Think downtown Akron doesn’t have a fine dining food scene? Think again. Your new favorite restaurant for a date night, special occasion, or take-out meal is waiting for you downtown. Get a breakdown of four of the nicest restaurants in downtown Akron. Learn everything from local restaurant history to what to order.
Cilantro Thai & Sushi Restaurant
Cilantro has been serving up spectacular sushi and tasty Thai dishes since 2009 from its historic bank-turned chic restaurant on Main Street. Their extensive menu features a variety of appetizers, soups, noodle dishes, Thai fried rice, stir fry, curry, seafood, specialty sushi and sashimi, ramen, house cocktails, and even a few desserts. Not sure where to start?
Start with an appetizer – the Egg Noodle Shrimp is delicious and includes four large, skewered shrimp that are wrapped in egg noodles and deep-fried until crunchy, served with a tangy orange sauce for dipping. Or stick with a classic and get the crispy Crab Rangoon cream cheese wontons.
Hungry for sushi? Try the Akron Roll or the tempura-fried Bakery Roll. Or if you prefer sashimi, choose from a variety of fish including yellowtail, shrimp, tuna, salmon, and more.
For a main course, Cilantro’s Yellow Curry is a delicious warming dish perfect for a cold winter day. Or choose your spice level and heat things up with Pad Khee Mao.
Cilantro also has many vegetarian dishes. Add tofu or vegetables to your stir fry or fried rice. Or if you’re looking for vegetarian sushi, try the Sweet Potato or Vegetable Roll.
Pair your meal with beer, wine, or a specialty cocktail like the Sake Grand Cosmo, a delectable mix of vodka, Hana Lychee Sake, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, and a squeeze of lime juice.
If you have room for dessert, try the Mango Sticky Rice - a unique traditional Thai sticky and sweet rice served with fresh mango and topped with coconut cream and sesame seeds. Or end your meal with a bang and order the Fried Cheesecake, served with vanilla ice cream and a Hersey’s chocolate syrup drizzle.
Cilantro has some of the best sushi in town, delicious traditional Thai dishes, and a great half-priced happy hour. The downtown restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, great for a date night, a special occasion dinner, or even a quick lunch. Check out all they have to offer in their lunch and dinner menu or order online for take-out.
DBA (Dante Boccuzzi Akron)
Dante Boccuzzi Akron, or DBA for short, is a fine dining restaurant located in the Northside District. The restaurant showcases an elegant dining space, a private dining room, great cocktails, a modern bar, and an open-air patio. Their menu features tasty appetizers, fresh seafood, pasta, salads, and steaks.
The Charcuterie and Cheese with house meats, local cheese, pickled vegetables, and house crackers is a fan favorite and a great start to any meal. Or start with the deliciously crispy Shrimp Tempura served with Dante’s Dum Yum sauce.
Next, try the Hong Kong Mussels in a bright, garlicky sauce topped with fresh, crisp microgreens. Or you can’t go wrong with the creamy Mushroom Risotto featuring roasted wild mushrooms, truffle, and goat cheese. Another great choice is the well-seasoned and perfectly cooked 8oz Prime Filet, appropriately reviewed as “the best steak in Akron.”
The side dishes are nothing short of extraordinary. Choose from mac & cheese, duck fat fingerling potatoes, parmesan truffle fries, and so much more.
Pair your dinner with a hand-crafted cocktail, a beer, or choose a glass or bottle from their extensive wine list.
Have a special occasion to celebrate? DBA also offers dining at the Chef’s Table, a unique culinary experience set in an intimate space featuring the cuisine of Chef Dane and Chef Jacob Carothers. You can choose between 5, 7, 14, or 21 courses for up to 4 guests, with the option to pair your meal with wines chosen by their knowledgeable staff to enhance your experience.
DBA is an incredible restaurant and is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or to just enjoy outstanding cuisine. View their full menu or read reviews to see what fellow Akronites have to say about their experience at DBA.
El Patrón Tequileria & Cuisine
Luis Escudero, the owner of El Patrón, opened his restaurant to showcase a different take on Mexican culture and cuisine. With a variety of simple tacos made with fresh ingredients, mouthwatering burritos, sizzling fajitas, and delicious guacamole, Escudero has done just that.
To start, try the Esquites, a sweet and spicy Mexican street corn salsa. Or choose from their variety of guacamoles - traditional, agave berry, roasted serrano, or mango habanero.
Next, grab a few tacos. Mix and match a few varieties for a flavor-packed experience. You can’t go wrong with options like Taco Chicken Tinga, Taco Barbacoa, or Taco Al Pastor. Looking to try something new? The Taco Nopal features nopales, or prickly pear cactus, that have been sautéed to perfection.
If you’re feeling extra hungry, order one of their delicious burritos. The Burrito Papa con Chorizo and Burrito Veggie, both served with rice and veggies, are fantastic choices.
To drink, enjoy a paloma, traditional or craft margarita, or a margarita flight. El Patrón has a nice selection of tequilas, so you’re sure to find the one for you. They also serve domestic and imported beer as well as seltzers.
Don’t forget dessert! Remember the ice-cream truck classic Choco Taco? El Patrón’s Choco Taco Grande is an elevated version of the childhood treat that’s better than you remember. Or get a hot and fresh churro, a delicious fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar.
The restaurant is beautiful and has a great patio, live music, and fun events like tequila tastings and socials. Follow El Patrón on Facebook for menu updates, event information, and more. See their full food and drink menu or order online for take-out.
The Tea Lady
The Tea Lady, owned by Renea Woods-Baylor, was inspired by a childhood love of tea parties, extravagant events, and fancy table settings. Her elegant tearoom is beautifully decorated with tables set with gorgeous linens, ornate dishes, and sparkling flatware. From Afternoon Tea to brunch to cocktail parties, The Tea Lady offers a variety of tea experiences you’re sure to remember for years to come. There's even a whimsical kids' tearoom for moms and dads to spend quality time with their little ones.
At Morning Tea Time, enjoy adorable tea sandwiches, delicious quiche, and pastries such as shortbread cookies, brownies, and cinnamon doughnuts as you sip on infused hot teas from around the world, poured especially for each guest.
Celebrate a special event with friends, family, or little ones at High Tea. High Tea includes tea sandwiches, a hearty salad, delectable pastries, tea cakes and cookies, infused hot tea, and wine or a mimosa. You also have the option to decorate your table with your choice of fresh-cut seasonal flowers, a dozen roses, or candles.
The Tea Lady aims to create a different experience each time you dine so that no two tea times are exactly alike. You can also learn proper tea etiquette to ensure you know the do’s and don’ts of teatime.
Prefer to enjoy your tea at home? Check out the Tea Party in a Box! Each box contains three to four tea sandwiches, scones with jam, delicious, flakey pastries, seasonal salad, tea, and infused bottled water.
If you’re looking to plan a brunch, cocktail party, or special occasion, The Tea Lady will work with you to plan an event that will amaze your guests. View The Tea Lady’s menu for a full list of tea times and events. Tea and tea products such as teapots, steeping cups, tea assortment boxes, and more are also available for purchase online. Be sure to check out The Tea Lady on Facebook and Instagram for seasonal specials.
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