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Salena's Mexican Restaurant, Rochester, NY

Salena's Mexican Restaurant

4.5
4.5
748 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (585) 256-5980

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Delivery available on orders over $200 with notice. Catering menu available at:<br />http://www.salenas.com/catering-menu/<br />

  • Neighborhood

    Rochester

  • Cross street

    College Ave

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the Village Gate lot.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 748 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Western New York

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. MY

    MaryY

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate in the heated outdoor area. Service was great. Food was excellent and for the bill was reasonable ! When has that happened lately ?? Great evening!
  2. DK

    DeborahK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Nice menu, cauliflower tacos were good ,glad chips came to tables, decent service . Seemed a bit run down inside but clean.
  3. R

    Randi

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Service was very good.. food was good [but not great], It was pretty loud and had a hard time hearing our friends [and we were in a booth]. All in all, a nice place to hang out with friends.
  4. WE

    WENDYL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Salena's is the perfect place to eat before a show at the RBTL. The service is fast, pleasant, and efficient (hard to find these days!), the margaritas are delicious, the chips and salsa are gratis, and the food is yummy.
  5. LT

    LindaT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was wonderful and we were able to have a reasonable conversation. The food was served quickly and we were off to the theater.
  6. TR

    TinaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good good, good atmosphere, good service. Pleasant place to eat.
  7. LC

    LindaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I definitely would recommend Selina's. However the coffee tasted a little burned but the food was delicious. My only thought with the rice bowls is maybe give another fish with it so it can be mixed without it spilling all over the table. The rice bowl tasted great.
  8. MM

    MikeM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Average food, waitress didn’t come back much, for drink refills of to check on the food. Would not go back.
  9. TP

    TabithaP

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks and Dinner were great and outside heated patio was perfect evening
  10. KP

    KarenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were fantastic! Loved the margaritas!
  11. T

    Tammi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salena’s is wonderful! Amazing staff, food, and drinks! It’s always my go-to place to eat!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Overall good.
  13. TI

    ThomasI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and I must say the best tasting food I’ve ever had
  14. BH

    BarbH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily made reservation online was so convenient. Hostess was cheerful, energetic and efficient, we were quickly seated. Our patio seating was pleasant and cheerful. We were served salsa and chips immediately and our waiter was there shortly after. He was great ! A fun, friendly, knowledgeable, experienced gentleman that truly added to our enjoyment ! The food was everything we heard it would be ! Being GF/DF it’s hard to eat out. We are from out of state and so very glad your restaurant was recommended.
  15. SP

    StephanieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were fantastic as usual...staff was friendly, service prompt, made for a wonderful night!
  16. h

    heronwoman

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I love that they have a gluten-free AND a vegan menu. The waiter was excellent, and when the kitchen messed up part of the order, they gave me a whole new order in addition. Very pleased with it. The mole sauce is fabulous!!
  17. GC

    GlennC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
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  18. j

    judykrieger

    Naples

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Everything was great
  19. NC

    NancieC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great experience. Our server, Maggie was very attentive, as were the rest of the staff.
  20. JR

    JayR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a table of 7 and it was no problem accommodating us on a Saturday. The menu is great and they've gotten even better with vegetarian options.
  21. J

    Jmh65

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My experience at Salenas was very good our server was very attentive atmosphere was pleasant and the food quality was excellent.
  22. KN

    KrisN

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect place for 2 or 20! Always excellent food and service.
  23. L

    Luvia

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was promptly served. The waiter was very pleasant and friendly. Food came quickly. We were happy with our meals and drinks.
  24. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Owen was our amazing server, thank you for a great night! Excellent service, food and cocktails!!
  25. C

    Condutenor

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been dining here for years, actually starting at their old location in Village Gate. Almost always a wonderful experience. Last night’s dinner was no exception. Our waiter was very friendly and just the right amount of “attentive.” We didn’t feel rushed and the outdoor seating (the only way I’ll eat out since COVID began…and I mask walking through the restaurant) is very nice. Food was delicious and margaritas were great, as always. Highly recommended.
  26. NS

    NicoleS

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Had a reservation for an outdoor table for two for 6pm on a Friday. Arrived and was seated promptly, but to a booth. I asked about our reservation and she said there wasn’t anything available (then why give us the option when making the reservation? And no, they did not state that it was conditional.). A gentleman was quick to bring over water and chips and salsa, much appreciated. Salsa was okay, really chunky. My friend ordered queso to go with the chips. The consistency was soupy, tasting like a spicy bisque. I didn’t care for it. My friend ordered the Mexican Flag (combo of three enchiladas with different sauces) and I ordered a single chicken enchilada with red sauce and the chicken and shrimp fajitas. Let’s start with the enchilada combination plate and single. The meat inside was good, but there wasn’t enough sauce to help the burned cheese the enchiladas were encased in. I’m sure they would’ve been good if the cheese wasn’t burned to the point of not even being able to cut it with utensils. I’m not sure if the sauce was burned beyond recognition as well because neither of us could see it or really taste it. Our server never checked back though so I didn’t even get to ask. I love fajitas. The fajitas here were just okay, would’ve been much better if there wasn’t so much grease. Also, not enough onions and peppers. The rice was dry, didn’t bother with the beans. Decided to get dessert instead of a drink, was really looking forward to the “fried” ice cream. Essentially, it’s a scoop of vanilla ice cream, rolled in cornflakes and dipped in grease. The waiter said it was “flash fried” but it was disgusting. Please do not waste your time or money. Go to Monte Alban instead.
  27. MS

    MindyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice variety on the menu including many vegan/vegetarian items.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Celebrating promotion
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was delicious and prepared fast. Always walk out stuffed!!
  30. SW

    ShirleyW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another very good dinner on the patio! Salena’s never disappoints and the prices are reasonable.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful night out on patio. Excellent service and meal! Would highly recommend.
  32. O

    Opad

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a pleasant meal outside on the covered, open-air patio. The enchiladas and fish tacos were delicious. The guacamole was excellent and generous. Definitely will return.
  33. t

    trojans77

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always eat at Salena's after Saturday afternoon performances at the Rochester Broadway Theater League. The food and drinks are excellent. The servers are attentive and courteous. We would recommend Salena's to anyone who wants a delicious, authentic Mexican meal.
  34. ES

    ElizabethS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The salsa was not even close to good. While the server was nice overall, it felt very scripted and just trying to sell the food. There was no introduction, no care for our requests and no farewell. She did not even ask for our check to be split or come back after throwing a receipt on the table and walking away. The food was fine, but the fajitas were so lackluster and way overpriced. Will not be returning.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food at Selena was great. It was chilly in there and we had to ask twice to get our sticky table wiped down.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the staff at Salenas was wonderful!
  37. EA

    ElinA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    “Salena’s” is our favorite place for dinner. Love the margaritas, food and super friendly servers. Our out of town friends know and live thus place too. Thank you for the great experience!
  38. KH

    KristaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fans!!! I kept being attacked by bugs, and fans will keep them away! Please. This was outside seating of course. We love you, and your food and your staff. :-)
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent vegan enchiladas! My family member with celiacs was also incredibly grateful for their gluten free menu and the information about which items were cooked in a shared fryer. Our server Maggie was tremendous!!
  40. NG

    NancyG

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was great. Our server was friendly and attentive.

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Salena's Mexican Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 748 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Salena's Mexican Restaurant

302 Goodman St N, Rochester, NY 14607

Additional information

  • Cross street

    College Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Rochester

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the Village Gate lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (585) 256-5980

  • Catering

    Delivery available on orders over $200 with notice. Catering menu available at:<br />http://www.salenas.com/catering-menu/<br />

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