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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Salinas reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (100)fit for foodies (78)special occasion (78)neighborhood gem (73)great for outdoor dining (28)hot spot (26)good for groups (20)notable wine list (16)late-night find (15)scenic view (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
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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
    • Food
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food and beautiful decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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
    Gourmet
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great tapas following the traditional flavor with a special touch, great prsentation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
  • One of the best meals!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a great find. We ordered several incredible small tapas plates. Each one was better than the next. Surprising tastes and textures. We sat in the garden in the back on a beautiful summer evening. Sitting in the beautiful inside of the restaurant is lovely as well. This was an exciting and fun dining experience. Go and enjoy!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely setting, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Restaurant, okay food
    Salinas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need individual space
    LenoxVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Smells like roses!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night out in Chelsea
    FoodAwaysCures
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb tapas and ambience
    Groovy1966VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    And the outdoor area is sublime concrete jungle relaxation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great find.
    CitySuburbMom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    beautiful decor and everything is so tastefully done inside. The food is delicious and very true to the spanish roots. YUMMY all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place with great food
    BKeater
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty, good for special occasion
    NYC1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodielouie
    Foodielouie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting, amazing tapas
    linsyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely ambiance, interesting menu
    Patherto
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Loved the atmosphere. I was not impressed with the appetizer but entree was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Fav
    Joseph
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous space
    JenniferVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very romantic!
    delphinebrVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Candle lit setting, delicious food, great wine, wonderful service. Absolutely loved it. Recommend for romantic occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NoisyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were very pleased - food was inventive and tasty, and the restaurant was beautiful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful space, Excellent Food
    JeffJets
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The BEST Paella
    MattI
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed with the service!
    Scotte14VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate