Salinas
Salinas

Salinas

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://salinasnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127761990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm- 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday 6:00pm- 11:00pm
    Sunday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Luis Bollo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood, Salinas is the perfect event space at any time of year with sophisticated design, prime location, & superior cuisine.
  • Special Events: Reservations For Large Groups
    At the moment, Salinas is only accepting general reservations for groups of 6 or less.

    For groups of 7 or more, Salinas will provide a preselected menu and will require a minimum of 72 hours booking and confirmation secured with a credit card.

    For reservations of 7 or more guests, please contact us at events@salinasnyc.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 18th and 19th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Salinas
Salinas is a unique and vibrant award-winning restaurant in the heart of West Chelsea serving the full culinary experience of Spain. Salinas specializes in contemporary Spanish cuisine, featuring regional main course dishes. Salinas was awarded a 2-star rating by the New York Times.

Nicolas Matar, Mary Catherine Mikula and Donald Mikula, Salinas’ proprietors, have traveled extensively throughout Spain and were inspired by the country’s lively culture, music, and cuisine. They joined forces with renowned chef Luis Bollo (Mediterra in Princeton, NJ and Meigas in New York City), to create a menu highlighting classic dishes from the country’s Mediterranean coast.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Salinas reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (103)fit for foodies (87)special occasion (83)neighborhood gem (75)great for outdoor dining (32)hot spot (27)late-night find (18)good for groups (18)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Original Take on Spanish Cuisine
    Live2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Romantic ambiance, inspired, beautifully executed dishes..you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not the best
    CuquetVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The ambiance was romantic. The food was good but not excellent. Even the the appetizer plates (not the portion) were so big, don't order at the same time. It does not fit on the table The Paella was a little too greasy and not crispy enough even though we ordered as Socarrat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Food is delicious and atmosphere was "cool" and "trendy." The flowers added to the ambiance but beware of taking them home. I had octopus for my appetizer that was tender and a good size. My wife had a cheese dish that she enjoyed as well. While fish seems to be their specialty, we dared to try the steak for 2 as our entree. It did not disappoint. The steak was tender, came to the table perfectly done and was accompanied with a delicious roasted vegetable and potato dish. The wine list is not extensive and focuses on Spanish wines, wines I was not familiar with. Our server was friendly and assisted us in choosing a wine that paired well with our meal. Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant for a date night. Isn't kid friendly though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Ambiance!
    shruthiVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Were very accomadating for vegetarians. Every meal options was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    NYCLocal
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Very romantic restaurant with excellent tapas and platas. Service was excellent and the paella was delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unreal
    ohiimjon
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Just an unreal experience. The wait staff told us in depth detail about all dishes, and everything lived up to the hype. The restaurant was very warm and intimate; just absolutely gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Spanish I've had so far!
    kpn04VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Loved all the food we'd ordered except for some artichoke tapas. Even the Batatas Bravas are unexpectedly delicious :)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place
    palmaskiVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Don't walk just run to this place. The food and atmosphere is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Spanish food
    Guilledelrojo
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Vibrant restaurant with a lot of great plates. All tapas are amazing!!! The sangria was also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MsManhattanDoc
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Salinas is a beautiful restaurant, a gem in the heart of Chelsea. Unfortunately, the service was a bit lackluster. Although I booked on Open Table, the hostesses were confused when we arrived due to the commotion caused by those who showed up as walk-ins, and we were made to wait 15 minutes. Once we got seated, our table had two different waiters taking our drink and food orders. Although I'm sure this is standard practice at some restaurants, it was difficult connecting to the waiter. Once we finally got a chance to order food from the waiter, he seemed unfamiliar with the menu. The octopus was the best thing we ordered. Other than these flaws, the restaurant was gorgeous and redolent of flowers that we just sat back and enjoyed the cava.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underwhelming...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This place is beautiful, very pleasing on the eyes. The food, not so much. Being Latin, I like to find places I can go to get a taste of my culture. Salinas is an ultra watered down version of a Spanish style restaurant. I ordered the Arroz Pulpo (rice w/ octopus), expecting something amazing since it takes 30 minutes to prepare. It honestly looked like rice with one piece of octopus on the side. When I asked the waiter what was in the dish, he sure made it sound amazing. To me it tasted like burned rice with one piece of octopus on the side. As an aside, I do go out to eat quite often and rarely write reviews (except for when I feel compelled). This is obviously one of those times. I will probably not go back. It's nothing special.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pretty, food was delicious
    ginaVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Very pretty place with great food. Everything was delicious. The waiters were on spot. We loved it and will defiantly be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Loved everything from the moment I stepped in the restaurant. Food and wine was excellent. Great place for date night. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic place
    Lunga
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Superb atmosphere, great dishes, very comfortable seating
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    Tango88VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I was looking for a good restaurant near the Joyce Theatre and stumbled across this little Spanish restaurant. The atmosphere there was very cosy and romantic. You will find yourselves surrounded by lots and lots of flowers. The food and service was up to par. Since I am not a drinker, cannot tell you about the wine list nor the cocktails. It's a great place. Will definitely eat there again especially for the tapas and the paella.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A gem for Spanish Food lovers
    TheGourmetVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Extremely friendly staff, and great dining experience with one exception. Boquerones Al Mojo Picon: 5* Croquetas de Jamon: 4 1/2* (the croquetas themselves could have been better flavored) Ensalada De Tomate: 5* Pescado del Dia (Red Snapper): 5* Daily Special (Suckling Pig): 4* (While technically done correctly, ie. crispy skin, the pig itself lacked flavor and was in some parts very dry. Doing the suckling pig correctly is a challenge, and it didn't go this time perfect - I guess)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OwenVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    From the time you enter Salinas and leave, the entire experience is memorable. Run don't walk
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredibly romantic!
    jesz
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    From the scent of fresh lillies and roses that permeated the air from the moment we entered, to the incredible candle light placement throughout the restaurant, to the background music, this must be one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC. Loved it! And of course, the food was incredibly delicious too, as was the wine selection. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, tapas dishes so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great service, flowers in restaurant were beautiful, service friendly, tapas was sooo good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but worth every penny!
    Dari
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Salinas was great.! the ambiance was romantic and intimate. They had a rose on each table with a flower arrangements around the restaurant; lights were dim but not too dark. and the food- amazingly good. it was perfection. the service was excellent. I wouldn't recommend going on a regular basis because of the price. Overall, an amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion gem
    Njreoking
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food and service was great! A bit pricey, but well worth it for special occasions. My wife and I went to celebrate our anniversary. We were seated at a prime table in the rear in the retractable roof area, next to a table full of multi colored roses!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty thoughfull tapas
    CVW2VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We tried almost every single tapas , really enjoyed all the flavors and the presentation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    PreTheaterLuncher
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My girlfriends and I (group of 4 ladies) had a wonderful dining experience at Salinas on a Thursday night. The set up allows a drink at the bar 'lounge' as we waited for all to arrive, and as we went into the back dining room, we were escorted to a corner table in a room that was very nicely decorated, soft lighting and music, so enabled us to hear each other. The menu offered many options for all of us, and we shared multiple appetizers. The waitress was patient with us as we didn't order all food at once, but rather a couple dishes at a time. they were also helpful in recommending wine. the only issue we had was a very long wait for one of the dishes, btu the food was delicious. we would most definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect in every way!
    Dw1206
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Stunning space, amazing food, outstanding service. My favorite place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The restaurant is gorgeous, the tapas was great, and the staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was delicious, cocktails were inventive, service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do it again for sure
    Lovedit
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Perfect date spot. Took my girlfriend for her birthday and she loved it. Food, service, atmosphere, etc. were all amazing. We will return for sure
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    Roubi
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The setting screams romance, and the wait staff is attentive not intrusive. The food was creative and delicious, but the portions were small, especially the entrees. The tapas were the highlight of the meal. I recommend getting lots of those, especially the cod croquettes, the artichokes and the foie gras and skipping the entrees all together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a bit of Spain in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A very romantic and gorgeous room with outstanding Spanish food. I found my waiter very helpful as the menu needed a bit of interpretation. I will come again and I would recommend this restaurant to my freinds
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely restaurant but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Everything about Salinas is top notch except for their need to rush the end of your dinner so they can accommodate the next seating. Highly recommend but even more highly recommend you avoid first seating of night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ambiance & delicious food
    KyleMcD34VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Wonderful restaurant in the Chelsea area. Highly recommended to those who want a nice romantic evening and an opportunity to share wonderful dishes full of flavor. Wonderful and attentive staff made it a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing authentic Spanish cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Salinas does an incredible job of presenting elegant and authentic tapas, innovative and varied choices, and fresh locally sourced foods. The wine list is unparalleled in a Spanish restaurant in NYC. Any choices are good ones here. The ambience is intimate and at once exciting and subtle. A treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite
    Lacarina
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    By far my favorite restaurant in NYC. You would think you are entering a private garden every time. Impeccable service. And a warm atmosphere
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as it gets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My new favorite restaurant in NYC. Perfect for a date or just something that has beautiful ambiance. Food was cooked to perfection. Delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Michael Jared
    MJL2442
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Delicious drinks and food and I would go back here again. Atmosphere and the aroma of the flowers were perfect for a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    foodwineandsongVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a gorgeous restaurant with pink and purple roses and ambient lighting everywhere. We stuck with the tapas and each was better than the last. The drinks were inventive and delicious. We sat in the main dining room and the tables are close, but not annoyingly so. It looked like there was a partly open back patio attached to the dining room that would be lovely on a balmy night. Would definitely go here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food and beautiful decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had been there with friends in the Fall 2013, and went with my husband recently to celebrate our wedding anniversary: the food was excellent, so yummy, tasty, and beautifully presented. we sat at the bat first for a cocktail and the bartender was very knowledgeable and his recommendations were right on. our waiter was so nice and attentive. his recommendations were also great. I wished we could have sat in the back, in the retractable roof/garden area, but couldn't as there was a large group/private party there). all in all fantastic! and highly recommended. I'd go back soon. perfect for special occasions, or just a nice dinner date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas
    GourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great tapas following the traditional flavor with a special touch, great prsentation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    Rishi
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Situation just across from a load of public housing you dont get the feeling that this place is going to be good. However, as soon as you walk in those fears dissipate and you are greeted by welcoming staff in a very warm and calm environment. There is a lovely Spanish twist to each dish and everything seems fresh and well prepared. Prices are quite high (top end for NYC) so be prepared to class this as a 'special occasion' meal. I would thoroughly recommend dining here!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    Frankie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Loved the food, the ambiance and the service. Very nice outside dining yard!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.