Brown Dog Cafe

4.5
2356 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.

Offers

  • Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's

    Nov 1, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021

    Sun 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Saturday and Sunday Brunch we offer bottomless Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's for $25. Come in with your friends to have brunch for fun or to celebrate something special.

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 2356 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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BobP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food came a little under cooked but it was reheated and was good. Waiting by the front door seemed a little crowded and odd for such a good place. Might want o create a small waiting area. Serve was great (Emily)!

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vipCvth
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice meal nice service

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Canuck11
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a date night and we decided to split everything. We shared a hummus plate with pita bread and veggies as an appetizer, a small house salad and the scallops enter. The final touch was an apple crumble cheese cake with an Irish coffee. The food was delicious, the staff was attentive and not overbearing. It was a great evening!

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TalieC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit. My husband loved his crab cakes.

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dilmo
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great location. Nice atmosphere. Lots of bourbons. Lackluster food.

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vipKimberlyD
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Valentine Set Menu had great options and what we chose was great!

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Ivan41
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The Brown Dog was a good experience for us. We spent Valentine's Day there and had one of their specials. Excellent service, great food and a nicely eclectic atmosphere.
We highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

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vipFoodForAll
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Brown Dog. Whether it’s for a casual family dinner or a romantic date night, Brown Dog delivers.

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SKGinCincy
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service from friendly waitstaff. Reasonable prices. Perfect place for a date night

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vipBCMMR
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We hadn’t been here since they first opened in this location, and were pleasantly surprised. From the extensive drink selections, to the delicious food, an excellent experience. I can see it becoming a “go to” for us

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Maria
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was wonderful.

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DrMom
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Server was very nice but stretched too thin. Took an extremely long time to get cocktails, food, bill. Bill had a very expensive error. Kitchen was very noisy with plates being stacked, dropped or slammed down throughout our meal. Might try for carry out next time but will not be dining in again soon.

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AWell
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for a mother/daughter celebration dinner!

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vipLaurelS
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

While our waiter was amazing the food was just mediocre. The price for what we got was not a good value.
We will try it again though.

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, with a relaxed atmosphere. So glad we went while we were here.

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DiannaS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal served by a great staff! Thanks!

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ThomasA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Service, I had the Ceaser salad and it was wonderful.

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vipRichardB
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food presentation was great and the service was even better.

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ChrisS
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food at the Brown Dog Cafe is always wonderful. We have been eating here for many years.

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vipPorchdawg
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emily was awesome.. great service!

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vipSusanFromCincy
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the beef stew and mashed potatoes on a cold winter night. It was delicious! Pure comfort food!

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BnMM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very attentive service, menu was great mix of classics and inventive dishes.

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PaulC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and ownership. Fine selection of wine and spirits. The bourbon selection is awesome. The food is to die for!!!

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vipanthonys
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great New Years Eve 5 course meal and wine pairing package. The food was amazing!

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vipDiner
Cincinnati
43 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always fantastic. Tried the pizza with cauliflower crust-excellent.

Waited 30 minutes for sprouts appetizer....but our meal was timely after ordering. We weren’t in a hurry...so not a big deal.

This is one of my favorite restaurants!!

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HeatherS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

How wonderful it was to sit safely in the cozy Brown Dog Cafe, eating delicious pizza, truffle fries, scallops, halibut, burgers, salads, salmon and a few desserts to celebrate our daughters 19th birthday. The music was happily energetic, the staff was gracious, welcoming, timely and correct. The food was so good. And the feeling of being out (!) when we haven't in so long, was energizing. We had a table to ourselves in the back of the restaurant, no other patrons within our sight as we were tucked away. Perfect! Thanks, Brown Dog, for a great night out!

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Eat2live
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We had a lovely time.

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KristineA
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! I had the crab cakes as my entrée and a salad. Both were outstanding. The bread appetizer was really good as well! Great location with beautiful park to walk around. Very friendly and warm atmosphere.

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Bettylou
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was great, especially under the current circumstances!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta food, great staff! Absolutely enjoyed our meal!

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vipShelly
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were there on Tuesday night for friends birthday dinner. She had the boar, it was amazing. I had Salmon and it was delicious. Service was perfect. Feel very safe eating there during COVID. I have lived this restaurant for years and they never disappoint.

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GailM
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. We appreciate the extra precautions Brown Dog took to ensure everyone's safety. Enjoyed our experience.

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vipSherrieC
Cincinnati
100 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner. Yummy crab and corn soup. Spicy sole. Big caramel fruit bread pudding with whipped cream. Stuffed!

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ErinD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food!

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vipsargent51
Cincinnati
40 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good dinner with Family. In the past the service has been poor at best. But it was much improved this time.

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EileenG
Cincinnati
23 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, creative menu! Our server was so friendly and gave great recommendations. Fun atmosphere. Seems very Covid safe.

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vipMichaelM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service. One of our favorite restaurants.

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vipEKGM
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had a good experience at Brown Dog.

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vipLuvfoodandwine
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Food is always great, it was delicious. The service was not very attentive. The staff was not compliant with wearing masks near 9 pm, when the restaurant started to slow down. A man who appeared to be the manager and our server completely removed their masks and were walking around the restaurant. Another server pulled hers down below her chin. In times like this where we all need to be vigilant to remain heathy and desire to keep restaurants open, this was a major disappointment and we will not be back anytime soon.

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 2356 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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