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About 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.

400 E. 5th St
Dayton, OH 45402
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International, Peruvian, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Bar opens at 4pm Daily
Happy Hour 5:00-7:00 pm M-TH
Dinner Hours:
Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Brunch Hours:
Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Brown St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(937) 203-3999

Website:
http://www.salarrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Salar offers live entertainment on occasion as well as private events.

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.

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.

Public Transit:
The #12 bus stop is diagonally across the street from Salar.

Executive Chef:
Margot Blondet

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:
Keslina Luoma, Assistant Manager : (937) 350-1572

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Salar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (38)
Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (30)
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Fit for Foodies (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Authentic (23)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Romantic (19)
Bar Seating (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Fun (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Cozy (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Healthy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Tapas (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (5)
Organic (4)
People Watching (4)
Vegan (4)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food and cocktails. We hosted a business dinner for 9 and all were impressed. The empanadas started us off in the right direction. Next, several of us were impressed with the charred Ceasar Salad.

For my personal entrée I enjoyed the Ed Hill organic chicken, which was amazing. The meat was tender, with a very tasty mix of spices. For dessert, I had the cheesecake with peacan crust... Very, very good.

If you're in Dayton, definitely give Salar a try.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Delightful server, my meal was so-so. Very tough porkchop, as in "VERY TOUGH". 2nd time in a row I was disappointed in the main course.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Everything was awesome from atmosphere to wait staff to to the food - they never missed a beat. Perfect ending to our Anniversary night. Being seated by the waterfall wall and complimentary champagne with raspberries. Thank you Salar for a great celebration dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

For our anniversary my wife and I went out to see a movie at the Neon theater, then walked to Salar for dinner. We were promptly seated and waited on. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and able to answer all our questions. For an appetizer we had the Yucca and Crab Causa. This was a large appetizer which was very good, but also filling. For dinner My wife had the Red Quinoa Encrusted Chile Sea Bass, and I had the Tierra Y Mar (Surf and Turf). We shared a bottle of the Kaiken Malbec. Both our meals were perfectly cooked. Everything about our dinner was great, but unfortunately we hit bottom and didn't have room for any dessert. Would highly recommend Salar. We are repeat customers. You won't be disappointed!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful space. Great friendly service. Wonderful selection of foods. Reasonable prices. Can't wait to try again.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Perfect evening -- delicious food, outstanding service and a quiet back patio to enjoy the beautiful weather!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Delicious! Fabulous drinks by Matt an excellent bartender. Fresh fish special with ginger sauce was wonderful and the caprese salad keeps me coming back!

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent experince...food was awesome...service was very good!

Great Experiece!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great find. Didn't expect the atmosphere, or the distinctive menu. Quiet Good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This was our second time at Salar and we love it...again. We met friends for dinner and were able to carry on a conversation without distractions from a noisy dining room or constant interruptions from the staff. Mark, our server, was very attentive, answering all our questions and even recommending a phenomenal cocktail for my pre-dinner enjoyment. Overall, a great way to spend a Friday evening out.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Our favorite local restaurant with great service, superb food, and excellent mixed drinks.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had an excellent meal at Salar Friday night - I had the beef tenderloin, husband had the mixed seafood, and my friend had a salad with butternut squash and yucca cakes with seafood. The Peruvian spices are wonderful and unique. Mark provided wonderful service and the manager Lamar stopped by several times and helped with service. Great experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Didn't want to miss the wine tasting… Margot's creativity shines through with these events with every pairing tantalizing and/or delightful. Special bonus, I always find a new wine that I love. Variety of seating allows you to either meet people and dine seated at the conventional tables in the Twig Room or enjoy/ entertain friends in what feels to be your own living room in the Bubble Room.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food was good, and service (what we got of it) was friendly, but way too slow. Had tickets for the Schuster Center. Allowed two hours, but it wasn’t enough (but apparently it was for the parties all around us that we saw arrive after us and leave - fully sated - before us). When our meals finally arrived, we had to inhale them, and certainly couldn’t enjoy them. We were clearly, at least by then - as I don’t think anyone was paying attention to us before then - in a rush, but no explanation, compensation or apology was proffered. Very disappointing experience, and not an inexpensive one, either.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Very nice place. Food was "very salty"! Over cooked fish😩

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our first time at Salar and we loved it! Great food and service. There was a large variety of patrons. We felt very comfortable and our waitress was able to answer our questions. We will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 18, 2017

For the prices Salar charges, one would expect higher quality food and service. The food was good, not great. Our seafood came out lukewarm and probably had been sitting under the lights for a while drying out until it came to our table. The wait staff was attentive but we had to ask to have out water glasses refilled.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Once of the best meals I've ever had! Everything cooked perfectly and we had an amazing waiter.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Took a while to convince server we would like a drink before we ordered and to get wobbly table fixed. Excellent after that. Food is wonderful. Noise level fairly high: a crowded Saturday and some large parties. But the food is wonderful.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

First time dining. We were In Dayton from out of town for UD family weekend. Cool vibe, loved the decor and food selection. Waiter was attentive and well versed in the menu. Disappointed that restaurant was out of my son's first choice entree (beef saltado) - esp since this was a rare opportunity for him to eat something other than gross dorm food. It was only 6:30 pm, so kind of early to be running out of regular menu items. Otherwise, we had an enjoyable experience.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We have dined here several times and really like the cocktails and the menu. Please don't forget to return to this restaurant once they recover from the tragic fire just days before New Year's Eve. Do your part to keep locally owned high quality restaurants in business.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 16, 2017

First off the music was unbelievably loud, so loud that I had to scream at my wife (across a very small table mind you), in order to have a conversation. It was a bad start to the evening that really ruined the rest of the experience. That small table was also a problem in that once you're food arrived, there was limited space to put things and if you weren't careful, your dish would end up on the floor (and the table was uneven for added excitement). The food was only okay, we had the crab cake appetizer to start (these were the highlight of the night, so rich and full of flavor!). My wife got the seared scallops for her main dish while I got the duck ravioli. Both were underwhelming taste and portion - wise (especially for the price) and I found myself wishing we had ordered more crab cakes at the end of the evening.

Not the experience I was expecting or hoping for, given the good things I'd heard from co-workers. I do not see us going back again or recommending it to anyone else.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was University of Dayton Parents Weekend, so perhaps SALAR was not ready for the out of towners, however our reservation was for 08:00 PM and we got our main course after 10! We were alerted that there was a backup, however this was much longer than expected. SALAR tried to make it right with free appetizer and comp'd a round of drinks, however a little more honesty up front would have helped.

We have been to SALAR before and were unpleasantly surprised as we looked forward to the experience. We may try again.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Seated at Bar high top with reservations, ok I'm short not their problem. Expecting fast drinks or service by sitting 8 ft from the bar...disappointed. Ordered starter but it never arrived. Two servers said they would "check on that" after our entrees were set down in front of us. Both times we said no thanks since you just served us entrees but we were still charged for it. Asked for dessert menu twice. During second 1/2 someone sitting at the bar was vaping very obviously vaping. I had to go up to the bar to get our check corrected. This was my 3rd experience here others were with large groups so I was underwhelmed but willing to come back. Food is pretty good but not great and experience was well below expectations.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great, fun spot in The Oregon District! Their handcrafted cocktails are creative and good, very similar to what you'll find in other Peruvian restaurants. Our server was wonderful -- helpful, knowledgeable about everything on the menu! We took his suggestions and enjoyed it all. Dining outside was perfect as the inside seemed to lack any real appeal except the bar area, which was very active on a Thursday night. Fairly pricey, but the food quality and awesome service made up for that. We will definitely return - Dayton needs to improve its restaurant scene and Salar is one of the best we have found!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Our "foodie" friends recommended Salar for our anniversary dinner and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing! Creatively and expertly crafted, and beautifully presented. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations for perfect wine pairings. Great ambiance and perfect for our celebration. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Been to Salar many times and will go back, but this time wasn't the best. I am pescatarian and my fish was served on a bed of bacon. One of our appetizers also had bacon. Neither identified bacon in the menu.
The apps were bigger than the server said, so we ordered too much food.
With tip it was about $90 per person. Too much for what we got.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We expected something special to eat, but the shellfish was dry and over salted and the rice was over whelmed with oregano. The calamari was good.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 5, 2017

The menu for both food and drink is very creative. The food is tasty and the service is great! The atmosphere is casual but it is nice enough for a special celebration.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I liked my visit and the server. The pace and service were excellent. The servers were, like professionals, just there and providing service as opposed to those in 'lesser' establishments where they seem to need to engage in an interrupting manner, or don't come around enough. The food was good, not great...but priced to be great. I had the surf and turf and the surf was quite good, the steak was...well...sort of steakhouse quality.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The appetizers (yucca), salad (corn) and dessert (mousse) were amazing. 4 out of 5 dinners were also delicious. The only one of us who was not impressed with his dinner had ordered surf & turf (said he thought it was cooked too much/too tough- had ordered medium). I told him he should have ordered something more interesting. This was only our second time there, and last time he had whatever was on the specials menu & loved it.
The service was great. They brought out complementary hummus & pita chips, and when we asked for something to dip in the hummus that was gluten free, they brought out sliced vegetables for dipping!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

A foodies paradise in Dayton, Ohio! Excellent and sublime from beginning to end!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, People Watching, Authentic, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Needed a quieter spot but everything was fine.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I have been wanting to try this restaurant for years. I really enjoyed the semi-private room for the party of seven and greatly enjoyed both entrees that my wife and I got. I will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Overall dining experience and food were excellent.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The pecan encrusted salmon is fabulous! I loved it there are many gluten-free options. I would highly recommend this restaurant

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Not worth spending your money here. It is too expensive to the taste and not many options either.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The restaurant is surprisingly large. We sat at a half booth in the back. The wine list is ok but I didn't recognize the wines on the list. We had a nice zin. We had two appetizers, one was the empendadas which were great. The other was the chicken one which was nice. The entrees were good size portions and all of them were very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Have been here several times, it is always amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

An absolutely wonderful dinner. The food was delicious, the in-house cocktails were amazing, and the service was spectacular.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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