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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
  • "We had a lovely table outside overlooking the marina. Food and service were both excellent. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Mahal and Michaela made our dining experience bar none! We had a wonderful time and would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was my first time at Fresh Salt, although my girlfriend had been to the Inn before for a couple weddings. The restaurant was superb - the food was excellent, nice drinks/cocktails, great dining interior, and the added touch of being able to look out over the water. While we sat inside as the temperature was borderline for wanting to sit outside, it appears that the outdoor seating area would be a great choice as well. Our server Mark was excellent - very friendly, and attentive but not overbearing. Definitely look forward to coming back here again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Was recommended by a friend to visit Fresh Salt. We were not dissapointed! Food was amazing, right over the marina, service was informative and attentive. We will definitely be returning, very pleased with our expirience."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "First let me acknowledge the delicious breakfast and gracious and helpful staff I enjoyed on Mother's Day morning at Fresh Salt. Unfortunately, there was some embarrassing (for me) confusion in front of my invited guests when the hostess couldn't find my reservation on the computer after having both received an email confirmation and made a phone call confirmation of my reservation. Not sure what happened and all's well that ends well, but I probably won't use Open Table again. Thanks again for a delicious breakfast an otherwise wonderful restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We love the view, high quality buffet brunch, friendly service and drive to the spot. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Lovely location with outdoor tables, also, right on the water by the docks. Located inside the hotel. Slow service though very nice. And when I changed the number of people on a recording, it was not received, but it all worked out. Salad very good. Lobster cheese sandwich only average, clam chowder had a sherry or ?? added to it. Quite good, but not to everyone's liking. But truly a lovely spot and well worth trying."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The food, views and service cannot be beat. The menu items were varied and everything we tried was wonderful. Great raw bar selection. service was very good. Waitstaff knew the menus and made knowledgeable suggestions. we will be returning. "
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "E stayed at the inn for our anivarsery. .. great view. Our room was 203. This room is next to the lift. Just so you know and you should definitely ask if there is a wedding reception going on ... you can hear the people and spill out.. we loved the restaurant though no issues at all.."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We went here for my birthday and I was very pleased with the entire experience. The service was great, the food was excellent, and we got a table right by a window overlooking the water. I was a little worried when we first walked through the bar area to get to our table because it was noisy, but as soon as we got to the dining room the noise was blocked and it was not an issue. I highly recommend visiting Fresh Salt for a special occasion. It would probably be a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time if you're visiting during the summer or on a weekend."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Excellent dinner! Beautifully presented, promptly served and delicious. The restaurant has a "buzz" without being noisy. It is a fun setting."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "First time at Fresh Salt, and very pleased with the food, service and atmosphere. Would recommend for shoreline dining. Highlights: Inventive sushi appetizer: tuna sushi sandwich. If you are a sushi roll fan, this is a must try item. Also, an incredibly good pea soup."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "No matter what we have ordered, the food is great. The kitchen takes great care in preparation and presentation and the wait staff stays on their toes. They follow your pace. You don't feel rushed nor neglected."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Another wonderful weekend in Old Saybrook, with outstanding accommodations, great food, and the right ambience on the Connecticut River. One of our favorite bars but the food and service is great. Only disappointment this time around we're the chopped clams that accompanied my beautifully prepared scallops were over cooked. In any case we will be back again and again."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We needed a place for people coming from Boston, RI, CT, and NY to meet up, and have it be near the Clinton Premium Outlets. Had tried Water's Edge in the past (AVOID the buffet there), and tried Fresh Salt as another alternative. Wanted a menu and not a buffet for lunch/brunch. The Inn is lovely and it is right on the water, and very pleasant. Salads, soups and oysters were fresh and good - portions were generous. We didn't order wine/cocktails though, and our server clearly appeared to lose interest after that (?); had to flag them down for things we needed. Still, overall, very pleasant for a leisurely lunch on a Saturday and I think we'll go back when we meet again - "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Servers are pleasant but not guided, poor service on patio. Chowder cold with canned claims. Cottage chips heavy and fried a day ago. Tuna too smokey, overwhelmed dish, filet mignon cooked fine but lacked seasoning, flan no cheese flavor poor texture. Breakfast sandwich eggs overcooked, vegetable hash brought a pound of cubed potatoes with little veg, very unattractive plate. Chef needs guidance, young chefs usually do."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Great ambiance, outstandingly prepared food. Attended on a Sunday eve. Not overly crowded. Great view of the water. The cost was not for the budget minded, but in our opinion, worth every penny!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My meal was as good if not better than any NYC restaurant. There was a wedding going on this Saturday night but service was still fast and reliable. Of course the view is fantastic as well!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant was excellent. Appetizers were a standout. The sushi tuna triangles and calamari were outstanding and oysters were top notch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I think it's the best place where I have ever been for the past 5 years ( and I tried a lot of different restaurants in different cities and states). The view is magnificent, I bet during the summer it's even more gorgeous. The decor is beautiful too.very unique and romantic atmosphere. The food is excellent. We had kale salad, calamari with peanuts ( so delicious) as appetizers. Then we ordered tuna and swordfish- unbelievably tasty. And the portions are good size. The service was great too!!! We loved this place and definitely come back."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Ordered fried calamari the filet mignon, both were excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
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