Upscale Food & Drink’s @ VERANDA BISTRO & BAR in Avon, OH

It’s cold and snowy in Cleveland, Ohio right and that makes me want to find somewhere to cozy up, have a great meal, great conversation and a cocktail (or 2)!  It’s tough because my husband and I want somewhere new to go, but end up at our same reliable hot spots because we have a few of the following requirements…

A ~ Close to home

B ~ Good, creative and quality cocktail

C ~ Service is amazing and staff is friendly

D ~ Food must be delicious

E ~ Desirable atmosphere…not to cold, not to stuffy

Not to much to ask for right??

SO…when VERANDA BISTRO & BAR opened in the fall of 2017 my husband and I were looking forward to a new HOT SPOT close to home!  Tony Calanni, the former owner of Tonino’s in Brecksville, had decided to partner with Ryan Pojman to make the former RUE 254 (and prior to that Winking Lizard) into this newly desired venue where you can  go enjoy friends, family and an amazing meal!  The building alone holds its own unique qualities as it is one of Avon’s more historic buildings.  In the summer there is a gorgeous patio that is private due to the lush trees and shrubs with an outdoor bar and tables for dinner.

Because it was a more casual date night we decided to sit at the bar and order a variety of apps! I love to sample as much as possible and it make dinner more fun and interactive!

For our visit we each decided to start with HOT & DIRTY MARTINI (so good! if you like a little spice thrown in with your dirty martini). DELICIOUS! Had to have another!  We decided to order STUFFED BANANA PEPPERS, STEAK TARTARE, SHRIMP COCKTAIL, and the evenings special of LOBSTER THERMIDOR.  EVERY SINGLE MORSEL WAS DELICIOUS!!  The Banana Peppers I loved because they drizzle a balsamic glaze which helps balance the zesty spices they use and the thermidor belongs on the regular menu!  Everything we ordered balanced one another and we truly enjoyed them and were satisfied…at least we thought!  Because to our surprise the Tony’s (owner) wife brought over her HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER PIE….yes…HOMEMADE!  I am dreaming of a slice as I write this!  All of the desserts that are on the menu are homemade by this talented lady!


To sum it up, I have to say we had an amazing experience and can not wait to go back and try dinner!

Veranda also has the space to hold private events such as rehearsal dinners, company parties, showers.  The setting would be the perfect spot!

Take a peak at their website and/or make your reservation on OPEN TABLE!


32045 Detriot Road Avon, OH


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