Salazar

4.8
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152 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.

What 152 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

N
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all-around

LB
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.

OT
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.

OT
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!

JH
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.

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect perfect

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!!

k
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
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!

TC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and service. You can’t find crispy pig’s ears on menus elsewhere.

AG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We always like Salazars very much. We were disappointed that when we pointed out a problem with the salty french fries it wasn't addressed

JG
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great! I will be back but it was a special night for my mom and me and our table was so cramped in walk way with so much movement on both sides and it was so loud it took away from the evening. The service and food were spectacular!

CC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our son’s birthday and everything was delicious. Our server was very attentive and the food was amazing!! We also loved being served on Bethany Rose handmade dishes! Thank you for a delicious dinner and lovely evening!!

e
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as always. The service was friendly and efficient with an overall lovely experience.

DH
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!

d
Cincinnati
117 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food as well as the service were wonderful at this restaurant.

CA
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect!

BC
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service & food. Recommend!

CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! Portion was perfect, no lumberjack meal just lovely salmon and Brussels. Knowledgeable wine server, so enjoyed great glass of wine with salmon. Crazy good dessert (which I never do) because it was such s great meal. Salazar was recommended by guy I met at Boca bar.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place can't wait to go back and try more of their cocktail menu

E
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place is amazing! I wish the restaurant itself were larger but the food and service was amazing!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I know great food and this is the best value I have experienced in cincinnati. Great staff and excellent food!

OT
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

To small of a space no place for u bag
Food is not that great

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We introduce my husbands sister and her husband to Salzar for the first time.
Brunch was outstanding. We had the crab and avocado special. One had the Goetta sausage gravy. Everything was delicious and our service was excellent.
The White Boudreaux was delicious as was the Crémant.
Bloody Mary’s had some serious heat to them three quarters of the way through. Tasty but a tad hot. I recommend a small beer chaser served along side of your Bloody Mary!

JG
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled bread and brussel sprouts were delicious.squash pasta also very good
Excellent service.

c
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall good experience. A bit noisy, but good food and service.

o
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Salazar for dinner several times, and always have enjoyed our experience. Friends from D.C. were in town for U.C.’s Homecoming and asked us to recommend a restaurant for brunch. We gave them several places to research and they selected Salazar, much to our delight. Our reserved table was occupied when we arrived (come on people! It’s a small place. When you’re finished don’t sit around and chat), and the staff apologized profusely. Upon being seated we were comped two delicious appetizers. Our friends were impressed not only with the service, but with the food and prices. Thanks so much for a wonderful experience.

BS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

There are not good options for celiacs for brunch. There were two options, both over $20 and were mostly eggs. I had to make several requests for the waitress to ask questions of the kitchen. I also had to ask for sweetener for my coffee three times. All potatoes are contaminated in a deep frier. I asked if there was any way potatoes could be made without contact with gluten and was told they were unwilling to make their potatoes in any other way.

I was very surprised since another restaurant owned by this group, Mita’s, bends over backwards to have lots of gluten free options and make accommodations. I’ve had greasy spoons willing to make food in a way so that I could eat it and didn’t anticipate their unwillingness to provide more options since they have a good reputation.

I chose to leave rather than pay for overpriced eggs. If you cannot consume gluten I encourage you avoid this restaurant. I understand that not every restaurant can accommodate dietary needs, just as I hope it’s understood that a failure to provide the services needed may result in loss of business.

DD
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salazar always delivers! It's a favorite of my husband and me. We took my brother here for his birthday Saturday. Started with the crispy Brussels sprouts and breads--delicious and enough to share amongst the three of us. I has the crispy-skin redfish with curry, and it was phenomenal! Brother had the duck since duck is one of his favorites and he said it was excellent--server recommended medium-rare which was perfect. Husband had the chicken and really enjoyed it. We loved all the food. Alex the bartender makes the.best.cosmos. ever! Husband and I had been in last month before Blink and Alex was telling us how they make their own "triple-sec" (orange liqueur) that goes into them and he likes to garnish with an orange twist instead of the traditional lime. We have come to love these and no other cosmopolitans compare now!

SW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was phenomenal! This staff is killing it both on the plates and in conversation. Highly recommend.

JG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful evening...creative and delicious food, perfect service...price for food was on point. Thank you Salazar for a most enjoyable evening!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

DD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for a friend's birthday brunch. The food was fantastic!! The service was excellent!! We really enjoyed it!! Will be going back!!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Restaurant in Cincy, intimate romantic setting Delicious food & the best cocktails

s
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So enjoyed the wonderful food and service! Outstanding!!!

TW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavor and balance is outstanding , the fried brussel sprouts are sure to be a hit at your table

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to birthday brunch and it was amazing!