Restaurateur-celebrity chef Stephen Pyles has transformed the former Samar restaurant into San Salvaje, a casual, high-energy restaurant inspired by the cuisines and cultures of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Cuba. San Salvaje (“wild saint”) celebrates the union of pagan indigenous culture with a host of saints revered in Latin America.
The dining room features an exhibition kitchen with counter seating, a full bar and lounge. Outside, expect an expanded patio with seating, a bocce ball court, and large area for live music and dancing.
Lunch on ceviche, black bean soup, steak tacos with chimichurri, or the chicken-cherry mole tamale. Dinner brings a larger menu with crab arepas and pulled pork empanadas. The wine list showcases South American varietals and traditional Latin cocktails such as the Chicha Morada, a Peruvian drink made from purple corn, pineapple and spices and is infused with Pisco, a grape brandy produced in winemaking regions of Peru and Chile.