Restaurants in Ohio

$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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$20 for $40 Worth of Modern American Cuisine at Teller's of Hyde Park

Teller's of Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Buffalo chicken egg rolls and Cajun farfalle served within historic savings and loan building

$40 $20

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$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One 16-Oz. Energy Bowl at Jamba Juice (Up to $19.47 Total Value)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

New made-to-order Energy Bowls include fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and organic granola

$6.49 $3.33

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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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$24 for $40 Worth of American Cuisine at Meadowlark Restaurant. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Meadowlark Restaurant

Washington

Locally sourced ingredients and international influences help modernize seasonal menus of American cuisine

$40 $24

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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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Indian Cuisine for Two or Four at Bombay Star (50% Off)

Bombay Star

McKay Village

Chef trained in a five-star hotel in Mumbai specializes in northern Indian cuisine, including dishes cooked in a charcoal clay oven

$20 $10

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Cajun Cuisine at Knotty Pine on the Bayou (Up to 41% Off). Two Options Available. Must Reserve Table on Groupon.

Knotty Pine on the Bayou

Cold Spring

Spicy shrimp boils, rich gumbo, and hearty red beans and rice are among the dishes that fill this restaurant’s Louisiana-influenced menu

$50 $30

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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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$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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$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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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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$20 for $35 Worth of Mediterranean Cuisine at Bodega

Bodega

Cleveland Heights

Tapas, entrees, and Moroccan specialties such as Berber seafood stew and braised lamb shank with prunes and almonds

$35 $20

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$10 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 $10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Family-Style Italian Cuisine at Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo

Multiple Locations

Gather family and friends for unique Italian-American dishes that include Cheesy Bread Florentine, Veal Parmigiana, and Baked Ziti

$20 $10

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$11 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 $11

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at Martino's Sports Bar & Grille

Martino's Sports Bar & Grille

Dublin

Wide selection of beers paired with massive sandwiches and pizzas crafted from a secret recipe

$20 $11

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Carryout Pizza Dinner for Two or Four or $20 Worth of Italian Fare at Gus' Italian Grille Xpress (Up to 55% Off)

Gus' Italian Grille Xpress

Howland Center

Signature pizzas are packaged up piping hot with a choice of appetizer and canned drinks for carry-out service

$26.50 $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 58% Off)

Cafe 125

Huber Heights

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

$17.75 $8

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$45 for an Italian Steak-House Dinner for Two (Up to $80 Value). Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Rosa & Rocco’s Italian Kitchen & Steakhouse

New Albany

Couple’s restaurant aims to replicate family meals with grilled steaks and Old-World Italian cuisine

$80 $45

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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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$11 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 $5.50

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American Food and Drinks for Lunch or Dinner at Gatsby's (40% Off). Two Options Available.

Gatsby's

East Columbus

Burgers, pizzas, and hot wings served during live band performances and sand-volleyball games near the patio

$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 Italian Food and Nonalcoholic Drinks at Frankie’s Italian Cuisine

Frankie's Italian Cuisine

North Olmsted

Saucy nests of pasta and chicken pair with meaty sandwiches or 1 of 15 specialty pizzas for dine-in or takeout

$30 $15

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$11 for $20 Worth of Contemporary International Tapas at Relish Modern Tapas

Relish Modern Tapas

Deerfield

Small plates of Spanish classics alongside internationally inspired tacos, flatbreads, and specialties served in a sleek dining room

$20 $11

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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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$75 for Murder-Mystery Dinner for Two at The Estate on Coffee Creek ($150 Value)

The Estate on Coffee Creek

Austinburg

Diners feast on seasonal buffet as they try to solve a fully staged murder mystery based on the film “The Dark Secret of Harvest Home”

$150 $75

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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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Pitas, Salads, and Smoothies or Catering Platters at Pita Pit (Up to 40% Off)

Pita Pit

Kent

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner pitas and salads such as ham and eggs and the gyro; catering packages feature pita or salad, chips, and cookies

$10 $6

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Contemporary Cuisine for Two or Four at Swerve Grille (50% Off)

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 $20

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$17 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine for Dinner at Daruma Japanese Steakhouse

Daruma Japanese Steakhouse

Hilliard

Restaurant dishes out sushi and specialty rolls, hibachi dinner with filet mignon and lobster, and smoked salmon nigiri

$30 $17

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Mexican Cuisine at Tres Potrillos (Up to 52% Off)

Tres Potrillos

Medina

Regional Mexican cuisine, including burritos stuffed with Jalisco-style beef barbacoa, enchiladas with mole sauce, and sizzling fajitas

$25 $12

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$11 for $20 Worth of Indian Cuisine for Dinner at Kohinoor Indian Cuisine

Kohinoor Indian Cuisine

Orange

Variety of meat-filled, vegetarian, and vegan Indian dishes, including lamb and goat specialties and dishes cooked in the tandoor oven

$20 $11

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Three Sandwiches, Ham Dinner with Sides, or Catering and Party Platters at HoneyBaked Ham (Up to 50% Off)

HoneyBaked Ham

Solon

Cured hams hardwood-smoked for 24+ hours, available on sandwiches with other meats or as part of a dinner with classic comfort-food sides

$6.39 $3.25

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Mexican Food for Dinner for Two or Four at Casita del Lago (Up to 50% Off)

Casita del Lago

Casita Del Lago

Housemade salsa seasons authentic Mexican dishes amid colorful artwork and a sprawling bar

$20 $11

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Family Pasta Meal or $10 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 $10

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$16 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of American Food at Burgers-N-Beer ($30 Total Value)

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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Tex-Mex Cuisine at Yucatan Southwest Grill (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Yucatan Landen

Maineville

Dishes such as cheesesteak burritos, fajita flatbreads, and huevos rancheros double-decker burgers blend Mexican and American classics

$24 $12

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$10 for $20 Worth of Upscale Bistro Cuisine for Dinner, Valid Monday–Thursday at Vintage House Café

Vintage House Cafe

Avon

Culinary Institute–trained chef plates pork tenderloin, chicken saltimbocca with confetti orzo, and eggplant with mozzarella and pesto

$20 $10

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$11 for $20 Worth of Wings, Burgers, Tacos, Wraps, and Pizza at Cleats Parma Heights

Cleats Parma Heights

Parma Heights

Tasty traditional or boneless wings come adorned in any of 18 sauces such as a six-pepper blend, kentucky bourbon, or Erie Island smoke

$20 $11

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Asian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Tea Tree Asian Bistro (Up to 40% Off)

Tea Tree Asian Bistro

Perrysburg

Modern blue and yellow hanging lights illuminate platters of signature stir-fry dishes and noodles topped with seafood, beef, and pork

$20 $12

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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 50% Off)

Taste of India

Lebanon

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

$20 $11

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Two Large Specialty or Two-Topping Pizzas at Kuhar's Pizza Oven (Up to 50% Off)

Kuhar's Pizza Oven

Painesville

Mexican pizza and other specialty pies crafted from house-made dough

$28 $14

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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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Lebanese Food and Drinks at Pitasub Express (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Pitasub Express

Sylvania

Build-your-own pitas or bowls with gyro, falafel, and shawarma topped with veggies, rice, and cucumber sauces; fresh sides also available

$10 $6

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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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Pizza, Ribs, and Subs for Dine-In or Carryout at Kingy's Pizza Pub (Up to 40% Off)

Kingy's Pizza Pub

Canal Winchester - Pickerington

Pizza made with fresh, never-frozen dough, slow-cooked ribs doused in housemade barbecue sauce, and hot baked subs

$20 $12

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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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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Sandwiches and Coffee at Christian Corner Cafe ($20 Total Value)

Christian Corner Cafe

Etna

Daily specials such as meatloaf and pulled pork pair with fresh-baked muffins and cakes, deli sandwiches, and coffee

$10 $5

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Barbecue Meal for Two, Sample Platter for Four, or 100 Smoked Wings at Deet's BBQ (Up to 53% Off)

Deet's BBQ

Maumee

Barbecue joint offers food such as pulled pork and barbecue chicken sandwiches, slow-smoked wings, and sides like potato salad and pickles

$17 $12

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Fondue Dinner for Two or Four with Salad Cooking Style, & Fondue by You Entree at The Melting Pot (Up to 50% Off)

The Melting Pot

Lyndhurst

After a crisp salad, choose three savory ingredients—such as mushroom-stuffed pasta or barbecue pork—to cook in your choice of broths

$59.75 $30

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Ice Cream Treats or Ice Cream Cake at Dairy Queen (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Dairy Queen

Worthington

Stock up on cold treats such as candy-studded blizzards, or celebrate with an ice cream cake

$10 $5

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Maki Rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi at Sushi Samurais (Up to 50% 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 $10

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$12 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 $12

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$17 for Two Large Pizzas and Soda at Mike N' Dangelo's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria ($33.71 Value)

Mike N' Dangelo's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Girard

Customers can personalize their pizzas with up to three toppings, choosing from options such as bacon, meatballs, green peppers, and olives

$33.71 $17

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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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$10 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Subs, and Drinks for Dine-In Service at Mio’s Pizzeria

Mio's Pizzeria

Miami

Original-crust pizza topped with wholesome cheese and tangy tomato sauce, along with hoagies, calzones, and stuffed pizza

$20 $10

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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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$29 for $50 Worth of Asian-Fusion Cuisine at Kogen's Far East Fare (42% Off)

Kogen's Far East Fare

Powell

Japanese, Thai, and Chinese cuisine in fun, casual environment

$50 $29

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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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$6 for $10 Worth of Sandwiches and More for Dine-In or Carry-Out Kravitz Delicatessen

Kravitz Delicatessen and Poland Library

Multiple Locations

Kravitz’s original recipes include eight varieties of ruebens, spinning bowl salads, and homemade soups

$10 $6

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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 53% 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 $11

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American Pub Cuisine at Brick American Kitchen (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Brick American Kitchen

Brewery District

Menu of crowd-pleasing American pub dishes such as burgers topped with pulled pork, meatball sliders, and chicken and waffles

$20 $12

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Chicken at Guthrie’s Chicken Fingers

Guthrie's Chicken Fingers

Tremont

Chicken fingers marinate for two days before being hand-breaded, fried, and served with a secret-recipe sauce

$10 $6

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$25 for $50 Worth of Steaks, Seafood, and Sushi at Embers

Embers

Madeira

Gourmet steaks and chops aged 28 days; broiled lobster and seared scallops along with sushi and sashimi

$50 $25

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$12 for $20 Worth of Grilled Cheese, Appetizers, and Salads at Paddy Jack's

Paddy Jack's

Southwyck

The menu honors all things cheese and is famous for its outrageously stuffed grilled-cheese sandwiches

$20 $12

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Mexican and Latin American Food and Drinks at Salsa's (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Salsa's

Riverside

Eatery serves Mexican food as well as signature Colombian and Venezuelan dishes and hosts salsa dancing on weekends

$20 $11

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$10 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Subs at Gionino's Pizzeria

Gionino's Pizzeria

Canton

Caprese pizza with fresh mozzarella, veggie pizza with housemade white sauce, philly-cheesesteak subs, and wings dipped in housemade sauces

$20 $10

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$11 for $20 Worth of Casual Italian Cuisine at Eddie Cerino's Casual Italian

Eddie Cerino's Casual Italian

Lakewood

Casual Italian dishes include eggplant parmigiana bolognese, hand-tossed pizzas, sausage baked ziti, and sandwiches

$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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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Food and Drinks at Busy Bee Cafe ($24 Value)

Busy Bee Cafe

Beavercreek

Specialty coffee drinks such as cappuccino and caramel macchiato pair with baked goods prepared by local entrepreneurs

$8 $5

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Intricate notes emanating from a nearby piano. Steam rising off a teacup as it sits on a delicate saucer. Signs of old-world elegance permeate every corner of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, and owners Anand and Doris Saha wouldn't have it any other way. The European-trained couple have been slinging their famed sugary delicacies in the Columbus area for more than 20 years, after honing their skills in some of Europe's best restaurants and hotels.

However, even their most frequent diners will be astounded by their new, expanded location in a formerly abandoned Beechwold restaurant. While guests still get to enjoy more than 80 European delicacies?some of which helped earned Columbus Monthly's Best Dessert in Best of Columbus 2014?they can now do so on a patio or in one of many rooms stocked with the aforementioned pianos. And even the menu has gotten a slight makeover, with an extensive breakfast selection of savory strudels, quiches, and omelets as well as lunch and dinner entrees including angus burgers, authentic schnitzel, beef stroganoff, and chicken paprikash. The Columbus Dispatch praised the latter for its "excellent sauce of sweet paprika, cream and chicken stock that tastes house-made."

But as proud as the Sahas are of their elegant, continental cuisine, they take just as much pride in helping the community. They were recently honored with the first Columbus Small Business Community Heroes Award from Direct Energy for their fund-raising contributions. The funds have gone toward aiding many different parts of the community, a few of which are a local food pantry, programs for senior citizens, and after-school activities for children.

2899 N High St
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 W Market St
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 Blvd
Beavercreek,
OH
US