Whether you’re waiting to take off or lingering for a layover, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) has several solid options for dining within the airport. There’s a restaurant from Food Network stalwart Michael Symon, as well as a brewpub from the city’s most famous brewery, Great Lakes Brewing Company.
Updated, May 2022: It’s worth noting that the airport has lost several options over the past few months, including Shake Shack, Wow Bao, and Cantina Taqueria.
Here’s a comprehensive guide to the options available for dining, drinking, and relaxing while at CLE. Find an updated list of offerings on the airport’s website as well.
Best for a sit-down meal or drink: The Pub
A typical airport bar that gets the job done, the Pub has a mix of British dishes, like fish and chips, and more generic bar food, like burgers and Reubens.
Best quick bite: Currito
Since CLE’s Shake Shack location closed its doors, Currito has become the go-to for a quick bite. The eatery offers a fresh option for burrito bowls with a global bent, as well as smoothies. There are plenty of ways for folks with dietary restrictions to adapt the menu to their needs.
- Auntie Anne’s: The hot pretzel beloved by teens in shopping malls everywhere.
- Bruegger’s Bagels: Serviceable bagel sandwiches.
- Chick-fil-A: Chicken nuggets and sandwiches with a side of controversy.
- Cinnabon: Generic calorie-bomb breakfast pastries.
- Dunkin’ Donuts: Love-it-or-hate-it chain coffee, doughnuts, and mediocre breakfast sandwiches.
- Embers (across from central checkpoint): Newish sit-down option with an eclectic menu.
Best to look elsewhere for food, but if necessary you’ll find:
- Subway: Sad chain deli sandwiches, though an option for calorie-counters.
- Euro Cafe: Basic to-go options like breakfast sandwiches.
This is the weakest of the three gated areas; here, options include:
- Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill: Islandy food and drink that’s skippable unless a mai tai craving hits. (Gate A1)
- Starbucks: Ubiquitous for coffee and pastries. (Gate A1)
- Panini’s: Overstuffed sandwiches. (Gate A6)
Best sit-down meal: Quaker Steak & Lube
This Pennsylvania chain also has outposts around Ohio, including this airport location. The casual restaurant with a gas-station theme is best known for its chicken wings and more than 20 available sauces, such as ghost pepper and Asian lemongrass. Note: Since Quaker is closed at the moment, those with some time to sit down should head to another concourse. (Gate B5)
Best for drinks: Vino Volo
Find cured meats, cheeses, and other snacks at this airport chain, as well as wine flights and pairings, all adding up to a reasonably civilized pre-flight destination. (Gate B2)
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Frozen yogurt with various toppings. (across from Gate B6)
- Another Subway (across from Gate B6)
- Another Auntie Anne’s (Gate B6)
- Another Inca Tea: Coffee and tea, but fewer food options than the location in Concourse C (see below).
Best sit-down meal: Bar Symon
This casual restaurant from chef Michael Symon (Lola, B Spot) — who rose to national prominence after his turns on The Chew and various Food Network shows — offers drinks and bar food, with Symon’s own Cleveland-centric spin. The restaurant makes a better-than-expected bloody mary and some excellent dry-rub wings. Find burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and pierogies, too. (Between Gates C4-C6)
Best for drinks: Great Lakes Brewing Company
Cleveland’s most famous brewery now has an offshoot of its iconic brewpub at the airport. Expect the beers that have made the company beloved, from the Eliot Ness Amber Lager to the Burning River Pale Ale, plus a limited offering of Eastern European-influenced bar food items (pretzel-crusted chicken, a sausage sampler, bratwurst, pierogi, and more). (Gate C14)
- Potbelly: Sandwich chain, where the Italian’s a good bet. (Gate C28)
- Inca Tea Cafe: Coffee, tea, etc. (across from C28)
- Another Starbucks (Gate C22)