French Restaurants in Bay Village

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Housed in the former Taylor and Sons Department Store–a historic building that has tastefully transformed its 4,000 sq. ft. into a chic interior and exterior space–Zinc Bistro is a sophisticated eatery that serves prime steaks, French classics, and raw from one of Cleveland's only raw bars. The seasonal lunch menu is a tuxedo-worthy medley of soups, oysters, savory sandwiches, frites, and salads. For dinner, taste buds can take aim at duck a l'orange with butternut-bacon hash ($28) or a pork chop with choucroute, rutabaga puree, and apple-bourbon ($24). Ishmaels can reacquaint themselves with the eats of the oceans by noshing six fresh oysters ($12–$14), a bowl of lobster bisque ($11), or moules frites ($17) stacked with Prince Edward Island mussels, Pernod, and Zinc frites.

668 Euclid Ave
Cleveland,
OH
US

At Streat Burger, guests construct their meals with Ohio farm-raised beef, pulled pork, or quinoa patties before piling them high with seasonal greens, spicy relishes, and flavorful toppings. Each custom-made sandwich, fresh salad, or basket of hand-cut fries pairs with a frosty beverage from the craft beer list, full of dozens of selections ranging from refreshing watermelon wheat to crisp, hoppy double IPAs.

16300 Detroit Ave
Lakewood,
OH
US

How did Vintage House Café begin?
As a family venture. We started as a restaurant, then added a patio, tearoom, and gift shop. Not only do we offer a large selection of loose-leaf tea, but my son is a glass artist and we sell his blown glass art work.

Aside from owner, what role do you play in the restaurant?
I always enjoyed baking, so I create all the desserts.

Tell us a little about the head chef.
Chef Grant Urmston is a native Clevelander, whose passion for culinary arts began at a young age. His passion grew over the years, and he further developed his skills at the renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. With career stops that included New York, Boston, and Las Vegas, Grant has brought a more traditional Italian and Mediterranean flair to the menu, all while trying to focus more on fresh and local products.

What inspires you to take such a hands-on role in the restaurant?
I love being here and our customers make me smile.

35800 Detroit Rd
Avon,
OH
US

The hybrid vegan café and gift shop deals in good vibes, whether they take the form of sandwiches and soups made from scratch, eco-fashions, or candles that both soothe the senses and keep away ghosts that are wearing flammable bed sheets. After tasting the zing of a spicy plum vinaigrette or biting into organic sprouted-grains bread at the Compassionate Café, guests can browse a selection of eclectic wares. Vegan jewelry sparkles with gemstones alongside Dead Sea mineral soaps and colorful socks made from recycled cotton, which are ideal for keeping a giant caterpillar warm.

The Boardman location also delves into the world of knitting with a lounge where needle artists can pick up skeins of silk or bamboo yarn, sink into armchairs, and clack away until they have a spider web to sleep in that night.

140 Public Sq
Cleveland,
OH
US

Restaurant Europa acquaints its diners with the hearty, core-warming dishes of Russia via single servings or family-style platters before inviting guests to dance at the in-house ceviche bar, which stays open after hours. Escorted by servers who float between recessed, private booths and centrally situated tables, plates piled with sour-cream-crowned latkes, classic Russian-style schnitzel, and sautéed foie gras fill the dining room with international aromas. The option to dine family-style allows groups to sup on eight assorted appetizers and a choice of four entrees as they discuss their clan's sacred ancestral hairdo. After dinner, patrons can relax at the bar or steal away to the Siberian vodka room, where they can sip the traditional spirit from a glass made of ice.

30519 Pinetree Rd
Cleveland,
OH
US

At Bistro on Lincoln Park, executive chef Pete Joyce employs formal education and experience to combine French, Italian, and Spanish highlights into refined cuisine that utilizes local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Impatient palates delve into the Ohio goat-cheese tasting, which pairs Lake Erie Creamery goat-milk cheeses with herbed flatbread, accouterments, and a pristine plate ($15). Slowly braised shanks of Colorado lamb tie together a dish of potato purée, black-olive oil, mint, and a basil reduction sauce ($19), and pheasant kiev tempts diners' decorum with a foie-gras- and parsley-butter-stuffed breast enshrined by a cauliflower purée and truffled petite green salad ($19). Post main-plate consumption, tongues can twist sweetly around house-made ice cream made with organic Ohio cream ($5) or pound cake, which whisks together almond cake, nougat sauce, hazelnut-honey buttercream, candied pistachios, and candied lemon zest into 1.814 kilograms of metric joy ($7).

2391 W 11th St
Cleveland,
OH
US