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“Lives up to the Hype” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Senate

Senate
Ranked #34 of 1,915 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, International, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Cincinnati, Ohio
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141 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Lives up to the Hype”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

Heard many positives about this place One of the best hot dog places in the country. It is good! I had Chili Rellano which was one of the best I have ever had. It was coated in panko with a very nutty flavor to it. It was not overloaded with cheese either which is usually the problem. Very impressed. My wife had the Lindsey Lohan dog and it was fantastic. I finished my meal with a chocolate and bourbon bread pudding which was very very nice. Very happy with this place.
We went for lunch because we tried to go for dinner and the wait was too long. It was worth the trip.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Patrick K
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English first
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Trendy and Fun Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

Went here for lunch with my sister. Both of our meals were delicious. The truffle fries were to die for. Another reviewer claimed they were greasy and too salty. Quite the contrary. I'm a foodie, and they were perfect. The restaurant has a modern, but retro feel. I will definitely go back when in town.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pmayfiel
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Cincinnati
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82 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Trendy eatery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

I ate at The Senate with a group of friends. It's a trendy place with an eccentric feel. The food was good, especially the poutine. The hot dogs were a little over the top for my tastes.

Service was all around top notch. We were well attended to, and all staff had a classy flair about them.

The place is small and doesn't take phone-in reservations (you can get put on a waiting list when you get there). We waited over 2 hours to get seated on a Saturday night. The crowd was varied, mostly 30'ish well-to-do and trendy people.

The restrooms are single person only. There was consistently a line to go to the men's or women's restroom.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CinciJim
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good drinks”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

I just didn't get it ~ it took me forever to find something I wanted because I wasn't in the mood for a hot dog or burger BUT the place is always packed and the drinks were good. I would return for drinks but not dinner

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Brightrubies
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Cincinnati, OH
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222 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Fancy Hot Dogs”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank _0mkq0_
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