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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
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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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Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Saw The Senate on Travel Channel's Triple D. Went midday during the week. The restaurant has quiet ambiance and super clean. We each chose a different hotdog - her the "Trailerpark", me the "Chicago". Simply put - amazing taste! Never knew dogs could reach this level. We drove an hour to go there - we'll be back - you just... More 

Thank Rick W
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the new Senate 4 times, once for breakfast and 3 times for lunch. The menu is diverse, the food was delicious and the service was friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is casual and tastefully modern yet warm and inviting. I highly recommend giving the Senate a try.

1 Thank Ann L
The Woodlands, Texas
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87 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service with unique menu. I had the wedge salad and daughter the Shia le boeuf hot dog. Very good. Try the local beers. The biegnet desert was good. The atmosphere was loud and lively with very attentstive service.

Thank all50states2016
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68 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was like no other. Fancy freaking good hot dogs that I had to eat with a knife and a fork. Can't say much more other than, if you're in the area go enjoy a hot dog and a drink.

Thank Yeleny S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Could not decide what to get off the menu bc none of it really sounded good, so I got a salad and it wasn't really good either. Place was busy, but we were seated quickly Sat at the bar, bc that was the only place avail. No matter where you sat you were touching your neighbor and that sucked. Everyone... More 

Thank Linda H
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894 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I had lunch with my daughter on Tuesday at senate where was crowded. I ordered the kimchi hotdog that I never heard & tasted before & duck French fries. The kimchi was aged enough so it was good with hotdog. Good price, atmosphere, service!!

Thank LiketoeatCincinnati
Lomita, California
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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 

Thank Dave S
Beijing, China
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261 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 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 

Thank bjnomads
Huntsville, Alabama
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482 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 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.

Thank Helga H
West Chester, Ohio
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200 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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

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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?