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Brown Dog Cafe, Blue Ash, OH

Brown Dog Cafe

4.4
4.4
2760 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 18 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 2,760 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Outdoor Dining

  • Cincinnati

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. K

    Kathleen

    Cincinnati

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining area is very nice, pizza brick iron oven is outside, where pizzas are cooked. They are served hot and delicious Right from the oven
  2. MJ

    MoniqueJ

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The jerk chicken was fabulous. The presentation was very attractive.
  3. W

    Willow912

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great outdoor patio. Dog-friendly. Awesome French fries!
  4. JM

    JMGM

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We went for restaurant week. Our waiter Sean/Shawn(?) was absolutely phenomenal and accommodating. Very good. The halibut for course one was delicious. The Waldorf salad would have been way better with spring mix rather than iceberg..but the dressing and candied nuts were good. My fault I didn’t see that there was actual celery in the salad listed on the menu- just a small typo that made it look like celery Swiss cheese (some exotic cheese fusion which apparently does not exist haha). The fried wagyu beef was just okay while the purple potato hash was interesting and tasty. Overall don’t feel it was worth the price point of 46.00 but I get there has to be a profit somehow..the beef could’ve been better and I’m not a celery fan. The halibut flavors/chimichurri and coconut sauces were amazing. Sean/Shawn was great- go see him.
  5. SC

    SherrieC

    Cincinnati

    119 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Usually a favorite, this visit was disappointing. I was seated for 30 minutes before I received any food. Also, the entree wasn't hot. It was pretty pricey for one large shrimp, one small lamb chop, and a small piece of bison.
  6. IG

    IslandGirl

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food delicious. Our server was very nice.
  7. m

    mthealthymom

    Cincinnati

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the unusual options.
  8. TH

    TimothyH

    Memphis/West TN

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always come here when I’m in town and never disappointed!!
  9. MS

    MikeS

    Columbus

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved all of it except the parking. Parking was a zoo- but once we got there we had one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Pizzas are fantastic and the spa and entrees were equally good We will be back
  10. MK

    MarneK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu was varied, lots to offer. Drink menu has nice selections. Plentiful desserts. Staff was attentive. Great experience. Will def be back.
  11. C

    Christine

    Cincinnati

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    A very nice evening for myself and friends. Our server was excellent! She was attentive while recognizing that we wanted a relaxing meal and time spent in conversation. Overall we were pleased with the food ordered. My only complaint is that I ordered a burger - medium rare and it was over cooked. I did not send it back or complain. It tasted fine but I would have enjoyed it more had it been cooked as I requested.
  12. CP

    CarolPms

    Tampa

    144 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love it !! But make reservations, even for lunch because it's in a business area. My "Lipstick on a Pig" was a wonderful combination of ham, fig jam, cheese. My husband had the "wild" wrap. Others the frittata, soup & salad combo. It was brought to us quickly, refills were provided without asking. Liked the varied menu with lunch in forms for the very hungry or the light eater.
  13. S

    Supper

    Cincinnati

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We’ve been here many times (usually weekend evenings) and often have the same issue with very slow service. Last night we sat in a booth outside and think maybe we weren’t visible to the waitress. We go back for the good food and great location but the slow service is almost a dealbreaker.
  14. JT

    JulieT

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and delicious food!
  15. L

    Langer

    Naples

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wild boar, prawn and lamb dish was outstanding. Cupid to the chef!!!
  16. NS

    NS54

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Servers/hosts need a bit more polish and professionalism. Staff in the kitchen needs to realize that there are customers on the other side of the wall dividers and keep the banter down. Food was better than usual.
  17. d

    david

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Enjoyed dining on the patio Saturday evening. The hamburgers were delicious but my salmon was loaded with salt and the salad was mediocre.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was fresh and delicious!
  19. P

    Peyton

    Naples

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food had good flavor, but portions were small. Charged us for bread we didn't order. Service was very good. Love the location.
  20. TD

    TheDeacon

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely outside
  21. MT

    MrsT

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Here for a birthday, but they don’t do anything for the guests birthday. Was disappointed that some of the staff ignored needs of disabled guest in a wheelchair. Pizza was great and they have a lovely outdoor area.
  22. MM

    MaryM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    We have eaten at Brown Dog for over 10 yrs - and have to say that the food is no longer a good value. It was great in the past, but they weren't very good now - $32 for two small crabcakes that were crabby and tough. We were disappointed as this was our celebration location over all the past years. While the location is excellent and the amount of entertainment is fantastic in the area, I may switch to a drink and eat elsewhere.
  23. F

    Familyunit

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A great place to get together with friends and have a nice meal.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The Brown Dig burger and basil bleu slaw were outstanding. The cucumbertini was delicious, but the glass was small and the drink didn’t fill it.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside- delightful!
  26. k

    kgman

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Took over half hour for waitress to show up just for drink order! Menu not inspiring. We were there for over an hour before food arrived. They did not appear to be understaffed, and restaurant was not full.
  27. DD

    DebbieD

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff is so friendly. Our waitress Katie was amazing. Thanks to all for a great dining experience with our friends.
  28. TH

    TimothyH

    Memphis/West TN

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as usual. We had a great time and enjoyed being there again.
  29. B

    Buzz

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mushroom soup and burger both great Katie was fun knowledgeable server
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly staff. Perfect place for groups with varied tastes.
  31. CP

    CPFoodie

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed for a business dinner while in town. We ordered a number of appetizers, entrees and one person in our party had the carrot cake for dessert. Each and every dish was well prepared, beautifully presented, and tasty. Highly recommend!
  32. H

    Havana

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    Our server kept forgetting to add my boyfriends vanilla latte. Also put drinks and food took a long time to come out but he was new he said so I’m not really upset other than that it was good
  33. S

    Susie

    Naples

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together.
  34. CC

    ChrisC

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good food and service as always. Nice that they take reservations for lunch too!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was great tasting but the crab cakes dinner was cold while everyone else’s dish was hot. Also the server that delivered the food was dressed like he worked at fast food joint. We spent $250 and wouldn’t expect someone in a ball cap, T-shirt and jeans to deliver food. Will be back though!
  36. L

    Lovetodine

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious- we had 3 lunch entrees and everyone enjoyed them. 2 of the diners required gluten-free options, and we found several option. They were also very accommodating for any change.
  37. DH

    DonH

    Cincinnati

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Menu is much improved since last visit in summer 2021. Food quality is super. Wine choices, especially reds, difficult since there aren’t many in the $50to $75 range. And most Cabernets are not familiar.
  38. MB

    MichelleB

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good. Service was great. Outside of burgers, pizza and seafood the menu was very sparse but again, the food was good.
  39. JS

    JeffS

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We liked the restaurant and the food was very good. However, the service was very slow and the restaurant was noisy.
  40. K

    Kristie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Delicious food but had to wait over an hour to get our food after ordering similar to a prior experience here. Also be sure to request where you want to sit on reservations because despite having a reservation, we had to sit outside in the heat or be forced to wait additionally for an inside table. Will be sticking to take out only from here.

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 4.4 stars by 2760 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 18 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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