Tremont may be a neighborhood known for university-themed street titles like “Literary Road” or “Professor Avenue,” but if there is one place to get schooled in the art of food, this is the place to go.
Less than a mile southwest of downtown Cleveland, Tremont is home to some of the best eateries in the city. From Cleveland staples we all know and love to the coolest brunch spots, these are the best Tremont restaurants.
Top 11 Places To Eat in Tremont: Best Restaurants In Tremont, Cleveland
Best Casual Tremont Restaurants
Maybe you’re looking for a place to relax after a hard day of work. Maybe you want to refuel after a day of sightseeing. Either way, try one of these fantastic Tremont restaurants.
2247 Professor Ave. // +1 216-274-1202
This place is more smart casual than jeans and a t-shirt, but it is well worth it. I mean…who doesn’t love sushi? While Cleveland isn’t exactly known for its exotic seafood, Ginko ships the freshest fish twice a week from around the world, including Japan. This place isn’t just a sushi restaurant; it’s THE sushi restaurant in Cleveland. As in, once you’ve had Ginko, you won’t even bother going back to the half-off sushi place around the corner.
If you really want to splurge, try their 6-course tasting menu or chef’s daily selections. That way the master can give you the perfect plate of delicate sushi.
815 Jefferson Ave. // +1 216-664-1000
While this place doesn’t look like much on the outside, it serves up all the Thai classics: Thai coconut soup, tom yum (hot and sour soup), mee grob (crispy rice noodles), and the ever-popular pad Thai.
They also serve a huge vegetarian menu that includes tofu steamed, fried, crispy, and sautéed. It’s a great spot to taste the tantalizing flavors of Thailand.
2391 W 11th St. // +1 216-713-1757
Hawaii comes to Cleveland in this small but popular poke bar. Pick your size, protein, dressings, and toppings for a make-your-own poke.
Proteins range from tuna and salmon to chicken and fried tofu. You can top it with tom-yum, spicy mango, or even sweet shoyu sauces.
2393 Professor Ave. // +1 216-298-4400
Worried you have to search high and low for cheap flights to New Orleans for good, Cajun cuisine? Think again.
Head to Bourbon Street Barrel Room during happy hour for $4 Abita drafts, appetizers, and even mini hurricanes. Then, tuck into some seafood gumbo, gator bites, and perhaps an old favorite: the oyster po’boy.
It’ll feel like you’re so close to Mardi Gras, you can taste it! They even have specials and a whole celebration centered around Mardi Gras!
Staple Tremont Restaurants in Cleveland
Most places come and go, but these tired and tested Tremont restaurants are here to stay. From Eastern-European classics to every millennial in Cleveland’s favorite taco spot, a visit to each of these restaurants is practically required the next time you’re in Cleveland.
806 Literary Rd. // +1 216-999-7714
This taco joint got its start in Tremont, but it has since spread like wildfire across town. Thankfully, the menu remains the same. Pull up a chair, order a margarita (we love the skinny skeleton), grab a pencil, and fill in the menu sheet to order your own custom taco.
And, we’re not talking just ground beef and cheese! We’re talking from shell to the last drippings of sauce. Think Coca-Cola marinated steak, pulled pork, and Thai chili tofu. A favorite order is the green goddess shell (soft taco encasing a hard taco shell, kept together with queso and guacamole), jalapeño lime shrimp, pico de gallo, and all that topped with chipotle crema. You won’t be sorry.
Speaking of no regrets, try the stoner queso. This isn’t a suggestion. You never realized how much you needed something until you eat this simple queso. Their homemade queso is tasty enough, but add in a little rice and it’ll blow your mind. The taste, the texture, it’s everything and more.
2061 W 10th St. // +1 216-579-0200
Much like the name suggests, you won’t go hungry here! While I can’t quite put my finger on what they specialize in, Fat Cats’ ever-changing menu features unique eats like the crab melt: lump crab meat, gruyere cheese, and tarragon, or even a pumpkin tart complete with mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Lake Erie Creamery feta.
Favorites of mine include the grilled octopus, bahn bao (pork belly steam buns), and their divine salmon with pumpkin pancakes.
Look for this hidden treasure of Tremont if you want a place that caters to locals.
Best Brunch Restaurants in Tremont
While many Tremont restaurants serve brunch, these few have distinguished themselves as the best brunch spots in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a late breakfast, check out these best places to eat brunch in Tremont.
2247 Professor Ave. // +1 216-274-1201
I mentioned the delightfully innovative and delicious Dante in my Where to Eat in Cleveland article, but sometimes, you just need to head next door.
Right next to the fine dining establishment of Dante, you’ll find the much more relaxed Dante Next Door. This is the place to go for an amazing brunch.
At Dante Next Door, you’ll find everything brunch-lover dreams about bloody Mary’s, French press coffee that comes to the table in the press, crab cake eggs Benedict, duck fat potatoes, and more.
This isn’t your typical eggs and bacon establishment. They’ve won customers for their unique brunch specials that’ll help you nurse your hangover or just make you incredibly full.
2621 W 14th St. // +1 216-241-5025
With breakfast and brunch served daily (and until 3 pm on weekends), this place does brunch, and it does it well. They serve all of the brunch classics…and sometimes all on one plate. Take, for example, the Grumpy’s special: two eggs, choice of meat, home fries, and toast. Still hungry? You can even add pancakes.
They also serve tasty twists on traditional fare. Try the veggie Benedict with poached eggs over tomato and avocado slices or the amazingly fluffy and delicious cinnamon apple walnut French toast.
This family-friendly place is perfect for when my large family complete with in-laws and nephews comes to town!
777 Starkweather Ave. // +1 216-622-7773
Ever wondered if you could possibly eat everything on a menu? You’ll wish you could when you stop by Lucky’s for their weekend brunch. Think gingerbread waffles topped with roasted apples, honey whipped cream, caramel sauce, and cinnamon sugar. Then, add in their baked mac-n-cheese featuring brie, cheddar, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.
Top all that off with a cheddar scallion biscuit and you’ll think you’ve gone to breakfast heaven.
Pro-tip: If you’re really hungry, order the shipwreck. With hash browns, eggs, veggies, bacon, cheese, toast, and fruit, this dish will definitely leave you full and happy.
Best Tremont Restaurants For Pizza
Have people written poetry about pizza? If not, they definitely should. Who thought a chewy crust topped with gooey cheese and covered in pizza sauce could be the most amazing thing ever? While these places don’t exactly write poetry, their pizzas certainly speak for themselves.
2417 Professor Ave. // +1 216-781-8858
This place has a fantastic menu overall, but we love the pizza. Baked in a stone oven at 515 degrees Fahrenheit, their pies have that perfectly cooked and crispy crust. If you want a classic, order up their traditional Margherita or pepperoni and sausage. Or, if you feel adventurous, try the butter-poached Maine lobster pizza with triple cream brie or the Kobe short rib and fig pizza.
If you like a fancy slice of pizza, this place is one of the best Tremont restaurants to try.
2258 Professor Ave. // +1 216-583-0257
Hand-tossed and crafted from scratch, Crust specializes in just that: the perfect crust. But, their crust isn’t the only from-scratch part of the menu. They also make their sauce by hand and slice their pepperoni up fresh each day.
If you want a unique pizza, try the spanakopita pizza with garlic puree, spinach, mozzarella, feta, lemon zest, olive oil, and black pepper. And if you want a little more veggies with your pizza, be sure to try the roasted eggplant pizza with red sauce, oregano, red peppers, tomato, eggplant, smoked mozzarella, arugula, olive oil, and a balsamic reduction.
This place serves pizza that’s so much more. It’s like pizza’s grown-up more sophisticated sibling, and it sure is tasty.
Some of the best restaurants in Cleveland are in Tremont. So, whether you’re coming for a long weekend or staying for a while, a visit to Cleveland means searching out and feasting at the best Tremont restaurants. From brunch to supper, a great meal in Tremont is more than just sustenance. When you dine in this neighborhood, expect an amazing experience.
Be sure to check out the Where to Eat in Cleveland article to see other Tremont favorites like Dante and Edison’s Pizza Kitchen.
Which of these Tremont restaurants do you most want to try? Let me know in the comments section below!
P.S. Temporarily closed restaurants, but reopening soon!
1201 University Rd. // +1 216-771-9236
A true Cleveland treasure, Sokolowski’s is the oldest family-owned restaurant in Cleveland. They’ve been serving up Cleveland classics since 1923.
If you don’t already know, Cleveland is known for its Eastern European food. Thanks to the city’s many Eastern European immigrants from Poland, Hungary, and Croatia, their food can be found all over the place. Thank goodness for that!
Sokolowski’s has made pierogies king. These pillows of dough contain potatoes, onions, and cheese, and you have to try them here. Other amazing dishes on offer include Polish staples like chicken paprikash, stuffed cabbage, and corn beef.
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