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Head chef folds fresh ingredients into jumbo shrimp covered with bacon & mexican meatballs stuffed with cheese

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Promotional value expires Aug 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Not valid toward the purchase of alcohol. Not valid 2/14 or 5/5. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before fusion cuisine, the only way to taste two nations at once was to convince border guards to invite you to their annual picnic. Simultaneously sample multiple cultures with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mexican Mediterranean fusion cuisine at Cilantro in Salem.

Executive chef Esther Marin recently breathed new life into Cilantro's menu of Mexican and Mediterranean cuisine, infusing it with fresh meat and seafood dishes made with natural ingredients from around the globe. Diners can start meals with orders of camarones rellenos, plump jumbo shrimp swaddled in bacon blankets and filled with chihuahua cheese ($22) before trying the albóndigas al chipotle, mexican-cheese-stuffed meatballs cooked in a smoked-chipotle-pepper sauce ($21). Spokes of enchiladas, rice, beans, guacamole and pico de gallo spiral out from a hub of tender filet mignon ribbons on plates of tampiqueña ($25). Wall sconces shed a cheery glow over the restaurant and hover over ivory linens like fretful launderette managers.


Back when Cilantro opened in 2002, Boston Magazine praised the eatery for its "authentic, hearty, and diverse Mexican specialties," which they called "breaths of fresh air." More than a decade later, owner and executive chef Esther Marin still aims to keep her lunch, dinner, and dessert menus interesting, creating new recipes that infuse Mediterranean flavors into upscale Mexican dishes. Using only all-natural ingredients, she crafts entrees that range from cheese-stuffed meatballs in chipotle sauce to pork chops crowned with chihuahua cheese and pineapples. A selection of 48 tequilas wash down meals inside a dining room wrapped in exposed brick walls that keep diner’s conversations from escaping the restaurant.

Customer Reviews

Cilantro is authentic Mexican food. Not the typical Tex Mex you get in New England. The staff is friendly and the owner Ester is always on hand to greet and feed her guests. Love this place.
Gayle A. · August 1, 2012
Thank you for offering your groupon. It was a great meal!
Adam Y. · August 1, 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at your restuarant. The food was out of this world and the service was flawless. Have recommended it to everyone I work with and will be back.
Marc T. · August 1, 2012

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