The Arepa Place specializes in a Colombian and Venezuelan dish known as arepas. We were founded in Cincinnati in 2016 by owner, Isis Arrieta-Dennis. The Arepa Place, however, is truly a family business! Isis, who is originally from Colombia, and her mother (also named Isis) do all the cooking. Isis' husband, Chris, is also involved in the operations of the business. After more than two years of using Findlay Kitchen and serving our food on the weekends from a pop-up tent, we opened our first brick-and-mortar at Findlay Market in 2018.
We have immense passion for the cuisine that we create and the experiences that are shared over food. We're excited to serve our Colombian dishes to the people of Cincinnati, and we want all customers to enjoy our food and the time they spend with us. Thank you for visiting, and we hope you'll come back!
Our stuffed arepas are made the traditional way! First, we boil and grind the corn. After kneading the dough, we make the patties that are then grilled. Lastly, the arepa is cut open and filled with your choice of mozzarella cheese, black beans, fried plantains, shredded beef, chorizo, and/or chicken.
We also make cheese arepas by mixing mozzarella into the corn dough before grilling the patties. It’s the Colombian version of a grilled cheese!
Each arepa comes with a choice of one of our four homemade salsas.
Lastly, we also serve delicious empanadas made from freshly ground corn. These corn pockets are stuffed with mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken, ground beef, or potato and eggplant before being deep-fried.
131 W. Elder St.
Friday: 10am - 7pm
Tuesday through Saturday (11am-7pm), Sunday (11am-4pm)
Findlay Market is the oldest "continuously operated public market" in Ohio. Visitors will find fresh produce, crafts, live music, and a variety of food and drink options. Read more about Findlay Market Here
Strauss Troy Market
Tuesdays, 11am - 2pm
Every Tuesday during lunch, Fountain Square hosts local vendors who offer everything from fresh produce, handmade crafts, sweets and a variety of delicious foods. Strauss Troy
Our arepas and empanadas can be found in the Hispanic frozen foods section at Jungle Jim’s (Fairfield and Eastgate).
If you would like to place a special order, please send us an email and you can purchase packaged arepas and empanadas from us at our storefront or any of the above-mentioned locations.
Second Sunday on Main
Our catering service includes foil envelopes used to wrap the arepas, napkins, plates, and forks. We can also bring tablecloths and serving tables, if necessary. Each arepa comes with (4) different salsas on the side. One or two staff members from The Arepa Place will prepare and serve the food.
To secure your reservation, we require clients to pay 50% of the invoice in advance. We charge $12 per person, in addition to a 20% service fee and a 7% sales tax.
If cancellations are made at least seven (7) business days prior to the day of the event, a full refund will be given (this includes the 50% down payment). If the catering is cancelled fewer than seven (7) business days prior to the date of the event, there will be no refunds.
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131 W. Elder St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-7pm