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Brown Dog Cafe, Blue Ash, OH

Brown Dog Cafe

4.3
4.3
2735 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Join us for Cincinnati Restaurant Week from September 20-26! We will be serving a three course dinner menu designed for everyone to enjoy. You can make reservations under OpenTable's "Experiences" section. See you soon!

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.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wild Game, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 794-1610

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Shawn McCoy

  • Catering

    Executive Chef Shawn McCoy will be pleased to personalize a catering menu for your wedding, anniversary, or corporate event.

  • Private party facilities

    Private events are available for the patio and our back room.

  • Neighborhood

    Blue Ash

  • Cross street

    Glendale-Milford Rd and Reed Hartman

  • Parking details

    PARKING LOT AT PARK

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,735 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Outdoor Dining

  • Cincinnati

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. DD

    DebbieD

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff is so friendly. Our waitress Katie was amazing. Thanks to all for a great dining experience with our friends.
  2. TH

    TimothyH

    Memphis/West TN

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as usual. We had a great time and enjoyed being there again.
  3. B

    Buzz

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mushroom soup and burger both great Katie was fun knowledgeable server
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff. Perfect place for groups with varied tastes.
  5. H

    Havana

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Our server kept forgetting to add my boyfriends vanilla latte. Also put drinks and food took a long time to come out but he was new he said so I’m not really upset other than that it was good
  6. S

    Susie

    Naples

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together.
  7. CC

    ChrisC

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food and service as always. Nice that they take reservations for lunch too!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was great tasting but the crab cakes dinner was cold while everyone else’s dish was hot. Also the server that delivered the food was dressed like he worked at fast food joint. We spent $250 and wouldn’t expect someone in a ball cap, T-shirt and jeans to deliver food. Will be back though!
  9. L

    Lovetodine

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious- we had 3 lunch entrees and everyone enjoyed them. 2 of the diners required gluten-free options, and we found several option. They were also very accommodating for any change.
  10. DH

    DonH

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Menu is much improved since last visit in summer 2021. Food quality is super. Wine choices, especially reds, difficult since there aren’t many in the $50to $75 range. And most Cabernets are not familiar.
  11. MB

    MichelleB

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good. Service was great. Outside of burgers, pizza and seafood the menu was very sparse but again, the food was good.
  12. JS

    JeffS

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We liked the restaurant and the food was very good. However, the service was very slow and the restaurant was noisy.
  13. K

    Kristie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Delicious food but had to wait over an hour to get our food after ordering similar to a prior experience here. Also be sure to request where you want to sit on reservations because despite having a reservation, we had to sit outside in the heat or be forced to wait additionally for an inside table. Will be sticking to take out only from here.
  14. Q

    Quzy

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We really enjoyed spending time with friends . Would I rush back , no. Would I dine there again, yes. The food was good and overall tasty. The cocktails were just ok. The service was just ok too. So again, decent place with good food but nothing amazing to rush back to.
  15. b

    brooklynboy

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first visit in several years. We were most pointedly pleased with the quality of the food, service and ambiance. Kudos to the bartender who created one of the best French Martinis I've tasted.
  16. C

    Chris

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Sat outside for dinner with friends on a Friday night. The booth was really tight and the high backs are straight up and uncomfortable - it's like they enforce perfect posture. We did enjoy the Brix bread and crab chowder as appetizers. The margaritas and Nashville hot chicken were amazing as well. Our waitress seemed uninterested and distant, and just couldn't get her #$% together. She wrote down the wrong items, brought the wrong beer, and charged the wrong items on the bill. I really can't stand it when the waitstaff hands you the tablet at the end, and stares at you while you choose what percentage tip to select (and they set the minimum button to 18%)! It's like they guilt you into a higher tip than they know they deserve - and ours definitely got well more than deserved. I would return for the food and atmosphere, and just hope this was a service fluke.
  17. LC

    LindaC

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everything went well. The service, the food, and the seating! 😀😀
  18. CG

    CincyGirl

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience1
    I used to go to Brown Dog back at the old location when it was white linen. The menu prices are the same but the food is DEFINITELY not the same quality as before. The food is way overpriced for the quality. Took the waitress a very long time to get our drinks to us after our order. Wine selection and prices was absurd. Our food took a very long time as well to come. It was loud and music was rock so the vibe was of a cheap bar, the prices were of a 5 star restaurant, the quality of food was average.
  19. SK

    StephenK

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and dinner was great. Steak cooked perfectly as requested and food plate presentation was terrific.
  20. LH

    LorettaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit was wonderful. The food was unique and delicious. We shall return!
  21. n

    nancya

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Waitress acted like she didn’t want to be there Food was just ok. Definitely not worth the drive
  22. M

    Marcy

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Limited menu. Cocktails watery. Food good
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant experience from start to finish. Food was delicious and Sofia was outstanding. We will be going back!
  24. G

    Glcinci

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was good. Great job! Took a walk around the park after dinner and sat outside under canopy to watch the sun go down.
  25. D

    Diningdiva

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of our meals were delivered. The wait staff was very attentive to us. Excellent family dinner out
  26. KA

    KimA

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, good service and reasonably priced. Great for company dinners!
  27. F

    Foodieandmovielover

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Always enjoy the food at Brown Dog. The patio cannot be beat on a pretty night. Brittany was great keeping us happy at the bar until we could score an outdoor table. It was a bit of a wait but our choice and worth it.
  28. JE

    JonathanE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Above average quality, The food preparation and service was very good, you will enjoy your time at Brown Dog.
  29. HF

    HappyFoodieof3

    Cincinnati

    180 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a busy Saturday night so we had to wait a little longer than usual. We got the hummus platter as an appetizer, burgers, and tofu on salad. The hummus platter is wonderful. 4 out of 5 of us enjoyed it. (My husband doesn’t eat hummus.) The curried tofu on salad was filling, but I didn’t expect one large piece of tofu. The guys really liked the fries - those were finished but the burgers weren’t. We shared the chocolate banana bread for dessert for our daughter’s Birthday. The liquid ganache in the center was a really nice touch. My daughter liked the Caramelized banana.
  30. K

    Karp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Nashville chicken. It was excellent. Their wood-fired pizzas are always good too.
  31. E

    Eat2live

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! The last time I was there I wasn’t impressed, but this time the service and food were perfect.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very pricey. Would like to frequent more often because the location is amazing.
  33. f

    faithfulcustomer

    Cincinnati

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Great service. Very pricey for what you get.
  34. KJ

    KatieJ

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We picked the cafe for two reasons -- an early father's day celebration and also because we have a celiac diner in our party. As most celiac families do, we scoped out the menu on the website to make sure there was something that everyone could safely eat before going. Upon arrival, the waitress let us know that the website is "really outdated" and they have a different menu. The steak my husband hoped to get was not available. The celiac diner's options were less than we thought. We made due but that definitely needs to change. The other comment is on value. We ordered a kids meal and it was $12 plus they charge $3 for every refill. Ok for a celebration dinner but know before you go!
  35. MA

    MikeA

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    There was a ‘closed’ sign on the door when got there. I saw some people inside so I went in and told them about it. They were apologetic and fixed the sign. My coffee had a hair on the side of the cup and the coffee was not hot. Upon request the server replaced it. We ordered omelettes for our breakfast that came with potatoes. The potatoes were not hot and didn’t look like fresh. The prices were a bit higher than other restaurants with similar quality and services. We didn’t enjoy our breakfast. We will not go there anymore
  36. M

    Marshall

    Cincinnati

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Salads and entrees were creative and delicious, service was very good
  37. BZ

    BarbaraZ

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service great!
  38. GC

    GeorgeC

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Special lunch risotto entre disappointing. Bread board also disappointing. Desserts ordered were excellent.
  39. SC

    SuzanneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Power went out due to big storm and our service was not interrupted because they had a generator. Good food and service.
  40. ED

    EliseD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as well as the service. The atmosphere was pleasant, we enjoyed seeing all the dogs. Food and beverage choices were great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Brown Dog Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 794-1610.

Brown Dog Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 2735 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Brown Dog Cafe

1000 Summit Place, Suite A, Blue Ash, OH 45242

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Glendale-Milford Rd and Reed Hartman

  • Neighborhood

    Blue Ash

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wild Game, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    PARKING LOT AT PARK

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Shawn McCoy

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (513) 794-1610

  • Catering

    Executive Chef Shawn McCoy will be pleased to personalize a catering menu for your wedding, anniversary, or corporate event.

  • Private party facilities

    Private events are available for the patio and our back room.

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