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Phone: (828) 252-9334

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Downtown Asheville

Salsa Mexican Caribbean Food

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Caribbean Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin American

Parking: Street

Attire: Casual

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
We REALLY enjoyed Salsa's....! A must...

Friends of ours recommended Salsa's in Asheville during our visit to the Carolinas. We did not get there until minutes before the 3 p.m. lunch closing time. There was another couple also wanting to dine there per their friends' recommendations as well.

The staff said they would be closing but because we had come from afar, agreed to stay open to serve us. What a treat as the food was so worth it - healthy, tasty, veggie and non veggie options.

I had the Veggie Plato which had enough food for 2 people and my husband had the Salmon Quesadillas. My dish had a tamale, lots of sauteed veggies, avocado with green salsa, black beans, salad, sweet potato, grilled tofu with cheese and all topped with a delicious sauce. The salmon quesadilla had fillet size pieces and not just a few flakes of fish, as one would expect. It came on top of a pile of veggies and beans and was simply delicious. The plates were stacked high in beautiful presentations.

The couple who also dined there were quite happy they stayed open - they had an appetizer and shared the salmon quesadilla.

Great service, tasty delicious food at very reasonable prices.

There are lots of interesting restaurants in Asheville, but definitely eat at Salsa's!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Ugly servcie from a poor excuse of a waitor

My family and I ate at this restaurant last night. It was highly recommended by a friend. We recieved poor service from our waitor who was not proffesional to say the least. The food was not that good, we ordered water to drink,and that's what we got, warm tap water with no ice. We left 4 full plates of food on the table and had to go to McDonalds afterwards to get food that we could eat. When we were ready to go we paid our bill $66.05. We walked out into the street and our waitor walks out behind me and yells to me. ""Hey, are you trying to make a Point!""
I said excuse me, A point about what? He yells, "" MY Tip"" ""You didn't leave me a tip!""
My reply to him was, that if would go to the table where we were supposed to be getting service, he would find his 10% Tip. and if i wanted to make a point I would go back in and remove his tip from the table.
I would not recommend this place to anyone as long as that waitor is working there. IF you do eat there, watch out for the skinny greasy looking waitor that has a tatoo on his forearm. I do regret that i didn't get his name.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not what it used to be

I lived in Asheville until 2000 and Salsa's was always my favorite restaurant. I return to Asheville every year and Salsa's is always the one place I am sure to visit. Two weeks ago my husband and I had lunch there and were extremely disappointed. We ordered the chicken nachos which normally are huge and piled high fresh tortilla, yucca, and taro chips, and unusual ingredients with eclectic and exotic flavors. What we got this time was a sad plate of nearly toppingless chips that were too big to eat without breaking up. The chicken looked like the precooked steamed chicken from Quiznos and was completely void of flavor. There was a glop of pureed black beans, a small amount of shredded cheddar cheese (usually there was goat cheese or monterray jack, etc), and two small dollops of salsa. The salsa did taste like what I remembered but there was so little of it we mostly ended up eating plain chips. Plus the nachos were $9! Normally that would have been a deal but this was awful. We had planned to order entrees as well but after the poor appetizer and the grumpy waitress we sadly paid our bill and left. I am terribly disappointed and don't plan on returning. What happened? I took a cooking class once with the owner (around 2000) and he prided himself on locally grown ingredients from seeds he had brought back from his native country. These nachos didn't contain a trace of anything fresh aside from the tiny bit of salsa. I hope they go back to the way things used to be or that this was simply a VERY off day for them.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Well worth the wait!

I've eaten dinner at salsa's many times - each time waiting anywhere from 2 minutes to an hour - but it's ALWAYS been worth the wait. Start with their house margarita - fresh citrus blend of flavors, not sickenly sweet, way too easy to gulp down. I have rarely eaten off of their regular menu - they have a Fabulous and extensive list of specials that have alway been fabulous. We recently had an empanada filled with perfectly cooked lamb, complex and delicious curry and spicy flavor. A mahi mahi special was perfectly cooked with a delicious mango salsa. Appetizers are also good - a regular item we often get are spliff rolls - crispy shell filled with crab. I have never had dessert here, don't even know if they offer it. The ambience is bright, colorful, loud, and fun. The service is good, though sometimes a bit harried. On a busy night, you can wait a while for food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Mexican/Caribbean food

Originally stopped by on a Friday night for dinner but it was too busy so instead went Saturday for lunch. This was some of the best food I've had in a while....I had the special pork fajita. I cant wait to go back to Asheville to eat here again. Although this place is probably always busy, trust me its worth the wait. If you're visiting Asheville, this place is a must for lunch or dinner...or both.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Flies, flies, flies

Food was so-so. Fish special was overcooked, other entree ok. Flies everywhere, manager and waitress admitted ""they are always a problem."" Service poor, waitress attitude was flippant. Plunked bottles of soda down without straw or glass, needed 2 requests to get glass. When complained to the manager about poor food and flies in food his attitude was, ""if you don't like it you don't have to come back."" Needless to say, we won't go back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best fusion food ANYWHERE

My boyfriend and i stumbled into salsa on a random trip to asheville becuase it was the only place open and oh what a find! the food was the most amazing blend of mexican, cuban and caribbean. what wonderful and unexpected flavors that were still so familiar and satisfying. needless to say we often make the 3 hour trip to asheville from columbia, sc where we now live to eat at salsa (hate to say it but sometimes multiple times a day when we are in town.) I've been all around the world but this is by far the best food i've ever had, go figure! highly recomended...enjoy!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Hearty Portions, Terrific Service

What a gem! We visited Salsa on July 3 at the tail-end of the lunch rush, wrote our name on the list, and waited about 15-20 for a table. Despite it being very hectic, the server greeted us with a smile. We ordered the hibiscus tea--this is a must-try! My husband had the organic chicken empanadas and I had the organic chicken enchiladas. Both had avocados, onions, pinto, and black beans, cheese...the works. Both dishes were incredible. I ended up coming home with half--they don't skimp. Salsa was an all-around great experience for us...especially after visiting Thai Basil the night before (ugh!).



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is just plain delicious. I had the organic chicken empanadas and they were such a medley of delicious flavors that i almost still can't believe it. I would bet that the vast majority of dishes here are superb.

Only problem with my visit was the jamaican fritters appetizer...the description sounds amazing and the actual dish failed to deliver.

Overall, however, this place is great.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The best salsa in the world!

I absolutely love eating here. The salsa is the unique. The servings are large (I usually have to take half of mine home!) with a variety of flavors in every bite. The only bad thing is I've gotten there too late in the evening and the salsa is all gone. They are also closed on days I've wanted to go!



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Don't Miss This One!

Salsa's is one of my favorite restaurants in the world! The dining experience is unusual, to say the least. One doesn't expect a 4-star plate in such an eclectic place. Beautiful food and the best hot sauce on the planet.

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