosher Chinese fare: pepper steak, stir fry chicken, fried rice, egg roll and won ton soup.


Davis Catering
1805 S. Taylor Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Phone: 216-321-7945

Hours: By appointment

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Owned by Moishe Berkovic, Davis Catering has been the kosher caterer for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, banquets and special events for decades. Soup to nuts, casual to uber-fancy, Davis Catering is Cleveland’s premiere kosher caterer.

Contempo Cuisine
13898 Cedar Road
University Heights, OH 44118
(216) 3997-3520

Hours: By appointment

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Contempo Cuisine first opened its doors in 1997 and has been providing gourmet kosher cuisine for the Cleveland Jewish community since. Seeing (and tasting) is believing; this is kosher catering at its best. In addition to catering fabulous affairs, Contempo Cuisine has an on-site Mashgiach (rabbinical supervision).

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