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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Brown Dog Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (53)great for lunch (35)special occasion (33)romantic (20)notable wine list (17)hot spot (6)great for brunch (3)good for groups (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I think the food was expensive, especially for the amount of food you receive. My husband got steak, and I seriously asked him where the meat was on the plate. I would visit for lunch, but won't be back for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad to back
    KivudinerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It had been a few years since I dined here. The food is as amazing and innovative as I last remembered. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie heaven...
    Cathy1875
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Everything on the menu sounded appealing to me, so I asked our server for her recommendations...was not disappointed!!! We will revisit if ever in the area again...don't miss this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Wizthatis
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A great place to have Chef cooked food without all the distractions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lawdog
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was great as always. We both had the duck with pheasant sausage. This chef is an expert with duck. Service was a little confused--they were having computer problems. They forgot our salads but served them gratis with the main course. Service was a little fast especially considering the restaurant was mostly empty. Still a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for business lunch
    LuvtodineoutVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Nice quiet atmosphere, great service. I enjoyed the crab cakes with fries-delicious! Mostly crab and hot crispy fries. Anyting I've tried here has been delicious. Nice crusty hot bread served with lunch. My fellow diners had never been there and said they would be back in a hearbeat. Secluded in a strip mall, but very nicy place to dine-especially to enjoy conversation, more quieter places to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet, Subtle Excellence
    Mountainmurf
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I have been to the Brown Dog many times over the last5-6 years, and have always had good experiences. The service is second to none, the food is different and always well prepared, and the ambience is quiet, simple, and intimate. Always easy to recommend a place like this.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience, great food
    Radioman
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Brown Dog Cafe is a real gem, nestled (hidden?) in a small, nondescript strip mall on Pfeiffer Road in Blue Ash. The food selection is varied, and includes a wide selection of gems for the earth-conscious as well as for those looking for "comfort food." Service is fast, pleasant and accommodating. The dining environment is a bit noisy, but very cozy and warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    revajw
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    If you want to take a step up from the usual lunch places, Brown Dog Cafe is the right choice. Unusually good food, quiet atmosphere and very good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great $17 Burger
    Stefan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I went with my wife and enjoyed the $17 burger with the BBQ option. It was way to big to eat as a burger and got the fork and knife treatment. Awesome sweet potato fries with it. We also had the chocolate banana bread which was more like a molton lava cake but yummy. These guys also have one of the better bread and butter starters in the area. Great roasted garlic in oil with an herbed butter on the side. We had what looked like an everything bread - supper good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    Wonderful
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Our dinner at Brown Dog Cafe was excellent - the food, service and relaxing atmosphere. We could not stop talking about the food...it just melted in our mouths....we appreciated the friendly service and suggestions on what to eat. Nice selection of wines to accompany the dinner. Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a great birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went to the Brown Dog Cafe to celebrate a birthday. The food was wonderful. We particularly enjoyed the eclectic menu. Appetizer and dessert prtion size was spot on. Enough to wet your appetite and to close the meal, but not so much that you felt uncomfortably full.The entree was a wonderful ix of flavors. We really enjoyed the suprising flavors of the apple salad and creamed kale. The boar was tender and juicy. The duck confit was rich and flavorful. All in all a great dining experience. Thanks Brown Dog!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food... At a price...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Dinner was delicious, but at those prices if rather go somewhere that's a little more interesting/romantic/entertaining... It's a hometown restaurant with excellent food, but the strip mall ambiance is a detraction...
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  • My go to place
    abc123VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I love this restaurant both for business lunches and dinner with my husband. Wonderful food, great service. Have gotten numerous dishes and never been disappointed. I have been coming for years and appreciate such a nice place to bring clients and do business.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new go to
    Truefoodiesnob
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Haven't been here for awhile, because frankly, I don't love the ambiance,however the food was excellent, & it made for a lovely evening. 3 of us had the special, lobster cioppino (fish stew), outstanding. I asked if they could take it up a notch, spice was, & it was sheer perfection. The bread, from Blue Oven was too fabulous if you know what I mean, & the wine selection, although small, was very good & not too crazy price wise. The 1 thing I did not like was the homemade bittersweet Choc chip ice cream, 3 small scoops-$8.., sorry, the ONLY miss.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    NolanartsVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We have loved Brown Dog and frequented it for years. But the other evening's experience let us down. The service was extremely slow, and my food (I ordered lamb at the suggestion of the server) was overcooked, the vegetables sodden and generally tasteless. On the up side, the server did not charge us for my entree, and seemed sincerely apologetic. If this had been a one-off, I wouldn't bother writing; but we had a similar experience a couple of visits ago, and I wonder if maybe some tweaking of the service process or even the kitchen is in order. We enjoy having such a high quality restaurant so close by. This experience just fell way short.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweet little surprise
    Impressme
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This cozy little gem in a small strip mall is a sweet surprise. The food is a very different selection than what most restaurants offer. Of four dishes our group tried, all were good; one was very impressive, that being the wild boar, an imaginative combination of flavors; very tender. The place is clean and cozy. The dinners are a little pricey, so you probably won't find yourself there every weekend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 718 reviews are from the Brown Dog Cafe reviews archive.
  • Mary
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Always wonderful Always helpful with allergy issues
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Hidden gem in a strip mall. Awesome food with no view. Boar was awesome
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Fantastic!
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in the Cincinnati area. Exceptional food ... and consistent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty experience
    beverly
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Our female server was gracious. She made our meal very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.