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Happy Dog

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American, Bar, Pub
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5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
+1 216-651-9474
11:00 - 02:30
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 00:30
Mon - Wed 16:00 - 00:30
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

Not impressed with this place. Staff cold and aloof. No hospitality here. Who really needs ten thousand condiments. Quality was good on dog. Everything else sucked esp.staff. Won't be back ever.

Thank Rich L
Valley City, Ohio
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105 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2015

Look, a Dog is $5 whether you want ketchup or the whole menu on top of it, so load it the heck up. Very high quality all beef dogs, awesome homemade toppings like sloppy joe and chorizo chili, and the tots are the best around.

Thank patgizz
Manlius, New York, United States
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2015

So some might get turned off by a menu that has just Hot Dogs and Tater Tots on the menu-- HOWEVER, if you are in the mood I recommend giving Happy Dog a try. Without rehashing other reviews the deal is this. Grab an order form, check off a hot dog, your dressing and toppings. Next order up some Tater... More 

1 Thank Rando_521
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015

Happy Dog is a hot dog restaurant in Cleveland's Gordon Square. Calling Happy Dog just a hot dog restaurant misses the point. Select your favorite dog then dress it with a wide range of topping and create your own feast (try the homemade sloppy joe and blue cheese coleslaw on a dog with a side of buffalo chicken sauce). A... More 

Thank Thomas C
Richfield, Ohio
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2015

Went to Dyngus Day yesterday. Had a blast! It was like St. Patrick's Day for Polish people! *I am not polish, but I was yesterday. Happy Dog was packed, I mean shoulder to shoulder. DJ Kishka playing polka, and everyone was singing and dancing. My boyfriend and I somehow managed to get a seat, bartenders were FLYING. I was a... More 

1 Thank Maxine C
Winter Garden, Florida
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113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

I visited the Happy Dog restaurant because they advertised Chicago Style Hot Dogs. I don't think the owners ever visited a hot dog place in Chicago. The bun was cold, should have been a steamed poppy seed bun. the other toppings were ok but ketchup would have been better. The service staff was very nice and prompt. The cost was... More 

1 Thank George M
Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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251 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

My college son want me to take him and his friends to this place. I have decided my guts can't take this kind of thing. But the beer was good and everyone else enjoyed their dogs and tator tots. We went to the one on Euclid near Case, which is not listed here and even the receipt has the Detroit... More 

1 Thank Patrick A
Lakewood, Ohio
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113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

A total joint, in the best use of that vernacular. Huge, wraparound bar, and the original Art-Deco architecture has been preserved throughout, and you have to love a place that makes it feel like night at 2 pm in the afternoon. There are a lot of sides to "The Dog" - great venue to catch bands, comfortable place to meet... More 

2 Thank Cowslower
Cleveland, Ohio
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

Crazy hot dog combinations and unlimited possibilities! Always get the tots and the dipping sauces are a flavor burst that is out of this world! I prefer the beef dog and my wife prefers the veggie dog. Great place to grab some grub and check out a band. I am especially partial since I met my wife here. Check out... More 

Thank DRHyde9
Manhattan, Kansas
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102 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

At Happy Dog you are given a menu you fill out yourself with first a regular hot dog or a veggie one. I tried the veggie version. It was spicy and good. The fun part is picking what goes on the dog. Peanut butter, fruit loops, mushrooms. The list is endless and you could add them all if you want.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:30
16:00 - 00:30
16:00 - 00:30
16:00 - 00:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102
  • 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?