Cleveland Restaurants


Sans Souci

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Sans Souci Review

This French countryside–style restaurant in the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel has bright murals on the walls and a massive stone hearth. Hearty foods—especially seafood—from the coasts of Spain, Morocco, Italy, and France are highlights. Fish and steak, for the most part, are the order of the day, with such entrées as tuna, salmon (served with a potato-eggplant tart), New York strip steak, and veal chops. The bouillabaisse with shrimp, mussels, clams, lobster, and scallops is a specialty.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch weekends.

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    Sans Souci Review

    Long a fixture overlooking Public Square, Sans Souci combines fine cooking with a great view. The menu tends to change on a seasonal basis with a few favorites always finding a place such as bouillabaisse and their lobster bisque. Both are excellent, especially the bisque which is one of the few I know made the way it should be (not a piece of lobster or anything else floating around in it). Red meat lovers have nothing to fear either. There's always a selection coming off their wood grill that are sure to satisfy that crowd too.

    Unfortunately, Sans Souci's attention to front of the house details doesn't match that given to the cusine. There is a great view, especially during the holidays if you are given a table near the windows. Requests at reservation time are fielded with the "we'll try" reply. And of course, they don't try very hard (or even bother to make note of your request).

    Also be aware the restaurant has no restroom facilities. Diners needing such have to leave the restaurant and then walk to the other end of the hotel which is a considerable distance. Validated parking is available at the hotel's garage but only if you get your ticket stamped, something that is not always mentioned by the staff. This wasn't always the case. I can remember when the service here matched the cooking and left little to want. It's sad that such little details can easily spoil what should be a fine experience. But as you read so often in reviews, this is another case of others doing it a lot better elsewhere in town these days.

    by Jack_K, 4/2/10

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