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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Fresh Salt reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (100)great for outdoor dining (76)special occasion (59)romantic (45)fit for foodies (40)great for brunch (31)great for lunch (31)notable wine list (16)good for groups (14)neighborhood gem (14)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (7)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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.
  • LINDA
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch with a view
    caelplVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    MellVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over rated by CT Magazine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good stuff
    Martian
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Sunday Brunch.
    Tiny2013
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent waterfront dining
    Bfit516
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a lovely table outside overlooking the marina. Food and service were both excellent. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    MommaQ
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Slow Service !
    CantonboyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dinner
    Bsquared
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tops in Waterside dining
    EmeritusBill
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful
    LeeLeeVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Ecofriendlydiner
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Delicious food, beautiful scenery and lovely ambiance!! Very expensive but highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shore Line Gem
    kerryann
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service and below average food
    chelbel
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining experience!
    ArCo207
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before the Proposal
    William
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This venue offered an amazing view during the meal. The staff was terrific and the facility is clean and beautifully kempt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.