Seafood is not something that you can have at just any restaurant. The freshness of the catch, the preparation, as well as the serving are essential for any seafood dish. The city of Cleveland, on the south shore of Lake Erie, has a number seafood restaurants scattered throughout the city. But do you know which ones serve the best seafood dishes in town? Here we are to help you out with our list of the top seafood restaurants in and around Cleveland, Ohio. These are not listed in any particular order.
- Fish Shack and Grill
Fish Shack and Grill is located on W 25th St, on the southern fringes of downtown Cleveland. If you have a liking for deep fried or barbecued seafood, then Fish Shack and Grill is the ideal place for you. There is nothing much fancy about the preparation, serving, or even their pricing. Tasty, inexpensive food is always a delight and that is what keep Fish Shack and Grill going.
- Alley Cat Oyster Bar
Alley Cat Oyster Bar is located on Old River Road on the Cleveland waterfront area, with expansive views of the gently flowing Cuyahoga River. It has seasonal outdoor seating also. The seafood served at Alley Cat is primarily inspired by American-styled cuisine and has a wide variety of lobster, mussels, shrimp, and clam dishes. It is slightly pricey, but the delicious helpings ensure that there is a wait if you are visiting on weekends.
- Shark’s Seafood and Deli
Shark’s Seafood and Deli is located on Lee Road, a block west of the Highland Park Golf Course. A simple printed menu and Styrofoam plates may not look as appealing at first, but wait till you have the first bite of their crispy seafood, fried in a sinful batter. Quick and excellent service are added bonuses of this eatery. Shark’s Seafood and Deli is a takeaway place which has decent serving sizes and is also quite easy on the pocket. The catfish dinner is highly recommended at the Shark’s.
- Don’s Lighthouse Grille
Set inside a century-old building which is an attraction in itself, Don’s Lighthouse Grille creates a nautical theme which adds to the ambiance of this popular seafood restaurant. It is located on Lake Avenue, a short walk south of the Edgewater Park Beach. It also serves steaks and New American cuisine. However, it is the seafood that has made Don’s a local favorite. The menu changes regularly but there are few favorites constants like the Maine Lobster Tail, Seafood Chowder, and the mussels. It is slightly heavy on the pocket but no one is complaining after tasting their food.
- The Burnham Restaurant
This restaurant with a chic décor is located on Lakeside Avenue E, just a block south of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The elegant ambiance and the delicious food has made it one of the popular fine dining seafood restaurants in the city. Burnham prides in having a menu which does justice to the diverse culinary reputation of the country, from its Midwestern breakfast to the Cajun-Creole fusion. It opens early at 6:30 a,m, and closes at 11 p.m., making it suitable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Have you ever tried seafood prepared in Spanish- or Portuguese-styled dishes? Mallorca in downtown Cleveland has been doing that with élan and has earned quite a reputation. The restaurant uses Latin American spices and creates a fusion with American seafood dishes which have become quite a hit with its customers. It may be slightly on the spicier side for some, but most people enjoy the welcome change that Mallorca prepares. Mallorca also has an extensive wine and spirit selection to choose from.
- Nauti Mermaid
From its innovative name to its innovative dishes, this new kid on the block is fast becoming popular as one of the best seafood places in Cleveland. The menu is inspired by Caribbean dishes, giving it a unique twist. Nauti Mermaid is located on W 6th St in the Warehouse neighborhood of downtown Cleveland. It is one of the very few seafood places that open at 11:30 a.m. and stays open quite late until 2:30 a.m. So if you have a seafood craving after partying, then Nauti Mermaid is the place for you. A very good selection of wine and spirits is an added bonus.
- Rusty Anchor
Unparalleled views of the waterfront, a short walk from the major downtown attractions, and the most delicious weekend brunches in town — that is what Rusty Anchor is about. This popular seafood restaurant is located on Main Avenue, just south of Whiskey Island. At Rusty Anchor you can chose to eat outdoors for the views or choose the cozy setting indoors. This award-winning restaurant also hosts live performances on certain nights.
- Pier W
It is not just the seafood but also the unique setting that puts Pier W on this list. This multi-award-winning restaurant is located in Lakewood, about 7 miles west of downtown Cleveland. It is set on a hanging platform on the Lake Erie waterfront, with incredibly beautiful views of the lake and the Cleveland skyline. Pier W is known for serving some of the best seafood dishes in town, made with truly fresh ingredients. You can dine on the rooftop or sit indoors at Pier W. The restaurant also has a very good wine list to choose from.
- Blue Point Grille
Blue Point Grille has won the Best Seafood Restaurant by Cleveland Magazine every single year since it opened! Need we say more? If you are looking for a fine dining ambiance, excellent views, and some mouthwatering seafood to go with it, then Blue Point Grille is the place for you. It is located on the corner of W St Clair Avenue and W 6th St in downtown Cleveland. Blue Point Grille has a strong penchant for serving it in style, making even the simple fish and chips dish seem special. The restaurant prides itself on using the freshest ingredients, which gives it an edge over other seafood restaurants. Lobster tail, crab legs, lobster mashed potatoes, and the oyster appetizer are must-haves from the menu. If you like seafood, then you just can’t miss Blue Point Grille.
Originally posted 2017-09-11 10:58:44.