Best desserts in Greater Cleveland, according to Yelp – cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — We know a thing or two about decadent desserts here at cleveland.com.

Back in 2018, cleveland.com’s Best of Cleveland team went in search of the Best Sinful Dessert in Northeast Ohio. We asked readers to nominate their favorite desserts, then to vote to determine a regional Top 20. We happily taste-tested every amazing one of them in search of No. 1.

Mama Catena’s Cannoli Cake captured our hearts — and our taste buds — and came out on top.

Cleveland’s Best Sinful Desserts: Top 10 rankings, winner revealed

But that was then — long before the pandemic. Many things have changed. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Yelp Cleveland for a fresh, new spin.

Whether you are looking for the perfect ending to your meal or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth, you should be able to find something on this list.

Methodology:

This is an all-time list of the best dessert businesses in the Greater Cleveland area, according to Yelp Cleveland. Yelp Cleveland identified businesses in the desserts category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews.

This list looked at businesses in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit.

If a local chain appeared on the list more than once, we only included the highest-rated location.

We worked directly with Yelp Cleveland on this list to reflect accurate data. Want to see your favorite spot make the list next time? Pen your first review and apply for the Yelp Elite Squad today: yelp.com/elite.

Here are the results, broken down by county:

CUYAHOGA

No. 1

Fear’s Confections

Fear’s Confections Gourmet Brownies & Sweets

Dragon eggs from Fear’s Confections Gourmet Brownies & Sweets located at 15208 Madison Ave, Lakewood
– Photo by Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland.com

15208 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-481-0888

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Their pecan turtles are the best ever!! I love everything I’ve tried here but the turtles will blow your mind.” – Aimee E.

No. 2

The Vegan Doughnut Company

The Vegan Doughnut Company

The Vegan Doughnut Company – Blueberry – Photo courtesy of Gracie W., via Yelp

14811 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-712-4192

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Hands down the best donuts in Cleveland. Their flavors change every month and are always very creative and fun. The Choco Taco donut was my favorite. All the donuts had great texture and all the toppings weren’t too sweet and went very well the donuts.” – Gracie W.

No. 3

Mitchell’s Homemade Ice CreamWestlake

Hot Fudge Sundae from Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream, Avon

Hot Fudge Sundae from Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream

15208 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-481-0888

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “I’ve been to multiple locations and the service is always great. They move swiftly, and their ice cream tastes amazing!! I highly recommend this ice cream shop.” – Aidan B.

No. 4

MoMo’s Kebab

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An assortment of French Moroccan cookies at Momo’s Kebab, on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights (Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer) The Plain Dealer

2199 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3512

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “…we found ourselves amidst vivid colors and eclectic furnishings, transported into a charming homespun shop in Morocco! The owner himself attended to us. He certainly under-promised and over-delivered!…We ended our meal with a variety of delectable cookies, baked by his wife. What a unique experience right in the heart of Cleveland! All four of us agreed this place deserved 6 stars, no less. We will be back!” – Henedine A.

No. 5

Rood

Rood Food and Pie

Rood Food and Pie
(Photo by David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com)David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

17001 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-712-4506

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “…And the pie! Do not skip the pie! My personal favorite is the banana cream, but again, they’re all delicious and nuanced with their flavors. Rood’s dine-in aesthetic is similar to walking into a modern garden party, which to me, echoes the freshness of their food…. And the staff is friendly to boot.” – Aubree B.

No. 6

Batuqui

Batuqui

Pudim de Leite from Batuqui – Photo courtesy of Luciana S., via Yelp

12706 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland, 216-801-0227

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “By far one of the most flavorful experiences. I love this restaurant….The coconut butter cake just melts in your mouth. It’s worth every cent despite the high price tag. The servers are oh so kind and are willing to talk you through the menu items. Must try!” – Maria F.

No. 7

Rosso Gelato

Rosso Gelato

Rosso GelatoThe Plain Dealer

12409 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, 216-712-7764

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Excellent gelato!!! I had the cookies and cream and the Nero. Nero is a water based (vegan) chocolate gelato. It kinda tasted like dark chocolate, or like brownie batter. The cookies and cream was absolutely delicious. Great gelato at an excellent price and portion size! Highly recommend!” – Rachel D.

No. 8

On the Rise Artisan Breads

On The Rise Artisan Breads and Pastries

This is the Rustic Apple Tart at On The Rise Artisan Breads and Pastries at 3471 Fairmount Blvd. Cleveland Heights.The Plain Dealer

3471 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights, 216-320-9923

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “I have had their plain sticky bun + small coffee (room for cream!) every Thursday for the past 20 weeks. Nuff said. Staff is always smiley and helpful and the sticky bun is perfect..” – Andrew R.

No. 9

East Coast Original Frozen Custard

East Coast Custard

East Coast Custard Buckeye Concrete
– Photo by Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland.com

5618 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, 440-461-7690

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “The absolute best around! Soft, dreamy, sweet splendor. Nice options and great service. Even vegan!” – Christine G.

No. 10

Campbell’s Sweets Factory

Campbell's Sweets Factory

Cake Pops from Campbell’s Sweets Factory located at 2084 W 25th St., Cleveland and inside the West Side Market
– Photo by Yadi Rodriguez, cleveland.com

2084 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 216-965-0451

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “…We were surprised by the great variety of items and managed to bring plenty back home to share with family and we are now hooked. Thankfully Campbell’s ships. I would highly recommend a trip here. The popcorn is so well-flavored, the caramel apples are dripping with sweetness, the cupcakes are AMAZING (putting to shame plenty of Manhattan and DC famous cupcake places), and the buckeyes were utterly delightful!” – Tina W.

No. 11

Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar

Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar

Cleveland Shuffle from Remixx Ice Cream + Cereal Bar – Photo courtesy of Vincent L., via Yelp

11512 Clifton Blvd., Cleveland, 216-205-4844

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Loved it! We got the “dough shorty it’s yo birthday” and “pb&j time.” We will be back! Yummm.” – Jill P.

No. 12

Top Tier Cakes

Pecan Diamonds

Top Tier Cakes (Photo courtesy David Petkiewitcz)

25971 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-688-1899

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Amazing, Delicious, Beautiful. All to describe the wonderful cake made for my father’s 100th birthday…a better cake could not possibly be found. Highly recommend and a huge THANK YOU!” – Kim M.

No. 13

Crepes in the City

Crepes in the City

Strawberry and Nutella from Crepes in the City – Photo courtesy of Juan D., via Yelp

229 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, 440-385-7093

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “I love crepes!…I ordered strawberry and Nutella and a latte. Wait time was as expected but I was impressed by the size of the crepe! The perfect texture, sponginess, and not too sweet. The strawberries were sliced thin and just the perfect amount of Nutella. Needless to say I was enjoying myself and practically inhaled it. Honestly the best crepe I’ve had in a while. Looking at the choices, they have other savory crepes that I’ll try on my next visit. Another gem! I highly recommend paying them a visit.” – Juan D.

No. 14

Gray House Pies

Gray House Pies

Cherry peach, bacon pecan, and apple jack pies from Gray House Pies – Photo courtesy of Hannah C., via Yelp

26075 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-360-7870

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This place is amazing. Everything they offer is so delicious, and we try to share the gift of Gray House with as many people as possible. While all the pies are delightful, the drunken cherry is a favorite. The quiches have all been so good, as has the pizza. Do not skip this place!” – Theresa L.

No. 15

Restaurant Europa

Restaurant Europa

Russian Cheesecake from Restaurant Europa – Photo courtesy of Cecilia M., via Yelp

30519 Pinetree Rd., Pepper Pike, 216-591-1273

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This is the best restaurant in the area and it’s very reasonably priced. Seriously, the “Europa Pastry” is to die for….All the desserts we’ve tried are excellent (and homemade), but the Napoleon is what we always come back to. Layers of buttery puff pastry with a delicious raspberry syrup (for FOUR DOLLARS!) It’s also the only thing light enough to eat after all the other food.There’s something at Europa for everyone, and the staff will make you feel right at home. A 10/10 if there ever was one.” – Alex T.

No. 16

Salted Dough

Salted Dough restaurant in Broadview Heights is now open

Hand made gelato. Salted Dough in Broadview Heights might be the new kid on the block, but it is backed by many years of experience in the Cleveland food scene. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com
David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

9174 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights, 440-587-1098

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “OMG! OMG! Don’t even know how to begin describing my experience at this restaurant. So, I’ll repeat myself. OMG! OMG!…The food….fresh, homemade and delicious! A lot of care and love went into all the food we ordered. Loved everything we ordered. Unique creations. While you will see a fantastic menu, ask about the specials. The food here is better than many nearby local competitors. You have to eat here at least once. Worth the 20-25 minute drive. Will be back!” – Lisa C.

No. 17

Michael Angelo’s Bakery

Michael Angelo’s Winery opened more than three years ago, and Mike and Matt Ciocca have been busy. They are in the middle of an expansion project, are banking on sparkling wine, and recently won several awards.

Bakery items also are available at the winery.

8035 Broadview Rd., Broadview Heights, 440-526-0499

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “…I am the biggest fan of Michael Angelo’s macaroons — so much so, I had my mom purchase some for my daughters First Communion luncheon. We even have a bakery two minutes from our home that makes macaroons. But I prefer these since they remind me of home . Thanks Michael Angelos!!” – Amanda C.

No. 18

Euro Sweets

Euro Sweets

Key Lime Bomb from Euro Sweets – Photo courtesy of Gracie W., via Yelp

West Side Market Stand D-2, 1979 W. 25th St., Cleveland, 216-534-0115

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Everything looks so good, there are so many different choices and the desserts taste amazing. Great flavors and textures.” – Gracie W.

No. 19

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is getting ready to open its first location in Northeast Ohio. Here’s a sneak peek.

27200 Harvard Rd., Orange Village, 216-285-3500

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Had a great time with friends. Delicious food. Great atmosphere. The s’mores budino is a must have. Omgosh my favorite ever.” – Michelle M.

No. 20

Ellie-May’s Gourmet Cookies

Ellie-May's Gourmet Cookies

Ellie-May’s Gourmet Cookies
– Photo courtesy of Ellie-May’s Gourmet Cookies, via Yelp

3441 Tuttle Rd., The Market Hall, Shaker Heights, 216-526-2363

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Ellie-May’s cookies are our favorite treat! We stop by here at least once a week after climbing at Shaker Rocks. The staff are wonderful and very kind. Definitely would recommend stopping by. Their chocolate chip cookies are hard to beat, and they come out with new recipes all the time!” – Gabriela L.

GEAUGA

No. 1

Sugar Me Desserterie

Maple Buttercream Banana Blueberry Cake, Sugar Me Desserterie

This cake comes from an old family recipe for banana cake, but co-owner Brittany Eidam got the idea to add blueberries to the mix. The recipe can be ordered as cupcakes as well.

49 W. Orange St., Ste. 5, Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7228

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “I absolutely LOVE local bakeries, and Sugar Me did not disappoint! The bakery is a little bit hard to find, but definitely worth the search. Cute vintage feel. I visited on a Wednesday morning, and was welcomed right away. Nice selection of baked goods. I opted for 2 Oh, Ohs…take on HoHo’s. 1 birthday cake flavored, and 1 chocolate, filled with yummy whipped cream. I also got a lemon bar and chocolate chip shortbread (yum!). Everything was fresh, homemade, tasty, and reasonably priced. I would absolutely return!” – Kelly R.

No. 2

Cibiks Dairy Island

Hot Fudge Sundae from Cibik’s Dairy Island

Hot Fudge Sundae from Cibik’s Dairy Island, located at 8295 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls

8295 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, 440-543-7382

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Great variety and delicious ice cream! This stand is a great place to stop if you’re in the area. They have chocolate and vanilla soft serve custard as well as dole whip and a great selection of unique hard scoop ice creams…” – Katie H.

LAKE

No. 1

Fairport Harbor Creamery

Fairport Harbor Creamery

Turtle Ice Cream Pie from Fairport Harbor Creamery – Photo courtesy of Becka D., via Yelp

202 High St., Fairport Harbor, 440-898-0030

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “This place is such a great gem! The ice cream is amazing! Tasty, creamy, no artificial crud in it. Their ice cream Sammie’s are huge! Their cookies are delicious and so are their cakes!, you can even get a coffee with ice cream in it. Very family friendly.” – Kerri H.

LORAIN

No. 1

In Forno Pizza

In Forno Pizza

Pistachio Gelato from In Forno Pizza – Photo courtesy of Anna V., via Yelp

35840 Chester Rd., Avon, 216-394-9784

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “We just happened to find this place while visiting Cleveland – amazing!! A family-owned restaurant where everything is done with love – and it shows (and tastes). The pizzas were perfect! And then – the most delicious gelato at the end! Highly recommend!” – Anna V.

No. 2

Dodies Dockside

Dodies Dockside

Dodies Dockside – Photo courtesy of Penny T., via Yelp

301 Broadway Ave., Lorain, 440-742-7209

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “I have written several reviews on Dodie’s. Simply the best restaurant in Lorain County. Have yet to find anything better. Michelin star food. Steak, lobster, salads and desserts. The owners are hands on and dedicated to excellent service and fresh, amazing food.” – Leslie K.

No. 3

Chez Michel French Market

Chez Michel French Market

Chez Michel French Market – Photo courtesy of Adrie G., via Yelp

36840 Detroit Rd., Avon, 440-937-8073

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Lovely little bakery with real pastries and they are deliciously hot first thing in the morning. Just know there is no seating so it’s a pick up and leave but absolutely love this place! Will be back!” – Adrie G.

MEDINA

No. 1

Frosted Cake Shoppe

Frosted Cake Shoppe

Vanilla Cake from Frosted Cake Shoppe – Photo courtesy of Joanne K., via Yelp

503 S Court St., Unit B, Medina, 330-952-2253

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Of course, I love this place! Best cupcakes ever!!! If you like cupcakes, you should try Frosted Cake Shoppe! Everything is always fresh and delicious!!!” – Joanne K.

PORTAGE

No. 1

Cellar Door Coffee

Cellar Door Coffee Co.

Cellar Door Coffee Co.
– Photo courtesy of John M., via Yelp

8138 Water St., Garrettsville, 330-977-7237

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “…They have an assortment of coffee drinks on the menu typical of what you’d find at a local coffee shop. The small breakfast and lunch food items looked delicious. The baked goods and sweets are what amazed me. I ordered a cookie that looked amazing and tasted amazing. I’d travel just for the baked goods!…” – John M.

SUMMIT

No. 1

Diamond Deli

Diamond Deli

Brownie from Diamond Deli
– Photo courtesy of Food R., via Yelp

378 S. Main St., Akron, 330-762-5877

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Awesome food! My favorite sandwich is Kyle’s piano. And the broccoli salad and brownies are to die for. A true Akron gem.” – Mary J.

No. 2

Paleteria La Fresa Mexican Ice Cream

Paleteria La Fresa Mexican Ice Cream

Variety of Paletas from Paleteria La Fresa Mexican Ice Cream – Photo courtesy of Mindy H., via Yelp

447 Darrow Rd., Akron, 234-706-2143

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Very simply put, this is THE most authentic, traditional, delicious Latin American food you will ever have the privilege of tasting…HORCHATA!! Try it, it’s like a dessert in a cup. Makes me think of the milk from Cinnamon Toast Crunch. They have multiple varieties of drinks, from strawberry and coconut to pina colada and pecan, and they are all fantastic. They also have fruit cups filled with cream, and the best tres leches cake I have ever had…” – Brett A.

No. 3

Rosewood Grill – Hudson

Rosewood Grill

Chocolate Torte from Rosewood Grill – Photo courtesy of Erin C., via Yelp

36 E Streetsboro St., Hudson, 330-656-2100

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “My 7th 5-star review for Rosewood in a row! Crazy, as even the best restaurants have an off night. To start with, I ordered the Private Barrel Sampling Flight…Top this all off with the amazing key lime cheesecake that our great waitress Karen recommended and it’s another example of why this is one of my absolute favorite places in the area!” – Rob K.

No. 4

Sweet Mary’s Bakery

Sweet Mary's Bakery

Sweet Mary’s Bakery – Photo courtesy of Kathy M., via Yelp

76 E Mill St., Akron, 234-706-6088

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Very friendly staff. They cater to dietary needs. They have regular pastries along with gluten free. There is even dairy-free options for beverages. I got a gluten free blueberry scone that was good.” – Kathy M.

No. 5

Fat T’s Cookies

Fat T's Cookies

For the Love of Chocolate, Moose House, and Browns Brownie cookies from Fat T’s Cookies – Photo courtesy of Ashley O., via Yelp

21 Furnace St., Northside Marketplace, Akron, 330-715-9751

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Yummy! Delicious! These cookies are so BIG you will want to split one with another person. Fat T’s cookies come in a variety of flavors, and there are seasonal ones, too…These cookies are stuffed with goodness. Very unique! Worth it!” – Lisa C.

No. 6

West Side Bakery

West Side Bakery

West Side Bakery
– Photo courtesy of Lisa C., via Yelp

2303 W. Market St., Akron, 330-836-4101

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “The cakes are borderline divine. Get yourself a dozen brownie cookies and watch your kids fight over them.Everything they make is delicious.” – Harrison D.

No. 7

Chef Gina’s Bakeshop

Chef Gina's Bakeshop

Blueberry Almond Tart from Chef Gina’s Bakeshop
– Photo courtesy of Chef Gina’s Bakeshop, via Yelp

21 Furnace St., Akron, 330-980-3698

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Oh my gosh, the caramel shortbread bars were absolutely TO DIE FOR! The flavor was out of this world & they were just gorgeous, too. So impressed! It was my first order but will not be my last! Give it a try!” – Emilie K.

No. 8

Essential Dipped Delights

Essential Dipped Delights

Chocolate covered strawberries from Essential Dipped Delights – Photo courtesy of Marlena K., via Yelp

21 Furnace St., Ste. 404 Northside Marketplace, Akron, 330-459-9688

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “GODIVA WHO?? Essential Dipped Delights is dishing out some amazing chocolate heavenly dipped strawberries. She makes them fresh and you can tell. 3 for $7 which to me is a great price considering how fat and delicious these strawberries were. The place is very clean and they had some amazing looking mason jars with cake in them. I highly recommend coming here to bring your significant other some chocolate-covered delights or some of her delicious-looking other treats!10/10!! She is not playing games with her delicious treats!” – Marlena K.

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