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From the creative culinary minds that brought WOOD to Lakeview, Chicago welcomes Salero to Restaurant Row. Chef Ashlee Aubin and team introduce Modern Spanish Cuisine to the West Loop and Randolph Street will never be the same. We invite you to unwind at our Pintxos Bar, where you can enjoy a vast selection of wine and sherry while sampling seasonal Basque-inspired bite-sized dishes. With every course, we strive to incorporate only the freshest local ingredients and authentic Spanish traditions. Remember, Salero is not your typical Spanish fare; you will find no tapas here!
Chicago, IL 60661
Hours of Operation:
Monday Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - Friday 5:00pm - 2:00am,
Saturday 5:00pm - 3:00am
Between Jefferson & DesPlaines
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
From the creative culinary minds that brought WOOD to Lakeview, Chicago welcomes Salero to Restaurant Row. Chef Ashlee Aubin and team introduce Modern Spanish Cuisine to the West Loop. We invite you to dine or cocktail in our private dining room on the second floor of the building.
Salero Ratings and Reviews
Salero was the perfect restaurant for a cold Chicago night. Walking in, the restaurant was toasty and there was the faint smell of spiced-cooking. What followed were several dishes that exploded on my palate, including the brussel sprouts accompanied by, among other items, hot mustard. The lamb skewer was well adorned with spices and very tender. The wait staff were exceedingly attentive and more than willing to give me well-informed suggestions on dishes. I'm not much into wine or beer, but there was quite a large group in the front bar area who were enjoying drinks after work. I highly recommend this restaurant to other foodies or folks who enjoy drinks with some interesting appetizers.
We went to Salero on Saturday night and had a wonderful experience. Our server, Scott, was very welcoming and helpful in explaining and recommending various dishes. Everything we had was delicious -- shoshito peppers, olives (deconstructed more as a dollop rather than an olive), grilled octopus and seafood paella. Delicious wine pairings added to a memorable evening. We are putting it in the "rotation".
The restaurant is lovely and the ambiance is nice. The service was fine, not notable. My biggest concern was the food. We ordered the daily tasting menu for $50 each and it was very hit or miss.
We started with olives. There were 2 of us and we received 2 olives. They were different than any olive I've had before and were good. Next, was the pork empanadas and there were also 2. These were terrific and I would highly recommend them! It was basically a pulled pork patty, breaded and deep fried. The pork was really flavorful, moist, etc.
The 3rd item from the Pinxtos menu was the oysters. Again, we received 2 and they were meh. The oyster was a bit fishy and we both found the sauce to be too vinegar-y.
We only received 1 tapas item and that was the octopus. The octopus itself was great and I would recommend it! Great flavor and not rubbery at all. This dish came with felafel, which was not good. It was dry and and, while the inside was soft, the outside was so hard I had trouble cutting into it.
The piece de resistance was the paella. We opted for the lobster paella, which came with an upcharge of $15 each. I was looking forward to this dish and, unfortunately, it was horribly salty. It was really too bad because the seafood was pretty good and it seemed to be cooked well. But, the salt was overwhelming.
We received 2 dessert dishes (not sure why! I would have rather had another tapas). One was flan, which I didn't try because its not my favorite. The other was a U-shaped donut (presumably hand made there?) with a small side of cream. This was pretty good, though not good enough to make the rest of the meal worth it.
I wouldn't recommend this place because there are so many great places in this area.
I have been to Salero many times and always had a terrific experience. However, this was the first time my daughter had dined there. The experience was exceptional! Scott, our server, was attentive and helpful, suggesting a great cocktail for my daughter and providing her with a wonderful chocolate dessert at end of meal. We had the paella, which is a very large and hearty dish and started with the octopus. Both were delicious. We have already made a return reservation. Thank you, Scott!
Salero has become a go-to restaurant for us. Menu items are modified regularly, so that there is always something new and creative to try. Service is professional and reliable. We ordered the delicious "olives" to start us off, and then a potato dish. We followed with grilled shrimp and cider cooked chorizo. All were delicious! We think this is the best Spanish restaurant in Chicago. Items are intended for sharing and served family style, which makes dining fun as well as interesting.
The food was fantastic. I would say more of an upscale kind of tapas than you're use to. The drinks were very good and on the strong side 😉My only complain is that the bar was kind of empty and the bartender was in front of us the entire time just listening to the conversation. It made us super uncomfortable. Since that was the only negative part, I'd say it's a great place for sure!
Though ambient and elegant, Salero misses with forgettable drinks that do not pair well with the fare. It would be nice to see some season-appropriate beverage options. We were underwhelmed by the beers served in cans. It was also disappointing that the bar was out of cocktail ingredients at 8 PM on a Saturday night. As for the dishes, there were hits and misses: the tiny octopus portion was tough. Grilled octopus is usually one of my favorite snacks and this dish was sadly most disappointing. Salads were nice but predictable. Sunchoke Dip and King Crab Tagiatelle, on the other hand, were quite tasty morsels. Our group had a pleasant evening overall however with all the many outstanding restaurant options nearby, I will not be returning to Salero.
An extraordinary restaurant - never had a dish that was not exquisite here. The sausage stuffed quail is a unique specialty. Also tried the tasting menu for $50 per person. The only problem was the huge amount of food served, too good to leave on the plate or even to take home.
We have dined here several times before including hosting groups and we are fans. Excellent food. Nice room. Very nice staff. The prices of wine by the glass were a bit high. Suggest a bit less margin there. Crab with squid ink pasta was fantastic, as was the burratta. Duck was a bit sinewy. Foam cheesecake is terrific.
Went to dinner here with a group of colleagues and shared the family style meal. It was nice to not have to decide what we were ordering. The octopus and paella were fantastic! Service was very good and he was quite attentive without being overbearing or annoying- much appreciated.
What a great spot for our pre-opera dinner! Our party of three opted for the tasting menu and shared a wonderful array of really special tapas. The kitchen was able to accommodate our mixed dietary preference easily. The wines we had were lovely and the paella especially was excellent. We really enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the food - it was quiet enough for easy conversation although noise level was ramping up around 7 p.m. by the time we left. I highly recommend this place and will look forward to dining here again. Very reasonable pricing for the quality!
While the food was quite good -- especially the paella -- the server did not seem to be very knowledgeable about the wine or food menus. She was very kind and pleasant, but uninformed. We were a table of five and none of us had dined at Salero before.
Additionally, when we went to pay our bill, it took nearly 15 minutes because their credit card connection was down. Eventually, they wrote out a makeshift bill to be processed once they were back online. Our server eventually explained that this technology breakdown happens several times a week because they haven't updated their software. "Fingers-crossed it's upgraded before you return," she told us.
Finally, since we were a group, just one person saw the actual bill. I found out later that we had been charged a 20% gratuity on the full bill (including the tax, which is a no-no). Menu said gratuity added on parties of six or more... we were five. He didn't want to say anything and make a big deal because we were celebrating a birthday. He should have... but it seems kind of sketchy and unethical of Salero.
Given the tremendous restaurant options in the West Loop and throughout Chicago, Salero really needs to step up it's game to compete.
We went to Salero on a Friday night and ordered croquetas and the paella. Both were fantastic. We had enough paella to take home, but definitely appreciated ordering the croquetas so we had something to nibble on while we were waiting. The atmosphere is fantastic. Definitely energetic, but not overly loud. I was surprised that it was not more crowded as I think the food and space is great. Will definitely return and try something new next time--one of which will be the Octopus!
Food really good with nice chunks of crab in the pasta, paella cooked correctly. Oysters had full flavor and their natural liquor was not washed out. Pork croquettes fried to perfection and arrived quickly. Octopus a little salty this time. Bartender a bit frazzled or overwhelmed but kind. Server friendly, attentive on point. We will be back for sure.
Beautiful room and attentive bar service--although we felt rushed in dining room. Excellent craft cocktail, beer & wine options. Menu has many Spanish staples with a few twists (some good, some not) however the paella was burnt with overcooked rice and rather meager amounts of seafood and meat. Churros was the hit dessert. Wondering how ingredients for the smallish cocktail menu could be "out" early on a Saturday night? On the expensive side if you order full meals.
Good food, good service, not cheap! Portions are generous. If you order the paella, don't order any tapas unless you are hungry or a big eater, you can always add more later. The pan con tomato is like a salad on a piece of bread - it's good, but a lot of food. Beers at $7 and wines start at $11.
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