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
131 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (85)special occasion (72)neighborhood gem (66)romantic (62)great for outdoor dining (53)hot spot (46)good for groups (40)vibrant bar scene (39)notable wine list (30)late-night find (21)great for lunch (10)scenic view (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Good choice in the Oregon District
    MarkKVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Good food and wine menus. Steak and duck dishes perfectly prepared. Service was a little slow between courses. This was our second visit, and we would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    food4enjoy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    food is so delicious and would love to come back next time
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Dinng
    Terry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our dining experience for the four of us was great, as always, at Salar. Comfortable setting, reasonable noise level and excellent food. And the "feel" of this in-town restaurant is always good - an eclectic, inclusive crowd, on almost any night. Always great dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    dennism
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We came across Salar while driving through the Oregon District in downtown Dayton, OH. We were in town for only one night. I'm glad we chose Salar. Try the scallop appetizer. It was to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Gliaman
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We've been there several times and had the same impression as before. Food is great - service wonderful. Inside is a bit noisy for a quiet dinner. The music is beyond "background". It required yelling sometimes to be heard across the table. Of course the groups in the adjacent tables also were yelling which didn't help. Get a table on the back patio or the front sidewalk area for a quieter experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KLola
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was outstanding!!!! And the service was even better. We will go back as often as possbile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • first time there
    SalvadorVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    complimentary valet, good reception, we ordered drinks, manhattans and old fashioned are measured so you get a half of glass; we got something like pitta bread good; empanada filling spicy but blend, Peruvian seafood rice, very blend, surf and turf very blend, tres leches desert very good, we even shared a tres leches with a German couple that sat next to us. Mark the server was excellent, but the blend food is not going to bring us back and the way they serve the drinks also Is not going to bring us back. I thought it was kind of slow for a Saturday night
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant in Dayton
    Exersize2eat
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I LOVE this restaurant. Two visits so far and both have been wonderful. Excellent service, excellent staff, excellent food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big city experience
    WillBeBack
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent - big-city dining experience in Dayton. Excellent service. Superior food. Am planning my return visit soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • After show visit
    mochaccino
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I dined here on Saturday evening.This easily is one of the best restaurants in the area. Something different for an area that badly needs new and innovative cuisine. The cocktail menu has a great list of drinks they were different and delicious. We had split the the pork belly appetizer. It was very good! We both opted for salads she had the special bok choy salad I had the Salar house. Both were very good. The house could have used a little more seasoning. The Seafood rice dish reminded me of paella and was loaded with shellfish. The sea bass was awesome large piece cooked as good as I have ever had. The rice side was different but tasty. Service was attentive but not to much.We would return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chalet133VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Decided to try Salar while in Dayton with my husband and daughter. The entrees were creative and absolutely delicious. I had the red quinoa crusted sea bass. It was oh so good. We ordered two appetizers - the empanadas cannot be missed! We would go back again if in Dayton. Note to non Dayton-ers - while the internal ambiance was wonderful, the restaurant was in an up and coming area - I would emphasize the coming more than up. "Adults only" stores also line the 2-3 block area of this "Oregon district."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This restaurant is very good.
    hydepark40th
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our meal selection this time was not as good as past visits. In our opinion, the swordfish was not good and the sole was a little too heavily sauced. Our other three meals were good to very good. The empanadas appetizer was excellent, probably the meal's highlight. The service, as usual, was very friendly and very attentive. It's a very good point about this place. The wine list is also very good, and another reason to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic gem
    Picky
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Salar has great atmosphere, outstanding and creative menu, excellent food and tremendous service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Business Associate Mtg Place
    WineLover
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Nice ambiance, great food presentation. Was able to maintain in-depth and meaningful business conversation without constant interruptions while enjoying the meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never had Peruvian...shall return
    AceBoogie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Moderate upscale but unpretentious atmosphere. The Beef Tenderloin Skewer was perfect. Server recommended the Moscow Mule. The fresh ginger gave the beverage a lot of zest! Plan to return soon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I were looking for a local restaurant for our date night. I was very happy we chose Salar. The food was amazing. They service was top notch. And the Moscow Mule is highly recommended! We truly had a great night and would recommend Salar for other Dayton couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Request Mark
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Reservation for 10 on a Saturday night, our server was Mark and he was absolutely amazing! He knew the menu like the back of his hand. All his recommendations were on point. He was slammed (it was the busiest night of the summer for the entire restaurant) but he never made us feel rushed while ordering or eating. Great atmosphere and amazing food! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barney
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Fantastic service and food. Paella was wonderful. Portion size was enough for lunch the next day. Peruvian dessert outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfull find
    Pradeep
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Eventhough we drove from Cincinnati, coming back every one in the party said it was well worth the drive. Very comfortable dinning area, friendly and extremely attentive server. Food was delicious, loved the appetizers we had. I had pork belly in appetizer for the first time and it was out of this world. My son loved the Chicken Cheechreita's. Mouth full of flavors. My son and I had sea food rice, kid of Payaya, it was the best I had ever. I mean it, presentation was lovely and had all the flavors I was looking for, just perfect. My wife had rack of lamb, according to her she is planning to do second visit, specially the resotto that came with it, woderfull. We will be there again very soon, I know it with some more friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great choice in Dayton
    Manny
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you like something besides meat and potatoes, go to Salar. The server was very knowledgeable regarding the wine and food, so we experimented with two items that were very good and fairly low calorie. My husband said his meal wasn't as hot as he would have liked, but quite delicious as stated by our server. As usual, temp was too cool for my taste, but server adjusted. I am so tired of restaurants that the AC is turned so low that I have to wear a sweater. Know the help likes it that way, but be reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Great Choice
    hydepark40th
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was our second visit to the new Salar (new for us). The food was, as before, creative and very enjoyable. Even though we knew we could not finish all the food, we ordered appetizers, main courses and desserts...and happily took home what we could not finish. We have had two different waitresses and they were both very good and added to the ambience and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food, bad service
    Ferris
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food at Salar is amazing. I highly recommend the scallops and quinoa crusted sea bass. That being said, the service was mediocre at best. Extremely long wait (30 minutes) between appetizers being served, and dinner orders being taken. When we told the waitress we were ready to order our dinner, she became snippy. From the time we were seated, and until the time we received our bills was 3 hours. 3 hours for dinner service is excessive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant in Oregon district
    Jsg7
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    With one minor exception, I loved this restaurant. It is not another chain restaurant, has a real urban feel, and the food is great. I had never tried Peruvian food but the spices and flavorings were very good. The only downside was the pisco sour. I was so looking forward to it after having the most wonderful one in Santiago Chile last year. Probably Peruvians and Chileans have different definitions of this drink, but it just tasted like a not so good whiskey sour to me. The pavlova for dessert was wonderful. We will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    RaySarVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    great food and service. the place was great the food was great and we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine with dinner
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    Sargasso
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaurant is the most excellent venue in the Dayton area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once Again, Wow-ed At Salar
    Woods85
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I dined at this location in January, and now again earlier tonight, in August. My group took advantage of the Restaurant Week specials, and enjoyed the cuisine and environment very much. We were on a triple date, which made the occasion very special. The staff and our server were very friendly and accommodating to our needs, and as always, the food was EXTREMELY authentic and filling. I'll most likely re-visit Salar in the late fall for upcoming occasions, or even (as my friend would call it) - "Dessert Night." Thank you Salar, for providing Dayton with a wonderfully established venue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for celebrations
    Ananda
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful, chic, attentive, and delicious! A great first experience at Salar... excellent introduction!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    ieat
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went to salar for restaurant week with a few friends. We all ordered something different and tasted each others dishes. Everything was delicious and fresh. Will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food, horrible service
    daytonnewbie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Let me start by saying the food was TERRIFIC. Phenomenal. I have absolutely zero complaints. However, our waitress refused to write ANYTHING down, and when you have 6 people ordering different meals with appetizers, substitutions, etc, it can get confusing. She kept coming back so we can remind her what we ordered--which is absolutely ridiculous. The wine we ordered came out 20 minutes late, and overall the service was unpleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were "Meh"
    rdrunner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Noise: Something about the acoustics of the place - noise reflects everywhere making it surprisingly loud. Service: Service was fairly poor. They weren't very attentive and food service was extremely slow. Food: Reading the menu we were excited to try this restaurant-it really sounded great. I asked the waiter for "top picks' and he gave us some favorite selections and made it clear that a couple I was thinking about weren't "stand-outs". Everything was either bland or seasoned with something like paprika. Meats were very cheap (I can buy better myself at Kroger). The sauces were good but not enough to save the meals. It was a huge let down. We will not be back - there are too many better alternatives. Too bad.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    GoReds
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our second time at Salar. We at there on a Friday evening. It was a group of 3. We had reservations, but they seated us at a table at the bar. This would have been fine if we were just having drinks, but for a full meal for three people, it was uncomfortably cramped. The bartender who was serving us didn't do a great job of clearing stuff off of our table, and we never got bread like the last time I ate here. The food took way too long as well. The tuna entree I ordered was fairly unimpressive, though I will say that the duck ravioli was very good. The disappointing part was that we ate here previously and it was a much better experience. I doubt we will be back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular
    CWoodVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went with a friend for Restaurant Week and had an awesome dinner. Hummus, Chicken Chicharones and Ribeye were great and the service excellent. Always a go-to place for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.