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Welcome to Harpo’s Sports Cafe. Harpo’s is the culmination of our travels to Chicago, Boston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Myrtle Beach, Dallas, Toronto, Calgary, Houston, Baltimore, Columbus, Minneapolis, Phoenix, and places in between, to study what are regarded as the premier sports-themed food and beverage establishments in the country. We have taken the best ideas found in the course of our travels and tweaked them and merged them with a few improvements of our own to create Harpo’s Sports Cafe. Our goal was to create an atmosphere where you can enjoy quality food, generous portions, affordable prices, along with fast and friendly service, in unique, comfortable and fun surroundings. We want Harpo’s to feel like home to you so you will feel like a member of our family, not just a customer. And that’s how we want our employees to feel as well. Our operational philosophy is centered around our employees. If we are successful, it is because of our employees and their continued desire to be part of a team that takes pride in its product not only by working hard but by working smart. We encourage all employees not just to sell the “sizzle” of Harpo’s but to deliver the “steak” to each and every guest, every day!

Harpo's, 1990
Harpo’s Sports Cafe, since its inception in 1988, has established itself as a landmark among northeast Ohio restaurants during the last 23 years. Among sports-themed restaurants, we are consistently rated by the public and the critics as one of the best! We have earned our favorable reputation based on quality food served with friendly and efficient service in an innovative, casual and fun atmosphere. Harpo’s Sports Cafe is Northeast Ohio’s first true sports-themed restaurant (there is a difference between “sports bar” and “sports-themed restaurant”). Our customers range from business people in suits and ties, softball teams coming in after their games, fans of all sports who know they’ll be able to watch their favorite team, to families of all ages as well as single guys--and girls! That’s right, members of the fairer sex find Harpo’s Sports Cafe is a comfortable place to meet their friends and enjoy good food and martini's without the hassles typical of a singles bar. Families with their kids, as well as “kids” of all ages enjoying the diversions found in our game room. We feature several billiard tables, air hockey, foosball, interactive video games including Golden Tee Golf, pinball and darts.

(left to right): Marion Motley, Otto Graham
Dante Lavelli, Jim Houston
For true sports fans and sports junkies, Harpo’s offers a video “fix” unlike anywhere else in this part of the country. Unlike the typical establishment that hangs a few TVs and banners and calls itself a sports bar, Harpo’s Sports Cafe features a state-of-the-art video system comprised of dozens of live multiple satellite, cable and off-air feeds distributed to over eighty three color TV monitors and at least eight giant 10’ projection screens. This level of sophistication allows Harpo’s to pull in obscure games and events to satisfy just about anyone’s programming request—from archery to X-games and everything in between.

For the more traditional sports fan, Harpo’s Sports Cafe is an officially licensed establishment for Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association, showing games from all across the country every night of the week. And, we are the home of the National Football League’s “Sunday Ticket”. But unlike most other establishments that claim to offer every NFL game, ONLY Harpo’s has the technical capability to show EVERY game LIVE and SIMULTANEOUSLY, uninterrupted from kick-off to the final gun. Other places have to constantly change channels and switch between different games, trying to keep all the fans happy. As such, we have become an unofficial home for many out-of-town teams’ fan groups and alumni. Plus, with the number of incoming feeds and the number of TVs and big screens to send those feeds to, we also have room for NASCAR, CART, the IRL, the PGA, etc…we’re also affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment and show the monthly WWE “pay-per-view” events as well as “RAW” on Monday nights and “Smackdown” on Thursday nights. One of our biggest events is the annual NCAA College Basketball Tournament held each March. We are one of the few establishments that is licensed by the NCAA to broadcast the entire tournament, i.e. every tournament game from the various regional and sectional sites.

Original staff softball game
Another just as important key to Harpo’s award-winning acclaim is our food and service. For starters, guests may choose from a variety of appetizers including 17 different flavors of big meaty wings, homemade crab cakes, spinach artichoke dip, or a crisp fried onion blossom. Our featured French onion or our signature broccoli cheddar soups are perfect compliments. We feature an extensive selection of salads, an array of ½ pound burgers, super-sized sandwiches, and wraps. Our menu also includes classic American comfort foods and daily specials such as homemade pierogi's, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, chicken paprikash, stir fry’s, fresh seafood, fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs, prime aged beef steaks, pastas and classic fajita’s. And you can top off your meal with a delicious dessert including cakes and pies made by our own in-house baker! Join our Beer Club and choose from over 100 beers from all around the world including several finely crafted micro brews. On draft, we feature an ever-changing selection of 40 different beers. Choose from 100 varieties of martini's. Harpo’s Brookgate takes second place and Harpo's Strongsville takes eighth place in the “BEST MARTINI” category in the 'CITYSEARCH' poll. Our wine list offers a wide selection in price and styles by the glass or the bottle from vineyards the world over. You can also enjoy something more creative from our specialty drinks menu featuring frozen drinks, martini's and signature cocktails.

We hope you enjoy what we’ve created. If you have any suggestions, please let us know. Drop by our website often to keep up with the latest events and offerings at or visit one of our locations and allow us the pleasure of getting to know you!

Thank you!

Eddie Allman