Felice Urban Café is set in a beautifully restored turn of the century home. The attention to detail inside makes you feel like you are right at home. I love that they kept so much of the house true to its origins. The lighting is dim and the food is 100% fine dining with a casual and friendly atmosphere. There are a few options in terms of seating since the restaurant is based in an older home that they kept true to the layout. There is a main first floor dining room that has approximately 8-10 tables. Off the dining room is a small, but well stocked bar area. In the front of the house they have converted the porch into more seating which gives you a view of the street while you eat. Also available is the 2nd floor seating area and when the weather is nice a beautiful new outdoor patio and bar. My personal favorite spot to sit is the Chef’s Table which is located right off the kitchen with a view of everything that is going on behind the scenes at Felice! The Chef’s table can seat four and makes for a wonderful dining experience. Felice offers food with a Spanish and American flair and is located at 12502 Larchmere Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44120. I’d highly recommend that you call ahead for a Reservation if you want to make sure you have a seat!
Food---Every Wednesday Felice has an amazing food special. For only $22 a person each person gets 1 appetizer, 1 entrée and 1 desert. You are free to pick anything off the regular menu or off the specials menu. For dinner tonight there were two couples and I asked that we sit at the Chef’s table. I love the experience of being in the kitchen even if there is a little more hustle and bustle going on. Since we were at the Chef’s table we were treated to a very special “preappetizer” that came as a total surprise. Our waitress brought us each a small plate of chopped beets that were drizzled with olive oil. The beets also had a few almonds and some goat cheese on top. The texture of the beets was excellent and the almonds gave some crunch to play off the softness of the beets. The goat cheese really tied the flavors together too.romesco sauce; an Italian style soup with kalamata olives, vegetables, and cannellini beans; and finally a take on a thin crust pizza that was piled with leafy greens and a poached egg. Everyone absolutely loved their appetizers. My girlfriend’s soup was seasoned perfectly, full of flavor and rather large in portion.
Onto the Entrées…The couple that was with us ordered the Steak And Frites. It came with a thinly sliced grilled skirt steak that was topped with an arugula sauce. It also came with braised garden greens, and homemade ketchup. The tenderness of the steak was good but it could have been cooked a hair more according to my friends fiancé. The arugula sauce that was on top of the steaks really added some great flavor to the steak and the jojo was also excellent.
so this was more of a personal preference to the level of spice than a critique on the flavor. What we did find somewhat disappointing with the dish was that the meat was a little over cooked. The meat was somewhat dry and we would have liked a little more moisture content in the meat. If the ribs had been more tender and moist this dish would have been perfect. The skinny cut fries were well seasoned and were a perfect side for these spicy barbecue ribs.
Drinks---Felice offers a variety of different drink selections such as various Cocktails, Craftbeer, and Wine. The majority of our evening consisted of Craftbeer for the men and wine for the ladies. In terms of wine they keep it pretty simple. They have 4-5 varieties of red and 4-5 varieties of white wine available. No matter if you are a fan of Red/White or Dry/Sweet chances are you will find a wine that meets your needs. If you are a Craftbeer fan I think you would enjoy Felice, but I wouldn’t say you want to make it your every night Craftbeer hang out. Their Craftbeer list remains pretty consistent with only a few bottles rotating. They do not offer draft beer at the inside bar and I did not get to see if they offer it when the patio is open. In terms of the types of beers, they have 2-3 types of 4-5 different styles of Craftbeer. For instance, they had 2-3 porters (I had the Rouge Mocha Porter), 3 IPAs (I had all three: Brooklyn East IPA, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin, 21st Amendment Back in Black), 2 wheat, and 2 Belgian style beers along with 3-4 other brews (Totally about 15 different bottled Craftbeers). Overall if you are a Craftbeer fan there is nearly 100% chance you’ll find a beer that you’d like to have with dinner. I was happy they had a variety of quality Craftbeer, and I’d give them a higher score if they expanded their selection a bit and/or added a couple draft beers to the menu. Reviews of the beers I drank will be published on the CraftBeer Review Page. I’d give their drink selection and quality a 3.5/5.
Service/Overall---When I arrived I was kindly greeted and was quickly attended to. The owner was walking around greeting the patrons and engaging in conversations with them. I thought this was a great added touch. Felice is already a warm and inviting place and having the owner walking around conversing with customers made it seem even more warm and inviting. You don’t see that every day in restaurants anymore. Since my party was running late I decided to have a few beers at the bar while I waited. The bartender was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. I couldn’t ask for better service to start the night. The great service continued throughout the evening. Our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about each dish that we had questions about. Each course came out in a timely fashion and appropriately spaced to allow us time to eat without having to rush to finish before our next dish. In terms of pricing, you cannot beat the 3 course meal for only $22 a person on Wednesdays, but if you go on another night the food is very reasonably priced. Appetizers ranged from $5-$10, Entrées ranged from $13-20, and Deserts were priced at $6.50. Glasses of wine were all under $10 and bottles of craftbeer were between $4-$5 each. If you are looking for a great fine dining experience with great food, a great atmosphere and great service Felice would be a great place to make a reservation at. Also, if you are looking for a great romantic location to take someone special call Felice and make a reservation (216-791-0918) for the Chef’s table…you won’t be sorry that you did! Felice Urban Café is open for dinner Monday-Thursday from 4pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday from 4pm-12am. They also offer a Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday, from 4-7pm with discounts on drinks and appetizers. In terms of service, value and overall dining experience I’d give Felice a 5/5!