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“Comfort food with an upscale touch” 5 of 5 stars
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Senate
1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (Central Business District)
(513) 421-2020
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Ranked #63 of 1,730 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Beijing, China
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Comfort food with an upscale touch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The food here is fantastic, for those who enjoy classic comfort food with a twist of creativity to take things to the next level. There are a variety of starters from mussels to potstickers to roasted marrow to poutine. The poutine is a work of art - french fries with a rich gravy and tangy cheese , topped with beef short rib meat, a perfectly poached egg and scented with truffles. Mains include a number of sandwiches and gourmet hot dogs. The lobster BLT features buttery lobster in a brioche bun with sugary crispy bacon and basil mayo. The hot dogs are piled high with a variety of creative toppings, from the standard Chicago style to the Hello Kitty 2.0 - which featured wasabi mayo , wasabi peas, black sesame and crispy slaw. While the slaw paired well with the hot dog, I would have liked a touch more kick in the wasabi mayo to give it more edge. Sides include truffle fries, and the absolutely delicious truffled lobster mac and cheese. Needless to say we didn't make it to dessert, although what was coming out looked wonderful. There are a variety of cocktails , craft beers in bottle and draft, and wines. Value is quite reasonable with most dishes between $9-15. Having eaten in many of the restaurants in Cincinnati over the years, this is one you do not want to miss.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dayton, Ohio
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118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Gourmet eats you won't find elsewhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

This place has poutine, which is a delicacy rarely found in the US. To my excitement, senate's poutine also has short ribs on it. It was so rich and delicious. The service was excellent and the Gin Paloma I had was also all the rage. I will be back to visit soon.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Hot Dogs on Steroids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

We met some friends here for dinner before a show at the Aranoff. We started with the smothered fries which are truffle fries covered with cheese and braised pork and gravy. The only thing I can say is WOW!!! We then shared a specialty hot dog which was equally impressive. The spacing is a little tight, but the food makes it well worth it.

  • Visited August 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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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Unbelievable food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

I was a little skeptical when told what restaurant and type of food they serve but I was pleasantly surprised. Casual dining, great service, and a fun menu make the Senate a place to dine in Cincinnati. The creative ways they prepare/serve hot dogs and sausage is half of the enjoyment here but it's the taste that puts the Senate over the top. Highly recommend this restaurant and you won't be disappointed.

Visited February 2013
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Appleton, WI
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Favorite place to eat at in Cincy.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I visit this place every time I am in Cincy. The menu is a creative mix of food truck meets fine dining. It is 75% sausages, hot dogs, etc. Everything is fantastic and the atmosphere and service are outstanding. Go there... NOW!

Visited April 2012
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