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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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.
Excellent experience. We were there for ...
Excellent experience. We were there for our anniversary and we'll definitely go back. Very French. My husband had the escargot and duck a l'orange and he loved it. I had the scallops and from my first taste of the wonderful sauce, I knew it was a winner. For dessert, definitely try the flourless chocolate pyramid with Grand Marnier macerated fruit...terrific! Very attentive staff.
Absolutely the best French food combined ...
Absolutely the best French food combined with unparalleled service! I had cold Tomato/Basil soup, oysters on the half shell, Fois Gras, Duck a la Orange and an unbelievably light Soufflé. I can't wait to go again soon :-)
Edwin's is a real gem. The food is alwa ...
Edwin's is a real gem. The food is always top quality. This time I ordered the burger - The Burger. It was an amazing experience. I recommend that everyone try it at least once. The flavors are exquisite and it's so exciting to see it all come together right at your table. My dining companions had the potato wrapped fish, which was wonderful as well. Plus fantastic wine - a wonderful evening.
Edwin's was absolutely amazing. There we ...
Edwin's was absolutely amazing. There were so many selections of cheeses which were all amazing!! Dinner was delicious!! We order escargot and the seafood sausage as appetizers followed by a few seafood dishes and the pressed duck. The table side bananas foster dessert was a perfect ending to our evening. Must try this restaurants! The service, staff, and food were all exceptional!
Fabulous as always! Not only is the food ...
Fabulous as always! Not only is the food delicious the presentation is always beautiful.
Truly my favorite place. The staff makes the experience so heartwarming and meaningful. Great service, attentive but never overbearing.
Can't wait to go back again!
We love Edwin's for the food, the atmosp ...
We love Edwin's for the food, the atmosphere, and the organizational culture. We were there on a summer Saturday, around 5:30pm. Turns out that patio seating allowed us to listen to the live band playing in Shaker Square. It was a dreamy dining experience.
food was excellent. waitress was fun. h ...
food was excellent. waitress was fun. had scallop dish, sauce was very good and scallops done to a tee and sweet. presentation was very nice and appetizing . will be back. someone at the table needs to order the burger - what a show.
We enjoyed a lovely evening for my husba ...
We enjoyed a lovely evening for my husband's birthday recently. All staff members went above and beyond. The food was very good, traditional French cuisine. They have a very extensive wine list accommodating all palates and budgets and the tableside cheese presentation was the best one we've experienced yet. We will definitely be back. Thanks Edwins :-)
It was easy to make a reservation and it ...
It was easy to make a reservation and it was nice to receive a reminder call. The staff was always courteous and helpful, making sure that your every need was met. From the salad to the dessert, the food was delicious! I would highly recommend this establishment to my friends and family.
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