Salsa Puerto Rican and Latin Cuisine

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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.
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H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party with salsa lesson. What a pleasant surprise!

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J
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Latin food...everyday price. Definitely not a wallet breaker. Good value and very nice service.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Ordered Arroz con Pollo here and the rice was really salty and the chicken had no flavor at all. Communicated this to the server, but he just said "okay" and disregarded my complaint.

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LK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot! We made reservations for a group of 11. The restaurant does not have a lot of seats, but it feels very spacious and light. The food was fantastic and so flavorful. The service was just right and our server was very helpful with menu suggestions Great experience!! Thank you!

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R
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

We love Latin and Caribbean food, and were excited to discover this restaurant. The food however was overly salted. And for someone like me on a salt restricted diet I had the choice of either bucking up and dealing with the consequences, or passing on the food altogether. I landed in between, which was disappointing because it all tasted so good. The desserts sampler was excellent.

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TR
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great ambiance. We will definitely be back!

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P
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Loud and underwhelming

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FF
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was great food our second time there both times service was good. Very pleased.

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CC
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good. The host and waiter was very nice. Food was a little too expensive for what it is and the location. Nothing wow about how food is prepared or served. Overall good normal puertorricam food.

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DL
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall, the food was terrific. It did take a little over 45 minutes to get our appetizer and we weren't told that they didn't have all of the appetizer until after 30 minutes of waiting. We had to substitute due to them being out of the appetizer. Our server was attentive for the most part, but never did address the lengthy wait time. Definitely do not be in a hurry if you go.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful evening, nice quaint atmosphere.

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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
32 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
31 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
15 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
4 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
34 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
5 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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MC
Nashville
15 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem! The food is authentic and fantastic. Highly recommend.

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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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