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Salena's Mexican Restaurant

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302 N Goodman St, At the Village Gate, Rochester, NY 14607-1149
+1 585-256-5980
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15:00 - 21:00
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Sun 15:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a Saturday night for dinner with party of 8. FaHour long wait turned into a little longer which is fine but it was fairly early 6pm. the place has always had an over packed bar area with fairly slow service and room to get a drink while you wait. So if there is no room at the bar... More 

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Thank Nicholas H
Rochester, New York, United States
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious authentic Mexican food with amazing margaritas!! I love margaritas but hate when people salt the rim!! I prefer sugar and usually have to specify sugar vs salt, which I do because most people don't even ask if you want/don't want salt. I pleasantly surprised when our waiter asked if I wanted sugar or salt on the rim. Sometimes it's... More 

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Thank Amy S
Rochester, New York
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Authentic great food. In a repurposed factory, across from the Memorial Art Gallery and close the the historic Auditorium Theater, surrounded by cool art and other small businesses, Salena's continues to be great. Bright Mexican decor and always good service and speedy food prep. Try the Chicken with Mole~sauce.

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Thank Francis A
Rochester, New York
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93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I admit to being a Mexican food snob. We tried Salena's about ten years ago and were underwhelmed with the mediocre food and service. I reluctantly agreed to try it again when a group of friends chose Salena's for lunch. It was a Saturday afternoon and the house was pretty busy so our party of 8 had to wait a... More 

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Thank drheath2015
Rochester, New York
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Feeling like Mexican. Thought, let's go where we know we will be happy ! Margaritas Tecate Guac n salsa to start Our kind of winter time Sunday

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Thank Sgorie
Rochester, New York
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360 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Salena's is one of my favorite restaurants here in Rochester. Its the best Mexican place here when you combine the food and atmosphere. Can also be a great place to come and just get drinks.

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Thank TheTravelPirate
Rochester, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

I honestly can not fathom how anyone could rate this place 5 stars and have had true Mexican food before. The food is extremely bland! I have a group of friends who insist on coming here for the drinks, which as really good, and the only thing I have had food wise that has been worth the money is the... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Went here recently between theatre performances. Sat at the bar. Service was incredibly slow and impersonal. The Queso with meat (their Chorizo is gross so I got beef) was literally velveeta and meat. Terrible. I barely ate any of it. The chips were good, and my friend had a good quesadilla. I've been before and been much happier.

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Thank NDRTravelsInc
Syracuse, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

OK I really hate giving poor reviews but I was shocked. I ordered a combination lunch special. I lave 5 minutes from the location so time wasn't the issue. The enchilada was burnt into some kind of caramelized inedible mess. The rice was dry and the refried beans indistinct. h burrito was poor as the chicken was dried.

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Thank nasradan
Rochester, New York
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

On a Saturday night, impromptu dinner plans had us waiting 40 minutes to be seated at this popular city restaurant. During the warm weather, there is a covered patio for dining. The bar area is good sized with high tables around the u shape as well as bar seating. The food and service are good. Once seated, dinner took about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
15:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 N Goodman St, At the Village Gate, Rochester, NY 14607-1149
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 585-256-5980

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?