About Edwins Restaurant
EDWINS Restaurant is steeped in tradition and care for the community. Restaurateur Brandon E. Chrostowski offers a unique experience with seasonal, classic French cuisine in the midst of Cleveland's Shaker Square.
The restaurant has a unique mission; to eat well and do good. Founded in 2007, the mission of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute is to instill leadership skills in formerly incarcerated men and women through an education in the culinary arts.
Our aim is to change the face of re-entry through food and hospitality.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm. Closed Sunday.
$31 to $50
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Please contact the restaurant for more details.
Complementary Valet is available every night of the week
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact Jordan for more details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Party Contact:
Jordan Levine: 2169213333x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Cheese and Wine Tastings, Cigar and Spirit tastings and others, check our website for more details.
Edwins Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The venue was for my birthday party. Th ...
The venue was for my birthday party. The menu selections were great. However, a bit more training needed in the wine service. First, show the bottle before uncork. Second, offer cork to one who ordered bottle. Third, very important: pour slowly so the wine does not bubble up with air bubbles. It looked like soda pop, Brandon.
Otherthat that, delicious food, great waitstaff. Thank you.
This was my first time visiting Edwin's ...
This was my first time visiting Edwin's and I absolutely loved it. The staff was wonderful and the food was delicious. I highly recommend for others to experience an evening at Edwin's. I also love to support their mission. All in all, a great place!
Edwins is with out a doubt the best rest ...
Edwins is with out a doubt the best restaurant in Cleveland. The food is terrific and the staff is wonderful. The only complaint I would have is thet the staff can be a little over zealous. Pricing is extremely fair for a restaurant of this quality.
Excellent food and my husband is a foodi ...
Excellent food and my husband is a foodie and loved the food. Service was outstanding ,reminded me of the service years ago at the classics restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel. Doesn't get any better than that !
This restaurant is one of my favorite in ...
This restaurant is one of my favorite in the area. Not only does it pursue a very honorable purpose, but it also proposes an excellent cuisine in a very pleasant surrounding. All the staff are very attentive to your wishes and feedback. As I am a foodie and a French, they are also eager to learn stories about some of the dishes and wines they are serving. And as a French, a special mention to the fabulous cheese tray. Do like in France and have it at the end of your meal, just before your dessert, or even better, instead of your dessert. Enjoy it!
My boyfriend and I celebrated our annive ...
My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Edwin's and we loved it! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. The menu had vegetarian and vegan friendly options, which was a bonus. Overall a great place, would recommend to others.
We love the mission of Edwins so wanted ...
We love the mission of Edwins so wanted to bring a group to support the cause and of course, eat good food! We were very impressed with the service and the food was tasty, albeit expensive. We were just in town visiting and made a reservation a few weeks in advance (for 6). We tried to add a 7th person but they said we were not able to do so which seemed strange. The chicken was very good and the lamb chops as well as the salmon. The rabbit pie was different but I probably wouldn't order it again. The burger is made at the table which is fun and the cheese cart also comes rolled out to the table. All in all a nice evening!
I had the pleasure of dining at Edwin's ...
I had the pleasure of dining at Edwin's with a colleague on Monday night. The food was excellent, the service was attentive and the ambience was so comfortable and tasteful. More importantly, is the concept behind Edwin's restaurant and that is their training leadership program for individuals looking to learn the restaurant business and to give themselves a second chance at creating a positive future. Hats off to Edwin's leadership, you are creating miracles and changing the world One person at a time! Thank you
The first time I dined at Edwin's, my pa ...
The first time I dined at Edwin's, my partner and I discovered it by pure chance. We were in Shaker Square checking out menus of the various restaurants to grab dinner before a movie screening. The raw oyster bar, rabbit pie with prosciutto and parmesan crust and grilled seafood sausage made of shrimp, scallops and lobster sold us on the spot. We knew nothing about the place, but fell instantly in love. We were seated on the impossibly pleasant patio and enjoyed amazing craft cocktails (a perfect French 75 for me, and a sublime pisco sour for my beau) while we perused the menu. We ordered the above mentioned dishes, plus a half dozen oysters and topped it off with a pornographically delicious bread pudding and delectabe coffee drinls. The wait staff and manager could not have been more accommodating or friendly. My partner and I were impressed they had such a hip staff, too -- not the usual pretentious, stuffy types you see at some high end places and many sported some rather daring tattoos. We were surprised when the check arrived to discover the tip was tax-deductible and that the restaurant was a non-profit organization. We didn't inquire about it at the time, but checked out their website when we got home. We were blown away by what we read. Bravo for Edwin's (i.e. Education Wins)! What a brilliant idea and how perfect that the first of its kind is here in Cleveland. Now we just need more such establishments. I've since returned and had an equally wonderful experience. Come here for the excellent food and service, and leave feeling extra good for being part of the solution and not part of the problem.
We had a delightful evening celebrating ...
We had a delightful evening celebrating the 50th anniversary of one our oldest couple friends. The service was outstanding! The food was very good and a couple of dishes excellent! I would love to be able to come more often but am from out of town.
The restaurant is attractive with an int ...
The restaurant is attractive with an interesting concept (training personnel who have a history of incarceration). Beyond that, the service was very slow and follow through was poor. The restaurant was quite noisy and not restful. The wine selection was good. The food was satisfactory but nothing special.
Everyone should know the story of "Edwin ...
Everyone should know the story of "Edwins" by now, if not a google search is in order. To be served the best French cuisine in Cleveland, prepared and served by recently released inmates given a second chance by Brandon Chrostowski.
Brandon is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. The idea for EDWINS was born “from a break” that Chrostowski received early in life. It has grown from a six-month program conducted in prison that provides training in culinary arts and hospitality to a full-service restaurant dedicated to teaching those recently released all facets of restaurant operations.
After release, individuals are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, they also are assisted with finding employment, have the opportunity to utilize free housing, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching and literacy programs.
Food was very yummy. Servers were atten ...
Food was very yummy. Servers were attentive and pleasant. I plan on going again-this time we will sit inside--the bees were bothersome-otherwise it was nice to sit outside and watch the Square-we even had live music from the Saturday evening festivities in the park
Been to Edwin's twice. It is very popul ...
Been to Edwin's twice. It is very popular so getting reservation not always easy. Used to be a cool place called Grotto Wine Bar and was a perfect location for a wine/martini/small plates kind of place. As a popular restaurant with high end, fine food, it's a little small--bordering on too small--and that coupled with it's popularity makes it noisy as well. But the valet parking makes it an easy come and go and its reputation as a top Cleveland restaurant is well-deserved. Owner is much in view and attentive to the customers. There is a nice backstory regarding the use of the restaurant to train recent parolees in the restaurant business and they serve as the staff. Very attentive group.
Edwins is staffed by former felons who h ...
Edwins is staffed by former felons who have gone through an extensive training period and are being helped with their return to society as full citizens who are contributors to the economy and neighborhood. The staff was friendly, went out of their way to please and were knowledgeable, too. This program is an excellent example of what one man's vision (the owner, Brandon Chrostowski) can do to give deserving folks a second chance. On top of an excellent recidivism rate for those members of society, the food is also excellent!
Edwin's is terrific. A real French resta ...
Edwin's is terrific. A real French restaurant in Cleveland. Hard to believe. It is consistently excellent. We all know the mission of Edwin's so to help is good. However, the staff have always been fine. The greeting is friendly. Seating is prompt. Bread and water are refilled unobtrusively. A word about the wine list. It very, very well thought-out. Good selection of French and Italian wines. Plus, to see such items as Pommeau and Pineau de Charentes on the menu is unbelievable. I wager there are not 20 restaurants in the US with such available. The value for dollar ratio is excellent. For us, it is a treat to go to Edwin's. It will never occur, but we wish our French friends, world renowned vignerons, could come with us to Edwin's. They would be happy.
Quality and quantity did not equal the d ...
Quality and quantity did not equal the dollars spent. We think the restaurant represents a good cause, but need to give the customer a good dining experience as well. Please include vegetable,and, or salad with the entree.
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