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Pepper's Italian Restaurant

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12401 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107-3012
+1 216-226-6191
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Kaiyo-cho, Japan
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Randomly went here for dinner. The service is what really stood out. One waitress was serving at least 8 tables when we arrived. She was amazing. There was no drop in service at all. The hostess and owner also were pitching in anywhere they could find to help. They were all very friendly and perfectly attentive without being overly attentive... More 

Thank Hexxes
Lakewood, Ohio
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went with friends for dinner and had not had the lasagna in awhile...it was worth the wait. This is a great local place for home cooking. The owners and staff are just the best. Oh and the Little Debbie with a candle for my birthday topped it off! Perfect!

Thank NeOhGuy
Cleveland, Ohio
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132 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Wow... where do I start. Well first, to qualify myself... I'm a senior contributor with over 66,000 readers reading my reviews... Great little find we were sent to. The wine slushys were refreshing. Wedding soup delicious.... olive bread a hit. The house special of lasagna was probably the best I ever had. Victoria had the veal piccada and that was... More 

Thank TravelerDan1
Lakewood, Ohio
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51 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

On a Monday night, we took our daughter and son-in-law here. We'd noticed it before, only 1/4 mile from our house, but it looked so unpretentious, we figured it must be just another pizza joint. None of us had pizza but chose the Italian entrees which were excellent (manicotti, ravioli, vegie lasagna, mac/cheese/lobster). The waiter couldn't have been more friendly... More 

Thank brinlois
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Imagine finding a really great Italian restaurant in Lakewood? Pepper's is it. This is a small, quaint restaurant just west of W. 117th Street in Lakewood. They open most weekday evenings at 5 p.m. and most tables are filled by 5:30! The servers are all friendly, with little turnover (good example that they are well treated and enjoy working there).... More 

Thank Roger M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

We stumbled upon this place by accident. The wait was about 30 minutes, but it is very small and intimate. The service was quick, the waiter attentive, and the owner takes care of you too. The best part was the food! I ordered the ravioli and my fiancee ordered the chicken parm. It was so good I ordered a meatball... More 

Thank Claire H
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Pepper's is a very cute restaurant; the staff is friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately, the food is not good. The rolls are mushy, greasy and way too garlicky (and I really like garlic). The red sauce is very, very sweet and leaves a strange aftertaste. The meatballs were fairly good - moist and tender. The sausage just didn't taste good -... More 

Thank Linda P
Lakewood, Ohio
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Be prepared to enjoy fantastic food, excellent service and friendly owners/employees - good value for your dollar and outstanding pizza as well as Italian dishes

Thank lgahlers
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

I rarely write a review if I've nothing good to say, but I was here once and will never be back again (with two friends). Busy, disorganized, and lousy lousy pasta. I don't know how long the pasta was cooked, but it had to have been twice the required amount for al dente. Would have sent it back, but was... More 

1 Thank Qtpy S
Lakewood, Ohio
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

...locally owned, family run, Peppers only has 10+ tables, but it's always packed. I visit at least once a week, rotating between the spaghetti with their famous meat sauce you can eat with a fork, the Veal Picata or the Chicken Marsala... excellent service, and never anything less than a great meal !

1 Thank John S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12401 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107-3012
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-226-6191

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?