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Fresh Salt
Fresh Salt

Fresh Salt Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.saybrook.com/Dining
  • Phone: (860) 388-1111
  • 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 (860) 388-0000
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Lots of great seafood choices. A bit pricey but the quality of the food is top notch ."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great restaurant , excellent service, beautiful scenic view"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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)!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We went for my Moms 85th...It was terrific...I highly recommend..."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Super brunch (oh, the food!) ... with a super view! It's definitely one of the best ways to spend ... just be sure to arrive hungry!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our meals on Saturday evening. The fish was fresh and tasty. Three of us had the special and it was done very well...our daily catch served in a minestrone type sauce. My husband enjoyed his paella quite a lot...nice fish selection and moist rice, not overdone. We look forward to returning again soon. Lovely spot on the water!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We arrived mid afternoon, had to wait for a table, were seated in the sun on a hot day, much too much noise coming from adjacent table, food over rated, swordfish over cooked, not juicy lobster grilled cheese ok."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Fresh Salt is one of our favorite Old Saybrook restaurants. The seasonal changes to the menu always bring some new taste treats. This summer there are several English pea creations. The fresh pea ravioli was wonderful. We also had the Rhode Island calamari for the second time. ENJOY!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is my 2 nd time going to Fresh Salt. I wanted to take my son daughter in law and my daughter who came home for the long weekend We all enjoyed the brunch and scenic view. My family was very happy about the outdoor dining and the view. We will go back again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a lovely table outside overlooking the marina. Food and service were both excellent. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The restaurant was noisier than it had been at a previous visit. Service was excellent. There were 2 of us and one meal was excellent and the other mediocre. Drinks were good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very disappointed! Both the food and service left a lot to be desired. Ordered English pea risotto and it was very gloppy, not creamy. Lobster Roll was good, but New England Clam Chowder was very average at best. On top of that it took almost an hour to get served. Our waiter was excellent, with numerous apologies, but apparently things were very slow in the kitchen. On a beautiful day on the 4th of July weekend, they should have known they were going to be busy and should have been prepared for it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was my third birthday dinner at Fresh Salt (which is during the Fourth of July holiday week) and each time the food was wonderful and the service was very accommodating. This time I had the pan seared day boat scallops and they were succulent and nicely prepared. My husband had the Choppino and once again he was delighted with his favorite dish."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Was looking for a nice place on the water and found this restaurant. Great view of the water and marina. The food was excellent and the service was just right. We were there for lunch and I definitely would go there for dinner. Could be a little hard to find if you didn't know that it is part of the attached hotel."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This restaurant is the best we've experienced within a 30 mile radius. It's at its best eating outside on the beautiful deck, which immediately overlooks a very impressive Marina at the mouth of the CT River. The atmosphere is relaxed, casual elegance. The excellent live music - one vocalist with guitar and synthesizer - =was an unexpected plus; loud enough to enjoy, soft enough not to interfere with conversations. The service was friendly, attentive, helpful, and the quality and preparation of the food outstanding. They have a raw bar and a diverse menu. My wife and I had oysters (perfectly shucked), salads, and the King Salmon, which the chef prepared perfectly to our requests. Dinner is not inexpensive, but very worth the price"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This restaurant has both a beautiful interior as well as fabulous views. The food was good, but not great. I mean, how does a seafood place manage to serve over-cooked shrimp cocktail? The service when we were there was painfully SLOW and the restaurant wasn't even full."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Delicious food, beautiful scenery and lovely ambiance!! Very expensive but highly recommend it!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "For a restaurant of the caliber (good food, not inexpensive) of Fresh Salt, service is substandard. From the time we entered, until we left, no one was attentive, water glasses were not refilled, server wasn't forthcoming with information about the menu and even when asked was unsure or changed responses. We had a reservation and waited 20 minutes to be seated. Hostesses are lax. While we were waiting, diners were turned away, yet there were empty tables that were never filled. The last time we dined there, we were ignored for more than 30 minutes after we were seated (no water, menus, cocktails). Inexcusable."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Outdoor dining in the summer is a must for this very scenic locale. My smoked salmon salad was excellent, as was the lobster roll my friend ordered. The Chopped Salad was a huge disappointment. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Don't know how they get away with it but Fresh Salt at Saybrook Inn has yet again been another disappointment. Come here for a great view but don't expect much more, that way you won't leave feeling let down."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Went to celebrate our 11th anniversary - sat outside with perfect weather and got to watch an outdoor wedding over dinner! The food was perfectly cooked, the service was outstanding and atmosphere was upbeat but not obnoxious. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This venue offered an amazing view during the meal. The staff was terrific and the facility is clean and beautifully kempt."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Never been disappointed. Always wonderful food and service"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had a great waitress, accomodating host and super table on the patio with a nice view of the boats. But the food - steak and a horrible swordfish dish, were oh, so disappointing for these New Yorkers. To be fair the lobster rolls that all 4 people at the next table had and seemed to enjoy did look appetizing. We may give it another chance but will be very careful about what we order if we do!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "All around wonderful experience, great food drinks and service! If you get a chance to do brunch, do yourself a favor and go!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "A visit to Fresh Salt is never disappointing...delicious, inventive food, casual yet efficient service, and simply a lovely place to enjoy a meal!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "we had a very nice table by the window overlooking the marina. the food was excellent, both for dinner & b'fast, but at dinner, no one came to replenish our water & at b'fast, we had to hunt someone down for more coffee."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We are frequent visitors to Fresh Salt but never visited the main dining room. Everyone in our group loved their meals and Erica could not have been better, service was fantastic!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Fresh Salt is one of the only spots to dine on the Sound and Ct. River. The atmosphere is great but always busy. If you want cozy and quiet, this is not the place. The food and the wait staff are always terrific. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014