20 Best Restaurants in Toledo, OH

This article was written by local contributor Paige Peterson & edited by the Travel Lens team.

Best Restaurants in Toledo, OH

Toledo, Ohio - the Glass City - is a place I call home, and there's nothing more comforting than knowing the best spots to indulge in a delicious meal.

Over the years, I've had the pleasure of exploring the diverse culinary scene that Toledo has to offer.

From mouthwatering steaks to exquisite sushi and from savory chili dogs to delightful vegan dishes, there's just something for everyone in this city.

So, if you're ever in the area, make sure to treat your taste buds to a delightful experience in one of the 20 best restaurants in Toledo, Ohio!

Hola's Authentic Cuban Food

Pan con lechon at Hola's Authentic Cuban Food

As a fan of Cuban cuisine, I was thrilled to discover Hola's Authentic Cuban Food in Toledo.

During my visit, I decided to try the Pan Con Lechon, which is a marinated shredded pork sandwich with Swiss cheese, onion, and Cuban Mojo.

I also ordered some crispy French fries on the side.

The sandwich was absolutely delicious, and the watermelon juice I had with my meal was a refreshing treat – no additives, preservatives, or added sugar, just like a watermelon in a glass.

I couldn't resist trying their beef empanada as well, which turned out to be an excellent choice.

The ropa vieja, another popular dish, was pretty good, too, although it could use a bit more flavor.

However, the black beans and rice were outstanding, something I don't usually eat a lot of but found myself enjoying.

The Adams Street Cafe

Burger at The Adams Street Cafe

Last week, I decided to try out The Adams Street Cafe for lunch, having heard great things about the place from my friends.

The menu had a wide variety of hearty American dishes ranging from soups to burgers to tacos, which left me spoilt for choice.

I finally settled on the horseradish and mushroom burger with fries, while my partner chose the peppered smoked turkey salad.

Both dishes were absolutely delicious, and the fries were surprisingly good despite being the skinnier kind that I generally don't like.

The service was top-notch, making our dining experience even more enjoyable.

But the true highlight of The Adams Street Cafe was when we returned for their family-style dinner on a Friday night, where they serve dishes like fried chicken, gouda cheese bread, roasted broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn casserole, and peach cobbler with ice cream.

The amount of food was overwhelming and incredibly tasty, and I couldn't believe that such a cozy place could serve up such a feast!

Whiskey & The Wolf

Perch at Whiskey & The Wolf

One evening, I decided to try out Whiskey & The Wolf for dinner, and I must say, I was quite impressed.

The dining area had a cozy ambiance, and even though it was small, it didn't feel overly intrusive.

Now, let's talk about the food.

I could tell that the chefs at Whiskey & The Wolf take their cooking seriously, as every dish was packed with flavor.

I decided to order the perch, which turned out to be phenomenal.

It was served with a delicious handmade tartar sauce and a pleasantly sweet coleslaw that complemented the fish perfectly.

My friend, who accompanied me, ordered their wings, and she couldn't stop raving about how good they were.

However, it wasn't just the food that made our night enjoyable.

I appreciated the effort put into the décor, which felt like a modern interpretation of a saloon, complete with dark blue alligator-skin booths and textured globe lights.

Mancy's Steakhouse

NY strip at Mancy's Steakhouse

I recently dined at Mancy's Steakhouse to celebrate my anniversary, and I couldn't be happier with the experience.

The restaurant has been a popular choice for steaks and seafood in Toledo since 1921, and it's easy to see why.

The ambiance was perfect for a romantic evening, with Tiffany shades, rich mahogany booths, and white tablecloths that truly capture the turn-of-the-century atmosphere.

We decided to order steaks, a porterhouse for me, and a strip steak for my partner.

Both were cooked to perfection, and we could tell that the beef was aged and butchered on-premise, just as they do at Mancy's.

We also enjoyed their homemade bread, soups, sauces, and dressings, which added an extra layer of deliciousness to our meal.

The attention to detail and commitment to crafting everything from scratch truly sets Mancy's apart.

I've also had the pleasure of attending a group lunch here, where I tried the blackened mahi mahi with mangoes and a sweet chili sauce, accompanied by saffron rice, green beans, and a tossed salad.

It was a delightful seafood dish, and my friends raved about the waffle fries and prime rib dip sandwich – definitely, something to try next time!

Souk Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar

Hummus at Souk Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar

My friends and I decided to spend our Saturday evening at Souk Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar.

It's a retro, warehouse-style venue with a patio that serves up cocktails and traditional Mediterranean cuisine.

The place was buzzing with energy, and we were lucky enough to snag a spot at the bar with full menu service.

We started off our meal with the Duck and Sweet Corn Sambousek.

The light cream cheese, kale, and duck filling paired with the pomegranate molasses sauce made for a truly memorable and delectable dish.

Next, we enjoyed the Grilled Halloumi with a subtle tomato sauce and a unique pita bread.

Even the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with pancetta and pecorino was a delightful addition to our meal.

One thing you can't miss at Souk is their amazing hummus with lamb ragu.

It completely redefined our perception of a hummus dish.

The entire meal was paired with a couple of different red wines, including Pinot Noir and an interesting blend from Turkey, which complemented the flavors perfectly.

Tony Packo's Restaurant

Chicken paprikas at Tony Packo's Restaurant

I've been a fan of Tony Packo's Restaurant ever since I moved to the area, and I visit often with friends and family.

The casual and relaxed atmosphere is perfect for catching up with loved ones while enjoying delicious Hungarian-American cuisine.

There's a reason why this place has been a long-running favorite in the community!

The menu has a great variety of dishes, but the signature hot dogs are a must-try item.

They are always cooked to perfection and full of flavor.

On my last visit, I decided to try something new and ordered the Chili Mac.

It was loaded with shredded cheese, just the way I like it.

My husband tried the two hot dog platter, and he couldn't stop raving about how tasty it was.

The Chicken Paprikas is also a crowd favorite, and I can't wait to try it next time.

Another thing I love about Tony Packo's is their commitment to serving authentic Hungarian food.

The stuffed cabbage and Chili Mac are perennial favorites, and you can tell the recipes have been passed down through generations.

The Sweet Hot Pickles & Peppers are also a unique addition to the menu that you won't find anywhere else.

QQ Kitchen

Noodles at QQ Kitchen

QQ Kitchen is a cozy counter-serve café that serves Chinese dishes with a few Korean and Japanese options thrown in.

I'm so glad I finally got to try it!

The café's interior may not be fancy, but it was clean and spacious enough to accommodate a decent number of customers.

Upon arriving, I decided to order the almond boneless chicken and swapped out the white rice for lo mein noodles for just $2 extra - a decision I definitely didn't regret.

The chicken was cooked to perfection, and the dish was served atop cooked cabbage, making the flavors all the more satisfying.

The portion size was quite generous, and I ended up taking half of it home.

I also noticed that the menu had expanded over the years to cater to various dietary concerns, which I appreciated.

In addition to the classics, they also offer fantastic vegetarian options from "Emmis Eats," including delectable sweets and other rotating goods.

The Beirut Restaurant

Baba ghanouj at The Beirut Restaurant

One of my favorite dining spots in town has to be The Beirut Restaurant, a fantastic spot that offers authentic Lebanese cuisine and a unique dining experience.

The eclectic space, adorned with murals and moody lighting, creates an inviting atmosphere for a memorable evening.

I decided to try a variety of dishes from their extensive menu, including the fattoush salad, hummus, baba ghanouj, zahle kibbi, and a kabob platter.

Each dish was absolutely incredible, and the portions were more than generous.

In fact, I had to take some leftovers home to enjoy the next day.

The service at The Beirut was top-notch, which only added to the overall experience.

The quality of the food was truly impressive, with some of the most authentic Middle Eastern dishes I've ever tasted.

I even took some out-of-town friends here, and they couldn't stop raving about how amazing the food was.

Eddie Lee's Restaurant

I recently had an amazing dinner at Eddie Lee's Restaurant, a low-key spot known for its house-specialty prime rib and classic American meat and seafood dishes.

The relaxed casual environment made it the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a great meal.

From the moment I walked in, I noticed the restaurant's cleanliness and was greeted with excellent service.

The menu had a variety of options, but I couldn't resist trying their prime rib - which, as I had heard, truly lived up to its reputation as the best in Toledo.

The serving was generous, and the meat was cooked to perfection.

In addition to the prime rib, I also tried their fried red tomatoes - a unique dish that turned out to be absolutely delicious.

The deep-fried pork tenderloin and chicken were also a hit among my friends.

The food was so good that I couldn't help but give it a 100% score!

Eddie Lee's also offers a variety of seafood options, such as the pan-seared whitefish, which were perfect for those in our group who were not big meat eaters.

The French onion soup, topped with croutons and melted cheese, was another must-try dish that I couldn't get enough of.

The drinks at Eddie Lee's were also fantastic, with a wide selection to choose from.

Fowl & Fodder Downtown

Chicken and waffles at Fowl & Fodder Downtown

As a food lover, I truly appreciate the quality and taste of the dishes at Fowl & Fodder Downtown.

They have been my go-to spot for brunch ever since I discovered their menu specializing in healthy fare.

The restaurant's modern interiors and two-floor layout give it a unique ambiance that I enjoy every time I visit.

I remember stopping by for breakfast on my way to Mardi Gras last year, and I was blown away by their gluten-free options.

It was a fantastic way to kick off my vacation, and I've made it a tradition to dine here every year since.

The rustic feel of the place is charming, with modern art adorning the walls and a view of downtown Toledo from the second level.

One of my favorite dishes at Fowl & Fodder Downtown is their gluten-free waffle with a breaded boneless chicken thigh.

The combination of crispy waffles and juicy chicken is absolutely mouth-watering, and I love that they serve it with hollandaise sauce and syrup so you can switch up the flavors.

The addition of microgreens on top brings freshness to the dish, perfect for brunch.

I also can't help but indulge in their bubble punch, which has a delightful mimosa-like taste and a refreshing kick.

Though the coffee can be a tad strong, I still appreciate the taste and quality.

Schmucker's Restaurant

Pie at Schmucker's Restaurant

I remember the first time I visited Schmucker's Restaurant, it felt like stepping back in time.

The yellow brick walls, chrome stools at the curving counter, and cozy booths brought back memories of classic diners I had enjoyed in my youth.

I was immediately drawn to their vast menu and daily specials, which offered a variety of comfort food options.

I decided to treat myself to their famous homemade pecan pie, which I learned is one of over 20 pies they offer, all made from scratch daily.

It was as delicious as I had hoped, reminding me of the pies my mom used to make.

For my entree, I went with the pan-fried steak breakfast, which was cooked to perfection.

As I enjoyed my meal, I couldn't help but notice the Christian material displayed throughout the diner, which only added to the warm, inviting atmosphere.

One thing that stood out to me about Schmucker's was the sense of community and family.

I later learned that it has been a family-owned and operated Toledo dining tradition since 1948 and is currently run by the third generation of Schmuckers.

It truly felt like a home away from home.

Poco Piatti

Hummus at Poco Piatti

I recently decided to visit Poco Piatti for a meal, and I must say that it was everything I had heard it was.

The moment I entered the restaurant, I was impressed by the comfortable and cozy ambiance.

I started with the Poco Tips and Hummus which were delicious and then moved on to try two different pizzas.

All the dishes were satisfying, and I couldn't help but notice that the portions were perfect - not too big or too small.

The weakest part of the meal was the iced tea, which was a bit too weak for my taste, but that didn't overshadow the fantastic dining experience.

One of the highlights of the meal was the freshly baked bread that came straight out of the oven.

I also tried the Tabouleh during my visit, and although it was a bit on the salty side, the fresh ingredients made up for it.

The Chop House - Toledo

Filet mignon at The Chop House - Toledo

Last weekend, my partner and I decided to celebrate our anniversary at The Chop House - Toledo, a classic steakhouse known for its exceptional cuts of USDA prime beef, extraordinary service, and premium wine selection.

Right from the start, we were amazed by the elegant ambiance, lined with local art and a stunning riverfront view.

The live piano music playing in the background added to the charm of the place.

We started our dinner with the house salad, to which they kindly added pears, complementing the goat cheese perfectly.

The soup was delicious and filling, leaving us almost too full for the main course, but we couldn't resist trying their filet mignon.

The steak was a specialty coffee-rubbed filet mignon that we both thoroughly enjoyed.

As for the sides, we had lobster mac and cheese, which was a great idea, although I personally would have preferred the pasta to be a bigger shape, like cavatappi.

Nonetheless, the flavors were delightful, and we had plenty left over for the next day.

Hannon's Block Restaurant

Double burger at Hannon's Block Restaurant

I decided to try out Hannon's Block Restaurant with some friends.

The moment we entered, we were impressed by the vintage theme and the ambiance.

As for the food, it was just as amazing as the service.

We started with some marinated olives and chicken drummettes, which were delicious.

For our main courses, I tried the steak frites and chicken sandwich while my friends ordered the double burger, king crab toast, and fresh-caught walleye.

We were all extremely satisfied with our meals, and I particularly enjoyed the steak frites.

It was cooked to perfection and had a great flavor.

What truly made our experience at Hannon's Block unforgettable was the attention to detail.

We loved that they had a record player at their bar, making the atmosphere even more enjoyable.

And, of course, we couldn't leave without trying their dessert.

We shared a heavenly cookie dessert that was the perfect ending to a fantastic meal.

Shorty's True American Roadhouse

Triple play combo at Shorty's True American Roadhouse

My friends and I decided to treat ourselves to some delicious all-American food and headed over to Shorty's True American Roadhouse.

We started our meal with some cocktails and a plate of smoked wings, which were absolutely incredible.

After seeing the Ultimate Feast option on the menu, we knew we had to give it a try.

The four of us shared the feast, and we still had plenty of leftovers to take home.

Every dish was cooked to perfection and had us licking our fingers by the end of the night.

One of my friends ordered the BBQ nachos with pulled pork, and I must say, it was a huge platter and tasted amazing.

Another friend tried the triple play combo, which included a variety of tasty meats.

The Mac n' cheese was also a hit - cheesy, flavorful, and just the right amount of runny.

What really stood out for me, though, was the honey BBQ salmon dinner I ordered.

It was probably some of the best-grilled salmon I've ever eaten, cooked exactly to my liking.

The entire meal was a delight, and we couldn't have asked for better service.

BIBIBOP Asian Grill

Chicken over rice at BIBIBOP Asian Grill

I recently visited BIBIBOP Asian Grill and was truly impressed by its commitment to serving real, unprocessed, high-quality food, all at an affordable price.

The moment I walked in, I noticed the modern, zen-like design of the interior, complete with live plants spread throughout the restaurant, giving it a fresh and clean ambiance.

The food itself was absolutely delicious and tasted incredibly clean.

I appreciated the variety of options for both meat and vegetarian protein sources, and I loved that they offered different rice and salad base choices too.

The hot and cold toppings were all appetizing, and I particularly enjoyed the bean sprouts and pineapple – though I had to pay extra for the latter.

As for the sauces, I tried the teriyaki sauce, which was quite good, but I also wanted to try the yum yum and sweet/spicy sauces.

Pho Viet Nam

Pho at Pho Viet Nam

Whenever I get a craving for some authentic Vietnamese cuisine, I always head over to Pho Viet Nam.

This family-owned restaurant truly makes me feel like I'm dining in their home, which adds an extra layer of coziness to the entire experience.

The quiet atmosphere allows me to fully appreciate the amazing flavors of this traditional Vietnamese food.

As soon as I walk in, I can't help but notice the wide variety of dishes available on their menu.

My personal favorite is the rare beef and brisket pho – the broth is just so rich and aromatic that I can't get enough of it!

They also offer spring rolls and summer rolls, which are perfect for pairing with the pho or enjoying as a standalone dish.

One time, I sampled their salads, dumplings, and stir fry, and let me tell you, they were just as delightful as their signature pho.

Zingo's Mediterranean

Gyro at Zingo's Mediterranean

The other day, I decided to treat myself to a scrumptious lunch at Zingo's Mediterranean in historic downtown Perrysburg.

I've been a fan of this place for years, and it has never disappointed me.

True to its reputation, the food I ordered was fresh and delicious.

I went for the gyro with pita chips and couldn't resist adding their hummus to my order.

The gyro was perfectly seasoned, not oily at all, and the pita chips were light, crispy, and delightful.

As always, the prices were fair, which is one of the many reasons I love this locally-owned, regionally-inspired joint.

The ambiance inside the restaurant was cozy and welcoming, with a clean and spacious seating area.

Registry Bistro

Pot pie at Registry Bistro

As a lover of unique and incredible dining experiences, I can confidently say that the Registry Bistro in Toledo is one of the best places to dine in the city.

The menu offers a mix of French and Spanish dishes, with each dish offering a multitude of flavors and cultures.

When I visited, I was particularly impressed with the Montauk Clam Bake Pot Pie, which had clams, shrimp, sausage, and sweet corn.

It was a fantastic dish, and the wedge salad we shared was also delicious.

To top it off, they even offer a great craft beer selection, and I enjoyed a Jolly Pumpkin Ora during my visit.

Not only is the food incredible, but the service is exceptional as well.

The ambiance of the place is beautiful, with a cute art gallery connected and an overall quiet and classy aesthetic.

The drinks were good, and the presentation of the dishes was almost too beautiful to eat.

Real Seafood Company Toledo

Shrimp and scallop risotto at Real Seafood Company Toledo

As a frequent diner at Real Seafood Company Toledo, I can say that it's a go-to place for special occasions and celebrations.

The vibrant atmosphere and breathtaking riverside views make it a perfect spot for a date night or a family gathering.

The menu offers a variety of options, including steak, seafood, pasta, and an impressive raw bar.

I started my meal with the tuna tartare served on crispy warm rice cakes, which were nothing short of perfection.

The broiled oysters were also delectable, adding to the delicious beginning of my meal.

For my main course, I couldn't resist trying the shrimp and scallop risotto.

The dish was perfectly cooked, topped with mouthwatering roasted asparagus and arugula.

The sauce was heavenly, and the shrimp were flawlessly prepared.

Although the scallops were slightly overdone, the entire meal was still a delightful treat.

My husband ordered the seafood Alfredo, and he absolutely loved it.

The seafood was tender, and the sauce was thick and creamy.

You cannot leave Real Seafood Company without trying their key lime pie.

It's DIVINE and a must-have to end your dining experience.

Final Thoughts

Toledo is truly a food lover's paradise, offering a diverse range of cuisines and dining experiences.

From the mouthwatering prime rib at Eddie Lee's Restaurant to the delightful Lebanese dishes at The Beirut, there's something for everyone in this charming city.

So go ahead, explore Toledo's culinary gems, and prepare to be amazed by the flavors and hospitality this city has to offer.

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