turn up the heat.... A friend and I dropped in without reservations at about 10pm on a Friday night, and were seated within a minute or two. The atmosphere was warm, inviting, and good for hearty conversation - no "library" to be found here. The service was attentive, yet nonintrusive and unhurried. The dishes were rich and sensuous on the palate, in very appropriate portions. The two hour allowance - allowing a few minutes for conversation and food to actually settle between courses - reminded me of most restaurants I visited while in Europe, and was a greatly welcome change from the average. For prime-time dining, definitely make a reservation.
This cool Tremont dining destination really turns up the heat..
Chef Rocco Whalen, a Wolfgang Puck student, retuned a short-lived piano-bar venture in Tremont (the former 88 Keys) into his own culinary symphony. The very-visible Rocco often mingles with guests. His lively open kitchen, adjacent to the elegant, art-deco dining area, is so unobstructed you might accidentally walk right into it while perusing the plaques and framed news clips on the wall.
Appropriately named, Fahrenheit indicates the temperatures of Chef Rocco's recipes: gourmet pizzas prepared at 600 degrees, pasta at 212, seafood and steaks at 1,000, and a collection of specialty martinis at 36. The margarita ranks the best among pizzas, and the butternut squash ravioli puts a unique, flavorful twist on an old standard. Whalen's goat-cheese salad is a fresh, superb starter.
Our wine was served only after the food has arrived and sat on the table for 5 minutes. Considering that we did come there quite hungry, as we came to eat rather than show off, and that bread was brought only after appetizers and salads were consumed, the wine got served only after we had to start on the food.
The pizzas were of the cheapest and worst kind: thin with too much cheese and not enough topping. What a difference time makes a while ago their pizzas were excellent.
It is just wants to be an "in" place, without too much worry about the food. Oh and please do not remove glasses and plates, form one guest while the other is still using them. We did not overstay our "2 hour Fahrenheit dining experience" - so why still the rush?
Fahrenheit is...hot!. We called for a last-minute reservation on a Saturday night and they accomodated us with no problem. Hostesses were absolutely nice; our server seemed a bit disappointed -- something -- with our orders for some reason. Perhaps we were supposed to order something more extravagant? He did perk up when we asked for another bottle of wine. Really nice menu -- great selection of unique entrees, pizzas, appetizers and desserts. Lovely restaurant, great vibe inside, please don't wear your prom dress; it's not that kind of place.
Up-Scale Presentation. Don't be surprised to find some of Cleveland's stars at this great location. The night I was dining here familiar faces surrounded me from TV, radio and city government. This hot spot in Tremont has become one of the great new places in Cleveland to see and be seen! Presentation of meals is excellent, right out of an art museum. Plenty to choose from and prices are great for the food, style, presentation, service and environment. This is a must dine for every professional Clevelander and visitor to Cleveland. Owner/operator chef worked under Wolfgang puck, dont be surprised to find him addressing tables through out the night that want to shower him with praise for his excellent dishes. Call at least one full day ahead for a reservation. Crowd is professional 25-45, dress to impress.
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