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“The Hotdogs Are Bananas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Senate

Senate
1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-2020
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Ranked #34 of 1,657 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Hot Dogs, Eclectic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Missoula, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“The Hotdogs Are Bananas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

I have a weak spot for hotdogs, bone marrow, and good cocktails. I'm not going to get too specific here, but the dogs were ridiculous, they serve bone marrow (which is hard to screw up), and their sezerac was one of the best I've ever had. My wife used to think my obsession with bone marrow was "gross." After I ordered the bone marrow here with toast I implored her to try the smallest of dabs. When it was all said and done, she was cramming the last piece of toast in the bone to try and get every last little bit of marrow that might be left. And for that, I will forever owe Senate a big thank you. Too bad the foie gras PB&J sandwich wasn't available, otherwise I might have been able to convert her on two fronts. Oh well, yet another reason to go back and eat at a restaurant that is fighting the good fight in Cincinnati.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brussels, Belgium
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80 reviews 80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Cool place, cool people”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

I came on a weeknight and enjoyed the cool setting, the lively people and the simple menu with a twist. Great area, a bit off the fountain square-Morton's-Jeff Ruby triangle. Just next door & across the street a host of other bars offer the opportunity to continue the evening.

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“Senate Burger”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

Awesome burger,duck fries and wine. Well worth a visit. Parking is tight,so be prepared to hunt. Great atmosphere.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“Great Location, Great Vibe, Great Dogs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Senate is located in the OTR area, surrounded by upscale shops and businesses. A public parking lot is RIGHT next to the restaurant, and when I was there at lunchtime, there were a few spots left.

I was greeted at the door by a wonderfully nice hostess, who walked me to my table. The tables are closely packed, but if you need to discuss private matters, it should be fine because it's pretty loud. I was marginally able to hear my friend across from me, but couldn't hear anyone on either side. You are packed in like sardines, but you don't feel claustrophobic, and you feel like you're in your own space.

The Senate is known for it's specialty hot dogs, so of course I ordered a dog. I ordered the dog of the day, the "Adriana Lima" - a beef hot dog topped with bacon, guacamole, goat cheese, and I believe another spicy sauce. I also ordered the Truffle Fries.

Service was impeccable. Your glass was always topped off. The dogs came out in 10-15 minutes, which was great, because it gave some time to catch up with my friend.

Hands down, that was the best hot dog I've ever had. In my life. The truffle fries were spiced and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese (I think) - they were wonderful. They were served with some kind of sauce, but we didn't use it...the fries were perfect on their own.

Price? For 2 dogs, 1 fries, 1 cola...$31.00. Was it worth it? Absolutely. I'm so glad I found this place and will go back very soon.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“A Must-Try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

This place is great. On my first visit, I had the Croque Madame (beef dog, ham, and poached egg), and it was amazingly sinful. I could feel my arteries hardening as I stared at it, and I flippin' loved every second of it. When Senate was first suggested to me, I was like 'hot dogs? really?' but I was completely misguided. This is definitely a place to check out. Very different, very delicious.

Check out their daily special dog as well!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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