Friday, September 21, 2018

It's Always Summertime at Margaritaville! (Win a $50 Gift Card!)

Summer is almost over but I'm savoring every drop while I can. But no matter the season, it's always feels like summer at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville! You can get that tropical feeling year round thanks to the waterfront location and nautical decor. Margaritaville is located in the Flats East Bank near both Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. Once you step instead, you are transported to a Jimmy Buffet themed extravaganza. Part restaurant, part bar, and part gift shop - if you are a Jimmy Buffet fan, you will be in Paradise for sure.

Thank you to the folks at Margaritaville for inviting me to dine with them. They have a huge blender by the front door that reinforces your need for a margarita as soon as you step inside. Well played, Margaritaville. 
There are a bunch of different margaritas on the menu as expected but there are also moonshine based cocktails, wine and buckets of beer. I tried both the Watermelon and Perfect Margaritas and the Watermelon was the winner. It was fresh and not too sweet. Note: It doesn't come in a traditional margarita glass.
Overall, this is a fun place. Don't expect fine dining - but the food is good and the atmosphere is unique. There is Jimmy Buffet music playing and the decor is vibrant and a bit cheesy, in a good way. My favorite feature is the table that is built into a pontoon-style boat.
I love the painted ceiling and the palm trees.
The menu consists of an assortment of bar food, an assortment of burgers,  steaks and ribs, and seafood dishes with some salads. Vegetarian options include spinach and artichoke dip, a giant pretzel, salad and side dishes.
I couldn't resist ordering the Cheeseburger in Paradise: a nice sized burger with American cheese, tomato, lettuce and pickles. I ordered with extra pickles and I was not disappointed. I love that the fries came with skin on them. Unfortunately they were lukewarm in spite of the place being very slow on a Wednesday night. If they were hot, they would have been excellent. I still devoured them. 
They also have a kids menu that includes fun tropical mocktails served in light-up souvenir cups. This is definitely a kid-friendly place! They will love all the fun sights and sounds.

The rooftop Landshark Bar is supposed to have great views of Lake Erie and have a drink, but it was unfortunately closed during our visit. I definitely want to go back and check that out.

Margaritaville is close to FirstEnergy Stadium and would make a fun place to grab some drinks on Game Day. Wings are even back on the menu! They have lots of TVs so you could watch the game there even if you don't have tickets. Speaking of football, they have a Fins, Fans and Football giveaway going on right now where you can win a football themed prize pack.
And that's not all. You can also enter to win a $50 gift card right here at Eat*Drink*Cleveland.

Here's how to win a $50 gift card to 

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville!

There are three ways to enter:

1. Leave a blog post comment telling me either your favorite Jimmy Buffet
2. Tweet the following:

I want to head to @Margaritaville thanks to @EatDrinkCLE. You can 
enter to #win a $50 giftcard too.

3. Head to this Instagram post and enter there

This contest ends Sept. 30th. Winner will be randomly selected. You must provide a way for me to contact you if you win.

** Disclaimer: I am partnering with Margaritaville with the post. I received a gift card to try the restaurant and share my thoughts. They also provided the gift card for the giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. **


  1. My favorite Jimmy Buffet song is Margaritaville and my favorite food on that menu just might be that paradise burger you tried! Yum!

    I also tweeted:

  2. Favorite Jimmy Buffet anything is a margarita while listening to Margaritaville with the missus

    My tweet

  3. A little bit cheesy? HA! Too funny. That blender is a nice touch! Now I'm in the mood for a cheeseburger! And I can't get that song out of my head now (probably my favorite song by Jimmy)! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  4. I love the song "volcano" by Jimmy Buffet! I also love their burgers at the restaurant. They are great paired with one of their festive flavored margaritas!

  5. I've never been to a Margaritaville but am excited to check out Cleveland's! My mom has been dying to go. I love the song! :)


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