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Senate

1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
(513) 421-2020
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Ranked #31 of 1,702 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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English first
No VA
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

they go to Senate to show off! Senate is a very happening place that combines gourmet sandwiches and hot dogs with interesting cocktails and a good beer selection (draft Chimay!) They serve a variety of gourmet all beef hot dogs on brioche-style buns; I had a "hello kitty" featuring wasabi mayo (mild) and a "fidel castro" rum cocktail that was... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Go early if you don't want to wait. I've been a few times and have gotten the poutine every single time. They fry the potatoes in duck fat! I know the cheese curds are local, but I'm not sure about the braised pork. Delish! Beer selection is good and the lobster mac and cheese is sinfully delicious. It's not cheap,... More

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Cincinnati
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34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Great food! We had the Muscles and Poutine as an appetizer followed by the Lindsey Lohan Hotdog. Everything was great. As a dessert, we split the doughnuts, delicious. Great speciality drink list and service. Long wait time, they don't take reservations so the wait can be 1-3 hours on the weekend.

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Frenchburg, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The food was great. The hot dogs are terrific and our waitress was nice and helpful. It can be expensive, but if you are only getting hotdogs it isn't too bad. The hotdogs are around $10 a piece but they are sooooo good. I had the Korean hotdog and it was one of the best things I have ever eaten.... More

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Cincinnati
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

After months of friends and relatives ballyhooing the merits of The Senate, we decided to go. It was okay. That is, it would have been okay if our bill had totaled $20 or less. At over $35 it was a farce! I ordered the Senate Burger and my wife had the Trailer Park hot dog. The hamburger was fine but... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

If you are after gourmet hot dog, that's the place for you. In vine street which is the new food Mecca of Cincinnati, we found Senate, home to gourmet hot dogs and fine burger. It's not cheap. For a good hot dog dish you will pay $10 to $12. The burger was nice as well (not the best in Cincinnati,... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

Based off a recommendation from a local, we loved our lunch and dining experience at Senate. The menu was innovative and offered the perfect variety. If you can't find something you like then something is wrong(with you). The gourmet hot dogs were outstanding. We loved the Chicago and the Korean. But what stood above even the menu, was the staff.... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Everyone gets unlucky from time to time... Our waiter had went out of his way, to say how much the " veggie " dog tasted like the real thing.. He had even said patrons had confused it for meat... 5 bites in I had to give into curiosity and ask the waiter " are you sure this is a veggie... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

The host was very nice. Food excellent (and I eat at many Michelin rated places and up-and-coming places). The two bartenders Jay & Patrick - warm, funny and cute to boot! Pleasantly surprised!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Originally the male host told us the wait would be an hour and half... My group ended up waiting 3 hours for a table!!! He wouldn't even let us sit at the bar. The server was very hospital and made up for the poor service we received at the door. I will never return to Senate because of the poor... More

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