Salsa Puerto Rican and Latin Cuisine

4.2
260 reviews
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Puerto Rican
Puerto Rico is the smallest island of the Greater Antilles. Our culture is unique because of every aspect of our history. The melting pot of cultures (Spanish, African, Native Caribbean Indians and North America) creates a unique Puerto Rican heritage resulting in delicious Latin cuisine.
Salsa is proud to be the first authentic Puerto Rican restaurant in Nashville. We believe you will love our farm to table inspired menu with fresh local ingredients and the touch of deeply rooted Latin flavor. Our chef brings his knowledge from the culinary capital of the Caribbean and delivers it right to your table.

You will love our cozy, modern, great atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and an extensive list of wine, spirits and beer.

We can’t wait to share our Latin flavor cuisine with you. See you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Puerto Rican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Daily Hours: Monday – Thursday; 11:00 am-9:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 11:00am-11:00pm,
Sunday: Closed
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(615) 401-9316
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Catering
Visit us at salsacateringnashville.com for more information.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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IM
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was perfect. Food was great, customer service was amazing. 6pm res. Was a perfect time to celebrate my hubbys birthday. ❤

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MS
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed trying authentic Puerto Rican food, and the explanation of the various menu items.

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GA
Nashville
31 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My Puerto Rican mother-in-law passed away a few years ago, and though I've made some of her recipes, we've really missed her homestyle PR cooking. So it was wonderful to discover the excellent Latin cuisine at Salsa. We ordered three appetizers, the "trip through Puerto Rico" entree (to share), and three sides. All were excellent. Portions were perfectly sized and dishes served hot. Service, while incredibly friendly, was on the slow side, and the restaurant was half-empty (we were there at 6:30 on a Saturday night). It seemed it was the kitchen that was slow, as the dishes, when they came out, were hot. But with the delicious mojitos and fun Latin music, we were fine with the slow-paced evening. We'll definitely be back!

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m originally from Puerto Rico and was excited to have some food from my culture for my birthday with my family. The food was absolutely Delicious, not 100% authentic Puerto Rican, but mostly was and it was delicious . I had “Chillo” which is Red Snapper that was deep fried and served whole with a side of Mofongo. The meal took me back home.

Side note: It was not on the menu and they only serve it in limited quantities and in season.

Nonetheless, no complaints. I do wish they would have had more choices in Croquetas and Empanadillas. They only had a “Chick Pea” Croqueta over the traditional ham or chicken Croquetas. The Empanadillas themselves were a little under-stuffed.

Besides my slight critiques, all the food was delicious and my family and I had a great time.

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ME
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Small establishment. Small menue makes it easy to choose. Food was good and well portioned. Service was great.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Love the idea and the food!

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K
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

During a conference at the J.W. Marriott, we gathered up a group from around the country for dinner and were delighted to find this within walking distance. We had a delightful evening and a great meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was so so. I would not revisit.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Delicious food
Ridiculously small portions
Extremely expensive

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FF
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We spent our honeymoon in Puerto Rico & Salsa brought us back to that time. The Mofongo tasted just as we remembered, the appetizer & dessert samplers were also awesome. It was very quiet, no wait. The outside of the building & the immediate surroundings definitely don’t lure you in. However, once you’re inside it’s clean & nicely decorated & comfortable.

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CC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There are so many amazing restaurants to chose from in Nashville - and this trip I wanted “comfort” food. Though not my native food, after two visits to Puerto Rico I’ve become a huge fan. But, where to get “authentic” Puerto Rican food? HERE! And even if you are not familiar with the culinarily delights of our island neighbors to the south, the staff at Salsa Puerto Rico will helpfully guide you around the menu. You can’t go wrong with Mofongo, Tostones and Empanadillas, and Pastelon.

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CH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The only reason why we tried this restaurant was we had a gift card and had it for almost a year so figured we would try it before it expired . To star off with the establishment is extremely small inside but they have a nice out door seating area which we were not offered but I am pretty sure because there was only one server for the entire restaurant. We started with the Puerto rican sampler the best thing we ate was this (all fried ) I am not a fan of anything fried but we ordered anyways. For entrees we ordered skirt steak and mofongo and I ordered salmon and mixed vegetables. Lets start with the skirt steak it was shredded and did not look like steak at all and the mofongo was super dry and tasteless, now the salmon on the other hand was horrible there was absolutely no flavor to it and was bland I had to ask for hot sauce to mask the fishiness of it and I love fish, the vegetables were covered in I am thinking butter sauce but I am not sure. Bottom line the food was not good the service was extremely slow but the waitress was nice so it was tolerable. We will not be going back, also the portions that they give you are extremely small so if you go in hungry expect to leave hungry

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and ambiance was very nice. . I great hidden gem.

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CE
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Meh...empanadas were really good, but everything else was sonewhat bland...like they didn’t trust people coming to a Puerto Rican restaurant would really like Puerto Rican food.

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AG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were visiting Nashville and on our last night we decided to do something a bit different. So we gave this place a try. Although I've had better Puerto Rican food. The food was still better than some places I've been to. Everything was pretty good that we had except the service was only 4 out of 5 stars.

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WR
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've been here a few times and, although Salsa is fun, has fantastic live Latin music (especially when Marcela Pinilla is there) and has delicious and authentic food, the only knock on it is that it seems to take a little long for the food to be served. So, if you're not in a hurry and just want to chill and listen to some wonderful music, then this won't be a problem at all. And the good news is that when the food does reach the table, it's very good. I'll continue to visit this restaurant and will bring others with me!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentically delicious Puerto Rican food surrounded by warm, friendly staff and patrons. Live music and dance add to an amazing evening experience!!

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SW
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food at good price!

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OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is where you want to get your Latin fix.
Delicioso!!! (delicious)

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C
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

If you're Hispanic you won't be impressed by the food and chances are you could probably make it better.

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JL
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Restaurant located in area of town surrounded by construction and not a very nice area, along with truly being out of the way. Food was not good, no flavor, poorly prepared and bland. Service was poor they never came by to see if everything was ok until we asked for a check. Ambiance did not make you feel that you were in restaurant, let along a Puerto Rican restaurant. Prices were expensive and the chef should take lessons on how to prepare Pernil. Very disappointed.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good get-together with our large family. Glad they could accommodate us. The band that was playing was amazing!

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F
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Very, very slow service with avg food. We were there at 6:15 and didn’t get our food until after 7pm...and we were the only customers there until we left.

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SA
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Music was great too!!

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f
Nashville
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Tuna tasted metallic, mufungo was dry, pork was good

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H
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every regard. I recommend highly and plan to return.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made me feel right at home. Puertorrican food always packs a punch on your palate. The flavors and the seasonings are incomparable.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

The waitress was wonderful, but other than that we did NOT enjoy this place. The food was extremely overpriced and it took an hour to get our food. The food was not good (chicken and fish was dry and very small proportions). On top of that the music was extremely loud and we could not hear each other even though we were sitting next to each other. Would NOT recommend and will NOT return to this restaurant. I left hungry

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F
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but only 1 person on and they had 3 tables and the bar

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Puertorrican cuisine. I have been almost a year without going back home to PR and this restaurant sent me back in a heartbeat. Strongly recommend.

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I
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The only complaint about the food was that the pork roast was dry. The rest of the meal was very good and the Latin music was superb.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Showed up to an empty host stand and a relatively empty restaurant. It took more than five minutes to be acknowledged. We were seated shortly, however we were never served. No one came by our table in 15 minutes - at which point we left. The menu looked to be okay at best with a very unusual mix of foods. The atmosphere was unusual as well considering the prime location downtown. We will never be back.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a fantastic band there and the food was so good. I had the Trip through Puerto Rico and it was authentic and flavorful. You won't regret eating there.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My wife is from Puerto Rico and I am from Cuba, so thought we’d give it a try. The place was very clean and the service was fantastic!! My food was great (mofongo w/churrasco). However my wife and mom both had the fried pork chunks. They were slightly overdone and very, very salty. I would go back.

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BJ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

It was okay at best. I love plantains, so that was a treat. But the overall experience left a lot to be desired. We had reservations through open table, but ended up having to sit at the bar. The food was not very authentic, took a long time, and was dry.

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BV
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great and the service was great. everybody in the group enjoy the food and the atmosphere. It would be much better to have a live band, it would be more attractive to people.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for an early birthday gift for my husband. Drove in to Tennessee from Kentucky for dinner and a show in Nashville. Had made a reservation but was not busy. Great spanish music, not too loud. Waiter was good and knowledgeable. Food was good although I wasn’t impressed by the pernil I ordered. It seemed reheated after being left there for a while. The coconut flan and tres leche cake were amazing though. We returned the next day for lunch and had a fresh pastelon with salad which was amazing.
Iver all good experience. Will definitely return.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Oof the food was delicious but the service was awful: We specifically requested a wheelchair-friendly table in our reservation, but they didn't accommodate that beforehand. They brought out metal outdoors chairs and tables for us to replace the high table/chairs, which were of course less comfortable and significantly smaller than the normal furniture. It took 50 minutes to get our appetizers and another hour to get our entrees. Many other tables came, ate a similar/same number of courses, and left in half the time we took. Our water glasses were consistently empty (amusing side note: one person asked for a refill of her empty glass and the server came back and topped off the one almost full glass at the table and none of the others). I'm not sure if they were short-staffed or what but it wasn't a great experience.

That said, the food was good - especially the pernil and the salmon. The calamari wasn't that exciting, but the desserts were fantastic - I'd definitely recommend the tasting platter. The mojitos and pina coladas were good. Also, they haven't sold mahi mahi for quite some time, so don't expect that even though it's on the menu.

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EM
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Big fans of Latin food and Salsa came recommended to us. The food didn’t disappoint. The pastelon was truly remarkable and the meat in the empanadillas were perfectly seasoned. Every aspect of the meal itself was spot on except slightly over seasoned fried pork, which still was very tasty. The drinks were also very good. We tried both the chalala and the passion fruit sangria was delicious. The only other slight issue was the wait times for food, but the staff were incredibly courteous and friendly, they simply seemed somewhat overwhelmed. We think we’ve found our new favorite Latin restaurant and can’t wait to visit again.

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SS
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Really enjoyed this place . Party of 5, and everyone said their meal was delicious! Nice and interesting choices on the menu. We all plan to go back and try different dishes. I did not give an overall rating of 5 due to them only having a small beer selection, and the wait to receive our food was quite long. Although the place is small, it was a Saturday evening and there was only one waiter. The food was definitely worth the wait, however, we were on a time frame to get to a show at City Winery (which is right around the corner by the way!).

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