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8 Amazing Waterfront Restaurants in Cleveland

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8 Amazing Waterfront Restaurants in Cleveland

Published Oct 7, 2016
Updated Jan 2, 2018

From the waves splashing upon the coast of Lake Erie to the picturesque bends that guide boats along the curvaceous Cuyahoga River, Cleveland is a city of stunning backdrops.

Looking for a unique location to dine, drink and mingle? Make plans at one of these finer dining restaurants offering scenic waterfront views—any time of the year.

Alley Cat Oyster Bar: If ever there were a restaurant to announce to the world that the “Flats are back,” it’s Chef Zack Bruell’s elegant Alley Cat. Located along the Cuyahoga River, visitors can sit back with a crisp glass of wine and enjoy Bruell’s fine dining menu that centers around fresh oysters.

Coastal Taco: Also located along the Cuyahoga River within the up-and-coming East Bank of the Flats sits the bustling Coastal Taco. With navy and white modern nautical décor, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped out of the Midwest and into an issue of Coastal Living magazine.

Lockkeepers: Take time for a little escapism at this slice of perfection. Located within the vastness of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lockkeepers serves steaks, chops and seafood along the curvy Cuyahoga River.

Luca Italian Cuisine: With a striking evening view of both the city of Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River, Luca Italian Cuisine—located on top of the Superior Viaduct—offers a menu of modern, yet elegant, Italian delicacies with highlights including the Branzino Fritto and Ravioli Di Aragosta.

Merwin’s Wharf: Take a break from kayaking or boating at Merwin’s Wharf located in the Flats along the Cuyahoga River. Sip a craft beer and nosh on Lake Erie walleye tacos while watching the freighters and tugboats glide by.

Nuevo Modern Mexican: Recently opened in the re-emerging North Coast Harbor on Lake Erie, Nuevo offers modern Mexican cuisine with take-your-breath-away views of Downtown, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and, of course, Lake Erie.

Pier W: With more than 50 years of experience under its belt, Pier W is no stranger to fine dining. The Lakewood-area restaurant, which juts out magestically into the lake, offers unparalleled Lake Erie views and an upscale seafood menu to boot.

The Rusty Anchor: Located in the uber cool Music Box Supper Club along the Cuyahoga River on the West Bank of the Flats, The Rusty Anchor holds court in the downstairs restaurant and outside patio. Catch a show or not. You can’t go wrong with the gorgeous waterfront views and succulent seafood menu. 

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