Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take reservations?
We are a cozy restaurant, which means we have limited seating capacity. Reservations are recommended and can be booked directly online, or by request through email or phone. When emailing or calling, please note that all reservations must be confirmed before they are considered booked. Also, with apologies for any inconvenience, due to our small size, reservations for parties larger than 6 people can only be made by contacting the restaurant directly by email or phone.
Are you kid-friendly?
Our focus is on delivering creative dishes in a relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy, young to old. However, to help you plan when visiting with children, please note that: (1) we do not have a separate kids menu so please check our online menu to be sure your child won't go home hungry; (2) we are a tapas restaurant and bar so bar patrons are to be expected during later evening hours; and (3) we do not have special seating accommodations for young children (booster seats, high chairs).
What are tapas?
The concept of "tapas" originated in Spain and refers to small snacks or appetizers that are usually eaten with drinks at a bar. While there are certainly traditional Spanish tapas dishes, tapas has also become known as a style of eating rather than a form of cooking. The serving of tapas, or small plates, encourages relaxation and conversation since diners are not focused on eating a big meal. The Pompadour picks up on the best of both meanings. Enjoy small plates that are inspired by traditional Spanish tapas as well as other Latin and South American flavors. Talk and drink in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a variety of these delightful dishes. Keep it simple or make it as complex as you like, but whichever way you prefer it, we welcome you to sit back and enjoy!
What's the meaning behind the name "The Pompadour"?
It's a nod to history, attitude, and things we like. First, long before our space was a restaurant or bar, four sisters ran a hair salon here. So, we nod to that history. And when it comes to hairstyles, we really dig what the pompadour stands for. The men's version became popular in the late 1950s to early 1960s during the rockabilly movement (think Johnny Cash, Elvis, etc.) Rockabilly embraced a new style of music, hot rods, and a rebellious, unselfconscious attitude (not surprisingly, rockabilly influenced the later punk rock genre). These are all things we love and embrace. We aim to differentiate ourselves from anything else you will find in Lake County, Ohio or surrounding areas. We serve up an unexpected level of creativity and elevated dishes in a former dive bar turned cozy, dimly-lit destination with an urban vibe. Our interior decor hints at elements of the rockabilly era along with a nod to our beach town location. And wouldn't you know it, our favorite beach town, Key West, is home to roosters who sport their own pompadours!