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Salazar, Cincinnati, OH

Salazar

4.8
4.8
616 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Salazar is the chef-driven restaurant from head chef Jose Salazar. This little eatery is cemented in Cincinnati's up-and-coming Over The Rhine neighborhood just steps away from Historic Music Hall. The menu changes with the seasons as Chef Salazar is constantly creating new fun and creative dishes. This is an ideal place to stop in for a quick drink or come for a full dinner in the evening. Salazar's menu changes frequently, but there are some dishes that are so popular that the keep popping up again and again. Some of the starters that have appeared on the menu include duck leg rillette, heirloom corn polenta and chicken liver mousse. As for main dishes, some of the signature plates have been the Ora King salmon with "everything" crust, cream cheese dumplings, pickled Fresno chili, caperberries and dill sauce as well as the burger with aged cheddar, bacon and heirloom tomato.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (513) 621-7000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jose Salazar

  • Neighborhood

    Cincinnati

  • Cross street

    We are on the corner of 14th and Republic Street between Race and Vine.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 616 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    American

  • Cincinnati

    Healthy

  • Cincinnati

    American

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  1. JS

    JoeS

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent dinner at Salazar. We had the fried oyster sliders, and they were awesome. We had the branzino for our main and it was delicious. The service was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant as being exceptional but not with a stuffy atmosphere.
  2. T

    Tinydancer

    Cincinnati

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, excellent service from start to finish. Always eclectic and unexpected and so amazingly fantastic!!! Great cocktails and wine selection. Salazar always goes beyond expectations!! A shout out to Kelly for service with a smile! Thank you for making my son’s bday so special!!!! He loved it!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic from start to finish
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate my husband’s birthday. You will never ever be disappointed with a meal here absolutely top-notch! The flavor combinations, Quality and presentation are amazing. Tony provides high-quality customer service when taking care of his tables. He really seems to enjoy what he’s doing, cares about his customers and goes the extra mile to ensure a positive experience when you are dining at Salazars! Highly recommend eating here and asking for Tony as your server. You have to make a stop here on a visit to Cincinnati.
  5. ES

    EmilyS

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Salazar a few times - for both brunch and dinner - and it has never disappointed. This last evening I went on a date with my boyfriend and it was such a perfect experience. The food was delicious as always! Sometimes food can be d"too fancy" - not filling, all frills, all for show... but Salazar delivers with locally sourced, beautiful food that tastes so so good. We had the appetizer special which was just a simple cantelope salad with yogurt and mint - and it was absolutely stunning! The duck leg and grits remains one of my favorite Cincinnati meals. I asked for a wine pairing with my meal and my sweet, attentive server Molly brought two samples for me to taste from the bar. They go above and beyond to deliver an excellent experience!
  6. SH

    SteveH

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was superb. Farm to table menu. Wonderful experience.
  7. A

    Adventure0077

    Cincinnati

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had not been to this restaurant since before the pandemic but my friend and I enjoyed our wonderful food, great service and all around enjoyed a good time. So good to be back and will plan to return
  8. j

    jennjk

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVED this place and are already planning our return. Every time I think about my meal (fried Brussels sprouts + duck leg + andouille sausage + grits), I think I start to salivate. Seriously, do yourself a favor and eat here as soon as possible!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved everything!
  10. JK

    JohnK

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Dinner was good but not great. I enjoyed the oyster sandwich which I guess is their signature and quite good. The bone marrow butter and bread was also very nice. I had the Korean short ribs and it there was 2 ounces of meat on them, I would be surprised. And I sometimes feel that the use of chilies in everything shows a lack of imagination. The ice creams were delicious and very interesting. Wine list ok
  11. TL

    TrevorL

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I started off with two little fried oyster sandwiches as an appetizer. They were delicious. We ordered the "Bruce Banner" and "Community Garden" cocktails. The Bruce Banner featured a peach, cream flavored ice cube instead of the strawberry lemonade featured on the menu. As our excellent server mentioned (I believe his name was Loren), it may have been even better. We loved our drinks. I ordered the cajun duck leg, andouille sausage, grits, blistered cherry tomatoes & maple gastrique dish. My entrée was unique and amazing. My girlfriend had the crispy skin branzino with harissa roasted carrots chermoula sauce & turmeric picked cauliflower. She loved it. For dessert, we shared spongecake with strawberry jam, italian meringue, toasted white chocolate & dehydrated strawberries paired with Dow's "20 Year Tawny" port. It was a divine combination. Overall, the service, food and experience was memorable and pleasant. I would recommend Salazar to anyone. 5 stars.
  12. B

    Breenie

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daniella our server was delightful and nicely attentive.
  13. DH

    DanielH

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salazar's food was incredible and the service was fantastic. I will definitely be coming back!
  14. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived about 30 minutes early, but were able to be seated in a minimal amount of time. Hostess and wait staff treated us wonderfully. Food was delicious! Would definitely eat here again! Thank you to all!
  15. A

    Abby

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Although it took an hour for our burgers to arrive to our table, our server was incredibly personable, attentive, and apologetic. We appreciated the delicious food and our server!
  16. F

    Foodbgood

    Cincinnati

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time visiting Salazar and we're so glad we did. We started with the chicken thigh, then the branzino and the burger week burger for mains. The food was spectacular. Highly recommend all three. Our server was prompt, pleasant, and knowledgeable. Overall this was one of the best dining experiences we've had in Cincinnati. Can't wait to go back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, ambience and service excellent. Great dining experience as always
  18. LC

    LisaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on our table tasted absolutely amazing! We had a very kind and genuine server and that made the experience so much nicer. The staff that brought our food out was upbeat and used great presentation skills to serve our food (instead of just putting it on the table - nice touch). Thx so much Salazar team!
  19. AW

    AdeanaW

    Cincinnati

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salazar never fails. We hav never had anything less than amazing there. The atmosphere, food and staff are always on point! Love the knowledge and ease of ordering gluten free! My only complaint....NO POT DE CREME!!! Please bring it back! We have come so many times just for that! The best gf chocolate dessert in town!
  20. LS

    LeahS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and the perfect amount of food.
  21. NG

    NancyG

    Cincinnati

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a treat - flying to the top of my Cincinnati Restaurant picks Salazar! The drinks were creative and lovely - the menu was creative and the food absolutely out of this world. We had the fried pig ears - trust me, amazing... the ricotta gnocchi was OHHH so tender and delicious, the branzino - delicate and lovely & the fried brussels sprouts ... well they were different & delicious. The service, thank you Calvin, was perfect! perfect! perfect! Truly a delightful experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Will be back
  23. RP

    RajP

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Simple menu but yet excellent tasting dishes overall. Skip regular fries and get the house fries. Yum!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular, service was great, vibes were immaculate
  25. D

    Deborah

    Cincinnati

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you so much for helping to make this special event more than perfect for us ! The food was outstanding the drinks and dinner were delicious the service was excellent! We love your Bruce Banner’s ! Thank you for the vegetarian dishes for those of us who have meat eater spouses and friends ❤️ Thank you also for accommodating for our extra guest . We will return again soon!
  26. ED

    EduardoDM

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly Recommend - My parents and I had a wonderful experience (yet again) at Salazar. The service was on point. Our waitress even asked us if we had any specific time that we needed to leave by in order to arrive at the soccer match on time. The food was delicious. It was 3 of us and we shared the Meatballs, Beef Tongue, Branzino and the Crepes for Dessert. Each coursed out separately and perfectly timed between plates. The vibe and space give off vibes of chic, clean and sophisticated. We ate inside but there is seating in the pedestrian only street right outside. Great either way! I love coming here and will continue to do so.
  27. B

    Barb

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor dining a nice addition to this fantastic place!
  28. H

    Hanna

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fave spot in Cincinnati!! Salazars is the best all around and the staff is phenomenal.
  29. MW

    MarkW

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can tell a lot of effort and thought was put into all dishes and Calvin our server made this even a more special dinner Whole experience wonderful😊
  30. RW

    RyanW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty sure I will always consider Salazar to be the best restaurant in Cincinnati
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal, service was excellent. Highly recommend and will be back soon!
  32. AS

    AngelaS

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    My husband and I went for dinner. Everything we had was wonderful- meatballs, grilled sourdough bread with bone marrow butter, fried Brussels sprouts with yuzu aioli appetizers. Had POTATO-RICOTTA GNOCCHI, SPRING VEGETABLES, CHEESE FONDUTA and *10OZ. SAKURA WAGYU SIRLOIN STEAK, FRITES, RICH LIFE MUSHROOMS, UMAMI BUTTER for dinner. Gnocchi was good but the steak and mushroom were amazing. Had blueberry and lemon ice cream that was ok, and an avacado coconut sorbet that I’d definitely get again. Will be back!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful night at the best spot in Cinci!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre opera dinner on a beautiful Saturday night. We both had the crispy skinned branzino. Fish was perfectly cooked, skin very crisp on a plate of roasted carrots and pickled cauliflower. What a great dish. Service was also excellent. Chef Salazar is one of Cincinnati’s premier chefs.
  35. M

    Meredith

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing especially for the price, waitress was really nice too
  36. BG

    BethG

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb. Great food and service always!
  37. MM

    MeganM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience at Salazar was excellent! We have always loved Mita’s but decided to come here for my birthday dinner, so we could be in OTR as well, and it was the perfect choice! From our server, to the cocktails, and the delicious food-everything was on point! The Gnocchi is one of the best dishes I have ever had! Loved all of it and so thankful for Chef Jose Salazar in our city!
  38. CB

    CassieB

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, service, etc.!!
  40. LK

    LisaK

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food cooked perfectly. Good details in the presentation and plating. Attentive service throughout the entire evening.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Salazar using the Order Online button. Salazar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (513) 621-7000.

Salazar is rated 4.8 stars by 616 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Salazar

1401 Republic St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are on the corner of 14th and Republic Street between Race and Vine.

  • Neighborhood

    Cincinnati

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Salazar

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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