Boston >Food & Dining > Salsa's
118 Dorchester St, Boston, MA | Directions 0212742.335054 -71.046322
Monday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: South Boston, Telegraph Hill
Mexican? In Southie? Alright, You Asked For It. – Southie has long been a stronghold for the area's working-class Irish American community, and despite the steady influx of new arrivals (not the least among them being plenty of college students), the presence of long-time locals remains pronounced.
That's why it was probably silly of you to come here for Mexican food.
I'm certainly not saying that there cannot exist an oasis of ethnic authenticity in an otherwise relatively homogenous land. Kitchens are kitchen, and on Southie's sweeping plains of pizza-and-sub shops, dimly-lit bars, and humble breakfast stops, they can be had by anyone willing to buy (or lease, as it were). But this isn't one of those times. I don't know who owns Salsa's, or even who works in the kitchen, but either they don't know what real Mexican food is, or they don't care.
In fairness, the latter may be the more likely scenario. After all, you're in Southie. For Mexican. How interested in authenticity can you possibly be? So maybe they get points on the savviness scale. After all, when the average townie gets off work and heads over to Dorchester and Broadway, what are they really looking for? Technically precise carnitas, or some tasty chips and salsa? How about a comically oversized margarita to wash that down?
Hey, the chile en nogada is actually really tasty: jam-packed with interesting flavors, it's exactly the sort of dish I love, and the creamy walnut sauce more than hides the dry ground beef. But the fish tacos were salty and mind-numbingly boring, and the carnitas were inexplicably -- and unforgivably -- cubed. The salsa was quite good, and that being their namesake, perhaps I should just take the hint and admit that they do what they, in all likelihood, seek to do: get Southie natives sloshed on tequila, beneath the approving gaze of a fake saguaro.
If that's what you're looking for, then hell, come on over. Support the South Boston economy, and maybe have a drink while you're at it. But don't expect exacting Mexican food, and for the love of god, if you happen to enjoy it, don't tell MC Slim JB.
Sweet 16 Birthday Party Dinner – We had a Sweet 16th Birrthday Dinner for my daughter who loves this restaurant. She had a choice of having a big party at a hall with a DJ and everything, but she insisted she wanted it at her favorite restaurant.
There were 22 family members who came and I cannot say enough about the service we received, it was fantastic. The service was great and the waitress (Stephanie) did an exceptional job along with the rest of the waiters and bartender (Lauren). They made my daughter's 16th birthday a special night she will never forget as well as me and my family. The food was delicious and everyone had nothing but praise for each meal. I would totally recommend
this for anyone who has teenager's and loves mexican food. Thank You to everyone of you at
Salsa's and Dave the owner for making this a memorable occasion for me, my daughter and my family.
Great Sangria and Margarita's! – Charming and Cozy! this Authentic Mexican restaurant is a one of my favorite spots in Southie! what a treat to have it just a short walk away. the food is terrific and the drinks are as well.
terrible customer service – I moved my friend to Boston and after a long day of unpacking we decided to go out for dinner. There were four of us together, we were seated right next to the bar after waiting outside for about 20 minutes. Once seated we quickly placed our orders. Our server somehow forgot about us and our food was served before we received our drinks. Two of our orders were incorrect and we delt with it. After eatting we requested seperate checks and our waiter quickly returned to ask if we were paying with credit cards. We were and he said it would be easier to split it with the cards. We gave him our cards and when he returned he had decided to divide our check by four rather than actually splitting it up with what each person ordered. I did not feel the service was very good so I did not leave a large tip. Apparently the server Robichaud, from my bill did not feel it was adequate and decided to take additional money. I called my bank to report the error and they suggested I call the restaurant to see if they would credit my account. I called the restaurant five times before I was able to speak to the manager Miguel. When I informed him that I was overcharged and another person I was with was overcharged he told me I would have to come into get my money. I live over 1,000 miles away and he suggested I get someone I know to come and get my money for me and then send it to me. He also told me the standard tip in Boston is 18%, and that is why my bill was larger. I responded that was not the amount that I authorized and if one of my employees was stealing from customers I would apprecaite knowing. The owner David has been unreachable to hear about how his customers are being treated. I would not recommend this restaurant for its food and definately not for its customer service.
Salty Abodingas – Brought my nephew here as a going away present. Decent atmosphere but a little cramped. The two waitresses tried their best to keep up with the 25 tables. The $20 Sangria was tasty but seemed like it came from a blender. It fills 4 glasses. Average main meals are about $16 so not bad. My nephews lamb was good but the Abodingas that were recommended to me were so salty that I could not eat them. Maybe it was just a bad night for the cook. Beans and rice were tasteless . I would like to give them another try but will order something totally different.
Best to go down the road and get take out from Alfredo's Italian Kitchen.
Avoid at all cost - unless you're really, really cheap – I could not agree more with the Zach guy below, this place is simply terrible. He didn't mention though it's also gross and smelly and that the waitresses can't care less about their guests. Anyone who likes this place has never had Mexican or Southwestern food. On the plus side, it's cheap. Oh, there's also no parking and often a line ruled by anarchy/whichever steroid a-hole has had the most to drink already. Sadly my wife really likes this place for nostalgic reasons and I'm forced to go here to keep our marriage together, and each time I have to order something new because what I had last time was so bad. I dread even suggesting eating out nowadays because I'm afraid we'll end up here. Note: you don't really want to sit at the bar unless you like it that your clothes and hair smell like burnt grease for the next week. Oh, and feel free to skip the margaritas; they're made with a little too much store mix and a little too little cheap tequila and generally just make you wonder why you didn't just stay home and organized paper clips instead.
good food, fun atmosphere, great service! – I was really scared to go to a Mexican restaurant in Southie - first of all, Mexican food is usually terrible on the East Coast and on top of that we were in Southie of all places - however, this place was great. The atmosphere was fun & festive - great place to get a cool drink and grab a bite after sunbathing on Carson Beach (which is what we were doing). The salsa was delicous (fitting, since that's the restaurant's name!). The margaritas were pretty good (although a little too sweet - but the company I was with thought they were excellent). We ordered the shrimp diavolo which was sooo good - I highly recommend this appetizer - the sauce is amazing. We also ordered chicken and steak fajitas which were very good as well. The service was prompt, friendly, and made good recommendations - I really enjoyed this place & highly recommend it!
Worst Mexican food ever. – Salsa's is not only the worst Mexican restaurant in Boston, but one of the worst restaurants I've ever been to, period. I signed up for Citysearch just so I could write this review. The food is completely inauthentic; we had tacos and quesadillas and neither amounted to more than tortillas, fancy mix Kraft shredded cheese, and week old microwaved chicken pieces. Nearly any other Mexican or El Salvadorian restaurant in Boston serves significantly better food at a third of the price. This is a terrible restaurant, please do the world a favor and do not go here.
Loved it! – Being a new Southie resident, I went here one a whim with one of my friends. We were happily surprised by both our meal and the experience. We ordered the steak tacos and the chicken enchiladas and then we split our meals so we could both try more than one menu choice. They were both excellent. The service was friendly and fast and the best part about it all, the price! So cheap! We will both be back.
Great atmosphere and delicious food! – This authentic Mexican grill offers delicious dishes and a fun atmosphere. Even though you're still in Southie, it feels like you just stepped over the border. The food is great and the prices are super reasonable.
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