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Brown Dog Cafe, Blue Ash, OH

Brown Dog Cafe

4.3
4.3
2707 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Join us for Cincinnati Restaurant Week from September 20-26! We will be serving a three course dinner menu designed for everyone to enjoy. You can make reservations under OpenTable's "Experiences" section. See you soon!

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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wild Game, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 794-1610

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Shawn McCoy

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    Private events are available for the patio and our back room.

  • Neighborhood

    Blue Ash

  • Cross street

    Glendale-Milford Rd and Reed Hartman

  • Parking details

    PARKING LOT AT PARK

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,707 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Outdoor Dining

  • Cincinnati

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. K

    Karp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Nashville chicken. It was excellent. Their wood-fired pizzas are always good too.
  2. E

    Eat2live

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! The last time I was there I wasn’t impressed, but this time the service and food were perfect.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very pricey. Would like to frequent more often because the location is amazing.
  4. f

    faithfulcustomer

    Cincinnati

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Great service. Very pricey for what you get.
  5. KJ

    KatieJ

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We picked the cafe for two reasons -- an early father's day celebration and also because we have a celiac diner in our party. As most celiac families do, we scoped out the menu on the website to make sure there was something that everyone could safely eat before going. Upon arrival, the waitress let us know that the website is "really outdated" and they have a different menu. The steak my husband hoped to get was not available. The celiac diner's options were less than we thought. We made due but that definitely needs to change. The other comment is on value. We ordered a kids meal and it was $12 plus they charge $3 for every refill. Ok for a celebration dinner but know before you go!
  6. MA

    MikeA

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    There was a ‘closed’ sign on the door when got there. I saw some people inside so I went in and told them about it. They were apologetic and fixed the sign. My coffee had a hair on the side of the cup and the coffee was not hot. Upon request the server replaced it. We ordered omelettes for our breakfast that came with potatoes. The potatoes were not hot and didn’t look like fresh. The prices were a bit higher than other restaurants with similar quality and services. We didn’t enjoy our breakfast. We will not go there anymore
  7. M

    Marshall

    Cincinnati

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Salads and entrees were creative and delicious, service was very good
  8. BZ

    BarbaraZ

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and service great!
  9. GC

    GeorgeC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Special lunch risotto entre disappointing. Bread board also disappointing. Desserts ordered were excellent.
  10. SC

    SuzanneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Power went out due to big storm and our service was not interrupted because they had a generator. Good food and service.
  11. ED

    EliseD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as well as the service. The atmosphere was pleasant, we enjoyed seeing all the dogs. Food and beverage choices were great.
  12. JW

    JoanieW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I thought the food was good but too expensive for us seniors on a fixed income. Key lime pie just ok, not exceptional. Waitress was tired, had worked a double shift and let us know. It lessen the mood of our rare dinner out.
  13. G

    Gigi

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Long time patrons—ever since it opened. Keeps getting better and better. Love the bread basket with roasted garlic. Salmon was superb.
  14. S

    ellenS

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Was a little disappointed. The Brown Dog used to have a really nice menu but now it’s mostly burgers and pizzas with a few other options. Maybe now they are in a park setting they are trying to appeal more to family dining. A couple of the appetizers were not available and the service was just ok.
  15. SF

    SamF

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked a reservation for 7:45pm with our two kids after playing at summit park. We got there at 7:38 and were seated at 7:50pm in the corner of the restaurant after the hostess greeted and took two other couples that walked in after us before even acknowledging us. Once we were sat in the corner, we waited until 8:05 and at that time decided that since we had not even yet had a server stop by and tried to get the managers attention twice for help that we were going to leave. We let the manager know when we were leaving at 8:08 of why we decided to leave and he simply said okay have a nice night. Highly disappointed in the service and response from management regarding our visit. We frequent Summit park often and will not attempt to visit this establishment again.
  16. JR

    JayR

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place Great food Great selection of bourbons, drinks and beer Love their house salad with dried cherries and candied pecans and the creamy balsamic dressing
  17. GL

    GabrielL

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Food was great. Burger was one of the best I've ever had. Service instead was slow. Table wasn't ready. The host left us at the table with no indication that that was our table. I asked if there was a better table and he literally left without acknowledging my question. Took a long time to be served. Maybe I got there the wrong night. It has a lot of potential
  18. SJ

    SueJanet

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Greeted warmly by hostess. Given a choice of seating. Our waitress was helpful, efficient and fun! The food was so good and we were able to share a couple of the items. A lovely lunch experience! We will be back.
  19. AA

    AnneA

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The food is good here. We had burgers that were delicious. I ordered no bun and the extra lettuce and tomato made for a good side salad. Fries are always tasty. There is miscommunication about reserving a table outside. When I made my reservation online, I noted that we wanted that but when we arrived, we were told that can't be done online. There was also a group that had reserved the outside area but there were still several empty tables available. Please be clear on the site.
  20. J

    Julie

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Brown Dog’s decor and ambiance is wonderful! Our server was delightful. Our food took over an hour to be served which was fine with me, but my friend was very unhappy. There was no reason given. I thought the drinks were pricy… an old fashion was 12.00. I didn’t enjoy the Brussels sprout appetizer. I felt it needed more sauce and the sprouts needed to be cooked longer. My burger was ok. I thought the Brie burger would be yummy, but it wasn’t my favorite. This is my second time dining here. I won’t be coming back again. I didn’t enjoy my meal that evening either.
  21. e

    ewg1

    Naples

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great server, great food, great timing with our drinks and food!! We’ll be back!!
  22. S

    Shelly

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Tried dishes we had not tried previously and were not disappointed. Server was wonderful. Let us talk and visit with our guests while being attentive. Never disappointed!
  23. JH

    JeffreyH

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Olivia made it one of the most enjoyable evening I’ve had in a long time. The food was excellent service was outstanding and the ambience, we ate outside, was perfect.
  24. A

    Armby

    Cincinnati

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always our "neighborhood" favorite. Menu always has at least one new foodie item. Service was very good .... but sometimes is "spotty". Even the burgers are some of the best. We try to go once a month. Call ahead to be sure that it is "open" and that they have a table for you.
  25. Z

    Zebramel

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. Many items on the menu I would like to try.
  26. m

    montchick

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The menu didn't have the variety I remember. The patio was nice as well as the cocktails. Crabcakes were ok and my BFs meal was so so, Nashville chicken.
  27. MP

    MrsP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Slow service and wouldn’t seat our party with 1 person not there, but the restaurant was empty. Not going back.
  28. A

    Annie

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great patio
  29. LC

    LindaC

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience4
    Checking on my beet/goat salad was a little dry, again. If you could remedy this problem, it would be a much much much better salad
  30. B

    Baddbj

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time visiting this restaurant. It's a very nice place to eat. The atmosphere is outstanding and the customer service was great!!!
  31. S

    Satisfied

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the option of sitting outside. Umbrellas blocked the sun. Service was great, server friendly and when we ask, recommended foods. Manager worked right along side the servers and busters.
  32. PD

    PaulD

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall a nice place in a great location. A few minor things which are easy to improve would make this a great place for a dinner & drinks. (1) I ordered an old fashioned - a pretty straight forward beverage, however it was an over sugared glass of ice with what amounts to a fruit salad. Bartender is using a full orange slice vs. an orange rind, excessive volume of Ice & simple syrup with crushed cherries made it overly sweet watered down beverage masking the bourbon. (Should use 1 large ice cube vs. cup of ice). (2) I ordered the parmesan truffle fries with my burger ($4) up charge. My meal came out with regular fries, I mentioned I had ordered the parm/truffle fries - and the waiter brought back a cup of truffle oil & a ketchup cup full of parmesan. At $21 for a burger + fries, it was pretty disappointing.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Brown Dog Cafe and we will be back. Everything from the cocktails to dessert was amazing.
  34. SL

    ScottL

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    everything was great, the hostess was not the most friendly person...
  35. JH

    JanetH

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich and wanted to substitute a small side of slaw for the fries… I was disappointed to see a $5.00 up charge to my bill‼️
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were in town for work, and picked this place based on reviews. The building, staff and food were amazing. Loved the place, very cool decor. The staff was amazing, so polite and helpful. The food, wow, so great. Highly recommend this place.
  37. F

    Foodlover

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The biggest issue I had is they would not accommodate my party of 2 with a bigger table even though there were other tables available and they sat 2 ladies next to us in a booth. Those small tables in the middle are way too small for a business lunch and VERY uncomfortable to eat.
  38. JB

    JellyBoom

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    A Beautiful Nightmare. So Nope, Nope, Nope, and Nope. Hotel flavorless fare. Prices too high. Looks good and feels good but the staff is plastic and pretentious. They don't express sincere apologies very well when they mess up, so I'm convinced the wait staff are trained to upsell you in a "dumb blonde" way by excusing themselves for not communicating well or mentioning the upcharges or mistakes. I would not recommend.
  39. LS

    LaurenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! The goetta gravy was amazing and the chicken and waffles is my new favorite!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Holly was great and we enjoyed everything. The GM, Maxim, came over to see us. Classy move Max…5 star review for you and your team.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Brown Dog Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 794-1610.

Brown Dog Cafe is rated 4.3 stars by 2707 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Brown Dog Cafe

1000 Summit Place Suite A Blue Ash, OH 45242

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Glendale-Milford Rd and Reed Hartman

  • Neighborhood

    Blue Ash

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wild Game, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    PARKING LOT AT PARK

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Shawn McCoy

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (513) 794-1610

  • Catering

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

  • Private party facilities

    Private events are available for the patio and our back room.

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