Brown Dog Cafe

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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 & Kaiser Pickles. 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 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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NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food - burgers were a little expensive service was excellent

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and the drinks are fabulous!

JL
Cincinnati
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we have been going to Brown Dog when they were back in the strip mall. They continue to be exceptional and we love visiting

JT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

JH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Sadly, what was once a favorite restaurant when I traveled to Cincinnati has become nothing special, lacking in every way. My beet risotto was a reddish blob of pasty goo, and topped with unimaginative mahi mahi that was barely lukewarm.

A
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Seating with a reservation was very quick. Server was VERY good .... friendly, helpful & efficient.
Actually, four of our seven had burgers which are HUGE and very tasty.
Note: be sure to ask for meats to be "medium well", otherwise it may be only warm and rare.
We will be back!

OT
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business lunch! Quick service. Great menu.

PC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was really really slow. It was a Friday night and it didn't seem like they had enough waiters. Or maybe our waitress forgot we were her table? She was a very nice waitress but when someone would ask for a drink, we didn't see here again for 15 mins.

KA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Lunch and service from Sam could not have been any better!! We will be back.

r
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, service. Salmon cooked perfectly.

LB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good time at the Brown Dog. Great food. Great service. The crab cake appetizer was amazing and the fish special was fantastic! Fresh, unusual dishes!!

VS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My mother and I enjoyed pizza week! The food was great and the service was excellent!

SG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

When we arrived there was no one at the hostess stand, and y’all weren’t busy. When he finally came around he barely greeted us and brought us to the table and said nothing. Our server did come up right away however he didn’t know his menu. That’s bad for a server and especially because this was our first time there. The menu said that Sunday brunch ended at 2 however our server said it was an all day menu and that it was the only menu. I would not consider your brunch menu and all day menu!! The crappy pattie was black!! The breakfast sandwich was tasteless! Both sandwiches were very disappointing! We told our server and he just looked at us and asked if we wanted the check! We asked for an order of your sourdough bread and instead of them toasting it and putting it on a plate they put it on the flat grill and you could taste everything that had been cooked on the flat grill and it was extremely greasy. We then asked for some jam and to my surprise with all the notations online and on your menu about things being made from scratch and locally sourced, he brought us Smuckers jelly....what?????
Was so excited to eat at this restaurant and left extremely disappointed!! The server needs to be re-trained and quizzed on the menu. A server should never say “I don’t know what that is” and just stand there and look at tou. Never offered to go ask what it is!
Very poor!

ND
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Excellent chocolate martinis
Portions a tad small but overall excellent food

A
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was spectacular. We were so happy to discover it.

PB
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waitress was excellent. We informed her we were dining casually & not in a hurry. She was very accommodating & not rushing us.
Food was good. Had truffle fries as appetizer. Mediterranean pizza with a good bottle of chianti wine. Fantastic key lime pie as dessert.

DW
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience4

Best omelet I have had.

DB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This restaurant experience was okay, but not great. The food was good, but not great. The service was okay, but we started the evening with a glass of water spilled all over the table by the wait staff. The bill was high for the quality of the exoerience. All in all, it was a mostly forgettable experience.

OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Serice was poor. Dinner took way to long and had to keep asking the waitress the same thing over and over. Did not like how the buffalo wings were presented (the wings were all one piece) making them difficult and messy to eat. The lamb chops were disappointing. The bar and atmosphere is nice but would not recommend for dinner. The hamburgers looked good. Maybe they should stick to burgers. We will not be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I made reservations on Open table and I dictated it was a birthday and added a note about the name of the birthday girl. Our table was ready on time but after that, our service wasn’t great! He took forever to get our drinks. We ordered an app that was brought with the meal. We ordered extra veggies with the hummus plate but didn’t get them. Our food was good, and warm. The birthday was never acknowledged, and based on how long everything else took, we didn’t bother to mention it again bc we didn’t want to be stuck there any longer! Food was good, but doubtful we will return

GH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Tried the restaurant week 3 course special. Slider appetizer was good. Caesar salad with bacon and tomato was good. Entree of Carribean grouper was not. Too many competing flavors especially the sweetpotato mush. Ordered the dessert. The carrot cake was not served as a cake and for our taste had too much shredded coconut.

GA
Cincinnati
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good location, good food, excellent waiters.

E
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Everyone in our party really enjoyed the food. Service was better than usual and food didn’t take too long to come out, so things are looking up for the Brown Dog. Also, we really appreciate the gluten free options for the celiacs in our family.

d
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service ! The cheeseburger, fries and milkshake were perfect and our server Bo was charming and accurate! We will be back soon!

JM
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was amazing with subpar service. Wonderful atmosphere!

TC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun atmosphere, good food, took my cousin (who was visiting from out of town) for lunch and she really enjoyed it. It was easy to converse as it was not overly crowded at 1:15. I've been there previously and eaten outside which is always fun and the fact you can bring your dog to the outside seating area during the warmer months is a plus and they always make sure there's water for your pup. Bathrooms are also very clean and modern.

a
Naples
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there on a Thursday night with the outdoor concert going on and a noisy table near us so it was loud. The food was good and so was the service. Interesting menu.

S
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I am continually unimpressed with BDC. I have a service dog which they seem to never understand how to treat. They attempt to force me outdoors every time or have attempted to turn me away if the patio is closed. Additionally, I requested a substitution to my meal this time and they just didn't do it. I asked about it and the server said they don't do substitutions but he didn't mention that when I ordered or I would have simply added a side.

S
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and atmosphere! Highly recommend.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Front desk/hostess lazy

GS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food is excellent, but the service is poor. The pre-dinner cocktail arrived after the main course. The check arrived long after the dinner was cleared.

m
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It took a long time to get our order

SM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside seating. Good cocktails and craft beer selection. Definitely recommend

S
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining outside. Great variety of food choices. Food well prepared. Overall great experience!

y
Cincinnati
76 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Joe was our Server and did a nice job.
They had a 3 course offering and it needed to be explained better. The quinoa bowl was very tasty and huge!
I had the poutine bowl and it was very tasty and different.
Would recommend if looking for a hearty comfort dish . The charcuterie board was ok-- have had better at other Restaurants! Like The Red Feather and Postmark, which is no longer.

Menu is huge with many options. I plan to return and try other dishes !
Thank you!

RS
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We must have ordered the wrong food as it was not hot or the quality we were expecting

JB
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food in a very nice location. We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful late summer evening. The duck breast was outstanding.

B
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Visually great restaurant with tall contemporary spaces and excellent food that emphasizes locally grown produce. My only negative was that there was not quite enough help on hand to keep drinks, food and bill arriving in a timely manner during Sunday brunch. I would also suggest finding a way to alleviate the congestion at the host stand. I look forward to going back.

M
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch enjoyed the patio.

RD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good burgers and fries, but our starters underwhelmed. Server was very nice but slow. Overall we enjoyed it.

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