East Fourth Street, in downtown Cleveland between Prospect and Euclid avenues, is the city's most vibrant entertainment and residential district. Within walking distance of Public Square and area sports arenas, the one-block pedestrian strip is home to restaurants, nightclubs, and scores of renovated apartments with an aura of cool in historic buildings.
East Fourth Street's History
This block in downtown Cleveland began as a theater district but in 1920 its centerpiece, the Euclid Avenue Opera House, burned down, and the area became home to stores like Woolworth's and Kresge's and lost its allure.
East Fourth fell into a long period of decline and disrepair and did not begin its resurgence until 2002 with the opening of the Pickwick and Frolic Restaurant and Comedy Club. Its owner, Nick Kostis, spent his childhood in Brooklyn, and he envisioned a street reminiscent of that city, with shops, restaurants, and bars making it a vibrant urban neighborhood. And that's just what it has become.
Restaurants on East Fourth Street
East Fourth Street is most known for its top-notch restaurants, and they line the street. Many have cafe tables along the brick-lined thoroughfare. Small holiday lights strung along the restaurant railings and pediments give the street a festive, lively atmosphere. Its most prominent restaurants are:
- Lola Bistro: One of Michael Symon's restaurants and one of the first to take a chance on East Fourth
- Flannery's Irish Pub: Casual Irish fare, a Cleveland landmark since 1997 and known for its perfect pint and important draft beers
- House of Blues: Concert club with Cajun cuisine located in the historic Woolworth buildings
- Corner Alley: Casual eats, state-of-the-art bowling, and HDTV make this a complete experience
- Pickwick and Frolic: Comedy club, martini bar, full restaurant, and cabaret; the first place to open on East Fourth
- The Greenhouse Tavern: Innovative menu choices made of local ingredients from chef Jonathon Sawyer
- Zocolo: Festive Mexican fare
- Saigon: Vietnamese cuisine with exotic vibe
- Chinato: A Zack Bruell restaurant featuring all regions of Italian cuisine
- Erie Island Coffee Company
- Red, the Steakhouse: Name says it all; one of the top 10 steakhouses in the United States
- Wonder Bar: All about music and drinks
- The Butcher and the Brewer: Progressive dining and shared plates define this restaurant with a farmhouse menu based on local ingredients
- J. Gumbo's: Fast-casual but authentic Cajun and Creole eats
- Society Lounge: Take a step back in time to a more glamorous era as you knock back the lounge's craft cocktails
Living on East Fourth Street
The East Fourth Street neighborhood is home to more than 250 luxury apartments, located in the Windsor Building, Historic Buckeye Building, Frederick at E. 4th, the Lofts at Rosetta Center, the Euclid Block Apartments, and the Commercial Building. Living spaces range from 500 to 1,700-square feet, and some units even have rooftop access. If you want to live in the center of urban cool in Cleveland, this is the place.
East Fourth Street is within walking distance of Public Square, the Cleveland Arcade, the Warehouse District, Progressive Field, and Quicken Loans Arena, as well as dozens of downtown restaurants and retail establishments.
Hotels Near East Fourth Street
If you don't want to worry about driving home after an evening on East Fourth Street or if you are visiting from out of town, the area has several hotels. Within walking distance are the Renaissance Cleveland, the Ritz-Carlton, the Radisson Hotel Gateway, and the Holiday Inn Express on Euclid Avenue.