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Salinas
Salinas

Salinas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://salinasnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 776-1990
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "As many have said, Salinas is a lovely setting, filled with flowers and charm. The food is good, and the reception staff is charming. On this particular evening our waiter was truly overbearing and so taken with himself that it spoiled what would have been a lovely night out with friends. Two in our party shared the paella and liked it although it did seem to take an unusually long time to make it to our table. For whatever it's worth, if your waiter happens to sport a blond bun I'd suggest requesting another table."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Came here for a date. Great ambiance, very romantic restaurant. My date enjoyed herself. Service was also good and attentive. Only drawback is food (kinda overpriced), had better Spanish food elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The restaurant was not full on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm. Why cramp so many tables where customers are right next to one another when half of the seatings aren't filled. Leave some space among tables."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The place is covered in floral arrangements and smells divine. Food is a bit overpriced for it's quality in my opinion. The potato side had too much mayonnaise. Loved the chicken dish and the artichoke appetizer. Will definitely come back for the ambiance and Paella for two."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "It was a rainy night and I was awaiting my date for a spectacular experience at Salinas. This place really is a hidden gem. The outside of the restaurant wasn't quite noticeable. It is actually quite small in width and once you walk on, it feels like an endless hallway. It was so beautiful with comfy blue chairs and dozens of roses surrounding the tables. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and came several times to ask us if we are okay. He asked us what type of water we would like, we got the sparkling which was surprisingly salty so we opted for distilled water. We ordered the croquettes, paella, and tuna ceviche. Hands down, my favorite was the paella. It was cooked to perfection and was perfect for two people."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "And the outdoor area is sublime concrete jungle relaxation"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Went for an early dinner with the hubby after work on Friday and was so happy with this restaurant. Beautiful decor and setting. Creative and delicious menu options. Would definitely go back. Artichoke and goat cheese tapas selections were delectable and so was the yummy bread pudding. Not your typical restaurant fare which makes it all the better."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This restaurant was great. Lovely ambiance, and the owner was on site which sets for a pleasant experience. Owner was very friendly and accommodating. The whole set up was very romantic, great for a date night."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "beautiful decor and everything is so tastefully done inside. The food is delicious and very true to the spanish roots. YUMMY all around."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time for a girls night out sitting under the beautiful open air trellis. Loved getting fresh air from outside AND sitting in this gorgeous flower filled setting with velvet chairs. Will be coming back for date night! So romantic!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Salinas is not a regular dinner spot. I would say it's more for special occasions and if you're looking to impress a date. The place is very pretty inside (though the pics on the website make it look a lot bigger than it actually is). The food was good but the portions were quite small. I would expect that from a fancy, high range restaurant like Salinas though, so not too surprised."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food and service was amazing. The only complaint was the price of a pitcher of sangria $62.00. We thought that was very excessive. Otherwise can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The place was beautiful and romantic. The tapas were amazing-ordered 6 in total..but the ones I most enjoyed were the morcilla and patatas bravas, and the boquerones on the multigrain toast with guacamole. Sangria was lovely as well, service was good...no complaints!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere. I was not impressed with the appetizer but entree was great!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I will continue to come back. It's one of my favorite restaurants and a great place to bring out of towners or to celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our pre-Joyce Theater dinner here. The fried artichoke and eggplant caviar appetizers were elegant and well prepared. The roasted chicken and salt-encrusted bass were also delicate and delicious. Be sure to request a little dish of coarse salt. Indispensable. The kitchen is shy about salt, but I'm perfectly comfortable seasoning with the house supply of Maldon! Manhattan pricing."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The place had a nice feel to it. Very nicely lot by candles and fresh flowers everywhere. However the food portions were very small although tasty. So don't come here hungry. But maybe it's just me."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Candle lit setting, delicious food, great wine, wonderful service. Absolutely loved it. Recommend for romantic occasions."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We were very pleased - food was inventive and tasty, and the restaurant was beautiful"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Been meaning to check this place out for a while, & finally found a date that I wanted to bring. Got a Saturday night rezy & scored a table in the 'outdoor' section under the retractable roof, next to the fireplace. Space is gorgeous. Perfect for a date. We were looking fwd to the suckling pig entree, but were told they sold out! They saw our disapointment and ran to the kitchen to check and they had one left, so we got the last one of the night. it was INCREDIBLE. Super delicious. Crispy skin, tender succulent meat. Some frisee on the side made a nice bitter counterpoint to the rich pork. Man, it was GOOD. Got tuna 'ceviche' app special was great, croquette w/jamon also delicious. Sangria, also delicous. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was the best paella that I've had. IT was really flavorful, each ingredient was good just right, it was a very generous pitcher of sangria was a just the right accompaniment to the dinner. The decor is really wonderful. If you can get a table int he garden, it is pretty magical. I will be going there again."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and we were seated 50 minutes later. According to the manager, who was defensive, this was the fault of the previous diners who'd been at the table for 3 hours - really, you can't manage table timings! There were further hiccups with service after we sat down. We were given a complimentary drink of the restaurant's choice at the end of the night which we didn't like/drink. We all know substandard service will put a downer on the evening, regardless of the quality of the food. If this was the first time I'd been here I would not go back but as a regular diner I'll give them the benefit of the doubt."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were having dinner at the Chelsea Market and the menu was beyond average. I said, "Let's order appetizers and go somewhere else." and proceeded to whip out my phone with the OpenTable App. I booked a reservation and found a fabulous gem!!! We had an amazing meal, the bar tender was off the charts knowledgeable and helpful that we never sat at our table! I will bring back other friends and I was thrilled at our night. I would have never picked this place but now I will go back and OpenTable made a wonderful introduction. Thank you to both Salinas and OpenTable!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday at Salinas. The overall experience, food, ambience, and wait staff was very positive. I would definitely go back again. Delicious!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Even though we had to wait to get our table. It was worth it. Very cozy and romantic. Highly recommend coming here for a special occasion. The food, drinks and service was by far the best I have ever had. A must eat!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had another lovely evening at Salinas. Staff are all knowledgeable - but just as importantly - are warm and welcoming. Someone once said that people come to a restaurant for the food - but they come back for the service. Everything we've tried on the menu is wonderful. We would keep coming back just for the tapas and sangria! You have more than earned our loyalty and we plan to be back soon...."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "While Salinas is a very pretty restaurant, there are some serious flaws. In three recent visits all booked for 6 p.m. The restaurant kept us waiting for at least 15 minutes because they hadn't "opened" yet. People, get it together. If you accept reservations for 6 p.m. Have the tables ready. The food is good, but the tapas can add up to a hefty price. Basically, for 3 or 4 small plates you can pay close to $100 with a glass of wine. Also food service is SLOW. It's a place worth going to, but the service and concept need work. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We brought guests, which we don't do until we really trust a restaurant to time and again live up yo high marks! If possible they went further then before. A full bottle if great wine and the special fish of the day may have made the difference "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "It's hard to believe that such a beautiful restaurant is tucked behind such a plain facade. The dining room is,filled with fragrant roses. Just liovely. Wine was very good. Paella was good, not great. But good. Dessert was excellent. Service was less attentive than I would have expected. I would go back. Be prepared. Dinner doesn't start until 6 pm, and you won' t be seated until then. Door for bar access doesn't open until 530 pm, and that's a lot of diners to crowd into a tiny bar for waiting."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Very authentic Spanish food. Had the Rock Octopus - wonderful flavor, crisp and tender. Also, had the Roast Suckling Pig - best I have had since Segovia and I always try the Suckling Pig when someone offers it on the menu. The issue is the wine selection - not a great number of choices, so I rated the food lower as a result of lackluster pairing options. Dessert wine selection is also limited."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "This restaurant has everything. Great food, great service, and a really good vibe. Owner was circulating around restaurant making sure everyone was having a good time"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Overall, a fine restaurant. We had reservations for 9:00 but still had to wait over 15 minutes to be seated. The hostess recommended we have a drink. However, the bar area was very small and we continued to be bumped and pushed as we waited to be seated. Their specialty cocktail selection was small but impressive in an interesting way. The seating area was also small but very cute and intimate. The food was good but not notable. Out of what we ordered, the chicken entree was the best. It was loud and hard to hear. Out of all the places to dine in NYC, I dont think I would recommend this one."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The greeters, two young women, were friendly and welcoming. The wait staff at the table was rude (without realizing it), unhelpful, indifferent when telling us that items on the menu weren't available, hovering uselessly to pour beverages we'd already told them we'd rather pour for ourselves, and, worst, continually trying to take away items we were still eating. The wait staff managed to convey quite clearly that they are only concerned with themselves, not with the diners. The message was received. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Serving a martini in a sherbet glass? A bad beginning. Lovely decor, great service; good roast chicken, but my fideos (the reason we selected that restaurant) was so salty that, were I not salt-tolerant, it couldn't be eaten. The salt overwhelmed the flavor. My wife pushed her portion away after one bite. Stlll, I gobbled it all down.The dessert, bread pudding, was forgettable.I only remember the citrus sorbet, which didn't add much to the pudding. Still, it was a very peasant evening, with the food component secondary. But it was a Monday, and Mondays are always chancy ... chef's night out?"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My husband and I have been taking a break from dining out. We just returned to Salinas last night and the food, service and ambience were as wonderful as we remembered. Thank you for a perfect evening and we promise not to stay away so long again!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is become my go to place when I am in Chelsea. Everything about this place is Amazing. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, flavor combos I've never experienced before like squid ink croquette with goat cheese, or fried garbanzo with smoked paprika and mint. Service was excellent and ambience was cozy and romantic. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Used to be our go-to spot. Our most recent visit was awful from beginning to end. Plenty of great restaurants in this city, no reason to go back here."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Choose tapas from a varied and creative menu. The main course suckling pig is the best I've ever had (and that includes Spain). Excellent wine list by the glass or bottle and delicious sangria. Beautiful flower filled rooms and very good service."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Overpriced, small portions, slow service. Completely overrated by the New York Times(2 Stars). Beautiful dining room, but not much else."
    Dined on 5/9/2014