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Senate

1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
(513) 421-2020
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Ranked #72 of 1,727 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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English first
Milford, Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Well we wanted to try one of their hotdogs but the were on a "dark hour" at 2:30 on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. ....seriously? ? A word to the wise....half the new restaurants in OTR are either closed or PACKED ( a 2 hour wait for chicken at the Eagle...also seriously? ). Cincinnati has come a long way... More

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Columbus Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went for lunch on our way to a concert. This place is in a great location, food and service was tops!!! Everything coming out of the kitchen looked amazing!! I had the Nick Lachey dog and truffle fries!! Get the fries no matter what you order! Bartender was great! He shared so much information about the city and local attractions.... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Creative approach to American classics. If you food with a twist go there. If you prefer a classic burger or hot dog -> don't go there. Tried a lot of stuff, even the pig tails. The dishes taste absolutely amazing. The portions aren't too big and a bit on the pricey side.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

$80 for 3 hotdogs, fries and a beer, a glass of wine and a cocktail, which was possibly the weakest drink i've ever had served to me. When i emailed the restaurant with my concerns, no response. Not worth the money.

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Southport, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Lets get real here. They claim to serve gourmet hot dogs! Am I the only person who sees this an an oxymoron? My overpriced dog was okay but nothing worth making a special trip for. Save your money and go to a good burger joint.

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Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe
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134 reviews 134 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Senate Restaurant, brother to Abigail Street, was a pioneer in the OTR redevelopment process and deserves credit in helping to revitalize this vibrant Cincinnati neighborhood. Yet, calling Senate a great restaurant and including it in a top ten list, is misguided and naive. It's a simple bar with a unique small plates menu specializing in hot dogs. A frankfurter does... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I usually will never eat a hot dog but they make them so delicious! It is a very unique dining experience. I got the Lindsey Lohan, it was amazing!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

Our food was excellent as well as our server! We had 3 dogs....Jim Rohm, Trailer Park, and Lindsey Lohan as well as the Truffle Fries. Ended our meal with the bread pudding. Great selection of craft beers. Might I suggest that the well dressed host remember that he should be a welcoming figurehead for the establishment....his condescending attitude almost made... More

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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The Senate is a great restaurant in the renovated North Vine Street area of Cincinnati. It is relatively small and there is often a wait to be seated around dinner time. The Senate specializes in, of all things, hot dogs which are made in a wide variety of styles. This is the first time I consumed a hot dog with... More

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No VA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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