19900 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH, United States 


To Our Customers

Locally Chef Owned and Operated, River Dog Cafe is a family friendly casual restaurant, and 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, expanded dining space, new menu items, and HAPPY HOUR!!


Don't be deceived by the dog reference in our name -- River Dog Café is Chef Driven and we realize that not everyone wants a hotdog all the time. Check out one our café sandwiches such as the "Cleveland Beef" made with Smoked Brisket, Mozzarella Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli and topped with fries. There are vegetarian/vegan options as well as lighter fare. There is something for everyone in this small café in Rocky River!

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 RDC Food Truck. Our fries are natural cut with no coating, and we fry in NON-GMO Sunflower oil. Our Mac n Cheese is ridiculously delicious as it is made to order using our own cheddar cheese whiz made fresh daily, add bacon to take it up a notch.

We boast a pretty awesome kids menu! We make our own chicken tenders from Amish chicken and HAND BREADED. Our kid dog is also all natural and uncured -- our goal was to create a place that kids would love to eat at and so would their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins.

Need catering for your next party? Check out our pick up catering menu as well as the food truck packages 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.

Super Secret Tip: Try our breakfast/brunch on the weekends starting at 9a! It's a local favorite that no one wants you to know about.

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