Salena’s FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Salena’s, we try to be as helpful as possible. Below are some commonly asked questions. Please feel free to contact us if you don’t see the answer you are looking for.

Do you take reservations?
Yes, we take reservations for all party sizes. You can book them by clicking here, or by calling us at 585-256-5980. If you try online and can’t find the time you are looking for, give us a call and we will try and book you as close as possible to our desired time.

If you have a party of more than 12, you will need to call the restaurant for the reservation.

What is the parking situation?
There is no charge to park at the Village Gate. There is ample parking throughout the plaza. There is also parking on Goodman St, College Ave, and Birch Crescent, but watch the parking signs!

Had too much to drink? You can leave your car overnight and we will be happy to help you call a taxi, Uber or Lyft.

Do you have a full bar?
We have a full bar with one of the highest quality and largest tequila selections in the city. We also have numerous rotating local craft beers to complement our Mexican and domestic selection. Check out our drink specials!

What if I don’t know much about/don’t like Tequila?
We know there are a lot misconceptions about Tequila. Let us introduce you to one of the most versatile and enjoyable beverages around. Talk with our staff and they will be happy to guide you into a choice your sure to enjoy.

Want to really learn some new things? Attend one of our monthly Tequila classes headed by our in house Tequila expert, Matt. These sessions are the last Wednesday on the month and explore the process, history and how to drink tequila, along with several tastings. Sign up online under the Events section.

Can I bring my kids?
Yes, we are proud to be a family-friendly restaurant.

Our kid’s meals come with a “decorate your own” kid’s cookie from Get Caked. Let your server know if your child needs a distraction and they can grab you some extra activities from our office.

What is the loyalty program?

We have a free loyalty program. Every $1 you spend is worth 1 point, and for every 500 points, you will receive a free $50 gift card. Don’t worry if you don’t like carrying an extra card around, we can use your phone number too! Sign up here. You can also sign up for our email list here.

Do you have takeout/delivery?

Our Menu is available for take-out by calling the restaurant. We also work with GrubHub to offer delivery.

Do you offer catering?

We can provide in-house catering for groups reserving our party room or off-site catering. Some items may require 48 hours notice. View our catering menu here.

A delivery charge will be added to delivered orders.

Do you add a gratuity?

We may add a gratuity of 18% to parties of 6 or more. Ask your server if you unsure about your tables gratuity.

What are the sauces?

Enchilada sauce is made from a multi-step, extensive recipe including Ancho chiles, as well as our special combination of spices. Vegetarian and Gluten Free

Mole Sauce: Molé is an old word from the Mexican colonial age meaning simply “sauce” or “mix”. Our house Molé sauce is thick, dark, and complex. The recipes contain vegetables, various dried chiles, nuts & seeds, chocolate, cinnamon, and other spices.

White sauce is a delicious, cream cheese based sauce to contrast and complement our more traditional selections. Vegetarian.

Our Green sauce is a tomatillo-based sauce, with our special blend of herbs and spices, slow roasted cooked pork. Gluten Free.

Is there anything to do/sites around the area?

Salena’s is in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts, one of Rochester’s most vibrant Neighborhoods. Within walking distance, you can visit The Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Auditorium Theater, Rochester Armory, Rochester Public Market, Rorbach’s Brewer, Black Button Distilling, Three Heads Brewery, Museum and Science Center, Lyric Theater, The MUCCC, and First Friday’s Art showcases just to name a few!

Check out www.notaba.org for more.

Does Salena’s contribute to the community?

We are proud of our community involvement. We sponsor numerous local organizations in the community, including the Special Olympics, Seneca Park Zoo, Strong Museum, Geva, RBTL, Blackfriars, and the MAG among others.

We have run a Polar Plunge team to raise funds for the Special Olympics for the past several years raising over $44,000. Click here for more info.

We are open to your ideas on how to give back. If you have an idea, please reach out to Aaron at aaron@salenas.com.

Salena's Mexican Restaurant


Located in the Village Gate
302 N. Goodman St.
Rochester, NY 14607
585.256.5980

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info@salenas.com

HOURS
Tues – Thurs: 11:30 am – 10 pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30 am – 11 pm
Sun: 3 pm – 9 pm
Mon: Closed

“All you need is love. And tacos.”

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Salena's Mexican Restaurant at Rochester's Village Gate
302 N. Goodman St.
Rochester, NY 14607
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(585) 256-5980
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Hours

Dinner: 4 pm – 9 pm, 7 days a week
Lunch: 11:30 am-4 pm, Thursday -Sunday