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Happy Dog

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American, Bar, Pub
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5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
+1 216-651-9474
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 12:30 am
Mon - Wed 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happy Dog is a build-your-own dog place with options that are limited only by your imagination and all for only $6 a dog. It can be a bit overwhelming at first to narrow down the choices, but once you do you will not be disappointed. My 8-year-old picky eater topped hers with mac and cheese and bacon, mine was banh-mi... More 

Thank Jessica B
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, absolutely blown away. I had somehow lived here for two-and-a-half years without going to the flagship spot. I had no idea a hot dog could be so good. Probably one of the 10 best meals of my life. Endless, really creative toppings - and a pretty great dog to boot. The toppings aren't just eye-grabbing. Each one is superbly... More 

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Berea, Ohio
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Happy Dog is a great place to stop for a tasty hot dog....great beef dogs with a bunch of condiment choices...they even offer a veggie dog which I tried and it's also very good..combined with a nice beer it can't be beat...

Thank joeyb_711
Syracuse , NY
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

On a recent visit to Cleveland , my wife , daughter and myself went to a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field. We live in a minor league city and the food offerings are standard and uninspiring so it's fun to be at a major league stadium and check out their offerings. Happy Dog has a stand at Progressive and... More 

Thank Steve L
Broadview Heights, Ohio
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Nice local bar with Hot Dogs & Hamburgers 100 different ways. Tater tots & Fries with toppings & dips

Thank Jscott2800
Columbus, Ohio
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

The menu is pretty simple, hot dogs followed by your choice of about 50 different toppings. They have live bands at night regularly.

Thank columbuscash4cars
Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

I love this place. I am usually not a hot dog fan but I LOVE Happy Dog!! It is so unusual and not the fanciest of places but the food is amazing!!!!

Thank KimHoward134
Cleveland, Ohio
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

I think this is the best hot dog place in America, and I have gone to many whether its here in Cleveland or in Detroit or Chicago. You order from a pre-printed list that includes various condiments, cheeses, add ons and etc. They also have tater tots with a selection of about 15 different condiments - you can select as... More 

Thank cle-townbro
Los Angeles, California
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Happy Dog is exactly what you would expect a bar serving custom made hot dogs to be like: awesome. Go if you are interested in checking out an absolute dive (in the best way possible), complete with pinball machines and a relaxed attitude from all the staff. My wife and I went and absolutely loved the experience. I ordered a... More 

Thank JasonArroyo
Rocky River, Ohio
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

an excellent choice for a quick lunch. the horseshoe bar is comfortable if you're dining alone and the bevy of toppings and sauces makes the hot dog fun.

Thank critic0218

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:30 am
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-651-9474
The Happy Dog is a neighborhood corner bar in the best sense of the term. We've got hot dogs and beer, and lots of live music, from rock and country to punk and polka. The bartenders are friendly and the bar itself is open and inviting - a racetrack oval wood bar, with plenty of old chrome barstools.

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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?