Great Lakes Rocks!. While in Cleveland on vacation, we decided to try out Great Lakes Brewing... had a hard time finding the location, but it was well worth it! Our server was amazing, and gave several good suggestions on what to order. The food was exceptional (if you're ordering dessert, try the infamous bread pudding)! And, of course, their beers are unbeatable... we tried the Edmund Fitgerald Porter and the Blackout Stout, both very tasty and smooth. Try this place if you enjoy finely crafted beers, and if you want to support local small businesses. Great Lakes Brewing Co. rocks!
The place for homemade gourmet beer and equally imaginative food..
After spending the workday anticipating the taste of that first beer, Clevelanders expect some food at quitting time, too. Great Lakes Brewing Company draws a diverse crowd, ranging from weekend hop-crafters to barley-challenged heretics who don't much care for suds--even if they're hand-crafted, award-winning ales, stouts and lagers.
The kitchen uses beer before, during and after each preparation. The opener of choice is a crock: artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese and red peppers baked in a ceramic vessel and served with pita chips for dipping. Besides the solid Brewhouse burger, the pretzel chicken--served with mustard-ale cream sauce, vegetables and garlic-scallion mashed potatoes--is a must-try. Dessert might be bread pudding with Jack Daniel's sauce, or you can keep sampling the Eliot Ness lager or the Edmund Fitzgerald porter, rich with bite and local historical references.
outdoor dining. The outdoor seating is amazing. It has so much charm, especially the courtyard. There is no better outdoor dining in cleveland on a beautiful weekend day or night. On the flip side, I don't recommend sitting in the downstairs. Its damp and feels like you are in the dungeon basement.
Filip. interesting setting but boring menu....beer has some flavor but could be colder...Tony
Visited Cleveland, stumbled upon this brewpub, and am duly impressed. Beer drinkers will appreciate the hand-crafted beers. Foodies will delight in an ambitious menu. Vegetarians will be amazed at the inclusion of many choices of non-meat items. Service was a bit spotty; ambiance was warm and inviting.
The burgers and fries stole the show. If you are a fan of Belgian fries, you want to eat here. If you appreciate good beef, the burgers are to die for. Soft pretzels made with grain used to brew the beer served with various mustards and cheese spreads were wonderful. The bread pudding was scrumptious. Stay away from the "specials" and stick with the standard, tried and true menu items.
My party of 6 gave GLBC a big thumbs up. Keep up the good work!
GLBC is the place to be!!!. I love Great Lakes Brewing. This impeccable restaurant/brewery always has a diverse crowd to please any people watcher. It goes without saying, but the food and the beer are out of this world...I've not yet been disappointed with anything I've tried. The Pretzel Chicken and Jack Daniels Bread Pudding is to die for. My absolute favorite dish however was the Squash Ravioli--although I've not seen it on the menu recently. The Stilton Cheddar Cheese soup and the Bratwurst & Pierogi Plate are a nice substite until they bring back my Squash Ravioli.
Average to above average. I may be a bit harsh on this place, but I had a hard time choking down the beer. I have had several people in the area say that they loved the beer, but I was disappointed. My beer selection is normaly a german weizenbier or a bock, so maybe this will help you when you go.
Wave of the Future. Our party of 6 went the GLBC the day after they reopened as a smoke-free restaurant. Thank you! The home-grown beers were wonderfully diverse but the food was inconsistent. My corned-beef sandwich was dry & rather tastless--as were the fries. My companion's catfish, however, was exemplary. The dessert, an apple cheescake dish, was scrumptious. Service was efficient without being overbearing.
TAKE HEED. Could be Great Lakes again. Not as friendly as it once was, no mistakes, no dumpers ! I'm not looking for free drinks but it gave the place that old neighborhood feel. They used to service very good wings twice a week but that also ended. BUT THE BEST BEER IN TOWN is there so you ALWAYS go back. It would just be nice to have the old place back. I recommend Great Lakes on the beer alone. Food is good but upscale.
Best Ale/Most Overrated Menu. Best in the midwest for consistency in it's brewing. Great indoor/outdoor atmosphere. Severely lacking in food quality, presentation, and service. It was an embarassment to bring someone after raves by word of mouth only to be disappointed not once, but 3 times. Having vast experience in this industry, it makes it even more difficult to offer negative feedback in these areas. I shall only patronize the bar from now on!
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