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Brown Dog Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Blue Ash
American, International
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5893 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (Pfeiffer and I-71)
(513) 794-1610
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Delicious Food

The food is absolutely delicious here, FAR better than you would expect from a tiny, plain restaurant in a strip mall next to the Home Depot. I was pretty skeptical that the food was going to be any good as I walked in, but I was pleasantly surprised. My daughter got fish and I had a pasta dish... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
Daniel D
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Columbus, United States
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
Columbus, United States
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The food is absolutely delicious here, FAR better than you would expect from a tiny, plain restaurant in a strip mall next to the Home Depot. I was pretty skeptical that the food was going to be any good as I walked in, but I was pleasantly surprised. My daughter got fish and I had a pasta dish, and both... More 

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

They have an interesting menu. Includes game, fish, lamb and beef. All that accompanies each meal is unique and reveals a good chef's expertise. They had a tomato pepper bisque. Made from scratch and was wonderful. Food portion sizes are appropriate. My colleague has been here many times. As I am from out of area probably won't be back. I... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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283 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Restaurant name or exterior is not fancy but the quality of food is excellent. Very creative and presentation of the food. Came here for dinner during restaurant week and for $35 you get to choose an appetizer, salad, and a main entree, great value. Mussel steamer is fresh and tasty. House salad is so delicious. Hawaiian tuna with toasted sesame,... More 

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Elliestar
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This restaurant is misleading from the street appeal. It's in a strip center next to an Office Depot. But don't let that stop you from visiting. Everything is fresh and expertly prepared. Daily specials which you don't want to miss. I had the pleasure of having lunch today at Brown Dog and met the owner. What a super nice guy... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We had four appetizers before heading out to the opera. I had the salad with beats and goat cheese. Plenty of beets and perfectly dressed. I also had a wonderful crab cake that was served with an outstanding garnish of cheese and I believe fennel. My husband had seared tuna which the chef kindly prepared an appetizer portion (even though... More 

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Greater Cincinnati
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Oui. This indie eatery is shoehorned in a old strip mall behind the Bob Evans on Peiffer Rd. It is also next door to a sushi lounge. The door and window says it all: from Zagat to Frommers and from Travel Channel to TripAdvisor, this place has stickers that virtually cover a window. Best food, best plating, best atmosphere, best...well... More 

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Worthington, Ohio
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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

Wow factor for your palate. The grilled caesar salad wrapped in prosciutto and parmesan topped with a quail egg started the dinner followed by Sea Scallops with spring pea grits and caramelized Brussels Sprouts.A fantastic pairing of flavors that complimented each other. The bellinitini was refreshing and freshly baked hot bread served with roasted garlic and olive oil. Dessert choices... More 

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Miami, Florida
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111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The restaurant is located in a strip mall next to a Subway shop and many budget hotels, but don't let that prevent you from eating here. It has ample seating space and well decorated. The food is of good quality, especially for the local area. I would rated the best in the area. Good extensive wine selection and the service... More 

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Central Ohio
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I had a very late lunch here and the staff was extremely welcoming although I was only a few minutes ahead of closing time. We were attended to promptly, but never made to feel rushed. The menu at lunchtime has a wide assortment of sandwiches, salads, small entrees, and appetizers, as well as a full bar which is probably quite... More 

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Hudson, Ohio
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I was extremely disappointed in my dinner at the brown dog cafe. The cafe was recommended, but the person noted that service can run poor and inconsistent. Our dinner was terribly over priced and under delivered. It started with the waitstaff forgetting a glass of wine, despite reminding her. She also forgot one of our appetizers. We admitted defeat and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5893 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
    (Pfeiffer and I-71)
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati>  > Blue Ash
  • Neighborhood: Blue Ash
  • Phone Number: (513) 794-1610

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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