best of the west cleveland 2017

To Our Customers


19900 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH, United States 



Locally Chef Owned and Operated, River Dog Cafe is a family friendly local bar and eatery. It is the home of the only Artisan Hot Dog in Cleveland! Created from our own recipe, it is made with 100% Angus Beef, truly ALL Natural and REAL ingredients, and uncured! It is paired with our very own bun made locally!! Now with a full bar and expanded dining space!


Don't be deceived by the dog reference in our name -- River Dog Café is Chef Driven and the best All American Local Bar and Eatery in town. Our versatile menu features burgers, unique sandwiches, made to order mac n cheese, fresh salads and wraps. There is something for everyone!

Being a father of four, Chef Christian wanted to incorporate his own family's standards of transparency in labels, local products used as much as possible, and meats without chemicals or fillers in his restaurant and on the River Dog Food Truck.

We put families first and we boast a pretty awesome kids menu! Our mission was to create a place that kids would love to eat at and so would their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, friends... I think you catch our drift. 

We are community driven and host fundraisers monthly! Check out our news and events page to find out more. Are you passionate about a cause and looking for an avenue to fundraise in a fun environment? Email us to discuss hosting an event with us!

The Bar side of the restaurant is the perfect place to host your next party! The garage door open, great tunes, and plenty of drinks set the perfect vibe for your next big celebration. We also bring the food to you either by traditional catering or hire the River Dog Food Truck to take your event to the next level.

Everything is made to order so it may not always be super fast, but we promise it will be super good. Doing it this way is not standard practice and it costs a bit more, but we feel you are worth it.

P.S. We do not have American Cheese because it's not really cheese. See We care a whole awful lot.