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Nighttown -- Cleveland Heights Ohio


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The Bottom Line

Nighttown, located at the top of Cedar Hill, just inside Cleveland Hts, is a comfortable and delicious Cleveland institution. With four dining areas and three bars, you never feel crowded, and the consistently good pub fare and dinner entrees make this "the" place to go for a weekday dinner, a Saturday night date, or a post-theater meal.


  • Relaxed pub-like atmosphere
  • Good, hearty, unpretensious food
  • Serves until Midnight during the week and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Live, quality jazz several nights a week
  • Stephen's Green: the heated outdoor patio, complete with a waterfall


  • Not a great place for kids.


  • Nighttown
    12387 Cedar Rd.
    Cleveland Hts., OH 44106
  • 216 795-0550
  • Hours:
    Monday - Thursday: 1130am - Midnight
    Friday and Saturday: 1130am - 1am
  • Sunday: brunch - 10am - 3pm; dinner - 3pm - Midnight
  • Muncipal, metered parking located behind the restaurant
    Valet parking is also offered most nights.
  • Les Roberts mystery novel fans will recognize the restaurant as a favorite of hero, Milan Jakovich.

Guide Review - Nighttown

Opened in 1965, Nighttown has defied the average restaurant lifespan by offering timeless classic dishes and a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Half neighborhood bar and half sleek jazz club, Nighttown has found just the right mix.

The Menu
Nighttown, named for the "red light" district in James Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses, features a classic menu of pub fare, seafood, and grilled items. Starters include a creamy and tasty clam chowder and a bowl of "Little Steamers", a mixture of little neck clams and mussels. Pub fare includes traditional Irish favorites, such as "Bangers and Mash" (sausages and mashed potatoes), lamb stew, and meatloaf (this one made with veal).

Entrees include the restaurant's speciality, the "Dublin Lawyer", a mixture of lobster meat, mushrooms, scallions, and cream, served over rice pilaf. Other highlights include a juicy and tender Prime Rib; Trout Almondine; and Chevre Chicken, over-roasted chicken with goat cheese, shallots, and walnuts.

Jazz at Nighttown
Nighttown features live jazz several nights a week. Local favorites, including Ahmad Jamal and Bucky Pizzarelli, are regular performers.

Special Occasions at Nighttown
Nighttown welcomes special events, such as birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and Bar Mitzvahs. They can accommodate from 15 to 150 guests for such events.

(last updated 01-07-07)

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