Hailed by Cleveland Magazine for its cuts of USDA prime beef and tableside service, Prime Rib Steakhouse is also known for an effortless elegance, achieved by sleek rows of tables and booths, deep red walls, and chocolaty wood accents. Owner Attila Salka drew upon his experience working in high-end Manhattan and Beverly Hills eateries and traveling around the world when he opened Prime Rib, where he cultivates a European ambiance and a decidedly British theme with dishes such as yorkshire pudding and King Henry VIII prime rib. Chefs prepare dishes tableside, giving guests a full view of the cooking process and creating a culinary experience that’s totally transparent, like a tax return carved into a pane of glass.
The first few floors at Tomo Sushi and Hibachi Restaurant and Lounge hold more than 100 tables, and 10 of these are stages. Seated around one of them, you can take in the performance of a master hibachi chef, who speedily dices vegetables and tosses morsels of meat high into the air to give them one last hope of flight before searing them in leaping flames. Feasts of handrolled maki, udon noodles, and crunchy tempura round out the hibachi meals.
Leave behind the crimson walls and stark black decor of the dining area to find a whole other world on the upper levels. Here, a vibrant night club pulsates with dazzling lights, which illuminate craft cocktails and, in the hookah lounge, fragrant vapor.
Zdara's menu features a bounty of modern Mediterranean dishes for passport-less, travel- hungry tongues. Roll out your mouth's red carpet for starters such as crispy cracked-wheat kibbie, stuffed with spiced ground beef and pine nuts ($7.50), before moving onto heartier dishes accompanied by a treatise on Hannibal's use of war-elephants to teach Romans the fear of circuses. Try the wild mushroom ravioli with asparagus in a goat-cheese cream sauce ($18.50 dinner/$11.50 lunch), or a Boursin chicken sandwich punched up with roasted red pepper and mushrooms on ciabatta bread ($9.50). Line lunchtime stomachs with the chevre omelette, a medley of chicken, sundried tomatoes, and fresh basil with goat cheese ($8.50), or opt for tender lamb shish kebabs with pine nuts and basmati rice ($22.50 dinner/$12.50 lunch).
Servers constantly scan Brasa Grill’s dining room for empty plates, approaching tables with skewers of chicken, lamb, or beef and carving tender pieces tableside. The selection includes 16 different types of savory, grilled meats and a salad bar with more than 40 side dishes, garnering Brasa Grill Cleveland Scene magazine’s award for Best All You Can Eat for Gourmets. The constant parade of hearty fare only relents when diners flip their color-coded token to red, allowing them to sit for a while and stretch their fourth stomachs. Alternatively, the menu also features a small selection of sushi for a lighter version of a high-protein meal.
A painted mural dominates one wall of Brasa Grill’s dining room and depicts a group of Brazilian gauchos as they sear rotisserie meats over open flames, a practice which would later inspire Brazilian-style, churrascaria eateries. The rest of the room embraces a more urban ambiance with its soft lighting, crisp white tablecloths, and stoplight chandeliers.