River Dog Cafe

19900 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH, United States



Current hours

Sunday / Monday: CLOSED​

Tues: 3p - 8:30p

Wed - Thurs: 11a - 8:30p

Fri/Sat: 11a - 10p


19900 Detroit Road, Rocky River, OH, United States 


Meet the Chef

Rocky River resident, Chef/Owner Christian Barnes love of cooking started when he was 8 years old; standing in his Italian grandmother's kitchen. His most vivid memory of this time was watching her throw Parmesan in these made-from-scratch masterpieces and declaring, "Everything is better with Parmesan!!" From that moment on, he was hooked. While other kids his age were out playing in the yard, Christian was by his grandmother and aunts side soaking up the Italian way of cooking. It would take him nearly 3 decades to completely transition into a life in the the kitchen but his love of all things food never wavered. He completed culinary school, a life long dream, right here in Cleveland at ICASI and has worked in several local kitchens. Having 4 young children, his standards for food quality have become even higher and he is committed to using local, fresh ingredients; creating a delicious and nutritious menu.  So why hot dogs? Well, growing up in Chicago, his dad would often take him for a dog on Saturday's after working in the warehouse, a time he remembers fondly. Shortly after moving to Rocky River he was looking to carry on the tradition and searched for a hot dog joint to take his own son. Surprisingly, he couldn't find one close and the idea took off from there. Everyone loves a great hot dog but not everyone wants one all the time. So he created a place where the kids would eat well and the adults could enjoy some unique and delicious options as well. Focus turned to local, fresh ingredients and a standard of quality that he is proud to serve.

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