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Brown Dog Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Blue Ash
American, Eclectic, International
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5893 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242 (Pfeiffer and I-71)
(513) 794-1610
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    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
Most recent review
Best 4 star restaurant for the money in all of Cincinnati

This quaint little restaurant in a small strip mall offers over the top cuisine. Don't be fooled by the location when you pull in. The place offers limited seating which allows the head chef to create some of the best, most unique meals I've ever had. The menu changes frequently so I never get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Rick S
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This quaint little restaurant in a small strip mall offers over the top cuisine. Don't be fooled by the location when you pull in. The place offers limited seating which allows the head chef to create some of the best, most unique meals I've ever had. The menu changes frequently so I never get bored with the place. I am... More 

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Wilmington, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

They serve a variety of types of meat that you don't often see, much less see done well in a restaurant. The Venison Wellington was delicious. My sister had the duck and pheasant dish and said they were delicious and my sweetheart had fish which he enjoyed. The chef changes the menu often though, so don't count on seeing the... More 

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Cincinnati
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I went to Brown Dog Cafe twice recently once for dinner and once for lunch. It's located in a small strip mall in a suburban setting next door to a Subway restaurant. The level of cooking is definitely higher than one would expect from such a setting. You can have a very nice lunch there without spending a lot of... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We took advantage of a promo offering two 3 course dinners for $60. The food here is unique and priced accordingly. If we had ordered ala carte it would have cost considerably more, Expect to pay about $10 (or more) for a glass of wine and most entrees are in the mid $20 range. Service was very good as was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Had the lunch trio special. The pumpkin bisque was incredible. As was the tuna on a pretzel bun. Service was quick and friendly. A new favorite.

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Crescent Springs, Kentucky
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I have been to this restaraunt severeal times and mostly for lunch. Their menu has changed quite a bit but they always have amazing food! It's the type of place where you know everything is fresh and they care about the quality of their food. The only downside is that it can be a bit pricy depending on what you... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Full disclosure: We eat here almost every Wednesday evening and have done so for about 8 years now. That said, I have no problem recommending this fine dining establishment, even though you might find it hard to believe when you arrive in the parking lot and see that it's surrounded by a Japanese restaurant, a Subway, Bob Evans, Office Depot,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Met a friend at the Brown Dog Cafe for a mid-week 1pm "post lunch rush" lunch. The place was packed, so it must have many loyal patrons. I had a perfectly sized hot Italian sub that was very tasty... good Italian meat, gooey fresh mozzarella and a yummy pesto sauce AND served nice and hot with sweet potato chips. My... More 

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cincinnati
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62 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Ok, haven't been to the BDC for about 5 years, so on a whim I took my daughter. They were always a great restaurant; heard they had new ownership, etc but wasn't sure. It's located in a 'just ok' place; a small strip next to a Bob Evans and a hotel. Seems more appropriate for the 'Subway' next to it.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Brown Dog Cafe is easy to miss. It's on Pfieffer Rd in a strip mall behind Bob Evans. The are only about 14 tables. The inside decor was very nice and the restaurant was quite clean. The food was good and the service was also very good. I had crab cakes and the were very good. I'll definitely be... 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, Eclectic, 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

Questions & Answers

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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?