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Lockkeeper's Restaurant

About.com Rating 4.5 Star Rating
User Rating 5 Star Rating (5 Reviews)


Lockkeeper's Restaurant

The Butter-Poached Maine Lobster at Lockkeeper's

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The Bottom Line

Update January, 2009 - Lockkeeper's is no longer Dante's. The popular, upscale eatery has reopened as Lockkeeper's under the direction of former owner, Malise Sinito. Look for a new review soon.

Lovely, wood-paneled Lockkeeper's is a special restaurant, with excellent service, delicious and creative cuisine, and a warm and inviting atmosphere.


  • Excellent service and warm inviting atmosphere
  • Innovative and tasty food (including the best lobster in Cleveland)
  • Extensive wine list, including many offerings by the glass
  • Four-diamond AAA rating
  • Patio overlooking the Cuyahoga River


  • Meals are pricey.
  • The dining room can be noisy when filled


  • Lockkeeper’s Restaurant
    8001 Rockside Rd.
    Valley View, OH 44145
  • 216 524-9404
    Reservations are recommended.
  • Hours:
    Lunch – Monday – Friday: 1130am – 3pm
    Saturday: 1130am – 230pm
  • Dinner – Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 1030pm
    Friday and Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
    Sunday: 4pm – 9pm
  • Sunday Brunch: 10am – 2pm
  • Getting There:Take I-77 south from downtown Cleveland to Rockside Road; go east on Rockside.

Guide Review - Lockkeeper's Restaurant

Lockkeeper’s Restaurant is an elegant fine dining restaurant, located along the Cuyahoga River in Valley View, Ohio, just south of downtown. The spacious, wood-paneled eatery specializes in fine, American-inspired cuisine and changes its menu each season in order to take advantage of the freshest ingredients.

Lockkeeper’s has been honored with many awards, including AAA’s prestigious four diamond designation and Wine Spectator Magazine’s 2004 Award of Excellence. Lockkeeper’s features a scenic, wrap-around patio, open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as well as the elegant Sommelier Room, a private upstairs dining room.

The Food
The highlight of the menu is the butter-poached lobster. It melts in your mouth. (Don’t worry about the mess; Lockkeeper’s serves just the claws, knuckles, and tails lifted from the shell.) Other popular dinner entrees include sashimi-grade tuna, a grilled beef rib chop, and pan-roasted Canadian Salmon. There is also a daily five-course chef’s tasting menu, which may also be ordered with wine pairings.

The Wine
Lockkeeper’s extensive wine list features many wines by the glass, including sparkling wines. The restaurant’s wine program, created by the sommelier, includes hundreds of wines by the bottle, with selections from wineries throughout the world in all price ranges. Lockkeeper’s hosts bi-monthly wine-tasting dinners, featuring different varietals, wine regions, and specific wineries.

(last updated 10-17-07)
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Simple perfection - elegant!, Member mspirek

Family and friends came from all over the country for our wedding reception two years ago -- and the highlight REMAINS LOCKKEEPERS. Most came from New York city and major metropolitan areas and I was nervous. Lockkeepers hit it out of the park. Amicable professionals who pay attention to the smallest details make this my favorite restaurant. We never visit Cleveland without at least two meals at Lockkeepers. After selecting each other, our best wedding choice was to select Lockkeepers. Every anniversary is at Lockkeepers. We send all the people we love to this amazing restaurant.

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