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Pizza, Take Out Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Bar & Grills, Pizza

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes


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the best of the west

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.



Wine Dinner

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.



Players is Always Great!

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!

Beware of Owners Wife

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!



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Not Best pizza...

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.



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One of Lakewood's best restaurants

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.

Best recommendation:
Crab and Rock Shrimp Cakes with corn-avocado salsa.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Over Rated

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.



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Avoid at all cost$$

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.



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Great Place for Pizza & Quality Service

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.



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Terrible dinner

we had terrible service, pizza was undercooked and when we mentioned it, the server acted as if we put them out. Will not go back.



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A Perfect Place for all

Players on Madison is a favorite. My girlfriend and I go about once a month and have never had anything but a wondeful experience. The modern styling is refreshing in an aging area of Lakewood, and the new patio is great for those who enjoy eating outdoors in nice weather. The price is more than reasonable, even ""cheap"" for the service and food received, although there is nothing cheap about this diamond in the rough.



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Always Pleases!

My wife and I have been fans of Players on Madison for years. It is amazing that they maintain high standards consistantly. The selection of single malt scotches and small batch bourbons is first rate!



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Very impressed!!

Six of us went last night. I was very impressed. The service was wonderful, decor was beautiful and the food presentation was awesome.



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The best gourmet food

The best food without the expensiveness. comfortabe, relaxing, service is the best. A great night out. a diverse gathering where you can take anyone. The boss, wife, freind, family, or couples out for the evening.



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Great food with Heart & Soul

The staff at Players is wonderful. Natural friendliness and attention to detail to make your dining experience special. Most importantly, the food is fantastic, the chef being especially innovative with seafood.



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From Tues Date Night Crew

Player's is a wonderful restaurant to go to any night of the week. The staff is wonderful and extremely friendly. Tony does an amazing job in coming up with exciting, tasty creations.

I highly recommend the roasted red pepper bisque and Pollo Pesto pizza.



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The Best

I love Players. I live right around the corner and frequent it often. The service is great and so is the food..