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Brown Dog Cafe, Blue Ash, OH

Brown Dog Cafe

4.5
4.5
2788 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

7:30 PM


Booked 15 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 2,788 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cincinnati

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. R

    Random

    Cincinnati

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Very gluten free friendly. Nice bar selection.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating mine and my moms birthdays :) our waitress was amazing and so was the food!!
  3. KT

    KrisT

    Cincinnati

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    6 different people, all very happy. Mahi Mahi, several different burgers (they looked amazing) and I ventured w/ the Waygu Schitzel... pleasantly surprised.
  4. TK

    TomK

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and attentive service
  5. F

    Fletcher

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall experience. Recommend the 3 course meal. Plenty to choose from to get a feel for what the restaurant had to offer. Excellent service as well!
  6. EC

    EricC

    Cincinnati

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable dinner spot. Service was excellent and the food delicious.
  7. A

    Addie

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and unique meals made from high quality ingredients. Always excellent.
  8. SS

    StevenS

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends: great food, great service, relaxing atmosphere.
  9. RS

    RonS

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great salmon with veggies.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    $26 for a burger without the bun ($2 charge to eliminate a bun) or cheese and broccoli on the side ($6 up charge for subbing from fries)? Totally not worth the price for lunch. The value wasn’t there and the service was just ok. The food was average… nothing special all around.
  11. j

    johnnyboy

    Cincinnati

    101 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We’ve been BD fans for years going back to their old location. Food and wine list has always been great.
  12. R

    Rnardini

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff and food were excellent
  13. B

    Buckeye

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    All of our tables entrees and desserts were excellent. The carrot cake was awesome!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I have always enjoyed coming to your restaurant because the food would always wow my taste buds. There was always something different and exciting to look forward to. The food is good, but not unique. Go back to your roots,
  15. TA

    TamaraA

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sophia, our waitress, was friendly and efficient. Had great food and the outdoor patio is absolutely spectacular! We are regulars at the brown dog café and have never been disappointed. We get Parmesan truffle fries every time we go there!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic - possibly the best lunch salad in the city (house salad add salmon)
  17. M

    Madison

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. The restaurant is also gorgeous on the inside.
  18. GK

    GinaK

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We let our server know that we were on a time restriction at the start and she made sure our timeframe with kept. Very attentive and helpful staff.
  19. CD

    CincyDiners

    Cincinnati

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A wonderful menu (with many Gluten Free items!) that has good variety and interesting preparations. The food was delicious!
  20. MH

    MarkH

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and location plentiful parking, interesting menu that you will not find anywhere else. Perfect for business lunch or a nice casual dinner. Great bar and liquor selection too.
  21. KA

    KristaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious with great service. Celebrated our anniversary. We’ll be back!
  22. TT

    TriciaT

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Reservation worked out fine, our table was ready. Food was very good, but the prices have gone up tremendously. We had a new server who did pretty well. She was friendly and provided good service overall. Since she was new, another server brought our bottle of wine to our table and instructed her on how it should be tasted then poured in a professional manner.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great waitress, and we were able to make a same-day reservation.
  24. K

    Kcincy

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had someone in our party who is very hard of hearing. The music was very loud initially but we asked our server to see if the music could be turned down and it was. We really appreciated that!
  25. DH

    DeannaH

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Salmon was good but, Waldorf salad was only okay. Ordered a cappuccino but, was not one. Not sure what. Service a little slow. Took 10 minutes for a waiter to appear to take drink orders.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our regular favorites in Summit Park
  27. S

    Sookay

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blue Ash Trivia Night was going full steam right outside and there were two other full tables near us however we found the atmosphere in the cafe provided a nice and quiet opportunity for good conversation. Brown Dog, as usual, was a pleasurable dining experience for us. Thank you, creative and five-star-worthy Chef Shawn, sensational Server Sophia and cracker-jack Crew!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The salmon and the crab cakes were delicious and the plate presentation was beautiful! Our server was attentive and very personable. We went on a Thursday night and it was not crowded. therefore it was quiet enough for easy conversation.
  29. LA

    LynnAnn

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lunch! Fabulous meal. We’ll be back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service was extremely delayed. It took 20 minutes for the server to arrive at our table. We ordered entrees and beverages and the entree arrived before our beverages and without silverware. The waitress then essentially accused us of lying about not receiving our wine. Will not eat here again.
  31. SK

    SueK

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Would visit for pizza and beer or burger and beer, but no longer a place for a nice dinner. More of a
  32. E

    Eat2live

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. Keep up the good work.
  33. K

    Kathleen

    Cincinnati

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    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
  34. MJ

    MoniqueJ

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

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

    Willow912

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great outdoor patio. Dog-friendly. Awesome French fries!
  36. 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.
  37. SC

    SherrieC

    Cincinnati

    122 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    122 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.
  38. 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.
  39. m

    mthealthymom

    Cincinnati

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the unusual options.
  40. TH

    TimothyH

    Memphis/West TN

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

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

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 4.5 stars by 2788 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 15 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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