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“Terrific New Restaurant in Playhouse Square” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cowell & Hubbard

Cowell & Hubbard
1305 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
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Ranked #36 of 1,705 Restaurants in Cleveland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $45
Cuisines: French, American, Fusion
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 44115
Chesterland, Ohio
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“Terrific New Restaurant in Playhouse Square”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Cowell & Hubbard is the latest restaurant by Zack Bruell, the owner of several of Cleveland's best restaurants including Parallax and L'Albatros. It is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene around Playhouse Square and a very good place to visit either before a show or simply as a destination restaurant.

Cowell & Hubbard is in the space of what once was an upscale jewelry store in the same place, at the corner of E. 13th Street and Euclid Avenue. It is just steps from all of the theaters in Playhouse Square. They have valet parking, but there is also ample parking nearby for about $5 (a little more, sometimes, if there is a ballgame or other event going on). You can park at E. 13th and Chester, or E. 14th and Prospect, and there are both open lot and garage options at both locations. Or you can just use the valet.

The restaurant itself is decorated in blacks and reds. There is a high ceiling and the feel is generally open.

The service is excellent. One thing to be aware of is that there may be more than one waiter or waitress assigned to your table. Some reviewers have found this confusing, but we realized that this kept the service level high even on a busy Saturday night. The staff was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. One nit: I don't know why the greeter at an upscale restaurant can't spare a welcoming smile for someone coming in with a reservation. To their credit, however, they did thank us for coming on our way out.

I've been to C&H both for lunch and dinner. The seafood in particular is outstanding. I've had both the flounder and the rockfish. Both were very good, buy I liked the rockfish in particular. Others had the Lake Superior whitefish and liked that as well. Two of our table had the beef cheeks or beef shoulder and both loved them. Save room for dessert: there are many delicious options. We liked both the flourless chocolate cake and the Linzer torte (from the same region as the Mozart Linz symphony - basically an almond and raspberry flavored torte).

C&H is certainly appropriate for a business lunch, but we also found it ideal for a pre-show meal (they got us out well in time for our show without feeling at all rushed). Overall, this a welcome addition to the restaurant scene around the theaters of Playhouse Square. We'll be back.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Medina, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

Went here with my wife for dinner. I had the mushroom bisque and the duck. They were both good. What impressed me the most was the service. Our server was attentive and asked if we were in a rush to make a show. She made great recommendations and all the things you expect (like filling water glasses and clearing plates) were done quickly. My only negative is that it was a little cramped. You feel like you are sitting on top of the other customers. Nevertheless I would go back and I think this is a great option for those going to the theater.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A Jewel on Euclid”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

Old time Clevelanders, expecting to dine in a jewelry store, will be disappointed, but who wants to do that? The interior has been gutted and redone in a sleek, minimalist style; too minimalist for my taste, but the other three people in our party liked it. So there you go. The space is divided into several smaller rooms so noise is not a problem--nice as the restaurant filled up on a Friday night. The food was exactly what one would expect from a ZB restaurant: excellent ingredients, creatively prepared, and elegantly presented. This gardener really enjoyed the super freshness of the greens in the salad. Our server was both witty and attentive without being intrusive. Oddly (for a restaurateur with such a good track record) there were some glitches with the general service. Dishes were delivered to the wrong people and strange members of the wait staff kept popping up at the table, appearing to be as confused as we were. All in all, a good experience and a welcome addition to downtown. The valet parking is a must do unless you enjoy walking around dark deserted streets.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Zack Bruell Doesn't Disappoint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I've been a fan of Zack Bruell's food since he returned to Cleveland years ago. In all of the years following, I may have been disappointed on just one occasion. In his newest endeavor, he reaches a new bar in culinary excellence (just my humble opinion). We were a party of four, all ordering different entrees. I opted for the trout, which was served with pomegranate seeds and pine nuts over a mound of very fresh, perfectly done haricot verts. We has started with two different apps to share, a smoked salmon with eggs. It tasted like it is seasoned with truffle salt....oh so good. The other a pepper stuffed with a shrimp filling. A little spicy,but also excellent. Well put together wine list with some interesting choices. Overall another hit for Zack Bruell. It is also a great looking restaurant albeit a little noisy for me. But with food this good, what's a little noise? A very eclectic menu, but everyone can find something delicious

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“So-So - Will Go Again to Give It Another Chance”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Love Bruell's restaurants and were excited to check out Cowell & Hubbard. Great location on Euclid Avenue with valet parking and cheaper parking around the corner. The decor is very modern - all reds and blacks/greys - and there's a sizeable bar for those just wanting to hang out. Some things that stood out for me:

Menus - I'd expect a restaurant like this one to either have menus they print every day, or something nice and solid. The menus here very flimsy and worn out - corners bent, food stains, etc. The list of dishes itself was also VERY long, something I did not expect - I'd rather have fewer dishes that are prepared really really well. Not a huge deal, but not a nice beginning either.

Service - Our main waitress was great and had a very inventive ways of describing foods and recommending favorites. However, they seem to have a "team approach" to serving tables, so we also had 2-3 other waiters. That's fine, but they didn't seem to communicate with each other at all. We got asked for our drinks orders 3-4 times, for our food orders 3-4 times, and so on. At the end, it was just annoying.

Food - we had lobster dumplings and escargot for appetizers and those were great - the waitress rightly recommended them. Were not super hungry so ordered the Thai Chicken Soup and Udon Noodles for dinner. The soup itself was great, minus the chicken which tasted like something that was frozen for a long time and then microwaved. Udon Noodles were another story - we basically paid $17 for ramen noodles doused with vinegar. It was too pungent and sour to eat. Had Meringues for dessert and those were so-so.

Overall, I think we'll go back and try more entrees - there were quite a few interesting ones on the menu - before we close the door on this place.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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