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Salazar, Cincinnati, OH

Salazar

4.9
4.9
592 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

8:30 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • 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 592 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cincinnati / Dayton

    American

  • Cincinnati

    Best Overall

  • Cincinnati

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    Deborah

    Cincinnati

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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!
  3. ED

    EduardoDM

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  4. B

    Barb

    Cincinnati

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    Hanna

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    MarkW

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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😊
  7. RW

    RyanW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal, service was excellent. Highly recommend and will be back soon!
  9. 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!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  12. 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
  13. BG

    BethG

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb. Great food and service always!
  14. 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!
  15. CB

    CassieB

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good service.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food, service, etc.!!
  17. 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.
  18. CM

    CincyMolly

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably excellent!
  19. EB

    EB22

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Max was the best!
  20. KM

    KevinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I shared the farm green salad and peppered bacon. I had the french toast and my wife had the pork shoulder chilaquiles. We had two chocolate cookies to go. Everything was fantastic. Highly recommended!!
  21. MF

    MartinaFranca

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most outstanding dining experiences we’ve had in a long, long time. From the exceptional, inventive starters to the unusual and deeply satisfying sorbets, we would be hard pressed to identify a favorite. Each separate plate was a standout in its own right. Our server, Kelly, was incredibly knowledgeable and attentive, bartender Joe was a font of information possessing finely-honed mixology skills and the chef was, simply, flawless in every way. We loved our time at Salazar—we are already planning our next visit and we live three hours away!
  22. CR

    CarolR

    Cincinnati

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My fish was a substitute for the one on the menu, but I think it was even more delicious than the original due to its coating of spices. We ate outside, which ended up being rather noisy, so perhaps inside would have been a smarter choice.
  23. TM

    TodM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! But way too pricey for me to come often as I like (and I am a FC Cincinnati season ticket holder so I have many opportunities.
  24. l

    lunarsoul50

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful dining experience. We had brunch on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. There is a small but very curated menu. Service was outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.
  25. T

    Terryp

    Cincinnati

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding. All in a cozy space.
  26. PA

    PAMJ

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always great but we were impressed with the service, they went way beyond.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance was lovely. Sat at the bar and bartenders were not attentive, even though it wasn’t very busy. We were the only people at the bar and they forgot to make our drinks. Food was good. The spring gnocchi was a little heavy.
  28. SD

    SaraD

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  29. M

    Marcodiner

    Louisville

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table ready when we arrived - service, food and drinks were fabulous!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday experience. Love this place and Joe at the bar made it very special. So greatful!
  31. JM

    JenniferM

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was…. Outstanding! Chef Aden McGlade is extremely talented, personable and a great asset to this restaurant. The menu is not big, but yet there were delicious choices for me and all of my picky friends! We loved it and will be back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not a frequent reviewer but our meal confirms Salazar remains exquisite in all ways. Thanks!
  33. MR

    MarilynR

    Cincinnati

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We opted to sit outside, so of course the noise level from the street was a factor. Our server was attentive, helpful and friendly - just the right amount. My daughter had the falafel, which she said was excellent, and I had the pan-seared branzino, also excellent. Everything was fresh and delicious. We also recommend the french fries!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time here and we will be back! I have a few dietary restrictions and felt very comfortable with the restaurant’s ability of providing a safe meal for me. Food was absolutely delicious, the ambiance is lovely, and our server Max went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and well taken care of. This will be our staple brunch spot to bring out of town guests to! It is just a short walk away from the Washington Park. Plenty of street parking available around the restaurant but also within a short walking distance from a parking garage. 10/10 highly recommended!!!
  35. MR

    MegR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service! Would highly recommend
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    The food was incredibly rich and heavy. I enjoyed the fact that they were great ingredients but the courses were so rich neither my sister nor I could finish them. I’ve been once before and had a different experience so my thoughts are that it was due to this seasons menu. Overall, it’s still a great date night.
  37. M

    Matt

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality and atmosphere. My out of town guest was extremely surprised with his experience!
  38. NF

    NormanF

    Cincinnati

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Salazar doesn't disappoint. The food and service were both excellent. I had the duck and my partner had the steak, and both were superb. The duck in particular was prepared in a novel way, and proved to be a symphony of flavors. The place was busy and pretty loud when we arrived at 7:45 on a weeknight, but calmed down. I'm at the point in life where I need to strain to hear conversation in a loud environment, and a very noisy restaurant, however good the food, can be frustrating. Oh well. Despite the busyness, our server was attendant but also left us alone, and that's a good thing. It was an occasion, so we were treated to sparkling wine, and that was a nice touch. Overall, a lovely dinner.
  39. K

    Kate

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and service at Salazar are beyond compare. We were seated outside on a warm evening, which was lovely save the very loud talker at the table next to us. Having a bit more spacing between tables to mitigate this would help.
  40. DB

    DougB

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible experience. The food was fantastic, just an explosion of flavors and the service was great! Will definitely be back.

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 4.9 stars by 592 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 30 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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