We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Fancy Hot Dogs” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Senate

Senate
1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-2020
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Ranked #34 of 1,750 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Cuisines: Eclectic
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Cincinnati, OH
Top Contributor
209 reviews 209 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 91 cities Reviews in 91 cities
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
“Fancy Hot Dogs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I went here recently with a small group; we split the duck fat fries (yummy), and 2 of us ended up getting the hot dog special the "Nacho Libre." Our server was friendly and informative. The bar was hopping the whole time we were there, and the music was a lively eclectic mix. Note: no reservations are accepted, so show up early to put your name on the list.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

117 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    65
    39
    8
    3
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Beijing, China
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
72 helpful votes 72 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dayton, Ohio
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
75 helpful votes 75 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
33 helpful votes 33 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
34 helpful votes 34 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Senate also viewed

 

Been to Senate? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Senate, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.