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Brown Dog Cafe

5893 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (Blue Ash)
(513) 794-1610
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Ranked #44 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
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
Senior Reviewer
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
Top Contributor
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
51 reviews 51 reviews
45 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
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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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Mason, Ohio
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Don't know what I was expecting, but was a little disappointed. Had the seared ahi tuna, friends had salmon and lamb, the three of us thought it was good, but not great. My husband, however, loved his game plate, which included venison, pheasant and something else in the ravioli. The bread was delicious. The meza plate appetizer was ok but... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Brown Dog is a place we say why haven't we been there in a while? The food is excellent, the atmosphere relaxing, wine choices better than beer choices but both good. Went there with "new old friends" and all liked their choices - lamb duo, rare tuna, stone bowl, the evening's fish special. One of the gems worth travelling for... More

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