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282 Derby St, Ste 1, Salem, MA 01970-3689
+1 978-745-9436
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good20%
  • Average11%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (10 reviews)
“empanadas” (3 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 12 March 2018 via mobile

We have been going to Cilantro for more than 20 years. It is consistently excellent, with terrific food, strong drinks, good service and a nice setting. I have long been puzzled by the criticism reflected in other reviews. This is a high end Mexican restaurant,...More

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We have been coming to Cilantro almost since it opened long ago. The food is excellent, the drinks strong, and the service is friendly and helpful.

Thank Mark P
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Nothing great, nothing terrible. The good: don't often see empanadas on a menu, but they have them and they're good. The rum-based margarita is really tasty, as is the paloma. The not-so-good: the guacamole is very basic. Asked for extra cilantro and - surprise! -...More

1  Thank Sktpat
Reviewed 17 October 2017

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 16 October 2017 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 7 October 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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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