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1212 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7117
+1 513-421-2020
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11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 01:00
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Tue - Thu 16:30 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 01:00
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Lomita, California
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was concerned when we arrived at 6:15pm on a Friday evening in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood that we would have a lengthy wait. Not the case; our party of five was seated immediately. Diverse gourmet hot dog and hamburger fare with extremely creative toppings; Korean dog and Mexican dog were definitely standouts. All beef dogs and bakery-fresh brioche rolls. Extensive... More 

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Thank Dave S
Beijing, China
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244 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an enjoyable lunch at Senate. We went around 1230 on a Saturday , it was pretty full but tables were opening pretty regularly. The menu has a wide range of options - gourmet creative hot dogs , burgers, mussels , sandwiches, salads, appetizers and more. The poutine is exceptional , crispy fries with gravy , cheese curds , braised... More 

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Thank bjnomads
Huntsville, Alabama
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464 reviews
351 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The six of us enjoyed our lunch at the Senate. The menu is extensive and interesting. The specialty hot dogs are excellent in both quality and quantity. The restaurant is fairly small, so a wait to be seated can be expected. The Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati is a perfect location.

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West Chester, Ohio
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198 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is truly unique - of course any place that survives serving primarily hot dogs, has to be. I know a lot has been written about it, and we always wanted to try it and were finally able to get in. We had the poutine with a poached egg on top and it was just incredible. So many tastes... More 

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Thank joefromcincy1961
Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay. So when a friend originally suggested a hotdog place? I was underwhelmed. They do have great food beyond hotdogs but I find myself getting a specialty got dog every time I go now. They also change up their daily hotdog special. These hotdogs have tons of toppings. You won't go home hungry. And the meat is locally sourced. For... More 

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Thank Heather T
Los Angeles
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77 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Great food, great service, great home town feel. I highly recommend this location. Great hot dogs and beer options.

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Thank LASportsNut
Abingdon, Illinois
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84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

A very interesting setting on Vine St! The evening we were there the front was open and there was some seating outside. The menu is very unique. Their main line of sandwiches seemed to be hot dogs. But these are hot dogs like you have never seen before! I had the Trailer Park Dog. A hot dog sliced open, grilled... More 

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Thank David C
Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I've been to Senate a handful of times. They're not only good for their hotdogs and poutine, but their mussels, lobster blt, and bone marrow. They're the only restaurant in Cincinnati that I have seen bone marrow being served at. Mmm. Oh. Don't forget to order dessert. Bread pudding is enough for two people. The decadent caramel sauce over a... More 

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Monroe, OH
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76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Went on a busy Saturday night, seated about 45 minutes later. Small venue with top notch service. Was hoping to get the pulled pork sandwich as shown on "Diner, Dives and Drive-Thru's but they no longer carry that sandwich. Had the Poutine appetizer - delicious but at $12 a tad bit expensive. Hotdogs were massive and could be split between... More 

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Thank Rod V
Cincinnati, Ohio
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The Senate is a smallish establishment composed of 60% tables, 30% bar and 10% open kitchen packed into a typical narrow OTR (Over the Rhine) shotgun style Italianate building. Their Specialty: Gourmet elaborate hot dog concoctions for $11 or so. Delicious but it is still basically a hot-dog. Limited Seating: Tuesday Dinner at 5:30 was no waiting. But because of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, International, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 01:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7117
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
  • Phone Number: +1 513-421-2020

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?