Salsa A La Salsa

★★★★☆
  • 1420 Nicollet Ave S

    Minneapolis, MN 55403

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  • 612-813-1970

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I've been really uncomfortable with some of the comments made by a particular waiter the last couple of times I went. And the food was all messed up too. Guess it won't be my favorite place anymore. I'll try the one in Midtown Market. I

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★★★★★

I've been really uncomfortable with some of the comments made by a particular waiter the last couple of times I went. And the food was all messed up too. Guess it won't be my favorite place anymore. I'll try the one in Midtown Market. I

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Stick to the BELL or JOHNS. This place is over priced and the food lacks flavor. Service was ok but the food had less seasoning than your average cafeteria food. Food was barely warm and my plate was cold. House Margarita did not have

3
★★★★★

Stick to the BELL or JOHNS. This place is over priced and the food lacks flavor. Service was ok but the food had less seasoning than your average cafeteria food. Food was barely warm and my plate was cold. House Margarita did not have

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If you're flexible with your time and can enjoy a meal you waited too long for with an empty soft drink, this is a great bet. I recommend the The Amigos Enchiladas, though I've had great chimis too. I go to Salsa's often, so I've learned that it's best to go when it's kind of empty (they get overwhelmed easily).

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★★★★★

If you're flexible with your time and can enjoy a meal you waited too long for with an empty soft drink, this is a great bet. I recommend the The Amigos Enchiladas, though I've had great chimis too. I go to Salsa's often, so I've learned that it's best to go when it's kind of empty (they get overwhelmed easily).

Pros: Enchiladas

Cons: bad service

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I went with my book club. We enjoyed the slow pace of the evening and spent several hours chatting, in addition to eating and drinking. No one tried to rush us from our table or constantly keep us ordering. The total bill was around $30 a person for a three and a half hour experience. The margaritas were great (and strong!) We're not lightweights, but no one had more than two. Everyone enjoyed their food although be aware there are side dish choices and if you don't specify, they will automatically bring you rice and beans. Our server was very nice and we enjoyed trying to speak Spanish with her. I am going back with my husband.

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★★★★★

I went with my book club. We enjoyed the slow pace of the evening and spent several hours chatting, in addition to eating and drinking. No one tried to rush us from our table or constantly keep us ordering. The total bill was around $30 a person for a three and a half hour experience. The margaritas were great (and strong!) We're not lightweights, but no one had more than two. Everyone enjoyed their food although be aware there are side dish choices and if you don't specify, they will automatically bring you rice and beans. Our server was very nice and we enjoyed trying to speak Spanish with her. I am going back with my husband.

Pros: Food, price, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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Too bad. I actually like the food but last night was my third and last visit to Salsa a la Salsa. Three times I've enjoyed my food but three times I've had problems with my bill. All three times I've left with that funny little feeling that someone was trying to rip me off. On my first visit, my bank account was charged $6 more than what I signed for. I didn't realize it until a week later when I checked my bank transactions. Fortunately, my bank disupted the charge and I didn't pay the overcharge. On the second visit, my detailed bill totaled approximately $26. Silly me, I handed the waitress my Visa card. She asked me to sign a slip for approximately $32. Sure, I caught it. Oh, she apologized but I still felt "almost cheated." Again. Last night I asked for a little more sour cream and salsa because the tiny dollop on my quesadilla was not sufficient. Guess what? The detailed bill indicated "extra chips" and "extra sour cream." ???? The waiter explained that he HAD to charge for the extra sour cream and salsa. He changed words on the bill to indicate "extra picante." Had he told me that when I ordered the extra, I would've accepted it. He made no mention of it until I questioned the bil. AGAIN. Last night's unfortunate dispute could've been avoided had there been sufficient sour cream on the platter! After three visits and three overcharges, I won't return.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Too bad. I actually like the food but last night was my third and last visit to Salsa a la Salsa. Three times I've enjoyed my food but three times I've had problems with my bill. All three times I've left with that funny little feeling that someone was trying to rip me off. On my first visit, my bank account was charged $6 more than what I signed for. I didn't realize it until a week later when I checked my bank transactions. Fortunately, my bank disupted the charge and I didn't pay the overcharge. On the second visit, my detailed bill totaled approximately $26. Silly me, I handed the waitress my Visa card. She asked me to sign a slip for approximately $32. Sure, I caught it. Oh, she apologized but I still felt "almost cheated." Again. Last night I asked for a little more sour cream and salsa because the tiny dollop on my quesadilla was not sufficient. Guess what? The detailed bill indicated "extra chips" and "extra sour cream." ???? The waiter explained that he HAD to charge for the extra sour cream and salsa. He changed words on the bill to indicate "extra picante." Had he told me that when I ordered the extra, I would've accepted it. He made no mention of it until I questioned the bil. AGAIN. Last night's unfortunate dispute could've been avoided had there been sufficient sour cream on the platter! After three visits and three overcharges, I won't return.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Being overcharged three times in a row

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My family and I went there to celebrate my birthday. I'm a huge fan of Mexican food, and was looking forward to some "authentic" food. It was a disaster from beginning to end. The air conditioning was either not working or off-- and it was stifling in the resturant. Those of us who ordered margaritas got them quickly, but the sodas took over an hour (including for the kids!), and the water that we ordered at the beginning didn't come until 1/2 through our meal (and then only 3 of the 6 of us got them). The food was awful! My flautas con pollo were inedible--and ice cold. The chicken in the the flauntas was so dry that I could hardly stab it with my fork. And, unfortunantely, a couple of us were sick all night from what we did eat. Plus, three of us got our meals almost 45 minutes after the others at our table, and the first three meals took over an hour after we ordered. We should have turned around and gone to Pepitos when we walked in the door and found two different table threatning to walk out. Overall, our experience was completely disappointing. This staff was friendly, but almost useless. The salsa verde was amazing, but those are the only good things to say about this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

My family and I went there to celebrate my birthday. I'm a huge fan of Mexican food, and was looking forward to some "authentic" food. It was a disaster from beginning to end. The air conditioning was either not working or off-- and it was stifling in the resturant. Those of us who ordered margaritas got them quickly, but the sodas took over an hour (including for the kids!), and the water that we ordered at the beginning didn't come until 1/2 through our meal (and then only 3 of the 6 of us got them). The food was awful! My flautas con pollo were inedible--and ice cold. The chicken in the the flauntas was so dry that I could hardly stab it with my fork. And, unfortunantely, a couple of us were sick all night from what we did eat. Plus, three of us got our meals almost 45 minutes after the others at our table, and the first three meals took over an hour after we ordered. We should have turned around and gone to Pepitos when we walked in the door and found two different table threatning to walk out. Overall, our experience was completely disappointing. This staff was friendly, but almost useless. The salsa verde was amazing, but those are the only good things to say about this place.

Pros: Salsa verde; margaritas and free chips and salsa

Cons: Food; service; temp of the restaurant

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Food was cold, and far from authentic with little flavor. Service is slow(server forgot our drink orders), although good margaritas. Would not go back and do not recommend. I will be going back to Pepitos!

1
★★☆☆☆

Food was cold, and far from authentic with little flavor. Service is slow(server forgot our drink orders), although good margaritas. Would not go back and do not recommend. I will be going back to Pepitos!

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We like all kinds of Mexican food, from casual to gourmet, and this was some of the worst we've had. The sides were ice cold, and I ordered steak fajitas and received chicken. The food was bland and the service was blah. The reviews that say the food was as great as the art were written by the artist, most likely, trying to get people into the restaurant to view it. The art was ugly too. The only thing the three of us liked was the exposed brick wall and the salsa with the free chips. Do NOT spend your money here.

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★☆☆☆☆

We like all kinds of Mexican food, from casual to gourmet, and this was some of the worst we've had. The sides were ice cold, and I ordered steak fajitas and received chicken. The food was bland and the service was blah. The reviews that say the food was as great as the art were written by the artist, most likely, trying to get people into the restaurant to view it. The art was ugly too. The only thing the three of us liked was the exposed brick wall and the salsa with the free chips. Do NOT spend your money here.

Pros: Salsa was ok.

Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE.

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Upon entering, i was a bit sceptical (from the other reviews). Salsa was great, clean environment, and creative decor. Food (popular burito, and chicken fajitas(which were marinated in wine)) was at our table in less than 10 minutes! amazing time... and service. Food was some of the best we have had for the price.
As my boyfriend remarks "This burrito is the best i have ever had!"- highly recomended to anyone looking for athentic mexican cuisine, and a good margherita for the right price.

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★★★★★

Upon entering, i was a bit sceptical (from the other reviews). Salsa was great, clean environment, and creative decor. Food (popular burito, and chicken fajitas(which were marinated in wine)) was at our table in less than 10 minutes! amazing time... and service. Food was some of the best we have had for the price.
As my boyfriend remarks "This burrito is the best i have ever had!"- highly recomended to anyone looking for athentic mexican cuisine, and a good margherita for the right price.

Pros: Fast service, perfect price, fantastic food

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I love this restaurant. I have read the reviews about slow service, but dude! Have you ever been to Mexico? One of the fabulous things you can learn from the Mexican Culture is to SLOW DOWN! Especially when you are having a night out with your family or loved ones.

The fish tacos are something I crave, and Lorenzo (the owner, no less!) was happy to accomodate my little 5 year old's requests for some substitutions in her order.

The artwork on the walls, the people who serve you, the owner being a "hands on" part of the operation. We love it! My five year old still asks, "Mom, when are we going to go to 'Salsa a la Salsa' again?"

Practice your Spanish there, too! Most of the servers and Lorenzo are native speakers and are very patient with your search for the right verb tense.

Thumbs up!

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★★★★★

I love this restaurant. I have read the reviews about slow service, but dude! Have you ever been to Mexico? One of the fabulous things you can learn from the Mexican Culture is to SLOW DOWN! Especially when you are having a night out with your family or loved ones.

The fish tacos are something I crave, and Lorenzo (the owner, no less!) was happy to accomodate my little 5 year old's requests for some substitutions in her order.

The artwork on the walls, the people who serve you, the owner being a "hands on" part of the operation. We love it! My five year old still asks, "Mom, when are we going to go to 'Salsa a la Salsa' again?"

Practice your Spanish there, too! Most of the servers and Lorenzo are native speakers and are very patient with your search for the right verb tense.

Thumbs up!

Pros: fish tacos and the staff

Cons: the space can be a little noisy when it's full

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This was a great restaurant! After checking out lots of possibilities to take my sister and brother in law, we decided that this was the place! We were so pleased! The chips and salsas were yummy! The chips were really sturdy and had great crunch! All of our entrees - shrimp enchiladas, the steak tenderloin special of the night, the fish tacos and the veggie fajitas - were delicious. Our server even brought me ice and some medicine when I burned my arm on the fajita plate (that I was warned about already!)!

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★★★★★

This was a great restaurant! After checking out lots of possibilities to take my sister and brother in law, we decided that this was the place! We were so pleased! The chips and salsas were yummy! The chips were really sturdy and had great crunch! All of our entrees - shrimp enchiladas, the steak tenderloin special of the night, the fish tacos and the veggie fajitas - were delicious. Our server even brought me ice and some medicine when I burned my arm on the fajita plate (that I was warned about already!)!

Pros: Nice atmosphere, wonderful art on the walls.

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After waiting nearly an hour for the food, and nearly another hour for the bill, we discovered that we had been over-billed- only to spend another 1/2 hour resolving that. We were charged for 3 margaritas and 2 sodas that we didn't order and a side of beans that was supposed to come with the meal which we had to remind the waiter about, and for which we were charged- in all, a total of $30 over-billed. The food was so-so; the enchilada sauce was bland. The service was slow. While I was resolving the issues with our bill with the manager, we were interrupted by another angry customer who had been waiting too long for her food while the rest of her table had been served. If you decide to try this restaurant, make sure you're paying for what you ordered, and set aside a large chunk of time!

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting nearly an hour for the food, and nearly another hour for the bill, we discovered that we had been over-billed- only to spend another 1/2 hour resolving that. We were charged for 3 margaritas and 2 sodas that we didn't order and a side of beans that was supposed to come with the meal which we had to remind the waiter about, and for which we were charged- in all, a total of $30 over-billed. The food was so-so; the enchilada sauce was bland. The service was slow. While I was resolving the issues with our bill with the manager, we were interrupted by another angry customer who had been waiting too long for her food while the rest of her table had been served. If you decide to try this restaurant, make sure you're paying for what you ordered, and set aside a large chunk of time!

Pros: Downtown location

Cons: Slow Service

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I admit it. I like Salsa a la Salsa. Are there flaws? Absolutely. The service can be spotty and the food a touch inconsistent (I've been there when two people have ordered the exact same burrito and one ends up almost twice the size of the other as an example). But the waitstaff is friendly if not overly efficient. And, well, the food is just darn good.
Their mole is excellent, the salsa verde has a nice flavor and a little kick (this is MN, afterall), and the rellenos make my mouth water.
I'm not a fan of refritos in general so I normal get my entree with a side of the tempura veggies instead of the beans. I love that tempura veggies is even an option. Try to find that on the menus of otehr mexican restaurants in town.
So - that's my review. Try a taste.

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★★★★☆

I admit it. I like Salsa a la Salsa. Are there flaws? Absolutely. The service can be spotty and the food a touch inconsistent (I've been there when two people have ordered the exact same burrito and one ends up almost twice the size of the other as an example). But the waitstaff is friendly if not overly efficient. And, well, the food is just darn good.
Their mole is excellent, the salsa verde has a nice flavor and a little kick (this is MN, afterall), and the rellenos make my mouth water.
I'm not a fan of refritos in general so I normal get my entree with a side of the tempura veggies instead of the beans. I love that tempura veggies is even an option. Try to find that on the menus of otehr mexican restaurants in town.
So - that's my review. Try a taste.

Pros: ecclectic menu, prompt seating, friendly staff

Cons: inconsistent

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As a former Mexican restaurateur it was with great anticipation I dined here last friday evening. The ingredients were fresh, and the food authentic, as promised. They aren't prepared fresh on order though, they are warmed, and not well, my chile relleno wasn't melted, the walleye tacos were so soggy I had to cut them with a fork, the sauce on the chicken flauta was cold, the wine list is pathetic. The food has great potential, they'd better figure out the kitchen flow if they want to stay in business because their refritos were too old.

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★☆☆☆☆

As a former Mexican restaurateur it was with great anticipation I dined here last friday evening. The ingredients were fresh, and the food authentic, as promised. They aren't prepared fresh on order though, they are warmed, and not well, my chile relleno wasn't melted, the walleye tacos were so soggy I had to cut them with a fork, the sauce on the chicken flauta was cold, the wine list is pathetic. The food has great potential, they'd better figure out the kitchen flow if they want to stay in business because their refritos were too old.

Pros: ambience, fresh ingredients

Cons: food cold, lacking wine list, beans sat too long

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After living in Mexico City for thrity years and being married to a Mexican, we count this place as our favorite in the Cities for traditional Mexican dishes with an occasional inspired twist. Ie: chile relleno with a delicious creamy sauce insted of the usual tomato broth. Also, their mole is the best in town, whether on chicken or enchiladas. Their warm cactus salad (nopales) is sublime. In some twenty visits the food and service have been excellent.

2
★★★★★

After living in Mexico City for thrity years and being married to a Mexican, we count this place as our favorite in the Cities for traditional Mexican dishes with an occasional inspired twist. Ie: chile relleno with a delicious creamy sauce insted of the usual tomato broth. Also, their mole is the best in town, whether on chicken or enchiladas. Their warm cactus salad (nopales) is sublime. In some twenty visits the food and service have been excellent.

Pros: Good cheap wine

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Having moved to Minneapolis from the Southwest, we couldn't wait to try this place.

We were disappointed. The lighting was like a church basement with all the charm of a Denny's. Filthy menus; mine actually smeared with fresh salsa. Although empty, the service was sluggish. Ordered beers twice before we got them. My friend's burritos were "ok". I ordered Devil Mary Chicken. I like hot food, well spiced with a major kick, but this was just heat for the sake of heat with no flavor. It's no skill to make food so hot it's inedible. The test is adding flavor to make the heat become savory.

It's possible that this was an off night. We ordered some pupusas that were close to Salvadoran pupusas, although the spicy slaw on top was frozen in places. We might try it again, but for now I'd have to say it rates pretty average.

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★★★☆☆

Having moved to Minneapolis from the Southwest, we couldn't wait to try this place.

We were disappointed. The lighting was like a church basement with all the charm of a Denny's. Filthy menus; mine actually smeared with fresh salsa. Although empty, the service was sluggish. Ordered beers twice before we got them. My friend's burritos were "ok". I ordered Devil Mary Chicken. I like hot food, well spiced with a major kick, but this was just heat for the sake of heat with no flavor. It's no skill to make food so hot it's inedible. The test is adding flavor to make the heat become savory.

It's possible that this was an off night. We ordered some pupusas that were close to Salvadoran pupusas, although the spicy slaw on top was frozen in places. We might try it again, but for now I'd have to say it rates pretty average.

Pros: large menu

Cons: poor service

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This is the best spot on eat street for mexican on eat street. Great value, serving many items on the menu ala carte, and always satisfying specials. Wines, great Margarita's and smooth ambience. Speaking of which check out local art students(MCAD) work on the walls! Cozy booths for romantic dinners.

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★★★★★

This is the best spot on eat street for mexican on eat street. Great value, serving many items on the menu ala carte, and always satisfying specials. Wines, great Margarita's and smooth ambience. Speaking of which check out local art students(MCAD) work on the walls! Cozy booths for romantic dinners.

Pros: Great food, service, Great Value, Not crowded

Cons: Parking,sometimes

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The problem with the rating of the restaurant is that it creates a false impression. It isn't good food, and worst of all, the margarita's were terrible. That's all, don't go, find a different restuarant.

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★☆☆☆☆

The problem with the rating of the restaurant is that it creates a false impression. It isn't good food, and worst of all, the margarita's were terrible. That's all, don't go, find a different restuarant.

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Fantastic food. Beautiful atmosphere. The best service I have ever received in any restaurant in Minnesota ever. This is not one of those american places thats serves what americans think is mexican food. They serve authentic mexican dishes of a quality that would be difficult to find even in Mexico. I will be back, again and again.

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★★★★★

Fantastic food. Beautiful atmosphere. The best service I have ever received in any restaurant in Minnesota ever. This is not one of those american places thats serves what americans think is mexican food. They serve authentic mexican dishes of a quality that would be difficult to find even in Mexico. I will be back, again and again.

Pros: Food, Service, Atmosphere

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I went here with 10 of my friends, and no one had anything bad to say about this place. The food is reasonably priced, authentic, tasty and nicely presented. My crab and shrimp enchiladas were light and fluffy and so yummy. I guess my one complaint is that I made a reservation for December 24th (my birthday) a couple weeks in advance, and that day they called me to ask if I was still coming because they weren't getting any customers and wanted to close. Well, that's why I made a reservation, because I'm inviting people and I can't just cancel it or change the location an hour before. Then we get to the restaurant and there's quite a few customers. Whatever.

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★★★★★

I went here with 10 of my friends, and no one had anything bad to say about this place. The food is reasonably priced, authentic, tasty and nicely presented. My crab and shrimp enchiladas were light and fluffy and so yummy. I guess my one complaint is that I made a reservation for December 24th (my birthday) a couple weeks in advance, and that day they called me to ask if I was still coming because they weren't getting any customers and wanted to close. Well, that's why I made a reservation, because I'm inviting people and I can't just cancel it or change the location an hour before. Then we get to the restaurant and there's quite a few customers. Whatever.

Pros: authentic

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Not sure what this place does to it's tortillas but, THIS PLACE IS THE BEST!!! I've been waiting weeks for citysearch to add this to it's list of restaurants. It is, hands down, the best "hidden treasure" in town. The tortillas don't weigh down the food, they're light and let the foods flavor shine through. Can't miss with the "popular burrito", you'll see why.

This is the new "best mexican in town winner" for next year, wait and see.

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★★★★★

Not sure what this place does to it's tortillas but, THIS PLACE IS THE BEST!!! I've been waiting weeks for citysearch to add this to it's list of restaurants. It is, hands down, the best "hidden treasure" in town. The tortillas don't weigh down the food, they're light and let the foods flavor shine through. Can't miss with the "popular burrito", you'll see why.

This is the new "best mexican in town winner" for next year, wait and see.

Pros: selection, flavorfull!!!, value

Cons: NONE!!!

 

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