14 Casual Restaurants in Downtown Akron

Category: Food & Drink

Do you feel like you always go to the same few restaurants? Are you constantly struggling to think of somewhere new to eat? Discover 14 casual restaurants in downtown Akron to help you answer the age-old question: “where should we go to eat?”

An up-close image of ramen noodles in a white bowl with black chopsticks from Funny Noodle in Akron, Ohio.

Funny Noodle

Find authentic Vietnamese eats that are simply prepared and playfully inspired at Funny Noodle. Their menu focuses on pho and ramen “noods” but also features delicious appetizers, steamed buns, banh mi, and salads. With plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, there’s truly something for everyone. Visit their restaurant on Main Street or order online for pickup or delivery.

An image of the storefront of downtown Akron's restaurant The Boiling House on a sunny day.

Boiling House Seafood Restaurant

You don’t have to go far for fresh seafood and sushi. Visit the Boiling House Seafood Restaurant for everything from Japanese squid salad to fried shrimp sandwiches to specialty sushi rolls. But what Boiling House is most known for is their namesake seafood boil, a Cajun-style meal featuring the seafood of your choice, corn, and potatoes boiled in a delicious, flavorful broth. Order carry-out online or make a reservation to dine in.

An image of a beer fridge at The Lockview in downtown Akron.

The Lockview

There’s no better pairing than gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and craft beer. Luckily you can find both at The Lockview. In fact, they serve fifteen different types of grilled cheese and have an ever-expanding craft and imported beer list, classic and seasonal cocktail selections, and an eclectic wine menu. But that’s not all The Lockview has to offer. You can also get awesome appetizers, great salads, comforting soups, signature sandwiches, and more. The Lockview is an Akron staple that’s truly one of a kind. Where else can you get Gold’n Krisp potato chips and French onion dip as an appetizer or Goldfish crackers as a side dish? Order online or stop into their cozy restaurant for lunch or dinner today.

An image of chicken wings in a white, square bowl.

Twisted Tomato Pizzeria & Beerwall

If you’re looking for pizza, you’ve got to check out Twisted Tomato Pizzeria. They claim they’re the most twisted pizza shop in Northeast Ohio, and they have the menu to prove it. Satisfy your cravings with a huge selection of calzones, appetizers, garlic bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta, wings, fried chicken, salads, and desserts. You can even pour your own beer from their beerwall. Choose from a variety of on-tap local and seasonal beers, ciders, seltzers, and IPAs. Dine in for delicious food and great service or enjoy Twisted Tomato at home by ordering online.

An up-close image of pepperoni, sausage, and pepper pizza from Totally Baked Pizza in Akron, Ohio

Totally Baked Pizza

There’s no such thing as too much pizza. Started by two good friends John Taylor and Ari Vandendriessche, Totally Baked Pizza is also serving up some delicious pie, in this case, inspired by late-night cravings. In addition to pizzas with crazy flavor combinations, their menu features sub sandwiches and other delicious dishes like garlic knots, stuffed Hungarian peppers, and cannoli. Not only do Taylor and Vandendriessche sling pizzas at Totally Baked, but they also give free meals to those in need and help local schools care for their families with Feed Your Neighbors, a nonprofit organization started by Taylor. Now that’s pizza with a purpose. Order for pickup online or stop by for a slice.

An aerial view of a black table filled with food and drink dishes from Jilly's Music Room in downtown Akron.

Jilly's Music Room

Think Jilly’s Music Room is just a great place for live music? Think again. Everything on their menu is 100% gluten-free and made from scratch to order. Enjoy deviled eggs, chicken wings, taquitos, or a flatbread while you listen to your favorite band. Or go for brunch and dine on sweet potato toast, chicken and waffles, a grilled wafflewiche, or friend bologna sliders. Jilly’s also has a wide selection of more than 100 beers, wine, and signature cocktails. Even their popcorn is gourmet—freshly popped and sprinkled with applewood smoked bacon and dusted with Pecorino Romano cheese and seasonings. Next time you visit Jilly’s, go for the music, stay for the food. Or you can even order carryout online.

An image of two women dining on the Barley House brick patio in downtown Akron.

Barley House

Located in the historic O'Neil’s building in downtown Akron, Barley House serves up great food, over 30 craft beers on tap, and over 30 televisions to watch the big game. Get classics like chicken tenders, cheeseburgers, or salads, or try their more unique offerings like Reuben egg rolls, gyros, or their Honolulu chicken sandwich. Barley House is the perfect place to grab a drink before a RubberDucks game, to get dinner after a concert at the Civic Theatre, or to enjoy a meal on your lunch break. Stop in today or order online for delivery.

An image of a salad topped with cherry tomatoes, croutons, cucumber, and half an avocado from NOMZ at the Northside Marketplace.

NOMZ

Located inside the Northside Marketplace, NOMZ provides fresh, local eats for brunch and lunch. They have a unique selection of menu items (vegan and vegetarian options included) that rotate seasonally, so there’s always something new to try. Enjoy vegan and classic egg’wiches, seasonal pancakes, salads loaded with delicious toppings, flavor-packed sandwiches, and so much more. Need a caffeine boost? They also have a coffee bar that serves cappuccinos, lattes, cold brews, smoothies, and more. Or maybe you’re craving a drink. Not to worry, they also have cocktails, beer, and wine. Order from their galley kitchen window and enjoy your one-of-a-kind meal in the Northside Marketplace dining area. Or order online for pickup or delivery.

An image of two soft pretzels, mustard dipping sauce, and a beer from R. Shea Brewing in downtown Akron.

R. Shea Brewing

Ron Shea has been brewing since the age of 21 and today uses his background in Biology and Chemistry to craft the perfect beer. He started R. Shea Brewing in 2015 and has been consistently creating new and exciting beer in Akron ever since. R. Shea Brewing opened a 55,000 square foot downtown location in 2019 with a mezzanine that overlooks the beer production floor, so you can enjoy beer and fresh pizza, burgers, wings, and more, all while watching the beer brew. R. Shea also hosts events like trivia and game-day specials. What are you waiting for? Go grab a cold one and a satisfying meal today.

A collage image of the sign outside of Missing Falls Brewing and an image of a flight of three beers.

Missing Falls Brewery

Missing Falls Brewery offers a variety of finely crafted beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. Their goal is to support the local economy and create partnerships with other businesses to help meet the growing needs of craft beer consumers. Quench your thirst with an IPA, stout, malt liquor, red ale, or one of their other refreshing beer varieties. And you better come hungry; Missing Falls is serving up burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and more. They also host events like trivia, paint and sips, euchre leagues, and English premier league watch parties. Visit their unique taproom Tuesday through Sunday for great beer, tasty food, and a fun time.

An image of the Spaghetti Warehouse sign outside of the downtown Akron restaurant.

Spaghetti Warehouse

Spaghetti Warehouse serves freshly prepared Italian food in a festive atmosphere with a large seating capacity, perfect for family celebrations and group gatherings. Dine on hearty, scratch-made dishes like 15-layer lasagna, spaghetti with beer chili, chicken parmigiana sandwiches, and so much more. You can even enjoy your meal in a train car! Visit the Spaghetti Warehouse or order takeout or delivery today.

An image of a cheesesteak loaded with peppers, cheese, and sauce from Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks and Grille in downtown Akron.

Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks and Grille

Get fresh off the griddle, award-winning cheesesteaks, chicken sandwiches, Italian sausage, and more at Eddies Famous Cheesesteaks and Grille. Eddies is committed to creating quality food made with the best available ingredients and served with excellent customer service. Their menu also features fresh-cut steak fries, gyros, pitas, and an Italian-inspired vegetarian sandwich called the “Vegetaliano.” Eddies is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for both dine-in and carryout.

An image of the sign outside of Smack Yo Mamma Wing's & Things which features a cartoon image of a grandma.

Smack Yo Mamma Wings & Things

Smack Yo Mamma Wings & Things is the self-proclaimed “Leader in Flavored Wings” with nine different Mamma's Signature Sauces to choose from, including Honey Gold, Strawberry Fire, Garlic Parm, and more. They also serve “Loaded Stufted Potatoes” large enough for a meal and filled with your choice of cheese, peppers, onions, veggies, chicken, steak, or shrimp. Quench your thirst with one of Mamma's drinks like the Grandma Cherry - cherry fruit punch lemonade or Tommy Sunshine - orange lemonade. Or order one of their colorful margaritas. Check out their menu to order takeout today.

An image of people drinking on the Baxter's Bar outdoor patio in downtown Akron at night.

Baxter’s Bar

Located across the street from Lock 3 and appropriately marked with glowing letters that spell “BAR,” Baxter’s Bar has a wide and delicious selection of cocktails, beer, and food. Expect friendly bartenders, happy hour specials, and a welcoming atmosphere. Baxter’s is the perfect place to grab a drink after work, before a movie at The Nightlight, or even during a concert at Lock 3 – you can hear the music from their patio! Enjoy refreshing libations and delightful cuisine at Baxter’s Tuesday through Saturday.

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