Winking Lizard Tavern
811 Huron Rd E, Cleveland, OH 44115
Fax Number: (216) 589-8436
Winking Lizard Tavern-Gateway District
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Drive Through: No
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
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After arriving and being seated in my party of four around 10:30 p.m., we had to wait close to an hour just to get an appetizer, which we never did receive! Food was pretty good, but the speed of service and attentiveness was just terrible. They weren't even THAT busy. It's not like there was a Tribe or Cavs or Browns game that night, just the Night Nation Run race. If it were up to me, I would have walked out. If it's a choice between this location and the one at 1301 East 9th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, go to the one on East 9th, which is nicer, anyway.
We were visiting for a Cleveland game and decided to try the Winking Lizard after the game. Mistake! While we did have a party of 7, we were told that there was one party of 6 ahead of us and although they weren't on a wait, it shouldn't take long to seat us - we were even willing to sit at 2 separate tables. Fast - forward 50 minutes and we were still waiting. Although the management couldn't help how busy the restaurant was, both the staff AND the management could've handled the situation better. I felt like we were trying to throw our business and a lot of money their way and they didn't seem to care. Maybe they're one of the few restaurants that doesn't need the business. There seem to be a lot of really cool places in Cleveland to eat at so this one is not getting another chance. We finally decided to go to Panini's and had a great time with excellent sandwiches.
07/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
On an average day, just an average dive bar.
At least one evening during the summer, they take over the neighborhood until midnight. Hire a bad band to play trash music on amps at a million decibels. If you work in one the nearby office buildings, forget it. The party reaches into your office and prevents you from doing your job. The bar's management knows. And doesn't care. They want to spill out into the street and too bad if you have a reason being there and have reason not to join their beer party that particular evening. Does their attitude spills over and affect your experience as a patron there? It does now, at least for this patron.
10/08/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Most dishes at the Lizard include meat, and many items are deep fried. Although food is very well prepared, it's usually loaded with fat, salt and calories. It's hard to find dishes there that are not, yet are still good. There are a variety of salads, but they are nothing special. The few cooked veggies offered are overcooked and soggy with an unpleasant taste from the marinade. Because of the high fat content in most dishes, their take-out food does not travel well at all, unless it goes only as far as the car before eaten -- crispy things get really soggy and liquids run all over everything in the box. The Lizard does a great business and has no reason to change (yet), so maybe I just have to accept that and move on to somewhere else.
05/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
First, let me say that this company operates a really tight ship, making them highly successful in a highly competitive market. It's always crowded at lunch, but table turnover is fast. The building is beautiful with nice street views and in a great location near most big downtown destinations. The menu is mostly sandwiches. Daily soup is almost always good, tho too salty or too thick late in the day. Their pizzas are also quite good and fresh-tasting, unlike commercial ones. Their food is pretty consistent, portions are usually big, and service is always good and amiable.
I notice the other positive reviews are about the beer selection, which is excellent, and the wings. But for a healthier meal, there needs to be more veggies and real fruits. Pasta and rice dishes added to the menu would help too (there used to be, but not any longer). Their weekly lunch specials and the seasonal menus are good for variety, when available, but the downtown location does not always offer the latter. They do have several decent salads. I wish a Seasonal Menu salad recently -- with goat cheese, nuts and fruit on mescelun greens -- was a regular offering (at a lower price). Ask for Romaine lettuce if you don't like iceberg, or another side if you don't want fries, as they are good about substitutions.
It's too bad there aren't more than just a few lunch items (other than sides) under $7, and most are over $8. Even most appetizers are over $6. If you like burgers, pizza and wings, this is a great place to eat. It's not if you want a small, healthy bite or don't want to spend $10 or more for lunch.
11/11/2003Provided by Citysearch -
I've been there three straight years on the night before going to my one and only Cleveland Browns game a year (drive down from Ottawa, Canada...about 8 hours just to see my Browns!) and the place rocks!
Great service, fair prices, and so many different types of beer...makes me feel like I'm back home in Canada!