Opening weekend, Renovatio’s was kind enough to squeeze us in for a review of the new East Liverpool restaurant. And, happily, we were able to try a little bit of everything. From food to service to theming, here’s our Renovatio’s Taproom & Restaurant review!
Disclosure: All photos for this review are ours and the words written are my honest opinion.
Where is Renovatio’s?
If you’re not familiar with Downtown East Liverpool, Renovatio’s is located right on the main drag. Occupying the former Potters Savings & Trust Co. building, it sits on the corner of Fifth Street and Washington.
If you’re looking for the Renovatio’s menu online, there is a link but it’s yet to be updated. But, visiting firsthand, I can tell you this: it does have some fun takes on traditional pub food.
You’ll find everything from burgers to salads to wings. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by its craft beer menu. There will be a few swap outs, but we heard that many of them will be staying put. Additionally, many of the beers are from the Ohio craft brew scene as well.
Theming & Ambiance
Using the beauty of the former bank, there’s plenty of marble and pillars, which I enjoy. Seating is around the outside perimeter of the restaurant with a giant, four-sided bar in the center. Televisions are bar side for folks that want to check them out and have a beer.
If you want a bird’s eye view, ask if the upper balcony is open. It really is lovely to look from above. It’s a good place to check out the giant panels showcasing prominent East Liverpool views.
Renovatio’s Menu Standouts
Honestly, we didn’t have a bad dish when we visited, so that’s impressive in itself. But, if I had to put a gold star on an appetizer menu item, it’s the Mead Battered Brie Bites. Not only is the plating beautiful, the dish itself is a fun combination of sweet and savory. It’s crunchy battered brie topped with a berry sauce/compote and it’s worth ordering.
As for entrees, If you like pan pizza-style crust, go for one of its oven-baked pizzas. I enjoy a traditional Margherita and it didn’t disappoint. My advice is to eat it as soon as it gets out of the oven or the crust can lose its crispiness.
Mr. Locke ordered the Angus burger and he really enjoyed it as well.
As for the wings, we’ve never seen a honey citron mustard sauce apart from here, so we ordered them. The sauce was delicious, on the sweet side, and the wings were thoroughly cooked. I wish the skin would have been a little crispier, though.
Let’s talk dessert. If you like cheesecake, go for the berry style. The cake was light and fresh and the berry topping delicious. I did hear that there’s an apple dessert that’s baked in the pizza oven, but it was completely sold out when we visited.
In a Nutshell
Renovatio’s is definitely a restaurant that this city needs, for sure. The service was excellent, the food delicious, and the overall ambiance beautiful. There are bottles of hand sanitizer on each table, which made me happy. Tables are spaced apart for physical distancing and the employees wear masks.
We’ll definitely be returning.