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

Brown Dog Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.2

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3.9

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (53)
Casual (47)
Fit for Foodies (40)
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Local Ingredients (37)
Great for Lunch (37)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for a Date (33)
Business Meals (28)
Fun (27)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Bar Seating (22)
Good for Groups (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Scenic View (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
People Watching (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Healthy (15)
Seasonal (15)
Great for Brunch (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Great Beer (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Romantic (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Cozy (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Authentic (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Organic (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Vegan (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

great food and service.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 10, 2017

While the food was ok it took over an hour to arrive at lunch. There was a problem evidently with their computer. Hard to imagine why our meal couldn't be prepared in a timely manner. While they comped our meal we are not going again. Before move was better organized

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Overall we had an enjoyable time and the food was excellent along with the staff.
My only complaint was that we took family there for the "adventurous" menu that we had expereinced about 7 months prior. The new menu, while delicious and well prepared, is more of the standard fare you can get just about anywhere. A lot of the neat items had been removed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I come often and always enjoy the imaginative menu and specials, but the service is routinely awful. This last visit, a Monday, only half the tables were seated and one large party, yet we didn’t see a server for well over 10 minutes after being seated, the clearing of salads took even longer and when it came to clearing entrees the staff had to be asked three separate times to wait till everyone was finished eating.

Terrible.

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We eat at Brown Dog often and the food is always superb. Ingredients are always fresh itch uniueprenttion. Outside dining is also delightful.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was very good. Unfortunately, we were seated at a booth back by the kitchen. That ruined the whole experience. I should have resisted sitting there and luckily we were with friends that kept our attention. The booths are high so we could not see anywhere but straight into the kitchen! and that's not a good thing. And I think there are 3-4 booths set up that way - I don't get it. It would be tolerable if you could also look around. So I would definitely recommend asking for a table looking outside.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have dined at Brown Dog several times. This time, I reserved on Open Table and specifically said that it was a birthday dinner. Our server was hard to locate and the service was unusually slow. By the time we were ready to celebrate the birthday, it was getting late AND the birthday had never been mentioned. We asked if the Birthday celebrant could take his dessert home and we were told no. I understand that, but if we had ever been able to find our server, this wouldn't have been an issue. I'll be back, but will hope for much more efficient service.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Always good food. Wish they had beef options other than hamburgers

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Had my usual a deconstructed chicken salad wrap- love it. And my guest tried it as well. Kudos!

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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Service was slow and we kept having to ask for drinks and cutlery. The food was mediocre and uninspired. The food used to be great in the old location. Now it's just similar to a lot of other OK restaurants

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wonderful experience. Great food, amazing presentation. Our meals were full of flavor and had fresh and diverse ingredients. Great place for families and dates!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

This is a go to dinner restaurant for my wife and I but this was our first time going for brunch. It did not disappoint. Everything was fresh and the service was awesome as usual.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, People Watching, Healthy, Disabled Access, Organic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Tried Brown Dog for Restaurant Week. Loved the new location at Summit Park--lots going on! Very nice meal--excellent taste adventures. We were in a high-backed booth by the bar which was very cozy and felt secluded. Good for a date or quieter dinner. If you want more ambiance and people-watching, ask to sit elsewhere. Patio looked inviting. We will dine there again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Busy place on a Saturday night during Cincinnati restaurant week - three courses for US $ 35.
Great bargain based on the food that we had

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went to Brown Dog Cafe for Cincinnati Restaurant Week, and had a great time! We loved the decor (I'm a sucker for Edison bulbs) and the patio was packed (it's got heaters!) and looked like a lot of fun. The fries we ordered were excellent (our favorite sauce was the curry) and came served in a dog bowl! The food itself was pretty good - our brie tart wasn't what we were expecting - and was served pretty quickly for how busy they were. Definitely try a cocktail, they make the syrups in house! Our waitress was also so friendly, and we will be going back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were long time patrons of Brown Dog before they moved to the new location. The last couple of visits, we were disappointed with the "growing pains" they were experiencing with so many new staff. We also thought the food was not quite up to previous expectations. This visit, we were pleasantly surprised that the food and service had much improved. We were there during Restaurant week, and had the special Prix Fixe menu. Both my husband and I enjoyed all three courses. Our only complaint is that we felt rushed through our meal. Even after we told the waiter several times that we were not in a hurry, he continued to bring out the next course immediately after we had finished the previous one. Perhaps they were trying to turn over our table, but we would have appreciated a more leisurely date night, with time in between courses to enjoy our wine and conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The dinner was great but the jerk shrimp appetizer during restaurant week was outstanding!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great place to celebrate our anniversary. Wonderful service, refreshing drinks & delicious food. We will definitely return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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