Cleveland's 25 Best Restaurants of 2019

May 09, 2019

We are honored to be named one of the 25 best restaurants in Cleveland by Cleveland Magazine! "With such a small footprint, snagging an open table or a seat at the bar on the weekend here is a feat, since locals know chef and owner Rusty James Phillips is a genius in the kitchen. So listen to us when we say that it’s worth the trip to the sleepy lakeside community just to get a taste of what Phillips is cooking up for his seasonal small plates menu." 

Cleveland Hot List: Best New American Restaurant 2017, 2018, 2020

July 01, 2020

Back-to-back winner (2017, 2018, 2020) of the Cleveland Hot List, Best New American Restaurant category, which recognizes the best Greater Cleveland area restaurant taking old ideas and melting them into tasty new ones.  The Cleveland Hot List awards are based on more than 50,000 votes from local Cleveland-area experts. Over 60 nominees are included in the Great Meals: Best New American category!  [No Hot List was published in 2019]

Silver Spoon Awards: Best Small Plates 2020

April 28, 2020

The Pompadour is proud to be chosen as a finalist for Best Appetizers / Small Plates by readers of Cleveland Magazine for the 2020 Silver Spoon Awards.

The Pompadour Revamps Seasonal Small Plates Menu

August 20, 2020

We appreciate Cleveland Magazine sharing an update about how we "continue[] to reinvent small plates, shareable dishes and cocktail pairings — even in the face of the pandemic." Read more to check out some of the featured dishes and craft cocktails!

Cocktails and inventive food now for carryout in Northeast Ohio

April 15, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, we appreciate New Herald's travel and dining editor, Janet Podolak, sharing the news that "Stylish dining complete with artisanal cocktails can now be enjoyed as carryout, thanks to entrepreneurial chefs." "Chef Rusty Phillips has pared down his menu at The Pompadour in Fairport Harbor to serve customer favorites that will travel well and maintain the integrity of the dishes — many of them tapas-style small plates." "And Gov. Mike DeWine’s April 7 Liquor Control Board Order allowed the return of bartender Kevin Patrick’s craft cocktails to the mix."

Best of Lake Erie: Best Fine Dining 2019

September 01, 2019

The Pompadour is proud to be recognized by the readers of Lake Erie Living Magazine in the 2019 "Best of Lake Erie" edition as a Best Fine Dining Restaurant. Lake Erie Living Magazine is the only lifestyle publication for the entire Lake Erie region, which includes Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and southern Ontario Canada.  

25 Hard-to-Get Cleveland Restaurant Tables That Are Totally Worth It

April 12, 2019

Cleveland Scene Magazine: "The Pompadour is a ways away, but absolutely worth the trip and the scheduling. Be sure to call ahead, and take in the great views and scrumptious tapas." 

Best of Cleveland: Best Small Plates 2018

October 01, 2018

The Pompadour is proud to be chosen by the readers of Cleveland Magazine as a 2018 Best of Cleveland winner for the Best Small Plates.  We participated with other winners in the awesome Cleveland Magazine’s annual Best of Cleveland Party, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. 

Pompadour, in former Fairport Harbor dive bar, astounds diners with creative tapas

August 29, 2018

News-Herald's travel and dining editor, Janet Podolak: "Word of [Rusty Phillips'] bold, innovative food has spread to Cleveland's West Side, Erie, Pennsylvania, and beyond, luring diners to seek out his tapas-style dishes in the restaurant borrowing its name from the beauty shop that once occupied the space."

The Pompadour in Fairport Harbor Delivers Tapas Worth the Drive

August 01, 2018

Douglas Trattner, critically-acclaimed freelance writer and dining editor for Cleveland Scene, notes: "We worked our way through a third of the menu with one regret: that we didn't have room for more."

The Pompadour is a Tapas Paradise

June 07, 2018

Kim Schneider, managing editor of Cleveland Magazine: "Playfully named as a nod to a hair salon that once occupied the space, it still feels more like an intimate neighborhood bar than somewhere where you’d expect to find a stellar small plates menu and creative cocktail program. But that’s the beauty of Pompadour — it’s not flashy or showy. It doesn’t pretend to be anything more than a hidden gem serving simple, stripped down tapas that let the four or five ingredients shine."  

Best of Lake Erie: Best Small Plates 2017

September 01, 2017

The Pompadour is proud to be recognized by the editors of Lake Erie Living Magazine in its 2017 "Best of Lake Erie" edition as the Best Small Plates Restaurant.  Lake Erie Living Magazine is the only lifestyle publication for the entire Lake Erie region, which includes Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and southern Ontario Canada.  

October 26, 2016

News Herald restaurant reviewer, Mark Koestner's, visit left him "impressed with everything about The Pompadour. The service was excellent, and the creativity that food trucks have always seemed to embody definitely carries over to this brick-and-mortar establishment. Quality food and drinks in a cool atmosphere make for the night-time experience this great daytime area needed."

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