Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar
Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar

Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://salthonolulu.com/
  • Phone: 8087447567
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Global, International, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Quinten Frye
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room which seats up to 15.
  • Private Party Contact: Danny Kaaialii 8087447567

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is free after six. There are two municipal lots south of SALT (Waialae Ave) which are monitored 24/7.
A word from Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar
SALT is a modern-urban gastro pub bringing together the highest-quality local ingredients. Our starting point is Hawaii"s farms, fishermen, and purveyors. From there, we add an extensive wine list featuring unique selections from around the world, signature cocktails that make use of distinctive spirits and herbal liquors, and a variety of refreshing beers on draught and in-bottle.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (20)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (12)special occasion (8)late-night find (8)romantic (6)notable wine list (5)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Tastefully put together.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great tapas selections. Unique and tasteful menu. Pretty good service. It's a bit small but decent size - but I like the settings; quite contemporary. Definitely will go back and will recommend.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    mediocrity
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was looking forward to Salt, but left unimpressed. The waiter was so so, the food ok, the atmosphere trendy. i ordered one thing he brought another and didnt offer to fix it. The fish taco was was diced fish cubes and over priced, The pork was on rice mush, the pate was ok. The burger was good. its probably good for a burger and cocktail. i wont be back, its not worth the.$
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Aloha. Vincent greeted us when we walked in and he was also our server. He was terrific. Very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable of the food and beverage menus. We were a small group of six and a few of us had not been there before. He helped us to choose menu items as well as the right quantitates. He was very attentive. The other server assisted in clearing and she was very good as well; friendly and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. I was entertaining clients and they were impressed. I will definitely return and will recommend the restaurant. Mahalo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened here?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Nothing like what we expected. Menu items listed on website no longer available (website was out of date). Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now on a Salt Free Diet
    KamaainaFoodies
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    In short, highly over-rated. Upstairs dining area was unbearably hot, muzak so loud we had to ask the hostess to turn it down, and service was spotty at best. While the food was tasty and well prepared, it was over-priced for what we received. No dedicated parking lot, so you have to find a metered space on the street -- not an easy task at dinner hour in Kaimuki. These locals won't be back any time soon.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little spot on Waialae
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Brought my lady here for her birthday dinner and had a great evening. Food was delicious, great selection of cocktails and wine, and a nice ambiance upstairs for smaller parties (up to 4). The service was very good, but did have several staff members switching off throughout the night, making it unclear as to who you were supposed to be ordering from throughout the meal. All in all, a great find. Don't forget to try the charcuterie board!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salt Will Add Spice to Your Life!
    Hawaii50
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Just about all aspects of Salt are positive for a restaurant. The food is fresh, innovative and delicious. If you get there for Happy Hour, the food selections are very inexpensive for what you get. Top it off w/ one of your favorite beers (I get Tecate & lime in the can because I hardly see that offered anywhere anymore!) and you have a great meal for a nice price. The beef brisket and fish tacos are wonderful (a bit on the small-side, but very tasty and for the happy hour price, a fair deal). The only bad deal were the scallops which were delicious but to get 2 medium-size scallops for $16 is nuts! The rest of the menu is fairly priced. All in all, I would highly recommend Salt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    NYCtraveler
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Recommended by a local who swears by their happy hour kimchee grilled cheese, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing a plethora of tasty dishes with a friend. Cocktails are inventive & delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost our RSVP and our Check
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    They did not have our open table RSVP when we arrived, yet they had called earlier in the day to confirm. They took 30 minutes from time of seating to get our drink order. Food was 3 star. Service was almost 1 star, yet very friendly. They lost our bill for 40 minutes, and I was worried I would never see my credit card again.
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  • Hmm, how should I say Ho Hum?
    madandhungryaboutit
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It could be our own fault, but our experience there was Blah. Perhaps our expectations were too high, perhaps the loud double date next to us was throwing us off with the conversation of dying pets and how one young lady just could not stop talking. In any case there it is. That is not to say the food was bad, the food was well prepared and we would recommend the beef empanada and the fried chicken for sure. We did ask what the most popular items were and followed those recommendations but had to think to ourselves, if this is the best they do, I wouldn't be going out of my way to make reservations in the future, but merely a fall back position. The staff was stealthy good; there when you need them melted into the woodwork when not.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ENJOYED!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    VERY enjoyable. We enjoyed several different " happy tizers " that were very tasty and presentation was unique. I, personally really enjoyed my hamburger (which two others enjoyed a quarter since the size was quite large). Sent the fries back since they were limp and had arrived late. We"ll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great bar
    Alohadude
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    If I were more of a drinker I would really like this place. But food is my passion so the high end bar food just didn't make me a regular customer. But for people that drink this place is very excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good small plates
    SarahVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We enjoyed trying a few different plates while at dinner. They were all delicious, especially dessert!
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  • Food is tasty...
    Chuck
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    But the service was poor- not from our waiter. He was attentive and got everything correct, but from the kitchen. The salad arrived first, then one entree (which my husband and sister ordered the same thing-but only one came out), then the appetizer they ordered arrived! My sister got her entree about 20 minutes after and my entree came out last about another 10 minutes. This isn't a 'cheap eats' place. They could improve the timing for food, but it did all taste great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The slowest service ever
    RitaVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I was expecting to be wowed at this Kaimuki restaurant, but I could not believe how slow the kitchen was and the fact that the waitress seemed to be intentionally ignoring us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 193 reviews are from the Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar reviews archive.
  • Great staff, good vibe, so-so food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    As mentioned in the title, the staff are great and has a cool vibe. - Was impressed with the recommended wine as I should have be for $70.00. - Was very disappointed with the portions of the charcuterie plate given the price - literally 2 small slices of prosciutto / 2 slices of salami and a dollop of paté. We're from Tokyo and used to small, and this was small. The quality was high but disproportionate in price. - The tostadas with avocado crema, ceviche, radish, cliantro, uni were refreshing though no hint of uni was to be found in taste or looks. None. - The scotch egg was so-so. - The jidoori chicken was quite good. If in town again, I would sit at the bar for an after dinner drink or relax on a Thursday night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Changed chef and food is horrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Not only did they manage to screw up the best thing off the menu (Elvis bread pudding) but they took off the 2nd best thing (butter gnocchi). When I asked why the bread pudding was different, the waiter said "different people make it" (wrong answer for a restaurant where you expect the same thing to taste the same) and he finally admitted they changed chefs recently. Limited menu with overpriced food geared towards foodies with exotic ingredient combinations--my suggestion: learn how to make the basics taste good before you start trying to create dishes that could be amazing from a more experienced chef.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not bad
    Allen
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Waiter was really good. But unfortunately the food was a bit hit and miss. Some dishes were fantastic. But the house-made squid ink pasta was a solid block of noodles stuck together and chewy as heck.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, service, & ambiance
    VernLuvsSalt
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    It was a great time from start to finish. Our waiter was polite, helpful and knowledgeable. He took our picture at our request. It was my boyfriend's birthday. When we ordered a dessert, it was delivered by a sweet young lady, who sang happy birthday to him. The salad, pupu, main course, drinks, and dessert were delicious! I will recommend your lovely restaurant to my friends!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and services
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Really cool place. we sat at bar and the service was great. Bartender was very knowledgeable on the food wine great places in the area for hikes. They have the best hamburgers there with bacon jam. Best hamburger I have ever had.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food was really good and inventive. Not your normal local style food. Portions where just right. The pork belly was insanely good as where the shrimp kimchi sliders! Great place for younger crowd or singles. We had problems with stairs so we where unable to go upstairs! the noise level made it hard to have a conversation with our party that was further down the bar. But that's a personal issue! Well worth the trip and maybe try other location without stairs.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not all it is cracked up to be.....
    JHDG
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Although SALT gives you the feeling that it will be a "WOW" experience, it falls short of that. With a very limited menu of eclectic dishes, at 7pm they were out of several of the menu items. One would think that the chef would have prepared enough to get past the 7pm mark, but alas he didn't. The online menu is not accurate either. The empanadas were dry...at $9 for two, they should have been much better. The beet salad, although tasty, seemed like one beet and a few pieces of garnish..for $12.00 it was terribly overpriced. The cuban sandwich was ok..nothing special. If you are going to eat at SALT, call ahead...check the menu..make sure they are not out of anything and make sure they have enough staff to handle the customers.
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  • High expectations
    AlanP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We really had a very average to poor meal. My wife ordered a hamburger, medium and it was absolutely cooked too much. It came with nothing. I had the fish special and frankly it was tasteless. The pork belly was fairly good. Overall we did not enjoy our experience at all.
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  • SALT so good
    SweetDiner
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Food and drinks fresh, delicious, creative, amazing Staff very helpful and attentive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sooo long
    mae63
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Took an hour to get our meal and it was Sunday and they weren't that busy.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dining experience in Honolulu
    Pedro
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This is a bar with a difference: an excellent kitchen. Fresh, expertly prepared food with a creative twist, friendly staff, impressive bar and playlist from the 1990s. A treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food but service not so good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The food is incredible, ORganic, unusual combinations, great beers and wines and a full bar. Service can be SLOOOOOW and the waiter we had spilled a drink, on the table next to us which got all over us also , but he did not even notice until I asked for a damp cloth. I asked for a coffee refill it was $5 would be nice to be warned on that one. and it all toook a very very long time. getting the check especially
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful late dinner
    Waahila
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Lucky we found a table for 4 that day through Open Table in the last minute search. Enjoyed the wonderful food especially their charcuterie and cheese board selections. We can not find these anywhere else. Thank you for being the one of a kind place.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous Evening Out
    RWMandGL
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Salt came highly recommended and lived up to its previews. Reservation process went well, including confirmation, etc. Staff was gracious, informative, and helpful in a very fast paced environment (that included, in our case, relocating us quickly and politely from a table next to a very vocal baby.) Food is all it's cracked up to be, from the simple (the peppers) to the complex (bacon and space egg.) Your biggest challenge, especially if there are only two, will be how to choose. Alas, we did not have the time or appetite to sample more than four plates. One additional note: the cocktail menu is one of the best we have seen anywhere -- with, among other things, a tremendous take on Campari. Cheers to the crew front and back at Salt.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is a mind blowing
    808dining
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food is a mind blowing experience to try, the wait staff is awesome! I've had some friends in town that I haven't seen in a while, and always loved your restaurant. The food and wait staff are always exceptional but during our dinner, the host approached our table without any warning and had told us that there was another party he has reservations for the table and that he was waiting 10min! Feeling very abrupt, we left in a hurry without finishing our dessert. I would come back here but that host sure left a bad taste in our mouth.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Foodie Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very trendy, great for cocktails or dinner. Split level restaurant so dining is separated from the bar scene. Colorful menu everything was done very well. Best rabbit and lilikoi dessert I ever had. Nice wine and desert cocktail list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great time
    serry
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The food and drinks were great and delicious and the staff was friendly, helpful and really knew their menu. I really enjoyed the vibe of the place, the music really set the mood. Great time all around.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rabbit and wine
    fB808
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    They have a local rabbit , that is outstanding done to a perfect match of crunchiness on the outside and tender on the inside. My wife was a bit skeptical to try but after she had a bite, we both agreed, this is a new top order. Must try it and it is local! The Sangiovese was spectacular and the waitress had great recommendations on vino and matching-
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good
    SACJ
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I like Salt. It's a surprising neighborhood gastropub (of sorts) that has excellent food that is a particularly good value during happy hour. Service is friendly, attentive, energetic. Prices are reasonable. Great place to meet friends pau hana.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where was the Salt
    44lunch
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I was a little disappointed. The drinks were interesting but not that great, the food was ok, should have had a little more flavor.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rude and pushy
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Service was horrible. If you take a 10pm reservation, dont tell me at 10:15 after my apps come out that the kitchen is closing and i have to hurry and order. Then our server Sarah M. Shoves a bill in my face while we were taking first bites of our main courses and i continued talking to my date...she says, can you complete the tip so i can close out? We're literally still eating and she wants her tip which is based on her service? I asked her, do you mind if i finish my sentence as she rudely interrupted me. She was lucky i gave her 10%....i should have left her 0%. Crazy. Sarah, tips are earned...not an entitlement.
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  • One of the very few - if not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    One of the very few - if not only - restaurant in which you can get Gavi wine to go with your meal. Very outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • innovative
    DDC808
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    the drinks and food are very creative and they're delicious!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Menu challenege
    anyonecancook
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Everything was excellent, with the exception of having 2 item on the not availble list. We were there at 5pm opening on 2 items we were going to order was out. The menu was limited t begin with. BUT what we had was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slip and slide
    YearlyVisitorVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Very disappointed this trip back and our Visit to Salt. We had such a nice experience last year there! But this year the service was poor, we did not get food delivered to our table (they simply forgot)....but the worse part is when you are greeted poorly at the front door by bartender asking "DO YOU HAVE A RESERVATION" without even a Hello or proper greeting! Then seating us upstairs at a table right between the wall and someone else 2 feet away when there were at least 4 other two tops available upstairs....apparently they were spoke for with other reservation when asking to move and being declined.PS, we had a reservation too.Food was actually ok, nice salad and tasty burger But it's hard to relax when you get off to such a poor start.
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