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Brown Dog Cafe

5893 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
(513) 794-1610
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Ranked #39 of 1,725 restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Blue Ash
Cross street: Pfeiffer and I-71
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English first
Loveland, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was probably my eighth trip and the food never disappoints. However the service this time was sorely lacking. We had two waitresses and waited a long time to place drink then dinner orders. She didn't smile once. She did not warn us they don't split checks and looked very put out to go thru the effort. There are too... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were a group of five and there were mixed reviews. My steak was over cooked and the mushroom sauce was very salty. My Son's venison was undercooked (purple). My wife had Ravioli that was just not good; the sauce was so peppery that it overpowered the dish. Not only that but seriously, 4 ravioli for $20 (please)! We have... More

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Food was simply amazing from the Mediterranean Plate appetizer to my shrimp and vegetable bowl which was so flavorful and fun. Yes fun!!! What a great place for an eclectic dinner with a number of choices including venison, duck, quail eggs, burgers, salads, steaks. Such a wide variety of options. The restaurant definitely looks deceiving as it is in a... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Brown Dog Cafe is a terrific small restaurant 'hidden gem' that's locally owned/operated - and a 'go to' dinner favorite of ours. We have been consistently pleased with their fun, adventuresome menu with seasonal specialties. Traditional favorites include their crab cakes, creative duck dishes and delicious fries. However, they also do a terrific job with a range of other seafood... More

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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Dinner tonight was: Texas free range boar tenderloin - cipolinni red potato lyonnaise - stewed greens - whiskey butter apples. Very delicious, so tender and perfect flavor profile. The restaurant looked deceiving from the outside being in a strip mall but I am so thankful I gave it a try. The entire menu was enticing. I have been in town... More

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Cincinnati
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

My wife and I have eaten at Brown Dog several times with good results. The menu has always been more adventuresome than you normally find in the meat & potatoes Cincinnati market. We visited recently, expecting another pleasant meal. We stood at the reception stand for several minutes and were ignored, despite 2 young staffers talking behind the bar and... More

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Beijing, China
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525 reviews 525 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
211 helpful votes 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

One of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati, gourmet creative and high quality food though pricey (for Cincinnati at least). Expect to spend $50pp at least (including tip).

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Brown Dog is a nice place tucked away near Blue Ash, and we were impressed with the atmosphere and the selection on the menu. All the ingredients were well though out and fresh. The drink list was pretty diverse and complemented our meals well. The only drawback was the fact that we were seated about 45 minutes after our reservation... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The food at the Brown Dog Cafe is consistently tasty and well-prepared, Tonight was no different. My salad and beautifully plated dessert were wonderful but the entree was definitely the star. I ordered the special which included a Hawaiian fish (opah, I believe) served atop green vegetables and sweet potato ravioli in a light but delicious sauce ($30). Delectable! The... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I really wanted to like this place. I really did. Reading the reviews, I was hoping it was going to be a little treasure. It is isn't. It is drab and lacking in atmosphere. They say the food is 'eclectic' and it is, if by eclectic you mean a load of random flavors put together without any thought to taste.... More

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