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Review of Brown Dog Cafe

Brown Dog Cafe
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Ranked #75 of 1,915 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Blue Ash
Cross street: Pfeiffer and I-71
Vancouver, Canada
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74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“What a find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

I stambled across this unassuming establishment right next to my hotel in Blue Ash Cincinnati. I had noticed it but was not attracted by the name or location. I tried it tonight and was blown away. These people understand, ambience, atmosphere, service, manors, politeness and most of all, really good food. The menu is different, not just ribs and burgers. Fine quality food with a twist. Check their menu online because I cant do it justice in this review. I will be back for sure.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Stephen K
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English first
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“One of our favorites!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

We've been going to this restaurant for years - it is our all time favorite. The food is prepared very conscientiously, is delicious and not your usual fare for Cincinnati. The wait staff is like family and never steers you wrong if you need recommendations. Highly recommend it!

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Thank 2genes
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“good as remembered”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

it had been awhile since we had dinner here but never for lunch..took our grandson there for his 25th birthday lunch and we all three agreed it was very tasty..and believe me grandson is picky..give him a bowl of rice(white yet!) and he's happy..his italian sandwich looked delish but our salads (chicken citron) and bleu chicken ) were fresh, seasoned perfectly and neither of us generally eat the bread we got seconds on this one . it was valentines day so they were busy although it looked more like business lunches happening and service was slow but to his credit the owner pitched in busing and bringing that good bread to us. we plan to go again for lunch and dinner..it's in a small shopping area but nearby are ursuline academy and the crown plaza hotel ,so if you pass one of them,you've gone to far..it's access. by 71N,exit pfeiffer rd. worth the effort.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gloria a
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Toronto, Canada
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177 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Great food in an odd location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

We visit Cincinnati regularly but this was our first time at Brown Dog Cafe even though - apparently - they've been around for 15 years. The restaurant is located in a small strip mall, just off I-71 in Blue Ash, quite a distance from downtown. From the road, you would almost miss it. The interior of the restaurant, while pleasant, is nothing special. But the food redeems everything! Really superb, creative cuisine. The Hawaiian game fish was excellent, as were all of our main dishes. The desserts were also fantastic.

There's also a terrific wine list with a selection of fine, reasonably priced bottles. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. It may be a hike from downtown Cincinnati, but it's worth the drive.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank RedstoneBoy
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Brown Dog Cafe...Consistently Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

I just had dinner with a work group at the Brown Dog Cafe. As is so often the case at the Brown Dog Cafe the service was great and the food was superb. The menu changes frequently, but regularly features a wonderful and diverse offering of wild game (Tonight Venison, Wild Boar, Quail) along with Fresh Fish brought in daily from Hawaii and classics like the NY Strip and also Scallops.

First time visitors might be suprised by its location in a "strip mall" next to a Subway restaraunt. Don't be deterred, the "Brown Dog" is fantastic.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank JCTTXAG
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