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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Welcome to our annual Valentines Day tradition, this is an evening we count on being booked up, and we try year after year to outdo ourselves. We will be offering a Prix Fixe Menu (TBA) for the evening. Due to high demand we require a cancellation fee of $25 per person if cancelled within 24 hrs.

Brown Dog Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (38)
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Neighborhood Gem (30)
Great for Lunch (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Local Ingredients (26)
Business Meals (25)
Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (24)
Fun (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Scenic View (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Cozy (14)
Seasonal (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Healthy (12)
People Watching (12)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Organic (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Great Beer (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Romantic (9)
Disabled Access (7)
Authentic (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great food; good service; a little noisy for conversation.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A personal favorite! One of the ten best restaurants in the city for both food and service.
Sean and Saundra run a first class operation...Love the new Sunday brunch menu!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wasn’t great-burger waayy undercooked-waiter offered to take back but service was so slow didn’t want to wait. We got there at 7:00, didn’t get service for 10 minutes, drinks weren’t given to us until 7:25, way too slow.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We typically have a good meal at Brown Dog and on our visit had some good items--except for the Wild Board I ordered. I was able to eat some of it, then had it removed from the table. Service staff was on the issue, and they removed the item from our bill. The rest of our experience was good.

We will return.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very disappointing. We use to really enjoy dining at the previous location, it found this menu to be pretentious and over priced. Even the pecan pie was not what I had expected. Will not go there again.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Menu is a little far out there

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

I have been to the Brown Dog for both lunch and dinner and the food and service has always been excellent

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The food was wonderful and a delightful array of options for dinner. The service was excellent, attentive and helpful with special needs diet requests. We had a relaxing meal, never felt rushed. It was quiet enough for conversations.

Tags: Business Meals, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always superior and over-the-top, but New Year's Eve was exceptionally good. They must have figured out a way to make it even better than normal. You will never be disappointed here.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had the special New Year’s Eve meal with wine pairings. Food was pretty good overall, but portions were small and our server was not warm.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a delicious brunch. Portion size was perfect and the staff was appropriately attentive. It was our first visit to the new location and we look foward to many repeat visits.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was really not great this time
No vine counseling
Errors in the menu brocolini were replaced by non cooked brocoli
And green beans ended up being chard
Without being told before
One would expect to be informed properly on what you get on your entree if the latter is going to be over 25 dollars

I used to love the place!!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food is great as always. Really miss the more cozy warmer atmosphere of previous location. Current place is cold and sterile. Please add soft curtains. Fresh flowers.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 23, 2017

It's become our favorite restaurant. It is our go-to spot. Always delicious, great and professional service, and attention to detail. Worth every penny.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food is always top notch, big bold fabulous flavors. Service is very attentive and they know the ingredients and how dishes are made like they actually do it themselves. Love, love, love this place and I'll keep coming back as long as they'll have us!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Disappointed with the food. Used to have a very good menu selection and very tasty food.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Brown Dog is always a good choice for my husband and me. The ravioli small plate was terrific - red curry sauce was perfect! My scallops were perfectly prepared with no sandy grit that often comes with scallops. His steak was delicious as were the accompanying potatoes. And this month they are doing Secret Santa! We got a gift card and some other promo discounts!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Nice variety of food and drink options.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Consistently good food combined with consistently good service.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Another amazing dining experience at Brown Dog Cafe! I had scallops (again because they are amazing). Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Organic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We know we will always find an interesting menu and wine list at Brown Dog. The food is as good as any restaurant in Cincinnati. They also have the most interesting wine list in Cincinnati. We always find something different to try and it's at a very reasonable price. This was the 4th time that we have eaten there since they moved to Summit Park and it's a shame that the service never matches up with the food. Always the same issues - trying to take plates away before people are finished, bringing the entree when people are not finished with their salads, not replacing silver ware when dishes are taken away, and disappearing for 20 minutes at a time. Pretty much the same type of service that you would get at a chain sit down, table service restaurant. One good note about the service, we sat next to the kitchen and the guy (handle bar mustache) who was checking the food before it was served was excellent. You could tell that he was very proud of what he did. He brought us a sample of the soups that he had made that evening and they were outstanding. He also personally brought over our salads when he noticed that they had been sitting in the window too long because our waitress had not been checking for them. We'll continue to go to Brown Dog because of the food and wine. We especially like their seafood. Bluenose Grouper was the special that evening and in all of the years that we have been eating out, I've never seen it on a menu, not even in coastal towns like Charleston.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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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