Salazar

4.8
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180 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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 are 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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4.8
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Jess
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite places to eat. Never disappointing.

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CTP35405
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a former Cincinnatian, Salazar is a place I make a point to visit when back in town.

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vipChad
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service - as usual. It's a bit tight and loud, so be aware if that does not suit you.

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Division
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent and well prepared. Duck was terrific. Vegetables with our duck was a bit overcooked.

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vipBabzy
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eleanor was wonderful. Pleasant, welcoming, engaging. One of the best wait staff I have had in a long time.

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AEMM
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salazar was an amazing meal with great and efficient service!

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WattsT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I used to eat at Salazar every weekend. I did this for three years. Gradually, the service declined in quality and the menu seldom changed. I moved on. This pass weekend, I requested a seat for two at the bar when I made the reservation. Also, I requested this over the phone. The host had no record of this. To make matters worst the host gave the requested seats to another couple. Perhaps, it was an honest mistake, but I did not make the mistake. Moreover, the menu is still dull. I really hope that the management benefits from this complaint. Please make some improvements.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, you will not regret getting the scallops and the Duck Carbonara was incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a marvelous time celebrating my partner’s birthday. It was lovely from start to finish. The staff was attentive while allowing space for conversation. Every course was delicious. I’m still dreaming about the ice cream.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was amazing. Would definitely recommend and we will be going back!

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vipShania
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I had brunch here right before I headed to the airport. I had the challah french toast with a side of peppered bacon. The bacon was phenomenal; so crispy, still hot, and perfectly seasoned. One side included about 6 full-sized strips. The french toast was really great and the pieces of fresh fruit made it even better. There was slivers of pineapple, apple, blueberries, strawberries, and banana on the french toast. The only drawback was that the french toast was room temperature when I received it. I almost sent it back to be reheated, but since I had a flight to catch afterwards, I didn't want to waste time. I wouldn't recommend the mimosas. The service was really great; from the hostess to the server, everyone was making sure you had everything you wanted. Overall, it was a good, filling meal that came at a low cost.

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Kathyb
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful. This is my first though when I want a special evening out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We felt rushed towards the beginning of the evening as we sat at the bar. But as we made it clear we would be here for a while things seem to slow down which was good. The bartender made us order our entire meal all at once promising he would slow the food down. But then our salads came out while we were still enjoying our appetizers.

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RahulP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Limited option for Vegetarian. But Falafal was great.

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Zach
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experiece our first time at Salazar. The food was decorated on the plate beautifully, the service was great (we were given free drinks and dessert because the kitchen was a bit slow even though we didn’t notice), and the food was absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend and go there again.

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CL4343
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic brunch! Just make sure you make a reservation or get there early- seating is extremely limited!

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BillD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service!

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vipDSVS
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time there and food was very good. A very lively place. We will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous pre-Valentines dinner Saturday night. The menu had so many great options it was hard to decide what to get, and we loved everything we tried! What a gem for our city and OTR, can’t wait to go back!

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SaraG
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Salazar was excellent! We had exceptional service and enjoyed the bread, salad, chef’s special chicken, and bass. Salazar made for an excellent date night!

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caroline
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small place, so make reservations early. Food was amazing and server was super knowledgeable about the menu. Only thing that was a bit disappointing was the pork belly, as the middle away from the fatty layer was dried out. Bone marrow butter was truly delicious.

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ThomasK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. However, it was very expensive for the amount of food. I would like a slightly larger serving size. Also, our seats were too close to another couple making it very difficult for us to talk. The waitress was fabulous and she brought us a couple of cookies in celebration of my wife's birthday.

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vipMJM513
Cincinnati
24 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Cincinnati restaurant! No gimmicks,excellent food, welcoming staff. Had the bass dish which was served with wonderfully complimentary sides. Ended the night with a Port and a chat at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome staff, nice atmosphere

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vipangelac
Cincinnati
43 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we have not been here in a while, but they did not disappoint. I love how they invest in the arts and have all hand made plates by a local pottery artist! All meals were good. bread and scallop apps, salmon and steak dinners. My steak came out with butter on it even though i asked for it not, but it was fixed in less than 5min with a new steak. Some places take 20min to replace an incorrect meal so this was not an issue for me. And it was all delicious. only minor negative is we walked out with a 150bill. SO more than i was expecting to spend on a date night... and yes i know i ordered the steak but..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food and fantastic service! We’ll be back!

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wineNdine
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant in Cincinnati. Always delicious and beautifully prepared. Top notch, friendly service makes the experience wonderful! Brunch at Salazar-- what a treat!

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vipvictorg
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

excellent selection and preparation across the board - appetizers, starters, entree, and dessert.....but for the cramped seating and noise decibels which made conversation challenging at best, I would have awarded the restaurant 5 stars in all categories.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a 10! The food and drinks are prepared with great care and attention. The presentation was masterful. You can expect excellent service from start to finish. Definitely recommend trying this gem.

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Natalie
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dishes were excellent, service was outstanding. Loved the variety of wine, beer, mixed drinks, as well as the availability of non-alcoholic cocktails and beer.

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Axle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5-star food and great service with a casual atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all-around

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LeahB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved this restaurant. My best friend and I came from out of town for our Christmas gift to each other, and I couldn’t have picked a more cozy restaurant with an eclectic menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience! The service, good and ambience were great. I had the crispy skin red fish, I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Gabby was amazing. She had a lot of menu knowledge and was very personable without being overbearing. She made us feel very comfortable and made our night fun and special! Thanks gabby and thank you to the Chef as well!

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vipJenniferH
Cincinnati
35 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating brunch at Salazar and it was wonderful! The Smoked Salmon Sandwich was amazing as were the brussel sprouts. The service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect perfect

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tomv
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!

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kimberlyl
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience and the food was amazing!!! Service was spot on too!

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Andrea
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and the experienced wait staff (We had Gabby) always impress me. They do such a great job making sure they understand the reason for your visit, if you have a timeline and making sure food allergies don't get in the way of their spectacular food. I love that they feature a wine and offer a couple of specials and the coziness of the restaurant sets apart other places. Get reservations soon! You won't be disappointed!