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The 12 Best American Restaurants In Cleveland

Updated: August 30, 2022

Hankering for a hamburger or a tasty hot dog? These are the best Cleveland restaurants for American cuisine. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. So if you have decided on some deep dish pizza or BBQ as your next meal try one of the Cleveland eateries below.

Find the perfect American restaurant

Fahrenheit

New American, $$$, TremontNew American, $$$Cleveland, Tremont
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Local West

American, $$, Detroit ShorewayAmerican, $$Cleveland, Detroit Shoreway
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Edwins Too

French, $$, Buckeye ShakerFrench, $$Cleveland, Buckeye Shaker
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Boney Fingers BBQ

American, $, CentralAmerican, $Cleveland, Central
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
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Soho Chicken + Whiskey

American, $$, Ohio City - West SideAmerican, $$Cleveland, Ohio City - West Side
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
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Townhall

American, $$, Ohio City - West SideAmerican, $$Cleveland, Ohio City - West Side
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
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The Grillfather

American, $$, FairfaxAmerican, $$Cleveland, Fairfax
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 5.0

Big Bites

Middle Eastern, Clark FultonMiddle EasternCleveland, Clark Fulton
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 5.0

Lucy's Seafood & Steakhouse

American, $$, Old BrooklynAmerican, $$Cleveland, Old Brooklyn
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 5.0

Marjees Bar & Grill

American, $, Goodrich-Kirkland ParkAmerican, $Cleveland, Goodrich-Kirkland Park
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 5.0

Borderline Cafe

American, $, ClevelandAmerican, $Cleveland
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Lee’s Seafood Boil-Uptown

American, $$, University DistrictAmerican, $$Cleveland, University District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Why these restaurants?

Finding the right American restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 5547 spots across Cleveland, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 209 lists and articles from the likes of Hoodline – applying our boam magic to sift through results. These spots have been featured in Hoodline - Cleveland's top 4 breakfast and brunch spots, Hoodline - Here are Cleveland's top 5 traditional American spots and Hoodline - 3 top spots for burgers in Cleveland. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Our site gets no payment from the restaurants we show, so you can trust what you see. These ten options are sure to delight.

Questions & answers

Dante, Heck's Cafe, and Felice are the highest-rated American restaurants for dessert in Cleveland.

Dante, Boney Fingers BBQ, and Soho Chicken + Whiskey are some of the highest-rated late-night American spots in Cleveland.

Dante, Home Bistro, and Don's Lighthouse are the highest-rated upscale restaurants for American cuisine in Cleveland.

Heck's Cafe, The Grillfather, and Townhall are the highest-rated vegan-friendly American restaurants in Cleveland.

There are 237 American restaurants in Cleveland.

Drink pairing tips

  • Margarita and grilled burger


    When considering what goes best with grilled burger, we recommend a glass of Margarita, it truly complements the dish as it balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • The ultimate drink pairing for heavy meat dish


    Knowing what to pair with heavy meat dish can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Vieux Carre. This, oaked, cocktail balances the fatty heavy meat dish.

  • Enjoy fried chicken with Kentucky 75

    To elevate your fried chicken experience, we recommend some Kentucky 75 to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this cocktail cuts the fat of the fried skin.

Interesting facts

  • Celebrating American

    If you’re a big fan of American, then you should definitely consider visiting the Seymour Wisconsin Annual Hamburger Festivale in Wisconsin, The United States

  • A popular dish

    The delicious, renowned dish pecan pie needs to be had if you take a trip to The United States!

  • The origin of cheesesteak

    Does the name Pat Olivieri ring a bell? They invented cheesesteak for us all to enjoy in The United States!

Parking info

We’ve all experienced the struggle of finding good parking near restaurants in Cleveland. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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