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Happy Dog

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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5801 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102-3001
+1 216-651-9474
11:00 - 02:30
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 00:30
Mon - Wed 16:00 - 00:30
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 02:30
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Toronto, Ohio
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63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

The place is quaint. The food is fantastic. This was our second visit and getting the hang of ordering now. The choices of toppings and the dipping sauces was huge. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Shawn W
West Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Happy Dog is a build-your-own dog place with options that are limited only by your imagination and all for only $6 a dog. It can be a bit overwhelming at first to narrow down the choices, but once you do you will not be disappointed. My 8-year-old picky eater topped hers with mac and cheese and bacon, mine was banh-mi... More 

Thank Jessica B
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Wow, absolutely blown away. I had somehow lived here for two-and-a-half years without going to the flagship spot. I had no idea a hot dog could be so good. Probably one of the 10 best meals of my life. Endless, really creative toppings - and a pretty great dog to boot. The toppings aren't just eye-grabbing. Each one is superbly... More 

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Berea, Ohio
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Happy Dog is a great place to stop for a tasty hot dog....great beef dogs with a bunch of condiment choices...they even offer a veggie dog which I tried and it's also very good..combined with a nice beer it can't be beat...

Syracuse , NY
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252 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

On a recent visit to Cleveland , my wife , daughter and myself went to a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field. We live in a minor league city and the food offerings are standard and uninspiring so it's fun to be at a major league stadium and check out their offerings. Happy Dog has a stand at Progressive and... More 

Thank Steve L
Broadview Heights, Ohio
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Nice local bar with Hot Dogs & Hamburgers 100 different ways. Tater tots & Fries with toppings & dips

Thank Jscott2800
Columbus, Ohio
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

The menu is pretty simple, hot dogs followed by your choice of about 50 different toppings. They have live bands at night regularly.

Thank columbuscash4cars
Cleveland, Ohio
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

I love this place. I am usually not a hot dog fan but I LOVE Happy Dog!! It is so unusual and not the fanciest of places but the food is amazing!!!!

Thank KimHoward134
Cleveland, Ohio
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I think this is the best hot dog place in America, and I have gone to many whether its here in Cleveland or in Detroit or Chicago. You order from a pre-printed list that includes various condiments, cheeses, add ons and etc. They also have tater tots with a selection of about 15 different condiments - you can select as... More 

Thank cle-townbro
Los Angeles, California
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124 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Happy Dog is exactly what you would expect a bar serving custom made hot dogs to be like: awesome. Go if you are interested in checking out an absolute dive (in the best way possible), complete with pinball machines and a relaxed attitude from all the staff. My wife and I went and absolutely loved the experience. I ordered a... More 

Thank JasonArroyo

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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 44102-3001
  • 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?