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Happy Dog

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5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
+1 216-651-9474
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4:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Mon - Wed 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night
Description: The Happy Dog is a neighborhood corner bar in the best sense of the term...
The Happy Dog is a neighborhood corner bar in the best sense of the term. We've got hot dogs and beer, and lots of live music, from rock and country to punk and polka. The bartenders are friendly and the bar itself is open and inviting - a racetrack oval wood bar, with plenty of old chrome barstools.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Hot Dogs, Tater Tots, Beer and Rock and Roll . . . It does not get much better.

Happy Dog is a hot dog restaurant in Cleveland's Gordon Square. Calling Happy Dog just a hot dog restaurant misses the point. Select your favorite dog then dress it with a wide range of topping and create your own feast (try the homemade sloppy joe and blue cheese coleslaw on a dog with a side of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Thomas C
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English first
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Happy Dog is a hot dog restaurant in Cleveland's Gordon Square. Calling Happy Dog just a hot dog restaurant misses the point. Select your favorite dog then dress it with a wide range of topping and create your own feast (try the homemade sloppy joe and blue cheese coleslaw on a dog with a side of buffalo chicken sauce). A... More 

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Richfield, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Went to Dyngus Day yesterday. Had a blast! It was like St. Patrick's Day for Polish people! *I am not polish, but I was yesterday. Happy Dog was packed, I mean shoulder to shoulder. DJ Kishka playing polka, and everyone was singing and dancing. My boyfriend and I somehow managed to get a seat, bartenders were FLYING. I was a... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I visited the Happy Dog restaurant because they advertised Chicago Style Hot Dogs. I don't think the owners ever visited a hot dog place in Chicago. The bun was cold, should have been a steamed poppy seed bun. the other toppings were ok but ketchup would have been better. The service staff was very nice and prompt. The cost was... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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115 reviews 115 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My college son want me to take him and his friends to this place. I have decided my guts can't take this kind of thing. But the beer was good and everyone else enjoyed their dogs and tator tots. We went to the one on Euclid near Case, which is not listed here and even the receipt has the Detroit... More 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A total joint, in the best use of that vernacular. Huge, wraparound bar, and the original Art-Deco architecture has been preserved throughout, and you have to love a place that makes it feel like night at 2 pm in the afternoon. There are a lot of sides to "The Dog" - great venue to catch bands, comfortable place to meet... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Crazy hot dog combinations and unlimited possibilities! Always get the tots and the dipping sauces are a flavor burst that is out of this world! I prefer the beef dog and my wife prefers the veggie dog. Great place to grab some grub and check out a band. I am especially partial since I met my wife here. Check out... More 

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Manhattan, Kansas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

At Happy Dog you are given a menu you fill out yourself with first a regular hot dog or a veggie one. I tried the veggie version. It was spicy and good. The fun part is picking what goes on the dog. Peanut butter, fruit loops, mushrooms. The list is endless and you could add them all if you want.... More 

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Thermopolis, Wyoming
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Your initial impression of Happy Dog consists of a ballot of toppings, from which to choose what will be adorning your hot dog. Everything from mustard and relish to Spaghettios and Froot Loops; far too many to list here, but something for every palate. In addition, there is an extensive bar, pinball machines, and the occasional live performance. This small... More 

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Willoughby, Ohio
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106 reviews 106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I took my son and his two college buddies here for a unique experience. It was interesting, to say the least. Although it was packed on a Friday night, the server did his best to get us a table pretty quickly. The concept of filling out your own order by making selections on a tear-off pad was fun as everyone... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Happy dog did not disappoint with the variety of options and toppings for your hot dog! I had a hot dog with onions, mac and cheese, and spaghetti O's - it was delicious! This place is fun and something different from your ordinary restaurant - staff was very friendly as well. I definitely recommend stopping by if you are around... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-651-9474

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs

Description

The Happy Dog is a neighborhood corner bar in the best sense of the term. We've got hot dogs and beer, and lots of live music, from rock and country to punk and polka. The bartenders are friendly and the bar itself is open and inviting - a racetrack oval wood bar, with plenty of old chrome barstools.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:30 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?