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“Best of Jim Hendrix for lunch music? Really?”

Salena's Mexican Restaurant
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Ranked #126 of 1,294 Restaurants in Rochester
Price range: US$0 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Syracuse, New York
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Best of Jim Hendrix for lunch music? Really?”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

While visiting Rochester I decided to check out Salena's for some Mexican lunch. Parking was hard to find, and then I had trouble finding the entrance. It was very dark inside, and not cozy-dark, just dark. On the bright side, my waitress was very nice. The complimentary chips and salsa were great. The combo beef taco and cheese enchilada was very good, but the sides of rice and beans were pretty tasteless. Beer was reasonable at $3. The most irritating thing about the lunch was that Jimmy Hendrix was playing non-stop the entire time. How about some Mexican tunes or even some Holiday tunes? It is December!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank ConnieH440
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Rochester, New York
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Can't stop eating. So Good.”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

I LOVE this food. Mexican flag is my go-to dinner, but I like to switch it up periodically. Really who am I kidding, anything with white sauce is da bomb. Pair that up with a Herradura Repo marg or the house Agave Ale and I am good to go.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank EmDeeEm
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Penfield, New York
Level 6 Contributor
238 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Great place for dinner”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Located in the heart of Village Gate, Salena's is the place in Rochester for Mexican food and margaritas. Great, converted old factory atmosphere and good service. If it is your first time visiting, be sure to ask your server questions & for suggestions about the menu!

  • Visited October 2013
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Rochester, New York
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Salena's Mexican”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

In the mood for Mexican food...and a margarita..?? Salena's is the place. Nestled in the entertainment hub of the the Village Gate...Salena's make ROC's best margaritas.

Visited July 2013
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Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good food, far from authentic”
Reviewed 28 September 2013 via mobile

For starters, the salsa was excellent, and the waitress was nice, but it was all downhill from there. The jalapeño peppers were stuffed with mozzarella. They need to find a more authentic cheese, since this is a Mexican restaurant, not Italian. (Then again I doubt they use much cheese in Mexico). The burritos had potential, but they were also stuffed with mozzarella which was way too much cheese on top of the poppers and the queso. This place has a great location and the service is good, but more of a Tex-Mex, or should I say Italian-Mex.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Andyguck
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