Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Cleveland / Akron / Canton
  4. Cleveland
  5. Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge, Cleveland, OH

The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge

4.1
4.1
385 Reviews
$30 and under
American

One of Cleveland’s most beloved restaurants, Ghost Light Restaurant and Lounge welcomes guests to enjoy its contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality, and unparalleled service in the city of Cleveland. Conveniently located in Playhouse Square’s elegant theater district, Ghost Light features a variety of delectable dishes, crafty cocktails, and a wonderful wine selection. Whether you are looking for a pre-show meal or date night in the town, at the heart of every dining experience is our dedicated staff, and you, our loyal guests.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
  • Cross street
    12th street
  • Parking details
    $15+tax valet parking when dining in our restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

What 385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

385 Reviews
  1. Lizby

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    server was nice but slow and seemed distracted. food was very average for the price

    Is this helpful?

  2. HeatherR

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited this restaurant for the first time on Valentine’s Day for a birthday. Service was great, food was good and all the staff were extremely friendly.

    Is this helpful?

  3. JamesR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last minute decision to stop in Playhouse Square to have dinner. Upon our arrival, we were greeted promptly, and our server was very helpful and kind. I Ordered the steak, and it was delicious!! My partner had a simple salad, and it was perfect! Quiet night, so we took our time and had some wine as well. Nice view of Playhouse Square and walking distance to everything that we needed to do. Very happy with the quality of food and service. The cook (Alexis I think) even came out to make sure we were happy. Nice touch at the end. We will be back.

    Is this helpful?

  4. bosena

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated immediately and once we ordered, food arrived promptly and hot. Husband had French Onion soup that he thought needed more salt and weak taste. Our waitress Star was helpful and attentive as well as the other staff

    Is this helpful?

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to dine, typically go for drinks or dinner before a Playhouse show. It gets very busy and service gets bombarded so be patient and give yourself enough time. The staff hustles and are very nice and pleasant.

    Is this helpful?

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food and convenient location

    Is this helpful?

  7. TSCle

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Won't be returning Don't waste your time and money. We are frequent patrons of events at Playhouse Square, so we were enticed by the close location. The 2 stars were for the friendly server and the warm dinner rolls - even though they came after our meals had been delivered. Two of us ordered the crab cake sandwich - fishy and more filler than crab. Two others ordered entree salads with steak. Both salads came with no dressing - had to ask for it. Although the lettuce was fresh, there wasn't much of it. The only other ingredients in the salad were large chunks of strong red onions and a couple of grape tomatoes. The steak was cooked to order, but it was cold and contained quite a bit of gristle.

    Is this helpful?

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’d definitely go again because it is a great location near the Playhouse Theater. The food was delicious.

    Is this helpful?

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food, lovely ambiance, definitely recommend

    Is this helpful?

  10. Noname

    Cleveland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely new restaurant for our group and chef accommodates all dietary needs. Star is an excellent server! A great addition to playhouse Square.

    Is this helpful?

  11. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We had the French dip sandwich, the meat lack substance and flavor. Any local bar will serve a better sandwich. The au jus was not hot, lukewarm at best. I will say the fries were awesome.

    Is this helpful?

  12. Blabs

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Grate location to dine before or after attending a Playhouse Square Theatre presentation!

    Is this helpful?

  13. annodboo

    Cleveland

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed a nice dinner before theater show Food very good but still feel Resturant is running on thread if workers who do a remarkable job for how much they have to cover 2 waitresses who run bar and restaurant combined the greeter was again a Buser and pouring water at tables. Eat here when we stay at hotel for convenience to theater across street . Have varied their menu recently and that is a nice change of pace

    Is this helpful?

  14. Steakhouseseeker

    Columbus

    257 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    257 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is always awesome. Servers are extremely friendly. Food is incredible. Excellent selection of food choices. Awesome location prior to Playhouse Square events

    Is this helpful?

  15. OliverH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great overall. The only thing I would recommend is a dress code for all guests.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for sharing! We will share your feedback with the entire team.

    Is this helpful?

  16. Marcia

    Cleveland

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been here many times. This was our worst experience. The kitchen was so slow we had to hurry to the theater after telling our waitress we had tickets. Soup was lukewarm but it was removed from the bill. The burger shrunk significantly. Very disappointing.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    I sincerely apologize for your poor experience. We take all feedback very seriously. I would love if you took the time to give me a call at (216) 615-3322 and we can discuss amending that poor experience that took place.

    Is this helpful?

  17. DavidG

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to eat before going to the Playhouse. The French Onion soup is amazing and the salads are huge.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for sharing about your experience! We hope to see you again, some time soon!

    Is this helpful?

  18. RobinW

    Naples

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really liked our food, drinks, and the service was excellent. Very enjoyable dining experience.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for the kind feedback! We share all reviews with the team to seek to understand our successes and areas of opportunity. We appreciate you choosing to dine with us, and look forward to your return!

    Is this helpful?

  19. JeffW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a cool hidden treasure. Great food, amazing appetizers and the staff were very attentive, nice and super positive about making a great experience. Breakfast and dinner. Can’t wait to go back.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on January 18, 2024
    Thank you so much for sharing about your experience! We strive to deliver unreasonable hospitality to each every one of our guests. We look forward to seeing you again!

    Is this helpful?

  20. TeresaH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Teshana was a wonderful waitress. We had a question about how the lasagna was prepared and the executive chef came out to greet us and explain. He even asked for feedback which was cool. We had a great dinner and wonderful service and I’d highly recommend ghost light restaurant Prior to any show at Playhouse Square.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you very much for your kind feedback! We look forward to your timely return!!

    Is this helpful?

  21. BillyK

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here before show at Playhouse. Service was top notch, food was fantastic and atmosphere was perfect.

    Is this helpful?

  22. MichaelR

    Cleveland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Stopped for dinner before theatre, excellent food and service!
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with the public! We look forward to your return!

    Is this helpful?

  23. AshleyB

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Customer service was on point. But I did not like having 5 fruit flies in my wine.

    Is this helpful?

  24. Barbiedoll

    Columbus

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Burger was overcooked, but fries were good. Nothing special but decent place to eat.

    Is this helpful?

  25. SusanR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was amazing, portions were right sized and very tasty.

    Is this helpful?

  26. Vacrafter

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Convenience of the restaurant in hotel was a plus. Food was excellent and waitress Kato was excellent - fun and efficient! She made the dining experience special and made us feel appreciated.
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We look forward to seeing you very soon!

    Is this helpful?

  27. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Off the bat the service was pretty good! The restaurant had a nice vibe and I was surprised by how quick our food came out. Kenneth went above and beyond and made sure we had anything we requested!

    Is this helpful?

  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and excellent service. I had the butternut squash soup and short ribs. Both dishes were outstanding. The butternut squash was rich and full of flavor. I loved the light touch of cinnamon cream and toasted pumpkin seeds which gave it just the right amount of dimension. The short ribs were fall apart and flavorful as well. The sauce work with the hearty potatoes, carrots and oyster mushrooms were just what you want for a cold night in Cleveland. Our son (the picky 4 year old) ordered from the kids menu and enjoyed the chicken fingers and fries. He gave the dish and the ranch dip two thumbs up. The restaurant was beautiful with gorgeous view of the Playhouse Chandelier. Definitely ask for a window table when you go as they have plenty. The service staff (Sonya and Teshona) were so kind and welcoming when we arrived. We felt we found the right place to enjoy dinner with our kiddo. We will be back again!
    The Ghost Light Restaurant & LoungeResponded on December 28, 2023
    Thank you very much for the kind feedback! We hope to see you again soon!

    Is this helpful?

  29. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic and food was great. Excellent choice when attending a show at Playhouse Square.

    Is this helpful?

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome place to go before the show. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

    Is this helpful?

  31. SteveM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding and friendly service from both the hostess (Sonya) and our waitress (Starr) made this a very enjoyable early evening dinner. The food was very good and this is a great place for a quiet dinner.

    Is this helpful?

  32. Worldcurious

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A great place for a quick dinner before the theater. our food (admittedly simple, burger, salad, french onion soup) was very tasty. Our servers made it even more fun and enjoyable; they understood the time crunch and made sure that we had plenty of time to eat and enjoy. We were very pleased with both the food and impressed by our friendly and helpful servers.

    Is this helpful?

  33. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    To be clear: this is the bar inside the Crown Plaza, which is not apparent in their ad. We were seated immediately, but then waited 20 minutes for anyone to bring us water, etc. They were apologetic and comped our drinks. After that, the service moved quickly. The fries were terrific. The club sandwich was fine. All the flavors that went into the brick chicken made for soupy (beyond au jus), wet and sour-tasting potatoes and very fatty, wet chicken. The honey herb butter for the bread was nice.

    Is this helpful?

  34. HiramR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was acceptable. Waiter really messed up our checks. Food was OK, my spouse said the salmon was quite good. My crabcake sandwich was mediocre. Ambiance was great. Nice place to eat before a show.

    Is this helpful?

  35. PatP

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I thought everyone at the restaurant were very nice and accommodating. While, I enjoyed my dinner very much I think that the chicken was a little over fried but not so that you could not eat it. Just slightly. Otherwise they did a great job.

    Is this helpful?

  36. mike

    Cleveland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we usually go here before the theatre. the wait staff is always great but they seem to be apologizing all the time for the slow kitchen. we always make sure we have plenty of time to be here before the theatre so its never an issue for us. Its a nice place to have a relaxing meal

    Is this helpful?

  37. Date

    Cleveland

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My reservation was at 7pm. There were only 2 tables with patrons so I sat at the bar once I realized nobody would greet me at the hostess desk. There were two servers but only one seemed to be working. I finally ordered a drink after 10 minutes of sitting and asking to place an order. I quickly ordered my meal. It didn’t come out for 25 minutes and clearly my salad had been sitting because it was soggy. The food was tasty but I couldn’t enjoy it because it came out so late and I had to be at a show. By this time there was only 1 table and the staff complained about them in my presence. I was overall disappointed in my experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. Brittany

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!! Go somewhere else! The food is mediocre and the service sucks. I had a 6:15 reservation and when I arrived there was no one at the hostess station. After waiting ten minutes I just sat at the bar. There were three people at the bar and four tables occupied. There were two servers and one bartender and you would’ve thought that the place was packed to capacity! The servers were flustered, people weren’t getting their correct order, others were waiting on their checks, bills weren’t printed correctly, etc. The bartender finally took my order and when my salad came out I could CLEARLY tell the salmon on it wasn’t fresh at all. It was a small piece of frozen salmon laid on top of pale romaine lettuce hearts. Just don’t go… save yourself the hassle and GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!

    Is this helpful?

  39. MartinB

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server was nice - it wasn't her fault. Best I could say. I should have known when the place was only 20% full at 6 pm on Saturday with a concert at the Rock, baseball game and Playhouse Square hopping. Regardless, we waited 50 minutes for our food (a fried chicken salad, grilled salmon, and brick chicken). I am reluctant to ever complain (just not my style) but I told the server it was bad. The chicken was in a salty broth - literally like you poured Swanson's beef broth in the bowl, added a handful of half cooked fingerling potatoes and then jalapeños from a jar from the grocery store. Yes - literally. Such a strange concoction (and our server said this was one of the more popular meals!) My wife's salad was literally bagged salad with such sliced red onions. The chicken was fried and cold - like croutons (dry). My son's salmon was swimming in some kind of butter sauce with asparagus forming a raft for it. I can overlook a lot, but this was really, really, really bad.

    Is this helpful?

  40. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner itself was good, with the exception of dessert but I suspect the reason for that was tied to our waitress as well? As the bananas foster is normally the highlight of eating at the ghost light. This was one of the WORST, service I ever received at a restaurant. The difference between wait staff at this restaurant is so extreme it is not funny, you are at the mercy of whoever happens to be assigned to your table. I am not joking, I actually wrote a review for this place several months back praising the waitress as one of the best I have ever had. I would say it an even split I have eaten here 6 times, one just average service, which is fine, 2 times exceptional service 10/10, once just poor, and this time absolutely atrocious. It the good times that me coming back after the last poor experience, not again, it was just that bad. To start we had mad a reservation a month ahead of time for 5:30, knowing with both the last home game of the season, the Tina &Amy show and a play at playhouse square downtown would be nuts. We arrived at 5:15, and they offered to sit us early and we accepted. Let me just say this we had a show to make at 7:30 and we were late. We order no appetizers, not once did the waitress come back to our table ti check on us or offer us a refill, after sitting there for 39 minutes after finishing our meals we had to walk up to the bar to get our waitress to order dessert (we went to the restaurant specifically for the bananas foster so we were not leaving with out us) 20 minutes later no dessert at our table we had to flag her down again, she walks back to the kitchen and she comes back out to inform us that now the kitchen has so many orders in front of us dessert would take at least 20 more minutes. We had been sitting in the restaurant for 1.5 hours and had only been given our main meals with came out to us 10 minutes after we sat down. More happens but don’t have room to type, but the night ended with us having to search for our check.

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (216) 615-7500.

The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.1 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Ghost Light Restaurant & Lounge

1260 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115-1837

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    12th street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Cleveland / Playhouse Square
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    $15+tax valet parking when dining in our restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Landon Barnes
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
Rentalcars Logo
OpenTable Logo