Group Dinner Destinations

On the evening of Friday, March 4, 2016, we are organizing group dinners at area restaurants. Group dinners provide conference attendees with the ability to meet new externship colleagues and explore Cleveland’s restaurants. Each participant will be responsible for the cost of their dinner and any shared transportation to dinner (if necessary). Please take moment to review our anticipated dining destinations and indicate your preference when you register.

The Greenhouse Tavern

The Greenhouse Tavern was founded on the beliefs that the proximity of the farm and soil to a restaurant correlates to the quality of the food and that environmentally conscious, or green, business practices are fundamental. The result is a menu inspired by classic recipes interpreted with local and seasonal ingredients served in an eco-friendly atmosphere. It is the first certified green restaurant in Ohio. The Greenhouse Tavern was named one of the Ten Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit and Chef / Owner Jonathon Sawyer was named one of the Best New Chefs of 2010 by Food & Wine. In 2015, Chef Sawyer won the James Beard Award for the Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region.

Entrée Prices - $18 to $59


Lola Bistro

Chef Michael Symon's inventive and creative menu offers diners the opportunity to experience a modern spin on their favorite dishes, while always showcasing the best of what local purveyors are producing just miles away. The sleek and elegant space is the perfect backdrop to a culinary adventure of award-winning cuisine. Chef Symon is a host on ABC’s The Chew and also won Food Network’s Iron Chef competition in 2008.

Entrée Prices: $21 to $45


Red, The Steakhouse

Recognized as one of the Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S. and the recipient of high praise from Esquire as well as numerous Best Steakhouse awards in both Cleveland and Miami; Red, the Steakhouse has quite simply redefined steak.

Entrée Prices: $30 to $80


Blue Point Grille

Blue Point serves fresh seafood and shucks over 75,000 fresh oysters per year. With exceptionally attentive service and an award-winning wine list, Blue Point has earned Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoons Award “Best Seafood Restaurant” title every year since opening.

Entrée Prices: $24 to $62


Cowell & Hubbard

This restaurant is owned by long time Cleveland Chef Zach Bruell. More than 30 years ago, Cleveland Magazine credited chef and restaurateur Zack Bruell with introducing the area to an emerging west-coast trend of bistro dining and fusion cuisine. The restaurant is named for the premier jewelry store that occupied its space, Cowell & Hubbard. Cowell & Hubbard’s cuisine is best described as innovative and modern French.

Entrée Prices: $21 to $34

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is a German microbrewery, beer hall, restaurant, and beer garden. The restaurant seeks to replicate the 400+ year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany. Complete with live music, fresh Hofbräu beer brewed right onsite, and of course, all the German delicacies found at any Oktoberfest, they provide an authentic German experience that has patrons singing and dancing in no time. So, put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls, grab your Bier Stein, and celebrate!

Entrée Prices: $12 - $25


Butcher & The Brewer

Butcher and the Brewer encourages interaction and a sense of community through public house seating, progressive dining, and shared plates. The passionate culinary team, which includes an in-house butcher and charcutier, has created a farmhouse-inspired menu drawing on local ingredients, ethnic flavors, and artisan products. Our brew master uses his strong background in science, a formal education in classic brewing techniques, and our custom on-site brewery to brew a range of traditional and innovative beers.

Entrée Prices: $12 to $25


The Winking Lizard

If you like trying beers from around the world, this is the restaurant for you. More than 25 beers on draft and more than 80 brews in the bottle. The burgers are great and there are more than 20 different wings to try. The Winking Lizard is a local chain of restaurants that prides itself on its different beers and its hamburgers. Their vegetarian pizza is terrific.

Entrée Prices: $7.99 to $18.49


Crop Bistro

Crop Bistro & Bar is located in the heart of Cleveland’s historic Ohio City neighborhood, and features a menu of modern American cuisine, built upon foundations of flavor, freshness, and invention. Relying heavily on local foodstuffs culled from the region’s small farmers and artisanal producers, the menu is a celebration of contemporary craftsmanship, focused on intense flavors, top-quality ingredients, and a heaping helping of culinary whimsy. Like the harvest, the dishes change frequently, to best utilize all that is fiercest, freshest, and most fabulously delicious.

Entrée Prices: $26 to $49

Great Lakes Brewing

In 1986 when Patrick and Daniel Conway opened their fledgling brewing operation in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, the odds were stacked against them. Fortunately, they surrounded themselves with a staff of passionate, knowledgeable people, and from the start committed themselves to bringing a sophisticated, diverse selection of craft beer to their home state. Two decades, multiple awards, and a whole lot of stories later, Pat and Dan Conway celebrate over two decades of brewing exceptional beer for their adventurous and discerning customers. Their Brewpub is full of history and charm. You can order a pint at the taproom's beautiful Tiger Mahogany bar, where the "untouchable" Eliot Ness once sat.

Entrée Prices: $17.00 to $32.00


Alley Cat Oyster Bar

Alley Cat, a waterfront Oyster bar in the Flats East Bank entertainment district, features open spaces, expansive views of the Cuyahoga River and seasonal open-air dining. Alley Cat, features the cuisine of a traditional shore restaurant with mainstays like oysters, mussels, clams, lobster and fresh fish alongside, chicken, steak, chowders, soups and salads.

Entrée Prices: $15 - $60



Lago first debuted on August 27, 2006 as the first Italian restaurant in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland. After six successful and memorable years in Tremont, Lago moved to a revitalized waterfront property on the East Bank of the Flats with views of the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. Lago’s menu features selections from across Italy including dishes from the northern region of Piedmont and seafood dishes from Sicily.

Entrée Prices: $18 to $38


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