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Salsa 17

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Central American, Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish, South American
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17 W Campbell St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 (Vail Ave & Dunton Ave)
+1 847-590-1122
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Tue 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

MOst Mexican restaurants we have found might be good on one visit and just okay the next. I want to get what I expect. Salsa 17 has great food. The service is good. The portions are generous. We are so happy to have found a place this good and consistent.

Thank 434paulab
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I like Mexican food, so I keep trying this place. Still can't find anything attractive on the menu. And service last visit was terrible. Forgot half the order, etc. And it's just too loud. And no place to way out of the snow and cold because of the misguided crowds. This visit may have been it, though.

Thank RielyC
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there for my wife's b-day with no reservation. But the staff was very friendly and found us a table quick on Friday night. The food here is excellent and the portions are huge.

Thank Grigore O
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267 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here a number of times and with some places closing or deteriorating, Salsa 17 just keeps getting better and better. We went with the whole family for a sort of pre-Christmas dinner. Everything we ordered was fantastic: guacamole made at the table, some sort of roasted pork verde soup, a grilled skirt steak, arroz con pollo, shrimp... More 

Thank KenL60089
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Good food service and ambiance Will go again. Fresh homemade taste. Great salsa. Met for a quiet lunch. Able to accommodate or request. Knowledgeable staff

Thank George M
Fort Myers, Florida
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117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

Dining here for the first time, I must say this place has a lot of buzz. I liked the bar vibe and the drinks were pretty good actually but the food was just so so. I think they were going for gourmet Mexican but based on my first sampling I was underwhelmed. The complimentary gold standard, chips and salsa were... More 

Thank Dan C
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Cute place. The guacamole was great. Good location - conveniently located near the train station and Metropolis theater.

Thank Vanessa G
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Salsa 17 has one of the best table side guacamole preparations I have experienced. Very well done. Paired with excellent chips. The salsa is overly mild for my taste. The platters are well done, but think more aligned with authentic Mexican. This is not Tex Mex.

Thank Keith C
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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70 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We found this hot spot by way of Trip Advisor and I'm glad I listened the the reviewers, as it was very good. If you plan ahead, note that they take reservations, otherwise, it seems that you should definitely plan on waiting. We waited about 40 min on a recent Friday night around 7:30. Also, parking is on the street... More 

Thank DaniPickle
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Dinner was excellent, I ordered a steak burrito. It was large and fresh ,melted on my tongue. The homemade guacamole was wonderful. Freshly made tortilla chips! I plan on going back.

Thank Santina H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
Bar, Central American, Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 W Campbell St, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    (Vail Ave & Dunton Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Arlington Heights
  • Phone Number: +1 847-590-1122
Experience Mexico in the Heart of Downtown Arlington Heights!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?