Brown Dog Cafe
Brown Dog Cafe

Brown Dog Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.browndogcafe.com/
  • Phone: 513-794-1610
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wild Game, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Shawn McCoy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Executive Chef Shawn McCoy will be pleased to personalize a catering menu for your wedding, anniversary, or corporate event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pfeiffer and I-71
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Lot
A word from Brown Dog Cafe
Good food that is not pretentious. This is the motto of Brown Dog Cafe owner and executive chef, Shawn McCoy. McCoy and his culinary team offer spirited, playful dishes that reflect the diverse influences on American food today. The Brown Dog Cafe continues to specialize in wild game preparation, such as rabbit, duck, venison and boar.

The Brown Dog Cafe provides casual fine dining for personal as well as business dinners. Our bar is a fun, personable place for drinks.

The Brown Dog Cafe also provides catering for any size event.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Brown Dog Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.7
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (64)neighborhood gem (62)great for lunch (33)special occasion (23)notable wine list (20)romantic (16)hot spot (8)good for groups (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Consistently Wonderful
    TCJRattler
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I enjoy Brown Dog for both lunch and dinner. The specials are always creative and tasty and their set menu is very good. I have always experienced great service, and I love that it is off the beaten path :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service
    bribastille
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    as always, the service could be friendlier................................................................................................
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food very small inside
    Fireberry
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food! It is just very small inside, so not ideal for big groups. But we made a reservation for 10 and they did their best to get us in.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal!
    EataroundVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Truly an amazing experience! The service was outstanding and the food was absolutely amazing! What an incredible meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great for a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went as a group of 8 to celebrate 2 family birthdays. My daughter who does not live in the area picked Brown Dog. It is one of her favorite restaurants primarily because of the eclectic menu. Our waitress was wonderful - very attentive and patient. The food was very good. A little noisy for me, but it was a Saturday night and the place was packed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    somethingdifferentVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I had been to the Brown Dog Cafe several times for lunch, but this was the first time for dinner. Had no trouble getting a reservation within an hour on a Saturday night. Food was excellent. I had the Australian lamb chops and they were meaty, cooked perfectly, and delicious. My wife had the swordfish special and thoroughly enjoyed it. Server was very casual and very helpful with the menu and wine. Good wine selection at wide range of price points. Located in a small mall so not fancy inside, but come for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific food
    Cincy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A great place for carefully prepared food. The fish is fresh and well prepared. The servers are very helpful in selecting from the menu with no pressure for a particular dish. For desert there is home made ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable find
    TravelingSalesCP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Food was great, waitress seemed rushed but was nice & food came out in a timely manner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food Value in Cincinnatti
    Wizthatis
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Brown Dog has become our 'goto' for special occasions and when high quality food is required. Not much is wasted with decor but yet it is a nice quiet atmosphere in which to enjoy your food. Save room for dessert as the black pepper strawberry sorbet is a must have for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never dissapointed
    MariaItalia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food selections and specials of the evening are consistently wonderful, changes with the seasons. Presentation is great and servers attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    Betsy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We are fortunate to live close by and this is our "go to" place. Whether meeting another couple or just the two of us to sit at the bar to dine. The menu always offers delicious and interesting choices. The wine selection is fantastic. The wait staff is so good, attentive and friendly. Love it and will continue to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden treasure
    AttyCGAVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant is hidden in a strip center off 71 but the food is as good as any trendy downtown or OTR cafe. Maybe better. Innovative without straining. Just excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    ZorzaVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We absolutely love this place. Quaint, great wine selection, owners are always on site to assure quality. Crab cakes are gluten free but you would never know..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    Steve
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The menu selections and food quality assured that my quests enjoyed their meal. The quiet atmosphere allowed for discussion without the need to compete with the background noise found at most dining establishments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but ....
    UkDiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    They advertise on their website 3 courses for $30 on Thursdays and the advert was loaded Aug 25th but on Sep 4th they refused to honour as the offer was for the summer which finished Aug 31st - unfair and possibly illegal advertising
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most welcome surprise!
    26pt2runnerVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I researched Brown Dog in advance of a business trip and liked the menu but had some doubt that it could really be as good as it looked. It was better. Our entire party was still bragging about their meals the next day as one in our group arrived late and missed the rest of us and ended up at Bob Evans. Boy did he blow it! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique restaurant
    Jsim
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Brown Dog might surprise you on your first (or any) visit. Located in a strip mall, it is a neighborhood gem that many may not know about. The menu is eclectic and always surprising. Wonderful meal, interesting choices. Always a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner on Aug. 30th
    Russ
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I recently enjoyed a wonderful experience at Brown Dog Café. The menu offers a wide range of dining options at a reasonable price - many of which are rarely found in other Cincinnati area restaurants and the wine list was just as satisfactory. My wife had a crab cake appetizer and a spinach salad in lieu of a full dinner meal and I had Halibut Oscar, which was one of the night's specials. Delicious! as usual, the Brown Dog is a bit noisy as it is a small facility but the service was good, the food and wine was excellent and the price reflected the appropriate value for the overall experience. We will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Small Package, But Good Things
    JfromWV
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Tucked away in a strip mall behind Bob Evans, location was difficult to find. With a call to the restaurant, however, we were successfully guided there. Because of traveling delays, we missed our reservation time, but luckily our table was awaiting us after calling to explain our delay. They even seated us with wearing very casual attire because we had no time to change. The atmosphere was pleasant, the meal was delightful & the wait staff was attentive. The bartender even made a non-alcoholic drink for my nephew that was not on the menu. Whether a local or out-of-towner staying in the Blue Ash area, this restaurant is definitely one to search out. We'll return when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch!
    GerriHVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Brown Dog is a wonderful neighborhood gem! Have been there a number of times and always enjoyable. My friend declared her salad as possibly the best of the summer and she traveled throughout Europe this summer. My crab cake had a little too much breading and seemed smaller than usual - but still delish. Excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a Sure Bet
    Friend
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Brown Dog contines to impress. We were there on a Saturday with some friends who had not had the pleasure of the experience. Needless to say they were impressed and to make the Brown Dog a regular stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Murf
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The menu here was very interesting. As a foodie, I greatly appreciated the work and creativeness that went into their menu. I had a cucumber martini that was probably the best I have had! Would definitely recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work lunch
    Coolchic34
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a great place for work day lunches. The food is above par and the service is good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • rare find, will return soon
    toyotabob01
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, great prices, try the steamer pot, could not be better anywhere, unusual entrees, hard to chose but all are great, cant wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who knew!
    BethyZVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This place was such a surprise! Absolutely delicious with an adventuresome menu. The Tuna was amazing as was the grilled Caesar salad. The service was terrific and each server truly knew the menu. I can't wait to go again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Gem!
    LuvBA
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Brown Dog Cafe is the gem of Blue Ash and one of the best restaurants in the Cincinnati area. The food is unique, flavorful and fresh. Soup specials come in a wide variety of flavors and styles and never cease to amaze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It was our lat time at this location and we were not sure what to expect since the outside look of the restaurant didn't match the deliciousness of the food inside. I would recommend this restaurant for any occasion. The food was delicious and the service was incredible.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Hidden Gem
    internationaldiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food with excellent service ... don't miss this place if you happen to be in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mawkat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food is delicious. We couldn't stop talking about it during the rest of the evening! Crab stuffed salmon and the filet were to die for. Excellent service. Perfect balance between leaving you alone but always being there if you needed something. Have been there before; will go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every bite delicious
    Deblovesfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From salad to cheese plate to venison, duck, & fois gras, topped with key lime pie, all was a taste treat. A broad and varied beer and wine list was appreciated. The small, but cozy setting felt comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunc Time
    hungryArchy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    First time to the brown dog cafe. Was very impressed with the doff. What was not so good was the slow service in getting drinks and taking our orders. At lunch they should be faster then that. Besides that I really like the place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    Randela
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I took a client to Brown Dog to get to know one another better, and to finalize some details of our agreement. The food was great. I had the sea bass with Boursin mashed potatoes and asparagus. I was a bit disappointed at how cool the food was, like it had been sitting waiting to be picked up. My guest had a seafood dish with mussels, shrimp and other fish with flat pasta noodles. He loved it. We each had coffee and left. Total $46 without tip. Only real complaint was how noisy it was, it made conservation difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wildeats
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was exceptional and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising Diversity
    WinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The choices at Brown Dog are impressive and inventive. For example, we had venison arapas as an appetizer which was delicious and different compared to many restaurants. Our entrees took a little long to arrive, but were excellent. The fries that came with my "(crab)cake and steak" special were outstanding as was the rest of the entree. The wine list has some very reasonable offerings and we found a great choice. We have been to Brown Dog a couple of times and have been impressed each time. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a bad meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I have gone to the Brown Dog Cafe for years for lunch and I have never been disappointed by the variety, creativity and quality of their menu. I am a foodie to the core and this place has always satisfied my high standards of great food. I hope their lunch prices always remain resona le.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    Kris
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We'd been in the car for hours & did a Yelp search on the area. We were tired & hungry, and we skeptically approached the entrance, which is located in a strip mall next to a Subway. WHAT a pleasant surprise! This place is outstanding. Don't let the locale deceive you. The interior is lovely & intimate. Chef Shawn McCoy greeted us and gave recommendations. We had a beet salad & a venison arepa to start - delicious and served quickly. The wild boar's coffee rub was great, and kale & apple salad were the perfect side. I had the Duck, Buck - venison & duck confit. Rich & delicious, with a great sauce, potato pancake, and creamed spinach. Our service was wonderful, & prices were affordable. Such a find, & we want to go back to try the martinis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Although in a small strip mall, the Brown Dog Cafe offered great food and wine in an intimate environment. A very pleasant experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True to form
    KenwoodVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I actually tried something different this time - their take on a traditional gyro. They call it a hero. It was tasty albeit a bit hard to hold together. Definitely worth the effort, though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and very accommodating
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I was caught in traffic, trapped on the highway for well over an hour, making me late for my reservation. The staff was so accommodating! They seated part of the group and they ordered appetizers, so we still had a lovely meal even with all the delays. In addition, I have seldom seen a menu with so many great gluten-free options, which made it a great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent
    MJSSoNOVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    One of the most consistent restaurants I have been going to lunch there for years and I have never had a dish that was delicious. I prefer the lunch menu to the dinner offerings. Some highlights=Fish Tacos, Chicken Salad Wrap, Tuna Melt with Fruit, Burgers and the Brown Dog Fries are a must! When they have it-their Crab and Corn Chowder is the highlight of my day!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.