Players On Madison

(216) 226-5200 | Email | View Website

14523 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH | Directions   44107-4326

41.477193 -81.797057

Open Hours

Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm ; Fri 5pm-11pm ; Sat 5pm-11pm ; Sun 11am-10pm

 
Restaurants, Catering, $$$  more

Tags: Bar Scene, Carry Out, Celeb Hangout, Date Spot, Dine At The Bar, Local Favorite, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Quiet, Romantic Dining

Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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Reviews for Players On Madison

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Not Best pizza... – I just ordered a pizza from Player's on Madison it was hot a fresh just out of the oven. I have to say that the selection of toppings is impressive, and they are fresh. They did however skimp on the basil which annoyed me because it was my only topping; considering the hostess didn't hear that I ordered tomato as well. the crust is below par. It is not what I would consider gourmet, my mother makes a similiar dough herself. If you want to try a nice pizza that I would consider perfect, try Pier W. They make a perfect Margherita pizza.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

One of Lakewood's best restaurants – Having lived around Lakewood for over four years I've found that Player's is one of the best local restaurants. Although I've only ever gotten carry-out (generally assorted apps), the food has been fantastic. There's also a very nice patio in the back.

The hosts have always been nice, but there was once a bartender with a very condescending attitude.

Best recommendation:

Crab and Rock Shrimp Cakes with corn-avocado salsa.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Over Rated – Service is Ok, Hostess is pleasant. There is nothing outstanding here. Has a Van Gough atmosphere IMO.

Order to table time is atrocious. Appetizers and salads were served at the time meal should have been.

No idea how mac and cheese deserves $17 with no sides? It didnt appear to be made with any type of above average cheese.

There is nothing "wrong" with the restaurant or service, it just is not my idea of a star rated place.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Avoid at all cost$$ – Food is NOT that great and the prices are HIGH. Hostess is ANYTHING BUT FRIENDLY. Been there twice. First time for take-out pizza, which was just OK. I don't know why everyone thinks this is so fantastic. Apparently their pizza tastes aren't high. Second time we ate in, encountered the surly hostess once again and had dinner for two, each with a cocktail. Dinner came to $85. That's a price you don't mind paying at a fancy place with great atmosphere and terrific food. Players ain't that place. Would not recommend.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Place for Pizza & Quality Service – Don't mistake Player's for your typical pizza and pasta joint. Although their pizza is fantastic (I highly recommend the pollo pesto), Player's has quickly become my favorite restaurant for many other reasons. With such a great variety of appetizers, I struggle to make a decision (calamari, stuffed banana peppers, and brie are a few of my favorites). Their entrees are incredible and combine some unique flavors that go perfectly together. The chicken and pork tenderloin are two great examples that I recommend, and the seafood specials are always intriguing. A different flavored creme brulee every week is the dessert of choice, but the fried banana split is a close second. You can also order food for take-out and the pollo pesto pizza is a perfect choice. Service is remarkable.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible dinner – we had terrible service, pizza was undercooked and when we mentioned it, the server acted as if we put them out. Will not go back.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A Perfect Place for all – Players on Madison is a favorite. My girlfriend and I go about once a month and have never had anything but a wondeful experience. The modern styling is refreshing in an aging area of Lakewood, and the new patio is great for those who enjoy eating outdoors in nice weather. The price is more than reasonable, even "cheap" for the service and food received, although there is nothing cheap about this diamond in the rough.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Variety and Always Good – Don't mistake Player's for your typical pizza and pasta joint. Although their pizza is fantastic (I highly recommend the pollo pesto), Player's has quickly become my favorite restaurant for many other reasons. With such a great variety of appetizers, I struggle to make a decision (calamari, stuffed banana peppers, and brie are a few of my favorites). Their entrees are incredible and combine some unique flavors that go perfectly together. The chicken and pork tenderloin are two great examples that I recommend, and the seafood specials are always intriguing. A different flavored creme brulee every week is the dessert of choice, but the fried banana split is a close second. You can also order food for take-out and the pollo pesto pizza is a perfect choice. Service is remarkable.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

A neighborhood trattoria with a great reputation and the food to match. – The Scene
There are neighborhood Italian places all over Cleveland, ones that would be called "Mom's" if they were diners. Cozy and informal, they serve good food, but nothing to write Palermo about. Players, though, is different, with its sleek decor, polished-wood floors and track-lit modern art.



The Food
The menu, while pasta-based, shows more than a little whimsy. Penne al a vodka is a showstopper and the wine list is extensive (try the Rabbit Ridge zinfandel). But most come for the gourmet pizza or linguine with customized toppings--more than 50, including grilled shrimp and chicken, pistachios and smoked salmon. The red onion, pineapple and fresh tomato pizza is highly recommended, along with the sun-dried tomato tapanade. (Tell them to go light on the oil, though.) Although the delicious goat cheese starter is gone, there's now a very good phyllo-wrapped brie offered, as well as some nice crab-and-lobster spring rolls.

Recommends
4.5
over a year ago

Always Pleases! – My wife and I have been fans of Players on Madison for years. It is amazing that they maintain high standards consistantly. The selection of single malt scotches and small batch bourbons is first rate!

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