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Lucky's Cafe

777 Starkweather Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

216.622.7773

Tremont

Bakery,Breakfast,Brunch,Health Food,Lunch Served,Non-Smoking,Patio,Subs & Sandwiches,Take-Out,Vegetarian Entrees,Wheelchair Access,Cafe, $,$$

http://www.luckyscafe.com


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WORST RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE EVER - DO NOT GO!


We are Eastsiders who wanted to come to the Westside to see what Guy Fieri was so excited about. Last Sunday we came after church for brunch with our three kids under the age of 10 and realized the wait would be in excess of an hour and inquired if we came back another day if we could make a reservation. We were told they had a no reservation for parties less than 6 policy but that if we called when we were about 15 minutes from the restaurant they would put us on the waiting list. So, this Sunday we were all ready. After church we started driving and when we were 15 minutes out called and got our name on the list. We were told it would be an additional wait of 30 minutes once we got there. We prepared the children for an additional 30 minute wait. An hour later we were STILL WAITING...but being patient. I knew we were next to be seated and had been keeping track of who was being seated so I could help the kids manage. I confirmed with the hostess that we were the next large table and she explained that she had to sit a reservation for a party of 4 in front of us. I said, we were told you didn't take reservations for parties less than six. She explained that this was a VIP who worked for the company and she was very sorry but we would be seated after them. I asked to speak to her manager. The manager approached the hostess stand and said "Do you have a problem?" and I explained my story. I was interrupted by a woman who said, "I am the VIP who has the reservation...it is my birthday...". At this point I am seeing RED! We have driven two times from the East side, played by their rules, managed our very hungry children (by now it is 1:45pm), and are told this all doesn't matter because of some VIP. TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE! Not a place I want to patronize. We ended up driving back to our neighborhood and ate a delicious lunch at our favorite neighborhood spot instead.

Review by Eppie from Cleveland Heights posted October 28, 2013

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it's Unique. If you want dull & cheap, go someplace else...


From out of town, but have been to Lucky's three times. The food is always great, The first time was the best because of the uniqueness, but the crowded wait is getting tiring and sitting on picnic tables, if you would like to sit outside, just ruins the experience. If you could walk in and get a table w/in a few minutes, then that would be great, but that's not going to happen any time soon. The place is too small for food being this good. Let's face it, Lucky's is overdue for a much larger location. Oh, and please expand the food menu. More choices please!

Review by Will travel for good food from Out of State posted March 11, 2012

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Poor service


Place is rather unorganized.. 20 min wait while there was 4 empty tables for a Sunday bruch. Noone is running this show.. Mac and cheese great.. not worth the wait. The waiting area too small and badly located

Review by Mark from Aurora posted February 13, 2012

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Post scotch medicine


Great service, special coffee and easy to live with comfy decor. After a long night on west 25 th and A tad too much scotch this the cure. The house sodas rock ,plenty of water for dehydration Plates are huge and the shipwreck is an aircraft carrier of peaceful goodness. Raves for the Cuban.

Review by Gilbertini from Geneva posted February 04, 2012

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Loves to find good eats!


WOW! I enjoy finding different places to eat, usually reading reviews first. All places get good and bad reviews but this is really over the top. Either really good or really, really bad. Price isn't an issue to me, but rudeness and bad service are. This one is truly a head scratcher of whether to take the gamble and try or not. Don't think I've ever seen the pendulum swing so far and not rest in the middle. These reviews are a bit old, any recent suggestions?

Review by Karen from Mentor posted February 26, 2011

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Brunch to die 4


We happened to be the last customer at brunch last saturday and were waited on hand and foot. The service and the people were outstanding. We had the reuben and the best baked mac n cheese I have ever tasted in my life. I would come back there time and time again hands down the best food yes it was pricey but well worth it for the flavor and the atmosphere and the friendly staff.

Review by Karen from Valley View posted October 12, 2010

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Should have gone to Dennys


On TV the chocolate bomb had rasberry and at Luckys they did not. They were not served as advertized. We dropped a $100 for four people for a glorified breakfast and it was not worth the long wait. One of our party wondered how many people would be there if not seen on TV.

Review by Anonymous from Anonymous posted February 18, 2010

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Will Make you Wake up Early to Eat!


The best breakfast by far in Cleveland. All organic delicious ingredients, some even grown in their own garden. Huge portions! There are traditional breakfast items and some more unusual ones too. Great coffee and pastries too. This feels like it was transplanted form the west coast. You'll be craving to come back for more.

Review by Meg from Cleveland posted January 10, 2010

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Lucky to have Lucky;'s


Great place in spite of cleveland 2008's rating.What's so pricy about a place that serves food that good?If you cant afford a better cafe I suggest you dine at some lower east and west side holes that serve 2 eggs,toast and coffee for 99cents.Fact is you get New York and Chicago quality for a third the price.I've eaten all over the U.S.and will be back here many times over.

Review by Tommy P from Cleve Hts posted October 23, 2009

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Locavore comfort food


I live for those Breakfast Burritos - love the homemade pepper sauce. Locally produced eggs have such an amazing flavor. I like the crowd that gathers on the weekends and creates a festive atmosphere, but the lunch menu is my favorite. I shouldn't even post about it because once people get a load of the all in-house Reuben, there will be crowds during the week. Can't live without those ginger chewies. To all the cheapskates that complain about the pricing - you are pathetic. This is an award-wining chef serving the very best local produce. Get your factory food from Denny's. Can't wait for the garden to come in.

Review by Julie Rose from Lakewood posted June 04, 2009

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Sunburn


We had a great lunch at Lucky's last summer. We ordered sandwiches and were shocked by their huge size - no room for desert! We had to eat outside as it was totally handicapped inaccessable. My only complaint was that there was no umbrella and it was brutally hot and sunny.

Review by East Side Diner from Cleveland Heights posted April 30, 2009

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Are you serious?..


While eating the rationed $10.95 plate I couldn't help but notice the ridiculously overpriced and mediocre art hanging around the walls.. but that is nothing to complain about until this Christmas Ale kicks in.. we split a brunch plate and the owner lady right away asked us if we wanted an extra plate, which we thought was very nice and thoughtful of her. Then she turned with a gleamy little eye and informed us it is a dollar upcharge on our already overpriced breakfast. For a extra plate? a dollar? obviously the owner has no idea of business and marketing and this irrational attempt to squeeze out an extra dollar out of already overpaying customers is crap. She should think of better ways of bringing people into the place and not sink into the struggling small business owner vibe and rely on such unfavorable approaches. We tell her no and await our food. The food tastes fine. It tastes $7.95 fine to be exact. One gets the feeling that the owner believes her neighborhood to be a posh Manhattan locale and not so much the reality that is actually Tremont, Ohio, a cozy, down to earth overpriced dump where you can still enjoy panhandling, theft, and all the other joys of Section 8 housing nestled in between $450,000 condos overlooking a rusty stinking scrapyard. This is of course all justified by supporting the local art scene that makes Tremont oh so famous. I spy a fine example on the wall where we sit, contemplating what sort of a limp dick would shell out $750 for a silhoutte of a tree. Since all of this is within the beautiful realm of our opinion only, we decide that the three little versions of the same damn tree in the playing card size format right next to the big one are a much better deal at $65 each...Then in a moment of genius, we decide that going to Marc's and buying the same style frames and some decorative playing cards and framing them up real quick would save us approximately 189 american dollars. We then take our futuristic savings and head to the South Side for a couple beers and to write this review, as they do not turn off their f**%$%ing WiFi on the weekends like the little Lucky's lady in the Thomas The Train hat feels necessary to do for some irritating unknown reason of...what? to keep a couple of slackers from calling you out on on the internet regarding your little plate upcharge business? In an effort to squelch some of your comments these thoughts may come in handy. We do not give a shit about your Tremont pride. We just want a plate to use without being tricked out of a dollar by some seedy little lady. Some of the Tremont art is very cool, but 93% of it truly is not all that good. We are pointing out a few examples of what you know is true. We administer our own reviews and if you feel strongly enough to respond to us please comment back at www.wastingmytime.com. This place is lucky that there is no $1.99 breakfast joint around. She would feel our pain too.

Review by local consumer from cleveland posted November 22, 2008

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HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE


There was a very long line with no organization of where people were supposed to stand. The service was apathetic at best. The breakfast was very expensive for what we got, especially considering the "affordable" rating. I cannot have dairy (severe lactose intolerance) and when I asked for the omelette without cheese (not a substitution or something complicated) they told me there were no substitutions or special orders, even for food allergies. I was told I could eat the pancakes or tofu sautee (which I don't eat), so I ordered the pancakes, and they were covered in whipped cream (a milk product). Additionally, my boyfriend is severely allergic to gluten, and so he was told he could only have the tofu "canoe- wreck." Even this was touching a pile of toast (has gluten) and for him even if things are touching they can often set him off. When he asked for ketchup, he was literally given a bowl with less than a tablespoon of ketchup in it. Everything was unhealthy- my boyfriend's toast was drenched in butter, my pancakes were soaked in honey, caramel, whipped cream and syrup, and in the end, there was no warning on the website or the menu that there were no substitutions removals. The excuse we were given was the it was a small kitchen and they were busy. I have worked in several restaurants with even smaller kitchens, were just as busy, and it was never a problem to eliminate something as easy as cheese in an omelette. Considering our breakfast was $35, and we didn't enjoy any of it (because we couldn't eat it) it was an overall incredibly disappointing experience.

Review by Anonymous from Cleveland posted July 09, 2008

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Best Brunch in Cleveland!!!


I can't get enough of this place. I mean, I just love this place. The staff gets to know your name, all the food is prepared fresh, and the chef uses local ingredients and herbs from her own garden. Not to mention the all around quality of everything. I have been coming to brunch now for quite some time. And my only complaint is that I never know what to get because I just love everything; and I've tried everything, too. As for the price, yeah, it is a bit expensive for people who are used to paying less than 3.99 at some commercial diner, but at lucky's you're paying for quality; and lets not forget about the HUGE portion size, too. I always take home leftovers. I personally love the shipwreck and the other week I ventured out and tried the Fried Green Tomatoes with Polenta...I can't stop thinking about it. Though I do admit that the little shop gets a bit crowded during peak times, the best way to combat that is so to get there early. Let's not get started with all bakeries, too. Wow. I recommend everyone, who is in search of a really nice brunch to check out lucky's cafe. You'll never go anywhere else for brunch.

Review by R.L.O. from Old Brooklyn posted November 03, 2007

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Best in town


This is my favorite brunch place. Contrary to a previous review, I think the service is great, and the food which is amazing in taste and quality, is fairly priced. The owner is very nice as well. I like to split the cheddar scones with sauasage gravy and scrambled eggs and the waffles with my husband. Lucky's: Keep up the good work we love you!

Review by lynlee from ohio City posted September 23, 2006

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Best Brunch


The last reviewer doesn't get it. The owner has more personality, conviction, dedication, and ethics than most small business owners I've encountered in 15 years. Cheap? No it is not. But their pricing is on par with other quality brunch establishments. Their quality, however, exceeds those establishments by a mile. You get what you pay for and at Lucky's you get quality, organic, wholesome, and unique. Judging by the lines on the weekend, obviously a majority of consumers agree. In addition, Lucky's has a HUGE commitment to community. Check out their learning garden and upcoming farmers market. Maybe "Cleveland Heights Reviewer" should have breakfast at the local Wal-Mart concession stand... Lucky's keep up the good work.

Review by Anonymous from Tremont Community posted July 26, 2006

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Rip Off


I had brunch at Lucky's recently. The food was great but completely overpriced. The staff is also among the rudest I have ever encountered at a coffee house. The new owner is a great baker but has no personality or people skills. Her food is wonderful but she charges quite a bit for the portions.

Review by Anonymous from Cleveland Heights posted June 13, 2006

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BEST BRUNCH IN TOWN


Lucky's Cafe is brewing what has to be the best brunch in town! Every Saturday & Sunday starting at 9am they feature a select, incredible menu. My personal favorite - Gingerbread Waffles. Yes, Gingerbread! They are topped with a pear & apple sauce, dusting of syrup, honey & cinnamon flavors abounding and home-made whipped cream. If you haven't died from ecstasy - add an order of pecan encrusted bacon. It just makes the week too long!!

Review by A slave to the Gingerbread Waffles from Tremont posted March 14, 2006

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Coffee and Sweets to Die for!!!!


Lucky's and Sweet Mosaic are a great combination! Non-smoking coffee shop!! Pricing is very reasonable. Ordered the daily sandwich/soup special (made on a bread that was made fresh that day - mmmmm!) The taste and the presentation - both fabulous. Free internet access on my laptop while I ate my lunch. They also feature artists on the Tremont artWalk which is the second Friday of the month. Very cozy place and the customers are so friendly!!!

Review by Anonymous posted April 26, 2005


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