Atlanta >Food & Dining > Salsa Havana
2020 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031833.810198 -84.414711
Mon. - Sun. 11am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Northside, Northside
where's the staff?? – I eat out quite a bit and this was one of my worse experiences, by far. We should've walked out after entering and seeing that most of the tables had not been cleaned off from the previous patrons. There was one waitress and one cook - no bus boy. Our appetizer came out after our meals and I got my soup after we were finished eating. Forget getting your drink refilled or anything of the sort. The waitress was super sweet, but the place was severely understaffed. Given perfect service and no filthy tables, the food was still, at best, average.
KID CRAZY – so the definite breeders in Underwood Hills/Collier road have taken over this restaurant. It is ridiculous. The food at Salsa is actually pretty good. But I do not want to go out and have to listen to kids screaming; watch them running around and jumping on the seats. The parents of these brats should don't even care and they are immune to their behavior. This is the way it is all the time and we have simply stopped going.
Bad Service and even WORST Management – 50 MINS TO GET 3 TACOS
I HAVE NEVER BEEN TREATED THIS WAY; AND I WILL NEVER RETURN
Love it! – LOVE the food and food variety (its technically Cuban, not "Mexican"). Been eating there since it opened, and they recently expanded to include a full bar on one side. A neighborhood dive with friendly, younger staff. They have cool local art for sale on the walls too. Go try for yourself (and make friends with the Chef- Alex). Yum!
I'm the bartender – I'm just letting everyone know that we have a fully stocked bar. Please come by and check us out. I look forward to meeting you.
Great food, bad service! – My boyfriend and I live just down the street from this little spot and LOVE the food, but have never had great service. We always start off with the salsa trio, our favorite is the roasted tomato (we even order it to go sometimes just to have with dinner at home). We are big fans of the tacos, mixing it up with which ones we get each time...and which sides. We really love them all! When we eat in the restaurant the service is usually pretty slow, and unattentive, but the waitresses are young-and its never been too out of hand so we have never complained. When we order to go, 1 out of every 5 times there will be a mistake, but not something we would call back about. Once they charged and sent us an extra order of tacos, once it was a chicken taco instead of beef...but we never really mind because we like them all. This seems to be a great place for families, and there are lots of regulars that the chef talks to and knows on a first name basis. Bottom line, we still tell our friends how much we love the food at this place, but always warn them that service might be a stretch. If you are going to try this place for the first time, I would reccommend going on a weeknight.
great neighborhood restaurant – We've been eating regularly at Salsa for over three years and have never been let down. Owner and chef Alex makes everyone feel at home. Creative cuban dishes with tacoes for the kids. Try the Veracruz Fish, Steak Neuenschwander or Tom's BBQ ribs (not on the menu have to ask for this one). New bar with extensive beer and wine selections. Great food and feels like home.
Not as good as I had expected – This is my first restaurant review. I ordered the roast pork dish. It came with rice and black beans. The pork was ok. However, the food experience was diminished because both the rice and beans were undercooked. Overall, this dish was not very tasty at all. It lacked of the Latin flavors that will make you come back again. The service was lazy.
Good ambiance though.
Based on other's reviews I may give it another try.
Salsa Havana best Cuban fushion – Like spice try the Carribean Chicken or Veracruz fish. A good mix with rice and beans/sweet plantaines. I still need to find their rice recipe, best rice in ATL. Place works great but better when Chef Alex is there (expanding into another restaurant but still works). Beans are mild, order spicy bean slasa for beans, I thinkit is ahie salsa. Lot of kids, go after 8:00 p.m. Great Cuban-Latin fusion...I wish they had a cool bar for late night dates. 3 things to try, Fish tacos, Barbeque tacos and Duck Arsila. Please find rice recipe for me and email me (unickmather@yahoocom), the guy calls it ancient chineese recipe "Calgon", what is in the rice? Any suggestions on best BBQ?
No to chicken tacos, same on beef – Don't order the chicken tacos, unless you like choking on gristle/chunks of fat and bone!! The first time it happened with several bones in my taco (I could have choked) . I thought ok, bad night/chef. I called and let them know so other customers wouldn't experience same. I just visited again after several months and ordered chicken tacos (forgetting my previous experience). Lo and behold, gristle in the tacos again, made me want to toss my cookies. I just threw them out instead. The beef tacos are very tough and bland almost flavorless. The rice and beans have gone down hill, also very bland. I've liked the BBQ pork tacos ok but after 2 experiences months apart I won't be eating at Salsa ever again.
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