Players On Madison
14523 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107
Cuisines: Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Pizza
Alcohol: Yes, Wine
Price Range : Average
Takes Reservations: Yes
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My wife and I have been to Players consistently for the last six years. It is our favorite restaurant by far. Love the wine list, the gourmet pizza, the great staff and servers. I could go on and on. We especially like the fact that there are always new specials to try-and we have not been disappointed yet. Its evident to us why Players has been around for over 26 years. Kudos to all involved in this great spot.
My fiance took me to Players on Madison for their most recent Wine Dinner. Since, I am the "World's Most Picky Eater" I was very concerned. But, let me tell you, the chef at Players can cook some terrific food. My favorite was the Stuffed Boar Chop. And, the wine was to die for! We had a lot of fun that night.
I live in Stow and travel to and from Hopkins 1 to 4 times per month. I often find myself at Players with clients visiting from out of town. I have always had great meals and find the staff and owners to be most professional and accommodating. This is the place where you want go on the West side, when you want to make a good impression with clients. Kudos to all of you, especially Chef Tony!
seriously this lady came to our table and told me to get off my phone.. She smelled like wine and I was shocked at her tone of voice. I was told by the table next to us, that she is the owners wife and she has been known to do this!! I will NEVER EVER go here again!
10/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I just ordered a pizza from Player's on Madison it was hot a fresh just out of the oven. I have to say that the selection of toppings is impressive, and they are fresh. They did however skimp on the basil which annoyed me because it was my only topping; considering the hostess didn't hear that I ordered tomato as well. the crust is below par. It is not what I would consider gourmet, my mother makes a similiar dough herself. If you want to try a nice pizza that I would consider perfect, try Pier W. They make a perfect Margherita pizza.
09/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Having lived around Lakewood for over four years I've found that Player's is one of the best local restaurants. Although I've only ever gotten carry-out (generally assorted apps), the food has been fantastic. There's also a very nice patio in the back.
The hosts have always been nice, but there was once a bartender with a very condescending attitude.
Crab and Rock Shrimp Cakes with corn-avocado salsa.
08/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Service is Ok, Hostess is pleasant. There is nothing outstanding here. Has a Van Gough atmosphere IMO.
Order to table time is atrocious. Appetizers and salads were served at the time meal should have been.
No idea how mac and cheese deserves $17 with no sides? It didnt appear to be made with any type of above average cheese.
There is nothing ""wrong"" with the restaurant or service, it just is not my idea of a star rated place.
02/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Food is NOT that great and the prices are HIGH. Hostess is ANYTHING BUT FRIENDLY. Been there twice. First time for take-out pizza, which was just OK. I don't know why everyone thinks this is so fantastic. Apparently their pizza tastes aren't high. Second time we ate in, encountered the surly hostess once again and had dinner for two, each with a cocktail. Dinner came to $85. That's a price you don't mind paying at a fancy place with great atmosphere and terrific food. Players ain't that place. Would not recommend.
03/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Don't mistake Player's for your typical pizza and pasta joint. Although their pizza is fantastic (I highly recommend the pollo pesto), Player's has quickly become my favorite restaurant for many other reasons. With such a great variety of appetizers, I struggle to make a decision (calamari, stuffed banana peppers, and brie are a few of my favorites). Their entrees are incredible and combine some unique flavors that go perfectly together. The chicken and pork tenderloin are two great examples that I recommend, and the seafood specials are always intriguing. A different flavored creme brulee every week is the dessert of choice, but the fried banana split is a close second. You can also order food for take-out and the pollo pesto pizza is a perfect choice. Service is remarkable.