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1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-2020
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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 1:00 am

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Visitor rating
  • 68
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful innovative hot dogs

Super truffle oil fries and lots of different beers Long lines to get in, so get there early, especially for lunch crowd.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
allie551
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Super truffle oil fries and lots of different beers Long lines to get in, so get there early, especially for lunch crowd.

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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We love visiting the places of Diners, Drive In, and Dives. I ordered the falafels and didn't know what it was and the all spice was not my favorite. My husband ordered a hotdog with pulled beef that was pretty good so we switched. My daughter ordered the Senate hamburger and loved it. It was so juicy. I loved it... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We visited here due to the reviews online. They had a drink named in honor of Fidel Castro and being a son of a Cuban immigrant who have had this tyrant kill members of my family my Fiance and I walked out. To say I was offended was an understatement. You cannot feel the pain this tyrant has caused my... More 

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Oxford, Ohio
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154 reviews 154 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We'd been encouraged to visit SENATE in the past. It always seemed that if it wasn't too crowded, we'd invent an excuse to dine somewhere more familiar. On our last visit to Cincinnati, however, we pointedly made an entire day out of discovering various breweries, bars, markets, and eateries in the Over the Rhine district. It should first be said... More 

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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I'm glad Senate is popular with a certain segment of people and has encouraged additional life in OTR. Hot dogs and sausages make sense in a German city. This cramped "restaurant" is better regarded as a pub with over priced drinks and serves a menu of greasy comfort foods. I visited twice, but I knew not to order food the... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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72 reviews 72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Eating at this restaurant is quite the experience. We visited the Senate when we spent the day in Cincinnati. Everyone around kept telling us to go there. We showed up at around 4:25 there were at least 20 people waiting in line for it to open at 4:30. We couldn't believe people were waiting in line for hotdogs! We sat... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

*Yes, that's favourite with a U, I'm British Ate here with my husband and we were instant Senate super-fans. Had the pot stickers which were one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth. I still dream about them. Sigh. Also had some sort of pork shoulder breaded patty burger thingy which was sublime. Bacon fat fries TO... More 

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Lebanon, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

On the positive side, the food was very unique and quite good really. My wife had the Trailer Park and I forget the name but I had the dog with the egg on top. Both were fantastic and the service was perfect. Now I am a little uncomfortable tagging my next remarks as negative because what I saw as a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Went here on Friday and was told it would be an hour. Got a text back and we sat at the bar in 15 minutes. Service was great, no complaints whatsoever. The Korean dog was great. Had some of the Nick Lachey dog and it was just so so. Not a bad deal for the price and we'll be back... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I had heard a lot of hype about this restaurant and the gourmet style hotdogs. I had a hard time understanding how a hotdog can be considered gourmet. I was completely wrong. I ordered the Trailer Park hotdog and it's so delicious you forget that you are in fact eating one of America's favorite dishes. We went at lunch before... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: (513) 421-2020

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Eclectic
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 1:00 am

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