Brown Dog Cafe

4.4
1957 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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Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is situated in a new park which has a fun playscape and green quad, along with some other restaurants which are not as pricey. The food is very good and innovative, but quite expensive for a weekday dinner. We were seated in a narrow booth for two. There are many gluten-free options, including gluten-free bread if you order a hamburger (ground chuck). I wish that you could order any side so that you did not have to get either chips or fries with the burgers. Duck, quail, and other delicacies are featured--almost always some sort of halibut entree. Our server was knowledgeable and accurate with the allergy issues we have.

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MR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Brown Dog delivered. Good food, good service, great value. I continue to patronize this restaurant because I know I will be pleased

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JH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

My chicken sandwich was terrible. I have never had a chewier piece of chicken.

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d
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a good experience. Our poor waitress seemed a little inexperienced but made a great effort to keep us happy. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful. We tried goetta(?) for the first time and liked it. Our kids enjoyed their meals, too. We enjoyed both being at the restaurant and exploring the area around it. It would be even nicer in the summer when the outdoor seating would be more accessible.

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

The restaurant has none of the intimate charm of the previous location. Food was acceptable, nothing to get excited about. We used the Cincinnati Restaurant Week pre-fixe, so I can't directly speak to the regular menu. Very few wines in an affordable range. Because of the nearby park, kids were running in and out. Pretty disappointing experience.

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r
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Service was good (almost too attentive, but would rather that than the opposite). Noise level was high which makes it difficult to talk, but not as bad as some places.. Enjoyed the halibut for restaurant week. Very nice presentation. And beet risotto was really good (from a non-beet lover).....,

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overpriced food and subpar service. The waitress was rushing us and made us feel like a burden being there. Nice environment in a good location but do not plan on returning.

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L
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came for restaurant week and enjoyed the halibut and pork schnitzel. The 3rd course, unfortunately, was not the warmest by the time it reached our table. Maybe we will stick to The Brown Dog for brunch.

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M
Charleston
95 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our only complaint in all of the times that we have eaten here has been the inconsistent service. We were lucky this time to get Paul who seems to be the best server in the restaurant. He normally can be seen in the kitchen helping with the meals on weekends but was working the tables this time. The food is always outstanding. All four of us had something different and they were all great. I had the halibut because I have found that if they have a seafood special, it's always very good. Our son ordered the boar and it was probably the best meal.

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MB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner on a Friday night. It was pretty busy but with the reservation we got right in. Food was pretty good (the poutine tater tots were excellent) but higher priced. We would go back again but maybe on more special occasions.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We waited 25 minutes to be w

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PH
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Solid offering in Blue Ash area of Cincinnati metro. Food was delicious. We had the wild boar schnitzel and the halibut. Schnitzel was fantastic. The fish was fresh and well plated. The beet risotto was out of this world and well cooked. Flavors and presentation were great. Overall excellent, but a bit pricey given their location. Beer menu was excellent. Appreciated their smaller 5oz pours. Would suggest they adjust their prices a touch on the beers.

Our waiter with the moustache was excellent. Our food came out all together was hot, and was all cooked quite well. Table service was a bit slow for drinks. It seems like they are still working on cohesion between kitchen and front of house. That said, the waitstaff were personable and knowledgeable and we enjoyed our meal.

Would suggest a bit more polish with the host. Made a reservation. Had to wait on an open outdoor table to be bussed, and was told by hostess that they were “busy” and wasn’t sure when the table would be cleared. Waited about 10 minutes

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Z
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Ive never had a bad meal at brown dog but we went for restaurant week and our meal was downright awful. The brie quesadilla was a soggy greasy mess, the salad was ok, but my medium strip steak came out Well well done. It was absolutely murdered and dry. I was extremely disappointed as it seemed like they couldve cared less how the food was prepared bc of,restaurant week. Sadly it will be a long time before I give brown dog a try bc of this experience. Too many good restaurants in the city

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y
Cincinnati
66 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

New location is big!
Foods delicious--- Service could have been more attentive.
We were there for lunch and it got crowded fast.
I will go back---and try other things.
I had the Brown Dog club with truffle fries--- yummy. Friend had salmon sandwich and she raved about it and ate it all up !
Good job !

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l
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We had boar it was amazing! Like it because food is great and it is not a chain restaurant

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and our server was very attentive! We ate outside on the patio. With heaters it was perfect

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HE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Tuesday night reservation and had requested a booth. The reason I made that request is that last time we ate here (with a reservation) we were seated at the worst table in the house - right in front of the kitchen serving line.
Request disregarded and we're seated at a table near a breezy open door (at least 3 booths open that I could see). Server made a big deal about moving us.
Took at least 10 minutes for my draft beer to be delivered. 30 min later appetizer arrives. An hour after ordering, still no entree. Server checks and and says she's going to find out what the hold up is, but instead goes out to patio to take an order. We finally had to find the manager and tell him we needed to leave to pick up our son from practice. Food wasn't even ready that we could take it to go. Left hungry and sad :(

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I have always loved Brown dog but my last two experiences were not great. I ordered the scallops this time and they were so little tiny, overcooked and swimming in butter. It just wasn't a good dish. Had a side of hard undercooked broccoli. Really poor value for $24.
My husband waited 20 min for the correct flight of beer to come out. Miscommunication on the order but was not fixed quickly. Drinks come out of bar very very slowly. It seems they need some organizational help.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We came in for Sunday brunch with a reservation. We were ignored at the host stand when we walked in and had to wait to be helped for about 10 minutes. We sat outside and were soon forgotten about. The service was abysmal. The food was decent, but the service soured the whole experience.

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TA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Bathrooms do not have handicap accessible hand rails.

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LF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very busy place so I recommend a reservation even though it is a casual setting.

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SV
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brown Dog is amazing!! The food and service is always excellent!

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C
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The finest cuisine outside of the downtown Cincinnati area. Hand tossed pizzas, creative seasonal gourmet fare in a contemporary designed setting overlooking newly developed Summit Park in Blue Ashe. The lamb is devine and the Brown Dog fries with three delicious dipping sauces are a must.
If you haven’t tried this suburban treasure, you must make it your next reservation.

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IB
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This is a surprisingly unique foodie/wine snob spot located in a lovely up-and-coming trendy, suburban family park area. There is outdoor seating adjacent to one of the innovative kids' play spaces and the upscale restaurant welcomes children with crayons, coloring pages and warm smiles. The beer and wine list is extensive and well-curated and the courses are flavorful and complex. We started with the goat cheese and beet salad that was perfectly seasoned and complex with a great, layered profile. The service was nothing special despite the fine dining prices and high-priced, creative entrees. There was no pacing to the meal, no extra touches of menu recommendations and not even frequent checking in for water refills and such. It wasn't bad, just not what you'd expect for an upscale, classy joint. This average service has been consistent for all our visits, as well. It's clearly not their priority. The creative food and high quality ingredients, however, clearly are. Our kids ordered the children's burger and pizza. Unlike other restaurants, the children's meals were not phoned in. The kids' entrees were as well-flavored as the high-quality adult entrees. We ordered the Haute Chocolate Wild Boar, hesitantly, and were blown away with the combination of unique flavors and superb execution. Highly recommend this dish! The prices are a bit on the high end for the average service, but to be expected due to the location. The restaurant's setting in beautiful Summit Park, located in Blue Ash, offers a lovely after-dinner setting with the view tower, play spaces, bench swings and walking trail. Check it out when you want a nice family meal with high-quality drinks and food, but quick, average service.

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A
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, excellent food, comfortable portions. Would definitely recommend.

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SS
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service at Brown Dog. The menu is fresh and very healthy options also!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food! Very unique and flavorful. We were seated in a booth by the kitchen which was a little distracting and noisy. It’s kind of gross too see other diner’s dirty dishes and what’s going on “behind the curtain”. Other than that, I would love to go back and request a different part of the restaurant.

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recently visited the Brown Dog Cafe and was duly impressed with the experience. They have a variety of unique menu offerings, and I chose the wild boar which was outstanding. The servers were polite and responsive, and the atmosphere was pleasant. I would definitely consider returning if I am in the area again!

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visit of family

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Wish the restaurant wasn't so broken up with the booths in the middle of the restaurant. It would be fun to see the kitchen activities from our table.
The hard surfaced floor makes for a noisy setting.
The servers look slightly sloppy.
Do not like the way you serve the food. Other servers come to the table, standing there with our dishes and we have to one-by-one, tell them who ordered what. Sometimes they get the tables mixed up.
My soup had been sitting in the bowl for some time, it had a film on the top. And it was lukewarm at best.

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CS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennifer our waitress was just wonderful. So enjoyed our evening!!

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DV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant as long as you don’t get the table by the door. We did this time darn draft kind of ruins dinner.

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J
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thanks to Jimmy for great service. Great food, great company and a fun place to hang out and chill.

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DT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were wonderful, as always. The Brown Dog Cafe is one of my favorite places to meet friends, especially for brunch or lunch!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The Brown Dog Cafe has had an excellent reputation for great food for years, so I was particularly disappointed in the food quality and value at this visit. I had the scallops, which were disappointing. The flavor of the sauce was nice, but the scallops were small and unimpressive. The side of broccoli had a peculiar "chlorine" taste, which they politely exchanged with very overcooked carrots, which were tasteless. My friends both had the boar, which they enjoyed. The hummus and veggie plate was also tasty. The ambiance was nice and the service was excellent. At this price point I expect a delicious meal, so I won't be returning.

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OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Made reservations on OpenTable. Upon arrival we learned that there would be a table opening in a minute. We did get seated rather quickly once a Nother table freed up but good to know that when you make reservations it is first come first served. Two of us ordered the Asian salad which had all he tuna and carrot cilantro noodles. We had three small pieces of tuna sliced thin late we had to hunt for the noodles and most of it was very good lattice all for $20. Our server worked the bar as well as our table at a busy lunch hour so needless to say our service was not excellent

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MK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The seafood/pasta lunch special was astounding. Served on fresh pasta. All three members of our lunch party ordered it and would agree.

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b
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the crab cakes highly reccomend the happy hour

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was nice. It was clean. The drink menu is quite extensive and looked yummy. The waitress was great. The food was good. My only issue was the dinner portion of the menu. There were not a lot of choices besides pizza, burgers, and a smaller menu of odd items like duck and boar. I would have liked an in between option.

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