Brown Dog Cafe

4.4
1899 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Brown Dog Cafe is located in Summit Park, Blue Ash, Ohio, formerly the Blue Ash airport.
We believe in supporting local artisans like Blue Oven Bakery & WoodBottom Quail Farms. We source our greens, asparagus, meats, eggs, nitrate free bacon locally. We use Blue Oven Bakery bread & we select sustainable seafood for our dishes. Our pate, stocks, preserves, jams & dressings are made in house, from scratch.
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 offers private seating for groups of up to 65 guests.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brown Dog is my new favorite restaurant! The food was AMAZING and the service was first class!!

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TL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place for gluten free food. Highly recommend Brown Dog!!

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TE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Potato Soup was not edible. Caesar Salad with Salmon, unacceptable.

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MH
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

In short, food was great, service was substandard especially for the price point of this restaurant. We had a party of 6 celebrating a birthday. Seems that a party of 6 causes an automatic tip of 20%. Doesn't give the server much incentive to pay attention. And ours did not. We had to track him down to get more drinks (not just once, but twice) after watching him spend mucho time at two-tops. Brought the wrong bottle of wine despite being told the precise bin number. He also failed to listen to our order for to-go boxes and dumped food that was supposed to go home. Our entrees arrived before members of our group received the soup they had ordered and before most of us were finished with our salads.

From what I see in other reviews, seems like our experience is the norm. Definitely a downturn from the service at the old location.

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S
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food here has always been excellent. This night we had a waitress that told us she had been there a month. She apparently did not take the time to learn the menu, or what our table number was. It took 20 minutes to get our drinks. No problem that they didn’t have what I originally ordered. Then our appetizer came out and was promptly delivered to the table next to us by someone other than our waitress. That person then came right back and tried to give our entrees to the same table. The manager did come by and apologized for the errors. The next time we saw our waitress was when we were leaving. My suggestion to the restaurant management is to properly train the staff and make sure they know the menu before waiting on tables.

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D
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food here is always good. The service is just not consistent with a nicer restaurant and has always seemed to be that way. Come for the food - but sorry to say that so many details could be better.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around

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TC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ice rink outside is fun for people watching or falling. Our server was overwhelmed due to large group, but the rest of the staff helped make our experience good. Good beer selection.

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TI
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a booth for two that made us feel like we were in a smaller more intimate setting. Great beer list and a diverse menu for casual or special occasion.

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AM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place, good quality local food and the menu changes weekly!

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MF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistent, delicious and friendly

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D
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! I always get the duck entree and it always meets my high expectations!

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NP
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to connect with my new Team. The Chef was so accommodating with several dietary restrictions and food allergies. Our meal and service was fabulous!

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S
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and wine. A definate foodie experience

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RA
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really outstanding food, it's interesting and they use ingredients and methods that are not everyday. Smoked duck breast was fabulous as was the mahi mahi with gnocchi.

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MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Like the brown dog however We think its too expensive for what you get. House wine is $9 / glass and usually its not a palatable choice. Overall we will probably go again since its so close to our house but we will order off the lunch menu a its a better value and the Burgers are good.

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KP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful lunch! Our food was delicious and our server was topnotch. I noticed and appreciated that the server was attentive. Also, he stepped back when the tip was being added to the bill at table side. We will certainly be back!

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PJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE their pizza! One of the best in the city for sure!

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LJ
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Brown Dog. The food is fresh, always well prepared and the service great. The curried vegetable soup was spectacular. Ordered a second bowl to go for lunch the next day!

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly and accommodating staff. Good quality food. Nice beer and wine selection.

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KF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I have been to brown dog a number of times, I had my usual, but my colleague ordered the Cesar salad and the romain did not look fresh at all, very wilted and unappetizing.

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JR
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate last Friday and my Duck Breast was simply superb. Perfectly cooked, moist with a nice crispy skin and the deep, succulent cherries were a sweet counterpoint to the rich meat. The crispy yet soft butter poached caulillini was tasty (and new for me) and excellent wild rice pilaf with roasted carrots finely diced and intermixed, the duck and wild rice were topped with a wonderful cherry mustard demi glace sauce. Mmmm.

My appetizer of the roasted and sautéed brussell sprouts was excellent as well. A large portion, soft but still with a slight crunch. They were prepared in smoked garlic, shallots, brown butter, sherry with a balsamic reduction, all topped with a local egg sunny side up.

Just marvelous meal, we did not have room for the warm toffee bread pudding. Have to go back.

Yum.

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OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place to have lunch for business or pleasure.

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f
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Brown Dog Cafe came so highly recommended, but fell so badly. I truly feel that this could have been a much better experience, so tread cautiously. You need to make your own decision.

Issues and resolutions:
1. We made our reservation through OpenTable for an evening reservation in January. When we arrived and checked in with the young hostess, we were told that the only table available was an OUTDOOR table in the plastic walled enclosure. The hostess told us it would take about an hour (60 minutes) after my reservation time to get an indoor seating. So... we conceded; and of course it was cold outside, the heating unit ran out of propane, and our food got cold.
resolution: make sure you sit inside. when you reserve, make sure you request an indoor table. the outdoor seating in the winter is not going to be enjoyable.

2. The portion size for the dinner entrees were very small. We ordered the sea bass as one of the entrees and it came as a 1 1/2" by 2 1/2" sliver. The sea bass was SMALLER than my credit card.! I'm not making this up. We jokingly took a picture of the fish covered by a credit card. The only entree that was reasonable was the boar, and my guest thought is was excellent.
resolution: be careful what you order for $28. the sea bass was NOT a good value. Please ask your waiter about the portion sizes and make sure you know how big (or little) your meal with be...

3. Since we were in the outside seating area, it was only expected that service and wait staff was scarce and underwhelming. We saw our waitress for our drink order, our entree order, and when she came to the table with the handheld device to collect our bill. (3 times). All other times were when we were able to stop other staff to help us out.
resolution: really try to get an indoor seating and make sure you politely stop your waitress for assistance.

We tried Brown Dog Cafe and unfortunately felt that we had a bad experience. I hope you fare better....

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was a bit slow but worth the wait

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MI
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food great service. A bit noisy. Thanks

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FT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch spot with a friend or client

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JK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most amazing server in Jen. She allowed us to take our time, not feel rushed and absolutely enjoy our experience. The food was amazing and we will be back soon. Thank you.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’ve eaten at brown dog several times in the past and the food and service were both wonderful. However this specific instance was an awful experience. My fiancé and I decided to do something special for New Year’s Eve and brown dog was offering a reservation only tasting menu, which sounded great. Unfortunately the service was not good, they seemed to be very confused and times between each meal were extreme. Our drinks weren’t refilled in some cases of 15+ minutes. My fiancé had a night shift that evening and it took 30+ minutes just to receive the check. The food was also not up to par especially for the price per person on New Year’s Eve. Each course of the tasting menu had issues. Specifically my main course which was a filet Oscar style, my first cut into it I noticed the crab not cutting all the way through, to which I cut harder which worked. Once I bit into this cut the crab still had some shelling on it. You’d expect crab on an Oscar style steak with sauce on it to be de-shelled. Another example would be my fiancé’s dessert, which was some sort of cake/pie. The crust was literally rock hard. It was difficult to even bite through.

At the end of the night we both left pretty disappointed in an establishment we previously really enjoyed.

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S
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had dinner at 6 on New Years Eve. One of the best meals ever. Had fixed menu with more than a few great sounding options. Goat cheese salad was out of this world. We opted for the filet Oscar and Sea Bass. The filet has a considerable amount of sea food and the bernaise sauce was yummy. The sea bass was divine, melt in your mouth good with roasted vegetables. Dessert was key lime pie. The pie was wonderful, great tasting crust with wonderful natural lime flavor, no added color. One of the best pieces of key lime pie if not the best. Amazing dinner, sorry we could not eat everything.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere, attentive staff. Delicious food.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Kentucky mule was too sweet. No bread was offered before dinner.

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s
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner. Thanks to Alice for making it fun!

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RD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We chose restaurant because of location since we were coming from north and south. Found it as a good place to meet in the middle. The goetta was horrible. It was thin and fried to a crisp. Was like a piece of jerky rather than goetta. My friends said their food was good. My eggs were fine but might not return just because of what they served and called goetta. Terrible. Service was good and I did not complain about the goetta. Didn’t want to ruin the visit with friends I seldom see.

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TR
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was just OK. Overpriced for the amount you got, small portions. A little to eclectic for my taste. I guess I am a little "old fashion" but prefer a restaurant where help does not have multi colored hair style and body piercings. Will not return.

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CR
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food on Blue Ash!!

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SW
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holiday Celebration and we were on the heated patio, which was quite comfortable and warm. Thx service was fantastic and knowledgeable. Thanks for a great night!

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OG
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced

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J
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Friendly hostess, delicious food, but average service.

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