With nearby Grand Lake providing a wealth of restaurant and dining options from high end to moderately priced and cuisines from Japanese to New American, residents of Cleveland Heights find themselves within walking distance of some of the best eats in town.
Michel Bistro on Lakeshore Avenue serves modern French dishes straight out of the south of France in a cozy, candlelit environment of exposed brick and high ceilings. Start off the evening with a creamy, anise-flavored pastis, a classic charcuterie or cheese plate, and a delectable gem salad with persimmon, blackcurrant, hazelnut and blue cheese fondue. Save room for well-portioned main courses, such as the moules frites, rabbit cassoulet and the hangar steak, grilled to perfection.
While enjoying one of Shakewell's well-balanced craft cocktails, such as the El Matador with Four Roses bourbon, Cocchi di Torino, Alvear sherry, SW mole bitters and dark chocolate, try the establishment's elegant yet modern take on Turkish, Spanish and North African cuisine with bacon-wrapped and chorizo-stuffed Medjool dates or the Salt Spring mussels with roasted apple, ham and fennel. Splurge a little in the sleek but relaxed atmosphere, featuring touches of bright Mediterranean color and décor.
Brunch much? Locals love Grand Lake Kitchen, a kid-friendly neighborhood deli that serves up an unforgettable pastrami Benedict, chilaquiles — a Mexican dish of tortilla chips, salsa roja, black beans and runny eggs — and French toast served with fruit and Vermont maple syrup. Just across the street from Lake Merritt's shoreline, Grand Lake Kitchen is perfect for a decadent Sunday morning meal followed by a scenic walk.
Maybe you need that brunch to recover from all the nightlife nearby. While Cleveland Heights itself has a quiet, residential vibe, neighboring Grand Lake and Uptown have all the music, drinking and entertainment you need for a lively night on the town.
Spend a mellow evening out catching the latest flick at the historic Grand Lake Theatre, open every day of the week. Built in 1926, the theater showcases the elegance and grandeur of the era with Egyptian and Moorish style auditoriums.
If you're looking for something a little more rock and roll, head over to Heart and Dagger Saloon, where the bar pours up what it calls "good spirits for bad people." In addition to a diverse selection of liquor and beer at wallet-friendly prices, the saloon maintains a pool table and classic arcade video games that keep you and your friends busy playing all night. It's open until 2 a.m., so you can close the night out at this dog-friendly
Less than 4 miles away from Cleveland Heights, the Paramount Theatre of the Arts in Uptown hosts everything from a speaking series with luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Gloria Steinem to Disney Live to the Trailer Park Boys. Before or after the show, walk over to Flora, an art deco bar and restaurant, and feel swanky by enjoying a classic cocktail, such as a Martinique negroni or a house old-fashioned.