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The 6 Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Cleveland

Urban Farmer
Urban Farmer | © Edsel Little / Flickr
Farm-to-table dining has boomed in Cleveland, Ohio, thanks to urban agriculture and increasingly popular small local farms. Here are six of the best farm-to-table restaurants, which feature innovative and creative dishes with local and organic foods.


Gastropub, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American, $$$
Vol-au-vent from Toast Cleveland
Vol-au-vent from Toast Cleveland | © Edsel Little / Flickr
Toast is a farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar in Cleveland’s growing Gordon Square Arts District. Chef’s selections sourced from local purveyors, artisans, and farmers feature house-made pickles, curated cheeses, charcuterie boards, and oysters, while creative small plates boast dishes like Toad in a Hole (cornbread, parsnip bechamel, beef heart, duck egg, arugula, and toasted coriander). The main menu includes shareable “big plates” such as seared scallops with potato and celery root puree and various sides like olives and almonds and tasso and sprouts. Pub food and drink specials are available during afternoon and late-night happy hours every day of the week.
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The Flying Fig

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, Healthy, $$$
A slice of poppy seed cake
A slice of poppy seed cake at The Flying Fig | © stu_spivak / Flickr
The Flying Fig is a critically renowned and sought-after restaurant, specializing in locally and regionally sourced foods as well as creative cocktails. Favorites include the bacon-wrapped dates and Hoisin-glazed tofu with fried rice, cilantro, and caramelized broccoli, as well as lemon-blueberry pancakes and cheddar chive biscuits for brunch. There’s also a local vegetable of the day on offer and a vegan grilled eggplant dish with mozzarella, tomato pesto, roasted peppers, pickled fennel, arugula, focaccia, and caramelized onions. The artisanal cheese board paired with crostini is also a big seller.
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The Greenhouse Tavern

Gastropub, Restaurant, American, $$$
The Greenhouse Tavern is a trendy hot spot for craft cocktails, locally sourced produce, proteins, and grains, and new American eats in downtown Cleveland. Headed by Chef Jonathan Sawyer, an Ohio native, the Tavern is perhaps best known for its unique lamb burger, topped with stinky cheese fondue, tangy yogurt, and champagne shallot mignonette. Vegetarians also flock here for the top-notch veggie burger, crafted from brown rice, beets, and beans, topped with aged cheddar cheese and served alongside a homemade pickle. The fried Ohio Brussels sprouts are also a big hit, finished off with maple aioli, fresh mint, raw red onion, and lemon.
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Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, All Day


Gourmet, Modern, Stylish, Nightlife

Urban Farmer Steakhouse

Bistro, Restaurant, American, Healthy, $$$
Ohio Wagyu and filled beignets at Urban Farmer
Ohio Wagyu and filled beignets at Urban Farmer | © Edsel Little / Flickr
Cleveland’s Urban Farmer Steakhouse claims to “redefine the modern steakhouse,” and it certainly lives up to its tagline, partnering with local ranches, farms, and fisheries to provide fresh takes on traditional dishes. The restaurant’s atmosphere is an upscale tribute to the classic steakhouse and the old-school American farmhouse with a modernist flair. Try favorites like the Ohio Proud bone-in grain-finished ribeye or the butternut squash soup with hazelnut, Frangelico, spiced cream, and pumpkin bread. Urban Farmer also offers quirky cocktails and some of the best brunches in town with farm-fresh eggs, meats, and produce.
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All Day, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night


Fine Dining, Gourmet, Arty, Modern

Spice Kitchen + Bar

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Bacon cornbread with green tomato jam at Spice Kitchen + Bar
Bacon cornbread with green tomato jam at Spice Kitchen + Bar | © Edsel Little / Flickr
Spice Kitchen + Bar is a trendy farm-to-table restaurant that offers brunch and dinner items crafted directly from Spice’s own farm in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The bar menu offers upscale riffs on Ohio party food, such as fried Lake Erie Creamery cheese curds and a house-made pickle board. The regular menu has shareable dishes such as mushroom beignets and local cheese and charcuterie plates, soups and salads, small plates like wood-grilled bok choy, and “substantials” (entrées) that include Tea Hills chicken leg confit, braised beet “bourguignon,” and an Ohio beef burger with smoked onion jam, sugar smack bacon, and coriander fries. Try the Chef’s Tasting Menu, a rotating seasonal selection of food and wine, on Friday and Saturday evenings, or the sweet-and-savory brunch on late Sunday mornings.
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Forage Public House

Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, American, $$$
A dish at Forage Public House
A dish at Forage Public House | © Edsel Little / Flickr
Forage Public House is a Greener Fields Certified Restaurant in downtown Lakewood, Ohio, with a 100% sustainable farm-to-table menu. Start with crispy vegan cauliflower or a butcher’s board, and follow it up with grilled Amish chicken tacos from Kidron, Ohio, a BLT made with maple-cured pork belly from the nearby town of Delaware, or slow-braised beef brisket and potato hash from New Creations Farm in Chardon, Ohio. Finish up with a flourless espresso torte or handmade artisanal s’mores. Seasonal drafts, bottles, wines, cocktails, mead, and whiskey are available, along with a fun kids’ menu and weekend brunches.
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These recommendations were updated on July 26, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.