The Salinas Story

Salinas is a unique and vibrant award-winning restaurant in the heart of West Chelsea serving the full culinary experience of Spain. Opened on June 8th of 2010, Salinas specializes in both traditional and inventive tapas as well as regional main course dishes. Salinas has received several accolades, including a 2-star rating by the New York Times.

Nicolas Matar, Mary Catherine Mikula and Donald Mikula, Salinas’ proprietors, have traveled extensively throughout Spain and were inspired by the country’s lively culture, music, and cuisine. They joined forces with renowned chef Luis Bollo (Mediterra in Princeton, NJ and Meigas in New York City), to create a menu highlighting classic dishes from the country’s Mediterranean coast.

Chef Luis Bollo, is a co-owner of Salinas and native of San Sebastian in the heart of Basque Country. He focuses on traditional, rustic cooking to introduce lesser-known dishes from the regions of the Spanish Mediterranean. His early training in numerous Michelin star rated restaurants throughout Spain as well as extensive family recipes passed down through the generations, form the inspiration for Salinas cuisine.

Upon entering Salinas one notices the warm and intimate décor. Designed by Mary Catherine and Donald Mikula, the stunning design features handcrafted furnishings and contemporary details that evoke the spirit of the Balearic Islands. The interior consists of plush velvet furnishing sculpted by a local artist, limestone-covered walls, and Brazilian walnut floors.

The restaurant is divided into three distinct spaces, a tapas lounge and bar, main dining room, and a garden with a retractable glass roof and a custom-made stone fireplace that offers a charming al fresco dining experience year-round. Adding a distinctive touch, beautiful fresh flowers are plentiful within the restaurant and meticulously maintained by the owners. Salinas’ staff is committed to attentive service and providing warm, genuine hospitality to all of our guests.

Read Chef Luis Bollo’s Bio