10 Best Restaurants Where You Can Discover a Taste of Toledo
By Krissy Mayse
Austin Local Expert
Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best saves you time and helps eliminate frustration by selecting some of Toledo's best and most satisfying dining experiences. Exploring Toledo dining on your own is a great idea but we realize you may not have time to search out every option. That's when 10 Best comes to the rescue with mouthwatering choices.
So, whether you are looking to indulge in a mouthwatering gourmet dinner or simply enjoy your old favorites at a restaurant with more traditional, classic recipes, you'll find it here.
Toledo is home to some excellent dining establishments. Mancy's Italian Grill is one of the best places you'll ever savor Italian cuisine. Tony Packo's not only boasts Hungarian cuisine but lays claim to being a favorite among a large number of celebrity guests. The Real Seafood Company satisfies your craving for fresh seafood while changing its menu weekly to keep only the most fresh seafood on the table in front of diners.
The bottom line is: If you are ready to savor a great dining experience with the best food, best service and the best options, you need to check out 10 Best's Top 10 Restaurants in Toledo, Ohio! You won't be disappointed and you definitely won't go hungry.
10 Claddagh Irish Pub
Fall in love the minute you walk in the door. A warm, welcoming staff and traditional Irish pub favorites like fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage await you when you visit this very friendly establishment. Known for its expansive and fun St. Patrick's Day festivities the Claddagh also serves 'family style' meals complete with salads, drinks, and cocktails for a blanket price. Classic pub food is served but don't be surprised to find grilled salmon, seafood pasta and Chicken Cacciatore on the menu. Some nights pub guests are treated to live music or other local talent. Bring your Irish spirit and come prepared to relax in a casual inviting atmosphere. ((419) 472-1414)
9 Mancy's Italian Grill
A tried and true dining destination, Mancy's is a casually upscale Italian steakhouse, part of a small local chain of family-owned restaurants. A full Italian style meal is more than satisfying here. Start with some greens, such as the chopped antipasto salad or the salmon and spinach salad. Then dig in to a plate of pasta -- Spaghetti Bolognese or Penne Rustica should do nicely. There's a well-rounded selection of beef, chicken, fish and veal for the main course dishes. At lunch you can enjoy wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads. During the winter months (October-April) Mancy's has live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights. (419-882-9229)
8 Calvino's Restaurant and Wine Bar
Calvino's is a casual dining restaurant with an attached wine bar in West Toledo. Calvino's serves exceptional foods with a Mediterranean influence, and they are best known for pizzas that are to die for and delicious bread made fresh daily on site. Choose from Olive Oil and Herb Bread, Tomato Basil Bread, and many other homemade delights. Gourmet pizzas include Primavera, Pancetta, The Hawaiian and even a Garlic Shrimp pizza. Another plus is the wine bar attached to the restaurant. Calvino's features a wide selection of wines and beers to enhance your dine-in or carry-out experience. It's a great choice for groups, and reservations are not required. Entrees and pizzas range between $10-$30 ((419) 531-5100)
7 Ciao! Ristorante
Ciao! has been described as fragrant and aromatic. This is not only due to cooking food aromas but also because there is an outdoor patio and herb garden. Informal with fabulous personality, Ciao! features intriguing cuisine from every part of Italy, including the spicy red sauces of the south and the aromatic grilled dishes of Tuscany. You'll notice that their menu is written in Italian and also offers a wide selection of traditional favorites like linguine with clams, steak, and chicken with portabella mushrooms. We love that Ciao! keeps diners updated with weekly specials on Facebook. For example, you might log on one day to discover the special is something incredibly yummy like Fettuccine con Manzo -- Fettuccine tossed with sautéed beef tenderloin tips, red onions and arugula in a red pepper cream sauce. For dessert, you cannot go wrong with the tiramisu, which is accompanied by fresh fruit. (419-882-6014, 888-456-3463)
6 Georgio's Cafe International
Looking for a place to enjoy an elegant lunch or fantastic dining experience? Look no further than Georgio's Cafe International. Enjoy the very best seafood, mouth watering steaks, chops and divine pasta dishes perfected by the exact selection of wine. The intimate atmosphere exudes elegance, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Ohio Magazine says "Try the seven-layer chocolate mousse cake" and The Toledo City Paper says "The Baby Spring Lamb Chops, were far and away the best chops we have ever had, anywhere." You can use the valet parking and feel comfortable in a classic but unpretentious setting while enjoying VIP treatment. (419-242-2424)
Schmucker's Restaurant has been a Toledo favorite since 1948. This family owned and operated dining tradition, features scrumptious homemade meals. Feel like some great food made from scratch? Try Grandma's Swiss Steak or the Chicken over Biscuits. Diners will also find other traditional classics on the menu: Meatloaf, Pork Chops, Fried Chicken and more. Watch the chef cooking at the grill from your counter stool or your comfortable booth. Schmucker's pies are legendary. They are available in over 20 flavors including Chocolate Peanut Butter, a cream pie favorite. Ready for breakfast and not dinner? No worries! Schmucker's also offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. So no matter what time of day it is, you can enjoy authentic home-cooked cuisine. (4195359116)
4 Tony Packo's
In 1932, Tony Packo, Sr. opened this neighborhood café in Birmingham, the Hungarian neighborhood in East Toledo. Since then, it's been serving Hungarian food to locals, tourists and plenty of famous people. The most popular dish is the hot dog with chili, diced onions and mustard. Sides include dumplings, gravy and hot German potato salad. Vegetarians can also dine here and enjoy favorites like Hungarian Vegetable Soup or Vegetable Chili. Jamie Farr from M*A*S*H liked this place so much he actually mentioned it on the show several times, and autographed hot dog buns cover the walls -- you'll see signatures by people like Clint Black, Steven Tyler, Patty LaBelle and astronaut Donald Thomas. The cozy, family friendly interior doubles as a bar and restaurant. (419-691-6054, 866-472-2567)
3 The Real Seafood Company
Specializing in the freshest seafood from Boston, the Pacific Coast, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, this restaurant sets the bar by printing new menus weekly to insure that only the freshest seafood is offered. Cleverly decorated with white lights and paper lamps, it makes for a comfortable or romantic atmosphere. Diners enjoy great seafood, a raw oyster bar and can even choose from pasta dishes, steaks and burgers. If you are there when it's featured, be sure to try the Chorizo Steamed Little Neck Clams. The Real Seafood Company spices things up!In addition to chorizo sausage with clams, you'll also find swordfish flavored with chipotle butter sauce. For those with taste buds that prefer a more mild option, look for lemon sole or lobster ravioli. The Real Seafood Company is truly one of those locations that appeals to the guest on every level. ((888)456-3463, (419) 697-5427)
2 El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant
El Vaquero celebrates the proud tradition of preparing authentic Mexican food the way it was done back on the range centuries ago. Using the freshest meats and seafood and adding in colorful vegetables smothered in unique spices and sauces, each dish is an experience! El Vaquero has an extensive menu and includes favorites like their enchiladas and a huge shrimp cocktail. They offer a separate kid's menu and are a great choice for groups. Diners can also choose to eat outdoors. Stop in for some classic favorites and a cold margarita. Reservations are not required but they do accept them. ((419) 536-0471)
1 Registry Bistro
Warm woods and stone colored walls greet you as you enter and immediately give a sense of soothing. The restaurant uses soft light to its advantage and is housed in a historic building. The restaurant offers a small wine list but prides itself on a 'cocktail and light dining and social atmosphere.' The menu walks on the eclectic side with unique entrees like Griddled Black Quinoa Cake with Pickled Apricots which is vegan friendly. They offer many vegetarian options and also please the meat eaters with dishes like Rabbit Cannelloni and Forty Clove Chicken. This is a place to be social and you'll find yourself feeling contemporary and relaxed as soon as you arrive. This dining establishment definitely encourages a sophisticated ambiance so we recommend that you live the kiddos at home for the best experience. ((419) 725-0444)
About Krissy Mayse
Krissy is a native Texan who loves the warmth and sunshine that living in Texas brings almost year-round. She enjoys listening to Texas music outdoors, and in the summer, she enjoys floating down the Guadalupe and Frio Rivers. When she’s not writing, she mentors entrepreneurs and helps account executives take their careers and income to the next level. In her ‘down time,’ Krissy loves reading on her Kindle or hanging out with her family. She is also a home school mom and home schools her oldest son.
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