The Arepa Place
131 W Elder St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, United States
Review №1

I wanted this place to be good... but it didn't seem very authentic. There wasn't much flavor to the arepas, and they were kind of thin and not a great texture. The price point was high for the amount and quality of food you get, and the market inside wasn't at all local, or fresh. Just frozen grocery store items. The atmosphere and covid rules were all fine, but i don't have any urge to go back. I love arepas. But this just ain't it.

Review №2

Delicious, authentic Colombian food, excellent service, clean and bright atmosphere. We couldn't recommend this restaurant highly enough! We enjoyed an amazing lunch with our whole family. The kids loved the Fried Plantains.

Review №3

This place is amazing!! The food, people and vibe is on point. I've enjoyed everything I had on the menu and will continue to come back until I've tried everything.

Review №4

Must go if visiting Cincinnati, Colombian arepas will make your day happier. Great customer service, nice/ clean place. Definitely will come back.

Review №5

First time customer at the new location and I must be honest it is cool.The small space is intimate and quick. Allowing for you and some friends to pop in and out feeling satisfied .The Quality and value are on point .I will be returning very soon

Review №6

One of the absolute best places to eat lunch and enjoy everything Findlay Market has to offer! The food is delicious and 100% authentic! We look forward to coming back soon!

Review №7

Nice place. However, the arepa shell with a bit on the harder side, but still good none the less. The arepa is slightly like a REAL gordita.

Review №8

We love eating out. Yesterday we visited this delicious place which we didn't know before. We spent a lovely experience there with exceptional cooking and a courteous stuff and a great cook. We put this restaurant in our phone list and we will no doubt visit again very soon. We deeply recommend.

Review №9

Excellent flavor, excellent atencion, excellent preparation, excellent attention. Only you need a batter location may be more big. You have a lot customers. So amazing.

Review №10

Stopped by for lunch. Service was friendly and quick, especially with every seat filled inside. I ordered to go and had my food in about 5 minutes. Chorizo and chicken were great. Only thing holding me back from 5 stars was the arepa pocket being very bland. Texture was great, but it could have used at least some salt in the dough.

Review №11

After living in Colombia for several years, and knowing how difficult it is to replicate foods from other countries, I believe this is some of the most authentic Colombian food I have had in the US. The staff was very friendly, and the food was fresh and delicious!

Review №12

Always love the food and drinks! And the Blanca!Friendly staff and sufficient lighting. Fresh, delicious food- always!

Review №13

We are from south America and we were so happy to find a place like this. Arepas are soooo good! I wish to go back soon!And an other good thing is that the owner is a woman, that inspires me and also means that WE CAN DO GIRLS! Good luck!

Review №14

Quaint friendly comfort food!

Review №15

Amazing food and great costumer service!! Is like going back to Colombia!!! We will be back!!!

Review №16

Authentic Columbian empanadas. At Findlay Market but my venue was their food truck at Bunbury. Salsa with fresh cilantro was good but a half portion more would be welcomed.

Review №17

Love this place. Everything is Fresh and delicious

Review №18

Great food. Ordered to go and support good local small businesses

Review №19

Am amazed by how good this place was. Friendly service on arrival with a tour of the menu. Took a few minutes to prepare my order, but that was because it was being made fresh. Empanadas arrived perfectly golden brown, screaming hot, and unimaginably crisp. Fillings were flavorful. I very much wanted another order. Will definitely be back.

Review №20

This place is yummy! It's all gluten free and they do have a couple vegan options if you ask. The empanadas are delicious. FYI they are fried so they are quite oily.

Review №21

Empanadas are fantastic! Arepas look amazing, this restaurant is great do check it out.

Review №22

Dedicated Gluten Free, with great staff in a wonderful space for a quick meal. We tried the loaded cheese and chicken build your own arepas and can recommend them both.

Review №23

The best Colombian food fresh unic best people fresh beer from Colombia

Review №24

This is one of my favorite places to eat! Reminds me of when I lived in the Galapagos as a missionary. The Vegetarian Stuffed Arepa with Verde salsa is the BEST!

Review №25

We loved it and will definitely return. Great service and tasting food.

Review №26

Food came out quickly and was delicious! I highly recommend the Grand Arepa with Roja salsa. Everything tasted really fresh! A must before going shopping at the Market.

Review №27

Their food is amazing and so is the service!

Review №28

My first time trying Colombian food and it was damn good. The texture of the arepa is crunchy and soft at the same time. And don't get me started on their empanadas. Some Colombian grocery items are also available for purchase as well. Service was prompt and very friendly. I definitely felt the love in their food!

Review №29

Finally got a chance to try their food this weekend at Clifton Fest, and it was exactly what I needed for a long day of walking around, super warm and yummy, and very authentic! The man working even went out of his way to run my food down to the booth I was working at, great service.I highly recommend their eggplant empanadas for a vegetarian snack. I cannot wait to try out the restaurant, I highly recommend!

Review №30

I stopped in here for a quick bite while visiting Findlay market today for the first time. Don't let the title of Colombian Street Food downplay how fantastic this restaurant is. Very casual and very quick. The quality of the food is incredible. The management and staff, is outgoing, friendly, and social with the customers. An unbelievable experience and I would give far more than five stars if that was an option! Add free refills on the Colombian Lemonade and I'd be here multiple times a week!

Review №31

The arepa needs a bit more of cheese

Review №32

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere.

Review №33

Best place in Findlay Market. Everything was amazing. It's easy to mess up cheese empanadas, but they do it perfectly. I dream about those empanadas now. And the sauces? Pure heaven. You can buy them frozen and cook them at home too. It's amazing.

Review №34

My husband and I tried this place over the weekend and it did not disappoint. I love arepas and when I saw this place on my Google search I told my husband we had to go for lunch. I had the steak and cheese arepa and it was delicious, they were very generous with the amount of steak also. I ate some of my son's ground beef empanada and chicken empanada both were great. The fried plantain chips were fresh and crisp. I've been trying to find Colombian food locally that is as good as the food I actually had while in Colombia and this place is it. So amazing and everything is fresh. The salsas are amazing and made from scratch. I can't wait to go back, I'm already craving the food again.

Review №35

Awesome place! I was craving for an arepa de huevo and I finally found the place that makes the best one in this area! It was so crocante (crunchy) that I can't wait to visit again this place! Plus they have some Latin products available to take home.

Review №36

I Love this place!! The great arepa is my favorite one

Review №37

Excellent tasty food!Especially arepa with cheese inside.

Review №38

The food and service is amazing. When you stop in don't forget to order the plantain chips.

Review №39

Excellent food and friendly staff, what more can you ask for! The empanadas and arepas were both so delicious and fresh!

Review №40

Delicious empanadas and salsa, very friendly and swift service.

Review №41

Really delicious food (I recommend the Great Arepa with Roja salsa). This is a great new addition to the shops around Findlay Market. Staff is super friendly & helpful at walking though the menu as well. Try the Fried Sweet Plantains too for something authentic.

Review №42

The food was delicious, but i carried out and discovered that the empanada I ordered wasn't in the bag along with my arepa. I feel like maybe the person who took my ordered was little more interested in the conversation she was having with the person at the other end of the restaurant. Last thing, as with most of the arepa places I've eaten in town, for what you pay, you just don't get a lot of food compared to other places.

Review №43

Great Arepas! worth the the visit and wait :) Findlay Market + Arepa makes a great morning!!! Muy ricas!

Review №44

A great find in Cincinnati, good food & good people!

Review №45

This place is amazing. I'd recommend to anyone, they've got great service, it's quick, great prices, and it's filling. In addition to all of their food being gluten free, it's also soy free, and they've got delicious vegetarian options. We've even done take-out staff lunches here!

Review №46

Surprisingly good. A worthy stop at Findlay!

Review №47

Had the empanadas with salsa and it was really good. Food came out quick and the lady behind the counter was very friendly.

Review №48

The food is so good. I had both and arepa and empenada both were amazing. The owner and staff are insanely nice and helpful!

Review №49

Really neat little place to get some delicious arepas and Latin cooking staples. The vegetarian arepa was great and loaded with stuff, the blanca salsa was great, and the potato eggplant empanada was super crispy and delicious. Definitely going back for more quick Findlay Market dinners!

Review №50

Delicious and staff is friendly!

Review №51

Delicious food, goofy white guys soeaking pretty good Spanish, what more is there to want?!

Review №52

I LOVE this place and the people! The owners are amazing! Good prices and good products!

Review №53

This is hands down my favorite restaurant in Findlay Market/ OTR. The staff is always super friendly, you can tell everyone is very passionate about the food. Speaking of food, the food is AMAZING! The loaded cheese arepas and cheese empanada are by far my favorite.

Review №54

Amazing arepas and amazing custumer latin service. the owners are so sweet. Please more tables and chairs.

Review №55

Delicious, good price, friendly staff. We would come back for our chorizo and cheese arepas

Review №56

Great food, friendly staff!

Review №57

Stopped by for a to-go order after work. The arepa was amazing! Many vegetarian options.

Review №58

Excellent food and friendly service

Review №59

Delicious and filling!

Review №60

Great food! Both the empanadas and arepas are gluten free!

Review №61

They were carrying around a tray of empanada samples at Findlay Market and we decided we had to go get a couple. This place is great. The empanadas are crispy and delicious. We also had an arepa of course, with chorizo. This place is 100% worth checking out.

Review №62

The great arepa with salsa Blanco was simply amazing. Will definitely be having this place again soon.

Review №63

Good food.

Review №64

Fantastic Columbian Arepas. Def will be back soon and often!!!! Super fresh Ingredients.

Review №65

Made our first visit today and will definitely return!

Review №66

Arepas are good

Review №67

Wasn't what I expected, maybe I got the wrong thing. I will try again

Review №68

Super delicious!!!+

Review №69

Great authentic food!

Review №70

Scrumptious food!!

Review №71

Great food

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4.9 Rating
  • Address:131 W Elder St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 513-744-9500
  • Latin American restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:Closed
  • Tuesday:11AM–7PM
  • Wednesday:11AM–7PM
  • Thursday:11AM–7PM
  • Friday:11AM–8PM
  • Saturday:10AM–8PM
  • Sunday:10AM–6PM
Service options
  • Outdoor seating:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Delivery:No
  • Dine-in:No
  • Women-Led:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Happy hour drinks:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Breakfast:Yes
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Catering:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Seating:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Restroom:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Family-friendly:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
  • Transgender safespace:Yes
  • LGBTQ friendly:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
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