Tremont is one of Cleveland's most popular neighborhoods. Located just south of downtown, this residential area is also known for its art galleries, historic churches, architecture, and restaurants that offer everything from fine dining to sandwich shops. Dive into this foodie destination by reserving a table at some of its top eateries.
Fahrenheit, chef Rocco Whalen's Tremont eatery, serves innovative cuisine in an elegant dining room. The menu features meals such as coffee and mustard-crusted pork tenderloin; oven-roasted pizza with wild mushrooms, goat cheese, and carmelized onions; and pan-seared walleye with a tarragon bearnaise sauce. Snag a table on the outdoors patio during warmer summer months.
Parallax combines sleek modern decor with exceptional food and friendly, knowledgeable service. Veteran chef Zack Bruell's menu fuses Asian cuisine with international bistro favorites. There's a sushi bar along with a smattering of grilled and braised meats. The menu changes often to take advantage of local produce and other seasonal ingredients.
For a fancy night out on the town, head to Dante. This upscale, white-tablecloth restaurant is housed inside a historic bank and has a splurge-worthy, seven-course tasting menu (think: handmade linguini with pork belly, grilled branzino, and Hawaiian tuna tartare with poached egg).
Ushabu is a creative concept centered around Japanese hot pot. The 25-seat restaurant has a communal atmosphere where every table has its own built-in burner so chefs can whip up dinner right in front of you. There's a sashimi and shabu-shabu menu—pick a type of meat (Australian wagyu ribeye, pork shoulder, lamb leg) to be mixed with seasonal vegetables in a pot of simmering dashi.
Barrio is Tremont's go-to taco joint. Locals crowd its cool patio to tuck into kicked up tacos like El Jefe—pollo, queso fresco, smoked cheddar, lettuce, corn salsa, and chipotle honey sauce. Don't miss the fruity margarita pitchers, too. Favorites include the Barrio Paloma (Cazadores Reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, grapefruit, and agave nectar) as well as the Marigold (Patrón Citrónge, limeade, strawberry-pear puree, and blood orange wedge).
Sokolowski's University Inn is an under-rated gem that overlooks the Cuyahoga Valley and downtown Cleveland. This family-run restaurant has been in business since 1923. It specializes in Polish and Eastern European food with menu highlights including pierogis, kielbasa, and homemade soups.
The atmosphere is casual; you have to go through the buffet line to get your food, but don't let that stop you from trying this local spot.
The Bourbon Street Barrel Room brings a taste of the Big Easy to Cleveland. The New Orleans-inspired menu comes stacked with Po Boy sandwiches, gator bites, and crab cakes. The interiors also have their own flair with tin ceilings, dark wood walls, and a two-floor atrium courtyard. Make sure to check out the inventive drink menu, with Sazeracs, King Cake cocktails, and French 75's.