Salena's Mexican Restaurant

4.4
319 reviews
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Salena's is a family owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Rochester's Neighborhood of the arts. It has been a Rochester staple since 1998, serving the freshest Mexican inspired dishes. Salena's is a family friendly restaurant with a full bar. Our Bar is open late night Friday and Saturdays and maintains the finest selection of tequilas! Go to salenas.com for more information!
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New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We used to love Selena’s but it has definitely gone downhill over the past few years. The chips and salsa used to be home made and unique - but now very bland.

The enchiladas were dry. The “ice cream” scoop of dry retried beans was awful and the rice was a tasteless afterthought.

On top of that, the service was very slow (35 minutes to get our food) and the bill was incorrect (we were overcharged).

I used to love their authentic margaritas, but they have even changed this recipe, so they taste much more like chain restaurant margaritas.

I hope the owners can reverse this trend. Otherwise, we will be looking for a different Mexican restaurant in Rochester.

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BH
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food & service. Cold beer. Moderately priced.

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LF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, could use more drink selections without tequila

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SG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

You go for the food...chicken fajitas were cold and dry. First Margarita was 3/4 ice...there are other options in Village Gate next time we are down there.

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SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy the delicious food and margs at Salenas!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun place with great food. Just go here. You'll like it.

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food. They even gave us a free appatizer as part of a promotion! I will definitely go back.

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M
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, as always.
Service was excellent, always.
I want more !!!!

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DG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love coming to Salena's. I've never had a bad meal, the service is always fantastic and the margaritas are to die for. My girlfriends and I come every Tuesday like once a month and never have any issues or poor service. I highly recommend Salena's to anyone that loves Mexican food or is a huge taco Tuesday lover like myself!!!!

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MG
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salena’s exceeded all expectations. I had reserved an outdoor table for a special occasion and they had it ready for me with excellent service throughout the evening. Our wait staff was fast and friendly and the food was delicious, I highly recommend the fajitas

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Even though we we there at 3:00pm when it first opened and it was relatively slow, our waiter was not very visable. He did bring us a second basket of chips and salsa but he never came back to check on our water glasses and my request for a straw while acknowledged, never came to fruition. The food was excellent. I had a hard time deciding between the shrimp fajitas, chicken, fajitas, or the loaded burrito. I went with the burrito and my wife had the chicken fajitas so I was able to try them as well. Both were delicious and there was plenty of fajita to take home. The burrito didn't survive. I ate it all! There was also a good selection of hot sauces at the table. I would prefer El Yucateco, but what they had was fine. I would and do plan on going to Salena's again. I just hope we have a different waiter.

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KH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, margaritas, and service! I love their stuffed avocado.

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Salena's Restaurant! We've been going there even before they moved into their current location. The menu is extensive and delicious. The Sangria is the best anywhere!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, came out quickly. The server was funny and attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the second we arrived they were great! We arrived early and they worked with us to get a table outside just like we wanted with a very short wait!

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AW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was very sweet and attentive, even during a busy time. The food is always great and such a good value for the $. We had a special need as my husband had a huge knee brace and I let staff know in advance and we were all set and no worries. They had planned for and expected us! No problem!

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MN
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Salena's! They had room for us outside and it was a beautiful evening. The food was delicious and our waitress was courteous and made her appearances at all of the right times. We will continue to recommend Salena's to friends, family and neighbors!

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had reservations for 6pm and got sat immediately. It was busy because it was a show night at RBTL so service was a little slow but not bad. Food was really not great. Bit into a piece of bone in my Enchilada which really made me lose the rest of my appetite for the rest of the meal. Salsa was not nearly as good as we had had their in the past. Not sure why.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You would never think of ordering wings in a mexican restaurant, but I did! I've eaten at Salena's before, had the delicious loaded burrito with rice and beans. I stepped out of my normal and ordered the Dos Equis Wings with Chipotle Blue Cheese and OMG my mouth is watering while I write this! My daughter always has the perfect margaritas! Great Queso, Salsa and Chips! If I lived closer, I'd be here at least 2x a week! Love this place for celebrations :)

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KB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice meal here with good service and a nice margarita.

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. This visit was a party of 7 and I know that can be challenging. Food and service were great. Steve may be our new favorite waiter. He was attentive and funny. Added to a great visit.

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t
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Maggie service was excellent and the food is always great!

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CI
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite place to eat. I love the pork tostada and enchiladas. Our server, Ronaldo (I think), was so nice and attentive. Love Salena's! We will always make it our go to place.

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JO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Got to restaurant for 5:30 reservation at 5:25. Seated at 5:40. Drinks offered at 5:50. Waiter refused to take our order with drinks. Were given permission to order at 6:05. Food brought out at 6:35. Waiter was kind enough to bring check and to go box right when our food was delivered as asked. Love this place but this has been common the last couple times we have eaten here. Won't return in near future.

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a group of 12 for lunch after my daughter’s graduation. Everyone loved it! Chips and salsa, meals, and atmosphere were all perfect. Thank you for making it a nice celebration for my daughter!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was very poor. Our appetizers arrived before our drinks. I had to ask for our drinks again after we were eating our appetizer. We will likely take a break from Salinas for some time.

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very nice server. The main problem with this restaurant are the chips and salsa. Yuck, yuck, yuck. We've been here three times and every time they serve these cardboard chips and tasteless salsa. The entrees everyone ordered were, however, tasty. I just don't know why they can't get the iconic C&S correct.

Not our favorite place, but it was available and the service was very nice. I would recommend to a friend mostly to see if they felt the same way we did.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great time - wonderful tacos and good margaritas!

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C
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was very crowded but we had a reservation and seated after 5 minutes.
Our waiter, Renaldo was amiable, attentive and did not rush us.
Nice to see one of Rochester's restaurants rocking on a Saturday night.

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LD
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and customer service. Would absolutely return.

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KG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Don’t bother to make a reservation they won’t honor it!!! We made a reservation two weeks ahead of time for a show in Rochester, when we got there we we given a 35 min wait. The hostess didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with the fact that we had to wait despite the reservation. She proceeded to seat two parties ahead of us. When I asked to speak to the manager she very unprofessionally walked around the restaurant complaining about the situation. After 15 mins of waiting I asked once more to speak with the manager who asked what he could do to fix it?!? I told him that we had made a reservation so that we could enjoy our dinner and after waiting we would now have to rush. They did seat us next, pay for a drink and app and put our order on the fly. Our waitress was great and the food was good. Overall the restaurant would have gotten 5 stars but they ruined the beginning of our evening making us rush through a dinner that was supposed to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Super frustrating!
A tip to the restaurant: The hostess may need training on professionalism and how to manage seating tables while also anticipating reservations.

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BM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I will ALWAYS recommend Salena's. Last time I was there a fellow patron had a medical emergency. She was at the table next to me and several of us jumped into action. The staff was calm and responsive. The manager came over after and bought my table of 8 dinner to thank us for helping out. Salena's is a class act! Great food, great atmosphere, GREAT margaritas and most of all, EXCELLENT staff.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Salena's was a lively and fun dining experience. The food is not gourmet Mexican, but it was delicious!
The décor is bright and eclectic with a Mexican flair. The bar sits at the end of the restaurant and was very loud, which does affect the dining room. The only issue we had was that I made a reservation a 10 days ahead, but was seated at table next to the kitchen doors and was constantly being bump by the waitstaff as they passed by. I am sure people just off the street were given better tables.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Really good food! Loved the loaded burrito!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was busy but not crazy. We waited almost 20 minutes for our server to show up. She apologized but still - that’s a long time.

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PH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m hooked! Food was amazing and service was too. Authentic Mexican food with an expansive menu. Highly recommend. Noisy sure. But food is well worth it. The drunken shrimp tacos are outstanding but the beef nachos were the best thing we ate!

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance. Food was great. But our waiter, Josh, was amazing. So friendly! He was great. I will definitely go back and request him to be our server!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Salena’s before going to RBTL; everything was perfect!!! The food was, as always, delicious and the margaritas were amazing!!! Our server was on point100%!!!

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time using the open table reservation and I was so pleased!
When we arrived, the table was set and ready, and there were few other tables filled. Paula was our server, and she was terrific! We were able to enjoy our food and conversation and still get over to the Auditorium Theater with plenty of time prior to the HAMILTON show.
There was a waiting line and every table at the restaurant was full as we were headed out, which was anticipated, and the purpose for using the open table reservation. Thanks for the ease of using the system, the great service, and excellent food as always!

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always satisfied and pleased with Salena's; the service, ambience, and food all good stuff!

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