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Happy Dog

5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
+1 216-651-9474
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good40%
  • Average6%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub
5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is nothing fancy but very nostalgic. The staff is friendly and they were playing David Bowie tunes the last time we visited. There was a nice write up in the Cleveland magazine about Happy Dog and the chef that makes all the in...More

Thank Kurt L
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

We decided to check out Happy Dog after a baseball game on Friday night. Definitely a divey bar, but that’s part of its charm! There was a live band playing for which they were charging $5 cover...we weren’t so “happy” about that, but we definitely...More

Thank Steph E
Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

Cheap beer and a hot dog opportunity that might not exist anywhere else on Earth. That dog was a meal by itself. I think I had 20 things on it. No kidding!

Thank Cal92673
Reviewed March 20, 2018 via mobile

Definitely a dive bar atmosphere. Food was just so-so. Service mediocre, not really friendly. Tots nothing special, though the hot dog was decent. Perhaps the most overrated restaurant on Trip Advisor I’ve tried. Cannot recommend.

1  Thank TomL911
Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

This place is great. Waitstaff was pleasant, good beer selection, and didn’t have to wait for a seat. You make you own hotdogs from a fill out card (or their pre-set) which can be really good. Only complaints would be buns got very moist and...More

Thank stepusin
Reviewed December 22, 2017

Ala carte menu of Hot dogs/Burgers and you can choose from a variety of toppings(fruit loops?!) and sauces to build your own as well as tater tots/fries that you can build by the basket. Atmosphere is dive bar and staff is surly - but we...More

Thank LLynn330
Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

So a big group of us stopped here last night. Obviously if you aren’t a regular or local, the staff couldn’t care less about you. Good is nothing special, frozen tater tots, etc. As we were leaving, we noticed several of the bartenders talking about...More

1  Thank cdawg6016
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Really neat bar, sort of diner style stools with large curved wooden bar. The range of choices for hot dog toppings is amazing and the sauces very good. Sweet potato fries perfect! Tater tots also crunchy hot and good with siracha ranch sauce. Service friendly...More

Thank jadedtravelista
Reviewed September 17, 2017

We got exactly what we were looking for... a great local venue with terrific live music. Hometown feel.

Thank shablee1st
Reviewed September 14, 2017

They are the worst hot dogs I have ever had and I have lots. The service is mean so I don't know where they get HAPPY from. They take a little hot dog and pile on weird toppings. I would pass on this unless you...More

1  Thank Sandy B
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April 24, 2017|
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Response from Bstral | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely, there were plenty of kids in the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cleveland
  • Phone Number: +1 216-651-9474
The Happy Dog is a neighborhood corner bar in the best sense of the term. We've got hot dogs and beer, and lots of live music, from rock and country to punk and polka. The bartenders are friendly and the bar itself is open and inviting - a racetrack oval wood bar, with plenty of old chrome barstools.
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