Executive chef Elio Orozco's menu offers a well-edited selection of European-influenced standards suffused with contemporary flavors.
The prix-fixe three-course menu, which includes two glasses of wine, is one of the best values around.
"What do five olives taste like? Happy Hour at Taste in Cleveland Heights -- a top deal."
By John Petkovic, The Plain Dealer
December 11, 2013
"The Cedar-Lee neighborhood never had the dining equivalent of its esteemed movie theater -- that is, until Taste hit Lee Road five years ago. The lighting, décor and menu make for an artful display that comes with a casual vibe. What better time to indulge in both during Happy Hour, when appetizers are half off and drinks are discounted."
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We are fans of breakfast for dinner, but now we can also have one our our morning staples in cocktail form. Taste lets us indulge in our favorite sugary pastime with its rotating lineup of cereal martinis.
August 1, 2012
By Yelena Tischenko
Taste Owners celebrate three years in business
At 2317 Lee Road, one can see Cleveland Heights residents and out-of towners enjoying delicious food and refreshing wine at the restaurant called Taste.
After taking a year to decide on a menu and the type of place they wanted, Raj Singh and Larry Weider opened the restaurant in 2008.
Taste offers a variety of dishes, such as rosemary pommes frites with romano cheese, filet mignon, and Cajun organic
salmon over garlic spinach with a chardonnay cream sauce.
"We have an item that's been on our menu nonstop since we opened. The sea scallops with creamy leeks, red pepper and mango coulis would have to be our signature dish," Weider said.
Along with its food menu, Taste offers over 125 different selections of wine. "That's a lot for any restaurant," Weider said. "Wine is king. With liquor, water, coffee and beer added up, we sell more wine."
Scoop Du Jour
July 12, 2012
By Barbara Collier
My well-traveled friend, who has eaten at some of the world's best restaurants, first told me about Taste in Cleveland Heights. She thinks it is one of the best places to dine in the area.
I agree. Elio Orozco is executive chef and has been in the kitchen since Taste opened fours years ago. With owners Raj Singh and Larry Weider, he turns out American fusion with French, Italian and Spanish influences.
Taste is an interesting and attractive place. The long and narrow dining room/bar seats about 90. On one side there is an original, high brick wall that dates back 90 years, when the place was a farmers market.
Walls are painted a rich mustard with olive accents and booths are upholstered in paprika-colored fabirc. Especially interesting are the long, slender, stainless pendant lights hanging from the ceiling.
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By Eric Susyne
Taste adds a much-needed dash of sophistication and, well, good taste to the Cedar-Lee neighborhood in Cleveland Heights. The sleek, spacious spot works on a number of levels: stylish yet casual bistro, date-night pizazz destination or local wine-and cocktail bar. A well-edited menu of appetizers and mains delivers solid versions of what some might call "contemporary cuisine." An appetizer of scallops with creamy leeks and mango/pepper coulis gets high marks for flavor and presentation. Main dishes tend toward small, spare plates that deliver intense flavors. Duck breast with grainy mustard mashed potatoes manages to satisfy in both a sophisticated and rustic way. The three-course prix-fixe menu, with its inclusion of two glasses of wine, offers great value.
Volume 6 Number 3
By Natalie Lariccia and Donna Marchetti
The old Wine Bar in Cleveland Heights is now Taste, a sophisticated new wine bar and restaurant. The interior has been completely transformed into a sleek, modern gathering place with friendly bar and open kitchen. Try the Red Beet Carpaccio with goat cheese crumbs and curry dressing ($8) and the Rack of Lamb with cumin mashed potatoes ($22). Sweets lovers will be tempted by the Carmel Tart with Baileys ice cream or the Red Bell Pepper cheesecake (both $9). The wine list is heavy on California and fairly priced. You can't miss with one of its more unusual selections: 2006 Pinot Meunier from Domain Chandon for $42.
The Plain Dealer
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
These openings buck economy
by Joe Crea
Economic forecasts be damned. Time to look on the bright side. After rattling off a litany of closings in last week's column, it's good to be able to report some openings - recent and on the horizon. East Siders are the big beneficiaries in the latest round. Prominent among the newcomers is Taste on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Larry Weider, who operates the restaurant with majority partner Raj Singh, describes the restaurant-wine bar as featuring a menu that "reflects tastes from various countries - we'll call it 'world cuisine.' I especially enjoyed one appetizer special, a trio of bracingly fresh, crisp, nearly scampi-sized shrimp, lusciously clad in a crust of coconut. The dish was well-played against an equally crisp Willamette Valley Vineyards pinot gris.
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TASTE: This sleek, modern spot in Cleveland Heights has an open kitchen that turns out a small selection of tasty and creative fare, matched by a long list of reasonably priced California wines.