Nice experience. Good food,
Nice experience. Good food, service, and reasonable prices
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best salsa in the burbs!
Great upscale, but authentic Mexican food. The place was packed at 7pm Friday, but we were seated promptly @ our reservation time. Menu has something for everyone. Guacamole made table side is a nice touch. Their roasted salsa is probably the best I've had In the US. Skirt steak arrachara which was delicious and a portion large enough for 2. Lamb shank was tender but a little bland. Had to pass on dessert because we were stuffed. Only real complaint is the noise level. Can make it work for 4. Wouldn't go with a large group unless you don't need to hear anyone on the other side of the table. Make sure to get a reservation.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The best salsa and veggie
The best salsa and veggie fajitas I have had in a very long time!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Having just moved out to Arlington
Having just moved out to Arlington Heights from the city, my husband and I were looking for a Mexican restaurant that rivaled that of those in Chicago. We definitely found it in Salsa 17! We ordered the guacamole that is made fresh at your table, which was very good - the flavors in it were lovely. However, we did ask that it be made spicy and it was not spicy at all. This was the only thing that was kind of a miss in our experience at Salsa 17. They have an extensive margarita menu as well as a lot of different types of tequila, which was great. The meals that we ordered were very good as well. Overall I give this 4 stars. We will definitely go back to Salsa 17.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Inexpensive Authentic Mexican
I've seen the restaurant every time I pass by and finally decided to try it out. This place was awesome. The food was authentic and tasked fantastic. The chips and salsa they give you when you first sit down was fantastic and the guacamole, prepared fresh at your table, was to die for. (I recommend mixing the two on one chip – life changing!) I’m not a huge Mexican food fan, but this place was exactly, if not better than, the food we had last year in Mexico. After all was said and eaten, the bill was very fair. ~$22/pp. Not bad, considering what some other Mexican food restaurants charge. Overall, I recommend checking this place out, it’s a unique place, authentic Mexican vibe, and great tasting food.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent table side Guacamole!
Excellent table side Guacamole! Shrimp & Chicken fajitas are terrific as well.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is a regular haunt for
This is a regular haunt for me. I'm on the e-mail list so receive monthly specials and notices. LOVED this month's Meyer Lemon Tequini and the Arroyo rubbed ribs. OF COURSE, absolutely had to start with the fresh guacamole made table side. Yum!!!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, mediocre service
I had the shredded beef, chicken and cheese enchiladas and they were delicious. A friend had tacos that were very good as well. The chicken fajitas were fresh and tasty. I do not recommend the shrimp and scallop quesidilla. The shrimp and scallops were tiny and frozen. The service was ok. Our waiter was impatient, and "highly encouraging" what we should eat, even though we were not interested in those items. (They were the more expensive ones) and the bus boy was extremely rude. We had to ask repeatedly for more water and chips and he was not happy to serve them. Maybe they both had a rough day? Overall, I would eat there again and recommend it.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always great Mexican food!!
Love coming here & I have been coming here for years. Unfortunately, the evening we went there was a problem with their liquor license, so there was no bar service. They did call us earlier to warn us....so we brought a bottle of wine. It was just a bummer not to have one of their wonderful Margaritas!! But like always, the food was great!!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun Dinner Outing
Perfect place in Downtown Arlington Heights for dinner with significant other/family!
4/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is my 2nd time at Salsa 17, and the service and food is AMAZING!!!! Best Mexican food around!! I'm definitely bring my family and friends back to Salsa 17!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food and well priced
I especially like the guacamole cart--made fresh at your table. I was not familiar with the different types of mole sauces so the waitress brought a sample of each so we could taste. I would recommend highly
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Salsa 17 offers a deep variety of regional Mexican food. I enjoyed a vegetarian tamale with goat cheese. My wife's Shrimp mole dish was only average. The free chips and salsa were very good, and better than your typical salsa. It does have a busy atmosphere, which we found to be fun. The waitress was friendly and efficient, but not necessarily that knowledgeable on the food.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Needs more staff
The food is always excellent here, but they always seem to be understaffed everytime we go. Clearly the manager is either a. sending staff home way too early B. They sit to many table with one server or C. They just frankly need more staff. We sat there for 20 minutes before we were finally greeted. Tony greeted us and apologized right away for the under staffing. Tony, who by the way IS AN EXCELLENT server. We have had him multiple times and has always been good to us. Food was great and so was the service there after.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tableside Guac is always great!
Tableside Guac is always great! Tried the Enchalada triple for first time and was very pleased and full!
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Fresh Food, and its Mexican!
This place was has fantastic food that make you not want to overfill with the tostada chips and salsa. If you're there, ask for samples of their Mole sauces as it goes great with the Fresh Guacamole prepared at your table side. Reservations recommended as it can get busy during peak hours. The Mole, Fajitas, Tamales, and Salmon on the "tabla" were all great. If you settle for just the tacos, you're missing out.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing! great drinks, the
Amazing! great drinks, the food is always fantastic, the service is excellent. Some of the best vegetarian Mexican food that I have had in this area.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my friend to Salsa 17 for lunch on her birthday. We had such fun. The staff was very friendly and made us feel like they were glad we came. They even gave her a sombreo and sang. Had us all laughing. The food was good. Staff attentive. A good experience.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hit or miss...
Overall they have excellent food and drinks, but the noise level is a serious problem. I've been here at all times of the day and days of the week, and when it's busy it's REALLY busy, and REALLY loud. We had to almost yell, and keep repeating everything and there were just 2 of us. Not to mention, I really didn't care for the attitude of the server when we asked for our check because our ride was there. "Why are you in such a HURRY?" Like she was offended we were done with dinner and were not ordering anything else. But the time before, the server was so sweet and the tip reflected it.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very excellent food. The very best of the best table side guacamole.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic all around meal
Starting with a fantastic margarita (the tequila list is longer than the beer and wine list combined!) you must follow up the margarita with fresh made-at-the-table guacomole! What you choose for an entree won't matter because they are all great. My recommendation is to go with one of the skirt steak options, yes steak at a Mexican restaurant!!! The combination of perfect steak, black beans, skillet roasted onions and peppers and some more guac make it awesome! Highly recommend!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cha cha cha
The food was tasty, lots of vegetarian menu options. I recommend the veggie fajitas! Tequila flights were skimpy shots and not evenly poured. Noise level was high so the music didn't need to be so loud. Ambience was wonderful, tile and decor was beautiful. Server was friendly and helpful with questions. Prices were fair. I liked the open doors and the temperature was comfortable, not freezing air conditioning. I'll be back again but I would like my tequila poured to the proper levels. Thank you
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and margaritas were authentic.
Food and margaritas were authentic. Tables were close together, but not over crowded and noise level was above average.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere!
We will definitely go back...
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food specials (didn't try, but will next time) and great drink selection. Salsa was really good.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mexican done right
You want the best margaritas in town, served along with the best salsa and mole sauces around? This is the spot. The bartenders really know their stuff and will work with you on your favorite tequilas (massive selection), liqueurs and juices to create your perfect marg.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant had the best food, the best service, and over 100 variations of Tequila! The only compliant I have is that it is too "snug."
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
There are a number of really good restaurants in downtown Arlington Heights, but Salsa 17 really stands out for it's great food and great decor. The service is warm and friendly and the food is outstanding! This has become one of our favorite places.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Lunch or Dinner Spot
I love Salsa 17. The house salsa is a smokey, flavorful and very fresh treat that sets the scene for what is sure to be an amazing dining experience. Food is all fresh and delicious and the presentation makes your dining an experience and visual home run as well.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Saturday Night Special
Great meal, love that they prepare guacamole at the table. Large selection of tequila, and cocktails, had a pumpkins margarita that was good and always lover the enchilada at salsa 17.
The room is lively, but the atmosphere is friendly.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who needs tacos?
Salsa 17 has the most diverse menu I've ever seen at a Mexican restaurant. I always find myself intrigued by one or more of the mole sauces, or special of the day. I find that I want to work my way through the rest of the menu before I try any of the tacos, burritos, or other more familiar offerings...even though I'm certain their tacos will be as excellent as everything else!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun Atmosphere and Great Food
Salsa 17 is a favorite of ours when we go to the Metropolis which is just on the next block. The parking garage makes it easy to get to. The food is great, and a good variety. The prices are reasonable. Definitely get the guacamole prepared at the table! Some of the drinks are fun and different, but you can always get a traditional margarita. The sangria is great too! The only problem is when I forget to book a reservation far in advance!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Mexican food - everytime I go to this restaurant, I try something new and like it better than the previous time. The chicken tamales, skirt steak and shrimp entrees are delicious. The food took a little too long to get to us, but was worth the wait.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM