Brown Dog Cafe

4.5
2481 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
We're taking lots of precautions to ensure the safety of our guests and staff during this time!

We have UV LIGHTS into our HVAC system that will cleanse up to 7,000 cubic feet, which covers more than our current space, we disinfect the entire restaurant every morning before service, our menus are in plastic menu holders that we disinfect after each use, we disinfect every table after each use, our entire staff wears masks always, customers are to be in masks except when seated, eating & drinking.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 2481 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CincinnatiFoodie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipTeddysMom
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Opera in the Park so they were very busy. However our server was great as was the manager who kept making sure things ran smoothly. Bravo!

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Lulu
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They, like others in this business, suffer from lack of help. However, the manager stepped in to provide assistance to the server (on his own and not as a result of us complaining).

There was some wait time but that should be expected under circumstances. They were very transparent and acknowledged the situation. The food was excellent and the staff friendly.

This was a first time visit and will definitely frequent again. Our party of 4 enjoyed ourselves.

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vipCustomer
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Slow service, several items missing from our order, and average food.

EL
EggplantLoaf
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall terrific….just like always. Great food. Friendly service.

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DanM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like so many places right now they were under-staffed but the food and service did not suffer

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vipJederman
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fine service by Katie, excellent Hefeweizen and food. Great sitting outside.

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vipKathyb
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great family brunch last Saturday!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I am so sorry to say this but my meal was not good. The flavor was good but it had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for a very long time. The top of my mashed potatoes was hard. This was my first time to BDC. It’s such a great location, but I was disappointed by the food.

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vipRonS
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

They were understaffed, letting us know with a note on the door. So service was slow, but we knew why. In spite of these post-pandemic problems, we saw the staff working very hard to maximize our experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food came out too quickly. Apps and salads were barely out and entrees were delivered. Service was just okay. Food was better than okay.

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vipSallyE
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pizza crust was burnt and waitress said that’s how it’s done! Not edible. Mgr came over and took off bill plus gave another pizza to take home. At least he did the right thing!

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and the covered outside dining is a plus.

JC
JohnC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

1) The ONE good point - our server was knowledgeable and very personable.
Now the rest..........
2) Not enough staff, but they let ANYONE with money. in the door. Even Cracker Barrel limits the customers if they don't have enough staff.
3) Waited 5 minutes for water. 15 minutes for drinks, 50 minutes for food.
4) $36 for FOUR scallops that were nothing special. $30 for Haute chocolate boar that was so burnt on the outside that I had to scrape it off, so that I could taste the boar.
5) They were out of carrot cake.........and Key Lime pie.
6) If I"m going to spend $156 (including tip), I'll go to another restaurant that really IS up-scale.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Brown Dog because it is one of our favorite restaurants. We always know we can count on excellent food and service. Always the staff are inviting and make us feel appreciated as guests.

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Erika
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Hey Brown Dog Cafe. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and drink at Brown Dog last Saturday! Our servers were very pleasant and efficient. However I'm refraining from writing a review because my husband ended up wearing a full glass of water that slid off the 6/8 top wood plank table outside because the table surface is not level and it was rather humid outside allowing the glass to run on it's own. Another member of our party had a similar near miss with a full glass of beer. The fact that it happened is one thing. The fact that we interacted with a hostess and server before our food runner cautioned us about the slant of the table (too late) is a significant opportunity for improvement in training and guest service. The unacceptable fact is that when my husband, now wearing very wet clothing, spoke to a manager about the accident the ONLY response was something to the effect of "we're aware that this happens"...guest service fail.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Not sure what happened but they dropped the ball on every front. Refused to switch out table after we requested and their was several open tables. Waitress was aloof, never checked on drink refills, food took for ever and was subpar at best (meat and cheese board was the worst we’ve had in the city!), when we informed them food was not the best received attitude from the server and management. Used to be a great place but I wouldn’t even take my dog there now.. You could get thrown in jail and get better food and service. Spent $150 on dinner for family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 10) and feel like I’ve been conned. Heed my advice, I never really leave reviews let alone bad ones and always give the benefit of the doubt. If I’m recommending not to go than it has to be damn near cursed! 2 thumbs way down!

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vipSteve
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have only eaten lunch there, but the service was excellent, the menu interesting, and the food very well prepared. We would go out of our way to go back there.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner with a special friend

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vipBarb
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Although the sign on the door said they were short staffed, the service was attentive and timely. We ate outside and enjoyed the breeze and the view. The food was good and nicely plated. The lunch was enjoyable and the six of us plan on going back soon.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I ordered the Blue Salad with blackened chicken and that was a mistake. The chicken was over seasoned and did not pair well with the salad. The salad by itself was good. I ordered the Brussel sprouts and they were pretty ordinary. Some of the Brussels seemed undercooked and others were great. For that quality of a restaurant, I would have expected better. Prices are expensive for what you get.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Grilled chicken sandwich was terrible

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RusselC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a late lunch with our granddaughter before walking over for her to play at the large play area at Summit Park. We sat outside with great shaded ambiance and light breeze.

There were great options for lunch/brunch Like sandwiches, burgers, and salads. I was able to substitute not only some veggies for my buns, but also substitute a grilled chicken breast for my burger patty.

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vipHeatherC
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sat outside, on a lovely day. Server was Norm. He was pretty good, I did have to chase him down for some crackers that I highly emphasized I would want with my soup. I guess they didn’t have many because he mostly brought some stale tasting tortilla chips.

Overall ( and I have dined here probably 15 times in the last 12 months) this was a pretty nice experience.

One of the best with the front desk because we arrived at 2:30. Considering myself a frequent flyer here, I can say their biggest issue is the host- hostess desk.

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MorganS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the menu and food! We had an excellent bottle of champagne for our Saturday mimosas!

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OpenTable Diner
Toledo
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Quality of the food was not worth the price.

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vipKathleen
Cincinnati
55 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

I get the server was very busy. Was at the table twice during the meal. She at least could have been just a little bit courteous, and a whole less condescending :-(

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Eat2live
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with friend and it was pleasant

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DeanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice dinner, good food and great service.

CG
CherylG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always! Wait staff also excellent. Ambiance was amazing.

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Denise1019
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch, I highly recommend the hummus plate and add pita bread.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server had a remarkable cheerful attitude. Loved it!

JL
vipJoeL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and food!!

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vipRnardini
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

PH
PennyH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy night because of the food truck rally. We had made a reservation so we had great service and were seated on time. They said they were short staffed but everyone from the hostess/ bartender/ kitchen staff went out of their way to help. Great service and food. Definitely will go back.

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ToddW
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

MY SERVER WAS NOT GOOD AT ALL. NOT IMPRESSED WITH PAYING $20 FOR A HAMBUGER.

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vipLindsayB
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived there for dinner last night. There was a sign on the door to be patient, that they did not have enough staff. Well, you wouldn't know that from our evening. Holly took care of us. Service ice was good and timely. The food (we had salmon and halibut) was outstanding. You would not know they were short staffed. We did not have to wait long. We drove about 40 minutes to go to the restaurant, and it is well worth it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is terrific. Lots of gluten free options too. Service was great despite being understaffed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Unorganized at hostess table
Slow moving
Poor value on $36 meals
Restrooms a mess

JB
JulieB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There was a sign on the door saying they were short staffed in the kitchen and service area, but all went well. Was able to get RSVP and sit on the patio on a nice night. We will be back.

FAQs

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

Brown Dog Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 2481 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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