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Sat, 12/3
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$21 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Free off-street parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed October 23, 2022

We enjoyed our trip to Don's Lighthouse Grille. It was fancier than I expected: white tablecloth, constant water service, immediate attention. Our server was friendly and attentive. I enjoyed the Fishmarket salad, featuring a generous amount of baby shrimp, then the Faroe Island salmon, which...was perfectly cooked with delightful lemon caper sauce. My husband had the Bistro Salad and Portuguese seafood stew, which had plentiful seafood and chorizo over a pappardelle pasta and light tomato sauce. Not so much a stew as a sauce over pasta, but it was very good. Fresh bread and honey butter accompanied the meal. The desserts sounded wonderful, but we were too stuffed to try any! Maybe next time.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 24, 2022 via mobile

For our wedding anniversary my husband and I wanted a nice seafood dinner and the menu/great reviews led us to Don's lighthouse.  Unfortunately our first and only visit did not mirror the high praise others have bestowed. Pros -seated quickly -Food arrived quickly -Portugese seafood...stew was tasty, good amount of food on plate Cons -Was given the wrong beer -Felt rushed by waitress (Peggy), got the sense she didn't want to be there -Crab cake was good but overpriced -Nantucket scallops tasted metallic and bitter, were only cooked on one side, couscous was incredibly salty, lobster bisque sauce had separated -Peggy didn't check on us for 20+minutes and when told about horrible scallops laughed it off. Peggy asked if I wanted a box because my plate was barely touched and I explained the issues with the food. I asked my husband if he wanted to take it and she laughs and says "Yeah do you want metallic and bitter scallops?" No effort was ever made to rectify the situation. I was surprised her response to a customer complaint would be a flippant remark. My food was terrible and the service was even worse. For the amount they charge it isn't worth it!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 31, 2022

Ate here prior to our show at Playhouse Square. Nice selection and excellent quality food. Comfortable setting and attentive staff.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 9, 2022 via mobile

Considering the ratings and menu, I anticipated a great dining experience for our family visit to Cleveland. For comparative value, the hot Italian sub at the Rock&Roll HOF was superior. We ordered calamari to start which was nearly fried to ash. I ordered the Steak...& Lobster as did another member of our party. Both steaks were over cooked from the requested medium rare. The lobster was good, not great. Green beans tasted frozen. The potato mash was the best item on the plate; outstanding. However, I can make this at home. I sent my steak back. When our server eventually returned, the temp was correct but the steak had no flavor-lacking seasoning and rest. Disappointed. My wife enjoyed the Portuguese Seafood Stew which she enjoyed. For service, our waiter started strong. Once I sent the steak back, his attitude went downhill. I also ordered a glass of wine I never received. At this point, I didn’t bother to remind the server. The dining room was half full, so being busy wasn’t an excuse for any part of the restaurant. On our next visit to Cleveland, we will dine elsewhere.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 18, 2022

After a great experience a few weeks ago, we returned with 2 guests on Easter Eve. What a disappointment! The mussels, their speciality, usually excellent, were awful. The sherry and cream broth showed no signs of either. It looked like dirty dishwater. Though I have...never tasted same, maybe it was. The bread, usually good, tasted of mold. I took a few bites, and left the rest. Of my 20:mussel serving, 8 were unopened. At $20:a serving, this makes the appetizer very pricey.. Only gave 3 stars because of our server, Terri, who was great.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed February 16, 2022 via mobile

The service was good and the happy hour food was delicious. The server Danni was very good and delivered our food in a timely manner.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 16, 2022

Great experience all areas. Popped in for a late lunch got a window spot, great waitstaff great food. Probably need res for dinner but if in the area and a foody this old time classic still gets it done.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed August 21, 2021

The fish was quite fresh and the zucchini fries were actually pretty good. No complaints about the food except that the dishes are not terribly adventuresome. Service was very attentive and crisp. Overall not bad, would go again, not bad but also not that exciting.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 3, 2021

Been going to Don's for years. Love to eat in the bar part. The Wedge salad and the George's Cod dishes are the best.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021 via mobile

We chose this restaurant as we were driving down the road and saw the cool castle looking building. I remembered their name on a list of gluten friendly locations in Cleveland. Easy parking- complimentary valet parking was available but unnecessary for our visit. We did...not make a reservation. They were able to sit us to a table as soon as someone came to the desk (about 5 minutes just waiting to be acknowledged). Mobile menus and paper menus available. No kids menus or kids glasses. So our 9 year old had to drink from what looks like a wine glass. Not plastic😬 Food was great. Took about 20-30 minutes to make it to the table. Service was okay. Not the best. And we were there at a slow time. Our glasses were frequently empty needing refills. Our waitress wasn’t personable. Overall, the food was delicious. But the prices were too high for service this poor.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 27, 2021 via mobile

Wanted a nice seafood place by the water... not sure what was going on but the food took an exorbitantly amount of time.. mussels took almost half an hour. Our entrees another half hour.. our reservation was for 745pm.. did not leave until close to...930pm.. the service was great and the ambiance quiet .. the food was good though.. but we will not be back ..More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed March 2, 2021

We stopped here on the way to Cleveland. Great place to have dinner if you like higher end fare. The calamari and crab cake was very good. We also had the French onion soup which was good. Lobster and scallops were very good too. I...would recommend eating here. For dessert we had the apple pie and blueberry bread pudding, both excellent too.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 26, 2020

restaurant week special, 3 course meal appetizer, 4 choices (lobster for me) dessert. Meal well prepared, but lobster tail small, dry and somewhat tough (overcooked). However, I've eaten here in past, and meals are excellent if a bit pricy.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed August 24, 2020

Celebrated our Anniversary. Food and overall dining experience was outstanding. Our server Terri was very professional if I could give the overall experience a ten I would. We will most definitely e returning soon!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

We came here on the advice of a friend, “They have the best seafood in Cleveland!” And boy, was he right! We started with a toast to National Daiquiri Day, enjoyed the awesome sourdough bread with whipped herb-butter. We had the Prince Edward Island mussels...and the shrimp for appetizers. Both redefined excellent for us. Our main courses? To heaven and back! The scampi and steak with asparagus and mashed potatoes ruled. The Portuguese Seafood Stew sent my tastebuds to the stratosphere. This place is really regal. The atmosphere is tremendous. And they discount their steaks and lobster on Thursday’s and Sundays so we lucked out. And THANK YOU for the surprise ending: a complimentary serving of apple strudel with ice cream for our anniversary! Wow! We WILL be back!More

Date of visit: July 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
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