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Cafe Europa and Bistro

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5900 Som Center Rd, Ste 13, Willoughby, OH 44094-3086
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 9:30 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This little jewel is hidden in a strip mall in Willoughby, OH. The waiter is a fun gentleman with (I believe) a German accent and his wife is the cook. I had the Weiner Schnitzel which was scrumptious and my dining companion had the stuffed peppers with a very interesting and tasty sauce. I thought the prices quite reasonable for... More 

Thank Violet D
Cleveland, Ohio
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Live close by and tired of the chains so why not try a place we drive by frequently. What a great place. Johan was friendly, helpful and attentive but not overly so. All three of us loved our meals - Wiener schnitzel, chicken paprikos and wall-eye. Decent portions, homemade,yummy goodness. Dessert was just as wonderful - dobos torte, baklava, and... More 

Thank Sue T
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the night in Willoughby and were looking for a "non-chain" breakfast place. Our hotel suggested Cafe Europa; I'm so glad they did. We were warmly greeted upon entering and felt more like we eating at a friend's home rather than at a restaurant. Both our breakfasts were fantastic! We were even given some pastry treats to take with... More 

Thank BuckyZ
Willoughby, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The place was quinte and felt like a small europen restaurant. Paul the owner makes you welcomed. His wife's bakery is definately yummy and all homemade. The food more Eastern Europen and a good beer from Germany. What can I say delish.

Thank Eileen A
Santiago, Chile
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We stopped randomly at this Cafe Europa as we were travelling through Ohio. The owner was a fantastic host, he suggested dishes for us and brought us complimentary soup. The food was delicious, homestyle eastern european dishes---we had the chicken paprishka, cabbage rolls, stuffed peppers and goulash. I wish this cafe were in Boston!

Thank RightCoastRena
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Excellent food and owners are so gracious and wonderful. I highly recommend this cafe over Bob Evan's and Cracker Barrel in Willoughby. Just don't except chain food/all day breakfast - it is much better. Coffee is the best that I have ever had. Food is homemade. The homemade bread is amazing. Food is authentic and prices are very reasonable!

Thank krs427
Painesville, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I came here with my mom for the first time on a Friday Evening. It was a small little place but had a beautiful front porch with tables and flowers and a little fence which had been set up. The owner, Johan, greeted us right away with hugs and showed us around the place, explaining how authentic and healthy his... More 

Thank JasminGebeau
Shelby, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We stopped here while apartment hunting with our daughter. What a gem of a place! The owner was super friendly and the food was totally homemade. The cheese strudel looked liked what my mom used to make. My husband had the chicken noodle soup and he said that it was the best ever. We will definitely go back. Thank you!

Thank fraidythecat777
Northampton, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

We were driving across the country looking for a healthier option and found this adorable little restaurant off of highway 90. The owner is a delightful man who treated us to gelato and cookies with our coffee. The food was actually amazing. It's all fresh, homemade but perfect portion sizes, and so delicious! This man knows his cooking and his... More 

Thank Katie F
Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

We stopped off today for an early dinner and I am so glad we did. Not only was the food wonderful, but the service was fantastic! They really know how to make the customer feel welcome and appreciated.

Thank Becky B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
German, European, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:30 am - 7:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5900 Som Center Rd, Ste 13, Willoughby, OH 44094-3086
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Lake County  >  Willoughby
  • Phone Number: 14409438914

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?