Salsa 17
Salsa 17

Salsa 17

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.salsa17.com/
  • Phone: 8475901122
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Sunday Noon-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jose Luna
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Jose Luna will personally help customize the menu of your choice when looking into catering your special event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vail Ave & Dunton Ave
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking Garage (no charge) and parking on the street
A word from Salsa 17
Salsa 17 Grill & Margarita Bar’s menu is influenced by Mexico’s savory food and family traditions. With an atmosphere second to none, we offer you a taste of Mexico’s finest recipes in food, margaritas, and fresh, made-to-order guacamole. Mi Casa es Su Casa. We invite you to experience the essence of Mexican cuisine in our truly unique setting today There is something for everyone at Arlington Heights’ Salsa 17 Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar, from authentic Mexican cuisine to outstanding service. Come experience this unique Mexican eatery today. Don’t forget to come and try one of our 180 tequilas. Don’t worry we won’t tell.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Salsa 17 reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (24)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (16)hot spot (12)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (3)romantic (3)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Food was Great
    Gemini3545
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was very good, much better choice than than the other lil mexican restaurant in Arlington heights, I believe the other one is called Mago. They also have a very impressive drink list. The service was ok, the server was very nice but the place was not busy and service was very slow. We waited a long time for drinks and refills and I cannot understand why because it wasn't busy. I would for sure give this place another chance because the food was sooooo good! Fajitas were great and drinks just as good! It is a bit on the expensive side for comparable places but portions are fairly large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love this place! So glad to see that we could make a reservation for four of us, otherwise the wait might not have been fun. Their guacamole is AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    AHdiner52
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was my second visit to Salsa-17. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable, both in terms of the entree items on the menu and the drinks available/what drinks paired nicely with each entree. Food was excellent, authentic Mexican. Some entrees do tend to be pricier for those on a budget, but the food served is well worth the money spent. For the bargain eaters out there, have no worries! There are also items on the menu for around $10 which are still excellent and will definitely leave you full and content. An all around great experience (and great for a first date). Next time, I plan on ordering guacamole as it looked like they make it right at your table. Noise level was adequate, no real distractions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    JomamaVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We came for an early dinner on a Monday night. The place was almost empty, but that's to be expected. The food was very good, but quite pricey. Dinner for two with table side guacamole came to $70. We only had 1 drink. I will have to save this place for special occasions. Service was very good as we received everything quite promptly and the were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great owner
    creditcardTod
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Amy was very courteous to our group and loves kids. Thanks so much for your time with our table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was great. Enjoyed table side fresh made guacamole.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • notpickyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    one of best Mexican restaurants around especially quality of food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    BillyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our friends suggested Salsa17 - they'd not been there and only heard about it... the same position we were in. WOW From tableside guac to multiple Mole sauces - a great menu and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    strakita
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    My best friend and I have been frequenting this location for a long time. Since the ownership changed I have seen things go down hill. There's water damage above the bar where the veneering has not been fixed, benches with worn covers, beat up chairs that have sharp edges. I snagged the JEANS I was wearing. I have never seen denim snag. I ordered my usual Reina raspberry drink which is supposed to come with pureed berries. It was syrup out of a bottle mixed with the other ingredients. The salad which we ordered with dressing on the side came out soaked. Shrimp tacos were terrible tiny shrimp with no sauce. Chicken enchiladas were standard. Service was slower; annoying because there were not that many tables in there at 8:30 at night.
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  • love this place
    cmstyles3000
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Been coming to this place for a long time and the service and food is just as amazing as the first time!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carne Asada & La Pasion
    BurleyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Delicious. The traditional mexican food with excellent cocktails is a perfect pairing. But I would go even if all they served was the salsa. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local place, nothing special
    physxphoodie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We made reservations but were sat 15 minutes later, which is not too big of a deal. The bartender was very nice and let us sample the sangria before ordering it. Our table was not as nice, we were sitting so close to other tables that when the people next to us would get up or sit down they had to basically stick their butts over us... not a very romantic dining situation for our anniversary dinner. My wife ordered cheese enchiladas but we received chicken enchiladas. We wound up eating it because we knew the food would get thrown out if we sent it back but as conscientious vegetarians, we were troubled by the experience. The black bean and squash tamales I ordered were really good and the house salsa was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Lunch
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We love Salsa 17, however the service could have been a little better. We waited forever to have someone take our drink order -- we then had to ask for chips and salsa after about 15 mins ... I think our server may have had too many tables, not sure what the problem was, but the service was not up to the regular standards. We'll be back though. Other than that, we enjoyed our lunch.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs tweaking
    HeyJudeVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Went for w small group. SEated promptly but next to server station where things kept getting dropped or banged. Nice decor and background music. Cart for tableside guac- which was delicious. Margaritas just ok - not cold enough, not balanced in terms of the flavors for some of them, poor rimming of glasses, Queso fundido very greasy. Taco salad looked like they missed the shell when going to assemble it. Burrito ok, Tacos ok. Rice seasoning was not "spot on". Not sure if the berans were canned? House salsa not yempting. Pleasant server. Clean, accessible bathroom. Lots of bar seating available. Park on street or at public lot on the next block.
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  • BobbieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was delicious especially the chicken breast stuffed with cheese and a wonderful sauce. The fish tacos were also very flavorful. I loved the salsa with the chips. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Mexican Food!
    CN29
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have been to Salsa 17 several times and have always had excellent meals. The wait staff is always helpful in steering you in the direction of the best dishes. From their own black bean salsa and the table side guacamole, you can't go wrong at Salsa 17!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    BigBill
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    If you don't mind the noise, the food is excellent. The grouper Vericruse was excellent . A little pricey good drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terri
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Recommended by several friends, this proved to be a great restaurant. Great food, fun atmosphere and very friendly staff. I had salmon with chipotle mashed potatoes over corn....the presentation was awesome and so delicious . Huge portion, could definitely be shared.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thumbs up for food & ambience
    sviks
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good selection & variations of margaritas. The free chips & salsa keeps coming! Tableside guacamole was well made - bit spicy like we asked for. We're vegetarians & all the food we had was good, especially the quesadillas. They were very accommodating of slight changes to the dishes like adding/removing certain vegetables. Had no room for dessert, so unfortunately, didn't try any. Atmosphere is vibrant. All in all, a great place to come with your family or friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great mexican food
    JoJo
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I love mexican food, and Salsa 17 has the best food I have ever had in a mexican restaurant in Chicago. We go there often and everything we order is always fresh and juat amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorely disappointed
    wonteathereagain
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Went to Salsa 17 with friends for dinner.I ordered the shrimp and scallop burrito with no beans and a milder sauce.The waiter even repeated the order back to me twice.When the food came, the burrito was filled with beans.I told the waiter and he said that they can make me one to go. No apology.Usually, I just glance over the bill but I'm glad I looked at it this time.Our waiter had charged us for 6 meals (there were only 4 of us).He said that he originally entered the wrong orders in and forgot to delete them.Again,no apology or attempt to offer a discount or something.I was extremely disappointed because our friends had raved about this place.As for the replacement burrito, it had no beans but also had no sauce.We will not be going back.
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  • New favorite Mexican place
    ChiTownJohnnyB
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fiesta party atmosphere and great food. The guacamole made fresh at table side was incredible. I had the beef medallions with sauce and it was also excellent. Definitely recommended and I'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salsa17 - Service and great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food was very good and service was excellent. Our reservation was for 7:00 PM on a Saturday and we arrived about 30 minutes early; hostess stated our table should be ready in about 10-15 minutes and sure enough she called us 10 minutes later to seat us. Table side guacamole is excellent and our main dishes were spot on. Our waiter, Tony, did a great job answering our questions and explaining how each of the Moles sauces differ and even brought a sample of each for us to try.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Guacamole and Sangria!
    Edmos
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The tableside-prepared quacamole and the sangria were awesome -- best quac I've had in a long time! Our table had a mix of traditional and special entrees, and although the classics (tacos, enchiladas) won out over the salad and skirt steak (good flavor but a little too much fat), it was all pretty darned tasty. The service, decor and ambiance are excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 443 reviews are from the Salsa 17 reviews archive.
  • Ole
    dsscpaVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    How can you beat table side Guac? You can't! Excellent skirt steak fajitas and so much more.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Mexican Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The salsa and chips are the best. Never had a salsa like that. The planked salmon is out of this world. We have had the spinach & mushroom quesadillas that were just amazing. The service has been impeccable each time I have been there. Highly recommend this establishment
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, Quality Mexican Food!
    jmlmlf1
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We stopped by Salsa 17 with just our daughter for lunch about a year ago. It wasn't crowded and we didn't have to wait. Decided to return for dinner with the entire family but needed reservations to get a table. The food is excellent and of high quality. Noticed that there were many Mexican families (we also talked with them) sitting at the tables which is an indication to me as a non-Mexican that the food is authentic and good enough for people who probably know Mexican food to spend a fair amount to take a family out for dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will not return
    Diners
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our second time at Salsa 17 but we will not return. We were there with another couple and all of us were disappointed. The chicken faiths were tasteless, the skirt steak was a piece of dried out shoe leather and my chili reinnos were served cold. When they were returned to me, the batter was a soggy mess, and the sauce tasted like it came from a bottle. Next time we will go back to Javier's.
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    scenic view
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  • Always top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We have been coming to Salsa 17 for years and as always, we had great service, followed be great food, Salsa 17 is doing it right.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • soxfan
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Authentic Mexican food with a great vibe. Nice to find great food in the suburbs without having to travel into Chicago
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant atmosphere
    chachacha
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    We went to Salsa 17 for Cinco de Mayo and were delighted to get right in with our reservation with Open Table. As you can imagine, there was a large crowd for the event but our service was prompt and friendly. The restaurant had a specialty drink menu for the event, lively décor, and commemorative glasses for guests to take home. We live in the area and this is one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Arlington Heights.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch on a Sunday
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We stopped in early afternoon on a Sunday to enjoy lunch. We were not disappointed. What a great lunch we had. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The entire staff was very attentive to each table, water and iced tea refills were excellent. The salsa and chips are delicious. We had burritos for lunch and they were fabulous. Thanks Salsa 17 -- see you next time.
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  • Consistently good
    JoesEats
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Super Mexican and TexMex food. Moderate spice with more authentic Mexican flavors than the standard Mex restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent service; better food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Took a while for the server to come after we were seated. Then the first drinks took awhile to come. After that it was okay. I had the spicy mole' over the salmon. It was very good. We got a pitcher of margarita which in my opinion was overpriced at $40.
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    Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best guacamole ever!
    Fantastic
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Salsa 17 has a vibrant buzz. The food and service was great, as well as the ambience. The guacamole cart that comes to your table is a special treat. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY!
    kbomber3
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I went here for my birthday dinner. There were 4 of us. Sat on a wall bench like table. Did suit two large men, but we made it work. The found was fabulous. Guacamole is made table side and is perfect. Lots of choices on the menu too. Plenty of drink options as well. though we went for dinner, doing for apps and drinks would be good to do at the bar too.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good food, guacamole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Really good food, guacamole made tableside to your specification. Love the shaken margaritas, they have just the right amount of fresh lime juice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Salsa 17 has great food, table side guacamole carts and a fun atmosphere. It is a somewhat small restaurant, and they do good business so the wait times can be very long. I recommend reservations, and you'll still wind up waiting a bit. Drinks are great too. It's good for groups, if you can plan ahead of time. They also are open late so late night dinners are an option too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great family irthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great dinner of tapas and paella celebrating a family birthday. The waiter provided a great recommendation of a ribera del duero spanish wine that complemented perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd been to this location
    RoxyFoodie
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    I'd been to this location before when it was Fuego in downtown Arlington Heights, but this was my first time back as Salsa 17. Went for a client lunch and it wasn't busy at all, which was nice. The service was fantastic, staff very nice and attentive, food was very tasty (definitely recommend the tableside guacamole and steak fajitas!) and had enough to bring home leftovers (which the waiter gave us extra chips for the leftover guacamole) My only two "complaints" if you want to categorize them as that, was that I wanted to pay with my business American Express and they don't accept AMEX, and the music was a bit loud, so it was a little hard to converse. But other than that, great experience and very tasty food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate