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Senate

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1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-2020
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4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 105
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mussels from heaven

I took the guys here because we had seen it on dive drive inns and dinners. I cool little place but a little cramped. The tv showed their talents for hot dogs, that why I took a bunch of 20 year olds but I was surprised to see mussels on the menu. These thing where dynamite. Boiled with spices it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Shaun L
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Being a friend had eaten here twice before and raved about it and being DDD alumni I set high expectations. I really wasn't that impressed. Being the first two patrons there, they were pushy as to where they wanted us to sit. Hey, aren't we the paying customer? Seating is another thing. It's tight! Music is way too loud. We... More 

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Thank Frederick M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took the guys here because we had seen it on dive drive inns and dinners. I cool little place but a little cramped. The tv showed their talents for hot dogs, that why I took a bunch of 20 year olds but I was surprised to see mussels on the menu. These thing where dynamite. Boiled with spices it... More 

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Thank Shaun L
Findlay, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love to visit the restaurants that have been featured in diners, drive-ins, and dives so that we would visit the Senate while in town. Note that it is not a big place and fills up quickly. we were there for lunch 5 mins before the doors opened and there was already a line! The inside is small so you... More 

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Thank MJ S
Charleston, West Virginia
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Had an amazing meal here with my husband when we were sightseeing in Cincinnati. We've been thinking of it ever sense. I had a delicious veggie dog here unlike anything else I've ever eaten. So flavorful, creative, and fun! Good service and nice craft beer selection. We will be back.

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Thank WVBirdie
Cincinnati, Ohio
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Love the poutine, and the mexican hotdog. The hot dogs are really good quality. Service was good. Pretty good beer selection.

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Thank donnalynne59
Cincinnati, Ohio
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We arrived at 1 pm two days before Christmas. I was thinking OTR would not be so busy, but I guess many people had the idea to be on Vine Street. So we were told we could join the front commune table on the end or wait 45 minutes. The problem was the others in the commune were spread out,... More 

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Thank Livelikethelocals
Salem, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The service and food at Senate was above and beyond! Our waiter was accommodating and very friendly. We had their signature Senate burgers and fries. Awesome place!

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Thank Sierra C
San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Fun unique hotdogs, many different options. They are like $12, which is a bit steep, and the wait time can be atrocious, but all the staff was really cool and friendly. No real gluten free options

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Thank Henrik C
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Maybe I should have gotten a hotdog, because I was disappointed. The lobster BLT was all bun and a tiny bit of lobster. Sweet potato falafel sandwich was decent serving but a little bland. Fries were good but all in all I expected more.

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Thank wlehm77
Atlanta, Georgia
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165 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I loved the ambiance in this place, it's simple exposed brick with an open kitchen, and ample lighting. Don't expect anything of the norm here; they have a very unique and diverse menu. I chose the croquet madame hot dog with a side of truffle fries. When it arrived, I was surprised and excited by what was presented in front... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: (513) 421-2020

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, International
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
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