THE OFFICE bistro | lounge
If you’ve ever driven from Hudson to downtown Akron by way of Main Street, you inevitably passed through the North Hill area, home of the wildly popular The Ofﬁce, which built its reputation on the unusual juxtaposition of ﬁne dining and neighborhood hangout. The restaurant is doing so well that on the day before Thanksgiving—owner Steve Turner opened a second location farther north in Cuyahoga Falls. In fact, he hung out his new shingle on Front Street right across the street from the Sheraton Suites, just minutes from Hudson.
The Ofﬁce on Front Street brought with it the same funky vibe you ﬁnd at the original location on Main Street. The diverse menu attracts a diverse crowd, which, combined with the hip ambience, gives youthe feeling of being in a trendy bistro in a major metropolitan downtown, not in quiet Cuyahoga Falls. Turner calls it “polished casual.” But enough of the brick and mortar; let’s talk about the food. Both restaurants share the same menu, except for daily specials selected by the two different chefs. Wet and Wild is always a steak and seafood pairing, and the Butcher’s Block is always a different cut of beef or pork.
In the bar, beverage manager Anthony Mandela offers a dozen different craft beers on tap or on draft, over two dozen wines, Ohio-made liquors, and signature handcrafted martinis featuring fresh squeezed juices and homemade syrups. Chef Hobb’s Sunday brunch is á la carte, not a buffet. It features champagne mimosas, Lobster Quiche, Crab Cake Benedict (of course), Blackened Shrimp and made-to-order wafﬂes.
The original Ofﬁce has been racking up local awards, including best happy hour (daily 3-6 p.m.), best martini, best bar, best patio, and best Sunday brunch. Plus, they’ve earned third place for best casual dining and best ﬁne dining simultaneously.