If you're looking for excellent sushi in the Cleveland area, be forewarned: for some reason, the downtown Sushi Rock, and its sister establishment in Beachwood, keep receiving accolades as ""the best sushi in Cleveland."" Make no mistake here: these two establishments, in my experience, are essentially painfully trendy (and expensive!) bars that happen to serve decent sushi. If you're looking for an actual Japanese restaurant that serves brilliant sushi, Pacific East is perhaps your best bet in the greater Cleveland area. The fish is fresh, and cut into generous sashimi slices and large, delicious and often imaginative rolls (try the Ocean roll). If you're not a raw fish lover, the restaurant's Japanese cuisine menu -- quite a tome in itself -- offers very many cooked dishes, big noodle soups, salads and appetizers, as well as a few desserts. Beyond that, the place recently opened a whole new kitchen to supply the newest addition to their offerings: an entire Malaysian menu, which offers plenty of curries, noodles, rice dishes, flatbreads and various other vegetarian and non-veg dishes. I'm a sushi purist, but the few Malaysian dishes I've sampled from friends have been very tasty.
Pros: The brilliant sushi/sashimi, the huge cooked-food menus, and the very affordable prices.
Cons: Little street parking (try the lot down the street); hard to get into on Thursday, Friday or Saturday without reservations.