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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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“chilli” (20 reviews)
“fries” (41 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Happy Dog, how I could sing the praises! Look at the pictures in other reviews of the menu. There are hot dogs - I mean we all have had the soggy, soaking in it's own whatever it is dogs from the street vendors... and then...More

Thank Shannon R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and his family live in Cleveland. They had been here before and said how much they enjoyed it. They know I love hotdogs so I begged them to take me. After they took us on a tour of some of Cleveland's highlights, we...More

Thank Gayla13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this bar and it's great hot dogs. They hot dog tastes good and has that proper 'snap'. The choices of toppings are wonderful. And who doesn't love tater tots!

Thank MB185011
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The reason I go to the Happy Dog is for their events, either classical music or talks on current events/science/books. They have good beer which I always purchase; the food offerings are rather limited, predictable and well-prepared. But I am getting tired of the same...More

Thank brinlois
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Disclaimer: I love hot dogs but this place takes the humble hot dog to a whole other level with fabulous fixings. I had mine with chorizo chili, cheddar cheese, mustard and onion (I’m somewhat of a traditionalist). But others had the vegetarian version with all...More

Thank BMW_BigMexicanWoman
Reviewed 25 April 2018

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 17 April 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 30 March 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 21 March 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 27 February 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
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25 April 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
4:00 PM - 12:30 AM
4:00 PM - 12:30 AM
4:00 PM - 12:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
11:00 AM - 2:30 AM
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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