Cleveland’s top chef dining scene has really taken off over the past few years. These dining hot spots are among the best local eateries owned by nationally-acclaimed chefs. – LeeAnn Mullen


2058 East 4th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 621-5652

Food Network’s Michael Symon, who hails from Cleveland, operates Lola Bistro in the eclectic Tremont neighborhood. The upscale restaurant, which features lavish décor and low lighting, was voted as Cleveland’s best restaurant by Zagat Guide. Symon’s Lola offers a variety of savory fare that is innovative and unique, such as the rib eye with smoked garlic bone marrow butter; calf heart with celery root and fingerling potatoes; and roasted chicken breast with sausage, white beans and kale. Lola is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.


11401 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 791-7880

Chef and restaurateur Zach Bruell’s French restaurant, L’Albatros, is located in University Heights. The modern look and clean lines of L’Albatros present patrons with a New York City-like bistro feel that is both upscale and welcoming at the same time. The restaurant features a large patio that is popular during the warmer months and simple, fresh French fare like grilled salmon with lentils and béarnaise, mussels with pomme frites and a spicy aioli, and braised white bean cassoulet with lamb and duck. L’Albatros is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant is closed Sunday.


2417 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 781-8858

Chef and restaurateur Rocco Whalen’s Tremont restaurant, Fahrenheit , is an upscale American fusion restaurant with an extremely comfortable atmosphere that features soft music, plush seating and elaborate lighting. All combined, these aspects put all emphasis on Whalen’s inventive cuisine. Entrée options include Kobe beef short ribs with teriyaki lo-mein noodles, coffee and mustard-crusted pork tenderloin, and pan roasted grouper with potato gnocchi. Gourmet pizzas are also available. Fahrenheit is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. The restaurant is closed on Sunday.

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