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About Bien Salsa
Located in the Heart of the Historic Downtown McKinney, Bien Salsa has a unique concept of striving to serve traditional dishes from different regions of Mexico.
We distinguish ourselves by offering food and service that is excellent in quality, while offering fresh, natural Mexican cuisine.
McKinney, TX 75069
Regional Mexican, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30 am - 3:00pm
S. Wood St.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bien Salsa has all your Catering needs. Events up to 200 people. Contact our catering Department Today for pricing information. Check our website for more information.
Bien Salsa parking lot is conveniently located on the corner of Virginia St. and Church St. less than a Block away from our facility.
Chef Mirella Velazquez
Private Party Facilities:
Our facility counts with a upper level mezzanine dining area that hold up to 40 people. The room has a private entrance stairwell with a beautiful chandelier to greet your guest with style and elegance. Larger parties can be accommodated in the main dinning room. Subject to availability
Private Party Contact:
Raul de la Rosa: (214) 548-4258
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bien Salsa Ratings and Reviews
It was my dads birthday and also we were having our Easter brunch. I put on the reservation that it was his birthday but nothing was mentioned about it which is fine. When we go there the waiter yelled out to the bartender "should I just put them anywhere?" It felt like we didn't make a reservation at all. Overall good was good. I did feel bad for the waiter, this was one of his first brunches. There was no one in the restaurant when he took our order but he had to come back and ask for what we ordered again with a notepad this time. 2 of the meals came out and then the waiter came back and asked my sister more questions about her order which was weird because they were already putting my parents food and my food on the table. Her meal of course came last. I would come back here again but it definitely wasn't my best experience wth them.
Our experience ranged from poor (service) to good (food). We had a reservation, which basically served no purpose. The hostess wasn't aware we were coming, nor did they have a table ready. We had to wait about 10 mins for a table. We didn't mind the wait, but I just didn't understand why they take reservations if they don't mean anything.
Overall the staff and restaurant seemed ill prepared for a Friday night dinner hour. They were cleaning tables and getting the restaurant ready for customers even though it was 7pm. They were literally spraying cleaning solution on several of the tables around us to the point that we could smell the cleaning agent and it started making us cough. I'm glad cleanliness is important, but that's not how you clean tables while you have customers in the restaurant. It was also strange that half of the staff was in uniform, and other staff members were wearing street clothes. That seemed very unusual to us. Especially for a restaurant catering to more of an upscale Mexican food dining experience. I hate to single out anyone in particular but the hostess wasn't very professional and her attire looked more suited to walking the street corners of NY than working as a hostess at a restaurant like this
The real issue with our experience was that after we were seated, we had to wait (no exaggeration) almost 20 minutes for anyone in the restaurant to come to our table. Numerous other tables were seated, brought drinks, and appetizers before anyone ever came to wait on us. We were within seconds of getting up & walking out as someone finally asked if we had been helped. He quickly apologized & told us he would personally take care of us. He did a good job of taking care of our table from that point forward.
The food is a little pricey (but we knew that going in) but it was also really good. We ate as much as we could and still couldn't finish it all! The kitchen has things sorted out, but the front of the restaurant is sorely lacking.
Yeah, so you charge for chips and salsa... Really?
Happy hours are different - ends at 5pm - so dont go looking for specials in early evening.
At any price - we liked the margaritas!
Guacamole was excellent but serving size was small.
Menu is unique and high quality. Our dishes were well prepared and presented in a reasonable time. (Not fast or slow - about right but the place wasnt crowded at the time)
Worth a try in a great area - we will go back
We have a group of 6-15 that meet every Friday for after work Happy Hour into Dinner. We have been going to the same restaurant for over 2 years. We have now started to venture out to different restaurants every other Friday. Our group of 6 will return to Bien Salsa.
My wife and I brought our adult daughter, from Atlanta, to show her how much the cuisine has changed in McKinney since she lived here. My daughter visits many trendy restaurants in Atlanta and other cities, so she knows "good" when she experiences it. She was not disappointed and loved the food and the service. The cuisine is regional Mexican and is far removed from traditional Tex-Mex.
Sadly this was not a good experience. We ordered two items that were below average. Mole enchiladas that were dry, dry, dry and shrimp enchiladas that were meh. Plus the ceviche appetizer came out only 2 minutes before the food. My three prior experiences were really good. I think we made poor selection.. (Although our waiter said these were good choices). So all in all just Ho hum...too expensive for Ho hum..
We can't get enough of the brocheta, and it's not just the tableside final preparation with the flaming tequila. Everything about this place is authentic--the regional Mexican entrees, the beverages, and the people. It's no wonder it's getting busier. The word is out and it is bien!
I love the authenticity and freshness of Bien Salsa. This is not Tex-Mex! My favorite entree is the Enchiladas Poblanas. The Queso Fundido is cheesy and delicious! And you have to try the tequila infused flan, so good. Bien Salsa also has hand-crafted "adult beverages" that are fresh and unique. The food presentation and regional artwork make Bien Salsa such a welcoming and special place.
Service was absolutely horrible. We had a party of 12 that was seated about 15 minutes before another large party of about 12 yet we were served last. Our meals came out 2 at a time with 10-15 minutes lag between each new set of food being brought out. It was ridiculous. The person who ordered first ordered a salad and was served last after most of the table had finished. I also had to ask several times for a drink refill. I got up and complained and was told that's just the way the kitchen is working. I asked to speak to the manager and he never showed up! Will never go back.
The food was great but service was a little lacking. Though we had reservations at 6:15 for a table of 4, we had to wait 10 mins past reserved time because there were no clean water glasses. The bar was fully stocked with glasses which could have been used. Also there were several tables around us that needed to be bussed.
Overall dining experience was fair at best.
Drinks: My wife and I both ordered margaritas. They literally tasted like lemonade. I asked the waiter if they added alcohol in them because we couldn't taste any at all and he assured us they did (I am still not convinced)
Appetizer: We ordered the fundido and it was actually quite good. However, they only give you 3 small tortillas with it. We asked for some more and then saw on our bill at the end of the meal that they charged us for the extra tortillas. Not cool.
Main course: My wife and I both had some enchiladas (The flavors were quite good, but the temperature of them was luke warm.... the cheese wasn't even melted all the way through)
Won't be returning anytime soon.
The restaurant had a nice ambiance so we had a nice time while we caught up and talked. We ordered a salsa sampler appetizer. It was something we would have gotten free at any other Mexican type eatery. I am not a picky eater, but my meal was sub-par at best. I actually don't know what others in our party thought of their food. I guess its not a good sign if no one talks about their experience after they finish their meal. I ordered a glass of wine which was pretty good. Afterwards I ordered a dirty martini with a mid-level vodka. Not sure there was any vodka in the drink as it was mostly olive brine. It was pure salt. Gross!
Excellent food, very fresh, flavorful and unique! However it is very expensive! It is not an everyday routine restaurant. I would recommend this place for special occasions when you're ready to spend some money and get great food out of it! Margaritas were so-so. But food was wonderful!
He food was very flavorful. We have two small chicken who are picky eaters and they ate everything from the chips and salsa to the tortas and churros. Our waiter was very attentive and offered up detailed suggestions. Overall the restaurant was one of best we have ever been to in years. Definitely has become a new favorite spot to eat at.
My Husband and I went to Bien Salsa just for a night out. Our server was friendly and just attentive enough. Dinner was fabulous! We ordered a pitcher of margarita's. Which should have been way too much for 2 people. That the only downfall of the evening. SO much ice and no taste of alcohol. We will definitely go back for the great food. Perhaps pick different beverages?
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