SELMA (559) 896-7257 -- FRESNO (559) 438-3030 --- MADERA (559) 673-7257

Our Restaurants

The Valley's Family Tradition Since 1942

We are locally family owned and operated with three locations (Selma, Fresno, Madera) and acknowledged by voters from the 2024, 2022 Best of Central California, the 2021, 2020 and 2019 Fresno Bee People’s Choice and peers from the California Restaurant Association – Fresno Chapter, making us the most Awarded Mexican Restaurant.

Sal’s Mexican Restaurants

Wishes to Satisfy you with our Great Food

Where are Fresno’s best tamales? In Selma for the original version, according to your votes

The best tamales in the Fresno area comes from a restaurant that’s been operating for 80 years. Sal’s Mexican Restaurant, whose original location is in Selma, received the most votes in a Fresno Bee poll that asked who makes the best tamales in the Fresno area. Sal’s received more than half of the votes submitted at 54% from the week-long poll. Golden Tamale came in second with 20% of the votes (poll is not scientific).

Sal’s has three locations in all, including in Fresno and Madera. The family-owned restaurant has been operating since 1942.

Tamales are made and eaten year round but often become more popular during the holidays, particularly to devour during Christmastime. And people can be quite particular with how their tamales taste and are made. Too much masa? Not enough meat? Need a bit more salt? In fact, during the nomination process to determine the 10 most popular places to get tamales in the Fresno area, many confidently talked about how the best they ever had were made by themselves or at a relative’s home.

It certainly is tough to beat Abuela’s tamales. Nonetheless, when it comes to where to get the best tasting tamale around town and not necessarily be related to the cook, the voters have spoken. And they said Sal’s.

The Valley’s Family Tradition
Since 1942

Our traditional family recipes have made Sal’s the most awarded Central Valley Mexican Restaurant over the last 80 years.

Our staff will provide you with Sal’s Mexican Hospitality and then share with you good food portions at a reasonable price. All locations are clean and well maintained.

For On the Go!

No problem. Call ahead and we will have your meals ready for pick up; just don’t forget the Chips and award-winning Salsa!

Party Appetizers

Order our Variety Trays and 5 Layer Mexican Dip that will help make your party undeniably a hit!

For Home or Office Functions

Sal’s is known as “Your last minute Party Specialist.” We offer to-go meals as well as full, off-site buffet catering that provide you options such as Enchilada Casseroles, Fancy Burrito Casseroles, rice and beans and much more!


Home or Office Parties, Sal’s Mexican Restaurants wishes to satisfy you with great food and plenty of Mexican hospitality. Order individual plates or have us set up buffet-style catering. No party is too large or too small. Don’t forget the Chips and Salsa