My fiance and I just visited Senate the other night after I had read the reviews. Since we moved to Cincinnati last fall we haven't had much luck with good places to eat. But this place is pretty incredible. Yes, it's a long wait. However, if it's just you and another person I recommend putting your name in for bar seat b/c they are available a little quicker. Anyway, it's still a long wait but they take your name and phone number and call you when your seats are ready. That way, you can venture over to a bar or check out the shops in the meantime. The neighborhood is up and coming, I guess. But it's only a few blocks. If you go much further, it gets pretty sketchy. But the architecture is amazing and you can see a lot of history there.
So...the food. The menu is limited, but what they serve looks, sounds, and (what I had, at least) tastes bizarre and amazing. They serve bone marrow. it is worth trying at least once. It was a lot better than I expected. Rich, salty, buttery. Just really really good. I ordered the Linsday Lohan hotdog which was dressed in goat cheese, carmelized onions, arugala, a slice of bacon, and drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. Strange combination that you wouldn't think much about. But, I'm telling you that it was one of the greatest things I've tasted. And this is just a damn hotdog. The goat cheese mixed with bacon and balsamic was just divine. For dessert I had to try the foie gras creme brulee. Again, bizarre combo and had no idea what to expect. But it was equally amazing. It was sweet and buttery, but also earthy from the foie gras. They also serve duck fat fries, pork fat fries, truffle fries, and lots of other goodies. My fiance had the candied pork belly sandwich and he loved it. It was pretty spicy but also had that mix of salty and sweet.
I cannot wait to go back there. My new goal is to try the entire menu. The waitstaff was incredibly nice and you could tell they really loved the food being served. I highly recommend you just sit at the bar if you have a small group--or if it's just you! They play TCM on the TVs (which I loved) and you can see them kick out all the pretty and trendy people who think they can just walk in a sit at the bar. They make it clear that you must wait just like everyone else. And that makes me smile:)
If you own or manage Senate, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.