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1212 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7117
+1 513-421-2020
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 01:00
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Thu 16:30 - 23:00
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 01:00
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West Chester, Ohio
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197 reviews
132 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 

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 1 week 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 

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 6 October 2016

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

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 

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 

Thank rgreba
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 

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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Clermont, Florida
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57 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Nice simple place with inventive topped hot dogs, snacks and more. Small place with full bar, quick service and quality ingredients. Cool vibe and neat food but hard to justify $11 for a hot dog even a good one. Bravo guys

Thank menuchef
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55 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Poutine! Duck fat fried fries! Killer hit dogs with great names and fantastic flavors. The sazerac cocktail is great. Servers were great for us, which was a party of 8. The begneits were fantastic! Great job Cincinatti.

Thank rayinreverse
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Was not sure I would enjoy what my sis described as a gourmet hotdog place, but boy was I surprised! Very upscale and delicious. Not just hot dogs with unusual condiments. Went 2 times during my stay in Cinci!

Thank NancyShane3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, International, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
16:30 - 01:00
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?