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282 Derby St, Ste 1, Salem, MA 01970-3689
+1 978-745-9436
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good21%
  • Average10%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible11%
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“guacamole” (9 reviews)
“taquitos” (2 reviews)
“mexican food” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Fusion
$$ - $$$
282 Derby St, Ste 1, Salem, MA 01970-3689
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Reviewed 4 days ago

For me this wasn't a standout experience but there was nothing wrong with it. I probably would try a number of other spots before returning if at all, but if you enjoy Mexican food in particular this might be a good choice for you.

Thank Tim B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had dinner here with with the family on a weekend in October when Salem was very busy. The food is straightforward Mexican affair with fresh tastes, good service at fairly reasonable prices. The food is definitely better than the average Mexican fare and we...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cilantro's food is authentic, fresh and homemade. Two of our favorites are the empanadas and the fresh made guacamole. The restaurant is small, cozy and very inviting. The owner is always willing to give suggestions and also at explaining the various dishes.

1  Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

The food here is absolutely delicious. Their use of spices sets it apart from the ordinary Mexican restaurant. The service was efficient and professional, yet very friendly. I would definitely return.

Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We have patronized Cilantro since it opened any years ago(the late 90s, I believe). This is upscale Mexican food which is consistently first rate. Service is friendly and quick, and the drinks are strong and quite good.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We arrived just as they opened for evening service & Esther was unbelievably friendly, welcoming & we loved her conversation! She made us 2 killer margaritas & did such a wonderful job explaining the flavor profile! We ordered soups & 2 full entrees! The tortilla...More

Thank laidback9370
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Great food. Nice atmosphere. Friendly service. Basically everything you could ask for. Will come back.

Thank Shannon K
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We popped in here as most other restaurants were packed this October day. The Quesadilla was good and cheesy and the Tortilla soup was very good, however, the bowl was small and not worth $6 in my opinion. $15 for soup and quesadilla was a...More

Thank masstraveler50
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Cilantro offers fine, high end Mexican food in the heart of Salem. Service is friendly in this small restaurant, but the real star is the food, which is consistently excellent.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I had my heart set on a Mexican restaurant in Gloucester as we were in Gloucester for the day. When we couldn't find any parking within a mile of that restaurant I suggested we head back to Salem because there were a couple of Mexican...More

1  Thank Karen V
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 282 Derby St, Ste 1, Salem, MA 01970-3689
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: +1 978-745-9436
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