Fresh Salt
Fresh Salt

Fresh Salt

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saybrook.com/Dining
  • Phone: 8603881111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 10:00am, Saturday: 7:30am - 10:30am, Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Leslie Tripp
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have several private function rooms including the Waterfront Ballroom, Riverside Room, Fenwick Hall, and Fireside Wine Room which are available for parties of 12 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Sales Office 8603880000
  • Entertainment: We offer live entertainment on our outdoor patio on weeknights during the summer season. Also enjoy our walk-up Marina Bar which is located on our waterfront public access boardwalk for a casual experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 154
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: There is no charge for on-site parking.
A word from Fresh Salt
Our tables overlook the waters of the Connecticut River where the fresh river meets the salt of the sound. It’s a treasured and historic spot. In nature the most vibrant life happens where systems meet. These places are rich in life, and our restaurant reflects that lively diversity. We have a raw bar, a seasonally varied menu, and offer as much as we can from the farms, brewers, cheese makes and other food enterprises that are springing up around our region.

Fresh Salt delivers a dining experience that’s comfortable and relaxed. Our staff is here to be of service to you, our kitchen stands ready with fresh ingredients, a deep wine cellar and carefully crafted fusions of foods and beverages that bring tastes together in delicious and new ways.

We have tables by the fire, at the bar, and in season offer seating outdoors on the Fresh Salt Terrace.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Fresh Salt reviews from OpenTable diners
103 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (86)great for outdoor dining (63)special occasion (48)fit for foodies (40)romantic (37)great for lunch (27)great for brunch (21)good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (14)notable wine list (11)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great Place!
    KDining
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I dined at this location for my wife's birthday, the service was excellent, even provided my wife a birthday card! The food was fantastic, well worth the price. I would go back in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic,scenic
    Charming
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Romantic,scenic,restaurant with outstanding service and excellent food...nice place to show off CT charm...!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not to be missed!
    NancyJane
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    What a delightful dining experience my partner and I had! There simply was no negative and even the cost was surprisingly reasonable. I had the chicken and she had scallops - both perfection. The wait staff was attentive but not overly so and the view of the water and docked ships was a nice change from, say, the usual parking lots! We are looking forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh salt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was quite disappointed in my dinning experience at fresh salt. The service was adequate at best. When my salad was delivered there was a fly under the lettuce and upon informing my server she offered to take it out for me. She then informed another member of the waitstaff tem whom also offered to remove the fly. Until I asked for a replacement salad this was not an option. Pun completion of our meal we were offered dessert, when we declined we were given our bill. We never were offered coffee,tea or an after dinner drink. We felt that we rushed out of there and not given the opportunity to enjoy our meal.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Service
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our waitress was as fantastic as the food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We are regular customers and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luncheon
    2theriver
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This is a lovely spot for dining, water views of the Connecticut River. We were a party of 12, with one waitress for our table, but I believe she was either the only one, or perhaps one of 2 working inside, as they also had outside dining as it was a beautiful day. The food was very good lunch fare, delicious burgers and fish, but I think the establishment needs to address the service component as I think they will lose business despite the beautiful location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch with a friend
    wisteria
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After a beautiful ride down to the Ct. shoreline, the road ended at Saybrook Point and Fresh Salt. We did have a reservation but luckily took the last table outside as I believe they don't reserve tables out on the patio. We engaged in tasty martinis mottled with black raspberries. Noticing a salad with "Burrata", my choice was made but not before ordering 4 jumbo shrimp cocktails each for this 59th birthday lunch. The burrata was nestled amongst a variety of local garden fresh tomatoes and arugula. Very tasty with the mini brioche type rolls served at each table. For dessert we split a pineapple upside down cake which came with a scoop of vanilla gelato. Very lovely lunch for a special occasion. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • graciemae
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Delicious fresh food. Wonderful lobster roll. Lovely sitting outside and looking over the harbor. Pleasant and efficient service. Worth the trip for a summer lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect setting for reunion
    FanofFood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We started meeting at Fresh Salt a few years ago. Fresh Salt is the perfect meeting spot for family from New Jersery and Massachusetts who don't want to stay overnight. We happened to sit indoors but there were smaller parties seated outdoors. Our group enjoyed ravioli stuffed with pea greens, grilled lobster and cheese sandwich, reuben sandwich, tuna meatball pasta, and salads. The fresh potato chips and fries were generous. Squeezed in some salted caramel gelato after dinner. Yum. After our meal, we sat outdoors near the wharf watching the boats in the sunshine and caught up with each other before we parted ways. (Last year, we had met on a Sunday and their brunch was excellent with cooking stations, fine food, desserts, etc..)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful scenery
    GailVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were there for our fifth wedding anniversary and stayed at the hotel. What a nice surprise to find such a fabulous restaurant at the hotel. The tuna tartare was absolutely amazing and my swordfish and lobster risotto were jammed with large pieces of lobster and perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Arriving late, 8:45, we were delighted with the total experience! Would recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Lunch
    LINDACVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Rather lonely inside on this lovely Thursday afternoon, but patio was busy and noisy. Prompt and courteous service. The men raved about their burgers and the gals devoured Maine lobster salad rolls (please next time a salad fork!). Fresh Salt generally does not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Night
    Martian
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We brought friends from Florida who were entranced by the view and really happy about the weather. Special cocktails were enjoyed by all. Soups great as usual. And we could not resist the calamari (yet again). Our attentive waitress let us enjoy our evening. Couldn't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • By the Sound
    JimTinCT
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The ambiance is nautical, casual. The menu has an emphasis on seafood, but other types of food are available. We'll come back which is an endorsement in my book.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience and perfect location
    GBReviews
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This place is a wedding factory, but their restaurant and food are great and service OK too. There are 2 bars, one outside with a great firepit to sit around. Swordfish was perfect, wine list is very limited, but not too expensive. Great atmosphere being in a nice marina, with great views of boats and Long Island Sound. It's definitely a happenin place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh isn't enough
    AuthorVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The seafood here is very fresh, but our oysters arrived without having been properly shucked -- still attached to the abductor muscle. When we pointed this out to the staff, they didn't seem to know what we were talking about. Preparation and presentation of our main courses was old-fashioned and not particularly tasty or appealing. We won't return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We arrived almost 1 hour early for our 6:00 p.m. reservation on a Saturday night, but were seated with no waiting. Hostess, bus and wait staff were friendly and efficient. The food was excellent. We will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome lunch ...
    caelplVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    ... on one of the 10 best days of summer! Even during mid-afternoon, we had a short wait for a table. Fresh Salt is a great spot to linger outside on their patio, but not get scorched by the sun. The food is so fresh, and so good. It's worth the hour drive for such a great view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best New England Clam Chowder ever!
    enjoysagoodmeal
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    While vacationing in the area, we had dinner at Fresh Salt at the recommendation of my brother and his wife. The food was outstanding: my swordfish was amazing, and my husbands lobster roll was delicious! The NE Clam chowder was the best we ever had. Even the bread they served before dinner, which was warm and crusty, was terrific. The colossal shrimp cocktail (3.95 per shrimp) was a little tough; this was the only meal item that i wouldn't call perfect. The service was top notch, and the view of the marina is beautiful. The one slightly negative comment: the interior restaurant decor and ambiance didn't wow me and made me wish we were sitting outdoors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horribly overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We showed up just as the restaurant was opening for dinner, so the place was empty. Our appetizers and my daughter's meal came out pretty quickly, but things went downhill from there. The food was pretty bland; the tuna sushi had tons of rice that was the consistency of mashed potatoes. Then we waited, and waited and waited. Finally, we found the waitress and she checked and apologized, saying there was a problem with the "ticket machine" in the kitchen. Finally got our so-so meals, ordered a cookie for my daughter's dessert. Instead of the $2 cookie, she was given a $6 kids milk and cookie special for some reason. You would think that would have been comped for our troubles, but nothing. Management didn't seem to care either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I reserved a table through OPEN TABLE. When I got to the restaurant, they told me that they do not take outside reservations. I think this is something that should be communicated through OPEN TABLE, if its service is to take reservations, then they should inform the customer that they don't take reservations for outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Delight
    bpiecho1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After being married at Saybrook Point Inn last year, my wife and I went back to celebrate our first anniversary this past weekend! The entire staff (especially Joe and Donna) were absolutely amazing!! Top notch, second to none, there's not enough we can say about the restaurant, the facility, or the staff!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I think they forgot us!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had a reservation, but they gave our table to walk-ins who arrived while we waited to be seated. When we were finally seated (after 20 minutes), we waited another 15 minutes to place our order (thankfully, we already had drinks). Our meal was served an hour after we were seated; a full 90 minutes after our scheduled reservation time. We were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Four of us enjoyed a late lunch together on a beautiful day in mid-August. When making a reservation, I'd requested outdoor dining, and was gratified that it was a beautiful day, although a canopy would have sheltered us even on a rainy day. Two had the soft-shelled crab BLT and enjoyed it; another had the chopped salad and said it was fresh, and I had delicious wild salmon. The service was great! The next time I return, I'll take a suitcase for the weekend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood choices!
    oldblu
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lots of great seafood choices. A bit pricey but the quality of the food is top notch .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Slow but friendly service
    dfdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our dinner at Fresh Salt was good. The service was quite slow, but the waitress was very friendly and accommodating and didn't seem bothered at all by the presence of our two children. The food was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect evening
    FairfieldCtyFoodies
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    When in the area, do try Fresh Salt. We had dinner and breakfast there recently, and both were first rate. The dinners did not disappoint- excellently prepared fresh food, great choices and range, just right portions. Diners seemed friendly, similarly enjoying a casual but elegant evening. While kid friendly, please respect its a classy meal, not for crying and whining. Breakfast was also delicious but we experienced the crying tot, can't avoid it in a smallish area. Midweek was lovely- not overly crowded, whereas weekends are supposed to be crazy busy. Worth the drive... we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible, chaotic service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Although highly rated, the staff appeared overwhelmed and frenetic to serve the diners--the place was nearly full on a Mon. There was a long wait to have orders taken. Waitperson was bizarre and frenzied. It was an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining
    Musya
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great restaurant , excellent service, beautiful scenic view
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sadly
    Burt
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Outside of great shrimp and beautiful view it was a disappointment. Mashed potato scold, scallops gritty, no presentation whatsoever on dish. Swordfish mushy, artichoke hearts steamed to oblivion no taste. Service lackluster.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice lunch
    ccgrl
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Brought my two daughters for a nice lunch. Food was great, loved the sushi triangles! The outside experience/view could be so much more if the patio area were a little larger space and more spread out. Sort of felt like a tight squeeze between tables.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food,View
    BobR
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This was not our first time at Fresh Salt, but it was our best. The views are always great and the food was better than before. The lobster roll was the best I have ever had. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekend getaway
    Genschettino
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We stayed at the Inn for two nights and ate both nights at the restaurant. Great outdoor seating. First night out server was great! I had the seafood Paella - don't recommend it. My husband had the seafood capellini - great! Second night - server was not great. But good was amazing! Sushi triangles. The burger and fries are ridiculously good!! And the farm salad and New England clam chowder - fantastic. We did the Sunday brunch too - unless you're going to eat a ton it's pricey and no alcohol included.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    luvfreshfood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We loved the food, the atmosphere and the staff! Next year our niece is getting married here and we are thrilled. We had a great experience and can't wait to return! We had been given a gift certificate from our son for our anniversary (32 years) and will return with friends. My husband had paella and I had the fresh sea bass. For an app. we had the tuna tartar and everything was cooked to perfection! Thank you for making our anniversary memorable (like it should be)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Overall, the brunch was very good, but pricey at $35. Their were egg and pasta stations and a nice variety of meats, salads, breads, and desserts. I wasn't very impressed with the service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LINDAVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were surprised to be sitting in the bar area. It was quite noisy. The service was adequate, but we poured our own wine after the first serving and little attention was paid to us other than the obligatory service. The wait staff and management seemed focused on a wedding that was going on outside.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food, Lousy Outside Table
    MadNap
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The table location ruined the experience: at juncture of door to restaurant, walkway to the outside bar and the wait staff bussing station. This table at this location shouldn't exist! There was constant traffic. I would have gladly waited another half hour for a better table.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    toopicky
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We went for my Moms 85th...It was terrific...I highly recommend...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch and a spectacular view
    CarolM
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a voucher for brunch for two so we decided to try Fresh Salt for brunch We have been there numerous times for dinner and holiday events. Omelets were prepared at a station and were superb. Numerous pastries and other brunch specials were flavorful. Salads were good with lots of variety. Especially enjoyed the crepes for dessert. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate