About Brown Dog Cafe

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.

1000 Summit Place
Suite A
Blue Ash, OH 45242
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wild Game, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Serving breakfast, lunch, light fare and dinner.
Mon - Thurs: 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cross Street:
Glendale-Milford Rd and Reed Hartman

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(513) 794-1610

Website:
http://www.browndogcafe.com/

Catering:
Executive Chef Shawn McCoy will be pleased to personalize a catering menu for your wedding, anniversary, or corporate event.

Parking Details:
Parking Lot

Executive Chef:
Shawn McCoy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Happy New Years! This year we will be featuring a special Prix Fixe Menu for the evening with 5 courses
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! $55.95 per person if seated between 4p-5:30p Only $67.95 per guest from 5:30p-9:30p. Drink package to compliment the meal will also be available, price TBA.

Brown Dog Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (45)
Great for Outdoor Dining (41)
Fit for Foodies (36)
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Creative Cuisine (32)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Great for Lunch (32)
Business Meals (29)
Good for a Date (29)
Local Ingredients (29)
Fun (23)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Scenic View (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
People Watching (14)
Seasonal (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Healthy (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Great Beer (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Cozy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Romantic (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Organic (7)
Authentic (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 13 hours ago

Nice variety of food and drink options.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

Grilled Caesar was fabulous as we're the burnt carrots!!! My friend got chicken wings and said they were very salty and not very good. Service was in the category of not very attentive, speedy or good at basics like when you bring coffee and milk, bring a utensil for stirring.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our party of 4 was seated in a corner, which was perfect for us to talk and not be disturbed. Service wasn’t bad, and we were checked on frequently, but appetizers didn’t all arrive at same time (bread came long after soup...usually eat that together). Everyone enjoyed their meal, and the desserts were outstanding. My only complaint would be on the chicken that was added to my salad. I was told it was grilled, so I assumed warm. It was poached, cold and very dry. It feels like it was not made fresh for me, but pulled out of the marinade (strong) in the fridge. Disappointing for this level of restaurant. Salad was good, but I will never order an add-on protein, and do not recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Nice place. Too much salt.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This restaurant should be top notch, but isn't. They charge $4.00 for bread and butter, which should be complimentary. We ordered a Mediterranean Pizza and the Tile Fish Special. Both were just okay. We don't feel like we need to rush back. The restaurant looks nice and service was fine. We have been there three times and have not noticed any improvement in the food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Delightful dinner with wife. Unexpected given the name. Had the salmon and it was cooked perfectly. The key lime pie was pretty awesome as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Love the food and the uniquely named food items. Always great service. Loved it!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Though this place is pricey, the selection of interesting foods including game meats, is impressive. All four meals in our party were prepared perfectly and creatively. The soups were also hearty and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Been going to this restaurant for years- seldom been disappointed.
Great place for food- a lot of variety, and everything tastes very good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was great but Would have just liked free bread

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Used to love this place for it's interesting food and great bread. No longer. Food was boring, the same as any other lunch place. Pricy $10 for two small fish tacos. Need to pay extra for bread. Not returning any time soon.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food and a pleasant dining experience.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The evening began with a very bad experience. We were never acknowledged at the hostess station. The hostess had a large party in front of us and she was on the phone. Once she hung up, she was ‘head down’ working from hand written notes and using the pc. When she finally finished, she responded to another hostess by handing her menus etc. I approached and asked if I could tell her we were there and had a reservation, another woman began talking and said she was a ‘walk-in’. She was seated first. We were next. Our issue is not the fact that she was busy, but the fact that we were ignored and no one apologized for the wait or the rudeness.
The wait staff was great and the food was very good.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Ordered the lamb, prepared well, food served hot. Service was not good, slow and order not revised properly. There was actually a large dog in the outside bar area. I saw many of the servers and restaurant staff, pet and play with the dogs. I pray they all practiced proper sanitary activity before handling food again. Frankly I see no reason to engage with an animal while serving or handling food for others. If you choose to do it on your own time, fine but not when I'm paying $35 for an entrée.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Unfortunately, had a less than stellar experience here the night before Thanksgiving. We had been to Brown Dog a little over a year ago and had a pretty good experience. We ordered entrees (pork chop, duck, and scallops) which were meh but nothing special. Not worth the price. Music was bar like and we noticed that everyone around us was eating burgers and pizza. Made for less than a nice dinner experience. Our daughter was in town for Thanksgiving and we had hoped to have a nice family dinner, but I could not recommend if that's what you're looking for. Maybe for pizza and beer but I doubt if we'll go back. Too many other options.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Poorly trained waitress, added 20% tip to bill for a party of 5 without any prior notice.
No vegan options on menu

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My daughter and her boyfriend were in town for a quick visit. We had a wonderful dining experience with the best server , Greg Cohen. We will be back again and again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was special, drinks delightful, easy to talk to our kids and lovely surroundings! It's a favorite, we'll continue to go back!

Tags: Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Vegan, Scenic View, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fun, Business Meals, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 13, 2017

great food, good ambiance, go here a couple times a month for lunch haven't been here for awhile for dinner. Dinner was great and highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very Mixed Experience
Very excited to try this restaurant as we had heard a lot of good things. We made a reservation and showed up about 10 minutes early. We were told it would be a minute. That minute ended up being 35. No explanation, no apology. When we were seated we were put at a table in the kitchen. This is not an exaggeration, there are three tables that literally are in the kitchen. Her server seemed upset that we requested a new table. We were greeted by another employee who offered us bread as compensation. We thanked him but said we really just wanted a different location - he went straight to arranging a new table they from outside to set up for us. After ordering our meals, we were a little disappointed in how they came out. Fish was overcooked, steak was undercooked. Seems like a nice place with a lot of potential but unfortunately our first visit will probably be our last.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I like the new Brown Dog. Food was excellent. Nice welcoming atmosphere.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Attentive service, fine menu, quiet setting, nice view, food as described in menu. Beer arrived too cold but soon mellowed to an acceptable temperature.

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service and attention to detail was aweful! It took over 30 minutes to get our drinks and our food came sporadically. The server had no idea who had ordered what, the wine delivered was the wrong bottle, and we had to pay a 20 percent gratuity! Lunch here is wonderful but dinners are nearly always lousy and subpar.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Service and recommendation fromPreston were super.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food,service and atmosphere!

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Brown Dog Café is one of my favorite spots. The food is always great, and service is always above average.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love having great conversations with staff and a menu that is constantly changing with pleasant surprises.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The drinks were great, service very good but the Surf and Turf special was very disappointing. Steak was dry, lobster undercooked and green beans undercooked.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Brown Dog is my place to go every time I'm in town...staff is great and food is excellent...exactly what I need for my various business discussions and meals

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As a longtime patron was disappointed last Saturday evening with both the quality of the food and service. Listened to staff being berated by a manager and felt like I was at a TGI Friday rather than the gourmet experience it use to be.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We have dined at the restaurant before and enjoyed it so decided that a visit on a beautiful fall Sunday afternoon would be perfect. We arrived at 5:00 at the start of dinner service and the trouble started. Instead of giving us dinner menus they provided the lunch menus. Not a big deal but it gets worse. We ordered a goat cheese and beet salad and when it came it was without goat cheese and three small slices of beets. The rest of the salad was greens. This was a problem. Finally the server arrived with the goat cheese. It was frozen hard. What we could chip off tasted stale and nothing like goat cheese. This was a bigger problem. Finally a replacement salad was offered and the salads were comped. I ordered the rabbit pie as a main course since the game dishes have been good at the restaurant. Mistake!. The vegetables were only semi-cooked, not even al dente, just plain semi-raw. The rabbit was in shreds and not a lot of it. The flavor of the dish was bland and unremarkable. When we were offered dessert we said no for fear and stopped to get some ice cream on the way home. Will be some time before we even consider another visit.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our food was great, bartender ended up being our waiter. Very nice man but refill on non alcoholic drinks, he wasn't on too of. Overall loved it and will be back

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

great food and service.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food and ambiance were amazing!! We'll definitely be back soon!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Butter nut squash with red curry sauce was too spicy to eat- would not try this again.

Otherwise the bread, beet and fried goat cheese salad, hummus tray were very good.

Dessert of banana cake with chocolate fudge and ice cream was great conclusion to our meal

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Second time I've been here. Outstanding both times. I really enjoy the GF options and the handcrafted cocktails are fabulous.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our family often goes to Brown Dog for a dinner or afternoon bites. Their specials are often seafood and excellent. Chef has a way with putting together different flavors where they highlight the ingredients rather than come out fussy or complicated.

This particular dinner was a family night out and enjoyable as always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

What a nice surprise to find this gem on open table. It is located in Blue Ash at Summit Park. We had breakfast their but plan on coming back for lunch and/or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, People Watching, Scenic View, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Had a very nice dinner with book club friends. Will look forward to visiting again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

A good blend of tasty food, good service in an open airy venue.

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