Salinas

4.8
2016 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Please note the hours of operation listed above are temporary during Covid.

OUTDOOR RESERVATIONS ARE NOT GARDEN ROOM. OUTDOOR IS PATIO/SIDEWALK SEATING. The Garden room is a standard reservation because the roof is retractable and only open weather permitting. Although it will not be guaranteed, if you wish to request garden seating please make note of your request on the reservation.

Salinas is a unique and vibrant award-winning restaurant in the heart of West Chelsea serving the full culinary experience of Spain. Opened on June 8th of 2010, Salinas specializes in both traditional and inventive tapas as well as regional main course dishes. Salinas has received several accolades, including a 2-star rating by the New York Times.

To book a reservation for 5+ guests, please email our reservations team at reservations@salinasnyc.com. At this time, we are only accommodating reservations of up to 10 guests.

Groups of 11+ guests can email our private events team at events@salinasnyc.com.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2016 people are saying
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4.7
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAKapoor
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The manager Amanda tried to cancel my reservation after my dinner so I wouldn't be able to leave a review, but unfortunately for her I will anyway.

I booked a table on May 2nd for a dinner on the 20th. I called requesting a garden table for a dinner with my boss. I was told that there was availability and they should be able to accommodate. On the day of the reservation, I called to confirm that the garden table was available. I explained the occasion and that I had made the reservation weeks earlier. I am moving out of town and this was me taking my boss out to thank her for facilitating my move. Amanda said they couldn't guarantee anything. I made it clear that I had booked Salinas on the basis of being able to have a table in the garden area - otherwise would have found an alternative venue. I then arrived early to the restaurant to make another plea for a garden table. Amanda showed me two tables - one in the garden (someone was finishing their meal) and one by the window. I said we could wait and see what my boss preferred when she arrived. Fast forward to about 15 minutes later, and Amanda has rescinded the table offer in the garden because 'someone else booked it last minute' and proceeded to offer us two other tables.

Managers should not be exercising personal preferences and using their influence in this unprofessional manner. There was no desire to be helpful or accommodative, and in fact quite the opposite. There is NO WAY a professional establishment would prioritize a 'last minute' booking over my request from 2.5 weeks earlier. She clearly at that stage just didn't want to give me the table and I have no idea why - I have never met her before and frankly had heard great things about this place from my sister.

Amanda ruined my experience. And the food was fine but not exceptional - so between both elements, rest assured I'd never want to go back.

YW
YanW
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus and steak are awesome. The steak surface is fried very deep but delicious. The eggplant is delicious. The environment is also beautiful and romantic. Service is absolutely a big surprise. They even gave us two champagnes for our anniversary!

JB
JulieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

what a lovely evening - service was great and the food delicious. So nice to be out again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for and wine, good service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and really wanted what we had ordered previously, but the menu changed and is a bit more limited. BUT the food, the service, and the ambiance was perfect!!! Regardless of the change in menu we were still very very happy with our decision!

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vippaola
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The man who waited on our table was incredibly nice and helpful.

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vipNeilG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I selected this restaurant to have an early dinner with my wife, daughter and roommate who both attend college in NYC. The restaurant was a perfect choice, the food and service was great. My wife and I have no restrictions on diet but my daughter considers herself a pescatarian, her friend a vegetarian. The menu catered to all diets and I definitely would recommend it.

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vipGrnMntn
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to Salinas was as enjoyable as our first. The paellas are special...unlike any others I've ever seen. The creative menu brings out the best of the ingredients, with options for gluten-free dining. Service was impeccable. We sat in the back room, which provided a lovely, quiet atmosphere for enjoying the very special meal.

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Aileen
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was exquisite. However the chef was inflexible and there is no reason why substitution if one veg for another should be a surcharge when the prices are already extremely high. Wine list is grossly overpriced

KR
vipKirkR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous tastes and very cozy room

GM
GinaM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salinas was a wonderful dining experience. I will do back as often as I can.

RN
vipRajeshN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food...great service from start to finish!

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vipreginak
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had such a wonderful experience here!!! Food was exceptional, service was great, and the restaurant was very romantic and beautiful! Will definitely be coming back again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The restaurant and server was wonderful
The food was the issue
Not good

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WMON
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food but a little pricey. Good service and nice atmosphere.

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Woofus
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I am a huge fan of Salinas but this was a very disappointing meal. Items were either too salty or extremely bland. Even the familiar fabulous cocktails had the same problem—either over iced and bland or too sweet. What happened to my favorite restaurant?

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vipthegoose
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. One if the best nyc dinner experiences EVER. And we have had 693 of them all over town. WOW

SM
vipStuartM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

There were no salad options on the menu. Nothing light. Food was okay. The room was beautiful and the service great.

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vipDelicious
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great servers, and great ambience. My only complaint is the cost of the drinks and sangria.

NM
NicholasM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, the food was excellent and full of exquisite flavor. The staff really made you feel special and were attentive to all your needs and were more than happy to assist you. Salinas itself is pretty on the inside with multiple rooms with a different vibe in each. Highly recommend for a nice date night or any special occasion.

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vipcharlottew
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service and ambience. One of the best restaurants serving Iberian food outside of Ibiza. And we go there all the time!

TJ
vipTheJJs
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Red wines are very expensive! Think ‘cheapest’ bottle was $78 I think

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viprkaye
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and incredibly attentive service ---we just had 4 starters ( 2 of the 3 nightly specials) since it was an early dinner before seeing a play but they were all delicious and very interesting.
Would definitely go back for a full dinner
A bit pricey and wish I had been told the price of my glass of wine ($22!)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Atmosphere was great. Some of the dishes were too salty. Service was good.

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vipGeorge
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and the service was fantastic. I requested a corner table in the Garden room and was accommodated with our favorite seat. We have been to the restaurant before and we will be continued customers!

RC
RodrigoC
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing as expected and the way a dinner should be.

JL
vipJessieL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and loved every dish.

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normag
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance and Service excellent. Staff could not be nicer. Food creative, but it would have been nice to be able to order a simple salad along with the "creative" menu

ED
ErikD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

More on the smaller side of restaurant size, but that does not detract from how nice the interior is. The garden room where we sat was really nice, and even though it was quite full it did not feel cramped or overly loud with people talking. The wait staff was very friendly and one of the hosts was very helpful describing the specials and made great food and drink recommendations. Drinks were well made, the food was great and paced appropriately. We didn't feel like we had to wait for any extensive duration for service. We were checked up on enough without feeling like we were being bothered. Overall awesome experience.

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vipJoseph
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salinas is one of my favorite places in NYC to enjoy a wonderful dining experience. Fine wine list.

DM
vipDrMarkS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first had dinner at the restaurant about 8 years ago and although we don't reside in New York City full time we always have Salinas as one of our go to restaurants and have been back for dinner several times since the first time. Love the vibe!

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drea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Lovely room. Great food.

EB
ErikB
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent drinks and tasty food. Service was so-so at best. Took a long time to get a drink served, but food came out very quickly (too quickly). The main servers were below average in their attentiveness, but the food distributors and water-attendants very attentive. Would probably try something different next time.

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vipharsue
New Mexico
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service thank you Garrett you are a great server!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Bartender made terrible drinks while we waited 20 minutes for our table. When we were seated, after 15 more minutes, we had to ask the host several times if they could send over a server for us. When the waitress arrived, she saw the full drinks on the table and “knew that the bad bartender must have made them”...apparently they have a bad bartender and don’t do anything about it? Unfortunate that the paella needs 45 minutes advanced ordering and we couldn’t do that until about 40 minutes after our reservation. More unfortunate that it wasn’t any good.

Sympathetically, our waitress told us “I would’ve compt the drinks but you already paid” to which we replied “we actually tried to carry the bill over to our table, but were not allowed”. The waitress awkwardly replied “oh right it’s Friday”.

When we ordered tapas to split, we tried paying extra for a 3rd scallop (there were 3 of us and we found out the serving was for 2). The normal thing would be to upcharge and give a 3rd, given the circumstances we expected the 3rd to be free of charge. Neither happened - we were told it could not be done because it would create a 4th unused serving.

At the end of the meal, when we said we did not want dessert and just the check, they brought over some sympathy sorbet. Wow...the efforts they went through to make us feel welcome!

Overpriced even if it was good. Definitely never returning.

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rightcall
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic small plates—don’t hesitate to get the octopus with popcorn, it’s amazing.

JE
JEH123
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location is convenient and the servers are knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive. But the reason to come is for the food. It is unique, it is presented beautifully, and it is delicious.

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ScottW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. They sat us a little later than the reservation but they took care of us.

MJ
MyrnaJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just fantastic in all respects. My two guests felt the same way and one person was vegan.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice elegant contemporary twist on tapas

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Salinas is rated 4.8 stars by 2016 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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