First of all, I love neighborhoods, and by that I mean that I don't dig Fairlawn, strip malls, and chain restaurants. So The Office already had one thing in its favor: location. Super convenient, awesome area with an urban feel and a real sense of history, and parking out back. From the moment we started walking to the restaurant, I felt like I was in Lakewood, or back in Chicago, and that made me happy.
The place is gorgeous inside, and absolutely spotless. The staff are super attentive and friendly, and the food...heavenly. I love seafood, and actually had to agonize over the lobster ravioli or the cajun scallop special (went for the latter, and it was delish). The wine list is worth the trip in itself, and the separate bar section would be a great place to get together with friends for a martini. We weren't crazy about the house red, which is an Ohio wine, but had to try it. The tempranillo was delightful.
Here are some pictures:
The outside of The Office is just as swanky as the inside. How often does that happen?
A sneak peek at the menu, which is modern and adventurous without being overly confusing or too detailed (I love Crave, and the menu entries don't bother me, but folks I've eaten there with were rather overwhelmed).
Here I am gloating that I did not order the Ohio wine. I'm sure there's good Ohio wine out there, of course. I do love Ohio.
I recommend The Office highly, and can't wait to go there again, perhaps with my BFF and partner in the Akron Culinary Tour.