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The Best Cheap Eats in Cleveland

If you love music, sports, friendly folks, and great food, Cleveland, Ohio should definitely be on your radar. As the second-largest city in Ohio, it is both modern and rustic, urban and full of nature and always full of down-home Midwestern charm. The city has a strong cultural side, with theaters, museums, and a big nightlife. Take a stroll along Cleveland’s popular Historic Warehouse District, check out some of the major sports complexes in the Historic Gateway District or visit the famous Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And be sure to check out the city’s hot restaurant scene, too. They have plenty of top-notch, local chefs around town but if you’re looking for the best cheap eats Cleveland has to offer, check out our Tastemaker List!

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18 Restaurants
Updated October 01, 2021
Restaurants:Betts - Cleveland, Zocalo Cleveland, Lindey's Lake House
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Mexican
Neighborhoods:Downtown Cleveland, Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street, Beachwood
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Betts - Cleveland

$$$$
American
Downtown Cleveland
4.2
301 reviews
Parker’s occupies a beautiful spot Downtown in the Kimpton Schofield Hotel on 9th Street. The interior features an expansive layout and strong architectural lines along with the urban decor. Come grab a seat in the spacious interior and enjoy the cooking of Executive Chef Andrew Gorski. They offer an urban dining menu of delicious food that’s also totally affordable. Check out some of the starter plates, like the Proscuitto and Basil Wrapped Shrimp, PEI Mussels and their Cheese Plates.

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Zocalo Cleveland

$$$$
Mexican
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
3.8
628 reviews
Zocalo is the Mexican Restaurant of your dreams. Located right in the heart of downtown Cleveland, it’s a casual spot that sweeps you up into the festive atmosphere and friendly service. They bring a spicy south-of-the-border flair to your taste buds for any occasion. It’s perfect for a date, casual hang with friends or just an after-work meet up for some great cheap food. Plus they have the area’s largest offering of fine tequilas, so indulge in a margarita to pep up your meal!

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Lindey's Lake House

$$$$
American
Beachwood
4.3
593 reviews
Lindey’s Lake House is a full brand and one that Cleveland residents absolutely love. Started by Rick Doody and Co., they also have a spot in beechwood and Lakewood. This spot took over the Coastal Taco location on Cleveland’s Flats East Bank and it features a beautiful vantage of the water and assorted bridges. It is a welcome addition to the cluster of bars and restaurants in the area and a great place to grab reasonably priced American food like cedar-plank salmon, apricot BBQ ribs and more.

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Hecks Of Ohio City

$$$$
American
Ohio City
4.7
1166 reviews
Established over 40 years ago in the heart of Ohio City, Heck’s fits right into the ethnically diverse and culturally rich neighborhood. It’s a casual spot for well-priced American food and the have a full bar and plenty of beers and wines to choose from. It sits in a charming 18th-century brick townhouse that provides a lovely, relaxing ambiance to chill out after work or on the weekends. Try the Lamb Empanadas or Tuna Nachos, both great for sharing with the table.

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Michelson and Morley

$$$$
American
University Circle
4.1
432 reviews
Michelson and Morley is a tasty American-style bistro created by Chef Tony Smoody. Located on Case’s Campus, the name refers to the Michelson-Morley experiment done at Case School of Applied Science that eventually led to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Pretty cool, right? If you’re not already convinced, head over to check out their cheap and delicious menu featuring cheap share plates like Short Rib Wonton and Crispy Calamari.

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The Standard

$$$$
French
Cleveland East
4.8
593 reviews
The Standard is a popular anchor in the 185th Street community and a great choice for those looking for some of the best cheap eats Cleveland has to offer. It features a casually elegant vibe and a menu of French Moroccan food that never fails to wow the senses. They also have plenty of excellent bourbons, wine, and other spirits to pair with your meal or as an aperitif. Try their specialty dishes, like the Quail a la Parisienne, Seafood Ceviche or Coquilles St. Jacques.

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SASA

$$$$
Sushi
Shaker Heights
4.9
762 reviews
SASA is a Japanese style Tapas restaurant featuring low prices on yummy sushi and a range of other Asian food options. Located right next door to Shaker Square Cinema, SASA makes for a great place to meet up and enjoy a small meal, dinner or late-night snacks. Check out their happy hour menu - you can order small bites like Kobe Beef Gyoza and Beef Brisket Sliders for just 6! They also offer a killer sake selection, tons of Japanese beer and exotic martinis and cocktails.

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Felice Urban Cafe

$$$$
American
Shaker Square
4.6
984 reviews
You don’t have to eat at a food stand to enjoy delicious, cheap food in Cleveland. Felice Urban Cafe, set in a quaint yet chic turn-of-the-century home, is a lovely place to sit and dine in style without spending a fortune. The restaurant features locally-sourced produce, including ingredients from their own garden, one of the nicest patios in Cleveland and a second-story bar that’s always hopping with energy.

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Hecks Of Avon

$$$$
American
Avon / Avon Lake
4.6
480 reviews
Located in the quickly growing city of Avon, this restaurant is the outpost of the original Heck’s in Ohio City. It’s a great place to dine, lounge and hang out with friends in a big old warehouse-style space. They serve awesome burgers as well as an all-encompassing seasonal and locally-sourced menu with endless options. All dishes are reasonably priced and feature fresh local ingredients and original recipes from around the globe. Regulars absolutely love the burgers but if you're in the mood for lighter fare, the salads and small plates are also outstanding.

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - Cleveland

$$$$
American
Downtown Cleveland / E. 4th Street
4.4
1127 reviews
If you’re hankering for Southern-inspired cooking, head to the House of Blues Restaurant right int he heart of Downtown. They offer made-from-scratch favorites, including dishes like New Orleans jambalaya and gumbo, Lowcountry shrimp and grits and house-smoked Carolina barbecue. They also feature a menu of classic and contemporary specialty cocktails and craft beer, all at agreeable prices.

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Supper Club at the Music Box

$$$$
American
Downtown Cleveland
4.3
2213 reviews
The Rusty Anchor, located on the first floor of the Music Box venue in downtown, is one of the most popular spots for cheap eats in Cleveland. They have a full menu of Americana favorites with fresh twists from Chef Dennis, who trained in the Caribbean. Come in for a delicious steak, fresh seafood or a mouthwatering vegetarian or vegan dish. They also have hand-crafted cocktails at great prices. Diners can also enjoy the riverfront deck overlooking the lights of downtown.

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Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

$$$$
Italian
Cleveland West
4.7
522 reviews
Jo Jo Carloni’s is a warm and casual neighborhood favorite located on Bagley Road in Cleveland West. It’s a friendly, family-owned-and-operated business serving only the highest-quality food at a reasonable price. They aim to give customers the very best dining experience with exceptional service and awesome eats! REgulars love their classic pasta dishes like the Penne Vodka and Spaghetti with Marinara.

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - Orange Village

$$$$
American
Beachwood
3.8
1925 reviews
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is one of Cleveland locals’ favorite steakhouses. In addition to the warm atmosphere and friendly service, they also feature high-quality meat at prices that don’t raise an eyebrow. Come in for one of their authentic wood-fired steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails, and select wines. They also have a great Happy Hour at the FIREBAR or on the patio. Go for one of the USDA Choice burgers.

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bd's Mongolian Grill - Cleveland

$$$$
Asian
Cleveland Heights
4.3
206 reviews
Head to Bd’s Mongolian Grill, located on Coventry Road in Cleveland West, for an affordable meal you won’t soon forget. This restaurant offers a unique and exciting dining experience featuring an awesome create-your-own stir-fry. Instead of ordering off the menu, you get to explore the Market Area and select your own Market Fresh ingredients from the buffet. Choose from a wide variety of proteins, seafood, produce and sauces and their grillers prepare it for you on the 7-foot grill.

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BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Woodmere - Eton

$$$$
Italian
Woodmere
4.1
786 reviews
BRAVO Cucina Italiana is a cozy Italian restaurant located in Woodmere. They strive to create an authentic Italian experience that highlights the spirit of Italy. The menu features Italian classics like tender house-made pasta, grilled fish and meats, garden fresh salads and authentic Italian pizza fresh out of the oven. This outpost is just a short drive away from John Carroll, Case Western, and Ursuline College. Check out their happy hour at the bar, with $5 snack plates and beers!

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Taza - A Lebanese Grill (Downtown Cleveland)

$$$$
Middle Eastern
Downtown Cleveland
4.5
664 reviews
If you’re looking for a bite of Middle Eastern food but don’t want to splurge on an expensive meal, check out Taza! This restaurant pegs itself as a Lebanese Grill and always draws a crowd. Located smack in the center of downtown Cleveland, they serve a wide selection of vegetarian, fish and meat lover appetizers and entrees inspired by home-cooked Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes.

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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Orange Village

$$$$
Contemporary American
Beachwood
4.5
4432 reviews
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is the place to go for modern, casual dining paired with award-winning wines - all at prices that won’t make you gasp when the bill arrives! The menu features fresh contemporary American fare with a twist of flavors from all over the world. They also have a full-service bar and a Napa-style tasting room where you can indulge in their tasting flights. Happy hour features a selection of cheap share plates like their Over the Border Egg Rolls.

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Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Cleveland

$$$$
American
Shaker Heights
3.8
447 reviews
Located on Tuttle Road in Shaker Heights, Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink is a vibrant neighborhood bistro with a James Beard award-winning chef at the helm. The restaurant takes a fresh, simple approach in using clean, fresh flavors and products from the best sources. Locals love the vibrant atmosphere and warm hospitality and it’s always packed with regulars. Check out their Happy Hour where you can get additional discounts on Snacks, Raw Bar selections, and Cocktails.

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