Cadillac Ranch Restaurant, Cincinnati, OH. Photo by Keith Lanser – Wikimedia Commons

The Best Salad Bars in Cincinnati


Cincinnati is a city in Ohio, on the Ohio River. The Over-the-Rhine district is known for its 19th-century architecture, including Findlay Market, which has food and craft vendors. To the north is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

The Cincinnati Museum Center encompasses history, science, and children’s museums in the art deco Union Terminal. Works spanning 6,000 years are on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

1. Meritage Restaurant is located in the quaint historic district of Glendale Ohio

Restaurant setup. Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

Meritage Restaurant is located in the quaint historic district of Glendale Ohio, creating a unique ambiance for any occasion. The eclectic menu features fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, specialty sandwiches, and an impressive variety of salads.

Each menu item from the salad dressings to the desserts is made in-house using only the freshest ingredients. The wine list features wines from around the world that have been personally selected to complement the menu.

The perfect blend of professionalism and warmth provided by the service staff combined with the food and atmosphere makes Meritage a premier dining destination.

2. First Watch is a breakfast restaurant 

A Vegan breakfast. Photo by Mx. Granger – Wikimedia Commons

First Watch is a breakfast restaurant at the Rookwood Commons & Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH that serves breakfast for lunch or lunch for breakfast.

At First Watch, we begin each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins, and whipping up our French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised.

We don’t use heat lamps or deep fryers — we use only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste around. When you arrive, we welcome you with a pot — not just a cup — of our Project Sunrise coffee, along with complimentary newspapers and WiFi Internet access.

3. Bob Evans Restaurant is a family dining restaurant 

Salad of French Laundry Garden Beets. Schmitt Farm apples, kohlrabi, watercress leaves, and horseradish-infused Kendall farms creme fraiche. Photo by Peter Bond from Cincinnati, USA – Wikimedia Commons

Bob Evans Restaurant is a family dining restaurant specializing in comfort food with homegrown hospitality. 

Breakfast Family Meals start at $5.49/person, perfect for families of 4! Enjoy your favorite homestyle meal from the comfort of your home.

Bob Evans restaurant food comes straight from the Farm. Homestyle Favorites. It is open for delivery services, America’s farm Fresh which includes complete meals and soups.

4. Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen is located outside of Kentucky

Grilled Salmon Nicoise Salad – Green beans, spicy boiled egg, crispy potatoes, cherry tomatoes, calamata olives, honey balsamic vinaigrette. Photo by HarshLight – Wikimedia Commons

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen on Kenwood Road is located outside of Kentucky. It is located right across from the Kenwood Mall, where you can head over for a quick healthy lunch and then get right back to shopping!

In the same shopping center, you’ll find the Kenwood Theater so you and your friends or family can enjoy a healthy salad for dinner and a movie too! If you’re visiting the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Vinaigrette is a short drive away to meet your delicious and nutritious needs.

Orangetheory Fitness and Pure Barre offer unique fitness experiences in one-hour classes, just one mile away! You can order on the Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen app beforehand and have a freshly prepared salad waiting at the pick-up time that works best for you.

Whether fitness or entertainment fits your needs, Kenwood has everything- best of all, our newest Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen Restaurant.

5. Saladworks opened its first location in a Kroger store in 2020

Johns Inc Salad_Bar_Buffet. Photo by Tudokin – Wikimedia Commons

Fast-casual restaurant chain Saladworks opened its first location in a Kroger store in Cincinnati in late 2020. It launched a new partnership with the country’s largest grocery chain.

Saladworks will offer guests a variety of healthy and delicious items they can grab while shopping at the Kroger store at 7900 Beechmont Ave., including customizable salads, wraps, soups, and more.

6. Whole bowl restaurant’s slogan is “It’s like eating a hug”

An older African American man and woman fill their plates at a salad bar.  A great reveal of the slogan “It’s like eating a hug”. Photo by Bill Branson – Wikimedia Commons

All bowls served at the Whole Bowl are nut, gluten, wheat, hydrogenated oil, and guilt-free and come with brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, and Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa, and Tali Sauce.

Whole bowl restaurant’s slogan is “It’s like eating a hug”. The Whole Bowl has added hand-crafted, vegan hot chocolate (seasonal) to our menu. Made with real, molten chocolate and almond milk. Can be topped with vegan whipped cream, as well.

7. Kitchen 1883 Cafe & Bar is a regionally centric restaurant

Some of the meals which are served in regionally centric restaurants. Photo by Casey Lee on Unsplash

Kitchen 1883 Cafe & Bar is a regionally centric restaurant serving All-American comfort food. Offering breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch & dinner, as well as, a full-service bar!

Maintaining its menu favorites from its current Union, KY location, while introducing lighter fare options including salads, flatbreads, sandwiches, and more! Perfect for enjoying a casual sit-down meal or for a great grab-and-go option.

At the bar enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail and many local favorites. Happy hour is from 3-6:30p Monday-Friday.

8. Green District salads provide high-quality, healthy food to the community

Plates of served salad. Photo by Taylor Kiser on Unsplash

We provide high-quality, healthy food to the community in a fun, lively environment. A truly unique experience awaits each customer. Green District will offer chopped salads, wraps, grain bowls, and more.

Green District, a made-to-order salad and wrap restaurant will open Downtown. A new salad concept is opening next week on Fountain Square.

9. Crown Republic Gastropub team sources from global food and cultural inspirations

Salads and wine. Photo by FranHogan – Wikimedia Commons

In the heart of downtown Cincinnati, where business and arts districts meet, you will find Crown Republic Gastropub

​Crown Republic Gastropub is the place where rustic New American fare meets “made from scratch” cooking with heart. Our team sources from global food and cultural inspirations, bringing an approachable, eclectic culinary experience that guests can’t wait to explore.

At Crown Republic Gastropub, Chef Anthony Sitek takes pride in creating nearly all of the ingredients in-house. Our chef-driven dishes are served with an expert eye so that our guests can concentrate on what matters most: the friends and family they are dining with.

 Family is exactly our specialty at the Crown Republic; our goal is to make everyone who walks in the door, from our staff to our smiling guests, feel at home.

Slightly off the beaten path where the business and arts districts of downtown Cincinnati collide, you’ll find that you can relax and savor every moment, knowing you are in good hands.

10. B & A has open seating and accepts customers on a first-come, first-serve basis

Avocado-pecan salad. Mixed green salad with avocados and roasted pecans. Photo by FranHogan – Wikimedia Commons

At B & A kitchen, it is about more than just a meal, it is about creating a space that brings people together. That is where every detail from our menu to our atmosphere is intentional, right down to the hospitality we exude every day.

An ode to the classics, our lineup of Southern-style comfort food and Tex-Mex favorites are made from scratch and infused with thoughtful ingredients, so every bite is bursting with flavor.

B & A has open seating and accepts customers on a first-come, first-serve basis. To support business meeting timelines, B& A now accepts reservations for weekday seating only.

A call-ahead waitlist is available for Saturday and Sunday seating when you are within 30 minutes of arrival.