Photo courtesy of Terri Weeks
Cuisine: American, New American
Price Range: $$
Salazar is a chef-owned restaurant that fits into a newer breed of restaurants: fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Executive Chef Jose Salazar's restaurant is located in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine... Read More
Salazar is a chef-owned restaurant that fits into a newer breed of restaurants: fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Executive Chef Jose Salazar's restaurant is located in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, a hotbed of new, independent restaurants. Salazar's Chef de Cuisine, Andy Hiner, works with local farms to source fresh ingredients for the seasonal menu. Salazar has a casual and intimate feel. The restaurant has just 42 seats inside and another eight on the patio. A bar is integrated into the restaurant and provides much of the seating. The kitchen and menu are small, but everything on the menu is deliberate and well executed. This is a restaurant that foodies will appreciate; interesting ingredients are creatively combined. Servers are attentive. While most of the menu changes seasonally, there is always a burger and a vegetarian risotto offered. The 'everything-crusted' salmon and veal sweetbreads are so popular (and so delicious) that they may become standard offerings.
- Best Restaurants: "Salazar does not accept reservations. Plan for a wait if you go on a weekend, or if you don't care to wait, try a Wednesday."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Salazar has top-notch cuisine with creative ingredients and artful presentation along with attentive service in a casual setting.