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SALT - Boulder
SALT - Boulder

SALT - Boulder Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saltthebistro.com
  • Phone: (303) 444-7258
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - Close
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Farm to Table

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A word from SALT - Boulder
The philosophy at SALT is simple; a belief that the best food travels the shortest distance from farm to table, that menus should change with the seasons and that the locally sourced ingredients, combined with European technique and innovative thinking make for a truly remarkable experience. Chef Bradford Heap and his staff have made a commitment to source local, organic and fresh ingredients whenever possible. The menu reflects this mind-set, simple, yet elegant and delicious. The wines, while sourced all over the world offer our guests some classic profiles, while introducing them to some new and exciting choices as well as a pre-prohibition cocktails with a twist. Approachable, but sophisticated. Enjoy!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Salt offers a mix your own mimosa which was lots of fun at our Easter Brunch. Three different bottles of sparkling wine are offered on the menu. Pick one bottle and then pick three juice "sides". They bring the various parts to the table and voila! Me-mosas! Brunch was outstanding as usual. A special pork Benedict was served which included pulled pork and spinach on the bread. Great combination."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I've been to lunch at Salt before and really enjoyed myself, and felt that the food cost was well worth the quality of the lunch fare. However, this wasn't quite our feeling about dinner. The dinner fare we had at Salt was not bad. We had some cheese and meat before our meals (nice), one drink each, shrimp pesto risotto (acceptable), pork gnocci with chipolte sauce (very good!) and shared strawberry shortcake (good). While the service was good and the food was fine, it wasn't at the level I would expect for a $100+ meal. In the future, when we're willing to splurge on a more expensive dinner outing, I'll choose some place like Black Cat or Oak instead. We'll still definitely consider Salt again for a nice lunch."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My lamb was almost raw and had to be recorded and my husband sent his steak back as it was too salty to eat and he likes salt! We never send food back and were surprised this happened at such a popular restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My complaints are two: they wouldn't let us have appetizers from the happy hour menu at our table, even though we were there during happy hour (service is limited to the bar); and I ordered the risotto without shrimp - the "dinner" was unattractive, small, and the same price as with the shrimp."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were served by Melissa, who was 100% wonderful from beginning to end. We were in the mood for hamburgers and fries, which were cooked perfectly. Highly recommend the kale Caesar salad."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Have eaten at Salt on a number of occasions and while I always find the food fabulous, this experience was not my favorite. I made a late reservation for dinner for 4 (8:15). We were seated in the wine cellar, which really turned out to be the bar downstairs. It was loud and crowded and not the special table I had asked if they had when I made the reservation. Will I go back? Of course. But perhaps not for a special event."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was creative and delicious, but the front of house service was mediocre at best. For the prices we paid, i would have expected better details in the service. Water took 5 minutes. The food on the other hand was creative, and delicious. The serving sizes were surprisingly large. I would go back, but not for a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with anything from the restaurant. Fresh ingredients make the meals amazing to the last bite. I fully recommend this restaurant to friends coming in through town. There are also 6 seats that are "fireside" so you can watch what's going on on the busy kitchen. A feast for all the senses!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went there two nights in a row, the second night with eight people. I ordered the same meal. The first night it was fine. The second night the steak was gristly. When I sent it back, I was told the turnaround would be immediate; it took 20 minutes and the second steak was raw. I was told my appetiser could come with gluten free toast; it came with regular gluten toast. When I adked the waiteess who brought it about that (she had waited on us the previous night and showed no sign of recognition), she was curt. Overall, the staff is not friendly or warm, little eye contact or desire to make the customer feel welcome or appreciated."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My wife and I decided to buy dinner for a client after he had done us a favor. We shared the lamb chop special and our guest opted for a burger. It was not a bad dinner but in no way was it a $100 meal (especially considering that we had two entrees between the three of us and one of them was a lower priced item). People in Boulder need to demand better food for their money and not just trendy decor and good looking servers. P.S. it was ironic that everything was under seasoned at a restaurant called "Salt""
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "sorry, not overly impressed, service really slow, food hit and miss. I'd go back, but wouldn't rush. Would I recommend? Not enthusiastically."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This is my recommendation for the place to eat in Boulder. I had the "local vegetable tasting" offering, which was wonderful, but I highly recommend all their dishes. The Tom's Burger and fabulous french fries, complimented by their homemade catsup are also a favorite."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went to Salt on a first date. It was pretty loud, but the food was pretty good. The staff seemed to really care about the customers and about the food, so it was a pretty decent set up. It does, however, get pretty loud in there, so it was kind of difficult to have an intimate chat."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were hungry, so we ordered quite a few items (scrapple, roasted beet salad, short ribs, mahi, and a special appetizer). The portion sizes are medium. Appetizers are appetizer size rather than full meals you find at the chain restaurants. The food, however, is exquisite! I might add, I had the best Manhattan ever my entire life at Salt."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I went to school in Boulder a few years back and was recently in town to visit my sister. SALT had not been established since the last time I was in Boulder so we decided to try something new and we were NOT disappointed. Although the menu is small I think it allows this restaurant to do a few things very well! My mom and I split a burger and the lamb, while my sister and her friend ordered the risotto and gnocchi - all were fantastic! I would definitely recommend checking this place out! Another added bonus is the cool cocktail menu where you can customize a drink with great infusions!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Love this place...innovative and fresh. Imaginative pairings. Expanding wine list (more and better every time I eat here). Cool, authentic decor. Make a reservation or you won't get in!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My husband and I went for date night and were excited by the farm-to-table concept. Unfortunately, the experience was not what we hoped. We were seated in the bar area which was very crowded. The waiter couldn't fit between the table to my right or the bar stools to our left, so he had to lean over my shoulder all night. The wine list and menu were somewhat limited. The appetizer was good as was the panna cotta at the end. The rest was fair at best. It was snowing that night so when the door opened, the couple next to us and we were blasted with cold air despite the heater over the door. I spent the whole time eating in my winter coat. For the price. the food, ambience and overall experience fell very short."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "SALT is a favorite restaurant of mine with good reason. The food is always outstanding, but the service is equally impeccable. I never show up without a reservation."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "There was much anticipation for our dinner at Salt on Saturday night - the place had been highly recommended or was known by anyone we mentioned it to. Salt did not disappoint. Service was friendly and polished. Our server suggested items we might not have looked into, like the build-your-own craft cocktail. The starters were wonderfully varied and the cocktails top-notch. The entrees were served in BIG portions, which was surprising. My roasted local vegetables were delicious, and too much for me to finish. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "So glad we chose Salt for a family get together. Half of the seven came up from Denver and one member is a trained chef. Some of the others consider themselves foodies. Thankfully, all our menu items were very good - be sure to try the terrific scones! Brunch selections are varied, delicious and reasonably priced. Service was very attentive. We are new to the Boulder area and my husband said, 'this is going to be our new favorite brunch place!' We had a great time and will definitely return soon!!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Our food was extraordinary. Our server was incredibly professional while being very personable. We had a delightful time and will be going back soon."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went with high expectations. We started with a snotty recepcionist... We were early for our reservation, and had a drink at the bar. Good options of craft beers and cocktails.. Although we were 44 mins early they still only sat us 15mins after our reservation. Once we sat on our table we had to get their attention to order, also saw everyone else getting bread and we did not so we had to ask for it. The food was delicious, but very slow. Fries were not fresh. Not sure I'll go back.... Maybe just an off night.."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We went here with friends from out of town. I ordered the seafood ravioli which was a utter disappointment. The shrimp tasted like it was out of a can. The noodles were lasagna noodles without any stuffing in a seafood broth. There were four mussels and overcooked mahi. The only good part was the broth. My friend ordered the sirloin which was prepared nicely, but the meat was not tender or tenderized and resulted in a lot of chewing. The pear and gorgonzola appetizer was amazing and well executed. The vegetarian entree was disappointing. Desert was good, but not great. I went here expecting something new, different and delicious. I paid $117 for mediocre food with some high points. Nothing really hit the mark."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Charcuterie plate was great. Soup was good. Entree was not fabulous - steak was tough/chewy. Didn't like it. Dessert was delish!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "SALT has always been my favorite restaurant for special occasions, but this recent visit was very disappointing. I was entertaining out of town visitors and we were seated in the basement across from a bathroom. Service was inattentive, did not bring requested refills, waited forever for food and then it was lukewarm at best. The menu is not as varied as it used to be. I won't be going back."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great restaurant!! The muscles were awesome!!! The staff is friendly and attentive!! We will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Made a special trip to Boulder (from Denver) to enjoy SALT's cocktails, wine list, and outstanding food. Had two appetizers, two entrees, and still had room for dessert. Everything was elegantly balanced - not too heavy/not too light, but also not too dense and filling. Even the German chocolate cake was dense but light. Go to SALT. The experience is worth the price. You won't regret it."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We waited over 20 minutes for our drinks, and the food wasn't very good. It was such a bummer, because I've been eaten at salt before and it was very good. The waiter seemed annoyed that we were there, and if we asked for anything, would slam it down on the table and walk away. I would NOT go to the restaurant. Boulder has too many good restaurants!!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Great food is worth a price, and I will drop coin on a food experience, so imagine my surprise at Salt's $193 bill for 2, 3-course dinners and cocktails that were NOT worth the price. Salt's website made no mention of a special V-day menu, so we were stuck with this limited option. The arugala and squash, was decent, maybe an $8 price is fair; the veggie option could go for $18 (the brussel sprouts were overcooked and soggy) but I was charged about $40 for that plate. My boyfriend's pancetta dessert: awful; he actually DRANK it as it was served warm and runny! We had $15 watered down manhattans. The experience was disappointing, but I'm from Chicago and have access to tremendous food, so take this with a grain of salt (pun intended)."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First, when being seated, we were whisked past several very desirable tables in the main restaurant and lead downstairs where I had not been before. The room had no windows, there was exposed infrastructure and bright lights, and a speaker was located directly above my left ear - I did not like the atmosphere at all. By then, the only table available upstairs was by the front door. Then when perusing the menus, I learned that the prix fixe menu I had signed up for, was not being offered.. I was doubly disappointed. Fortunately, the food was exquisite and the service was very good. I will be back, but will not eat downstairs."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a post-valentine's day date night at Salt and really enjoyed it. All was awesome, except we felt conflicted about the basement seating, which was chilly. It was quieter there than the main floor, but the ambience was a little lacking. But enough about the one off note; on to the good stuff. Our server, Xander, was brilliant. Kind and knowledgeable, accommodating but not intrusive. Well done. The food was also amazing. We had the Mon Sire and the scrapple for a charcuterie starter; both delicious. The pomegranate salad was solid. Entrees were outstanding; gnocchi pillowy with a rich sauce, chicken with some ungodly buttery sweet potato. Extra mushrooms were a win. Dessert of caramel choco tart was amazing. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Sat at the back bar seating area which was due to the heat coming off of the brick oven. Had a New York strip steak which was cooked in the brick oven and had a great taste. Enjoyed grilled beets and one can find an assortment of clever salads and roasted veggies"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to Salt on a number of occasions and often select it when we have friends visiting and we want a casual, yet tasty meal in a welcoming and comfortable venue. On this occasion, my wife had the chicken on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes - very good - and I had the short ribs, which were excellent. Salt's wine list offers a number of interesting wines, though we noticed that the prices have been creeping up. The wait staff at Salt is always well trained, knowledgeable, pleasant and attentive. The location is perfect for downtown dining and the decor is eye pleasing and conveys warmth and comfort. I recommend Salt to anyone who is visiting Boulder and wants to enjoy an unhurried, enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Loved everything about our experience at SALT!! Wonderful food, comfortable/cozy/hip atmosphere, well-timed service, fabulous cocktails. I only wish there had been time to try more mix-your-own cocktails. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This is our must go to place when we visit Boulder. We always have a great evening, even the people we bring with us seem to be more vibrant."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food is still fantastic, but the noise level was so high that I could not hear my friend talk, and we were seated a bit off by ourselves behind the reception desk against the window. The service started out good, then she left us for a very long time and we were finished and wanted to leave. It is not so noisy at lunch."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "It might have been Sunday... or the bitter cold, with a promise of snow.... but, while the food was (as always) very good indeed... the service was about as slow as it could possibly be..... Might be a strategy to sell more booze perhaps (the wine list and the cocktails are truly excellent!)..... but, nonetheless, very disappointing indeed...... So, my advice: Friday and Saturday I can see you might be "OK".... Sunday? Bring a sandwich to munch on while you wait for the entrees to arrive."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Their food is so awesome and healthy. My new girlfriend cooks for herself all the time because most restaurants aren't good enough, but she was really impressed. She's a bit Paleo, yet she enjoyed the bread too. Great place!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Expensive spirits menu... And wine. Stick with beer if you don't want a $45 bar tab for two. Likewise entrees are on the small side and pricey, All said food was tasty and good. But our 75 minute meal was $120"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had a lovely dinner at Salt! The food was great and the service was awesome! I will definitely be returning in the future."
    Dined on 1/20/2014