Salar
Salar

Salar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.salarrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9372033999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar opens at 4pm Daily
    Happy Hour 4:00-7:00 pm M-TH
    Dinner Hours:
    Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Peruvian, International
  • Executive Chef: Margot Blondet
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Salar Restaurant and Lounge provides on site catering events both in and outdoors at our location. Furthermore, we provide all aspects of off-site catering for any number of guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Salar has a private dining room that can accommodate up to 36 guests with access to our outdoor patio that can seat an additional 45. Audio/visual equipment is also available within the private dining room. Additionally, the lounge can accommodate up to 18 dining or 50 mingling.
    Salar has a Chef's table that will seat 8 with a view into the main line of the kitchen's production space.
  • Private Party Contact: Elizabeth Blair, Events Coordinator 937 660-8999x
  • Entertainment: Salar offers live entertainment on occasion as well as private events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brown St.
  • Public Transit: The #12 bus stop is diagonally across the street from Salar.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is available to all of our guests. Additionally, the Oregon District has free on/off street parking within easy walking distance.
A word from Salar
Salar features World fusion cuisine with strong French and Peruvian influences along with hand-crafted cocktails.

The ambiance, extraordinary service and fascinating menu creates a cosmopolitan atmosphere producing a dining destination unlike any other in the region. Salar is proud to be a Green Certified restaurant.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Salar reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (92)special occasion (74)neighborhood gem (71)romantic (62)great for outdoor dining (55)hot spot (44)vibrant bar scene (43)good for groups (41)notable wine list (28)late-night find (19)great for lunch (7)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Good Restaurant Week Stop
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The special menu had a nice variety in both the starter and main courses. I had the white fish fritters, which were perfectly cooked. The dipping sauce seemed a little weak at first, but the taste lingered. My wife had a goat cheese, raspberries, and greens salad, which she very much enjoyed. We both had the risotto with shrimp. Both elements were very tasty, and there was a perfect amount of shrimp to accompany the risotto. The chocolate mouse for dessert was excellent, with small chocolate chunks. The only flaw was timing issues of food coming from the kitchen. The first course took a long time to arrive, and then the main courses arrived before my wife had finished her salad. The wait staff was a little slow to refill water glasses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Trace
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Went for Restaurant Week with a friend. Both of us were highly satisfied with our food. The service was a bit spotty, but overall it was a lovely experience. The only complaint, if I had to find one, was that the sugar crust on the flan was REALLY sticky and chewy. I hadn't been to Salar for a year, and my friend had never been. We will both definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing and Overpriced
    DaytonFoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were excited to introduce our friends to Salar, but by the end of the evening we wished we had dined at another restaurant. After making reservations, we were seated at a table right by the restrooms, so all evening we had a lovely view of people walking in and out of the lavatory. Not a very appetizing location. Our server was nice, but service overall was really slow. The long wait in between courses gave us time to catch up with our friends, but we had to yell a bit to be heard. Salar is extremely loud. All of our food from appetizers, to main courses to desserts were mediocre or bad. The steaks were tough, the pork filet mignon was overcooked, the salmon undercooked and the cheesecake was dry and tasteless. Disappointing all around.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Asquared
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was excellent and the chef made a special effort to accomodate my wife's food allergies. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is an Awesome restaurant
    foodsnob
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food. Great preservation. Just a gem restaurant in Dayton. Harry is awesome. Don't miss this on you will love it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Was a pleasant evening out. The Restaurant Week menu is interesting however the food wasn't quite as good as I recall it being on my last visit. The pork tenderloin was overcooked...rather dry and tough...but the sides were very good. The flan was pretty much came right out of the Jell-O box... Service was cheerful and efficient...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointed
    dandpcoop
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went with my husband and ordered the rib eye. It was TERRIBLE! The cut of meat was bad, it was not cooked to temperature, and the flavor was bland. The server did not ask how my meal was. Even when he took away a nearly full plate, he did not ask if anything was wrong. Not wanting to cause aquardness for my date, we ended up paying 30.00 for something I didn't even eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • well deserved 5 stars
    patt
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Our first visit but not our last! My husband and I both had seafood dishes. both were. creative and delicious. Presentation were almost works of art. The staff was friendly, helpful and attentive. welcoming atmosphere. We are already planning our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bar Dining
    CJclassof84
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The weather was beautiful Monday evening so the four of us wanted to sit out on the patio but were told happy hour prices only applied if we sat at the bar ....we didn't understand what difference that should make....we were there from 5:00 until 9:00 so we felt happy hour prices should apply no matter where you sit in the restaraunt
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience
    FoodSkeptic
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wonderful food from starters through desserts. Plenty of choices for thouse who are adventerous and others who like more standard fare. The duck ragut ravioli was outstanding (very rich).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salar excellent as always
    Janet
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Birthday dinner with my friend. Tyler made us welcome and made sure we were well taken care of all evening. Catch of the day (Mahi) was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salar is so good!!!
    alnbonnie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We tried Salar for lunch while visiting Downtown Dayton today. It was spot-on for me. I am a vegetarian and I like flavorful food. I had the grilled tofu with barley and it was wonderful. Just a word of warning to my meat and potatoes fans, if you don’t like lots of flavor and varied spices, don’t go. The mixture of spices was superb. My wife had the shrimp skewer and she thought her dish was excellent also. Great find in the old Oregon historical district on 5th street. Will come again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Oregon District restaurant!
    Hawaiiansun
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I took our young kids (ages 4-1/2 years and 18 months). Salar only has one high chair so if you're bringing a young toddler, make sure you reserve the high chair! Otherwise, your child will be sitting on your lap for the meal and you will not enjoy it. My husband and I have traveled to S. America many times, and the food here took us back to the delicious flavors from our travels. Great variety. Food came out very fast (we went on a Saturday night at 6:15pm), and we were done with appetizers and entrees by 7:30pm. No dedicated kids menu but they do cheese pizza and chicken fingers off-menu (the cheese pizza was huge). The mojito and pisco sour were terrific. Highly recommend. Will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent expierence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was wonderful and so were the drinks. It was more than a meal it was an experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Your Typical Dining Experience
    Lmom
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Do you ever tire of being rushed in a restaurant...the waiter constantly asking if everything is OK, swiping your plates away as you take the last bite? Salar is a dining experience much like being in Europe....the food is outstanding...portions are freshly prepared, at the right temperature and perfectly sized. The wait staff is not obtrusive but still remains present enough so you don't feel abandoned. A perfect gem of a place right here in Dayton, Ohio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salar is the gem of Dayton
    jo117
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I used to live in Maryland and frequented quite a few restaurants in MD and DC. Dayton simply cannot be compared or measured up. However, Salar gave Dayton something to brag about. The food, the service, the ambience are just as good as what you can find in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a lovely experience
    maudeequality
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went to Salar on a recommendation from a friend. The food was so yummy. Our server, Calvin, was very knowledgeable and recommended great drinks and desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit to Salar
    tellitlikeitisVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were in town for a show at Fraze Pavillion for the first time and checked out Open Table to see what was available. Man, what a great find! Cool funky little joint with great service. Serious mixology with a beautiful bar and outstanding dinner special. The humus bread service was great and the paella special was phenominal. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    CWoodVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I always look forward to a meal at Salar and as always I was not disappointed. The small plates offer interesting choices you will not find anywhere else. Their cocktail and wine lists are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprising find
    DocMilnerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have been a little nervous anticipating our move from a very large city to Dayton. Came here a little early to get the lay of the land and were pleasantly surprised that the first place we ate (Salar) was excellent! We were greeted in an upscale lobby by the bar, taken through the restaurant to the back courtyard (there are TWO outdoor eating areas) and seated in a comfortable area that, even full would be quiet and romantic. The food options were eclectic and a little edgy. Really nice and excellent service from not only our waitress but everyone with whom we had contact.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressing my out-of-town guests
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I booked a table for my sister's bachelorette party. Most of the attendees were from out of town -- Akron, Columbus and Cleveland, to be specific. We did experience a hiccup in our plans when the taxi service I scheduled in advance fell through, but the staff at Salar was patient and gracious as we scrambled to acquire last-minute transportation options. When we arrived, we were immediately seated and our server was excellent in her ability to make appropriate suggestions for our party. We ended up splitting several fantastic small plates and were all quite happy and full when we left. There were a couple ladies in our group who looked down their nose a bit at the idea of fine dining in Dayton, and I was glad to have changed their minds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grest location, ambience and staff
    luvys
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Definitely enjoying the new Friday lunch at Salar. Great for indoor or outdoor seating, and with free valet, parking is never a problem. The new lunch menu with new plant-based options is generous and reasonable for a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great staff
    Butters443
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Molly our waitress was great. Knows her food and her suggestions were right on!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Eatinout
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We did not get our favorite servers....the one we had was OK...the food was fantastic and the drinks to die for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As disappointing as I remember it
    winetasterVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My husband and I decided to try dinner here for the third time. It was as I remembered it. The menu offers the same dishes that are not seasonal and too heavy for summer. I immediately eliminated any entree that included mashed potatoes and creams which was most. I can't get past the weird mixture of heavy cream based things with exotic spices. I had the beef on skewers and could have done without the sauce. The grape tomato side was not a good contrasting accompaniment and the risotto was that nasty, creamy stuff which I was trying to carefully avoid when I ordered. The pizza my husband had was overloaded with toppings making it had too handle and adding to that "too heavy" character that is prevalent in this place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Delicious. Great service, lovely ambiance, amazing food. If you're looking for a twist on the traditional you found it. We go out to dinner every Friday, this has been our best Friday yet. There's a great variety of options, they even have options for the gluten sensitive and the vegetarian/vegan crowd. New favorite, no contest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great choice for romantic dinner
    DaytonDiner
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Service was attentive but not intrusive. Menu selections are quite varied and proving is reasonable. Food fast and presentation is very good. have already booked another reservation with friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 72 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 239 reviews are from the Salar reviews archive.
  • Wonderful again!
    HappyEater
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Thanks for another great experience, you never disappoint. We sat out on the back patio, it was very quiet and allowed my wife and I to enjoy a nice laid back dinner. We have had several of their signature cocktails and they are all wonderful. We started with the empanadas and the chicken chicharrones, the empanadas are always very full and flavorful and the chicharrones were new for us this time. Marinated strips of chicken and then deep fried with a cilantro/chili dipping sauce. Great choice and highly recommend it. Normally we get separate entrees but this night we chose to get the carnitas pizza. It has pork, chipotle marinara, mozzarella cheese, queso fresco cheese, red onion and cilantro. Another wonderful experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our Favorite Downtown Restaurant
    KMCB
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We enjoy Salar's often. Harry and his staff make the dining experience worth the trip downtown. Their menu is superb and the service is excellent. We encourage all our friend to try this Dayton gem...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Always a great time. Awesome cocktails, creative menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Salar review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I really do love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The chicken chiccharones was tasty but chewy. The calamari appetizer was very good. The drinks were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food very good - kitchen slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our reservations were at 7:30 on a moderately busy night. Our food was very good, our waiter was very attentive and good, however, the food took far too long.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • had some wonderful dinners at Salar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Generally we really enjoy dinner at Salar. The menu is imaginative, with something for just about everyone and the food has been excellent. The noise level can be too high for us; some noise-absorbing material would be helpful. The manager is usually very attentive and extremely accommodating. For Salar: Unfortunately, our last dinner at Salar was truly unpleasant. The waiter was consistently slow (really SLOW!), and sometimes seemed to be unaware we were there. In addition, a group which came from the bar was extremely LOUD, which lasted throughout the meal and diminished our enjoyment. The hostess was wonderful and consented to re-seat us, but it wasn't far enough away. We will try again; We do like Salar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding all around
    jpsjls
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. Food, drinks and service all amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salar Doesn't Disappoint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Our second experience at Salar, where we chose a restaurant for out-of-town friends to enjoy, was everything they were requesting: good food, good atmosphere, good wine. So happy we chose it as our Dayton stand-out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fascinating to Foodies
    Picky
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Eclectic menu, attentive but not intrusive service. Food prepared perfectly!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The place
    doctorG
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Super, eclectic food! Eat at the bar! Valet parking makes it easy! We love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice
    JamieDick
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I always love to try to find cool, local restaurants. Salar didn't disappoint us! The interior design is very contemporary and welcoming. It is much larger than it appears when you first enter. It was chilly outside so the patio area wasn't open but it looked inviting. We would definitely revisit if in Dayton again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice atmosphere but...
    MarcieH
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Service was slow and food was just ok. Nothing too special here and it was hard to carry on a conversation or hear the waitress, who was very slow to bring the right check. There are better options in Dayton.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We dined on one of the busiest days of the year... MOTHER'S DAY! The crowd was light. We received service right away. The food is ALWAY EXCEPTIONAL!!! I am never disappointed when I dine at Salar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate