Restaurants in Ohio

Japanese Steakhouse Dinner for Two or Four at Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse (50% Off)

Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse

Highland Heights

Hibachi chefs chop and flip chicken, steak, and shrimp right at the table

$30 $15

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Three-Course BYOB Meal for Two or Four at Dusmesh Indian Restaurant (Up to 57% Off)

Dusmesh Indian Restaurant

Clifton

Lamb curry, shrimp biryani, and other Indian dishes that go easy on the spice, served at a BYOB restaurant praised for its attentive service

$64 $29

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$25 for Two Holiday Gift Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Spaghetti Warehouse ($40 Total Value)

Spaghetti Warehouse

Multiple Locations

Give the holiday gift of hand-rolled meatballs, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana at historical warehouse restaurants brimming with antiques

$20 $12.50

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$25 for Two Holiday Gift Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Spaghetti Warehouse ($40 Total Value)

Spaghetti Warehouse

Multiple Locations

Give the holiday gift of hand-rolled meatballs, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana at historical warehouse restaurants brimming with antiques

$20 $12.50

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Dine-In or Takeout Lebanese Cuisine and Drinks at Cedarland Bakery & Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Cedarland Bakery & Restaurant

Dayton

Traditional Lebanese feasts of chicken shawarma, baked beef kibbeh, shish kebab, tabouleh, hummus, and baklava

$10 $5

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$16 for $30 Toward a Tapas Dinner for Two at Tapas 218. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Tapas 218

Canton

Meals include your choice of 23 tapas, such as beef empanadas or bruschetta española, plus a platos grande, such as potatoes with chorizo

$30 $16

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$50 for Upscale American Dinner with Wine Pairing for Two at Plaza One Grille ($108 Value)

Plaza One Grille

Hamilton

Wine is paired with side salads and entrees such as bourbon bacon meatloaf, tarragon cream tilapia, grilled pork loin, and many others

$108 $50

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$14 for $20 Worth of Cheesesteaks, Burgers, Gyros, and More at Steak Thyme

Steak Thyme Cheesesteak & More

Kettering

Cooks take the classic Philly dish to a new level by infusing their steaks—as well as burgers and gyros—with house-made thyme seasoning

$10 $7

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Pizza, Fries, and Fountain Drink Meals at Nelly Belly Applewood Fired Pizza & Piadina Restaurant (Up to 46% Off)

Nelly Belly Applewood Fired Pizza & Piadina Restaurant

Lakewood

Guests dine on applewood-fired pizzas paired with sides of fries & fountain sodas while enjoying great views of the river all winter long

$17.70 $10

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$15 for $30 Worth of Seafood and Café Food for Dinner at Chowder House Cafe

Chowder House Cafe

Cuyahoga Falls

Bright murals surround BYOB café that specializes in seafood-inspired food such as walleye sandwiches and creamy clam chowder

$30 $15

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Sub or Salad Combo Meal for One or Two at Subway (47% Off)

Subway

Middletown

Make your own combo meal with a sandwich or salad, paired with a side and drink

$13.30 $6.99

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Comfort Food for Breakfast or Lunch at Sparta Restaurant & Coffee Shop (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Sparta Restaurant & Coffee Shop

Newark

All-day breakfast and luncht menu served in historic a 1940s-style diner

$10 $6

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$12 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food at Fuji Japanese Steakhouse

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse

Mentor

Knife tricks and bursts of flame enliven hibachi meals prepared at tableside grills

$25 $12

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Greek and Indian Cuisine at The Mad Greek (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

The Mad Greek

Cleveland Heights

A combination of traditional Greek and Indian dishes served amid potted ferns, soaring ceilings, and natural sunlight

$20 $12

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$9 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at Adobe Gila's

Adobe Gila's

Beavercreek

Mexican menu includes refreshing 64-ounce margaritas, gooey quesadillas, juicy burgers, and sizzling fajitas

$20 $9

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1- or 2-Night Stay for 2 w/ Winery Tour, Tasting and Food at Inn 31, Inn 136 & Jack's Gastropub (Up to 49% Off)

Inn 31, Inn 136, and Jack's Gastropub

Multiple Locations

Tour and tasting at local winery; stay in a guest room at Inn 31 or the new Inn 136 on Mill; pub fare like burgers & pork tenderloin

$164 $85

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$8 for $20 Worth of Italian Food at Fairfield Pizza & Pasta Company

Fairfield Pizza & Pasta Company

Fairfield

Baked ziti and ravioli accompany signature pizzas such as the Deluxe, with pepperoni, bacon, sausage, and mushrooms

$20 $8

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Dine-In or Carryout Italian Food at Caesar's Italian Restaurant (Up to 40% Off)

Caesar's Italian Restaurant

Warren

Massive 24-slice pizzas, signature fried chicken, and other Italian family classics

$20 $12

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5- or 10-Visit Punch Card, with Each Punch Good for One 12-Ounce Summer Coffee at Cafe 125 (Up to 52% Off)

Cafe 125

Huber Heights

Baristas mix together traditional coffee combinations and custom coffee drinks in 12-ounce cups

$17.75 $9

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$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 at Carsonie's Stromboli & Pizza Kitchen ($30 Total Value)

Carsonie's Stromboli & Pizza Kitchen

Multiple Locations

Stromboli and pizza made fresh daily with homemade dough, served with salads, pastas, sandwiches & soup in casual, family-friendly setting

$10 $6

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Takeout Package for Two with Italian Subs or Burgers Plus Chef Salad at Thurman To Go (Up to 36% Off)

Thurman To Go

Reynoldsburg

Italian subs packed with ham and Genoa salami or 5-ounce burgers, plus salad with pepperoni, at the to-go spinoffs of The Thurman Cafe

$23.57 $14.99

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$9 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Tex-Mex Dinner for Two People at Talitas Mexican Kitchen

Talita's Mexican Kitchen

Grove City

Chili- and cheese-covered spaghetti, mexican pizza made with deep-fried tortillas and refried beans, and cheesy enchiladas

$10 $4.50

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Italian Dinner at Moretti's of Upper Arlington (Up to 50% Off)

Moretti's of Upper Arlington

Moretti's

Chef and owner Tim Moretti prepares fresh sauces and pastas within spacious eatery boasting an outdoor patio

$30 $15

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Breakfast and Lunch at SuperChef’s Breakfast & More (Up to 43% Off). Two Options Available.

SuperChef’s Breakfast & More

Gahanna

Breakfast brings cinnamon toast crunch waffles, and lunch includes a sweet and sour burger

$20 $12

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$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of American Diner Food at Claudette's Cafe

Claudette's Cafe

Westlake

Casual, diner-style meals, such as veggie omelets, hotcakes, and reuben sandwiches

$12 $6

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$15 for $30 Worth of Pan-Asian Cuisine and Drinks at Dinner Sunday–Thursday or Any Day at Dao Modern Asian Cuisine

Dao Modern Asian Cuisine

Deerfield

Chefs stir-fry mongolian beef and hibachi shrimp on a huge teppanyaki grill, roll up 30 varieties of sushi, and simmer fragrant thai curries

$30 $15

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Custom Personal Pizzas at My Pizetta ($30 Total Value)

My Pizzetta

North Royalton

Easy-to-follow numeric ordering system allows patrons to customize personal pies that are ready within five minutes at the drive-through

$10 $5

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Homestyle Cuisine for Two or Take-Out at Miss Lily's restaurant (48% Off)

Miss Lily's restaurant

Grand Rapids

Enjoy homestyle entrees made with house-cut meats, homemade soups, and diner fare

$25 $13

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$5 for $10 Worth of Casual American Food — The Island Cafe

The Island Cafe

Grafton

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $5

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American Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four at Little City Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Little City Grill

Kent

Half-pound burgers, chicken breasts, quarter-pound hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, and sirloin steaks

$20 $10

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$11 for $20 Worth of Irish Pub Fare at Murphy's Ale House

Murphy's Ale House

Valley View

Irish-pub staples alongside sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas from the owners of Akron's Barley House; nightly entertainment

$20 $11

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Contemporary Cuisine at Swerve Grille (Up to 58% Off). Two Options Available.

Swerve Grille

Shaker Heights

Contemporary eatery dishes out cuisine such as crab cakes, rib-eye steak, southern fried chicken, stuffed mushrooms, and grilled salmon

$40 $17

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$9 for $20 Worth of Mediterranean Cuisine at Mediterranean Food Imports

Mediterranean Food Imports

Northwest Columbus

Sandwiches made with Halal meats, freshly baked baklava, and other Mediterranean foods served in a sandwich shop within a grocery store

$20 $9

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$25 for $50 Toward Seafood Dinner at Bay Harbor

Bay Harbor

Sandusky

Menu presents seafood classics like Alaskan king crab legs, plus non-seafood entrees like drunken chicken and filet mignon

$50 $25

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Pub Dinner for Two or Four or More, or Sunday Brunch at Kelley's Cafe (50% Off)

Kelley's Cafe

Jamestown

Sports bar serves Irish staples alongside nachos, macaroni and cheese, and other American favorites

$20 $10

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$12 for Three Groupons Each Good for $7 Worth of Breakfast, Lunch & Espresso at Beans-n-Cream ($21 Value)

Beans-n-Cream

Cedarville

Espresso or white-chocolate mocha with caramel swirls pairs with bagels or sandwiches, including chicken wraps and turkey with cheese

$7 $4

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$15 for $25 Worth of Natural Groceries at Mustard Seed Market & Café in Solon

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe

Solon

The Nabors family applies strict guidelines to select locally farmed, natural, and organic produce, baked goods, and meats

$25 $15

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Contemporary American Cuisine at Amber Oaks Restaurant (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Amber Oaks Restaurant

Sheffield Lake

Eatery close to Lake Erie whips up juicy steaks, hearty pastas, and frog legs, serving them on a tree-lined outdoor patio

$80 $40

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Family Pasta Meal or $11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at Gionino's Pizzeria

Gionino's Pizzeria

Alliance

Pizza and Italian food, or a family-style meal of tossed salad and spaghetti and meatballs for up to eight

$20 $11

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American Food for Dine-in or Takeout at Burgers-N-Beer (Up to 47% Off)

Burgers-N-Beer

Willoughby

1 lb. burgers topped with fried eggs or stuffed with gorgonzola cheese; ribs, wings, and American sides

$15 $8

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BBQ Meal with Ribs, Chicken, and Brisket for Two or Four at Bubba's Q (Up to 42% Off)

Bubba's Q

Avon

Barbecue meals snuff out hunger with hearty helpings of ribs, smoked chicken, beef brisket, sides, and salads

$29 $17

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Taste of Super Suppers Event for One or Two with Take-Home Dinners from Super Suppers (Up to 53% Off)

Super Suppers

Perrysburg

After themed tasting event, guests leave with Take n' Bake entrees such as chicken parmigiana, sides such as calico corn, and dessert

$29 $14

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Pizza and Italian Food at G's Pizzeria (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

G's Pizzeria

Orion

Family-owned restaurant has a secret recipe for almost everything, from the pizza dough to the cheesy breadsticks

$20 $12

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$10 for $20 Worth of Pizzas, Sandwiches, and Pasta at Captain 9’s

Captain 9's

Germantown

Pizza, pasta, Hershey's ice cream, and subs in a diner decorated with authentic firefighter suits

$20 $10

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Indian Cuisine at Taste of India (Up to 55% Off)

Taste of India

Lebanon

Large portions of traditional Indian dishes, sopped up by flaky naan, satisfy grumbling tummies

$20 $10

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pub Food at Lake City Tavern

Lake City Tavern

Berea

Classic pub grub such as boneless wings and half-pound burgers served amid live music, flat-screen TVs, and karaoke

$20 $11

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$8 for $14 worth of Bar Food and Snacks at The Barn Bar

The Barn Bar

Sylvania

Lively bar hosts guests who can chow down on patty melts, onion rings, and wings while watching sports or partying

$14 $8

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$17 for $30 Worth of Traditional Italian Food at Bongiorno's Family Ristorante & Pizzeria

Bongiorno's Ristorante

Twinsburg

In bistro with stained glass windows and a stone fireplace, diners eat Southern Italian meals, such as veal milanase, made from scratch

$30 $17

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$15 for $25 Worth of Thai Fusion and Sushi at Sushi Thai

Sushi Thai

South Columbus

Sushi, curries, fried rice, and other Asian staples served in a stylish modern dining room

$25 $15

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Soup or Salad, Sandwich Plate, and Drink for Two or Four at Grill Room (54% Off)

Grill Room

Grill Room

Homemade chili, hearty steak salads, pulled pork sandwiches topped in slaw, and New York strip steak

$32.46 $15

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Barbecue Food at Stinee's Ribs (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Stinee's Ribs

Newburgh Heights

Ribs, burgers, and sides such as fresh-cut fries, broccoli slaw, and spicy fried brussels sprouts

$10 $5.50

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$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Homestyle Food at Jake's Eats ($30 Total Value)

Jake's Eats

Mantua

Diners enjoy homestyle cooking, such as steaks, burgers, and BBQ ribs

$15 $8

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$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of American Food at Musketeers Bar & Grill ($30 Value)

Musketeers Bar & Grill

Richfield

American grill favorites, such as specialty burgers and sandwiches, plus pizzas and calzones

$15 $8

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Maki Rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi at Sushi Samurais (Up to 65% Off). Two Options Available.

Sushi Samurais

West Chester

Diced salmon, masago, and avocado top hawaiian rolls; smoked salmon pairs with eel sauce; fresh tobiko and scallops are served nigiri style

$20 $7

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Belgian Waffles, Ice Cream, and Coffee, or a Party at Ellie's (Up to 58% Off)

Ellie's

University Heights

Snack on a fluffly belgian s’mores waffle, fresh-fruit smoothies, or locally roasted coffee; parties can feature clowns or magic

$5 $2.50

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$10 for $20 Worth of Cafe and Teahouse Fare at Twin Creek Tea Room

Twin Creek Tea Room

West Alexandria

Inside an authentic Victorian house, sample various teas paired with sandwiches, salads, and snacks

$20 $10

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Greek and American Cuisine at The Greek House Grille (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Greek House Grille

Wickliffe

Greek-influenced gyros and souvlaki to classic American meatloaf and burgers

$8 $4

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Dine-In or Take-Out Mediterranean Food at Cafe Mediterranean (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Cafe Mediterranean Cincinnati

Blue Ash

Tender chunks of baby lamb, beef, and seafood marinated in a blend of Mediterranean spices and slow roasted on skewers

$40 $20

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Subs, and Drinks for Dine-In Service at Mio’s Pizzeria

Mio's Pizzeria

Miami Township

Original-crust pizza topped with wholesome cheese, tangy tomato sauce, and fresh ingredients

$20 $11

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Subs or a Pizza Meal for Four at D'Tutanelli's Pizza

D'Tutanelli's Pizza

Amherst

Specialty pizzas such as T-Rex—with bacon, sausage, ham, meatballs, and pepperoni—classic Margherita Pie, pesto pizza, and chicken philly

$20 $11

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$9 for a One-Day Rental at CUBE Workspace & Lounge ($18 Value)

CUBE Workspace & Lounge

Multiple Locations

24/7 access to an office-like atmosphere with Wi-Fi-equipped workspace, printer, and perks like free coffee and tea

$18 $9

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Japanese Steakhouse Dinner for Two or Four at Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse (50% Off)

Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse

Independence

Hibachi chefs chop and flip chicken, steak, and shrimp right at the table

$30 $15

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Sub or Salad Meals for One or Two at Subway (47% Off)

Subway

Franklin

Choose any size of sub or salad, paired with a side and a drink for a healthy meal for one or two

$13.30 $6.99

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$9.50 for $20 Worth of Italian Bar Bites at Lucé Nuovo

Lucé Nuovo

Powell

Fried ravioli, crab-cake bites, stromboli, and Italian takes on burgers fill a new bar menu; live jazz on Thursday evenings

$20 $9.50

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$10 for $16 Worth of Food — 5th Street Cafe

5th Street Cafe

East Liverpool

We serve breakfast and lunch all day, with daily specials

$16 $10

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Cuisine at Papa Joe's Pizza ($20 Total Value)

Papa Joe's Pizza

Vermilion

Pizzeria dishes out meatball subs, grilled chicken salads, and pizza with toppings such as green olives, ham, pineapple, and bacon

$10 $5.50

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Homestyle Comfort Food for Two or Four or $12 for $30 Worth of Carryout at Our Place at Hi-Port

Our Place at Hi-Port

Higginsport

Eatery with barn-style architecture dishes out homestyle comfort food such as fried pickles, pizza, and grilled chicken, as well as seafood

$22 $10

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Sandwiches for Two or Four at Monk's Kitchen (Up to 47% Off)

Monk's Kitchen

Harrison

More than 25 different hot and cold sandwich combinations, all served on french and whole-wheat bread made fresh daily

$19.95 $11

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Two Groupons, Each Good for $16 Worth of Pub Fare at Pappy's Grill on 79

Pappy's Grill on 79

Heath

Breezes waft through open walls as chefs sling seafood and bar classics, such as homemade chicken fingers and beer-battered frog legs

$16 $8

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Italian Cuisine at Lunch for Two at Ferrari’s Little Italy and Bakery (Up to 59% Off). Two Options Available.

Ferrari's Little Italy and Bakery

Madeira

Family-recipe Italian food, gelato, fresh-baked focaccia bread, and homemade pizzas served amid rustic exposed-brick walls and outdoor patio

$20 $9.50

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$8.50 for $20 Worth of Thai Cuisine at Basil Restaurant

Basil Restaurant

Short North

Diners feast on authentic Thai dishes beneath a glittering chandelier in a former antique shop

$20 $8.50

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$25 for $40 Worth of Italian Dinner Cuisine and Drinks at La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Cleveland

Italian films are projected on the bistro’s back wall as diners enjoy pizzas and pastas made with imported plum tomatoes and Italian parsley

$40 $25

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Pizza and Italian Food for Two or Four at Pizza Tower (Up to 58% Off)

Pizza Tower

Cincinnati

Chefs make pizzas from scratch with more than 30 toppings, including fresh mozzarella cheese

$20 $9

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Slow-Cooked, Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Customizable Toppings and Optional Drinks at Jamba Juice (Up to 44% Off)

Jamba Juice

Westgate

Kick-start your day with 100% organic, whole-grain oats slow-cooked with soymilk and topped with your choice of 36 topping combinations

$3.49 $2

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pub Food at Barley House

Barley House

Downtown Akron

14,000 sq. ft. bar entertains guests with seasonal live music and DJs as diners build their own juicy burgers and slurp beer-cheese soup

$20 $11

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$9 for $22 Worth of Burgers, Steaks, and Wings at Upper Deck Tavern

Upper Deck Tavern

Moraine

Chili burgers topped with housemade chili and 8 oz. flat iron steaks highlight a menu of American food

$22 $9

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Barbeque for Two or Four at Angry Barbeque (Up to 37% Off)

Angry Barbeque

Jackson

Coleslaw, baked beans, green beans, and potato salad are paired with beef brisket, barbeque ribs, chicken, or barbeque-fried baked chicken

$20 $13

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pub Food and Brunch at Around the Corner

Around the Corner

Lakewood

Burgers, hefty sandwiches, and wings populate the dinner menu; brunch includes hot cakes, fritatas, and Hangover omelet

$20 $11

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Select Local Merchants

Old Blue Eyes casts his piercing gaze across the red-walled dining room as the opening strains of ?Strangers in the Night? drift into the ears of diners seated at tables dressed in white linens. The aura of a refined 1960s club permeates every nook and cranny of Trattoria Roma, thanks in part to the assortment of framed Sinatra records and photos displayed behind the bar and the ever-present Rat Pack tunes playing throughout the day. Since its opening 25 years ago, the eatery's owners have fostered a cozy-yet-refined atmosphere bolstered by authentic Roman cuisine forged from local ingredients. This tradition continued when veteran employee Shawn Mason took over the restaurant?s reigns from the original owners. Though he brought his own brand of hospitality to the mix, he made sure to uphold the kitchen?s tradition of high culinary standards. These standards have allowed the restaurant stay successful through the decades, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.

As Shawn cheerfully chats with regulars scattered throughout the dining room and at the bar, his partner, chef Matthew Prokopchak, can be found architecting Italian eats with his crew in the kitchen. Having grown up learning the conventions of Italian cooking from his mother and aunts, chef Matthew integrates some of his family?s recipes into the menu, imbuing his dishes with a sense of history and tradition. He assembles his arsenal of fresh produce ?from lush tomatoes to fragrant basil? from local farms. While the menu remains largely unchanged throughout the year, each night the friendly service staff sidles up to tables to detail the day's seasonal specials via verbal recitations or interpretive dances.

Amid the dining room?s ruby walls, a series of Orfeo Tamburi lithographs depicting post-WWII Rome??reportedly the only complete Tamburi collection in the United States??hang in elegant frames. The d?cor works in concert with the savory wafts of garlic emanating from the bustling kitchen to evoke a vintage Italian atmosphere.

1447 Grandview Ave
Columbus,
OH
US

Though it isn?t a matchmaking service, Grovewood Tavern is responsible for more than 150 successful relationships in the past decade, all of which were realized over dinner. The brick-enclosed restaurant specializes in the delicious puppy love between food and drink, hosting meals that pair fine wines, beers, and spirits with bites from a globally conscious kitchen. The courses encourage guests to savor combinations in the moment, but also nod to the history inside the glassware. Trivia and origin stories accompany the drinks, detailing their flavors and the favorable reviews they've received. Some dinners benefit from presentation by expert hosts, including vineyard aficionados and people who know how the ghosts are added to each bottle of spirits.

Outside of these showcases, visitors can still enjoy selections from the tavern's regular menu. Duck-burger sliders and spice-rubbed ahi-tuna sandwiches dispel any worries about stereotypical pub fare, and the entrees' emphasis on local and organic ingredients adds a refreshing ease of conscience to each bite. Grovewood?s catalog of savory meats ranges from Japanese-style barbecued chicken to the bison pot roast, which, according to a 2007 feature in the Plain Dealer, "falls gloriously apart, upon gentle forkage." Chefs accommodate vegetarians and vegans as well. A wealth of meat- and gluten-free options speckles the menu's pages, and the pairing dinners list substitutions for nonveggie helpings, replacing tea-smoked duck breast with grilled tofu and skirt steak with vegan beef.

17105 Grovewood Ave
Cleveland,
OH
US

As a young Lebanese man living in Cincinnati, Andy Hajjar found himself longing for the tahini, mint, and feta flavors of his family’s home cooking. Once his mother and brother joined him in the US, the three of them decided to start a deli. Their corner establishment quickly burgeoned into an award-winning restaurant, Andy’s Mediterranean Grill, where they continue to share family recipes without asking relatives to adopt every diner first. Their talent with seasoning lamb—which they grind, chop, marinate, and even serve tartar, if a diner orders in advance—landed Andy on WCPO Channel 9, where he showed the audience how to make lamb burgers. When preparing skewers of charbroiled tenderloin, cilantro-flavored sea scallops, and flatbread pizzas, the kitchen also relies on fresh ingredients and house marinades. Diners can also sip dozens of beers or wines, including some from Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey, as they relish the old-fashioned coziness of a wood-burning stove and the modern joys of a flat-screen television. On weekend evenings, belly dancers appear, and on any evening guests can lounge on black-and-red striped cushions in the wood-paneled hookah room. The Hajjars also sell marinades, salad dressing, and Turkish coffees through Andy’s International Market, which helps customers stock the pantry in their own apartment, home, or sandcastle.

906 Nassau St
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Outfitted with black tablecloths, framed art, cushy booths, and carpeted floors, Black Pearl’s dining room is a comfortable space that leaves plenty of room for romance to flicker in the low light. In this, it’s well matched to the menu: a selection of pastas, steaks, and seafood with options to suit occasions ranging from a quick lunch to a grand night out. Tender prime rib stars in both hearty surf ‘n’ turf entrees and a slew of sandwiches and salads. The Blade noted that the signature cut—a carryover from the restaurant’s previous incarnation as HJ’s Prime Cut—“continues to be superb,” while also praising lake perch that’s “tender and sweet, with a light breading that doesn't overwhelm the delicate flavor of the fish.”

Beyond the dining room with its arched windows and hanging lamps is a fully stocked bar whose tenders pour beer and mix martinis, including a line of signature drinks made with midnight-dark Blavod Black vodka. Armchairs clustered around low tables and a single flat-screen television introduce a clubby vibe. But the restaurant's most intriguing seats may lie just beyond the front door, where curving half-walls painted with a Rothko-esque design swoop around a party-friendly circular table.

4630 Heatherdowns Blvd
Toledo,
OH
US

There's nothing even slightly metaphorical about the name of Beau's on the River. With a glassed-in dining room jutting out over the rapids on pillars, it's about as literally on the water as a place can get without being a boat.

This sister restaurant to Beau's Grille opened only in May 2013, and while the views may be all new, the cooking has been a long time coming. Akron native and executive chef Billy Thurman started working in the restaurant business at age 14, and by age 25, he attained his first position as executive chef at The Twilight Cafe in Florida. Eventually, he moved back home to be closer to his mother and sisters, and he brought his wife, children, and 18 years of experience along with him.

Chef Thurman puts that experience to work in the kitchen at Beau's on the River, where he helps craft an expansive menu of inventive fine dining. He coats ahi tuna with coconut sticky rice and pairs grilled chicken with lime cream and corn salsa. And of course, as guests dine, floor-to-ceiling windows frame the majesty of the tumbling falls and the hungry phalanx of fish fighting against the currents for fallen crumbs.

3180 West Market Street
Fairlawn,
OH
US

Some partnerships—Fred and Ginger, Holmes and Watson, Rocky and Bullwinkle—seem predestined for greatness. Such was the case with Jeff and Jill Van Horne. Jeff, a wine collector, married his talents with Jill's gourmet cooking to create The Wine Loft, where their chemistry translates into delicious food and drink pairings. Stepping inside is akin to joining one of their dinner parties, with fellow guests lounging on sofas throughout the space and ordering cocktails or beer from the full bar.

Of course, the starring libation is wine. The cellar below the restaurant can store close to 2,000 bottles at a steady 58 degrees. More than 200 wines arrive at tables by the bottle, and 75 can be poured by the glass, complementing a variety of small plates and entrees. If you aren't sure what libation would best bring out the flavor of your lamb lollipops, servers gladly assist—or, you could attend one of The Wine Loft's wine education classes. These meet monthly to cover topics such as matching wine with chocolate or observing proper wine etiquette, which dictates that whomever uncorks the bottle must plant the cork and raise the resultant tree.

21 Greene Boulevard
Beavercreek,
OH
US