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“Food was good”
Review of Cilantro

Cilantro
Ranked #71 of 220 Restaurants in Salem
Price range: $15 - $25
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed May 30, 2012

The food was pretty good but overpriced. I love Margaritas but sadly it wasn't very good. Cheesecake churros are incredible.

Thank Lisa V
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

We appreciated the quiet atmosphere for dinner. I believe they advertise themselves as serving somewhat exotic Mexican fare. Not so, at least not to someone from Los Angeles who has been exposed to Mexican fare rather constantly. It was basically the same old same old.

Thank JoanManhattanBeach
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

We have been dining at Cilantro for years. This is a gem; excellent food, friendly and attentive service-simply an excellent experience. I have recommended Cilantro to friends and they have shared my view.

Thank Mark P
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

Hit them during an exceptionally busy time, the owner, Esther, was apologetic that we couldn't sit right away. Offered us the bar seats, which we took - she was fabulous. The food was outstanding and I will definitely go back.

Thank 7savvytraveler
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Having been to Cilantro recently for a decidedly boring and tasteless lunch, we thought we should give the chef one more chance with the dinner fare. We only wished that our sweet waitress with her lovely accent was better versed in what was recommendable on the menu!

While the chicken mole lived up to its reputation of a complex and intriguing sauce with nice spicing, complementing too small a serving of excellent black beans, the other dishes and sides were miserable, including watery and over-boiled vegetables, banal rice, and a guacamole that tasted no better than packaged, supermarket varieties.

On a whim, we tried out some new menu items, including a "sweet and spicy" pork entree -- supposedly attributed to a Jamaican recipe -- but were resoundingly disappointed on almost all counts. If these dessicated and indifferent slabs of pork were Cilantro's foray into the magic of Jamaican spicing, we recommend that the chef stick to Mexican specialties! Further, the recommended appetizer of "Banderillas Ahogadas" was chokingly dry, greasy and distinctly absent in both chicken shreds and taste. Even the chips were nothing to write home about!

We were so disappointed that we were going to forego dessert; but luckily, we succumbed in the last minute, to share an excellent smooth and rich wedge of chocolate mousse perched on a slice of tender chocolate cake. Let's hope this saving grace makes it to the regular menu! Otherwise, the meal was too overcooked, too over-fried, too dry, too tasteless, and not to mention, served too cold. We have experienced and expect so much more from Mexican cuisine!

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Thank TheWhiteRoad
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