In our continuing saga of finding great restaurants throughout Greater Cleveland (and Greater Cincinnati) every now and again you have one that simply blows your mind — this was one of those occasions. While we’ve certainly heard good things about Lakewood’s Pier W restaurant, until you experience it for yourself, the written word is a poor substitute — but we’ll try.
Walking in from the ample free parking, you’re greeted by a blue awning walkway into what appears to be a very, very small building. It’s almost as if you’re walking the red carpet to a private club. To your right is the patio seating and in front of you is the one floor down staircase that leads to the restaurant lobby complete with massive saltwater fish tank, and behind it, one of the finest wine rooms/wine selections I have personally ever seen. The bar, which was rather small relatively, was also quite exclusive as it was roped off. For every patron that left, another could be let in. The bar was fully stocked with every high end drink you can imagine, and they had several signature cocktails of their own creation, including the highly recommended Pier W drink.
Now, the view is worth going alone as you literally are peering out into the expanse of Lake Erie and to your right is the beautiful Cleveland skyline that so many folks, particularly visitors to the city, never see — from the Harbor Side. It’s breathtaking, since on this day it was sunny and clear, you could see all the way to the lake’s horizon and the curvature of the Earth. Did I mention the view was breathtaking?
Upon being seated, we were greeted by attentive and knowledgeable staff that shared special selections and explained the truly expansive menu. While pricey (dinner with drinks will cost you $200) I have to say it was worth every nickel and I look forward to going again and again to try more selections. Now, i’m a sucker for raw oysters on the half shell and these did not disappoint. Beautifully presented and cleaned, the sampler of three types was the perfect into to a surf and turf dinner that is, without question, the best I have ever had — anywhere. Ever. The other appetizer was a scallop ceviche, again, flavorful, moist and powerful.
The surf and turf was standard filet (rare) and a beautiful lobster tail — again cooked to perfection and served with a twice baked mash and asparagus. The other entree was almost a “deconstructed” shepherd’s pie, with a garlic truffle mash as the bed to a glazed carrot and roast with a wine redux sauce — both melted in your mouth and were bursting with flavor. Perfectly combined and prepared with confidence. It was a sight for the eyes and a feast for the palette. All in all, if you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate a victory, milestone or event in your life, this is the place to do it. 10 out of 10 and highly unconditionally recommended.