Salsa Puerto Rican and Latin Cuisine

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239 reviews
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$30 and under
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Puerto Rican
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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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Phone number
(615) 401-9316
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
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
Reviews from verified diners
239 reviews
4.1 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
65%
Very Good
3%
Good
19%
Fair
5%
Poor
8%
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.1
value
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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great atmosphere. Music was great too!!

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Tuna tasted metallic, mufungo was dry, pork was good

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

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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1.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our 1st. time here. Really enjoyed it. The sangria was awesome!!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

So great to have variety in Nashville! Tasty, well presented, freshly made authentic Puerto Rican food. The drinks were special from tropical mojito to coquito also known as Mother’s milk. To top it all off, the live music was so enjoyable it made us get up and dance Salsa!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food was really good. I had the mofongo ropa vieja and an order of sweet plantains. It was a lot of food so my husband helped me finish it. We were in the area for an event at the Music City Center and chose the restaurant because of the location. We enjoyed it and will go back to eat there.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We shared the “tour of Puerto Rico” and it was a delicious way to sample some of the specialties. Also enjoyed trying the rum flights. Will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was just meh! Place smelled like sewage or sulphur. Asked the host about the smell and he pretended he didnt smell anythin
Really!!! Even the lady at the table next to us said she smelled it. Not appealing at all. Ambiance not as website presented.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

I am from Puerto Rico. The food was authentic and delicious!

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TS
5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Overall outstanding service and food. The restaurant was ideal for our meeting. Our server was fantastic. I recommend the vegetarian lasagna.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We had to move our reservation a couple times before we arrived. They were very accommodating. The menu is a great mix of Caribbean food. They are every attentive and the food was good.

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

They should improve the service. We choose this place for our

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2017

Good food and very interesting menu. Tuna is a real winner here. Rice is well prepared and was a natural for the steamed vegetables.
Puerto Rican appetizer sampler was very enjoyable.

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1.0Dined on November 17, 2017

This place is a mess I live with a Puerto Rican and have Puerto Rican food all the time. Thought we would try this place while visiting Nashville. Only 2 servers working and a full restaurant. The appetizers were fried to long or the oil was old and the entry was disastrous. The pork was supper fatty and tough, the beef was chewy and also undercooked. The white rice was so salty I could not eat and the beans....8 beans in a bunch of water. Others complained about cold food iurs was hot. I hope they can turn this place around or else they will go out of business.

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2.0Dined on November 17, 2017

I was so excited to go to this restaurant as it was recommended by our hotel, and we were in town for a World Language Conference and thought it would be the perfect place for us to dine.
We had a reservation which they were very kind to change over the phone to accommodate another guest, but we had to wait at least 30 minutes before being seated. I'm not sure if they were short staffed, but it seemed that there weren't enough servers for the evening since the bartender also had to take orders and wait on the tables. We were so very excited to be able to have the delicious ropa vieja that we had been thinking of the whole day, but were disappointed to find out that they were out of it...strange for 7:30 in the evening on a Friday night at a Puerto Rican restaurant. Some of the appetizers were quite good (the papas rellenos and the black bean hummus), the pernil was tasty, and the waitstaff were friendly, but the salmon was very dry and overdone, and two of our dishes were served cold. Overall, most of us were disapointed. We called over the manager who listened to us kindly and attentively. Hopefully some of our feedback will help so that the restaurant can succeed, as it would be a great place to go if things went smoothly. Maybe we just caught them on a bad night.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Last m reservation to this place turned out well. We actually considered not going in when we turned up as it was dead inside. But we had great service and reccomendations of what to order. Everything was delicious, portions were generous, actually we didnt really need the two starters we ordered as the were large.
There was zero atmosphere especially for a Saturday night - but apparently there is music and dancing on other night. Perhaps thats why there were tables stacked on top of each other at the back - which didnt add to the ambience either.
All in all - would for sure reccomend to others for a causal night - we would for sure go back for lunch - just not a date night place in my opinion - but the food we REALLY GOOD.

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Everything was amazing, food, service and sangria was amazing. Authentic Puerican food at its best.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Enjoyed out experience at Salsa. The food was great! They had live music and a fun atmosphere. I would highly recommend.

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1.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The restaurant was dirty, service was slow, food was horrific...literally the worst latin food we've ever had. And then it was overpriced to boot. We left hungry and $70 poorer.

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2.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Quick summary: great food, absolutely horrible service.

We dined at Salsa with a party of 12 at 7:30 on a Saturday evening. At 7:20 they called to ask if we were still coming, which I thought was odd. We arrived and were seated promptly. Ordered drinks and they weren't really quick but with a large group, I know it can be tricky so not a big deal. We had to ask if our waiter could take our order. We waited 65 minutes for three appetizers. Two people actually ordered an app as well but after 45ish minutes the waiter came to tell one person that they were out of their chosen app. Didn't tell the other person though. Our food finally came out and half the dishes were missing the sauce they were supposed to come with. We had to flag our waiter down because he didn't come back to check up. Then it took another ten minutes for them to bring that sauce. The food was absolutely amazing!! Ropa vieja was seasoned perfectly. So we also happened to be dining on an evening they had live music. The band was great, very talented. So loud though that I left with a headache. The music was part of a fundraiser for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico so that was neat. At one point they were reading letters (I think?) and the staff asked us to stop talking while they did that. It was extremely odd. We basically felt very unwelcome the entire time like we had crashed a private party. If you don't want a large table, fine, but don't take the reservation and then provide subpar service. Overall we were there over three hours and 90+ minutes of that was waiting for our food and trying to get a waiters attention so we could get drinks. Also they included automatic gratuity on our bills which I was very unhappy about because that policy wasn't listed anywhere. As good as the food was, I would not go there again or recommend it to anyone.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Great place to go eat with groups. Very open lay out and top knotch food.

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2017

This was my second visit. My first was on a date-night. I went with my two teenage daughters for a 17th birthday dinner. It felt special and delicious. The service is slow paced, but very friendly and helpful. Be ready to linger & enjoy.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Great location to eat out before concert at mercy lounge or cannery row. Great view from the outdoor deck or from inside tables close to deck. Authentic Puerto Rican food with good prices

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