Marion's Mediterranean Restaurant & Tapas Bar

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“I knew that if I ever had my own restaurant, I wanted to offer the people of this area a variety of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you enjoy Italian, Greek or French foods, often it’s just a matter of how something is prepared that gives it the flavor of a particular region.” —Chef Marion Smith

Categories: Eastside Food & Dining

The Holiday Inn Northeast began the project of revamping their restaurant in 2017. Longtime Cleveland Chef Marion Smith stumbled upon this opportunity by filling in one weekend as a favor for a friend. Soon after, Marion was encouraged to show hotel management all that he could offer due to his vast experience in some of Cleveland’s most iconic restaurants.

When creating the menu, Marion drew from all of his experiences as head chef at Geraci’s in Cleveland Heights, Classics in downtown Cleveland and Waters in Hudson.

The Holiday Inn Northeast recently underwent a major renovation where all guest rooms and common areas were beautifully upgraded along with the restaurant changes. This full service hotel is able to handle large and small groups for weddings, corporate functions, reunions or just a weekend staycation. Marion works with you to create the perfect menu for any occasion.

Pastas at Marion’s are all handmade and include the Fruitti di Mar that combines squid and tarragon red pepper linguini pastas with clams, lobster, scallops, carrots and turnips in a fresh herb smoked jalapeño lobster sauce. 

Other entrees include chicken, pork, salmon, filet and veal all prepared in unique Mediterranean styles. The star of the menu is the highly decorated and very French herb crusted Rack of Lamb. And for an appetizer, don’t miss Marion’s signature French Onion Soup served in a hollowed out onion shell branded with Marion’s logo.

Along with the main menu choices, the more casual tapas bar menu includes a taste of Greece with the Saganaki, a flaming cheese presented table side. Italy is represented in the Grilled Polenta Triangles served with a gorgonzola florentine sauce and prosciutto.

The tapas bar offers live music and a more relaxed vibe. Between catering services and banquet rooms, Marion’s dining room and the tapas bar, there are many opportunities for people to experience the talents of chef Marion.

In the six months that Marion’s has been open the Rack of Lamb has won several awards including best entree and a judges choice award in competitions including top restaurants and chefs in the Cleveland area.

Marion’s supports the community and partners with local vendors for meats, wines and fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

Marion’s tapas bar is available for private parties and includes an outdoor patio. 

Marion’s Mediterranean Restaurant and Tapas Bar is located at 7701 Reynolds Rd in Mentor. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and closed on Sunday. Reservations are available through or call 440-951-7100. For more information visit the website or Marion’s Facebook page.