Beneath the apple tree, Isaac Newton had been colorizing black-and-white photographs for hours before a fruit fell into his mouth and proved gravity exists. Start a legacy on a full stomach with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of fresh seafood, steaks, and drinks at Chester's Legacy Tavern in Painesville.
Give an out-of-shape appetite a warm-up workout with the Legacy fried provolone, a hearty heaping of bacon-crusted provolone, deep fried and served with marinara and garlic-basil oil ($6). The crustaceously cultivated Shrimp Chester ($9) sautés fresh gulf shrimp in a garlic-tarragon sauce blanketed by a layer of mozzarella and served with garlic bread. Seafood is the menu's specialty; every weekend, Chester's fleet-footed servers dust off their Segways and fly to Honolulu to retrieve fish caught within the last 24 hours. Deep-sea dishes include the Tuna Chestacatta: pan-seared ahi tuna hugged by lemon-caper butter and tomatoes, served with a salad, parmesan risotto, and vegetables ($20). The seafood pasta ($17) offers a sampling of scrumptious seafood with gulf shrimp, scallops, and mussels sharing a sizeable bowl with penne pasta, garlic-tarragon cream sauce, and asiago cheese. Landlubbers can squash hunger with a hand-cut 12-ounce center-cut strip steak ($20), meatloaf ($13), chicken fajitas ($13), a Reuben sandwich ($8), or a plethora of soups and salads.
Chester's stately brick exterior welcomes diners to a contemporary interior with earth-toned walls, brown leather booths, and dark, wooden crown molding (the dining room was recently rehabbed). Chester's also boasts an ample outdoor patio. The classy, calm atmosphere makes the perfect setting for first dates, long-lost-cousin reunions, or an encounter with your ex-psychiatrist and her new patient. Reservations are recommended on weekends.
In addition to nominating Chester's Legacy Tavern Best Traditional American in 2009, CityVoters also give it a perfect five-star rating. Three TripAdvisors give it 4.5 owl eyes, and four Metromixers give four:
- We enjoy the fresh seafood specials and the unique seafood items! It is a great place to eat and enjoy a perfect glass of wine that compliments your meal! – Kelly B., CityVoter
- The food, the staff and the service are all outstanding. And the outdoor patio is lovely - it's become one of our favorite summer dining spots. – Bonnie H., CityVoter
- The menu is diverse, food is excellent, service is always fantastic, and the atmosphere is best described as "homey-sophisticated." I have never had a mediocre meal at Chester's; it's always great. – Corkyhart, TripAdvisor
11 Chester Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077-3022Get Directions