Restaurants near Playhouse Square

Sharing a meal before or after a Cleveland theater performance is an integral part of the whole Playhouse Square experience. Even better, if you can find a restaurant where you don't have to move your car between the meal and the play. Playhouse Square is currently experiencing a restaurant renaissance. All of the eateries below are within walking distance of the theaters.

  • 01 of 07
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    The elegant, wood-paneled Encore Restaurant, located on the main floor of the Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square, overlooks Playhouse Square, making for some excellent before and after-theater people-watching. The eatery is open from 630am until midnight, so you won't have to worry about getting a table after the show. The menu features Continental cuisine with a modern touch and makes good use of fresh local ingredients.

    Encore Restaurant at the Wyndham
    1260 Euclid Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216 615-7500

  • 02 of 07
    Opened in 2012, Alex Bistro and Bar serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and for dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. The lunch menu features burgers (both lamb and beef), stuffed grape leaves, inventive wraps and entrees like grilled lamb kabobs.

    Dinner specialties include a seafood platter, a charcuterie platter and a variety of simple and tasty grilled meat and fish entrees. There's also a bar menu. Reservations are a good idea, especially for before or after a theater event. Alex Bistro and Bar is located on East 14th Street, across from the Playhouse Square theaters.

    Alex Bistro and Bar
    2039 E 14th St.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216 274-0222
  • 03 of 07
    Located in the former Cowell and Hubbard jewelry store space at 13th and Euclid, Cowell and Hubbard restaurant is the fifth Cleveland eatery from one of the area's best chefs, Zack Bruell (of Parallax, L'Albatros, Table 45 and Chinato fame.)

    The restaurant, which opened in 2012, features a varied menu that combines Bruell's bistro favorites with a large selection of fresh fish and seafood and even designer pizzas and noodle dishes. There's even a happy hour menu from 5pm to 630pm and after 9pm. Cowell and Hubbard serves lunch and dinner daily, except for Mondays.

    Cowell and Hubbard
    1305 Euclid Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216 479-0555
  • 04 of 07

    Cibreo, the brainchild of Chris Hodgson and Scott Kuhn, opened in the fall of 2013. The restaurant specializes in Italian, Tuscan cuisine with entrees like pork osso bucco, gnocchi with porcini mushrooms and carbonara chicken. Cibreo is open for lunch Monday through Friday and for dinner nightly.

    Cibreo
    1438 Euclid Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216 862-9212

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  • 05 of 07

    Otto Moser's

    Otto Moser's has been serving corned beef sandwiches at Playhouse Square since the days of Vaudeville. Though they moved in the early 1990s from their old, charming site, the food is just as good as it ever was and they are now just steps away from the theaters. In addition to corned beef, the menu includes a variety of sandwiches, burgers and hot entrees. It's a nice, affordable slice of old Cleveland.

    Otto Moser's
    1425 Euclid Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    216 771-3831
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  • 07 of 07

    Hofbrauhaus

    Located behind the Playhouse Square theaters, where the Hermit Club used to be, the new Hofbrauhaus brings a little bit of Munich to the heart of Cleveland.

    1550 Chester Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    (216) 621-2337