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Salena's Mexican Restaurant

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302 N Goodman St, At the Village Gate, Rochester, NY 14607-1149
+1 585-256-5980
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 15:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up in the west and am familiar with many forms of Mexican cuisine. I certainly would not call what I had, Mexican food. Everything was bland. The highlight of the meal was the freshly made chips - they were great. However the "salsa" that came with them resembled crushed tomatoes from a can - no heat, no seasoning.... More 

Thank dlatch
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Boyfriend and I came here for a last minute date night. Alexis was awesome at accommodating our need when I called to make a reservation. Once seated, Erin was prompted and ready for us. Being our first time, we asked her what she recommended. Awesome choices. After ordering , she came over at the right time and wasn't over bearing... More 

Thank Caci D
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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Saturday night for dinner with party of 8. FaHour long wait turned into a little longer which is fine but it was fairly early 6pm. the place has always had an over packed bar area with fairly slow service and room to get a drink while you wait. So if there is no room at the bar... More 

Thank Nicholas H
Rochester, New York, United States
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Delicious authentic Mexican food with amazing margaritas!! I love margaritas but hate when people salt the rim!! I prefer sugar and usually have to specify sugar vs salt, which I do because most people don't even ask if you want/don't want salt. I pleasantly surprised when our waiter asked if I wanted sugar or salt on the rim. Sometimes it's... More 

Thank Amy S
Rochester, New York
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72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Authentic great food. In a repurposed factory, across from the Memorial Art Gallery and close the the historic Auditorium Theater, surrounded by cool art and other small businesses, Salena's continues to be great. Bright Mexican decor and always good service and speedy food prep. Try the Chicken with Mole~sauce.

Thank Francis A
Rochester, New York
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96 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

I admit to being a Mexican food snob. We tried Salena's about ten years ago and were underwhelmed with the mediocre food and service. I reluctantly agreed to try it again when a group of friends chose Salena's for lunch. It was a Saturday afternoon and the house was pretty busy so our party of 8 had to wait a... More 

Thank drheath2015
Rochester, New York
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35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Feeling like Mexican. Thought, let's go where we know we will be happy ! Margaritas Tecate Guac n salsa to start Our kind of winter time Sunday

Thank Sgorie
Rochester, New York
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431 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Salena's is one of my favorite restaurants here in Rochester. Its the best Mexican place here when you combine the food and atmosphere. Can also be a great place to come and just get drinks.

Thank TheTravelPirate
Rochester, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

I honestly can not fathom how anyone could rate this place 5 stars and have had true Mexican food before. The food is extremely bland! I have a group of friends who insist on coming here for the drinks, which as really good, and the only thing I have had food wise that has been worth the money is the... More 

Thank Kita_Marz
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9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Went here recently between theatre performances. Sat at the bar. Service was incredibly slow and impersonal. The Queso with meat (their Chorizo is gross so I got beef) was literally velveeta and meat. Terrible. I barely ate any of it. The chips were good, and my friend had a good quesadilla. I've been before and been much happier.

Thank NDRTravelsInc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 N Goodman St, At the Village Gate, Rochester, NY 14607-1149
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-256-5980

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?