Midwest Living Review
An East 4th Street hot spot since 2009, the Greenhouse Tavern defines ecoconscious dining in Cleveland. Jonathon Sawyer, owner and executive chef, is a rising star on the culinary scene, and his French-inspired, locally sourced restaurant offers food proving he's earned the notoriety. Despite the accolades, the Greenhouse Tavern remains completely accessible (reservations are easy to get), approachable (no snooty staff here) and affordable (entrees range from $15-$45, but nobody frowns at sharing dishes here, and the sides are big enough to make a meal). Much of the stunning, tavern-style interior is made from reclaimed and repurposed materials. Anyone with even the teensiest environmental sensibility will delight at all the ecofriendly details and everyone will appreciate the warm elegance that defines the design. While it does have several traditional entrees, the Greenhouse Tavern is the perfect stop after a concert or game for satisfying all your late-night cravings -- french fries drenched in all the best forms of cholesterol, chicken wings or a burger. It's open until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays (and closes at 10 or 11 p.m. the rest of the week). That burger ($15) is grass-fed Ohio beef. The meat is fantastic -- its flavor still a sweet memory days later. It's perched on a brioche bun and smothered in melted raclette. There's also a tomato that's most certainly local, but stewed or poached instead of sliced. A side of Belgian-style fries (double-fried and sprinkled with rosemary) are so good they don't need a single condiment. Except the burger comes with a shot of pickle juice. We're not really sure what we were supposed to do with the juice, but we can tell you it doesn't hurt the fries to dip them in it.