One of Cleveland’s newest top-end Fourth Street restaurants, the Greenhouse Tavern is Jonathan Sawyer’s showcase for unpretentious French cuisine. Sawyer, who spent time under Symon’s tutelage at Lolita and sharpened his skills by co-founding Bar Cento, was just named a “Best New Chef, 2010” by Food and Wine magazine. If there was a “Top Chef” environmentalist award, he’d win that, too. The restaurant is the only LEED-certified, green restaurant in Ohio, in part because of Sawyer’s interest in recycling materials. Bicycle wheels were made into contemporary overhead lamps and barn wood was used as accent elements. The effect is as refreshing as the food. Sawyer’s specialty is an unfussy approach to locally-sourced fresh ingredients and an uncanny feel for just how much heat to apply to make flavors pop. Clams in foie gras and Ohio beef with grilled romaine are two dishes people rave about. If you’re dining with a group, opt for the chef’s tasting menu of four courses, and share appetizers.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM to 01:00 AM, Saturday to Saturday from 05:00 PM to 01:00 AM, Sunday to Sunday from 02:00 PM to 09:00 PM
- Feature: Vegetarian
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