White Oaks Restaurant began business in 1928, but its doors wouldn’t open until staff had spied visitors through a peephole, creating an aura of mystery that’s never quite left this fine-dining establishment. Proudly touting its history as a hotspot for imported booze and high-stakes gambling during the Prohibition era, the restaurant—voted Cleveland's best romantic restaurant by viewers of Fox 8 in 2011—now celebrates the legalization of spirits with a towering wine rack and solid-gold bust of Johnnie Walker. Six wood-burning fireplaces cast their crimson glow off plates piled with high-end American cuisine, from succulent seafood to creative game dishes such as venison. Elegant wood paneling spans the lodge-like dining room, where a glass wall on the east end overlooks an arboreal wonderland and burbling creek.
Si Señor fills estómagos with a menu of authentic Mexican fare served amid mosaic-topped tables and brightly colored walls. Skilled chip-chopping cooks compile their fresh and never-frozen ingredients to concoct steak, chicken, and seafood fajitas served in sizzling skillets ($13.50–$16.99) and savory vegetarian options such as a plate piled with a chili relleno, a cheese enchilada, rice, and refried beans ($8.50). Grilled chicken or steak, melted cheese, and pico de gallo flow down the sides of a nacho mountain in the la bamba nachos plate ($10.50), and the eatery's Popeye's pollo blends grilled chicken breast, spinach, melted cheese, and Olive Oyl ($11.99). Mexican-fare munchers can seal the meal's deal with a creamy cheesecake encased in a fried tortilla ($3.99) or a scoop of fried ice cream ($4.99).
Boneyard Beer Farm & Mesquite Grill combines hearty eats with entertainment. HDTVs illuminate trays filled with double-patty burgers and St. Louis-style ribs drowned in house made barbecue sauce, as well as 16 types of sandwich including the hand-made, slow roasted pulled pork. On the weekends, live bands take the stage, serenading ears as fingers busy themselves with wings drenched in one of 15 sauces ranging from mild to devilishly hot.
Specializing in Mediterranean-tinged Spanish dishes, Viva Fernando's matador chefs bait taste buds with a repertoire of delicate pasta twirls, meaty maneuvers, and seafood flourishes. The dinner menu includes palate primers such as the ravioli stuffed with mushrooms in a madeira-wine sauce ($8.95). The gazpacho with Andalusian–style vegetables is, like revenge, traditionally served chilled ($4.50). Carne cravers fill up on the slow-roasted lamb shank in a brandy sauce ($28.95), and the mixed seafood linguini spotlights a supergroup of clams, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and lobster doo-wopping in harmony ($19.95). A lunch menu stacked with Spanish sandwiches facilitates high-stakes games of sandwich Jenga, towering with such delicacies as the serrano ham with mozzarella, tomato, and basil ($9.95); noontime noshers can also stay fresh with leafy mélanges such as the blackened salmon on a bed of field greens ($11.95).
SB Eighty One puts a modern twist on the familiar supper clubs of days of old, peppering the dining experience with live music and DJ tunes five nights a week. Chefs tickle palates with starters such as crispy calamari with shaved parmesan and duck confit bruschetta, and bartenders set to work warming insides with wine and martinis made with hand-squeezed organic fruit juice. The selection of entrees is composed largely of rich meat and seafood dishes—such as a tender filet mignon served Oscar-style with crab meat and béarnaise sauce, or the surf & turf burger, which melts brie cheese over sautéed lobster and garlic-saffron aioli. In the dining room, hanging lanterns illuminate opulent dishes that stand out against a backdrop of sleek wood finishes, and outside, massive black umbrellas shade alfresco diners on the patio.