2179 Lee Rd, Cleveland, OH | Directions 4411841.500313 -81.565136
Neighborhoods: Cleveland Heights
Comfortable, classy, generally good food and service, but the menu never changes – Lemon Grass greatly improved this Lee Road area, after it took over the former McDonalds space many years ago. The dining areas are attractive and there's a nice patio. The food served in the restaurant is generally good, but take out food seems to need improvement. Maybe this kind of food just doesn't travel well. It is prepared very quickly though. For some reason, their take out seafood has absolutely no flavor, and every shrimp has a mushy glob stuck to them I can't identify. Also, the string beans are always hard and fibrous.
They could reduce the amount of sauce in the dishes by 50%, and in some cases there would still be too much sauce. If only there were more dishes offered with no sauce, but there are few. It seems they've had the same menu since the beginning, which can get a bit boring to us regular customers. Although they offer a seasonal menu, it's too small and sometimes seems like more of the same.
I do love the flavor of their fried rice -- I can eat it until I explode! Although, I wish there was a lot more rice and a little less meat and odd additions like tomatoes and cukes (it is a rice dish after all), and a lot less oil. Although I've heard some say their pad thai is not the best, I still like it a lot. Their duck dishes are delicious, as are all the fried appetizers.
I have to say, the Mint Cafe in Coventry is a nice alternative. The chef came from Lemon Grass, and the staff at the Cafe are extremely nice. The restaurant is much smaller, but very cute. There are a lot of similar dishes as LG, but others are quite different that are wonderful, too. Their thai tea is strange and delicious.
always will go back! – I have not been disappoint yet! The spring rolls are just a delight with the sweet dipping sauce... I always ask for extra to add to my rice and take home to use as a dressing. My girlfriend and I have our girls night out there maybe 2 time a year. The servce is great, noise is never a bother and we always leave with extra food. never got dessert yet...cause we are always full. Maybe on my Birthday...I'll try. Please try this place and take time to walk around.
great food, great service – i tried lemon grass via carry out so cannot speak to the sit-down service but the personel we encountered while going in to order & wait for our food were all very friendly and helpful, as they were on the phone when i called ahead with several questions. while the menu does specify "no substitutions" i had no problem when asking for an item to be left out of a dish - in my experience exclusions are treated differently than substitutions. the food was great - very fresh and enjoyed by those liking super hot to more mild tastes (as we were easily able to request our preference). i'll likely be back and my out-of-town visitors say they would revisit as well.
Stay away people who have food allergies.... – I went to this resturant with high hopes for great Thai dinning which I miss since Cleveland doesn't have too much variety in dinning choices. I was shocked when saw the menu no exceptions, no additions, or subtutions. I thought well, I am pretty sure they wouldn't have a problem maybe minusing the egg out of my dish since I'm very alergic to eggs. The waiter stressed that there was no way that would be done for me. I asked isn't their food freshly made that it should be that much of a problem just not to drop an egg in the soup I wished to order. So I ended up not eating anything since most of the stuff had egg. And neither the waiter or manager seemed to care in the sightest. I have never had a problem at any restaurant like this before...
A tranquil taste of Thailand at one of suburban Cleveland's busiest crossroads. – In Short
Lemon Grass serves Thai cuisine to upscale diners and neighboring Cedar Lee Multiplex cinephiles. The space is airy--with floor-to-ceiling windows and tastefully appointed brick walls--and always feels calm and cordial. The menu devotes whole sections to roasted-duck variations, Thai curries, vegetarian entrees and specialties such as the Dancing Squid or mee yok mu pork. Diners can also personalize each dish--the kitchen adjusts spices and ingredients upon request.
Excellent eats – An evening at Lemon Grass makes for an enjoyable night. They have a nice selection of wines and excellent appetizers. Menus are very descriptive for the new comer and their hot indicators are pretty accurate. You wont leave hungry.
Thai Restaurant – This is a standard date for my husband and I. We stop at the Lemon Grass for dinner and walk over to Cedar Lee for a movie, then have a cup of cafe mocha at the Starbucks that is in between. It makes for a great night out and their food is great!
Tasteful Experience – I tried Thai for the first time at Lemongrass. I was pleased with not only the dining, but the atmosphere and service as well. Since then, I have tried several other Thai restaurant, inside and outside Cleveland. I have found Lemongrass to be the most satisfying experience.
Lunch was not very good. – I am willing to give this place another shot but I ate lunch there and I was quite disappointed. The food wasn't horrible but it was not very good either. Everything tasted like it had been prepared sloppily, with too much of one ingredient and not enough of another.
The atmosphere was great; I love their little courtyard out back. The service was also very good. I want to come back--I hear it is better for dinner than lunch but I have not gone back yet.
Not so hot – Everyone's always raving about this restaurant, but it's hardly the best Thai food in town -- not even the best on Lee Road. You can get a decent meal here, but the service is generally slow, the waitstaff isn't terribly educated about the menu, and you won't leave wanting to take your leftovers along. For a much better Thai-dining experience, try Mekong River just about two miles down the road.
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