Cleveland Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Cleveland

April 14, 2018 Layne Dawes

Cleveland (/ˈkliːvlənd/ KLEEV-lənd) is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio, and the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the state's second most-populous county. Located along Lake Erie, the city proper has a population of 388,072, making Cleveland the 51st largest city in the United States, and the second-largest city in Ohio after Columbus. Greater Cleveland ranked as the 32nd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 2,055,612 people in 2016. The city anchors the Cleveland–Akron–Canton Combined Statistical Area, which had a population of 3,515,646 in 2010 and ranks 15th in the United States.
Restaurants in Cleveland

1. Ranch Hand Cafe

24626 Highway 321, Cleveland, TX 77327-9427 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 281-592-2545
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Ranch Hand Cafe

Reviewed By sandrasdillon - Cypress, Texas

Wish I would have taken a photo of the best banana pudding I ever had. The home-made onion rings were over the top as well. Just good home cooking!

2. Pueblo Viejo Restaurant

146 Truly Plz, Cleveland, TX 77327-4889 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 281-432-2616
Excellent
39%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Pueblo Viejo Restaurant

Reviewed By Doris C - Richmond, Texas

On our way home to Houston and decided to do something different. Food was good. Service was a little slow. A family had a son who was probably 5 and was very loud and disturbing to others. We commented on it twice and no one did anything so this lessened our experience. I have raised 6 daughters and know that children are not always going to be in a good mood but I would never put their misery on anyone else.

3. Duke's Bar-b-Que

703 N San Jacinto Ave, Cleveland, TX 77327-3632 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Barbecue Lunch, Brunch +1 281-432-8000
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 18 reviews

Duke's Bar-b-Que

Reviewed By Judy K - Lindale, Texas, United States

My husband & I stopped here on the way to Kingswood. Really good "down home" barbecue. Nothing fancy, just perfectly smoked pork ribs, delicious chopped brisket sandwiches, and scrumptious potato salad. Don't be fooled by the way the outside of the restaurant looks, go in& get ready to let Duke take you to barbecue heaven.

4. D & M Diner

1100 E Houston St, Cleveland, TX 77327-4669 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 281-659-0277
Excellent
38%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

D & M Diner

Reviewed By Iflyfish28 - Beaumont, Texas

Local diner that has a friendly feel. 1960's interior that has windows on 3 side, so it is not dark and closed in like The Ranch Hand cafe, a few miles south on the same highway.
Food wise, my 1/2 lb Burger was not one that I would return for. The bun was too small (size matters) and not high quality. I buy better buns at HEB grocery,made by HEB , Petrich Farm, Sunbeam or Mrs Baird's. For my hamburgers taste at home or in restaurants, the bun is as important as the rest of the fixings. The bun just seemed in the dry side, not soft. The other thing was that the burger came out at close to room temp, so the meat was not "hot off the grill". The bacon on the burger was fatty. They said they make everything fresh, except the onion rings. The onion rings or just like the fast food type you get from Burger King or Whataburger. I wish they could find the time to make them fresh and find a great recipe for them (like The Ranch Hand). They had a list of great milk shakes on the board, but they need a better burger, and better onion rings to go with it.
Co worker got a combination BBQ sandwich, ( I think it had beef, pork and sausage in with the sauce) and he said was great! Maybe getting the BBQ sandwich would be a good choice. We both liked the creamy coleslaw.
Parking was good and our waitstaff was nice and helpful. About 15 to 20 tables in the restaurant, so not too big. If I went back I might try the chicken fried steak, just to see if it is worth coming back for. Hope it is a good one. One other positive note, the fountain coke was perfect. More syrup like they use to serve and less carbonation. It tasted great. I would love to try a coke float with that.

5. Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden

235 Chain O Lakes Resort, Cleveland, TX 77327-8698 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Dinner +1 832-397-4008
Excellent
59%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden

Hilltop Restaurant and Herb Garden, a famous East Texas landmark founded by renowned herbalist and cook, Madalene Hill, has been part of The Retreat at Artesian Lakes for over 22 years. The quaint dining room overlooks a lake and is surrounded by windows to enjoy the breathtaking view. Outside, a deck provides additional seating surrounded by trees and potted herbs. The staff is always happy to provide baskets of old bread to feed several varieties of fish and turtles. The herb garden and a quiet gazebo are located within walking distance.

Reviewed By Laura C - Plano

After being picked up in a horse drawn carriage that takes you to the restaurant, begin the glutton! Pastries, quiche (my favorite), variety of fruit, bacon, eggs, sausange, toast, muffins will all the trimings. Fresh coffee, juice, milk, sodas. Plus entertainment from the wild life.

6. Fish Tales

1825 E Houston St, Cleveland, TX 77327-4736 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
40%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Fish Tales

Reviewed By CLICKINGMYHEELS - Cleveland, Texas

Everything on the menu is exceptional. Two of my favorites are the chicken alferdo and the chicken fried steak. The fried mushroom appetizer is a great way to kick your meal off and ending it with the banana vanilla wafer pudding is perfect. Don't blink 'cause you could miss this place.

7. Whataburger

808 Highway 59 S, Cleveland, TX 77327-4800 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 281-592-9093
Excellent
65%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Reviewed By HoopFL - Silver Springs, Florida

Whataburger is a Texas tradition. Great service and boy, what a burger. Virtually all Whataburgers offer great service, but this Cleveland location goes beyond great. Friendly, efficient staff. Quick delivery of your order. What's not to like. On top of that, you get one of the best burgers anywhere around. We love the new Root Beer Shakes, too. Reminds you of an oldtime root beer float. If you are passing by, the Cleveland Whataburger is worth a visit.

8. El Burrito Mexcian Restuarant

422 W Southline St, Cleveland, TX 77327-5029 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 281-592-1932
Excellent
27%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
9%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 43 reviews

El Burrito Mexcian Restuarant

Reviewed By HoopFL - Silver Springs, Florida

When we make our trips to the area, we have to meet out family here for at least one meal. The food is authentic Tex-Mex and the service is friendly and fast. Prices are reasonable. Can't say any more than that we come back as often as we can.

9. 7 Leguas Mexican Restaurant

509 S Washington Ave, Cleveland, TX 77327-4875 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 281-593-2535
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Reviewed By profesorak - Cleveland, Texas

It has been renamed Agave and I believe it is under new management. I've only had one dish there, the chicken tortilla soup, which is good most of the time, except when it is exceptionally salty. Nice place, but very busy on Sundays after church.

10. Hartz Chicken Buffet

417 W Hwy 105, Cleveland, TX 77327 Seating +1 281-592-1972
Excellent
30%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By bglilley - Coldspring, Texas

Hartz has good chicken and sides especially the buffet. My family mostly gets take out for those nights when no one wants to cook.

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