Winking Lizard Tavern

★★★★☆
  • 811 Huron Rd E

    Cleveland, OH 44115

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  • 216-589-0313

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On an average day, just an average dive bar.

At least one evening during the summer, they take over the neighborhood until midnight. Hire a bad band to play trash music on amps at a million decibels. If you work in one the nearby office buildings, forget it. The party reaches into your office and prevents you from doing your job. The bar's management knows. And doesn't care. They want to spill out into the street and too bad if you have a reason being there and have reason not to join their beer party that particular evening. Does their attitude spills over and affect your experience as a patron there? It does now, at least for this patron.

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★☆☆☆☆

On an average day, just an average dive bar.

At least one evening during the summer, they take over the neighborhood until midnight. Hire a bad band to play trash music on amps at a million decibels. If you work in one the nearby office buildings, forget it. The party reaches into your office and prevents you from doing your job. The bar's management knows. And doesn't care. They want to spill out into the street and too bad if you have a reason being there and have reason not to join their beer party that particular evening. Does their attitude spills over and affect your experience as a patron there? It does now, at least for this patron.

Pros: Burgers are edible

Cons: Noise

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Most dishes at the Lizard include meat, and many items are deep fried. Although food is very well prepared, it's usually loaded with fat, salt and calories. It's hard to find dishes there that are not, yet are still good. There are a variety of salads, but they are nothing special. The few cooked veggies offered are overcooked and soggy with an unpleasant taste from the marinade. Because of the high fat content in most dishes, their take-out food does not travel well at all, unless it goes only as far as the car before eaten -- crispy things get really soggy and liquids run all over everything in the box. The Lizard does a great business and has no reason to change (yet), so maybe I just have to accept that and move on to somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

Most dishes at the Lizard include meat, and many items are deep fried. Although food is very well prepared, it's usually loaded with fat, salt and calories. It's hard to find dishes there that are not, yet are still good. There are a variety of salads, but they are nothing special. The few cooked veggies offered are overcooked and soggy with an unpleasant taste from the marinade. Because of the high fat content in most dishes, their take-out food does not travel well at all, unless it goes only as far as the car before eaten -- crispy things get really soggy and liquids run all over everything in the box. The Lizard does a great business and has no reason to change (yet), so maybe I just have to accept that and move on to somewhere else.

Pros: Efficient and nice staff, near arenas, beers

Cons: Unhealthful food, noisy, crowded

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I love The winking Lizard franchise, for their food, wings, and drink specials. This is by far one of the best places to go before a browns, Indian's or Cav's game. Get a pitcher, check out the four foot iguana, and hang out with friends.

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★★★★☆

I love The winking Lizard franchise, for their food, wings, and drink specials. This is by far one of the best places to go before a browns, Indian's or Cav's game. Get a pitcher, check out the four foot iguana, and hang out with friends.

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We like the food at all the Lizards, but this location is our favorite for the service. One of our friends is a VERY pickey eater and always asks the waitress to add things and remove things from the sandwiches she orders. They get it right every time. Good mixed drinks.

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★★★★☆

We like the food at all the Lizards, but this location is our favorite for the service. One of our friends is a VERY pickey eater and always asks the waitress to add things and remove things from the sandwiches she orders. They get it right every time. Good mixed drinks.

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First, let me say that this company operates a really tight ship, making them highly successful in a highly competitive market. It's always crowded at lunch, but table turnover is fast. The building is beautiful with nice street views and in a great location near most big downtown destinations. The menu is mostly sandwiches. Daily soup is almost always good, tho too salty or too thick late in the day. Their pizzas are also quite good and fresh-tasting, unlike commercial ones. Their food is pretty consistent, portions are usually big, and service is always good and amiable.

I notice the other positive reviews are about the beer selection, which is excellent, and the wings. But for a healthier meal, there needs to be more veggies and real fruits. Pasta and rice dishes added to the menu would help too (there used to be, but not any longer). Their weekly lunch specials and the seasonal menus are good for variety, when available, but the downtown location does not always offer the latter. They do have several decent salads. I wish a Seasonal Menu salad recently -- with goat cheese, nuts and fruit on mescelun greens -- was a regular offering (at a lower price). Ask for Romaine lettuce if you don't like iceberg, or another side if you don't want fries, as they are good about substitutions.

It's too bad there aren't more than just a few lunch items (other than sides) under $7, and most are over $8. Even most appetizers are over $6. If you like burgers, pizza and wings, this is a great place to eat. It's not if you want a small, healthy bite or don't want to spend $10 or more for lunch.

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★★★☆☆

First, let me say that this company operates a really tight ship, making them highly successful in a highly competitive market. It's always crowded at lunch, but table turnover is fast. The building is beautiful with nice street views and in a great location near most big downtown destinations. The menu is mostly sandwiches. Daily soup is almost always good, tho too salty or too thick late in the day. Their pizzas are also quite good and fresh-tasting, unlike commercial ones. Their food is pretty consistent, portions are usually big, and service is always good and amiable.

I notice the other positive reviews are about the beer selection, which is excellent, and the wings. But for a healthier meal, there needs to be more veggies and real fruits. Pasta and rice dishes added to the menu would help too (there used to be, but not any longer). Their weekly lunch specials and the seasonal menus are good for variety, when available, but the downtown location does not always offer the latter. They do have several decent salads. I wish a Seasonal Menu salad recently -- with goat cheese, nuts and fruit on mescelun greens -- was a regular offering (at a lower price). Ask for Romaine lettuce if you don't like iceberg, or another side if you don't want fries, as they are good about substitutions.

It's too bad there aren't more than just a few lunch items (other than sides) under $7, and most are over $8. Even most appetizers are over $6. If you like burgers, pizza and wings, this is a great place to eat. It's not if you want a small, healthy bite or don't want to spend $10 or more for lunch.

Pros: Lots of seating, fast turnover, pretty good food, very good service, close to arenas/stadiums

Cons: Smoking, loud, lines during lunch, parking expensive during games

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Best wings in the east!Better then the Anchor Bar in Buffalo,NY where they invented the buffalo wing!! the burger are great too.

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★★★★★

Best wings in the east!Better then the Anchor Bar in Buffalo,NY where they invented the buffalo wing!! the burger are great too.

Pros: FOOD

Cons: LOUD

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While visiting Cleveland, I went to the Winking lizard and fell in love. They have hundreds of different beers and a four page food menu. If they opened one in Detroit, I would be there every night.

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★★★★★

While visiting Cleveland, I went to the Winking lizard and fell in love. They have hundreds of different beers and a four page food menu. If they opened one in Detroit, I would be there every night.

Pros: Beer Selection, Food Choices

Cons: Loud

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I've been there three straight years on the night before going to my one and only Cleveland Browns game a year (drive down from Ottawa, Canada...about 8 hours just to see my Browns!) and the place rocks!

Great service, fair prices, and so many different types of beer...makes me feel like I'm back home in Canada!

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★★★★★

I've been there three straight years on the night before going to my one and only Cleveland Browns game a year (drive down from Ottawa, Canada...about 8 hours just to see my Browns!) and the place rocks!

Great service, fair prices, and so many different types of beer...makes me feel like I'm back home in Canada!

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Pam & I stopped before a Tribe game and I got the chicken. It was hot, tender and very juicey. I recommend it to everyone on the east or west side and everyone in the middle. Pie

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★★★★★

Pam & I stopped before a Tribe game and I got the chicken. It was hot, tender and very juicey. I recommend it to everyone on the east or west side and everyone in the middle. Pie

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I was just passing through Cleveland and wanted to find a watering hole. The World Tour of beers is great fun and I wish that I could finish all 100 and get the free leather jacket. Good food, great selection of brews, and fun times all around. Highly recommend to anyone.

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★★★★★

I was just passing through Cleveland and wanted to find a watering hole. The World Tour of beers is great fun and I wish that I could finish all 100 and get the free leather jacket. Good food, great selection of brews, and fun times all around. Highly recommend to anyone.

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10 business trips to Cleveland in the past year and I visit the Lizard each time (usually more than once.) Great wings, cold beer ,friendly wait staff and plenty of TV's to watch "my" teams. Recommend the Spicy Garlic Wings - just the right temp.

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★★★★★

10 business trips to Cleveland in the past year and I visit the Lizard each time (usually more than once.) Great wings, cold beer ,friendly wait staff and plenty of TV's to watch "my" teams. Recommend the Spicy Garlic Wings - just the right temp.

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always good food, always understaffed. Granted, I usually go there when it's packed after a game. It is very loud and nearly impossible to find a seat. It took nearly an hour to get a burger last time. Huge selection of beers. All in all, it's worth the hassle, just don't go if you are in a hurry.

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★★★★☆

always good food, always understaffed. Granted, I usually go there when it's packed after a game. It is very loud and nearly impossible to find a seat. It took nearly an hour to get a burger last time. Huge selection of beers. All in all, it's worth the hassle, just don't go if you are in a hurry.

Pros: food, beer selection

Cons: crowds, service, noise

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I worked in Cleveland for almost a year, I could always relax and have an ENJOYABLE time here! The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is AWESOME!

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★★★★☆

I worked in Cleveland for almost a year, I could always relax and have an ENJOYABLE time here! The staff are friendly and the atmosphere is AWESOME!

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There is absolutely nothing to do in Cleveland. I came across this place and found it to be very refreshing considering it had absolutely no competition. Good food, great fries and cold beer - really couldn't find anything to compare it to!

2
★★★★☆

There is absolutely nothing to do in Cleveland. I came across this place and found it to be very refreshing considering it had absolutely no competition. Good food, great fries and cold beer - really couldn't find anything to compare it to!

Pros: Open late, good food, nice beer selection

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This is a great place! Great food, beer and always a nice wait staff.

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★★★★★

This is a great place! Great food, beer and always a nice wait staff.

 

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